Protected wetlands border Palisades Resort, immersing vacationers in a landscape of local flora almost entirely isolated from other architectural development. That isolation also means a reprieve from the crowds thronging Orlandos many family-friendly attractions.
In the resorts spacious two-bedroom suites, each room has its own bathroom and flat-screen TV. Like a freshly waxed tuxedo, stone-topped tables and brown leather chairs lend an elegant touch. Convenient, homelike features include a fully equipped kitchen and an in-unit washer and dryer.
Outside, a grill and a series of picnic tables lead to the pool. Inside, a private, 18-seat movie theater can screen kids, action, and comedy titles, available on demand at the front desk. In addition to answering questions, suggesting restaurants, and offering other travel tips, the resort's friendly front-desk staff members sell tickets to all the areas major attractions, allowing you to skip long theme-park ticket lines.
Palisades Resort stands amid a secluded oasis, only a 10- to 15-minute drive from the main gate of Disney World and roughly 25 minutes from Universal Studios. For a break from the typical itinerary of theme parks and costumed characters, venture about 30 minutes northeast of the resort into downtown Orlando's vibrant arts district. Along with a smattering of trendy restaurants and bars, the neighborhood boasts venues such as the CityArts Factory, a multifaceted patchwork of gallery spaces. In the same building, the expert improvisers of SAK Comedy Lab tickle funny bones in shows such as the family-friendly Duel of Fools.
Closer to Palisades Resort, Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge beckons to golfers with two 18-hole courses that play host to the PGA's Q-School finals every other year. The pristinely landscaped facility was ranked second among the nation's public golf courses in Golf World's 2009 Readers' Choice Rankings.
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