Pointers for a Family Vacation to Orlando
Orlando is the reigning best family-friendly destination in the country. It is a haven for people looking for a variety of fun experience wrapped up with a load of sunshine. Here are the top things to consider when planning your adventure in this Central Florida oasis:
Many Theme Park Options
Disney World Resort The granddaddy of all theme park resorts, no trip to Orlando is complete without a visit to see the big cheese himself, Mickey Mouse. With four separate theme parks, two water parks, and a massive dining and entertainment complex, you could spend weeks at this resort without seeing it all.
If you’re heading over this spring, you cannot miss the Star Wars Rival Run Weekend. With races ranging from a brief 5k all the way to a half marathon, the event offers something for the runner or Star Wars fan in your family. A Disney road race is a truly special event.
Universal Studios Resort Thrill-seekers looking for excitement should consider a visit to the Universal Studios Resort. Two theme parks plus a new water theme park is the place to be when you crave fast and furious rides not for the faint of heart.
SeaWorld Animal lovers will delight in this aquatic theme park. SeaWorld features rides, shows, and a variety of diverse attractions that showcase the beauty and power of the creatures that live under the sea.
Great Places to Stay
Hyatt House Orlando/Universal This gem of a hotel provides convenient access to both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure at an affordable price. Perfect for families, the Hyatt House offers a complimentary breakfast to fuel up for your day of fun in the sun.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge As one of the most unique hotels in Orlando, this resort experience features guest rooms that look out over a replica of an African Savannah. Imagine sipping your coffee in the morning on your private balcony as giraffes and zebras frolic right in front of you.
Hard Rock Hotel When you are looking for a rocking good time, the Hard Rock Hotel has you covered. Conveniently located at the Universal Studios Resort, this deluxe hotel is known for its amazing afternoon pool parties.
Delicious Places to Eat
Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue Kick up your heels at this quintessential Disney dinner show. You will laugh so hard that your sides split as you enjoy an all-you-can-eat-and-drink feast of fried chicken, ribs, cornbread, and all of the traditional sides. An unlimited supply of wine, beer, and sangria will keep you smiling all night long.
Sweet Tomatoes When all the theme park food goodness has you craving a big salad, head on over to Sweet Tomatoes. This all-you-can-eat buffet features an extensive salad bar, a wide selection of homemade soups and freshly baked bread, and more.
Hash House A Go-Go
This hip restaurant serves up Midwest-inspired food all day long. Whether you visit in the morning for decadent waffles or stop by at night for some comfort food, you will delight in the massive portions of homemade goodness at this inviting restaurant.
Be Prepared for the Weather
Take care to not get caught off guard by the strong Florida sun. Be sure to pack an abundance of sunscreen so that your trip is not ruined by a bad sunburn. Although Orlando is known for its sunshine, also be sure to be pack for the common afternoon rain showers. A light poncho is the perfect accessory to tote along to Orlando.