If you follow along with us on our adventures, you know that we live very close to the Orlando Area. It’s not uncommon for us to visit Orlando multiple times in a week. We are huge theme park fans, but also really enjoy experiencing the wonderful resorts that Orlando has to offer. We find that, if you choose the right one, your entire family vacation can be spent without ever leaving the resort. I’ve highlighted some of our favorite resort experiences here, and created a list of The 5 Best Orlando Resorts for Families. 

 

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Orlando

The Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek is one of our favorite resorts, located very close to the Disney Area. They offer some of the best activities and amenities of any resort in the Orlando Area and is super kid friendly. Just exploring the beautiful lakefront property was an adventure all its own. It offers a half-mile walking path around it’s 10-acre lake with lots of fun stops along the way, including 2 areas to feed giant Koi fish.

There are 5 pools, 2 lazy rivers, a nice playground, 2 splash parks, and 2 great waterslides, one coming out of a sunken pirate ship! We were so impressed with the level of detail that went into the grounds and landscaping. We were even more impressed with the quality of the food and drinks at every cafe, restaurant, and even in the room. The girls were in heaven here!

 

The Rooms

The guest rooms and suites offer very comfortable and they offer some amazing views of the Walt Disney World evening fireworks. Our favorite room has to be the Family Bunk Bedrooms, which comes with either 1 King Bed or 1 Queen Bed, along with a cute little bunk bed in a private nook for the littles. We could have stayed in our room all day!

Room with firework view

The Food

The resort offered a ton of different food options, from delicious snacks at the cafe to award-winning seafood. Each restaurant has its own unique flare and offers everything from a quick bite by the lake to fine dining overlooking the veranda inside the main tower. The cocktails were also exceptionally good at all of the bars and restaurants. Because the food exceeded our expectations, I am going to list more details on each place here:

Bar 1521

Bar 1521 was a great place to grab a hand-crafted cocktail. They aso have a good selection of wines and craft beer, along with a nice selection of higher-end appitizers. Good place to come for a drink while the kids are in an activity.

Back Bay Bar & Grill

Back Bay is a very casual atmosphere with great views of the lake. They have some very tastly bites for everyone and some fun specialty drinks for adults and kids alike.

Tesoro Cove

Tesoro Cove is an American-style buffet that is a great option for families, with lots of options for everyone in your group.

The Barista

The Barista is a perfect place for breakfast on the go and they serve Starbucks. You can also pick up a pizza or sandwich, or a scoop of ice cream anytime throughout the day. The kids really liked this place!

Grand Eats Delivery

Grand Eats Delivery is an easy room service option. They have a lot of really god choices, very convenient.

Deep Blu Seafood Grille

This was our favorite by far, possibly in the entire Orlando area. They’re a recipient of the Open Table Diners’ Choice Award, as well as first-place Orlando Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Restaurant, Best Hotel Restaurant, Best Seafood, and Best Chef. They are only open from 5:30–10 p.m. Reserve on OpenTable

The Amenities

Blue Harmony Spa

This onsite full-service spa offers everything from deep tissue massages, to facials and specialty services.

Golf

The area surrounding the Wyndham Grand offers 168 spectacular golf courses, like Bonnet Creek and the Waldorf~Astoria Golf Club. http://www.orlandogolf.com/courses/

Popular Nearby Courses:
  • Walt Disney World® Resort Golf Courses
  • Magnolia Golf Course
  • Palm Golf Course
  • Lake Buena Vista Golf Course
  • Oak Trail Golf Course

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Hilton Orlando

Hilton Orlando, is centrally located to all of the major theme-parks and attractions. We found it so easy to get in and out of the hotel for our other plans, but really did not want to leave. 

Hilton Orlando

The entire Hilton poperty is very family-friendly and has options for each person in the family.  The pool area itself has so many amazing things to offer, that you could spend all of your time just exploring the outdoor amenities. Check out one of our fun TikTok videos on our Orlando Family Vacation in 15 seconds.

