Hotel at a Glance: The Barefoot Suites
The Barefoot Suites resort is a popular destination for vacationing families, thanks to its location just 1 mile from the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks. The hotel’s one- and two-bedroom suites are spacious and feature kitchens or kitchenettes, washers and dryers, and cable TV.
- Barbecue on the outdoor grill or pack a lunch to eat on the poolside picnic tables.
- Go for a swim in the outdoor pool, which has spray areas for young ones to play in.
- Catch a lift: The resort offers a complimentary shuttle to Walt Disney World® Theme Parks.
- Family-friendly entertainment: At the Old Town entertainment complex, dozens of hot rods and vintage muscle cars are on display on Trophy Row. Kids will love the carnival rides, including bumper cars and a ferris wheel.
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 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 Loch Haven Park, including the Orlando Museum of Art; the collection features 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, where you can take a rover across a simulation of Mars or race model cars down a 70-foot pinewood-derby track.