Hotel at a Glance: Best Western International Drive Orlando
This centrally located Best Western offers all the conveniences Orlando vacationers could need. First off, there’s free parking—and once you’ve parked, you might not need that car for awhile. The hotel offers a free shuttle to Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, SeaWorld, and Universal Studios; after returning in the evening, you can easily walk to a variety of family-friendly restaurants for dinner.
- In-room amenities: free WiFi, microwave, fridge, and flat-screen TV
- Splash around in the swimming pool or burn calories in the fitness center.
- Restaurants within walking distance: Kobe Japanese Steakhouse, Fogo de Chão, Joe’s Crab Shack, Red Robin, and more
- In the morning: The hotel’s free hot breakfast includes belgian waffles, pancakes, and eggs.
Orlando, Florida: World-Famous Theme Parks and Cultural Surprises
Located in the center of Florida, Orlando may be forever associated with the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks—the world’s most-visited entertainment resort. Spanning roughly 30,000 acres, it encompasses four theme parks, two water parks, five golf courses, and the Downtown Disney® Marketplace. There’s no shortage of things to do here: begin your day by boarding a rocket-shaped three-seater that climbs to 180 feet before entering a deep black tunnel and racing past stars, satellites, and constellations. Walk across the park to sample Moroccan cuisine for lunch, or ride a dune buggy through a haunted mansion. Before heading back to the hotel, take in the nightly fireworks, laser, and water show. One of the most popular family destinations in the world, sunny Orlando is also home to Universal Orlando—which includes The Wizarding World of Harry Potter—SeaWorld, and Gatorland.
Those hoping to shake up the typical theme-park-dominated itinerary can head into downtown Orlando’s vibrant arts district. The neighborhood boasts venues such as CityArts Factory, a multifaceted patchwork of gallery spaces, and SAK Comedy Lab, which hosts family-friendly improv shows five nights a week.
About a 10-minute drive north, you’ll find eight cultural institutions at Loch Haven Park, including the Orlando Museum of Art, which houses work by Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Rauschenberg, Ansel Adams, and Andy Warhol. The park is also home to the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orlando Science Center, where you can a rover across a simulation of Mars or race on a 70-foot pinewood derby track.