Our family spent a day at one of thier private cabanas, we swam and splashed all day, and ate lunch and dinner right there poolside.. Before we retired for the night, we roasted marshmallows at one of the fire pits nearby. 

Places to Eat

Hilton Orlando offers some really outstanding dining options. They offer fine-dining experiences at Spencer’s and much more casual Tropics Pool Bar & Grill. We even chose to order out one evening and have it delivered to the pool to enjoy.

The Bistro

A Modern American Bistro featuring simple, fresh, and natural food in a comfortable and casual setting. Breakfast Buffet starting at 7am. Lunch starting at 12pm

David’s Club Bar & Grill

This sports pub features a seasonal menu and offers a high-energy environment. Open daily at 4pm  KIDS MENU

Tropics Pool Bar And Grill

Seasonal, island-inspired poolside fare will make you feel like you’re in the tropics. 

Scratch Market

This is a 24-hour gourmet marketplace that specializes in homemade food. Espressos and Coffees and gourmet teas. Pastries, sandwiches, pizzas and sides.

Spencer’s For Steaks & Chops

American steakhouse redefines the classic steakhouse with innovative preparations and contemporary twists.  

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*There is a dress code no swimsuits/cover ups, no hats or open toe shoes for men 

Lobby Bar

This centrally located lobby bar, overlooking our tropical oasis resort area.

Great Amenities 

  • Eforea Spa
  • Salon
  • Recreation Courts
  • Family-sized Fire Pits
  • Daily Activities
  • Main Resort Pool *Note: Must be at least 48″ tall to go down the water slide
  • Splash Pad
  • Lazy River
  • The Spy Game 

These fire pits were scattered all over the property and were so much fun to roast marshmallows at, so we would go there everynight after dinner. They sell the marshmallow roasting kits right at the lobby gift shop. See some of our Orlando Spring Break Trip at Hilton.

The lazy river is such a beautiful and relaxing ride with lush landscaping, which is where you found us most of the time.

 

Video of the Hilton Orlando 

 

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The Gaylord Palms Resort Orlando

The Gaylord Palms is one of our favorite resorts in all of Florida, especially during the holidays. The property is so unique in every way. The entire interior of the hotel is enclosed in a glass atrium, that houses plants, waterways, and animals. There’s a sprawling courtyard with several Florida themed landscapes to explore, and so many different activities to participate in. Makes is super easy to enjoy any time of the year, and never have to leave the hotel to explore and have fun.

Outside of the hotel, when the weather is permitting, there’s a while other world to explore. Gaylord Palms has amazing pools, a newly refurbished waterpark, and even an adventure river! There’s restaurants with all different types of cuisines and so much to see and do for kids…in the summer there’s light shows, movies, and lots of adventure.

Gaylord Palms Family Orlando Resort

FlowRider Surfing Experience

FlowRider is an artificial wave system, where you can body board or surf the day away at an additional cost.

Premium Pool Seating

The pools offer private cabanas that provide extra shade and space for the entire family. The cabanas are super comfortable, come with their own lounge areas, and with fully stocked refrigerators. (also at additional costs) You can get full-service for food and all beverages right from your cabana. This is a great way to relax and enjoy the day.

Cypress Springs Water Park

Cypress Springs Water Park is an adventure for your entire family, as the girls and I ran around getting splashed and riding the slides all afternoon. There are different levels for all ages and so much fun!!

Orlando Resort Kids Water Slides

Big Cypress Tower

Big Cypress Tower is a 35-foot fall through a trap door, where you’ll end the ride by spinning around the slide’s giant bowl.  This one is not for the littles in the family, but certainly a lot of fun for those who are tall enough.

Multi-Level Water Playground

The Water Playground is intended for smaller children and has so much for them to stay entertained. They can slide down, one of four water slides, splash in the fountain and ground spray area, or get drenched by a huge tipping bucket.

