1 . Maingate Lakeside Resort

Kissimmee, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (855) 747 - 3930

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Maingate Lakeside Resort is a Florida family main attraction! The tropical oasis is just a few footsteps from some of the country's most exciting theme parks like Disney World and Universal Studios. When you're not out on the town, enjoy a host of family friendly amenities and activities at the resort. Orlando adventures for all ages await!

Just a mere minutes from the magic, Maingate vacationers are almost on the doorstep of Disney World. Less than two miles away, Mickey Mouse and pals welcome families experience an unforgettable vacation at "The Most Magical Place on Earth." For additional theme park thrills, head over to the nearby Universal Studios. The excitement continues closer to the resort, where an 18-hole miniature golf course and two nearby basketball courts keep the fun rolling. Make a splash at the sparkling onsite pools, where the kids can enjoy the children's pool while you soak in the sun. Have a pizza delivered poolside or sip a drink at Hurricane Sam's Bar and Grill. Watch a family flick with cable and satellite channels, surf the web with free Wi-Fi, and just soak in the tropical bliss. There are adventures for all ages at Maingate Lakeside Resort!

Address

7769 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, Florida 34747

Highlights

Frequenters of the fairway can come almost every time of the year to enjoy warm weather golf at courses like Mystic Dunes, Falcons Fire, and Celebration Golf Resort.

Related activities

Stuff shopping bags at the nearby Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, which feature 400 designer brands spread throughout 50 outlet shops.

2 . Floridays Resort Orlando

Orlando, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 975 - 1337

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This Mediterranean-themed paradise rests in the middle of the Orlando magic. The all-suite condominium-style rooms make the perfect retreat for families and business travelers alike. With two swimming pools, a waterjet playscape and a complete fitness center, children of all ages will be endlessly entertained.

Every part of your vacation has been considered by the careful planning of the Floridays owners and staff from hi-speed wifi accessible throughout the entire resort; theme park transportation to Orlando’s major attractions; to the in-suite grocery delivery service, Garden Grocer, that allows you to easily purchase groceries online and have them waiting in your suite when return from a day on the town. Take advantage of the resort’s prime location and spend the day visiting Orlando’s nearby attractions. Then, return to your two- to three-bedroom condominium-style suite. Put your feet up in your living room or make a snack in your generously-sized kitchen. Enjoy a book on the private balcony of your grand suite or watch a move on the flat panel plasma television. Unwind in the Jacuzzi tub or head down to the Café & Marketplace and Pool Bar for a relaxing tropical drink and a scrumptious meal. Business travelers will appreciate all the conveniences of the Business Center, fax and copy services. The Orange County/Orlando Convention Center is just a short ride away. Meeting facilities are also available within the resort as well as accommodations for Boutique events. Floridys is also pet-friendly, understanding how hard it is to leave your furry friends behind. No matter what kind of traveler you are, Floridays knows how to give you a vacation to remember.

Address

12562 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32821

Getting there

From the Orlando International Airport—MCO ? Take 528 West (Beach Line Expressway) to I-Drive South. Turn left and drive 3.5 miles. The Floridays Orlando Resort will be on the right. Directions to the Floridays Orlando Resort location from downtown Orlando, FL I – 4 West to 528 West (Beach Line Expressway) to I-Drive South. Turn left and drive 3.5 miles. The Floridays Orlando Resort will be on the right.

3 . Vista Cay Inn

Orlando, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 638 - 5498

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You're always just minutes from the magic at Vista Cay Inn! This family fun center is just a stone's throw from all of Orlando's attractions like Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld and also keeps all ages entertained onsite with outstanding amenities. Your Florida fantasy is within reach!

