2018 Annual Meeting

In and Around Orlando

While the luxurious Grande Lakes resort is a serene oasis located amid 500 lush tropical acres, it is still convenient to the myriad entertainment and themed attractions available throughout the Orlando area. Quick access to the Beach Line Expressway and Interstate 4 means you can easily reach the following from the resort by car:

Attractions and Theme Parks

Kennedy Space Center The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex features a $100 million home for Space Shuttle Atlantis. (Photo courtesy of Orlando CVB)
  • SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, including Discovery Cove and Aquatica (2 miles)
  • Universal Orlando, including Universal Studios; Universal's Islands of Adventure, featuring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter; Wet 'n Wild water park, and Universal CityWalk night-time entertainment complex (9 miles)
  • Walt Disney World Resort, including Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Downtown Disney area (12 miles)
  • Kennedy Space Center (52 miles)

NOTE: The hotels at Grande Lakes offer shuttle service to and from Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld (reservations required at least 24 hours in advance).



Orlando Shopping The Mall at Millenia is one of several shopping destinations in Orlando. (Photo courtesy of Orlando CVB)
  • Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets—home to  more than 150 designer and brand name outlets, including Burberry, Armani Outlet, Salvatore Ferragamo, Kate Spade New York, UGG Australia (5 miles)
  • Orlando International Premium Outlets—home to 180 outlet stores, including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Gap, Guess, Hugo Boss, Polo Ralph Lauren, and New Balance factory stores  (7 miles)
  • The Mall at Millenia, anchored by Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's and Macy's (7 miles)
  • Florida Mall, anchored by Dillard’s and Macy’s (5 miles)
  • Park Avenue (in the nearby historic city of Winter Park)—a picturesque tree-lined shopping street, boasting more than 140 boutiques, sidewalk cafes, and museums (23 miles)

Arts, Museums and Cultural Activities

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum "Revival and Reform" is the newest exhibition at the Morse Museum. (Photo courtesy of The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art)
  • Orlando Museum of Art, exhibiting a wide range of art from all over the world, including American art from the 19th century to the present with works by such artists as John Singer Sargent, Thomas Moran, George Inness, Georgia O'Keeffe, Ansel Adams, Suzanne McClelland, and William Michael Harnett; African art; and art of the ancient Americas—the broadest and most representative collection in the Southeast (18 miles)
  • Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, home to the most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany (23 miles)




Daytona Beach Daytona Beach is a little more than an hour's drive from Orlando. (Photo by Tony Giese, courtesy of Daytona Beach Area CVB)

Florida Space Coast Florida's Space Coast, a nature-goer's paradise, is only 35 miles east of Orlando – making it Orlando's closest beach.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the following 5 Atlantic beaches are the closest to Orlando, with drive times ranging from slightly over 1 hour to approximately 1-1/2 hours:

Additionally, these Gulf beaches can be
reached in 2 to 2-1/2 hours:

Near St. Petersburg Near Tampa Near Sarasota Near Bradenton