Staycations in Central Florida That Don’t Break the Bank

As we all know, vacationing can become expensive, hard to plan and stressful. That’s exactly the opposite of what you want when you take a break from your daily routine. But have you ever considered staycations?

A staycation is a great way to revitalize yourself and de-stress without leaving far from home. Luckily, central Florida offers tons of great staycation options that won’t break the bank or cause more stress! Here are some ideas for staycations that will help you relax and reinvigorate you.

Relaxing Resort Staycations

With such beautiful scenery, weather and tourist attractions, central Florida is home to many relaxing resorts. These all inclusive destinations package a full vacation experience without you ever having to leave the property!

Typically, resorts offer a combination of golf courses, tranquil spa treatments and delectable dining options. Reunion Resort also offers tennis courts, bike rentals, playgrounds and a water park. Not only that, kids eat all their meals free!

If you’re looking for something more outdoors, Streamsong Resort offers activities like shooting sporting clays, guided bass fishing, scenic trail hikes and a lakeside pool.

Enjoy Legoland with the Whole Family

Staycations for parents wouldn’t be complete without some family fun. And that’s exactly what Legoland Resort caters toward. From themed rooms to Lego-interactive features, your kids will love every minute of their stay.

On top of the 50 available roller coaster rides, there’s also a water park, entertaining shows and life size Legoland characters.

Other perks include free breakfast and free 2nd day tickets with your hotel stay. Just choose any of the Legoland or partner hotels. Discounts are also offered for summer stays, military, and 60-day advance bookings.

Westgate River Ranch offers Staycations You Won’t Forget

Experience a true country vibe just a short 1.5 hour drive from Celebration. An unmanned honey house greets you and invites you to “take your honey and leave your money” on the honor system. With that, Westgate River Ranch Resort truly sets the tone for this one of a kind staycation.

The term glamping describes this unique resort where you’ll enjoy accommodations in an air conditioned tent. Even more exciting, you’ll find plenty to do on 1700 acres overlooking the Kissimmee River.

From swamp buggy rides and air boat gator sightings to archery and rodeo shows, you’ll keep your whole family busy. Best of all, if your dogs are less than 60 pounds and not on the aggressive breed list, you can bring them too!

Water Fun at Buena Vista Watersports

Cool off at Buena Vista Watersports with tube rides and jet ski or wakeboard rentals. If you’ve never tried these water sports, don’t worry! Buena Vista offers water ski lessons from trained instructors who will show you how to have a blast.

For some more low-key water activities, try paddle boards, pontoons or kayaks. After a day of fun in the sun, head over to the beach for some volleyball or enjoy the scenic views of the natural spring-fed Lake Bryan.

The natural beauty and spectacular backdrop of this property have made it a popular wedding destination. So make sure you call to verify their hours of operation before planning your staycation.

Visit Walt Disney World

Of course, no list would be complete without Walt Disney World. Plus, Disney offers generous Florida resident discounts on annual passes and hotel rooms.

Enjoy 3 day passes at 30% off for $175 per person, and sometimes has hotel discounts for annual passhoders and FL residents. (For FL resident offers, be prepared to show proof of Florida residence) Check back here at the end of August for Mr. Clean Can’s coverage of the Disney Epcot Food and Wine Festival!


All in all, the best time for planning staycations is when tourist traffic is low. Remember, this is when hotels are eager to fill their rooms! So start planning the ultimate staycation now without the stress of leaving home.

What are your favorite resorts around central Florida? Let us know in the comments!