Spacious Private Condos Just Outside Orlando
Think of Orlando and you’ll likely imagine roller coasters, water slides, and endless sunshine. There are so many kid-friendly attractions in town that Frommer's calls Orlando "indisputably one of the world's preeminent vacation destinations." Less than an hour outside the city, the private properties of Contempo Florida Vacation Homes provide comfy-and-spacious accommodations for traveling families.
Each vacation home and condo is privately owned, so there are personal touches to the decor. Roomy three- and four-bedroom homes sleep up to six or eight guests, respectively, and are equipped with full kitchens. You can take a dip in a pool to cool off, and some properties have their own jacuzzi tubs and access to tennis courts. In many of the residences, phone lines connect directly to a concierge to help you find nearby restaurants and snag discount tickets for theme parks and rental cars.
Orlando, Florida: World-Famous Theme Parks and Cultural Surprises
The vacation homes are located in Davenport, a small town about 40 minutes from downtown Orlando. From here, you’re a half-hour’s drive 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® 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. Other theme parks nearby include Universal Studios, 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 pieces 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. Visit the science center to take a rover across a simulation of Mars’s red surface, or race on a 70-foot pinewood derby track.