A trip with grandma or grandpa is special, and sure to create memories that your grandchildren will treasure forever. Multigenerational trips are becoming more popular and have been affectionately dubbed “grandtravel”. Orlando is an ideal destination for grandtravel as you will both love the many family friendly entertainment options. If you are considering a vacation in Orlando with your grandchildren, take a peek at these suggestions to get the most out of your trip.
Tips for Traveling with Grandchildren
Before you take off on your grand adventure, make sure you have all the necessities in order. In addition to the usual trip preparations, here are a few more things to take into consideration when traveling with your grandchildren:
- Gather all necessary travel documents before you leave.
Along with passports and medical information, you may need additional documentation if your grandchildren’s parents aren’t traveling with you. Do your research ahead of time to avoid unnecessary complications at the borders.
- Be smart about smart phones.
If you are traveling internationally, make sure you know the coverage of your grandchild’s phone plan so you don’t come back with international roaming charges. To stay on the safe side, turn off mobile data and just use the free Wi-Fi at your hotel.
- Schedule plenty of downtime.
Both you and the kids will want a break, so make sure you factor in time for more leisurely pursuits. Staying at a hotel that offers amenities like kid-friendly entertainment and swimming pools makes it easy to enjoy downtime without boredom.
- Involve the kids in planning process.
You’re taking this trip together so let them be part of the planning process and suggest activities that interest them. Read on for a few suggestions that are ideal for all ages.
Activities for Grandparents and Grandchildren in Orlando
Any trip to Orlando is mostly likely going to include a day at the theme parks. If you’d like to avoid the high prices and big crowds, or are looking for something to do the rest of the week, consider these activities bound to entertain both you and your grandkids. Best of all, several of them offer senior and youth discounts.
- Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St., Orlando
Stay cool at the Orlando Science Center while also learning new facts about everything from aerospace to dinosaurs. Younger grandchildren will enjoy KidsTown, a large interactive exhibit designed for scientists aged 0-7.
- ICON Park, 8375 International Dr., Orlando
ICON Park is home to several attractions that are perfect for visiting together. Enjoy a leisurely ride on The Wheel, pose with celebrities and historical figures at Madame Tussauds, and discover creatures together at SEA Life.
- Gatorland, 14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando
If the kids (or you) are clamoring to see gators up close, Gatorland is the place to go. With over 2,000 alligators plus several other Floridian animals, this animal adventure park offers plenty to see but won’t leave you exhausted afterwards.
- Dinner Shows, Kissimmee and Orlando Locations
Orlando has several dinner shows perfect for children and adults alike. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament and Pirates’ Dinner Adventure are two of the most popular dinner shows in Central Florida and are sure to capture everyone’s imagination.
- Hotel Pool and Playground, Onsite!
Not every activity you do has to be at an official attraction. If your hotel has a pool or a playground, let the kids set their imaginations free as they climb on the playground or swim in the pools. You can join them too, or enjoy lounging in the sun as you keep close watch.
Choose a Family-Friendly Hotel
Once you’ve got all your travel documents in order and have some good ideas for things to do, it’s time to book your Orlando hotel. The ideal hotel is clean, safe, and close to all your favorite attractions. Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando is located on International Drive—3 miles from Universal Orlando Resort, so you’ll have plenty of fun within minutes of your room. Our 24 hour security provides an added assurance of safety, and on-site amenities like swimming pools, an arcade room, and a playground, as well as dining discounts for kids and seniors, help you maximize your budget. To book your stay, simply click on the orange button at the top of the screen or give us a call at 407-996-8585 and one of our agents will be happy to assist you.