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Planning Your Trip

From theme parks and golf to kayaking and swimming, Orlando is the ideal destination for a weekend getaway or family vacation. Comfortable shoes, light layers and active wear work well for day, but evenings may require something a bit more elegant if your plans include a cocktail bar, live music lounge or formal dining.


Orlando is home to the best entertainment options that children have ever dreamed of — from amazing theme parks to unbelievable go-cart tracks Here’s what to bring.



  • If you plan on visiting world-famous theme parks such as Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, make sure to bring comfy tennis shoes and reusable water bottles.
  • Golfers should pack their clubs for a round at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando, Grande Lakes, which is set on a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary and was designed by two-time British Open Champion Greg Norman.
  • Think about investing in a mosquito-repellent scarf. Companies like Ex Officio and Orvis offer stylish options, which are useful whenever you travel to warm climates.


There are more than just theme parks to savor in Orlando. The Florida Everglades are just within reach and can transport you to a place where time seems to stand still.



  • Bring sturdy sports sandals that wrap around the ankle — the Chaco brand, for example — so you can head out on a guided canoe or kayak eco-adventure along Shingle Creek, a major source of water for Lake Tohopekaliga, part of the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes forming the headwaters to the Florida Everglades.  
  • If you are traveling with children and plan to visit the area’s world-famous theme parks, be sure to bring wet wipes and hand sanitizers to be prepared for sticky, post-ice-cream fingers and busy bathrooms.
  • Download apps that help visitors easily navigate theme parks. The My Disney Experience app provides a map of the park, daily show times, and — most important — information on where Mickey and Goofy might be at any given moment.  


Gorgeous nights should finish off any beautiful day in Orlando. The incredible dining options are topped only by the entertainment venues — whether that is live jazz, or a cocktail at the Blue Martini lounge. Pack accordingly. 


  • Lightweight layers like a light sport coat or cardigan sweater are a smart idea since nights can get a bit chilly in Central Florida.  
  • Wedge and platform sandals can do double duty at the pool during the day, then out on the dance floor after the sun sets.
  • If you’re a man packing a coat or fitted dress shirt for dinners out, know that Floridians love cuff links with personality, e.g., with a favorite sports team or band.  
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Hot-ticket theme-park items such as lunch at Cinderella’s Castle in Walt Disney World or the Harry Potter celebration at Universal book up months ahead of time, so be sure to chat with the hotel concierge ahead of your arrival to make special arrangements for your favorite theme-park activities.  

Some plans are best made in advance. Treatments at the resort spa, a romantic dinner at Highball & Harvest, an evening out for the kids, a round of golf or a trip to the Everglades are must-reserve experiences for any Orlando getaway.


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Don’t forget to reserve a seat at one of Orlando’s buzziest tables. Highball & Harvest offers modern Southern fare and truly inspired cocktails (a favorite: The Last Wish, which mixes High West campfire whiskey with spiced cola syrup, tobacco bitters and orange essence) with ingredients plucked from nearby Whisper Creek Farm. For another ultra-locavore experience, head to Primo (next door at the JW Marriott hotel), helmed by James Beard award-winning chef Melissa Kelly. The menu harvests the resort’s on-site organic garden and includes family-friendly dishes like margherita pizzas and more adult-friendly fare like slow-braised beef short rib.   


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Few spas can claim treatments as homegrown as the ones created at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, from the honey produced by the resident bees to the citrus fruit plucked from local orchards. Reserve the Grand Citrus Escape to harness the antioxidant-rich benefits of these locally sourced ingredients.



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Drawing upon the natural beauty of our Orlando resort, our Ritz Kids room is sure to keep our younger guests entertained. Our hotel provides captivating opportunities through storytelling, lessons on animal care, arts and crafts, physical activities and much more.

Experts at this Orlando resort have created itineraries designed for those seeking to experience the highlights in a day or entertain the family with a mix of outdoor adventure, kid-friendly activities and theme parks.


Day Trips

While there is plenty of fun to be had inside Orlando itself, its neighboring proximity to other Central Florida sites makes it a prime vacation destination. Explore outer space here on Earth at the Kennedy Space Center. Take a trip back in time to historic St. Augustine, or embrace the adventurous side of nature in Kissimmee. From hot air balloons to air boats to spaceships, there’s something to spark your imagination at every turn on these day trips from Orlando.  


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Family Vacation Fun

Orlando is one of the top destinations for family vacations for good reason. Not only does the area have some of the biggest theme parks in the U.S., but it also has wild nature to delve into, family-friendly entertainment to enjoy and delicious dining to indulge in. Whether your children are sea-lovers or thrill-seekers, they are sure to have fun from the minute they wake up to the minute they fall asleep (hopefully exhausted with the day’s activities!).  



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