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The 7 Best Orlando Staycations for Families

Let’s face it, sometimes as parents we don’t have the ability to take an elaborate vacation out of state or even longer than the weekend. In addition, maybe you have little ones that make traveling difficult. That’s why staycations have become a favorite for our family! We’ve had the opportunity to stay at several resorts in Central Florida and I’m here to share the BEST Orlando staycations for families!

5+ Best Orlando Staycations

1. The Grove Resort & Water Park

If you’re looking to have some fun in the sun, then an Orlando staycation at The Grove Resort & Water Park is perfect for you!

What’s unique about The Grove Resort is that everything is going to be a two or three bedroom suite, complete with a full kitchen. This is a great option for large families or families looking to travel with multi-generations. If you’re planning to stay longer, the kitchen is a great way to save on meals as you can prepare them yourself.

The water park features a lazy river, water slides, a kid’s splash pad with mini slides, flow rider, and multiple pools. In addition, families can enjoy fishing from the pier, arcade, or resort planned events.

2. Gaylord Palms

Quite possibly, one of our favorite Orlando staycations has been at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center.

The Gaylord Palms also features an incredible water park and is great for families who love the water. Our favorite feature of the water park is known as Crystal River Rapids. It’s basically a lazy river on steroids! Of course, families can also enjoy the numerous waterslides, flow rider, and kid’s water playground.

If you plan your Gaylord Palms staycation near a holiday season, you can enjoy fun holiday themed activities, too. This could be a pirate treasure hunt, the ICE experience, or an Easter egg extravaganza, etc. Some of these activities may require an additional fee.

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Brittney Naylor and daughter sitting on ledge of lazy river at Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Florida. Best Family Resorts in Florida. Orlando Staycations

3. Disney Resorts

With Orlando being the home of Walt Disney World, there are over 20 Disney resorts in the Orlando area. Some of our favorite Orlando staycations have been at a Disney resort.

Families looking for a truly unique experience can stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge, which features numerous wildlife right on property.

Or perhaps you’d like to stay at one of our favorite Disney resorts, Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa. Here you can enjoy multiple family pools, a spa, beautiful scenery, a community center, and more! At the community center, families can enjoy crafts, movies, games, or rent bikes. This was definitely one of our favorite features of the resort as it allowed time to relax after hours in the sun. It’s also nice if you happen to have a rainy day during your staycation. In addition, the two main pools both feature fun water slides, which is always a hit with our daughter.

Another great Disney resort to visit is Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Here you can enjoy two pools, a kid’s water splash park, jogging trail, arcade, character dining, and more! Families can also enjoy a nightly electric water pageant on the river.

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Water Slide at Paddock Pool at Disney's Saratoga Springs in Orlando--best DVC resort for families
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4. Omni Orlando Resort

Another one of the best Orlando staycations is Omni Orlando Resort located in Championsgate. Here families can enjoy golf, another amazing water park–complete with a lazy river, and more.

There are ten dining options on property, ensuring you never have to leave. In addition, kids can enjoy there own pizza making class!

Omni Orlando also recently opened there own version of Top Golf called Eagles Edge, which is sure to be a fun family activity.

Aerial view of the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate featuring the pool and water park, golf course, and hotel. Best Orlando Staycations for families.

5. Caribe Royale

Another great Orlando staycation resort is the Caribe Royale which features suites and villas. As a family of three, we love when we find a resort with affordable spacious suites or multi-bedroom villas.

At Caribe Royale, you’ll find several dining options and a Starbucks on site. We really enjoyed dining at the Venetian Chop House, which is an upscale dining experience, but kid friendly.

Caribe Royale’s pool is also a standout feature. Of course, any pool with a fun waterslide is a hit with our daughter. The pool also features a massive waterfall. There is plenty of seating around the pool and you can even receive poolside service when you need a bite to eat.

The resort also provides complimentary shuttles to the nearby theme parks if you’re looking to have a Disney day during your staycation, too.

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Eleanor in bed at the Caribe Royale in Orlando. She is wearing a white robe and white towel on her head, as well as, blue sunglasses. Orlando Staycations.

