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Trying to decide on a family vacation. Help! mommaXthree Due January 4; 35 kids; Milford, Ohio 1137 posts
8th May '13

We want to go somewhere close to a beach, fly not drive, to somewhere that is family-friendly with stuff to do other than just sit on the beach. Was thinking Orlando and get tickets to Disney. Looked into prices for a Disney resort and it is outrageous...more than I'd like to spend anyway. Does anyone have any suggestions of places to travel to with your family (in the US) or recommendations for places to stay with good ratings/family- friendly in the Orlando area, not too far from Disney World?

1 child; Chicopee, MA, United States 30921 posts
8th May '13

dont stay at a resort at disney, look at nearby hotels. a lot of them in the area are affordable and usually offer free shuttle service to all those places

Crystal 3 kids; Hephzibah, Georgia 14994 posts
8th May '13

Discovery Cove, Sea World, Kennedy Space Center, LEGOLAND, WonderWorks.

♥Aimee+3 3 kids; Fort Bragg, North Carolina 35673 posts
8th May '13

If you are going to Disney, try looking at hotels in Kissimmee or in Old Town. They are both really close to Disney and WAY cheaper.

Kimmy Gibbler 2 kids; Grapevine, Texas 8039 posts
8th May '13

Destin Florida is beautiful with lots to do.

MinnesotaMommy2One 1 child; Minnesota 2384 posts
8th May '13

We went to to the beaches of Puerto Rico last summer with our two year old and had a wonderful time touring. The locals love kids and were so helpful. Technically its in the u.s....

TheNuge 1 child; Pennsylvania 22817 posts
8th May '13
Quoting mommaXthree:" We want to go somewhere close to a beach, fly not drive, to somewhere that is family-friendly with stuff ... [snip!] ... or recommendations for places to stay with good ratings/family- friendly in the Orlando area, not too far from Disney World?"


I've been to Orlando a lot and have stayed in places for $40/night to $500/night.
Check VRBO.com.
Check into the Marriott vacation clubs. My parents own a time share at Marriott Grand Vista. It's right next to Seaworld. The suites are awesome and the rates arent bad, altough i dont know what price point you are looking for.
Kissimmee has some VERY inexpnsive hotel rooms as they over-built and there is a great deal of competition.

Make sure you understand the outrageous costs of admission to the theme parks before you plan anything. They are OUTRAGEOUS.



LayLu 17 kids; Virginia 4007 posts
8th May '13

The Outer Banks in North Carolina is always nice. My family used to rent a cottage out in Avon for a week.. I'm not sure how much it is to rent a cottage, but they also have hotels out there. The cottages we used to rent were within walking distance of the beach and there's a bunch of other stuff you could do with the kids.. lots of restaurants, go carts, sand dunes, it's definitely some of the best memories from my childhood.

mommaXthree Due January 4; 35 kids; Milford, Ohio 1137 posts
8th May '13

Thank you for all the suggestions!! I did look into prices for theme parks down there...they're pricey, but if I can save on lodging, that kind of makes up for it. I just know the kids would love disney...so even if that's the only thing we do besides sit on the beach, we'll be happy. I'm going to look into Kissimmee hotels. Thanks for the insight! I just didn't know much about the surrounding areas down there...when I got a quote for a Disney resort package (including flight, park tickets, rental, and lodging) it was almost $7000!! I would like to stay under half that price if I can.

LayLu 17 kids; Virginia 4007 posts
8th May '13
Meg and Nora's Mommy 2 kids; Bridgewater, Massachusetts 3915 posts
8th May '13

The last time we went to Disney, we rented a 3br house in Kissimmee and it only cost 1200 for the week! And it saved tons of money on food because we did almost all the cooking ourselves, and we even had our own pool. My sister was the one who found it, so I don't know the details, but its defnitely something to look into.