Family-Friendly Resorts near Orlando Theme Parks
This seven-night stay in the Orlando area includes condo-style accommodations at one of eight centrally located resorts. Though features at each property vary, they all have outdoor swimming pools and are situated near Walt Disney World® Theme Parks. One resort boasts five waterslides, a wave pool, and an erupting in-water volcano. Another property sits on 65 lakefront acres dotted with Mediterranean-style villas and on onsite spa. You’ll find mini-golf courses and tennis courts at some locations, and all are within short driving distance of the area’s top shopping and dining spots.
Studio and one-bedroom condos can accommodate up to four guests, while two-bedroom units are big enough for eight. Most feature homelike amenities such as full kitchens and living rooms; some provide access to onsite clubhouses.
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. 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. As one of the most popular family destinations in the world, sunny Orlando is home to other theme parks including 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 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.
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