South Beach Pool

This an adult-only pool with a sophisticated South Beach flair. We did n’t spend much time there with the family, but it was nice to have the option when the kids were occupied.

Family activities

There is so much to do for families here at the Gaylord Palms. Any any given time throughout the year they have interactive events going on throughout the resort. From scavenger hunts to nighttime performances there is always something fun to do.

On our visit we were able to do a really fun scavenger hunt that taught us all about Florida history. The girls had so much fun and the Scott and I did too.

 

 

The Swan and Dolphin Resorts Orlando

The award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin and new Walt Disney World Swan Reserve is located right in the heart of the Walt Disney World. This is such a great place to stay if you are going to Epcot or Hollywood Studios. We love the convenience of being able to walk to Disney Boardwalk Hotel, Epcot or take a quick boat ride to Hollywood Studios. Ending the evening with a nice walk along the promenade is such a nice way to wind down and have some ice cream. 

We have also visited the resorts during the holidays, and boy do they have so much going on around the property. Of course, the activities and itinerary changes from year to year, but the Swan and Dolphin never disappoints. If you want to see some of our experiences from our last trip during the holidays check out my stories on Orlando Holidays.

Swan and Dolphon Resort Orlando

Geting to The Resort with Your Family

  • Boat – Our favorite way to get to the Swan and Dolphin is taking the complimentary water taxi from the boat dock to Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or feel free to take a leisurely stroll. Boats depart every 15-20 minutes.
  • Bus – Complimentary transportation to all Walt Disney World parks and attractions, including Disney Springs. Buses depart every 20-30 minutes.
  • Stroll – You can conveniently walk over small bridges and onto the Disney Boardwalk or even over to Epcot.

 

The Rooms for Families

Rooms at the Walt Disney World Swan, Walt Disney World Dolphin and Walt Disney World Swan Reserve are available in various sizes and floor plans. We really prefer to book a family room or a junior suite, because there are 5 of us and we need more square footage and separate rooms.

Room Selection:

  • Traditional Rooms
  • Deluxe Rooms
  • Family Rooms

Suite Selection:

  • Junior Suite
  • Executive Suite
  • Grand Suite
  • Signature Suite
  • Governor’s Suite
  • Chairman Suite
  • Presidential Suite

The Dining options for the Family

Visit one of their amazing fine dining restaurants around the property, they are all very good!

Fine Dining

Shula’s Steak House
Shula’s offers premium Black Angus steak, that has been “Critic’s Choice for Orlando’s Best Restaurant.”  They also have an extensive wine list featuring more than 450 selections.
 
Il Mulino
Il Mulino offers great wood-fired pizzas, fresh fish, chicken, pastas and meats inspired from the Abruzzi region of Italy.
 

KimonosKimonos was voted top restaurant for sushi by the Orlando Sentinel readers. Besides the amazing sushi, they offer traditional hors d’oeuvres, gyoza, octopus, shrimp, tempura platters and Kobe beef satay.

 
Todd English BlueZoo
BlueZoo serves a mix of coastal cuisine and is AAA Four Diamond rated. There is a very cool underwater theme.
 

AmareAmare offers a very wide variety of seafood, olive oils, pasta and pitas. Amare also has an extensive Mediterranean-based wine list with wine flights from across the region.

Casual Dining and Quick Service 

If you are anything like us, most of our meals are on the go and still dressed in our pool attire. If it’s convenience you’re after, these are some great choices for casual and quick-service meals. Everything we had was very good!

Here’s a list of most:

  • Garden Grove
  • Cabana Bar & Beach Club
  • Fountain
  • Splash Pool Bar & Grill
  • Fresh Mediterranean Market
  • Tangerine
  • Pikabu
  • Fuel
  • Chill
  • Java
  • Grounds

On Site Family Resort Activities

There’s so much to do for the entire family all around the resort area, which is why we love the property so much. One of our favorite elements at the resort is their Camp Dolphin, that gives the kids some . The kids can stay and play with other kids and participate in games and activities.