The family fun starts just outside your door, where three sparkling swimming pools welcome dives, cannonballs, and splashing. Parents can unwind in the soothing hot tub while the kids party in the pool. Tee it up on a par-72 golf course just across the street. If you want to stay in, gaming consoles, large-screen televisions, and free wireless internet keep everyone entertained. Enjoy your view of paradise from the balcony of a condo or townhome. Parents and kids alike are surrounded by excitement right outside their door. When you decide to wander off-site, you'll find your options are almost unlimited. Meet Mickey Mouse at Disney World, watch the whales at SeaWorld, or take part in the fun at Universal Studios. Catch a tan on the famous Florida beaches or dive in for a swim. Hit the pavement along International Drive, a palm-dotted paradise teeming with sensational shopping and dining options. No matter what type of adventure you're looking for, Florida fun is at your fingertips at Vista Cay Inn!

Address

4874 Cayview Avenue, Orlando, FL 32819

Extra Stops

Universal's Wet 'n Wild is Orlando's premier water park with thrill rides for a day of family fun.

Highlights

Since Walt Disney World is less than 15 minutes from Vista Cay Inn, you can be transported to a fantasy world within no time!

4 . Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando

Orlando, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 453 - 5494

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Enjoy the full Orlando experience at a fraction of the price at the Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando! An array of accommodations and a central location mean the entertainment never ends. Discover adventures for all ages when you stay just minutes from the magical theme parks and exciting area attractions!

Blending stylish and comfortable accommodations with an affordable price, the Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando is your Florida fantasy! In each one of their guest rooms you’ll find beds with a Simmons Beautyrest pillow-top mattress, a refrigerator, microwave, coffee-maker, plus other great amenities to make your family’s stay enjoyable. What kid wouldn’t love not one, but three swimming pools to splash around in? Not to mention the hotel also has a playground, video arcade, and game room. Parents, we know rounding up the family for a meal can cause the occasional headache, so make it easy and dine in at the Plaza Garden Restaurant, where the Kids Eat Free Program will save you quite a bit of money and time. Of course when you’re in Orlando, you’re going to want to spend time at the area’s famous theme parks, but getting there can be a hassle. That’s not the case when you stay at Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando. The hotel offers complimentary shuttles to Universal Orlando, SeaWorld, Aquatica, and Wet ‘n Wild. Shuttles to Walt Disney World are available for a nominal fee. The hotel’s exceptional amenities, convenient location, and affordable price make the Rosen Inn your family's Orlando oasis!

Address

9000 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819

Highlights

From the Improv Comedy Club to live blues at BB King’s Blues Club to a 21-theater movie experience including an IMAX and nearby miniature golf, the family is sure to be entertained.

Related Onsite Offerings

Stop by the 24-hour mini-market/deli, the coffee bar, and Zebra’s Sports Bar & Grille, where you can grab a late dinner and drinks or belt out your favorite song on karaoke night!

5 . Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

Naples, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (407) 854 - 0030

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The sophisticated grandeur of the Ritz-Carlton’s architecture, inspired by the grand palazzos of Italy, is the perfect background to set your next Orlando adventure that combines family fun and luxury. Whether you’re dining at one of their eleven restaurants or touring Florida’s waterways by kayak, the Ritz-Carlton is an exceptional experience.

Start your vacation in deep relaxation at the resort’s unique spa complete with a Thai massage room, eco garden scrub bar and co-ed relaxation bar. Show your body love with the wellness and workout programs. Classes include yoga, Pilates, and Broadway dance. After your workout visit Vitale, the spa café, that features salads, power drinks and smoothies. When you’re refreshed and filled with energy take a day trip to Orlando’s attractions or sign up for a kayaking eco tour or fly fishing lesson and experience Florida’s natural beauty firsthand. Your children will enjoy the Ritz Kids program that offers obstacle courses, karaoke dance parties and pastry decorating classes. After the day’s fun, treat yourself to the Vineyard grill that features prime meats fresh regional ingredients and American wines. For exciting fusion try Norman’s that features celebrity Chef Norman Van Aken’s New World cuisine that combines Latin, Caribbean and Asian flavors with traditional European technique. The Ritz Carlton offers a wide range of elegant living accommodations. The hotel rooms provide lake-front-view balconies, a double vanity, honor bar, and separate tub and shower for prime in-room comfort. The presidential suites are the pride of the resort with five private balconies, a spacious living room, a service kitchen and a dining room table that seats eight. From the grand architecture to the fine dining, elegance, comfort and excitement await you at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes.

