Hotel at a Glance: Floridays Resort Orlando
Floridays Resort Orlando is an oasis-like complex of pools, palm trees, and condo-style accommodations right around the corner from some of Orlando’s most popular theme parks. You can hop on a shuttle to get to the fun, or just spend your days lounging around the pool areas, which play host to arts and crafts events and live music on the weekends.
- Awards and accolades: TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice award for family travel
- Palm Cafe serves homemade pizza and other snacks in family-friendly portions.
- Outdoor pool complex featuring a hot tub and splash fountains for the kids
- Two- and three-bedroom suites feature full kitchens, flat-screen TVs, and free WiFi.
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 Resort, 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.