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Discover the many sights and sounds of Orlando.
This area of Central Florida is home to 240,000 people.
Tallahassee, the state capital, lies 220 miles northwest of Orlando, while Sorrento can be located 20 miles to the north.
The Universal Studios Florida™ and SeaWorld® Orlando are marvellous sights that are known around the world.
If your holiday is all about the whole family, outings to Walt Disney World® and Legoland Florida are sure to be popular. If you're looking for even more fun and excitement, Aquatica and Gatorland® are some other options.
Lean your head against the glass and observe a variety of underwater creatures go about their business at Discovery Cove.
Come and see the animals, big and small, that call the Central Florida Zoo and the Reptile World Sepentarium home. You can also immerse yourself in the world of wildlife at Jungle Adventures and Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge.
Fancy taking off to somewhere peaceful and drinking a glass of crisp white? Then don’t miss a day out at the Lakeridge Winery and the Trud Blue Winery.
Botanists and novices alike will be glad to learn about Orlando's rich plant collections. For a day among the flowers, start with a leisurely walk around the impressive beds at the Harry P. Leu Gardens. After that, head on over to the Mead Garden, where the range of species alone is definitely worth a look. If you'd like to see more, the floral displays at the Virginia S. Nelson Rose Garden and Kraft Azalea Gardens are also rather unique.
From a friendly game of football to simply lying back in the grass, there's a myriad of reasons to head to an urban oasis like Wekiwa Springs State Park or Kelly Park. Turkey Lake Park and Lake Bryan are a few more spots where you can experience a little greenery.
Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum should be one of the first places you visit. You'll find a range of information here, including ideas for excursions, the best restaurants to eat at and much more.
If you're a big believer in the soothing effects that being close to the water can bring, you've come to the right place. Lake Ivanhoe and Alligator Lake are just a few of the picturesque natural waterbodies here that you should stop by. To glimpse any additional wildlife, it's also worth a trip to Lake Davenport and Lake Cecile.
Orlando offers an assortment of nature reserves, such as Moss Park and Disney Wilderness Preserve. Tibet Butler Preserve and Lake Lotus Nature Park are two more that are worth visiting.
The Kennedy Space Center and the Orlando Science Center both have a number of eye-opening exhibits. Ask the welcoming staff about group tours or wander the peaceful halls on your own. Holy Land Experience and the Orlando Museum of Art are also decent alternatives.
Set sail on a journey through the seven seas at the Titanic the Experience, a valuable repository of the area's maritime past.
The awesome scientific gizmos and gadgets showcased at Pell's Citrus & Nursery could keep you engaged for days. To get stuck straight into the best stuff, you might want to ask around about any upcoming guided talks.
Whatever genre of art you like, you're sure to find it in Orlando. Why not begin your day of gallery going at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum and the Crealde School of Art? Also look into what exhibitions are on show at the Mennello Museum of American Art and the Morse Museum of American Art.
Love learning about history? Don't just read about the past, see it with your own eyes at the Orange County Regional History Center. Want to dig even deeper? Then put the Maitland Historical Society and the Museum of the Apopkans on your agenda as well.
Gain a deeper understanding of the past when you explore the Full Sail University and Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum. Why not also spend a little time at the Wells' Built Museum and Clermont Historic Village Museum?
Take an excursion to Fort Christmas Historical Park, a stronghold that once played a key defence role, and imagine the attacks that its historic walls endured many years ago.
Want to add some spirituality to your escape? Pay a visit to St. James Cathedral and Mary Queen of the Universe Shrine. Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Lawrence AME Church are some other historically important sites.
You'll probably feel like you've crossed everything off your list after seeing Orlando's popular attractions, but don't head off just yet. There are still plenty of surprises left. Why not visit the Orlando Kart Center and Orlando Watersports Complex? You'll also find plenty to keep you amused at Church Street Station and the Windermere Country Club.
With such a decent selection, you shouldn't have too many issues locking in your Orlando hotel. The ebookers hotel travel guide lists 105 properties.
