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Activities for Your Orlando Family Vacation

Orlando is a playground for travelers young and old, far and wide. There’s something special about the promise of those iconic ears and bottomless (if you want them to be) Dole Whips. Yet Orlando is even sweeter for those lucky enough to live within driving distance. 

Having the theme park capital of the world in your own backyard is a privilege you can’t ever take for granted. Whether you’re five minutes or five hours from Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, you’re sure to feel the pull of the parks. But especially in the summer, that’s only the first of many reasons to staycation in Orlando. 

Lazy river floating, FlowRider® surfing, and pool paddling can all be on your agenda for Orlando in the summertime. Tack on a few cozy family dinners and a rousing game of glow-in-the-dark mini golf, and you’ll have on your hands a memorable vacation experience you can keep going back to. 

Discover the top activities that make Orlando an enticing staycation destination for Florida and its neighbor states. 

Water Sports

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Fish or Kayak on Lake Austin

Get out on Lake Austin, situated between our resort and a lush wildlife refuge. The Lake Austin Pier offers various rentals like swan boats, kayaks, and fishing gear so you can recreate on the water with whichever activity floats your boat. 


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Surfari Water Park

Make a splash at Surfari, a sprawling water park with slides and pools for both kids and their parents. Two water slides, a relaxing lazy river, and a kids' pool offer plenty of spaces for adventure. Rent a private cabana to create your own oasis.


Ride the Flowrider®

You won't find an attraction like this anywhere else in Orlando. The FlowRider® is an exhilirating watery ride where you can grab a board and ride a wave. Though surfing fanatics will love the challenge, even beginners can conquer the ride. 



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Featured Room:

Three Bedroom Two Bath Suite

The entire family can vacation at ease in these 1,396-square-foot suites. Choose from views of either the natural resort landscape, the courtyard fountain, or even Lake Austin. Sweeping views only add to the vacation experience in these three bedroom suites, which feature: 

  • Master bedroom with King Bed
  • Second bedroom with Queen Bed
  • Third Bedroom with Queen Bed
  • Living Room with a Sofa Bed that Sleeps Two
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Full-Size Washer/Dryer
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Family Activities

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Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf

Black lights transform a traditional mini golf experience into a glow-in-the-dark adventure. For just $7 per person, the whole family can put their putt putt skills to the test. Pack a white or white-patterened shirt to wear while you play for some extra black light magic. 

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Activity Center

The Activity Center makes it possible for kids to live out their wildest dreams. Create a new friend in the Build-a-Buddy Workshop, go on a resort wide scavenger hunt, or try to create colorful sand art. This is the perfect place to step out of the sun and try something new.

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Family Arcade

Play video games, win instant prizes, or try your hand at our ticket redemption games. Put a little family friendly competition on the table with games like air hockey and a candy crane. Earn tickets for fun prizes with classics like skeeball and hypershoot basketball.

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FL + GA Residents Savings

We love welcoming guests from our own backyard. Residents of Florida and Georgia save up to 10% on their stay at The Grove Resort & Water Park, plus 15% on treatments at Escape Spa

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