Home to the Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando is the place for families and thrill seekers alike. However there is more to the city than its parks. In Downtown Orlando you can shop, take in a show or two and enjoy some of the best food in around. You can also visit the Everglades for an airboat ride, or even head to the Space Coast to discover the Kennedy Space Centre.
- Downtown Orlando features a range of museums and art galleries, as well as theatres, bars and restaurants
- Set in the heart of Florida, Orlando is perfectly placed for you to make the most of both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic coasts
- Of course there are the numerous theme parks on your doorstep, making Orlando one of the world’s best family holiday destinations.
- Opting for a self-catered holiday in one of our featured vacation homes and hiring a car is the perfect way to explore the region – the freedom and flexibility offered is unrivalled
- Within easy reach of the city are a number of golf clubs, lakes and state parks as well as the Everglades National Park
Orlando holiday highlights
If you have young children, Walt Disney World Resort is the perfect place for you. Encompassing parks such as Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach and the instantly recognisable Magic Kingdom, it’s a plethora of fun-filled theme parks catering for a range of ages. Kids will love meeting and greeting various Disney cast members and the rides range from gentle to relatively thrilling, dependent on the age of the child.
If you have slightly older children, or enjoy a thrill ride, Universal Orlando Resort is ideal. With a plethora of rides, you’ll be sure to find something for everyone.
If you want to experience, theme parks, fine dining and plenty of shopping, International Drive, also known as I-Drive is perfect. With access to a plethora of boutique and outlet stores, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
If you’re feeling the heat, there are four major waterparks in the area, Universal's Volcano Bay water theme park and Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.
For a different pace of life, you could visit Downtown Orlando and visit some of the many museums and galleries, or take in one of the many shows at the theatre before enjoying the chilled out nightlife and array of restaurants in the area.
Get back to nature with a visit to the lush everglades and explore this wetland area by airboat, watching out for docile manatees bobbing in the shallow waters.
Orlando has a fairly comprehensive bus system known as Lynx and International Drive has its own transport system called the I-Ride, for which you can get day passes. However, if you’re staying in a villa complex away from the main parks, you may find it easier to hire a car as often buses do not cover these areas, though do be aware that there are toll roads and should you venture away from the theme parks you may find finding parking difficult.
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At Universal Islands of Adventure avoid the busiest periods and go out of season. If you can’t go outside school holidays try the last two weeks of August when the American kids go back to school – the queues will be considerably shorter and you may get a better deal on your flights and accommodation.