A trip to Orlando is on just about every family’s bucket list. Everyone wants to go to Disney World at least once. Aside from Disney World (you’ll need about a week there to enjoy each park), there are so many amazing places to visit in and around Orlando. If Disney isn’t even on your radar, Orlando is still a wonderful place for a family vacation.
Snag a cheap hotel or resort before you get there. No one wants to arrive at their destination and not have a place to stay. Check out Expedia for cheap deals on hotels. Right now, they have their Escape Sale going on & you can save up to 45% on select hotels. Many hotels even offer discounted attraction tickets- just be sure to ask about those at their front desk. Try to find a hotel that offers a complimentary breakfast. This will save you a ton of money on the most important meal of the day. If a mini fridge is an option, make sure you ask for it. Having a place to store small food items, drinks and snacks is a huge plus.
Visit the local Visitors Center. This is a great place for information on shows, theme parks, restaurants, and so much more! If you want to visit a theme park other than Disney, think about Sea World, LEGOLAND or Busch Gardens. These parks also have water parks, so don’t forget to pack your swimsuits!
No one wants to endure a nasty sunburn while on vacation, so make sure that you have plenty of sunscreen. The Florida sun is very intense, so you’ll want something that is strong (SPF 50) and is waterproof or water resistant. Apply every hour or two so you won’t have to risk getting too much sun. Also, be sensible about sun safety. Coolibar has fashionable UV protectant apparel for the entire family. Grab 30% off deals from their sale section- great to shop before you travel. If your scalp tends to burn, you’ll want to bring along a hat of some sort for extra protection.
Mini golf is a fun way to enjoy some family time. There are a lot of miniature golf places to visit in and around Orlando. You can even play mini golf at Disney World! If you’re going to be outside, you might consider bringing along a personal fan or mister bottle. Always make sure you have plenty of fresh drinking water, too.
Spend a day at one of the many nearby beaches. Cocoa Beach is just about an hour away from Orlando and offers a very inexpensive day trip. Leave early to grab a good spot on the beach, as the beach does tend to become crowded later in the day. There are parking fees, but free to use public bathhouses. Bring your own towels, but splurge on renting a large beach umbrella for around $10.00. The hues of blue in the water is just so beautiful, and you’ll be so glad you decided to spend a day at the beach.
Do Disney without going to Disney. Disney Springs is free to visit and offers free parking. There are tons of restaurants and shops to enjoy, including The World of Disney Store. This gives you a taste of all things Disney without having to spend money on park tickets. Recommended restaurants for kids- T-Rex Café and Rainforest Café. Some restaurants in Disney Springs may accept Disney Dining plans. Make the most of your visit- hit the pools, enjoy your hotel or resort’s amenities and social events, and have a fabulous vacation!