How to Plan an Orlando Staycation



How do you plan a Staycation in Orlando?  

Orlando can be an amazing location for tourists and locals.  People literally travel from all over the world to visit the numerous Orlando attractions.  One hidden secret is that there are so many other resources for mini vacation spots with your family that are budget friendly, especially if you're looking for something away from the main Orlando theme parks.  Planning a Staycation as a local can be just as much fun to find those hidden gems we forget to visit.   


Tips for Planning a Vacation or Staycation in Orlando, FL from The Educators' Spin On It

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Here are some of my favorite spots for a perfect for a little getaway this summer with your kids in Orlando! 



Hotel Adventure in Orlando

After living in Orlando for nearly 30 years we are always trying to find new things to do. One of my biggest tips is to book a hotel for your staycation, there are SO many to choose from in Orlando!  It's a memory your kids will never forget.  Even if that's all you do.  

TIP: Find a hotel with an amazing pool that includes a yummy free breakfast & free cocktail reception hours. So much more bang for your dollar! 

Indoor Fun in Orlando 


Visiting Orlando Tips

Outdoor fun In Orlando 

Exploring waterways and springs in Orlando
Discovering Springs and Rivers In Orlando image source Wikipedia 

Water Fun in Orlando 

  • Splash Pads in Orlando  There are tons of local Splash Pads in Orlando  Barnett Park, Shady Park, Downtown Disney, Dr. P. Phillips Community Park, Capehart Park, Downey Park Splash Playground, Fort Mellon Park  
  • Uptown in Altamonte Springs Crane’s Roost Lake is a beautiful location for families to visit, picnic, stroll around the lake which includes quite a few bridges.  Plus enjoy a Fountain with a Laser light show each evening at 7, 8 & 9 pm 
  • BEACH   AND most importantly... you have to drive to the beach!  EAST or WEST it's less than two hours away. One of our favorite spots have been the Splash Pad at Daytona Beach and Honeymoon Island on the Gulf Coast.     
Exploring Local Spots in Orlando
Uptown Altamonte Springs at Crane's Roost Lage  image Source wikipedia 

Shopping Fun in Orlando 

  • Outlet Malls in Orlando  Premium Outlet Malls have a few locations.  We love the life sized chess game and playground at the Vineland location. The International drive location has a stream and little area with activities for kids.  
  • Point Orlando Point Orlando is a favorite culinary spot with a few kid friendly options.  Monkey Joe's is an indoor spot for kids to jump around, literally!  There's a Movie Theater too.  Take some time to at least drive by Wonderworks , your kids will love it!
Travel Tips for Orlando, Florida from The Educators' Spin On It
Downtown Disney image source wikipedia

Theme Parks in Orlando 


If you're still looking for a bit of the Theme Park Magic without the Ticket Price here are a few tips from a local who's entertained quite a few out of town guests with these plans!  
  • Downtown Disney Did you know that for minimal cost or for FREE you can visit Downtown Disney?  Located on Disney property it's our go to spot when we want to sneak in a little Disney Magic without having to go to the theme parks. Downtown Disney has many options for Kids to do! Featured locations are Lego Store, T-Rex Restaurant and Fossil Dig Rainforest Cafe , Bippidi Bobbidi Boutique  , Boat Ride, Train Ride , Photo Opp with Disney Statues, Little Splash Pad for Kids , Carousal , Tons of Restaurants, Bowling, Movie Theater, Balloon Ride and MORE!!!
  • Disney Boardwalk Did you know you can visit Disney's Boardwalk for free too? You can catch a glimpse of Epcot's fireworks in the evening too.
  • Universal Studios Universal Studios and Island of Adventure are a big hit with family. I have a little local secret if you head to City Walk for an evening getaway it can be tons of fun. Don't forget to sneak in a little boat ride with the kids. They have quite a few restaurants, a movie theater and sometimes there is street music. Wet 'N' Wild can be an entire day and night of fun too! 
  • Sea World  Sea WorldAquatica Discovery Cove Year after year Sea World is just about the only park that we just simply can't not visit which is why it's the one pass we always have. With younger children it's nice to not have to be rushed and fit into lines. There are so many little spots to simply sit and observe the marine life.  Plus as your kids get older there are some fun rides and a splash park for them too.
  • Sea World  Sea WorldAquatica Discovery Cove Year after year Sea World is just about the only park that we just simply can't not visit which is why it's the one pass we always have. With younger children it's nice to not have to be rushed and fit into lines. There are so many little spots to simply sit and observe the marine life.  Plus as your kids get older there are some fun rides and a splash park for them too.

Budget Friendly Ideas for Vacations in Orlando 

Living in Central Florida with Kids can be such a treasure to our families. At times I forget how lucky we are to have all of these amazing attractions in our backyard! Giving ourselves some a break from some of them is important to make those trips extra special when we do go. Plus there are times when our budget needs to take things a bit more local. Here are a few more suggestions about Central Florida from Education Possible. Take the chance to explore a few more options this summer.

A big thank to Savings Lifestyle and The Happy Housewife for hosting this Staycation Series.
With a city as large as Orlando, I know there is a lot more that could have been included. So, if you’re favorite Orlando area spot is missing, please tell us about it in the comments below!

4 comments:

  1. Eventually we'll make the trek to Orlando -- when my kids are big enough to not need strollers. Until then we’re working on a project called R is for Rhode Island. Basically it’s our own alphabet book filled with quintessential RI activities and places. Is a lot of fun being a tourist in your hometown!

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  2. We will be heading to Daytona later this year, do you know any budget friendly happenings in the Daytona area? I have saved this list as well as the Orlando one as well in case we make it to Orlando.

    Thank you!!

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  3. I just wanted to point out that your mentioned Rock Springs. You cannot go tubing at Rock Springs State Park. It is a state park with hiking and horse trails. The Rock Springs Run, where you go tubing, is in Kelly Park, which is an Orange County park. Locals know the difference, but someone from out of town may not. http://www.ocfl.net/CultureParks/Parks.aspx?m=dtlvw&d=22#.U7GEL_ldWYg

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    1. Thanks Megan for pointing out that they are two different locations with similar names, I've edited it to reflect it. The site you references is a great resources for finding local parks too and cultural events http://www.orangecountyfl.net/CultureParks/Parks.aspx?m=lstaz#.U7GRLZRdXmg

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