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Feb 7, 2014
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I am a little early for this... I see DDs team plays in Lake County / Clermont, Florida for a week and I'm sure many of you have been to these parks just outside of Orlando. Any recommendations on where to stay and what to see? What to avoid?
 
Oct 1, 2014
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Which week are you there? I was surprised at the number of available lodging options (we'll be there for the DIII games) and thought some of them were actually fairly reasonable. After all, it is Florida during spring break. The website for THE Spring games had some good resources you might wanna check out. Disney ((Orlando) and all that stuff isn't very far away either. Daytona Beach and the Atlantic Ocean is only about an hour and a half drive in one direction or you can get down to Tampa (Gulf) in just over an hour. I'm really excited to see my girls play the game again...fingers crossed it happens!
 
Feb 7, 2014
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We'll be there the same week. The school still hasn't published the schedule, but I see THE Spring Games has. Should be a fun week.
 
Jun 11, 2012
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We always stayed in Orlando because I can stay there for free. It was about 30-40 minutes to the furthest field she played on. DD’s team is going to Myrtle Beach this year
 

marriard

Not lost - just no idea where I am
Oct 2, 2011
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The schedules are out so you can see them on the Spring Games website even if your team hasn't published them. They may change a bit, but not by much at this point since they started assigning umpires. My DD is playing (assuming all goes well) the Mar 13th week so I am umpiring the week before and a couple of days afterwards and I have some of my assignments already.

DO NOT STAY AT THE DAYS INN CLERMONT. They love promoting this place. It is a dump.

Buy your tickets online for the week at the Springs Games website. It is cheaper and less annoying especially if you have the first game of the day.

There are some hotels right next to the parks, but with over 100+ college teams in town every week across all college divisions; accommodations near the fields can be challenging and expensive - plus it is spring break for many schools and many tourists will be in Orlando for the Parks. But you can stay within a large area of Orlando and still be less than 30 minutes to whatever park we play at. You can look in areas like UCF/Alamonte Springs/Windemere/Winter Garden for maybe some more friendly prices. AirBNB/VRBO is a good idea over hotels if you can find them, even though most are closer to Disney than the fields. I am booked to stay about 25 minutes away more near Kissimmee over by Universal/Disney (I have a time share 2-bedroom apt).

Some advice: When you get to Orlando buy LOTS of sunscreen and an umbrella. The bleachers are NOT covered. And it will be either very sunny or it will rain. Probably both. Players and fans from the North-Eastern states always burn to a crisp on the field on day 1 land it looked like it hurt.

The field are near lots of restaurants and there is a Target across the road from Legends. Publix is the best for subs. Clermont Brewing Company is a great place to eat at but lots of options in the area.

There is no END of things to do in Orlando.

There is a Spring Games Facebook group called "The Spring Games Fan Group" where they post a lot of info

Happy to answer any specific questions.
 
Jun 11, 2012
632
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The schedules are out so you can see them on the Spring Games website even if your team hasn't published them. They may change a bit, but not by much at this point since they started assigning umpires. My DD is playing (assuming all goes well) the Mar 13th week so I am umpiring the week before and a couple of days afterwards and I have some of my assignments already.

DO NOT STAY AT THE DAYS INN CLERMONT. They love promoting this place. It is a dump.

Buy your tickets online for the week at the Springs Games website. It is cheaper and less annoying especially if you have the first game of the day.

There are some hotels right next to the parks, but with over 100+ college teams in town every week across all college divisions; accommodations near the fields can be challenging and expensive - plus it is spring break for many schools and many tourists will be in Orlando for the Parks. But you can stay within a large area of Orlando and still be less than 30 minutes to whatever park we play at. You can look in areas like UCF/Alamonte Springs/Windemere/Winter Garden for maybe some more friendly prices. AirBNB/VRBO is a good idea over hotels if you can find them, even though most are closer to Disney than the fields. I am booked to stay about 25 minutes away more near Kissimmee over by Universal/Disney (I have a time share 2-bedroom apt).

Some advice: When you get to Orlando buy LOTS of sunscreen and an umbrella. The bleachers are NOT covered. And it will be either very sunny or it will rain. Probably both. Players and fans from the North-Eastern states always burn to a crisp on the field on day 1 land it looked like it hurt.

The field are near lots of restaurants and there is a Target across the road from Legends. Publix is the best for subs. Clermont Brewing Company is a great place to eat at but lots of options in the area.

There is no END of things to do in Orlando.

There is a Spring Games Facebook group called "The Spring Games Fan Group" where they post a lot of info

Happy to answer any specific questions.
I’m bummed that we won’t see you this year.
 
Feb 7, 2014
329
28
The schedules are out so you can see them on the Spring Games website even if your team hasn't published them. They may change a bit, but not by much at this point since they started assigning umpires. My DD is playing (assuming all goes well) the Mar 13th week so I am umpiring the week before and a couple of days afterwards and I have some of my assignments already.

DO NOT STAY AT THE DAYS INN CLERMONT. They love promoting this place. It is a dump.

Buy your tickets online for the week at the Springs Games website. It is cheaper and less annoying especially if you have the first game of the day.

There are some hotels right next to the parks, but with over 100+ college teams in town every week across all college divisions; accommodations near the fields can be challenging and expensive - plus it is spring break for many schools and many tourists will be in Orlando for the Parks. But you can stay within a large area of Orlando and still be less than 30 minutes to whatever park we play at. You can look in areas like UCF/Alamonte Springs/Windemere/Winter Garden for maybe some more friendly prices. AirBNB/VRBO is a good idea over hotels if you can find them, even though most are closer to Disney than the fields. I am booked to stay about 25 minutes away more near Kissimmee over by Universal/Disney (I have a time share 2-bedroom apt).

Some advice: When you get to Orlando buy LOTS of sunscreen and an umbrella. The bleachers are NOT covered. And it will be either very sunny or it will rain. Probably both. Players and fans from the North-Eastern states always burn to a crisp on the field on day 1 land it looked like it hurt.

The field are near lots of restaurants and there is a Target across the road from Legends. Publix is the best for subs. Clermont Brewing Company is a great place to eat at but lots of options in the area.

There is no END of things to do in Orlando.

There is a Spring Games Facebook group called "The Spring Games Fan Group" where they post a lot of info

Happy to answer any specific questions.

Thanks for the details ! This is very helpful.
 
Sep 8, 2015
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@marriard has you covered.

If you play late into the evening at Legends, you will easily see some of the theme park firework shows at night.

Chicken tender sub from Publix. Just do it. They have online ordering. It makes it fast.

Concessions at Legends is actually above average. Really good breakfast food.

Downtown Disney and I-Drive are not far. Plenty of stuff to do without crazy theme park prices.
 
Jul 16, 2013
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We stayed at a place in Lake Buena Vista, which was a 20-25 minute drive from most of the games. Most of DD's games were either at Legends or Hancock, and they are only 2 or 3 miles apart. Some families rented houses together as groups. Great way to save some $ if you know some of the other parents and don't mind sharing a house with them.
 

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