Spacious Condos with Pool and Playground Minutes from Disney World
Hundreds of ponds and lakes still dot the landscape in Kissimmee. They're a reminder of the city's past: until the 1880s, most of the area around the city was made up of marshland too soft and soggy to support buildings. After a massive dredging operation drained millions of acres of land, Kissimmee morphed into a vacation hub for families, as it's located about 6 miles from Walt Disney World. Within Kissimmee, you can find the Florida Vacation Villas Club, which has spacious, family-friendly condos. They're tucked out of range of traffic and crowds but serve as a nice jumping-off point if you want to venture to the nearby theme parks and downtown Orlando.
At the heart of the complex is a pool area surrounded by lounge chairs and a clubhouse. A white picket fence separates it from the rest of the property, which features palms, live oaks, and ponds. There’s also a swing set and playground set above a bed of sand for soft landings, in addition to tennis courts and charcoal grills.
Within buildings painted a cheerful tropical color, you can find two- and three-bedroom condos that are each equipped with a full kitchen. Decor varies, but some condos feature floral prints as well as elegant details such as marble counters, vaulted ceilings, or mission bedframes.
Kissimmee, Florida: Gateway to Disney World and Downtown Orlando
Located on the banks of Lake Tohopekaliga, Kissimmee sits about 22 miles from downtown Orlando and just 16 miles from Walt Disney World. The world’s most-visited entertainment resort, Disney World spans roughly 30,000 acres, encompassing four theme parks, two water parks, five golf courses, and the Downtown Disney area. Here, you can ride Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom in the morning, then sample Moroccan cuisine over at Epcot’s World Showcase pavilions in the afternoon before the nightly IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth light show. The success of the park has brought an influx of other theme parks to Orlando, including Universal Studios and SeaWorld.
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] (http://orlandoshakes.org/) and the Orlando Science Center. Visit the science center to take a rover across a simulation of Mars’ red surface, or race model cars down a 70-foot pinewood derby track.
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