Whether you're after a simple room to rest your head or one with the whole shebang, this city has you covered. For great service at a decent cost, take a look at the Days Inn Orlando Downtown (3300 S Orange Blossom Trl) or the Quality Inn & Suites (5635 Windhover Dr). Although, if you're the kind of person who likes to live it up when you're away from home, the Grand Bohemian Orlando, Autograph Collection or The Alfond Inn will know how to take care of you.
Located in Longwood—about 15 miles from downtown Orlando—Big Tree Park boasts one of the country’s oldest trees. Scientists estimate that ‘the Senator,’ as the massive tree is nicknamed, is about 3,500 years old.
Entrance is free to the park, and while there, you can check out the area’s natural marshlands. And don’t forget to pack a lunch: Big Tree Park has picnic areas open to visitors.
Located in downtown Orlando, this 100-foot monument to the Tupperware Company’s plastic food storage containers is constructed entirely of Tupperware bowls. Viewing is free.
Rent a paddleboat, take a gondola tour, or admire the splendid swans in this downtown Orlando Park. Check out what is playing at the Disney Amphitheater, or meander through the 43 acres of natural Florida beauty.
This giant zoo and entertainment park features exotic animals from different world regions, including Komodo dragons. The park has a number of rollercoaster rides through exotic locales: Expedition Everest takes you up into the Himalayan Mountains and Primeval Whirl through the land of the dinosaurs.
This lively boulevard in the Universal Orlando Resort features an exciting variety of shopping options, plus shows, restaurants, and nightlife.
Designed to be like Hollywood Boulevard in California, Universal CityWalk is packed to the brim with tourists at all hours of the day.
Walt Disney himself originally designed Epcot—or Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow—as a utopian, futuristic community, to start with 20,000 houses and expand from there. But the dream died with Walt Disney, and Epcot eventually opened as an educational theme park built with cultural edification in mind.
The park’s two sections, World Showcase and Future World, educate guests on international cultures and space and technology, respectively. Check out the 11 pavilions that feature architecture from countries like Japan, Italy, and Morocco.
Want to see a killer whale show off? Then check out "Believe," a killer whale show with choreography, a musical score and panoramic LED screens. "Blue Horizons," another show, mixes dolphin antics with a spectacle of aerialists and animal trainers. You can see more critters at Manatee Rescue, feed stingrays and watch turtles at Key West and encounter penguins and polar bears in Wild Arctic. Want thrills? Speed along a track at 65 mph on Kraken, a floorless rollercoaster.
This Orlando gem will win your teenagers' affection. They'll make a beeline for AMC Pleasure Island movie theatre and the West Side's bevy of unique shops. Grown-ups discover a dining oasis, from fast food to elegant fare, and great views of Buena Vista Lagoon. Book tickets for Cirque du Soleil La Nouba, a sensory extravaganza of gymnasts, flying trapezes and music that'll appeal to the entire family. DisneyQuest promises interactive fun with 4D virtual cruises, video games and more.
Beyond the theme parks, kids discover the magic of science at the Orlando Science Center, where themed halls feature hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Science City's arches, pendulums, and bridges demonstrate how science is part of everyday life, while NatureWorks focuses on the coral reefs, salt marshes and swamps that make up central Florida's topography. At Dr. Dare's Laboratory, part of TechWorks, parents and kids follow computer displays to perform experiments.
One of four theme parks at Walt Disney World, Epcot is made up of two main sections: Future World and World Showcase. Spaceship Earth -- the giant golf ball-looking icon out front -- is a 16-minute journey through time, from the dawn of prehistoric man to an interactive "time machine" where visitors get a glimpse of their future selves. And if you need a change of scenery, World Showcase offers globe-trotting cuisine, live performances, fireworks, shops and the World Showcase Lagoon.
Take an unforgettable journey through remarkable islands where all your favorite myths, legends, comic books, cartoons and children's stories come to life. At Universal's Islands of Adventure you'll experience innovative rides and attractions that challenge all your senses, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, the Jurassic Park River Adventure and The Cat in the Hat.
