Welcome to our “See the USA” series as we travel across the country (and through the alphabet) exploring some beautiful destinations you should explore (if you haven’t already). Hopefully you caught the best of Newport, Rhode Island last week and Manhattan the week before. This week we’ve reached letter O and Orlando a place many of you might know, but maybe you don’t know about everything it has to offer outside the theme parks. This week I have Heather from I Love Family Travel sharing the top 5 family friendly things to do in Orlando, her home town!
When visiting Orlando, families tend to spend their days running around from theme park to theme park, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want a fabulous resort to return to at the end of the day. I think I have lost track when it comes to the number of properties we have explored in the Orlando area, but these are some we would recommend for families based on their amenities, location, and let’s be honest, cleanliness. It’s hard to narrow down the properties, but we think these are the 8 best family resorts in Orlando.
Have you ever considered a family vacation that goes above and beyond staying at a regular hotel? How about a multi generational trip for the holidays or one with several families where you want to all stay in one house? It can be difficult to find a property that is large enough, has the amenities you want and need, and is conveniently located to the places you want to visit. Families headed to Orlando will be thrilled to learn about The Encore Club residences, spacious enough to accommodate everyone and providing the relaxation you need after long days exploring the area. Top Villas, a luxury villa rental brand, has just launched luxury family accommodations at The Encore Club in Orlando and… [Read More]
Disney World is one of those vacation destinations where it helps to plan ahead and have some travel tips in mind before you arrive. It is hard to explain why, but people are magically drawn to Walt Disney World over and over again. I happen to be one of those people, and we just booked our tickets to head to the Magic Kingdom for the fifth time in 8 years. We spend loads of money to visit multiple theme parks, pull muscles we didn’t know existed, and suffer through endless lines and crowds of people. We do this for our kids, for the memories, and for the love of the mouse.
This month I am sharing with you my April Travel Round Up. April was a busy month with multiple trips, a ton of deadlines, a memorial for my grandmother, and a horrible head cold. This post includes articles I wrote (or shared) on other websites that you might have missed. This past month has been a whirlwind of activity and unfortunately my immune system suffered for it. So without further ado, here are some of the posts you may have missed:
10 Favorite Spring Break Destinations for Families When you aren’t planning on traveling for spring break, you have plenty of time to sit in your warm living room, look outside at the snow and dream of all the places you would love to visit this time of year. Growing up I lived in Phoenix, so our family often planned beach escapes in the summer (spring was too nice in Arizona to leave). During our early married years, we lived in San Diego (near the beach), so we dreamed of exotic spring destinations such as Europe. After we moved to Chicago, we could only dream about escaping the cold weather all winter long. My husband would love to go on a ski vacation, but every spring… [Read More]
If your kids love Harry Potter and super heroes more than princesses and cartoon characters, Universal’s Islands of Adventure could be the place for you. People often overlook this Orlando attraction, but it actually delivers on some things where Disney falls short. However, it does fail in some rather important areas, namely rides suitable for the little ones and a lack of food allergy awareness, which is a problem for our family.
5 Things We Learned At Epcot If you have never visited Epcot, you don’t know what you’re missing. Think of traveling around the world, but never leaving the confines of the United States. Well, central Florida for that matter. Think “It’s A Small World” on steroids. The park is made up of two distinct sections: Future World and World Showcase. Future World is not so futuristic, it actually consists of an aquarium, soaring experience, and some hands on technology exhibits that now seem incredibly dated. If you have read any of my previous posts, you know why World Showcase appeals to our family. Eleven pavilions, each representing a different country, ring a central lagoon and within each one you can experience… [Read More]
A Visit to Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom and How to Navigate Fast Pass+ The night before we leave, everyone can’t sleep. They are crazy excited to see the mouse. Well not really, they’re more excited to see their grandparents and escape from Chicago’s horrible weather. Sadly, our children have reached that age where the allure of Disney characters is no longer their cup of tea, and now their focus is entirely upon the rides. We set our alarm for 3:30 a.m. and everyone is super chatty and excited as we make our way to the airport and onto the plane. We always try to make them rest, but for some reason (adrenaline maybe?), it never works. Thankfully we aren’t… [Read More]