Hotel at a Glance: Maingate Lakeside Resort
If the kids haven’t spent all their energy scurrying around Orlando’s theme parks, Maingate Lakeside Resort will rise to the challenge. This hotel overlooking picturesque Black Lake entertains guests across its kid-friendly campus, located within driving distance of Orlando’s popular attractions. Hotel visitors can putt across 18 holes of mini golf, play arcade games, and run around two playgrounds.
- Close to the action: You’ll be 1.2 miles from the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, near Epcot® and Disney’s Hollywood Studios™.
- Take the shuttle to area theme parks and avoid parking hassles.
- Take a dip in the three full-size swimming pools and send kids off to splash in the two kids’ pools.
- Three onsite restaurants include a buffet-breakfast spot, a relaxed sports bar and grill, and a pizza eatery.
Kissimmee, Florida: Easy Access to World-Famous Theme Parks and Major Orlando Attractions
Located on the banks of Lake Tohopekaliga, Kissimmee sits about 22 miles from downtown Orlando and just 16 miles from the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks. 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® Area. There’s no shortage of things to do here: begin your day at Magic Kingdom® Park by boarding Space Mountain® Attraction, a rocket-shaped three-seater that climbs to 180 feet before entering a deep black tunnel and racing past stars, satellites, and constellations. After that, ride past the ghastly goofballs inside The Haunted Mansion. For dinner, head over to Epcot® to sample cuisine from Morocco, Mexico, France, Italy, and several other countries at the World Showcase. As one of the most popular family destinations in the world, sunny Orlando is home to other theme parks including Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando.
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 the CityArts Factory, a multifaceted patchwork of gallery spaces, and SAK Comedy Lab, which holds improv shows five nights a week.
About a 10-minute drive north, you’ll find several cultural institutions surrounding Orlando Loch Haven Park, including the Orlando Museum of Art, with a collection featuring pieces by Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Rauschenberg, Ansel Adams, and Andy Warhol. The park is also home to the Orlando Shakespeare Theater and the Orlando Science Center. Visit the Science Center to take a rover across a simulation of Mars’s red surface or race model cars down a 70-foot pinewood-derby track.