Hotel At a Glance: Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Altamonte Springs
Located just a 15-minute drive north of downtown Orlando, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Altamonte Springs offers easy access to many family-friendly activities, from local attractions to the major themes parks just south of the city. From here, you can walk to Cranes Roost Park, an outdoor plaza with an amphitheater that hosts weekly free public events, or head to Altamonte Mall to pick up some new duds from H&M and Banana Republic. Just south of Orlando are the theme parks that made the city an international tourist destination—you can reach them after about a 40-minute drive.
- *Prepare for the day with daily complimentary hot breakfast.
- Get a tan: Lay out by the hotel's outdoor pool.
- Spacious rooms feature fully stocked kitchens and contemporary decor.
- Distance to Altamonte Mall: Less than a half mile away.
Altamonte Springs, Florida: Family-Friendly Entertainment and Outdoor Activities
Located just outside of Orlando, Altamonte Springs offers an upscale spin on small-town living. At its center is Cranes Roost Park's European-style plaza, which rings picturesque Cranes Lake with a mile of continuous walkways. Take in choreographed fountain shows while strolling the lake's perimeters in the warm weather. Steps from the amphitheater is Uptown Altamonte, a pedestrian-friendly downtown district lined with restaurants and specialty shops. The small town also boasts Lake Lotus Park, a 150-acre nature preserve. Hike to Lake Lotus or stroll along the mile-long boardwalk to spot cypress trees, osprey nests, and alligators. The park also features fishing docks and picnic pavilions for a restful afternoon.
Less than 10 miles away, Orlando beckons visitors with the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, which now are part of the world’s most-visited entertainment resort. It spans roughly 30,000 acres, encompassing 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 18th-century mansion. Before heading back to the hotel, take in the nightly fireworks, laser, and water show. As one of the most popular family destinations in the world, sunny Orlando is home to other theme parks including Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld, and Gatorland.