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Make the Most of a Long Weekend Trip to Orlando

With gorgeous weather, countless amusement parks and plenty of natural beauty to explore, Orlando is the perfect destination for an exciting, family-friendly Labor Day weekend vacation. To make sure you pack a whole lot of fun into those 72 hours, it’s best to plan your trip beforehand—and we’re here to help. Here’s how to spend a long weekend in Orlando.

But first, every trip begins at the resort. Stay at Las Palmeras, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club or Parc Soleil by Hilton Grand Vacations Club and you’ll be near Orlando’s best theme parks and tourist attractions, like Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios Florida and SeaWorld Orlando and the International Drive shopping, dining and entertainment district.

Located in the heart of Orlando’s tourist and convention corridor, Las Palmeras offers well-appointed studios and suites with spacious living areas, private balconies and in-suite dining options. Beyond the rooms, the resort features a pool area, an activity center, an on-site restaurant and a lobby bar.

Parc Soleil places guests among its 52-acre grounds in luxurious studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom suites with private balconies and fully equipped kitchens. The resort features two pool areas, a poolside restaurant and bar, exercise facilities and recreation programs for kids and adults.

Three Days in Orlando

Day One: Hit Up an Amusement Park

It won’t be hard to find a park in the “Theme Park Capital of the World,” so take your pick! Nearest to HGV’s resorts are SeaWorld Orlando, the Walt Disney World complex and Universal Orlando with its three distinct theme parks. Each offers a unique set of rides, live entertainment, restaurants and attractions. Just find the one that suits you and your party’s interests, then take the short ride to the park.
After several hours of high-flying, adrenaline-pumping action, unwind at the hotel’s pool to recharge for day two.

Day Two: Stroll Through Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve

Take advantage of Orlando’s milder late-summer weather and enjoy the outdoors at the Tibet-Butler Preserve, open daily. Stroll one of the preserve’s well-kept trails that run through its 440 acres to find flora and fauna unique to the area, including more than 100 species of birds. Once you’re done hiking, head to the Vera Carter Environmental Center and check out its exhibits, displays and classes centered on the environment.

Day Three: Spend a Day at ICON Park


See Orlando from above on the The Wheel at ICON Park. (photo courtesy of ICON Park).

ICON Park has enough entertainment for a full week, let alone a full day, with 40 shops, restaurants, bars and attractions. Standout experiences include riding the 400-foot-high observation wheel, spinning around on the tallest StarFlyer swing in the world and checking out Orlando’s newest science and natural history museum, called Skeletons: Museum of Osteology. Not to mention Madame Tussauds wax museum and the SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium.