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7 Ways to “Fall” in Love with Orange Lake Resort This Fall

Posted 18 days ago

Checking In Writer and Editor, Tori Ferrante, stands in front of a white house wearing a purple-gray top and statement necklace.

Tori Ferrante

She’s a writer, craft beer lover, dog mother and adventure seeker who's always on the hunt for those little-known, hidden gem spots in each place she visits. She's become quite the expert at planning budget-friendly, long weekend getaways, and Tori's absolute favorite vacation memory was resting and recharging at Tabacon Hot Springs in Costa Rica on her honeymoon. She's also fallen in love with her trips to Georgia and North Carolina with her husband, Brooks, and fur son, Deagon.

Even though summer, spring break and Christmas are super popular times to visit Florida, a fall vacation is a great time to enjoy beach days and cool pool waters without the super high temps.

And if you’re wondering what Orange Lake Resort is like in the fall, you’re in for a real treat. (There’s a reason this resort is a Club member favorite!)

With championship golf courses, watersports, a lazy river, seven pools and more, there are so many ways to spend a warm-weather autumn escape at the resort.

Aerial view of lazy river and The Exchange in River Island at Orange Lake Resort near Orlando, Florida
The 1,200-foot lazy river in River Island

Looking to ride some coasters, too? The theme parks always have new and exciting attractions, and special fall events, like:

  • Epcot® International Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort®
  • Brick or Treat at Legoland® Florida Resort
  • SeaWorld® Spooktacular
  • Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort
  • The Disney After Hours Boo Bash

Not into all the attractions? There’s a bunch of other cool, outdoorsy things to check out, too.

Raff and her family standing at the entrance of Orange Lake Resort.Get ready to explore Orange Lake Resort (and hop in that lazy river)!

So, if you’re ready for a fun-filled Florida vacation this fall, check out these seven ways to fall in love with Orange Lake Resort, and see if you can check them all off your list!

1. Soak up the sun and splash the day away.

The fall weather at Orange Lake Resort is literally perfect for pool time. It’s still warm and sunny during the day, but the temps drop a bit at night.

Here are some ways you can soak up all the sun-baked, splash-filled fun at the resort.

Author, Danny Pitaluga (left), and son, Joey (right), wear their swimsuits near a fountain park area at our Orange Lake Resort located in Orlando, Florida.
The splash pad in North Village

Lounge & Swim in the Pools

Settle down on the loungers and relax right by one of our seven pools.

  • Splash Lagoon Pool in North Village is great for families, especially those with kiddos because it features a kiddie pool, fountain and slide.
  • The lush and tropical pool and 1,200-foot lazy river in River Island are a must during your stay. You can grab your tubes from The Splash Shack for $9 and then float the day awayyyy.
  • The Stage, Southern Magnolia & Water’s Edge pools are located in West Village, and Water’s Edge offers fun poolside activities throughout the day.
  • And finally, the two beautiful, crystal-clear pools in East Village are both ideal for a little peace and quiet.

Splash Pad & Kiddie Pools

Watch the little ones have a blast at the splash pads in River Island and North Village, and at several of our kid-friendly and zero-entry pools.

Waterslides

Zip down the waterslides in River Island and North Village.

Cabanas

Treat yourself to a private cabana rental (for a small booking fee) next to our River Island, Splash Lagoon or Water’s Edge pools. You’ll have your own personal mini-fridge, TV, snacks and water.

A striped, covered cabana by the pool in River Island at Orange Lake Resort near Orlando, Florida.
Get plenty of rest and relaxation at the cabanas in River Island.

Quick note: Pool towels will be provided in your villa for use throughout your stay. Be sure to bring your towels to the pools with you — they won’t be offered in the pool areas — and put that in-villa washer and dryer to good use when you need to freshen them up.

2. Go wild with watersports on the lake.

To spice up your fall family vacation, head over to Water’s Edge Beach Club in West Village for watersports on our 80-acre lake!

Clarissa Laskey's kids tubing on the lake at Orange Lake Resort
Lake adventures start at Water’s Edge Beach Club in West Village.

You can:

  • Zip around the lake on a jet ski!
  • Take a spin on a serene swan boat ride.
  • Have a blast tubing and jumping over the waves.
  • Try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding.
  • Take out a kayak and paddle your way across the waters.
  • Round up the whole family for a pontoon ride.