The lines are long, but you'll see why: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter rocks. Die-hards will dig this place top-to-bottom, but even those with a limited knowledge will be giddy from The Forbidden Journey (an absolute must), Hogwarts Castle and Butterbeer. There are candy shops and restaurants where muggles and young wizards can buy pumpkin juice, a Gryffindor scarf and chocolate frogs.
Go beyond the silver screen and jump into the action of your favorite films at Universal Studios Florida. At the world's premier movie- and TV-based theme park, you'll find an amazing array of rides, shows, movie sets and attractions, including the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit multi-sensory coaster, Shrek 4-D, The Simpsons Ride, Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast and more.
Better yet, double up on the fun and buy a Universal Orlando Theme Parks pass for admission to Universal's two theme parks.
You're in Florida -- ya gotta make time for gators. This reptilian adventure land is home to thousands of alligators and crocs, nature walks and a bird rookery. The latest install: five zip lines, upon which daredevils can soar over alligator- and crocodile-infested swamplands. And if watching a wrestler muscle these toothy critters won't make you squirm, check out the Gator Wrestlin' Show.
Got a long to-do list in Orlando? Purchase the Go Orlando Card and save up to 50% on admission to 40 attractions.
The centerpiece is the Magic Kingdom, where kids and kids-at-heart find Cinderella's Castle, Space Mountain and the wild Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Ride. You'll defend the galaxy with Buzz Lightyear, sing your way around the world and ride a riverboat through an exotic wildlife safari. Gather the troops and do Disney your way. The Walt Disney World Magic Your Way Tickets offer discounted prices and flexible options.
Hotels in Orlando are a dime a dozen, with everything from campgrounds and budget motels to luxurious resorts catering to tourists of all stripes.
The recently opened hotel Parc Soleil Suites by Hilton Grand Vacations Club is a Mediterranean-style resort, perfect for families, business associates, and young couples alike. You can swim up to the poolside bar and restaurant, relax in a luxury suite, or check out one of the many nearby championship golf courses.
Lake Buena Vista Resort hotel offers shuttle services to the nearby Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, including the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Spend down time in the hotel pool, or organise a celebration or business function in its exquisite banquet hall.
For those who like to spread out a bit, the hotel Residence Inn by Marriot is a good bet. Choose between one- and two-bed suites, or upgrade to the two-floor penthouse suites. Those on a budget will enjoy their room’s full kitchen and free Internet access. Pets are allowed.
The Doubletree Resort hotel sits on 28 acres of regional palms and native grasses, and provides free shuttle service to Walt Disney World and Universal theme parks, as well as SeaWorld. It is also located advantageously for business travellers who need easy access to the Orange County Convention Center.
Because of the city’s sprawling design, Orlando car hire is likely to be an attractive option for many travellers. Driving in the city will give you the freedom to go between parks as you please, instead of having to rely on hotel shuttles and taxis.
It will also allow you to check out nearby golf courses and parks at your pleasure.
You can choose from a number of major companies—Budget, Hertz, and Alamo—that will have your car ready for you at Orlando International Airport when you arrive. Just be certain to book in advance to get the make and model you want.
Orlando has a number of reputable 24-hour taxi services that you can hire by calling directly or arranging through your hotel. Rates vary between companies, but expect an average of $3 to begin, and $2.50 for each additional mile.
Flat rates are available to and from the airport and to some major theme parks, and larger groups can hire limousines and luxurious town cars.
The city’s I Ride trolley system was designed for tourist use, with two convenient lines travelling through Orlando’s hotel and shopping hubs and certain theme parks.
Adult fare is $1.25, with kids age 12 and under riding free and seniors over 65 paying $.25. Exact change is required. Two dollars buys a fare on the Bus Lynx #50 between SeaWorld and Downtown Disney.
Many Orlando hotels offer free shuttle services to the region’s major theme parks and destinations.
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