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Plan Your Trip to Orlando: Best of Orlando Tourism

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It's easy to see why vacationers flock to Orlando: great resorts, year-round sunshine, and no shortage of things to do. You can go all in on theme parks, hopping between the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Magic Kingdom, or spend a day in Winter Park, a scenic lake town with cute shops and an excellent farmers' market. Stargazers can tour Kennedy Space Center, nature lovers can kayak through Blue Spring State Park, and foodies can indulge at the city’s Michelin-starred restaurants (it’s got a few). Yes, Orlando has a family-friendly rep, but there's also a big nightlife scene, everything from dance clubs to speakeasies. For even more to do, check out our recs below.

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The best hotel pools In Orlando (beyond the theme parks)

Orlando hotels really know how to pump up the good times to 11. Nowhere is this more evident than the incredible hotel pools around the city. My favorites are a vacation in themselves, with over-the-top features that never cease to deliver a “wow” factor. Think: immersive grottos, long lazy rivers, massive slides, surf simulators. Dive into these refreshing spots around Orlando.
  • Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
    There’s a lot to love about the sprawling pool grounds of the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, especially the resort’s unique swim-through grottos. These shaded caves turn an afternoon swim into an adventure; kids love to play hide and seek and imagine pirate chases (while I like to find a cool quiet nook and sip a cocktail). The main pool is a half-acre beauty with two whirlpools, a water slide tower, and a water jet splash zone.
  • Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
    Dotted by palm trees and lush greenery, this 3-acre lazy river complex is far from your ordinary hotel pool. Grab a tube and do a loop, then splash down the waterslide into the pool (there are two hot tubs, too). Extra bonus: the expansive outdoor area is shared with sister resort the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. The elevated service is evident in the poolside attendants, private cabanas, and even poolside arts and crafts for kids.
  • Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort
    I love many things about the luxe Four Seasons Orlando, but the resort’s picture-perfect pool grounds rank at the top of my list. There are four pools to meet every mood, including one slide-filled option for families. A Splash Zone keeps the younger set entertained for hours, with columns spouting choreographed fountains of water. And the adults-only Oasis pool is a tranquil retreat with stunning views of the property from the pool’s infinity edge.
  • Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort, an IHG Hotel
    Skip the pricey waterparks if you’re looking for Orlando’s longest lazy river—instead book a room here. The resort’s River Island is home to the area’s longest water feature, clocking in at 1,200 feet (longer than three football fields!). There are also seven pools and The Hippo, the world’s largest inflatable waterslide. Live music and fun pool games keep the deck hopping during the day; poolside family movies add blockbuster fun in the evenings.
  • The Grove Resort & Water Park Orlando
    My favorite thing about The Grove Resort is its Surfari Water Park (also open to the public), which is stacked with tons of water activities. Even though I’m still working on getting up on my feet, I enjoy testing my balance on the FlowRider Surf Simulator. The resort’s main attraction is its impressive zero-entry pool with tropical vibes. You’ll find more thrill at the dual slides and more chill on the lazy river.
  • JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes
    I am in awe of the grandeur and scope of Orlando’s new Grande Lakes Waterpark (open to the public). Encompassing the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton, the waterpark opened in 2023 with six zones of water fun. There are three waterslides that reach thrilling speeds, spacious lagoons, and a lazy river that rolls under a canopy of trees and waterfalls. Feeling adventurous? Head to AquaVenture, where a combo rope and sprinklers course offers some rousing splashes.

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