Another quick note: There’s an additional rental fee for all of these fun watersports.

3. Have a little family competition.

From mini golf to air hockey, see who will leave your Orange Lake Resort vacation victorious! (Winner picks what to do next. 😉)

Mia St Clair's daughter picking up a blue golf ball at the mini golf course
Putt-Putt® course in West Village

Mini Golf & Putt-Putt®

Play a game of mini golf at Island Golf in River Island or Putt-Putt® over in West Village.

Championship Golf Courses

If you’re a Florida golfer, you know how wonderful it is to play golf during this time of year.

You’re spending a few hours outside and the cooler autumn weather (and those fantastic views) could definitely help make your golf game better.

Our four courses include Legend’s Walk, The Reserve, Crane’s Bend and The Legends.

  • Legends Walk is a lighted 9-hole, par-3 walking course in North Village that’s kid-friendly!
  • In West Village, we have The Reserve, an 18-hole championship course.
  • Also in West Village, Crane’s Bend is our 9-hole executive course featuring three par-4s and six par-3s.
  • The Legends in East Village is our 18-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Designed championship course, which also has a driving range.

Sports Courts

Looking to stay active on your vacation? Whether the weather’s warm and sunny or crisp and breezy, the fall is a great time to hit up the resort’s sports courts for a game or two.

Visit the Marketplace near the West Village Clubhouse to rent sports equipment for any of the activities below — free of charge.

  • Serve up a friendly game of sand volleyball at River Island!
  • Go for a slam dunk during a game of basketball.
  • Perfect your backspin playing tennis.
  • Ace a game of pickleball!

Arcades

Play to win at the Water’s Edge Arcade in West Village and Treasure Cove Arcade in River Island (both great spots for a rainy-day activity).

4. Take part in special activities scheduled throughout the day.

If you couldn’t tell by now, Orange Lake Resort is wayyyyy more than just somewhere to stay for your fall getaway.

With all these special activities, it’s a place to truly embrace vacation fun.

Be sure to check your activities guide for current offerings, locations, dates and times as they can all vary.

Krystin Godfrey (right) and her husband (left) enjoy a round of bingo poolside in River Island at our Orange Lake Resort located in Orlando, FL.
Poolside bingo at Water’s Edge Beach Club in West Village

Poolside Bingo

Play bingo by the pool (and shout your heart out when you win!) at the Stage Pool in West Village. (Just know our poolside bingo is weather permitting.)

Sand Art

Create sand art in River Island! Pick a special container, fill it with vibrantly colored sand and bring your creation home with you as a special Orange Lake souvenir.

Hair Braiding

Let the kids get their hair braided with their favorite colors in River Island.

Trivia

Test your family’s smarts with a fun-filled game of trivia.

Poolside Music & Games

Catch live music and fun games by the pool at the Water’s Edge Beach Club in West Village.

Swampy’s Adventure Club

Located in the West Village Clubhouse, Swampy’s is a super-fun retreat for kids and teens. It has video game consoles, games, arts and crafts, tournaments and muchhhhh more.

Check out the activities schedule at the front desk!

Karaoke

Show off your singing talents, or sit back and just enjoy the show, during an entertaining night of karaoke at Breezes and live band karaoke at the Stage Pool, both in West Village.

Movie Night

Get the family together for a poolside movie at the West Village Stage Pool.

Again, just be sure to check for days, times, weather and what’s being offered when you arrive.

Fun Photo Ops

Between all those scheduled activities, don’t forget to pencil in some time for a little memento from your autumn oasis!

Take a group photo with our bright, new mural or even the River Island waterfalls. It might just be the perfect pic to use for your holiday card this year.

Some landscaping in the foreground passes over a large wall mural of a yellow sun surrounded by blue and green monstera leaves that reads in blue, 'Sunshine State of Mind'  in North Village at Orange Lake Resort near Orlando, Florida
The best spot for a sunny photo op in North Village

5. Spend some quality family time together back at the villa.

Your super spacious villa is a fantastic place to bring the spirit of the fall season to Florida.

In addition to the fun activities below, throw a fuzzy blanket in the dryer to warm it up, put on a spoOoky movie and whip up a warm, home-baked apple pie in your full kitchen.

Mia St Clair's kids running around in their villa at Orange Lake ResortA three-bedroom Signature Collection villa in River Island

Here are some things to do in your downtime in your villa:

  • Have a family game night (Yahtzee!).

