Florida Kids and Family Expo at Orange County Convention Center

Held every summer, the Florida Kids and Family Expo is a wonderful opportunity to discover a little something for the whole family. Join in on August 27-28, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center. The event is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Performances, kid-friendly fun, attractions, exhibitors, and more will draw you in for summertime fun and family entertainment in Orlando.

TRAVEL_PEOPLE_family-getaway-cartoon-3DFamily Fun in Orlando


Exhibitors for family, prenatal, baby, kids, and teens offering a plethora of services, products, and family enrichment will be in full force at the Expo. Everything from coupons, discounts, promos, free trials, and giveaways will be available at these mostly free exhibits. Don’t forget to get your picture taken at character meet and greets.

Live Performances

Performances from magicians, dance troupes, karate demos, singers, puppet shows, live animal shows, and much more will be playing throughout the Expo. They’re included with the price of admission and make for enticing entertainment and family fun in Orlando.

Baby Zone and Toddler Zone

These special zones will let your baby or toddler discover, explore, and play in areas specifically tailored for their ages. Bring your young children and have a ball.


The attractions at the Expo are the cherry on top of this fun-filled event. Past attractions have included bumper cars, a zip line, bounce houses, and a mechanical bull. There’s so much stuff to do, it's almost impossible to fit it all into one day.

Central Florida family events are an exciting way to spend your time when you visit the area. For a relaxing, stress-free stay with plenty of great amenities, make sure to book your stay with us at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld.

Busch Gardens Tampa: Experience Magic This Summer

As the ultimate family destination theme park, Busch Gardens Tampa knocks the competition out of the water by offering a wide range of unrivaled excitement and entertainment. From adrenaline-fueled roller coasters to more than 12,000 animals, this park is sure to have something for everyone!  

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Busch Gardens Tampa offers some of the most diverse attractions in the area. Some popular events for 2016 that you can look forward to include:

  • Summer Nights Celebration: Through August 7, 2016, visitors can stay late and party hard with Busch Gardens’ ongoing Summer Nights at Busch Gardens. Experience fireworks, thrill rides in the dark, live entertainment, and more.
  • Labor Day weekend at the park: The 2016 summer isn’t over until the final firework fizzles out at this thrilling Labor Day weekend event! The park keeps the celebration going until midnight on Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4. You can also enjoy extended park hours on Monday, September 5.
  • Jack Hanna Weekend: No vacation is complete without embarking on a trip with Jungle Jack Hanna at the Stanleyville Theater. Join the internationally known animal pro for animal shows, travel stories, autograph signings, and meet-and-greets on September 10 and 11, 2016 at the park.

Recharge and Revamp: Stay With Friends At Doubletree

When you’re ready to collapse on cozy pillows and comfortable sheets at the end of the day, come and stay with our team at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld. We offer visitors the very best in terms of quality service and comfort. Book your reservation with us today!





5 Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Orlando

When you’re visiting Orlando, there are plenty of things to do even if the weather doesn't cooperate. Read on to discover some family-friendly things to do in Orlando when it’s raining.

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1. iFly World

iFly World is an indoor skydiving experience located at 6805 Visitors Circle in Orlando. This free fall experience is simulated in a vertical wind tunnel, giving you the exhilaration and excitement without having to get on a plane or step foot outside. You will be outfitted with proper gear, and an instructor will be with you the entire time to guide and spot you.

2. Orlando Indoor Paintball

Orlando Indoor Paintball, located at 7215 Rose Avenue, offers indoor fields, which means it’s perfect for a rainy day. These were built and designed specifically for paintball, and will provide hours of tactical fun. Fees include the use of eight indoor and outdoor courses, rental of advanced paintball guns, and a choice of scenario games.

3. World of Chocolate Orlando

World of Chocolate Orlando, at 11701 International Drive, is a museum and cafe dedicated to chocolate, its history, and how it’s made. Guided tours provide an enlightened view of this art and include chocolate tastings. This is one of the great family-friendly things to do in Orlando on a rainy day.

4. Dewey’s Golf

Dewey’s indoor golf simulators are another great option for indoor fun in Orlando. You can play practice games or an entire round of 18 holes, all without lugging around clubs. Choose from real-life courses from around the world or a fantasy course.  All include real-world terrain and weather conditions.

5. DisneyQuest

DisneyQuest offers even more indoor fun in Orlando. Located at Walt Disney World Resort, this gaming center has everything from immersive, virtual games to classic arcade games. Examples include riding a magic carpet with Aladdin or designing and riding a virtual roller coaster.

For convenient access to all of these fun rainy day activities in Orlando, plus plenty of sunny day activities, book your stay with us at Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld.




2016 GeekyCon: A Fantastically Nerdy Time

GeekyCon is a fan convention unlike any other! Running from July 29-July 31, 20216 in Orlando, Florida, it hosts Harry Potter fans, Dr. Who fanatics, and marketplaces full of geeky memorabilia. This year’s event at Orange County Convention Center also boasts your favorite YouTube stars and web actors, as well as a variety of attractions for geeks of all ages.