Camp Dolphin is a club exclusively for kids to have fun and meet friends. Camp Dolphin is located next to the health club, so you can get in a workout or take a stroll around the property or have a quiet dinner. The club provides kids 5 to 12, supervised activities that will have them asking to go back again.

Health Club

The Health Club offers some great classes, along with a full fitness center. Here’s some of the better ones:

  • Aqua HIT
  • Zumba
  • Cardio Splash 
  • Beach Yogalates
  • Beach Yoga
  • Aqua Aerobics

One of the best perks is how close you are to the parks! We loved walking over the boardwalk and there is even a path to walk all the way to Epcot!

 

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Orlando

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort has a very relaxed and easy-going atmosphere. It’s about as close as you can get to being in the actual Caribbean, including the beautiful crystal clear blue waters.

Carribean Beach Orlando Resort Pool

They do a great job of representing some of the best of the Caribbean with 5 distinct islands themes:

  • Barbados
  • Jamaica
  • Martinique
  • Trinidad
  • Aruba

 

Pirate-Themed Family Rooms

Our room was cratively decorated in a pirate theme, which made our stay that much more enjoyable. We often took turns talking like pirates and pretending that we were castaways on a big ship.

Pirate Rooms for Kids in Orlando

Pool with Waterslide

There’s an old Spanish ship that houese 2 slides and water cannons. Kids can climb a spiral staircase to the top for a thrilling turn down the larger slide, which leads through the fortress.

Relaxing Spa

There’s a large spa nearby that can hold about 12 people and lots of fun to watch the kids from.

Kids Splash Pad

For the smaller pirates in the group, there is a very fun shipwreck play area. High atop, there’s a barrel that periodically dumps a ton of water on the fun-lovers down below.

Disney Skyliner Transportation

Disney Syliner runs right through the property and makes for a very easy transporattion option to the nearby parks and other attractions. If you ‘ve never ridden them, it’s worth the trip. Lots of fun!

Old Port Royale

Explore the Old Port Royale at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Get everything you need or anything you forgot at the Calypso Trading Post. Centertown Market is an easy place to grab a snack or some drinks for the pool or your room. Don’t forget to grab a special cocktail at the Banana Cabana bar and lounge, the frozen drinks are amazing.

 

Family Dining Options

Sebastian’s Bistro

Sebastian’s is a Caribbean-inspired tropical poolside grill, that had all of us very impressed.

Family-style dishes like:

  • citrus chicken
  • mojo pork
  • flank steak
  • coconut shrimp 

Centertown Market

Centertown Market is a quick-service dining hall that has some great options for kids.

Banana Cabana

Perfect spot for a frozen drink or a smoothie for the kids, also has some light foods options.

Spyglass Grill

Spyglass Grill features American fare with a Caribbean twist for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The breakfast is amazing, be sure to get the kids breakfast cuban.

Things to do with the Family

Pools

Pools at Caribbean Beach are excellent, each with its own theme and characters. Lots of fun too experience all of them and take in the unique vibe that they each provide. One of our family’s favorite past times, pool hopping.

Caribbean Beach Campfire Activities

Every night as the sun goes down, there’s places to roast marshmallows and enjoy sing-alongs and other fun activities.

Movies Under the Stars

Just off of the main pool is Caribbean Cay Island, which is transformed into a movie lawn in the evenings. The girls looked forward to this to end every night, even if we did not stay for the entire movie. Great memories!

Outside Moviesfor Kids at Orlando Resorts

Pirate Adventure Cruise

The kids can take a daily pirate adventure, where they follow cool clues to discover the hidden treasure.

Fishing

From the Caribbean Cay Island, there’s also day fishing expeditions on the nearby lakes.

Bike Rentals

If you walk down the island promenade, you will see a place where you can rent bikes for a nice stroll.

Playgrounds

There are several fun and interactive playgrounds across the property, including the water play area.

 

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