Address

4012 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando, Florida 32837

Getting there

Getting there from the Orlando International Airport—MCO ? Follow "North Exit" signs out of the airport. Take 528 West (Beachline). Exit 3 (John Young Parkway South/423) off 528 (Beachline). At bottom of exit, turn left onto John Young Parkway. Turn right onto Central Florida Parkway (2nd traffic light). Entrance to Grande Lakes Orlando will be on the left.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Ritz-Carlton understands your need for the ultimate escape, which is why they provide the Ritz-Carlton Club® Level, redefining the luxury hotel experience. Ritz-Carlton Club® Level is an oasis often called a hotel within a hotel. In the relaxed lounge environment, a dedicated concierge attends to your every need. Breakfast, light snacks, hors d' oeuvres, beverages and sweets are served continuously throughout the day and a computer station is available to conduct business or plan your next outing.

6 . The Point Orlando Resort

Orlando, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 994 - 6309

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As the bellman greets you at the door, you know you’re in for the stay of a lifetime. The Point Orlando Resort prides itself in welcoming all types of travelers. Whether you’re a couple on a romantic get away, a family on vacation, or a business traveler, you will find comfort and respite at this full-service, all-suite luxury hotel.

The sophisticated ambiance of The Point’s South American décor transports you to a world of tropical enjoyment. The resort is designed to meet your every need from scheduled shuttles to Orlando’s theme parks to complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Start your morning with the a la carte breakfast or get to the attractions early with a bagel and coffee to go. For a day of pure bliss, unwind poolside at the new Cabana Bar and Grill. Enjoy a tropical drink with a good book. As the sun goes down, guests gather to swap stories of their travels and daily adventures. Spend the night out on the town at the nearby attractions or curl up in your suite and enjoy the LCD flat screen. Your home away from home provides contemporary furnishings and elegant comfort. Take in the view on your balcony or soak in the whirlpool. Each suite is equipped with in-room high-speed Internet access for conducting all business duties in the comfort of your room. The 1,686 square feet of meeting space able to accommodate 10 to 80 people make The Point the perfect place to host a corporate event or meeting. Indulge your guests with full catering and banquet facilities. Whether you’re entertaining 80 or looking for secluded repose, you’ll find all of your needs met at The Point Orlando Resort.

Address

7389 Universal Blvd. Orlando, FL 32819

Getting there

Getting there from the Orlando International Airport—MCO ? Take North Airport exit to Beeline Expressway (State Road 528) West. Continue on Beeline to exit 2 – Universal Blvd. Turn right and continue approximately 3.5 miles – crossing Sand Lake Rd. Continue on Universal Blvd., approximately ¼ mile. Hotel is a 12-story terracotta & beige high-rise on the right.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Point upgraded their in-room coffee service to Keurig coffee makers. The unique “k-cup” technology allows you to make fresh individual cups of coffee.

7 . Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel

Lake Buena Vista, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 348 - 3765

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The sights of Orlando are at your fingertips when you stay at Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel.

Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel is just minutes from the family fun of Orlando's attractions. World famous Walt Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios, and many other great sites are available to you when you stay at Best Western. After a day of fun, return to your spacious room at Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel. Splash in the heated pool, play in the game room, or just relax in your room. This family friendly hotel offers you the space and comfort you need in Orlando. All this and more awaits you!