Special Guests for Orlando GeekyCon

If you're headed to the convention this year, you won't want to miss appearances by these special guests and notable figures:  GEEKYCON-Cosplay word cloud-hand holding marker surrounded by science and cosply words

  • Jon Cozart - Harry Potter in 99 seconds
  • Harry Potter Puppet Pals
  • Mary Kate Wiles - Lydia Bennet, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
  • Sean Persaud - I Ship It
  • And much more!

Nerdy Activities and Geeky Games

Aside from welcoming all of your favorite geeky stars, this year’s convention also offers a wide range of  activities:  

  • Cosplay: Dust off your favorite costume and spend the whole weekend mingling in style with your fellow geeks. Just make sure to say hello to the Doctor when you meet him in the hall; after all, he never sticks around for too long.
  • Music: Friday night is the Geeky Musical Festival, a six-hour event featuring the talents of nerdy bands like Harry and the Potters. You can also go to the singalongs hosted that weekend and belt out your favorite Disney or Broadway tunes with the Con’s special guests.
  • Geeky games: A new event that enables you to discover new games or create your own.
  • And more!

Being Geeky in Orlando, Florida

This year's event at the Orange County Convention Center is the perfect place to enjoy exciting activities and form friendships with fellow convention attendees. You're sure to have the nerdy experience of a lifetime.

Everyone at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld hopes you have at great time at the 2016 GeekyCon!









See Your Favorite Artists in Action at the July 2016 Concerts at Amway Center

If you’re looking forward to seeing worldwide famous artists on stage in Orlando, don’t hesitate to buy your tickets to the July 2016 Concerts at Amway Center. By doing so, you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of this summer's top-rated performers.

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Here are three Orlando summer concerts that you won't want to miss:

 Justin Bieber. Scheduled for June 30, 2016, the Justin Bieber concert is a part of the artist’s Purpose World Tour and involves the presence of two special guests: Moxi Raia and Post Malone. This much-awaited event will give you the chance to listen to your favorite Justin Bieber smash hits from his latest album, including Sorry and Love Yourself.

Twenty One Pilots. Those who have always wanted to enjoy the unique live performance of the guys from Twenty One Pilots won't want to miss the band’s concert, taking place on July 1, 2016 at Amway Center. Listen to amazing songs that have contributed a great deal to the band’s massive success, including Stressed Out and Tear in My Heart, and make the most of an absolutely flawless live show.

Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas. Coming soon to the Amway Center are Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas. Scheduled for July 2, their concert is a part of a much-awaited Honda Civic Tour targeting 37 cities. This event also offers a VIP experience, including a full arena tour, plus the chance to hang out with Lovato and Jonas and check out their bus tours.

Looking for a hotel near the Amway Center in Orlando? Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld is located just minutes from the Amway Center. We offer you the most modern, luxurious and affordable rooms to bring your Orlando concert experience one step closer to perfection.








Embrace the Summer Vibes with Island Nights at Aquatica

LOCATIONS_BEACH_Tropical-sunset-over-sea-with-palm-treesOrlando has certainly earned its status as one of the East Coast's top summer destinations. Nowhere is this as evident as in Aquatica, Sea World's own  waterpark, where its signature slides and rides aren't the only way to enjoy the long summer days. Island Nights at Aquatica are a great way to experience the extended hours at the park. 

From July 8 to August 6, Island Nights at Aquatica will turn the park into a family friendly summer party every evening. Special DJs, a happy hour, and plenty of dancing will turn every day into one of the most memorable summer events for families in Orlando. After spending the day in the park, the extended hours during this special event in Orlando, will ensure your fun is not cut short!

Hotel packages are raising the fun standard when it comes to summer events for families in Orlando

Since few things say fun as much as convenience and ease, the perfect way to round up the experience may be with our SeaWorld and Aquatica hotel package. This special offer will allow you to bundle your accommodations, shuttles to and from the park, and day passes for every adult, all in one convenient bundle. This way, there will be little to worry about except choosing the best bathing suit for one of the best family friendly activities in Orlando this summer.

Book a vacation package with us at Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld to enjoy our world-class facilities just steps from Aquatica and SeaWorld. Visit our website for complete details on our accommodations and book your summer getaway!






Book Your Summer Getaway to Doubletree Orlando

Your 2016 summer getaway is sure to be fantastic when you book with us. Check out some of our great amenities and special packages.

DTSW-Lagoon-PoolAmenities for Your Leisure Escape to Orlando This Summer

We have 28 acres of tropical paradise to explore. Find a cozy nook with a hammock and nap in the shade, or take a cool dip in one of our 3 beautiful swimming pools. Grab a drink or snack from the pool bar and wander over to the day spa, mini golf course, or putting green. Keep up with your exercise at our fitness center. For breakfast, lunch, or dinner, choose from our wide range of dining options available on-site.

