10 Unusual Places to Stay in Florida

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    Airstream-KOA Camping Experience - Sugarloaf Key

    KOA Sugarloaf Key
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    A Retro-styled Alternative to Key West Hotels

    If you've ever thought about wanting to camp, but are not sure whether you would like it enough to shell out your hard earned money for a equipment, a camping trailer or RV... this Airstream-KOA camping experience is your opportunity to give it a try. The fact that it is located in one of the most sought-after vacation locations, the Florida Keys, is just a bonus.

    The Sugarloaf Key KOA Campground has the distinction of being the southernmost KOA in the continental United States. Situated between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, it enjoys a beachfront location just a few miles northeast of Key West.

    Sugarloaf Key KOA
    251 State Road 939
    Sugarloaf Key, FL 33042

    Phone: 305-745-3549

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    Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge - Disney World

    Disney's Animal Kingdom
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    Experience the Spirit of Africa... Go on Safari without Leaving Your Balcony

    As the sun rises above the savanna you can sip your morning coffee and enjoy a front row seat to a giraffe searching the tall trees for a morning meal or watch gazelles kick up their heels to welcome the day.

    Reservations are suggested.

    Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
    2901 Osceola Parkway
    Orlando, FL 32821

    Phone: 407-938-3000

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    Gaylord Palms Resort - Orlando

    Gaylord Palms Resort
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    Glass-enclosed Atrium Puts the Best of Florida Under Glass

    Imagine a 4.5-acre atrium with themed environments that depict such popular Florida destinations as Key West, St. Augustine, the Emerald Coast and the Everglades. Plus, a unique area designed in the grand style of 19th century Florida resorts, known as Emerald Bay.

    Like the atrium, distinctive themes — Key West, St. Augustine, Everglades and Emerald Bay — characterize the 1,406 guest rooms. It's like touring Florida without leaving your hotel!

    Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center
    6000 West Osceola Parkway
    Kissimmee, FL 34746

    Phone: 407-586-0000

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    Disney's Pop Century Resort - Disney World

    Disney's Pop Century Resort
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    Disney Resort Takes Guests on a Historic Journey of 20th Century American Pop Culture

    Do you remember when you saved every penny of your allowance to buy the latest 45 rpm record? Or when "walkin' the dog" wasn't about canines, but the yo-yo craze? Or when you solved (or at least tried to solve) your first Rubik's Cube? Or rock-and-roll and table-top jukeboxes?

    Pop Century Resort features lodge buildings and furnishings inspired by different decades with giant pop culture icons — yo-yos, Rubik's cubes, jukeboxes and more — that celebrate the decade they were introduced in, or when they gained their greatest popularity. It's like a walk down memory lane!

    Disney's Pop Century Resort
    1050 Century Drive
    Kissimmee, FL 32830

    Phone: 407-938-4000

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    Island Hotel Bed & Breakfast - Cedar Key

    Cedar Key Island Hotel
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    Spirits Are Said to Inhabit this Historical Hotel

    Whether you "believe" or not, hotel staff and locals insist that an unlucky number of 13 bona fide spirits inhabit this old hotel. In 1999, the Fox Network television series Haunted Inns & Mansions filmed a segment here and anytime the segment replays, reservations spike as people come to search for real proof that ghosts actually do exist.

    Island Hotel
    373 2nd Street
    Cedar Key, FL 32625

    Phone: 352-543-5111

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    Jules Undersea Lodge - Key Largo

    Jules Undersea Lodge
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    Sleeping Beneath the Ocean Is No Longer Just a Dream... It Can Be a Reality

    Stay three or 24 hours and enjoy an underwater delivered pizza for lunch or dinner. Overnight guests are provided breakfast and snacks... and an unforgettable experience.

    Of course, checking in at this hotel requires a check of your diving certification because it's a 21-foot dive to the entrance. Don't worry if you aren't certified you can take a class and make this a real adventure!

    Reservations are required. If you prefer privacy, the entire lodge can be reserved for an additional fee.

    Jules Undersea Lodge at Key Largo Undersea Park
    51 Shoreland Drive
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    Phone: 305-451-2353

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    Lake Como Nudist Resort - Lutz

    Sky and trees reflected in still pool
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    If Going Au' Naturel Is Your Style, Then Take off for a Vacation at This Resort

    Just the bare essentials is all you'll need for a vacation at this clothing-optional resort just north of Tampa. Accommodations are far from four-star, but what the resort lacks in-room amenities it makes up for in recreational opportunities.

    Lake Como Nudist Resort
    20500 Cot Road
    Lutz, FL 33558

    Phone: 877-879-5253

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    Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Tampa and Hollywood

    Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood
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    The Never-Ending Nightlife Rocks On

    Two Florida locations provide luxurious accommodations as well as 24-​hours-a-day casino action. Each location features four-star contemporary hotel decorated inside with an amazing display of autographed, one-of-a-kind music memorabilia. Spacious retreat-like deluxe rooms feature endless amenities, while the restaurants and casino offer limitless entertainment.

    Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa
    5223 Orient Road
    Tampa, FL 33610

    Phone: 813-627-7625

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    Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
    1 Seminole Way
    Hollywood, FL 33314

    Phone: 866-502-7529

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    The Florida Hotel at The Florida Mall - Orlando

    The Florida Hotel at The Florida Mall
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    Shopping Is Literally Just Steps Away

    Combine your stay with steps-away shopping at one of Orlando's largest indoor malls — The Florida Mall — which is adjacent to the main lobby, then take a break to soak up the sun beside the sparkling pool.

    Make your stay a family affair. The new attraction-like stores within the mall, including the ​Crayola Experience and the American Girl stores, as well as the mall's proximity to Central Florida's major attractions provide something of interest for the entire family.

    The Florida Hotel at The Florida Mall
    1500 Sand Lake Road
    Orlando, FL 32809

    Phone: 407-859-1500

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    Westgate River Ranch Resort - River Ranch

    Westgate River Ranch Resort
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    You Don't Have to Travel out West to Visit a Dude Ranch

    The thing is, you'll not see many dude ranches like this one. Sure there are horses to ride... and a rodeo every Saturday night, but the adventure doesn't stop there. Whether you go fishing or ride a mechanical bull, play miniature golf or go zip lining, take the kids to the petting farm or try your hand at skeet shooting, take an airboat ride or play golf or bungee jump, there is something to interest everyone in the family.

    Accommodations are just as varied too. Of course there are guest rooms and suites in western-themed lodge buildings, but in addition, there are also rail cars and cabins, as well as RV and tent camping. Plus, if you're into trying something really different, try glamping (glamour camping) in one of the resort's Luxe Teepees or a fully-furnished, air-conditioned Glamping tent.

    Westgate River Ranch Resort
    3200 River Ranch Boulevard
    River Ranch, FL 33867

    Phone: 863-692-1321