There are also plenty of beach resorts located near to Orlando and it would be possible to combine time in the city, with all its attractions and time by the sea.
Many of Florida’s beaches on the Atlantic are about an hour away. Vero Beach (2 hour drive from Orlando), St. Petersburg/Clearwater Beach, Cocoa Beach (1 hour drive from Orlando) and Daytona Beach (1 hour 10 minutes from Orlando) are great for families because of the close parking and public restrooms with showers. Anna Maria Island (2 and a half hours from Orlando) is also a great options for families and locals describe it as a slice of paradise. It is free from sky rises and fast food joints and is connected to land by bridge. A free Manatee Trolley operates along the length of the island. Coquina Beach Park on the southern tip of Anna Marie Island has a coquinas which are colourful mini seashells that dig into the sand. Older toddlers will enjoy these playing with these.Another option for getting out of the city is to visit the Florida springs which is a very refreshing activity for a hot summer’s day. You can rent an inflatable tube at Blue Springs State Park (where you can also see manatees) or at Kelly Park and State Reserve, or go canoeing or kayaking at Wekiva Springs State Park.