Greatest Family Vacation 2011

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It is summer, the kids are out of school and in need of an adventure.  Let’s be honest, you are probably in need of a vacation yourself.

Thanks to Bookit.com we experienced the Greatest Family Vacation in Orlando and want you to do the same!

Once you book your vacation online with Bookit.com, Here are the top picks for the best family vacation in Orlando:

LODGING:

Bahama Bay Resort:

Located in Davenport, Florida.  This beautiful resort has 2 and 3 bedroom villas. The resort if only a few miles from Disney World and easy to get to and from.  Several pools, two restaurants and a nature trail, this is most definitely family friendly!

Caribe Cove Resort:

Located in Kissimmee, Florida. This resort is new and fresh.  With huge 2 or 3 bedroom villas, your family has plenty of space to relax and enjoy your vacation.  Easy to get to Disney and all the other major attractions.  Gorgeous pool overlooking a beautiful lake.

 

FOOD:

Buffalo Wild Wings:

The best place for wings in Orlando! With three locations all convenient to the attractions, you have to stop by for dinner one night!  You can choose from 15 different sauces for your wings and the salads are delicious too! Make sure you start off with the fried mushrooms!

Planet Hollywood:

Totally amazing food!! This restaurant is not only a great place to hear music, see some pretty great movie and music memorabilia but the head chef James is really doing his job well!!! From friend lasagna to ribs and more you have to visit Planet Hollywood while in Orlando!

Pie-fection:

Who doesn’t love pizza?!? We found not only the best pizza in Orlando, but the coolest way to make it! Your way! Show up at Pie-fection and make your own pizza the exact way you want it! Delicious and super fun for the kids!

Breck’s Gourmet Cookies:

In historic downtown Kissimmee, you will find the best cookies you have ever had! Huge and fluffy, crazy flavors and good prices! Stop there and get a dozen! You wont be sorry!

Dinner Shows:

The Pirates Dinner Adventure:

Sitting by a real pirate ship,with water and all…. yes, The Pirate Dinner Adventure show is a must do with your family.  The food is great, the service is nice and the show is very entertaining.  My youngest, who is 4, actually got to help save the day and fight off pirates! So fun!

 

ENTERTAINMENT:

Boggy Creek Airboats:

Located in Kissimmee, this is definitely a must do for your family! Hop on an airboat and zip through the lakes and swamps on central Florida. On our trip we got to see numerous species of birds,  small alligators and some large ones.  The ride is loud but they provide hearing protection earmuffs.  I can not stress enough how fun it was for my whole family, you absolutely have to call them and schedule your airboat ride!

Gatorland:

A staple in Orlando for over 60 years, this is the place you need to go for some adventure.  Of course they have the gator wrestling, but they also have a petting zoo, a numerous other educational shows daily.  My daughter Aleena was picked to go out in the gator pit and choose the gator that was going to be in one of the shows.  Very fun!  The hosts and actors in the shows are all quite funny and very nice. You can get your picture on a live gator or if you are too chicken for that, they have a fake one you can sit on.  On hot summer days, take your kids to the fountain park and cool off.  Great fun and a must do!

Ripleys Belileve it or Not:

The Orlando Ripleys Believe it or Not is by far one of the best I have seen.  You have so many rooms to go through. Amazingly weird stuff and history throughout the building. My favorite thing by far was the piece of the Berlin Wall!  Yes, an actual slab of the Berlin Wall!  Not only is Ripleys educational, it is so much fun for the entire family! Make sure you ask for Joe Kasinski when you are there, he will tell you some great facts about Ripley’s and make sure you have a great time!

Pirate’s Cove Mini Golf:

With several locations in Orlando, this is a great break from the theme park madness!  The courses are so fun for kids and even have water hazards!

SHOPPING:

Orlando Premium Outlets – Vineland:

Find impressive savings at Ann Taylor, Barneys New York Outlet, Burberry, Coach, Diesel, Elizabeth Arden, Fendi, Gap Outlet, Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tommy Hilfiger and more!  This is convenient and you can find some great deals!

Downtown Disney:

Day or night at Downtown Disney area, choose from dining with dinosaurs to a distinctly Disney shopping extravaganza to catching incredible live music and shows! Divided into 3 sections—Downtown Disney West Side, Downtown Disney Marketplace and Pleasure Island—Downtown Disney area is an ever-changing destination committed to keeping the experiences exciting and new. We Loved the Lego store!  It is Huge and so fun to look around in!!

 

COCOA BEACH:

Our favorite Beach to go to while in Orlando.  It is only about an hour drive from Orlando to the gorgeous beach!  With the famous Ron Jon Surf Shop and plenty of things to do, this is the perfect day trip!

 

These are all sure bets for a great time with your family.  Now is the time to visit Orlando and make some memories that will last a lifetime! What are you waiting for?

Through Bookit.com you CAN book an affordable vacation!  Bookit.com has a price match so if you happen to find a vacation cheaper somewhere else, they will match it! Plus if you visit the Orlando site, you can see specials to Orlando. New ones daily!!

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Ange Alex

Ange Alex is a wife, mother, published author, photographer, and foodie. She runs several charities and is a featured speaker at national events.

11 Comments

  1. Lindsay Jons

    June 15, 2011 at 9:30 am

    This is a great write up about Florida. I think you guys did a lot of stuff on your vacation and you really showcased it well here.

    • Ange Alex

      Ange Alex

      June 15, 2011 at 11:03 am

      Thank you Lindsay

  2. Bobby Dobbs

    June 15, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Love the pictures. Your kids look so happy. What a great looking spokes family for Bookit.com. How did they get so lucky?

    • Ange Alex

      Ange Alex

      June 15, 2011 at 11:03 am

      Thank you Bobby! They are very gracious at Bookit.com

  3. Marilyn Kerapatrick

    June 15, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I have not been to a Ripleys Believe it or not in years. Looks like they have come a long way. Thanks for sharing

    • Ange Alex

      Ange Alex

      June 15, 2011 at 11:04 am

      I had not been in years either, it was a great time!

  4. JP

    June 15, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I always wanted to try Gatorland… looks like it is a good time

  5. Alisha Martin

    June 15, 2011 at 10:47 am

    I love Bookit.com! Booked a trip to the beach last year with them! Awesome wrap up of your vacation! It looks like such a blast!

    • Ange Alex

      Ange Alex

      June 15, 2011 at 11:02 am

      Bookit.com is amazing!

  6. Joseph Granger

    June 15, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Is it possible to have a cuter family? This just wouldn’t be the same without these pictures.
    I run a resort in South Florida and would for you all to write a review.

    • Ange Alex

      Ange Alex

      June 15, 2011 at 11:04 am

      Thank you Joseph. Send me an email, lets talk, I could certainly use another vacation!

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