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10 of Florida’s Most Family Friendly Resorts

Every parent knows there’s more to planning a family vacation than simply finding activities and amusement parks that will keep the kids occupied. You never know how much time you’ll end up spending in your hotel and you want your children to be as comfortable as you are while amused at the same time.

The following are some of the best family-friendly resorts in Florida – specifically in Orlando and the surrounding area. While many are in the Disney and Universal area we feel it’s important to note that you don’t necessarily have to plan on visiting one of these parks in order to stay in their resorts. Shuttles, taxis, and public transportation systems are available to get you wherever you want to go in Orlando and the surrounding areas. If you’re traveling with children you’ll definitely want to check out one of these incredible resort hotels!

10. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Disney World

Disney's Wilderness Lodge

The Wilderness Lodge in Disney World is an amazingly exciting resort for families. The décor at the hotel, which sits in a real cypress forest near the lagoon outside the Magic Kingdom, was inspired by the country’s national parks and is sure to keep the kids entertained even when you aren’t visiting any of the area’s surrounding theme parks. You’ll enjoy taking carriage rides, viewing the timed geysers, and relaxing in the river-shaped swimming pools.

9. Animal Kingdom Lodge – Disney World

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge promises adventure to families with children easily amused by animals. Unless you’re a world traveler, your stay here may be as close as you’ll ever get to a safari adventure. Look out your hotel room window and you might see some of the wild zebras and wildebeests roaming the hotel grounds. We guarantee the kids will be excited to stay in the lodge, regardless of whether or not you’re in Orlando to visit the Disney parks.

8. Disney’s Board Walk – Disney World

Boardwalk hotel

Disney’s Board Walk hotel was actually inspired by the Jersey shore. The buildings within this resort surround a faux boardwalk complete with canopy tents, juggles, and a really cool slide that will have your kids screaming with joy as they splash their way into the main pool.

7. Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – Disney World

Grand Floridian

The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa was Disney’s flagship hotel. It oozes elegance and style while at the same time catering to families in a beautiful Victorian setting. This hotel, while fun and within close proximity to many area attractions, is probably better suited for families with older children who don’t need constant color and distraction to stay out of trouble.

6. Disney’s Yacht Club Resort – Disney World

Disney Yacht Club

Disney’s Yacht Club resort is located on Crescent Lake located right outside of Epcot. This resort will make you feel as though you’ve stepped right into a real yacht club. Your kids will enjoy feeling as though they’re in charge of their own deck as they slide along the hardwood floors in the nautically decorated resort buildings or enjoy the pool complex. Make sure you hunt down the famed quicksand spots.

5. Royal Pacific Resort – Universal Orlando

Royal Pacific Resort

The Royal Pacific Resort in Universal Orlando was themed to resemble some of the South Pacific’s finest islands. You’ll love the ambiance here so much you might consider returning to the resort instead of taking a trip to the actual South Pacific Islands themselves. As an added bonus, your room key will allow you to jump to the front of the lines in the Universal theme parks – a feature your children are sure to appreciate.

4. Portofino Bay Hotel – Universal Orlando

portofino

Have you always wanted to visit the Italian Riviera but thought the trip would be out of the question with the kids in tow? Try the next best thing – a stay in the Portofino Bay Hotel in Universal Orlando. The beautiful townhouse style rooms set on the faux Riviera will instantly transport you into the Italian mindset. Don’t forget to grab a gelato on the way back to your room in the evening.

3. Disney’s Beach Club Resort – Disney World

Beach Club

The Beach Club Resort in Disney is – well – just plain fun. It sits next door to the Yacht Club resort and kids will enjoy the beach-like setting without the inconvenience of having to leave Disney property. Besides, the nearest beach can’t even begin to compete – only Disney’s Beach Club Resort has a water slide shaped like a galleon ship. If you’d rather stay closer to a real beach you’ll want to look for hotels in Orlando a bit further removed from the major theme parks.

2. Disney’s Polynesian Resort – Disney World

Polynesian Resort

The Polynesian Resort is yet another Disney favorite. The family-friendly atmosphere is bound to bring back memories of your own childhood – or those of the ones you watch the Brady Bunch and Partridge Family having on television. Check out the 40 foot volcano standing proudly in the center of the hotel’s monstrous pool. If that doesn’t entertain the family, nothing will.

1. Ritz-Carlton – Naples

Ritz Carlton Naples

The fabulous Ritz-Carlton in Naples is the perfect place for parents who’d like to spend some time with and without the kids. In between family outings you will enjoy the hotels massage specials while remaining secure in the knowledge that your children are enjoying the nearby mangrove jungles under the supervision of the Ritz-Carlton’s naturalist. If the Ritz is a bit too pricey for your budget you’ll find dozens of other cheap hotels in Naples to choose from.

These are, of course, some of the most popular hotels for families in the area but there are dozens of other hotels in Florida to choose from as well. Your family will enjoy their Florida vacation no matter where you end up staying!

One Comment for "10 of Florida’s Most Family Friendly Resorts"

SM says on July 20th, 2009 at 3:18 am:

the article is 10 of ORLANDO’S most family friendly resorts, and you’re #1 choice is in naples? what’s that like 2.5 – 3.5 hours from Orlando?

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