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Best Multi-Gen Travel Destinations: Orlando Edition

Put a multigenerational travel spin on your next trip to the Sunshine State

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Dad, grandfather and son taking a selfie on a multigenerational vacation in Orlando, Florida.

If you dream of embracing the multigenerational travel trend but aren't sure if your brood will go for it, keep reading.

 

According to a 2019 study, polling 1,000 Americans, a staggering 83% of Millennials (aged 25-34) want more multigenerational travel, lovingly coined "grand-travel," in their futures. With this trend on the rise you may want to start thinking about destinations.

Orlando, Florida, home to four Hilton Grand Vacations timeshare resorts (and a particular mouse), offers a wide range of activities and attractions for people of all ages. Bonus: A benefit of Hilton Grand Vacations vacation ownership is the Grand Experiences card, which entitles cardholders to varying discounts at local attractions

Here are some fun things to do in Orlando for each of the three generations, Grand Experiences included. 

Baby Boomers

There are more things for Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) to do in Orlando than initially meets the eye. For starters, there are celebrated cultural offerings like the Orlando Museum of Art. It houses an impressive collection of American, African and ancient art as well as rotating exhibitions. As a midsize museum, it's easy to see everything in one visit. 

A stroll through the Harry P. Leu Gardens is yet another feast for the eyes. Within its 50 acres of cultivated gardens are 40 diverse plant collections, a tropical rain forest, a butterfly garden and the Sunshine State's largest formal rose garden. 

A great way to see all the action in Orlando is to stroll (or take a trolley ride) down International Drive. This bustling main strip provides easy access to many of Orlando's top attractions, as well as fine dining restaurants and shops. 

For a relaxing and indulgent experience, take a break at the Chocolate Museum & Cafe. Nibble on world-class chocolate and enjoy a glass of wine in the cafe before learning about the history and production of chocolate. Also sweet is the fact that you'll save 25% off the entry fee when you present your Grand Experiences Card. 

Gen X and Millennials

Adventurous 20 to 50-somethings will have plenty of heart-racing fun at the Orlando Watersports Complex. Water-skiing, wake-boarding, tubing and more are all on tap at this expansive boat and cable park. 

For the ultimate in entertainment, head over to Icon Park to experience its many attractions, restaurants and shops. Your Grand Experiences card treats you to discounts at the following sites within the park: Madame TussaudsSEA Life Orlando AquariumOrlando Starflyer and the ICON Orlando Champagne Experience

When you're ready for a break from the hustle and bustle, check out Wekiwa Springs State Park just north of downtown Orlando. The 7,000-acre wilderness preserve has abundant opportunities to hike, swim, fish, snorkel, canoe, animal watch and more.

Finally, experience an Orlando far removed from the tourist masses at the East End Market. The neighborhood market and food hall serve as a showcase for local and artisanal bakers, coffee roasters, cheesemakers and more. 

Generations Y, Z and Alpha

Generations Y, Z and Alpha are the newest cohorts to make their debut. These young ones are no doubt some of the biggest fans of Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort. Just know that there's plenty of other options outside the big theme parks for them as well.

For a more manageable amusement park experience, consider Magical Midway Thrill Park. It's full of classic old-school rides like go-karts and bumper cars as well as the world's largest slingshot and the Starflyer, a "swing ride on steroids." Visit before 6 p.m. and show your Grand Experiences card to enjoy 3-hour wristbands for two guests for just $25.

Another kid-approved site that also offers a great way to beat the heat is the SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium. In addition to having more than 5,000 underwater species on display, this family-friendly attraction lets kids observe feeding times, attend educational talks and touch starfish. Show your Grand Experiences card to save 20% on all the fun.

The ultimate mini golf experience awaits at the Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf. You and the kids will feel like modern-day swashbucklers as you putt amid sunken ships, dungeons and pirate-themed decor. It's an affordable family activity, especially when you show your Grand Experiences card for a 20% discount.

Kids and fun-loving adults looking for an adrenaline rush will love Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park. The aerial obstacle course has everything from Tarzan ropes to zip lines to wobbly suspended bridges. Two dedicated kids' courses with 21 different challenges cater to the six and up crowd.

Discover the Many Benefits of Vacation Ownership

In addition to great discounts to top Orlando attractions, vacation ownership through Hilton Grand Vacations also gives you access to spacious and well-appointed resort accommodations in Orlando. Learn more about the many benefits of vacation ownership you get with Hilton Grand Vacations. 

 

Read Best Multi-Gen Travel Destinations: Myrtle Beach Edition for more fun for the whole family. 

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The Vacationeer is a collective of Hilton Grand Vacations storytellers whose goal is to inspire travelers to go further. We're always on the lookout for new destinations to explore, useful travel tips, and unique ideas to help you plan the most memorable vacations possible.

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