With February coming to a close and Spring Break season beginning, I figured I’d lay out some great staycation ideas for those of you looking to either stay local in Orlando or travel to the City Beautiful and experience our world class attractions.
Some are obvious choices while others are a bit different. Either way, Orlando offers something for everyone looking to just get away for a few days or a week. Or maybe you like Orlando enough that you decide to move here!
Walt Disney World
I would be a fool to not include Walt Disney World in this list as it has essentially built Orlando from a small citrus town into a booming metropolis with a plethora of industries including bio-medical, research, high-tech, and of course, tourism. Staying at Walt Disney World doesn’t mean breaking the bank. You can stay at one of their more affordable resorts such as All-Star Sports or All-Star Movies which will run about $100-$150 a night plus tax, and then grab your park tickets. Your other option, is to stay off property at one of Disney’s partner hotels to save a little money.
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal has quickly become a theme park giant in Orlando. With each passing year, their market share gets to be more and more. Affordable options would be to stay at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort hotel and grab a 3 park ticket to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay Water Theme Park. This would truly be a great option for a long weekend, visiting 1 park per day. For those looking to splurge, I recommend Loews Portofino Bay Hotel which offers express passes to all hotel guests in your room for the duration of your hotel stay. A true GEM in the theme park industry.
Believe it or not, SeaWorld Orlando actually has 3 totally different parks. There’s SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica, and Discovery Cove. There are partner hotels within walking distance to the front gates of all 3 parks that you can easily get a room at, and then spend 3 days at each park. This would be the most educational option as your children could learn about sealife as well as take a ride on some impressive roller coasters.
North of Orlando lies a natural spring and state park that is perfect for the outdoor lover. Wekiva Springs State Park is perfect for a dip in the natural spring to a kayak ride down the Wekiva River to a hike along the nature trails. This would couple well with either camping at a the park, or to add to your staycation at the theme parks.
Orlando’s beach, Cocoa Beach, is the perfect beach getaway for Orlando locals. Surf is always up and the lodging options are abundant. And who doesn’t love buring your toes in the sand, laying under and umbrella and reading a good book listening to the crashing waves?! And if you’re up for it, a quick drive north to Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral is a great place to watch cruise ships enter and leave port. (Check ahead of time for the schedule.) And while you’re there, take a day and explore Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex!
Orlando Vacation Home Rental
While I’ve never done this, I know people who have and they simply rented a home for a week from a website such as VRBO or Airbnb, and hang out by a pool every day and just explore the sights. Obviously, this would be for out of towners, but you could maybe do a theme park, maybe not. Take a spin on the Orlando Eye or take a spin on an exercise bike in Winter Park. Explore our state parks, museums, or take in a show at the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Make your vacation about living like an Orlando local. Hang out downtown on Sunday mornings at the farmer’s market. Explore Mills50 and Viet Town and take in a film at the Enzian Theatre.
The possibilities are endless for your Orlando Spring Break. Whether it’s a staycation for an Orlando local who just wants to stay in a resort hotel for a few nights or an out of town tourist who would like to be a true fanny pack wearing, flip flop sporting, oversized hat tourist, there is something for everyone in Orlando.