There are literally hundreds of cities in the US alone that have become popular favorites where the family vacation is concerned. One of the first cities that come to mind is Orlando, Florida.
Orlando has become one of the most desirable family holiday destinations in the United States and possibly worldwide. The climate is always perfect so a beach-oriented family vacation is always recommended no matter if you are on the Atlantic side or the Gulf side of the state.
The following is a list of the 6 most popular family destinations when vacationing in the Sunshine State that you will definitely want to include in your vacation itinerary:
1. Discovery Cove
A reservation-only format that provides the entire family with the most exciting encounters with animals that you will ever experience in your life. You can look a barracuda or a shark in the eye, play with stingrays, and of course, swim with the dolphins.
2. Orlando Science Center
Originally established and incorporated as the Central Florida Museum in 1955 and then featured at the opening of Loch Haven Park of Orlando in 1960, it is now known as the Orlando Science Center and is a 207,000 sq. ft., multi-level facility that is a sure fire hit with families. It features the Cinema Dome, continually changing exhibits, and a planetarium.
3. SeaWorld of Orlando
Of all the amusement parks in the world, SeaWorld of Orlando has perfected the ideal recipe for family vacation fun. It is one of the best combinations of animal interactions, fantastic entertainment, and thrilling amusement rides that you will find anywhere in the US.
4. Universal Orlando
Comprised of 2 family fun parks, Universal Orlando features the phenomenal Islands of Adventure and the renowned Orlando Studios. Once considered to be a one-day vacation adventure, Universal Orlando has attained new family vacation destination status. Additionally, make sure you take in the CityWalk entertainment complex while you are there as well. The 3 luxury hotels that are in close proximity to the park make the entire scenario a multi-day vacation at the very least.
5. Walt Disney’s Animal Kingdom
No matter which of Disney’s theme parks you take in on vacation, Animal Kingdom is a must-see on any vacation itinerary. The one in Walt Disney World in Orlando is no exception. In any event, you and your family will quickly discover that this is neither your typical theme park attraction nor your typical zoo. It is a family attraction that beckons all and should not be missed.
6. Walt Disney World
You know the old cliché about “saving the best for last?” We just did. Welcome to Walt Disney World, one of the premier theme parks in the entire world and a highly targeted family vacation destination. Whether it’s the exhibits, the food, the rides, or just the themed atmosphere, it just doesn’t get any better than this.
Top 5 Family-friendly hotels in Orlando, FL:
- Hotel The Point Orlando Resort – Double room from $ 109 per night
- Holiday Inn Sunspree resort LBV – Double room from $ 110 per night
- Gaylord Palms Hotel Kissimmee – Double room from $ 209 per night
- Eco Lodge Inn & Suites – Double room from $ 35 per night
- Hotel Caribe Royale – Double room from $ 140 per night
Photo of Disney World, Orlando, FL by Joe Penniston