Family Weekend in Orlando



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From I-Drive to two of the area’s best theme parks, this weekend getaway is filled with moment to moment thrills. Disney parks can be tough to tackle in a short time frame; that’s why I recommend Islands of Adventure (or Universal Studios) and SeaWorld. Both offer a jam-packed day of fun with energy left over for some night time shenanigans. Of course, a stay at the Hard Rock Hotel is an adventure all of its own. This resort’s pool area features water slides, volleyball, and an sound system you can hear under water in the giant swimming pool. You’ll definitely want to plan some ‘pool time’ during your stay. Also, if you happen to be staying at the Hard Rock during the last Thursday of each month, make sure to check out Velvet Sessions (www.velvetsessions.com) , live concert in the hotel’s lobby featuring a variety of rock and pop legends.

Author: Kristen Manieri


Day 1 - Orlando


Take it easy on day one and rock out at Hard Rock's music-themed pool area. This is also a good day to take in the sites on I-Drive where you'll find lots of great tourists traps from mini-putt to giant slings that launch riders hundreds of feet into the air. Cafe Tu Tu Tango's fun menu will have something for everyone and later Mom and Dad can head to Howl at the Moon for some good 'ol sing along fun at this dueling piano bar. Bring lots of $1 bills so you can make lots of some requests.


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Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf

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Location:

8501 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

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tel: +1 407 352 7378
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Café Tu Tu Tango

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Location:

8625 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

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tel: 407/248-2222
fax: +1 407 352 3696
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Howl at the Moon

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Location:

8815 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

Contact:

tel: 407 354 5999
fax: 407 354 5992
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Universal's Hard Rock Hotel - A Loews Hotel

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5800 Universal Boulevard
Universal Resort
Orlando, FL 32819

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tel: 407 351 7625
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Day 2 - Orlando


Spend the day hopping from one heart-stopping roller coaster to another at Islands of Adventure. One your way out through CityWalk, take advantage of their Meal and a Movie Deal. For only $21.95, you'll receive beverages and entrees at one of several CityWalk restaurants plus admission to CityWalk's movie theater. What a bargain! Afterwards, unwind back at the Hard Rock Hotel's Velvet Bar amidst memorabilia of some of rock's most legendary performers.


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Islands of Adventure

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Location:

1000 Universal Studios Plaza
Orlando, FL 32819

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tel: +1 407 839 3900
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Hard Rock Cafe / Live

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Location:

6050 Universal Boulevard
Universal Studios CityWalk
Orlando, FL 32819

Contact:

tel: 1 407 351 7625
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Velvet Bar

Location:

5800 Universal Boulevard
Hard Rock Hotel
Orlando, FL 32819

Contact:

tel: 407 351 7625


Day 3 - Orlando


Part aquarium, part adventure park, SeaWorld offers thrills and chills with close encounters with the world's most exciting marine animals as well as a bevy of exhilarating rides and live shows. Spend the day frolicking amongst the dolphins and killer whales and then head to the Melting Pot for an unforgettable dining experience. Make sure you save room for dessert... there are more than a dozen chocolate fondue varieties to choose from all accompanied by a plate full of yummy dipping options.


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SeaWorld Orlando

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Location:

7007 Sea World Drive
Orlando, FL 32821

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tel: +1 407 351 3600
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The Groove

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Location:

6000 Universal Boulevard
Suite 700, Universal Studios CityWalk
Orlando, FL 32819

Contact:

tel: 407 224 2165
fax: 407 224 8290
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The Melting Pot

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Location:

7549 West Sand Lake Rd
Orlando, FL 32819

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tel: 1 407 903-1100
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