Address

2000 Hotel Plaza Boulevard Lake Buena Vista, Florida, 32830

Average rainfall/snowfall

51.01 inches of rainfall

Elevation

95 ft

8 . JW Marriott Grande Lakes

Orlando, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 576 - 5750

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The JW Marriott Grande Lakes is a marriage of natural and architectural beauty, creating a retreat into luxury and relaxation. The palace-like hotel rises from the lush greenery of its 500-acre tropical landscape. The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Greg Norman Signature golf course, and guided Eco Tours ensure a dynamic immersion into the awe-inspiring estate.

The lobby fountain welcomes you with the serene elegance of its azure waters, but that is only the beginning of the resort’s stunning sights. The blend of neoclassical and Italian villa-inspired grace continues in the comfort of your own room or suite that features marble bathrooms with separate shower and bath, plush bedding and sophisticated technological amenities. Enjoy a view that overlooks the vast estate displaying the immense beauty of Florida’s lakes and waterways. Step outside of your room and relax next to the peaceful Crane Fountain, recline in the sun on the “bank” of the Lazy river pool that winds through a jungle of palm trees and sun decks or gather your family around the fire pit for a cozy evening. The resort is truly a feast for the senses with its eclectic dining opportunities from hand-rolled Sushi at the Lobby Lounge and poolside burgers and drinks at Quench. Your stay is not complete without the Southern Italian cuisine of Primo Orlando. Chef Melissa Kelly takes “fresh” to a new level using ingredients grown on site. Delight in the local citrus, squash, and seafood. Immerse yourself in the area’s natural beauty. Bike or run resort trails. Paddle along on one of the fly-fishing, canoeing or kayaking tours of the Everglades’ headwaters. This four-star resort provides a dynamic experience with its property reflecting Florida’s quiet beauty, while conveniently positioned near Orlando’s major attractions, making it the perfect retreat.

Related activities

The surrounding area provides even more opportunities for fun. Within ten miles, you can find bowling, horseback riding, jet skiing, miniature golf, a nature preserve trail, sailing and waterskiing.

Getting there

Getting there From Orlando International Airport—MCO Exit north to 528 West (toll road - USD $1.50). Travel to exit 3 for John Young Pkwy South. Turn left on John Young Pkwy . Turn right on Whisper Lakes Blvd. Turn left to the hotel main gate. From I-4: Exit 72/528 Beachline Expressway. Travel to exit 3 for John Young Pkwy South. Turn left on John Young Pkwy. Turn right on Whisper Lakes Blvd. Turn left to the hotel main gate.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Ritz-Carlton Spa offers 40,000 square feet of relaxation amenities include lap and plunge pools, a spa restaurant, steam room and therapy baths. Treat yourself to a body scrub or wrap, facial or manicure. Socialize and workout in one of the numerous fitness classes that include ballet, indoor cycling, yoga, boot camp and total body conditioning.

9 . The Florida Hotel and Conference Center

Orlando, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (407) 859 - 1500

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The Florida Hotel and Conference Center rests at the center of Orlando life. Located at the Florida Mall, the hotel blends convenience and luxury, while proudly holding the title of the “Friendliest Hotel in Orlando.” Whether for business or vacation The Florida Hotel and Conference Center guarantees a weekend of Central Florida bliss.

Start your morning with scrumptious selections of fresh pastries and coffee in the lobby Starbucks before diving into the retail heaven of the Florida Mall or journeying to the Walt Disney Word Resort, just minutes away. For relaxation and tranquility look no further than your own room. The Florida Hotel offers in-room spa treatments and daily room service. Its friendly, multi-lingual staff is dedicated to making your experience unforgettable. Cricket’s Bar and Marcelo’s Bistro satisfy your food cravings with a variety of fresh salads, grilled streaks and seafood. There is no better way to end a day of business or sightseeing than a workout the state of the art fitness center followed by a soak in the tropically heated pool. Enjoy a cold drink in Cricket’s Bar and then head back to your spacious modern room, parlor or presidential suite. Rooms feature warm cherry wood furnishings equipped with comforts that include wireless internet and a wall mounted television. Parlor suites are perfect for entertaining guests with a sitting and dining area, decorated in white oak; a balcony; and a wet bar. The Presidential Suites redefine hotel living with their bi-level, two- to four-bedroom sanctuaries of luxury. Decorated in Eastern tones, the suites feature a whirlpool bath, a private balcony and a full feature wet bar, perfect for a romantic getaway or vacation retreat. The Florida Hotel and Conference Center ensures you’ll leave with satisfaction and a desire to return.