  • Recreate some resort-inspired villa recipes and your fall favorites in your kitchen.

  • Give cooking a rest and gather ‘round your dining room table with yummy take-out or a to-go pizza from Paisan Pizzeria. Pro Tip: You can get Paisan delivered directly to your villa, too!

  • Watch the sunset on your villa’s patio or balcony, and keep an eye out for our Insta-famous sandhill cranes.

  • Set up the kids with coloring activities while the adults enjoy a little R&R time.

  • Cuddle up and watch a fall family flick together in the living room (anyone up for Hocus Pocus?).


6. Stay active and energized.

There are so many ways to get some physical activity at the resort, especially if you’re wanting to exercise on your vacation before the holidays come around.

Raff Esquivel and her wife practicing yoga at Orange Lake Resort
Water’s Edge Fitness Center in West Village

These are just some ways to enjoy that beautiful weather and get active:

  • Take a lap around the property and get those steps in!
  • Practice yoga or Pilates at Mussels Fitness Center in River Island.
  • Start your morning with our beginner Splash & Stretch class in West Village (weather permitting).
  • Work out with a free trial of Peloton’s virtual running classes on your mobile phone or tablet using the treadmills at the West Village fitness center.

7. Fuel up with yummy food and drinks (and caffeine).

Hungry? Need a quick pick-me-up? We’ve got you covered with these on-site dining options. 😉

Frozen, fruity cocktail drink near the pool loungers at Orange Lake Resort
The perfect pair: fruity drinks and poolside views.

  • Is a Pumpkin-Spiced Latte calling your name? Head over to River Island to enjoy some “me-time” with a Starbucks coffee from Currents Café.

  • Grab some quick sandwiches from Anchors in River Island, and enjoy your meal poolside.

  • Try a signature cocktail, like the Lakeside Lemonade or Gulf Coast Hurricane, from River Island’s Leeward Bar.

  • Get a taste of the Florida Keys with seafood and sandwiches from Breezes Restaurant & Bar in West Village. (The fish tacos are a member favorite!)

  • Head to River Island for hot pancakes, eggs and bacon for breakfast, and for dinner, grab burgers, seafood and more grilled goodness.


Krystin Godfrey (right) feeds her daughter, Creed (left) some fries at Tradewinds Bar & Grill in River Island at our Orange Lake Resort located in Orlando, FL.
Tradewinds Bar & Grill in River Island

  • Take full advantage of daily specials on ice-cold beer buckets at Windward Pool Bar in River Island.

  • Head to the West Village Water’s Edge Bar and order the “drink of the day” from our legendary veteran bartender, Miriam.

  • Watch the sunset over the pool and listen to live music underneath beautiful market lights, while eating a delicious pizza from Paisan Pizzeria.

  • Treat yourself to an ice cream cone from Currents Café in River Island.

  • Go back to Breezes Restaurant & Bar during the evening for a night filled with good food, live entertainment, performers and karaoke.


Raff and her wife enjoying fruity cocktail drinks at Breezes Restaurant & Bar at Orange Lake Resort
Breezes Restaurant & Bar in West Village

Phew! I can safely say there are a ton of fun, active and relaxing things to do both at Orange Lake Resort and in Central Florida.

(Plus, our nearby Orlando Breeze Resort is another great option for an Orlando getaway, too!)

Two things I know for sure?

  1. Your warm-weather autumn escape will be filled with so many amazing activities both on and off the property.
  2. It’ll be very hard not to fall in love with Orange Lake Resort this fall.

Original story published on 9/10/21 | Updated on 9/20/22


All information is subject to change. This article includes curated local things to do and is neither sponsored nor considered an official endorsement. Please be sure to check information directly with our resort and/or any/all listed off-property tours, park, guides or companies for the most up-to-date and direct details.

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Checking In Writer and Editor, Tori Ferrante, stands in front of a white house wearing a purple-gray top and statement necklace.

Tori Ferrante

She’s a writer, craft beer lover, dog mother and adventure seeker who's always on the hunt for those little-known, hidden gem spots in each place she visits. She's become quite the expert at planning budget-friendly, long weekend getaways, and Tori's absolute favorite vacation memory was resting and recharging at Tabacon Hot Springs in Costa Rica on her honeymoon. She's also fallen in love with her trips to Georgia and North Carolina with her husband, Brooks, and fur son, Deagon.