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Davenport FL Family Vacation   by Jennifer Weiss

If your children have images of Mickey and Minnie floating through their heads while all you can picture are the large crowds and long waits of all their favorite Disney attractions, you need to find a solid middle ground for the ultimate family vacation. A trip to Davenport, FL is quite possibly the best remedy since you are outside of the overwhelming Disney zone but remain only a short drive away from all the fun and excitement your kids simply adore.

Davenport is only a 10 mile drive to Walt Disney World yet seems years away in regards to atmosphere and massive crowds. When you stay in Kissimmee or Orlando, you expect to encounter large groups at all of the nearby attractions and restaurants since everyone who came for the Disney attractions is typically clustered in the same general area. You simply cannot escape the masses who come to this wildly popular area no matter where you turn. In the Davenport area, however, you can retreat to a cozy and slow-paced city that feels just like home or allows you to escape the hustle and bustle you need a break from.

If you are looking to spend a relaxing day at your own pace, head to the nearby Highlands Reserve Golf Club for a round at a top public course. Duffers will love the open and spacious fairways that are forgiving of a slight slice while those seeking a challenge are bound to appreciate the large, fast greens that provide a stiff test of skill and mettle. In addition to the fabulous golf, visitors may be swept away by the remarkable scenery that combines Carolina, Scottish, and old Florida influences to create a one-of-a-kind atmosphere that is certainly worth a look.

When you truly need to getaway from the crowds, make your way to Lake Tohopekaliga for some of the best bass fishing in the country. This shallow lake is located just south of Kissimmee and is the perfect place to commune with nature away from the noise and crowds you desperately want to avoid. For a more family-oriented adventure, consider a nature and wildlife viewing tour on the lake in search of bald eagles, alligators, and a variety of other features native to this area.

While these are great and relaxing ways to avoid the crowds, you are probably going to make your way to Disney World eventually so it is important to consider the different parks that are at your disposal. A must-see on any trip, the Magic Kingdom is the essence of any true Disney vacation as your favorite characters come to life and bring out the child in us all. Another great option is the Animal Kingdom, where 1700 animals and the essential rides await to provide a captivating and entertaining day for every animal lover in your family.

MGM Studios is another fabulous park as it gives you a behind the scenes look at your favorite television shows and movies while Epcot is slightly behind the others but still offers excellent attractions such as the "The Seas with Nemo and Friends" and the "Mission: SPACE" ride. If you are visiting when the heat is blazing, be sure to stop by the Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks for wet and wild attractions that will cool down and entertain even the most discerning guest.

The Disney area certainly has a lot to offer in the way of thrills and attractions but for those who need to escape from the crowds, a Davenport vacation rental is the ideal place to stay. While still close to all the fabulous options of the Kissimmee area, you can venture outside the regular scope of amusement and seek out your own entertainment without the masses following close behind. Throw in the convenience and amenities of home that come with vacation rentals Davenport FL and you have the makings of the most restful and relaxing Disney vacation you have ever imagined.

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