Highlands Reserve is located within the Davenport area of Orlando, south west of the greater Orlando metropolitan area but still within easy reach of all the city's major attractions. Davenport is just 15 minutes from the Disney theme parks and the small planned community of Celebration. Another 10 minutes from Universal Studios, International Drive, and Orlando's major shopping areas. Davenport is just an hour of journey time from Florida's gulf coast beaches and benefits from easy access to both the main Orlando international airports, positioning it as an ideal base to explore and enjoy Orlando.
Disney World Orlando comprises four theme parks. The Magic Kingdom brings to life all your favourite Disney characters and tales from the past and present. Encircling a large fairy tale castle, the park is home to endless adventure and thrill rides from haunted mansions and carousels to gripping space rides and log flumes. EPCOT brings the whole world to Disney in World Showcase. Stroll around a large lake and pass through countries of the world. Future World (EPCOT) takes the visitor through a series of expo style pavilions showcasing the wonders of science and technology. Experience the future at EPCOT through a series of fully interactive and visually stimulating theme park rides.
Hollywood Studios is dedicated to the Hollywood golden ages of the 1930s and 40s. A series of themed areas and rides take you back to the movies, stars, architecture, television shows and optimistic wonder Tinsel Town's heyday. The Animal Kingdom is the 4th of the main Disney theme parks and is themed entirely around animal conservation a cause close to Walt Disney's heart. A number of themed areas bring the message to life. Visit Africa and Asia and even go back in time in DinoLand U.S.A. to the Late Cretaceous Period on the DINOSAUR thrill ride.
Comprising two main theme parks Universal Orlando delivers a fully interactive and completely exhilarating march through your favourite myths and movies, cartoons and comic strips and brings to life some of your most memorable childhood tales. The Universal Studios theme park is a fully functioning real working film and TV production facility. Enjoy an array of rides, shows, movie sets and attractions. Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park is based around several “Islands of Adventure”: Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Lost Continent and Seuss Landing. Universal Orlando also includes the Wet ‘n Wild water park.
Immerse yourself in the mysteries of the oceans at SeaWorld Orlando. Get up close and personal with Dolphins, Penguins, Manta Rays and much more. Enjoy the shows, rides and fully interactive SeaWorld experience.
The world's largest LegoLand theme park opened in Florida October 2011. Showcasing and celebrating the wonder of Lego through over 50 theme park rides LegoLand Florida is a perfect family day out for kids between the ages of 2 and 12.
Most waterparks now are in the main theme park resorts. Aquatica at SeaWorld offers up some of the steepest water slides through tunnels and mazes. Blizzard Beach at Disney is a waterpark based around a ski slope concept. At Typhoon Lagoon at Disney, experience 6 foot waves in the surf pool and get you up close and personal swimming with real sharks. Wet n' Wild on Universal contains 30 acres of slides, flumes and fun.
Not so well publicised about the local Davenport area is it's natural beauty and wide array of activities and sights. The resort communities of Highlands Reserve and Regal Palms are at the heart of this, nestling amongst citrus groves and conservation areas, close to lush golf courses and fishing lakes, and overlooking the most spectacular Florida sunrises and sunsets. The small town of Davenport is nearby, typical of many small Florida towns with its own culture and history, city hall and museum, homes and antique shops, churches and childrens' parks and play areas. You'll find numerous boating and fishing lakes in the Davenport area, such as Lake Marion and Lake Tohopekaliga. There's also several award-winning golf courses, such as Ridgewood Lakes, Southern Dunes and Highlands Reserve. In the small town of Haines City you'll find shops and restaurants old and new. In Winter Haven visit the famous Cypress Gardens on the banks of Lake Eloise. Here you'll see water ski shows and the botanical gardens. In short, Davenport is perfect for short or long stay, ideal as a base for trips to the major theme parks or a more leisurely break away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Orlando and International Drive. Planning in advance is vital before you depart. Check out floridathoughts for hints, tips, advice for Florida theme park holidays.