Family-Friendly Condo Resort Close to Theme Parks
Each year, millions of families, thrill seekers, and princess enthusiasts come to the greater Orlando area to visit its magical theme parks. Located within about a 20-minute drive of most of them, Tuscana Resort Orlando by Aston keeps the family fun going with a sprawling pool complex, a 30-seat movie theater, and kid-friendly dining venues. Palm trees and red spanish-tiled roofs make guests feel as though they’re walking through a Mediterranean resort.
An oversize pool is located in the center of the resort. Grab a lounge chair early in the morning and soak up the sun, or take a dip in the hot tub. Kids can splash around in a shallow kiddie pool. Right off the pool deck, Tavern Restaurant serves USDA Choice beef burgers, English-style fish ‘n’ chips, and other hearty pub fare.
Two- and three-bedroom condos range in size from 1,100 to 1,300 square feet, giving families plenty of space and privacy. You can whip up meals in the fully equipped kitchen or watch a movie on one of the TVs. On the screened-in porch, enjoy the fresh air and keep an eye out for local wildlife.
Champions Gate, Florida: Sun-Drenched Community near Orlando’s Many Amusement Parks
ChampionsGate is a 1,500-acre luxury golf community in central Florida. Known for its Greg Norman–designed golf courses, it’s a convenient gateway to Orlando’s most popular attractions, specifically the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks. The resort spans nearly 30,000 acres, encompasses 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 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. The park’s success has brought an influx of other theme parks to Orlando, 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 from the arts district, 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. Loch Haven Park is also home to the Orlando Shakespeare Theater and the Orlando Science Center, where you can a rover across a simulation of Mars or race on a 70-foot pinewood derby track.