Family holidays in Orlando, Florida

Orlando: where dreams come true


Kai Sedgwick

Kai Sedgwick
HomeAway travel expert


Family holidays in Orlando, Florida Orlando, Florida is synonymous with Disney World, renowned as one of the world’s ultimate family holiday destinations. It’s difficult to argue with searing sunshine and jaw-dropping theme parks, but there’s a lot more to Orlando than Mickey Mouse. While thrill-seekers flock to the city to test their nerve, even vacationers who don’t enjoy heights or insane speed can savour a memorable holiday in one of America’s most pleasant states. From first-rate dinner theatres to world-class golf resorts, as well as renowned shopping districts and a range of outdoor hotspots, there’s something for all the family in Orlando, Florida.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when pondering a family trip to Orlando. The first impulse might be to book into the Walt Disney World Resort, but a better option could be to rent Orlando properties in one of the outlying boroughs. By doing so, you can explore the delights Orlando has to offer without being confronted by a gaggle of excitable children at every turn! When booking with HomeAway Holiday Rentals, you can rest assured that your property will be clean, spacious and well-equipped. Some apartments are even equipped with pools, games rooms and home cinemas. Whether you choose to set up base in the Davenport area, in Kissimmee or in Haines City, here’s a rundown of the top attractions in Orlando, Florida.


 

Tips for great family breaks in Orlando, Florida


   

Disney World Disney World

We might as well start with Disney World; a place as integral to Orlando as the Empire State Building is to New York. Home to four theme parks, two water parks, five golf courses and 24 themed resorts, Disney World holds more than enough wonders to entertain a family for a fortnight. The kids will step into a fantasy when they set eyes on Cinderella Castle or the exotic wildlife at Animal Kingdom, while parents will be spoiled for choice by a myriad of on-site restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world. Disney World even boasts an annual food and wine festival, if you fancy planning your break around this event. 

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Shopping Shopping

Those on a mission to spend will find Orlando to be equipped with a whole host of designer stores. Whether you’re after Gucci bags, Tiffany diamonds or humbler wares, you’re unlikely to return to your apartment empty-handed after treading sidewalks that are flanked by 52 million square feet of retail space. The kids will enjoy kitting themselves out in the latest clothing from big brands that have yet to hit the market back home. Of Orlando’s nine world-class malls, the upscale Mall at Millenia is certainly worth a visit. Aside from fashion, you’ll also find plenty of shops selling antiques, perfumes and pretty much everything else downtown.

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Culture Culture

From award-winning performing arts, diverse celebrations and international art exhibits, Orlando certainly knows how to cater for those with a taste for culture. The Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts showcases vaunted works by African artists, while both the Orlando Ballet and Orlando Opera are excellent choices for a fine evening out. Aside from the year-round staples, the festival season brings an element of glamour, with the Florida Film Festival arguably the most star-studded. The Orlando International Fringe Festival also hosts some of the best theatre productions in the world, including a selection of kids shows that will keep the younger ones satisfied.

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Kennedy Space Centre Kennedy Space Centre

No trip to Orlando would be complete without a day at the Kennedy Space Centre. Kids and adults alike will be enthralled as they explore its launch headquarters and size up its space suits! There’s also the chance to experience interactive simulators, take in live shows and snap pictures of massive moon rockets and space probes. As part of the dining options, you can choose to grab a bite while posing questions to a veteran NASA astronaut! Why not check out the Space Centre’s events calendar in advance to make the most of your visit?

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Universal Studios Universal Studios

Yes, it’s another theme park – but you can’t talk about Orlando without mentioning Universal Studios. Film buffs will be in their element, while the kids can inhabit the world of their favourite cartoon and comic book characters. The park is split into Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, with the latter’s rides including sense-altering attractions such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Incredible Hulk Coaster and the famous Jurassic Park River Adventure. Universal Studios, meanwhile, lets you dive into the big screen and get lost among an array of rides, shows, film sets and food stands, including Shrek 4-D, Alien Attack and Revenge of the Mummy. Eat, drink, shop and explore everything on offer in the entertainment capital of Orlando.

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Disney Orlando Florida Holiday Homes

8810 Tottenham Way - Lindfields

This family home in Lindfields is in a very quiet area, well maintained, and is only a short distance from Walt Disney World. This home has a living room, formal dining room, fully equipped kitchen and dining area, 3 bedrooms (1 King bedroom a...

311 Tupelo Circle - Calabay Parc

This executive home is in one of central Florida's newest communities: Calabay Parc. The home is conveniently located within 15 minutes of Disney World.

This home has 5 bedrooms, including 2 masters, (1 king bedroom, 1 queen bedroom and two...

131 South Roma Way - Indian Point

Perfect location for all attractions! This four bed private pool home is located in the heart of all Orlando Attractions. Positioned on the quiet Indian Point division the house is close to everything but far enough away to enjoy some quiet down t...

2626 Sand Hill Pointe Circle - Sand Hill Point

This beautiful home is located in the peaceful community of Sand Hill Point and is very close to all the Walt Disney theme parks. This home features 5 bedrooms, 2 of which are masters, configured as 1 king-sized bedroom, 2 queen bedrooms and 2 ...

2388 Silver Palm Drive - Windsor Palms

This townhome at Windsor Palms is a modern two-storey 1400 square feet designed to a high standard. This charming and well equipped home comprises of 3 bedrooms and 3 ensuite bathrooms; 1 King, 1 Queen and 1 Twin room, decorated in a fresh but tr...

841 Suffolk Place - The Shire

Beautifully furnished, executive home on gated community, near Disney. Welcome to our beautiful Orlando villa set in the gated community, The Shire of West Haven, and only 10 minutes from Disney with Champions gate golf, shopping and restaurants n...

8083 Roaring Creek Circle - Indian Creek

Newly renovated in May 2012, this 5 star Executive Vacation Home is an ideal choice for your Orlando vacation! This home is spacious and very well appointed with new upscale finishes and features many great amenities: * Complimentary Wi-Fi and ph...

1135 Seasons Blvd- Seasons

This stunning two-story, five bedroom/four bath villa, brand new for 2006, is situated in the new community of Seasons. It is superbly furnished to an extremely high standard and would be ideal for a large family or two families to share, being ab...

8081 Roaring Creek Court - Indian Creek

This beautiful 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom single-storey home is located in the community of Indian Creek and is family oriented. This spacious and truly elegant home with each room individually and very tastefully decorated has a living room, dinin...

963 Park Terrace circle - Lake Berkley

This lovely Town home is located on the infamous & popular resort of Lake Berkley. Located within a one minute walk to the resort pool & splash pool this home is the perfect Disney retreat. The home has three spaccious bedrooms, a large dining & l...
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