Hotel at a Glance: The Floridian Hotel and Suites
This hotel makes it easy to visit Orlando’s world-famous theme parks with free shuttle service to both Universal Orlando Resort and Disney’s Magic Kingdom® Park. There are lots of other family-friendly amenities right on the property, including a free continental breakfast and an outdoor pool.
- Breakfast spread: pastries, waffles, cereal, fruit juices, and coffee
- In-room amenities: 32-inch flat-screen TVs with HBO, mini refrigerators, microwaves, and free WiFi; junior suites also have kitchen islands with sinks
- Within walking distance of numerous restaurants and the largest McDonald’s PlayPlace in the country
- A low-traffic location means a night of peaceful sleep
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.