6. Hilton Orlando

Located near International Drive, Hilton Orlando is a perfect Orlando staycation destination for families looking to fill their time with fun activities outside the resort.

On property, families can once again enjoy an incredible pool area featuring a lazy river, water slides, and more.

Aside from the resort, families can enjoy ICON Park, which features an aquarium, illusions museum, and more , a plethora of dining options, and endless shopping. There’s also a movie theatre if the family needs something to do in the event it rains.

Aerial view of the pool area at hilton orlando featuring a lazy river, blue water slide, and plenty of palm trees.

7. Four Seasons Orlando

If you’re looking for a more luxurious Orlando staycation, then the Four Seasons Resort Orlando is the place to stay!

Four Seasons Orlando is sure to be the perfect oasis featuring Explorer Island water park, an adult-only pool (Four Seasons will entertain your kids for free at kids camp), and state of the art spa.

By now, you may be noticing a trend, but Orlando resorts love to have a dynamite pool area with slides and more ensuring guests keep cool in the Florida heat. At Four Seasons Orlando you’ll enjoy yet another lazy river and spectacular water slides.

In addition, families can enjoy a character breakfast with Goofy and his pals. Little ones can enjoy a special day at spa complete with a prince/princess outfit. Then, end the day with a view of the Walt Disney World fireworks!

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Conclusion: BEST Orlando Staycations

Whether you’re looking for luxury or affordability, there’s an Orlando staycation calling your family’s name! Any of these Orlando staycations are sure to provide your family with memories, fun, and relaxation. So, start planning your family staycation today!

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The Comments

  • angie
    February 27, 2024

    Beautiful sites, all of them with so much fun right at fingertips. Thanks for sharing such great advice. I am sure there will be many looking for information like this.

  • Beth
    February 28, 2024

    These are all great ideas, but Disney resorts would always be at the top of my list if I lived in Orlando. I know that’s where I try to book us whenever we visit. We love the accommodations AND the parks.

    • Brittney
      → Beth
      February 28, 2024

      Disney really knows how to host! We’ve always had such great experiences at Disney resorts and try to stay there when we can! Would love to try to visit all of them as an Orlando local.

  • Ben
    February 28, 2024

    Caribe Royal would be the first spot on my list. That is one amazing-looking spot! I might just spend the whole trip hanging there.

    • Brittney
      → Ben
      February 28, 2024

      Such a great choice! It’s definitely central to all of the theme parks in Orlando too!

  • Kimberley Asante
    February 28, 2024

    As a Floridian I can say Orlando is indeed a fantastic destination with so much to offer, even for locals looking for a fun getaway without venturing too far from home. Staycations can be a great way to recharge and create lasting memories with loved ones. Thanks for sharing this resource – it’s sure to inspire many families to plan their next adventure in Orlando!

  • Richard Lowe
    February 28, 2024

    I live a couple of hours from Orlando. I will use these tips when I go there.

  • Ebony
    February 29, 2024

    This list if full of so many amazing recommendations to help us plan our next family vacation! I would love to try one of the Disney resorts for the full Disney experience!

    • Brittney
      → Ebony
      February 29, 2024

      Definitely check out David’s Vacation Club Rentals if you plan to book a Disney resort. It’s a great way to enjoy DVC perks at a fraction of the cost!

  • Carol Colborn
    February 29, 2024

    Wow my dream is to bring my grandkids to Disney Resorts.

  • Marysa
    February 29, 2024

    You have so many great options in Orlando! These look like so much fun, and it is nice that you have them nearby. We don’t have these kinds of places near me.

  • Fransic verso
    March 1, 2024

    It is an awesome idea for families, my aunt and her family are going there. Will share this with them. It looks fun for kids as well and is good for making memories.

    March 1, 2024

    Orlando, here I come! Orlando is a fantastic place for a staycation, with so many options for families to choose from. And with so much to do and see, it sounds like the perfect destination for a fun and relaxing getaway. I’m sure my family will have an amazing time!