Getting there

Getting there from Orlando International Airport—MCO Take the North airport exit and follow signs to the Beachline* Expressway (State Road 528) west go through the first tollbooth, then take the second exit onto State Road 482 (McCoy Road). At this point this road is called McCoy Road, but the name changes to Sand Lake Road once you cross Orange Avenue. Stay on this road approximately 5 miles. At the third traffic light (Golden Sky Lane), turn left into The Florida Mall. Then follow signs to the hotel. There is Valet Parking available for a nominal charge or complimentary self-parking.

Fun facts

Central Florida would not hold its reputation for beauty without its diverse ecological system. The Florida Hotel and Conference Center is dedicated to preserving its lush and imperative natural resources. They are going green with environmental practices that include recycling receptacles in meeting and banquet rooms, compact fluorescent bulbs, an Energy Management System that ensures lights and air conditioning are turned off in unused areas and many more small changes with a large impact.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Florida Hotel and Conference Center boasts exceptional event space and an experienced wedding and social event staff dedicated to making your event the experience of a lifetime. The Florida Hotel professionals will help you coordinate a wedding or event that fits your personal style and budget. Special rates for out-of-town guests ensure that you can spend your important day with your loved ones. Centerpiece candelabras and specialty linens help create your dream setting. Champagne is provided for newlyweds as well as a complimentary champagne toast for you and your guests.

Your family’s dreams come true at The Marriott Vacation Club Harbour Lake. The pirate theme brings the magic of Orlando’s attractions home. Your children can climb aboard the life-sized pirate ship and splash in the outdoor water works, while you relax poolside at the Parched Pirate, play miniature golf or rise to stardom at Family Karaoke.

The Marriott Vacation Club Harbour Lake makes the dream of an affordable and relaxing family-friendly vacation a reality. The villa accommodations and wealth of activities provide the perfect vacation for every member of your family. Take a day trip to one of Orlando’s popular theme parks. Pack a picnic and head out to Cocoa or Daytona Beach for a day of sun and swimming. Onsite, your children won’t be the only ones taking part in the fun. For the relaxation-inclined, enjoy a massage followed by a fresh lunch at the HarbourSide Bar & Grill. The active members of your family can work up a sweat in the 24-hour gym or shoot hoops on the SportCourt®. Cool down in the outdoor heated pool and then hit the tennis tables. Return to your spacious one- or two-bedroom villa. With separate living and dining areas, there is ample room to take a breather and spend a quiet night with your loved ones. Enjoy the calm of your private balcony or patio. If you are in need of a romantic parent’s night out, the Sporty Kid’s Camp offers your little ones pizza, games and fun, while you hit the town. The kids’ adventures continue with Campfire and Smores prepared near the fire pit, making for a truly unforgettable night. However you define vacation, your whole family is guaranteed to leave with a smile.

Related activities

Put on your wet suits! The nearby attractions include jet skiing and water-skiing. For indoor fun, knock down a few pins at the local bowling alley.

Getting there

Getting there from Orlando International Airport—MCO Follow signs to the north exit of the airport. Take State Road 528 West (toll road) to exit 1 for International Drive/SeaWorld. Turn left onto International Drive. At the traffic light, turn right onto Westwood Boulevard. Proceed approximately two miles and Marriott's Harbour Lake will be located on the right.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Pirate Plunge is the newest kid-friendly feature at the Marriott Vacation Club Harbour Lake. The interactive water playground features a slide pool. There’s no end to the splashing fun

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