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Top Florida Resorts for Parents and Kids

From your balcony at this African-themed Orlando lodge, you just might spot a giraffe, bongo, or wildebeest roaming the surrounding savannah. And dinner stars Kenyan-coffee-braised short ribs and Swahili shrimp curry. At dusk, don night-vision goggles and tour the grounds by open-air truck. Don’t miss the safari at the resort’s companion Animal Kingdom theme park—the only Disney venue that really is a lion kingdom.

Photo: Courtesy of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Okay parents, we’ve got the best places to stay in Florida thanks to the thousands of Travel + Leisure readers who took our annual poll. And because these spreads are fully loaded everyone can find their fun.

Hotels (10)

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    Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

    This pyramid-shaped resort on 1,500 acres underwent a $65 million renovation in 2009. There’s no shortage of activities here, not only with Walt Di

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    Disney's Yacht Club Resort

    Nautical-crisp digs on Orlando's Crescent Lake. When you're not conquering the World, you can take out one of the resort's pontoon boats, or tackle

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    Disney's Boardwalk Inn and Villas

    The time: 1940. The place: Walt Disney World's version of the Jersey Shore, complete with a boardwalk, surrey bikes, and saltwater taffy. The rooms

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    Disney’s Beach Club Resort

    Just a four-minute stroll from Epcot’s side entrance, this 583-room resort is the closest hotel to a Disney park entry. Its own star attraction is

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    Disney's Polynesian Resort

    Commanding an enviable position on the Seven Seas Lagoon, and a short boat ride from the Magic Kingdom’s front gates, the South Seas–inflected Poly

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    Disney's Wilderness Lodge

    A towering lobby filled with totem poles, a replica geyser, and a waterfall-fed rock pool—this Orlando fantasy channels America's national parks to

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    Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

    From your balcony at this African-themed Orlando lodge, you just might spot a giraffe, bongo, or wildebeest roaming the surrounding savannah. Dinne

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    Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples

    This inland resort is sportier and more informal than the nearby beachfront Ritz and has a superlative golf program, thanks to the 2 Greg Norman-de

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    Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

    A re-creation of the exclusive Italian fishing village, right down to the jut of its ferry dock and the rusty hue of the buildings, Portofino Bay h

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    Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

    With gas lamps and wicker chairs in this sprawling neo-Victorian manse, Cindarella, Prince Charming, and the wicked stepsisters feel right at home.

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Activities (3)

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    Universal Studios Florida ®

    The thrill factor is in full effect at this park—with attractions like Disaster (which simulates an 8.0-scale earthquake), Revenge of the Mummy (an

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    Disney's Animal Kingdom® Park

    Wild animals of every stripe can be seen here, in regionally themed habitats that are scattered across the park. There’s the Pangani Forest habitat

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    Magic Kingdom

    The busiest theme park in the world (with somewhere around 17 million annual visitors), the Magic Kingdom is home base to the most famous rides in

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    Orlando, Downtown Orlando

    New Mouse-less playland diversions include a slide that plunges riders through a dolphin lagoon, stepping into the world of The Simpsons, a "Chardonnay" for all ages, and whimsical Dr. Seuss-themed


  • Orlando Do's and Don'ts

    Orlando, Lake Buena Vista - Walt Disney World, Downtown Orlando

    There are four Disney theme parks to tackle: Magic Kingdom (kiddie rides and the iconic castle), Epcot (World’s Fair fare), Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Tinseltown celebrated), and Animal Kingdom (l


  • Florida's Planned Communities

    Florida, Miami Beach, Orlando, Florida Panhandle, Seaside

    Can you visit Florida's New Urbanist towns, with their squeaky-clean cultivated charm, and have as authentic an experience as you can in organically grown communities?

  • The Water-Park Wonderland of the Wisconsin Dells

    Wisconsin Dells

    The Wisconsin Dells, with 18 of our nation’s 71 indoor water-park resorts, is the Waterpark Capital of the World, a title the local Visitor & Convention Bureau felt compelled to trademark.


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