Available Packages and Great Deals at the Doubletree Orlando at SeaWorld

The AAA Family Package

The AAA Family Package is a special offer in Orlando for AAA members. It includes breakfast for four, 5 percent off your stay, and free internet access.

Leisure Escape Package

Our Leisure Escape Package is your ticket to great extras. Book this package and get a $50 resort credit to use on dining, shopping, cocktails, and more.

Family Fun Package in Orlando

The Family Fun Package includes breakfast for four people every morning of your stay.

Florida Resident Rate Package

Our Florida Resident Rate Package lets you get a $25 property credit (redeemable at the spa, golf, dining, etc.) when you book at least a two-night stay at any resort or hotel in Florida.

Your leisure escape to Orlando this summer is sure to be a winner with Doubletree By Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld. Visit us today online and book your summer getaway to Doubletree Orlando.








Celebrate This Year’s Fourth of July in Orlando

What are your plans for this year’s 4th of July? If you are still looking for enjoyable ways to celebrate Fourth of July 2016 with friends and family, there are plenty of events taking place throughout Orlando.  

HOLIDAYS_PATRIOTIC_July4th-American-starburst-firework-effect4th of July Family-Friendly Events That Are Worthy of Your Time and Attention

If you enjoy starting each day off with a run, the Watermelon 5K on July 4th is a fantastic way to celebrate Independence Day with a run. As the name indicates, there will be plenty of ice-cold, fresh watermelon available. Taking place in Park Avenue in Winter Park, FL, this event allows you to express your American pride in a way that matches your healthy, active lifestyle.

If you’d rather celebrate the Fourth of July at an event that combines awesome fireworks with live music and plenty of food and beverages provided by local vendors, the 2016 Red Hot & Boom!, is the perfect holiday event to experience in Orlando. This is the place where you will enjoy performances of internationally known artists, admire a stunning fireworks display and become part of the biggest Independence Day celebration in Central Florida.

There are also plenty of family oriented events throughout the area. Lake Eola Park will feature their 39th annual Fireworks at the Fountain this 4th of July.  The fun celebrations begin at 4PM and include live music, kid-friendly activities, food and drinks and of course, the fireworks display.

Need Accommodations for Independence Day in Orlando

If you are looking for accommodations close to the Independence Day events in Orlando, look no further. Book your stay with us at the Doubletree By Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld. Our central location makes it easy to access the surrounding area and you are just minutes for all of the great 2016 4th of July events in Orlando.





Outdoor Fun with Movieola at Lake Eola Florida

There are always fun outdoor events for families happening around Orlando but this summer will be particularly entertaining with Movieola at Lake Eola Florida. Pack up a few snacks and take the whole family along to this year’s movies in the park at Lake Eola in Orlando, Florida.

Here’s What You Need to Know About Movies in the Park in Orlando

ENTERTAINMENT_MOVIE_friends watching a movie outsideThe entertainment will begin at 6PM on the last Friday of the month from through August. Some activities will include washers, cornhole, croquet. There will also be musical entertainment. The movie will begin at 8:15PM each night.

This year’s movies include: 
June 24 - Cinderella
July 15 – Inside Out
July 29 – Jurassic World
August 26 – Minions

 Book Your Stay with Us

The Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld offers luxurious accommodations with a wide range of amenities. There’s always something to do at our hotel, whether it’s a swim in one of our three pools, a treatment at our day spa or playing in the game arcade. We also have a putting green, miniature golf course and daily live entertainment at our bars and restaurants.

Spend your days relaxing at our beautiful resort before heading off to enjoy a movie in the park with the family. We look forward to welcoming you.




You Won’t Want to Miss the Amway Center Summer Events

The Amway Center summer events are getting ready to kick off and you won’t want to miss out. From WWE to Mascot games, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

EVENTS_ events written on bulletin boardEvents Taking Place this Summer

The Mascot Games at Amway Center will take place on June 17 and 18. What could be more fun than watching 30 mascots from a range of teams across the country taking part in a host of games? It is expected that nearly 2,000 fans will head to the games to enjoy the adrenaline-inducing, exciting competitions as mascots take part in gladiator-style games to be crowned the true mascot champion of the world. Mascots from NCAA, MLB, NHL, NBA and NFL are expected to take part.

The games are for a great cause, too. All proceeds will benefit New Hope for Kids, an organization that offers support to families and children who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The charity also grants wishes to children suffering from life-threatening illnesses in the Central Florida area.

Another not-to-be-missed event is the WWE Summer Slam Heatwave Tour. On June 26 fans will have the chance to see some of the top WWE champions take to the ring, including Women’s Champion, Charlotte; Heavyweight Champion, Roman Reigns and Intercontinental Champions Sasha Banks, The Miz and plenty others.

Looking for a Hotel Near the Amway Center in Orlando?

If you’re looking for a convenient hotel near the Amway Center in Orlando, look no further than the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld. Guests are invited to enjoy an overnight stay with us and try a tasty meal at one of our eateries.