From Houston, Texas, we are planing a trip to Orlando and Anna Maria this July, 2 adults with 3 kids. Since the plane tickets to Orlando is much cheaper, we planned to fly to Orlando first, then drive to Anna Maria island. I think the drive is about 2 hours +. We have 8 days, so we plan to spend 4 or 5 days in Anna Maria, then 4 or 3 days in ORlando.
1. In Anna Maria Island, What would be your recommendation on condo/resort on the beach? I am thinking about the Queen's Gate resort since I heard many nice things about the place, but would like to explore option of resort right on the beach.
2. I wonder if spending the whole week on Anna Maria island is too long. Is there a lot of things to do in Anna Maria with the kids besides the pools and the beach?
3. We do not plan to go to Disney in this trip. IF we do spend about a few days in Orlando, we may go to Epcot or Universal studio or the water park. I'm thinking of staying at Holiday Inn on Orange Lake for the rest of the stay in Orlando. The place seems to be nice and have enough activity for the kids to be occupied for the rest of our vacation. Anyone have other recommendations about things to do in Orlando besides Disney?