Introducing holidays to Orlando
Home to some of the best theme parks in the world, with average temperatures of 28°C year-round, it is easy to see why Orlando is part of the Sunshine State of Florida. Also boasting one of the best shopping areas in the United States of America, Orlando is the ideal destination for your next family holiday. Whether you want to relax in the sun on the beach (there are seven hours of sunshine each day), take your family to a theme park or indulge in some shopping, you’ll find holidays in this resort offer everything! With a fantastic selection of accommodation, from themed suites in the parks, to self-catering apartments and luxury villas with private pools, you will find the right place to stay on your holiday to Orlando. Palm tree-lined neighbourhoods and fantastic gardens, nature preserves and museums allow tourists overwhelmed by the high-energy entertainment of the theme parks and shopping malls to take a deep breath and relax. Explore everything this city has to offer with a memorable holiday for you and all the family.
Most popular hotels in Orlando
Ramada Plaza Resort & Suites International Drive
Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando
The Avanti Resort
Clarion Inn and Suites Universal Studios Area
Doubletree by Hilton at the Entrance of Universal
Florida Hotel & Conference Center
Red Roof Inn Orlando International Drive
Rosen Inn, closest to Universal
At a glance
- Currency: United States Dollar
- Language: English
- Time Zone: GMT +-5
- Average flight time: 9h 30m
When to go
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Orlando is the most popular destination in Florida, thanks to its many outstanding theme parks. It is a great destination for families due to its proximity to all of the attractions. As one of the biggest malls in the state, featuring 250 stores, the Florida Mall is only five miles from Orlando airport and Downtown area. Universal Studios is close by and is home to rides featuring Shrek, Back to the Future and characters from the Marvel Comics. Also in the vicinity is the water paradise of SeaWorld which combines amazing killer whale and dolphin shows with water rides. And we can’t forget about the place of dreams: Walt Disney World. So vast you may want to spend a few days there, Disney offers countless thrilling rides, magical Disney shows and everyone’s favourite characters to meet.
Wine and Dine
Away from the theme parks, fast-food joints and ice-cream parlours, the city is packed with world award-winning meals that delight food and drink lovers. From Jamaican, Mexican and Basque-inspired concept restaurants, to gastropubs and fine dining, you will never be left hungry or thirsty on your holiday in Orlando. For a real taste of Orlando, check out the places where the locals eat and drink, from family-run barbecue havens and outlandish burger joints, to health food restaurants. Discover the best restaurants and bars that will make your holiday memorable. There’s sure to be something to satisfy every taste bud! The city plays host to many up and coming cocktail bars in the Convention Center district. These cocktail lounges serve up everything from classic hand-shaken martinis to over-the-top potions that are sure to play with your senses.
Orlando’s theme parks were created with children in mind, with an array of attractions that cater for all ages. As well as the adrenaline-pumping rides, the parks are the perfect places for your little ones to meet their own superheroes. Take them to Disney World to meet the whole of Walt’s cast and Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure to get up close to stars of popular movies and television shows. If you and the kids want to cool off from the hot and sunny weather, then spend a day at the Wet n’ Wild waterpark. Blastaway Beach is the biggest family water play area in Florida and boasts 160 water cannons, while the Surf Lagoon is the perfect spot for those looking to chase the waves. Whether you want to embark on a toboggan adventure or unwind and relax as you float down the lazy river, this aqua paradise is definitely the go-to destination for the whole family.
Action and Adventure
For a slice of Orlando’s action, get ready to be thrilled by the amount of activities on offer. Holidays in Orlando would not be complete without a bit of adventure. Take your pick from swimming with Dolphins at Discovery Cove, where you will get to snorkel in the coral reef, or encounter alligators on an Everglades airboat tour or at the wildlife theme park Gatorland. There are plenty of water sports on offer in Orlando, including scuba diving, paddle boarding in the sea or on a lake, and wakeboarding at the Orlando Watersports Complex. There are also many golf clubs in the area, including the quirky Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf and the miniature golf park, Congo River Golf. For something a little different on your Orlando holiday, visit NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre to see the launch complex and the astronaut hall of fame.
Life's a Beach
You can get away from all the excitement at one of Orlando’s beaches, like Daytona Beach which is a prime surf spot. Or the Alan Shepard Beach Park at Cocoa Beach is perfect for a family day out with its good parking facilities, large picnic pavilions, picnic tables, and a bath house with outdoor showers and restrooms. If you hire a car, you could also visit the pristine beaches of Canaveral National Seashore in Brevard County. As cars, dogs, shops and lights are banned here, the large-grained sandy beaches are completely untouched and natural, making it one of the last of the Florida wildernesses. The Canaveral National Seashore is the birthing place for hundreds of sea turtles and includes beaches that are close to the launch pads of Kennedy Space Center at Playalinda Beach and the New Smyrna Beach.
When the sun goes down on Orlando, there is plenty of entertainment on offer. For the best nights out on your Orlando holiday, you can choose to venture to the pedestrian Downtown area where there are late night swinging dance clubs, cocktail bars and comedy clubs. Or if you want to stay out late with the family, during the evening the largest theme parks have spectacular shows and concerts, along with dining options. Do not miss Disney’s array of after-hours entertainment like the House of Blues and Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba. Or check out Universal’s nightclubs, like Bob Marley and the Latin Quarter. Most of the hotels and resorts feature premier bars and lounges of their own that make for a plush night out.
Despite being famous for its family-focused theme parks and resorts, Orlando is also ideal for a couples get away. Add a little romance to your trip and take an early morning hot air balloon ride over Orlando to watch the sunrise, or treat yourselves to a night-time show at a theme park. If you want to relax on the water, Disney offers a luxurious yacht trip in the Seven Seas Lagoon, or you can go for a full-moon paddle in Winter Park. You can always take a picnic in the 50-acre Leu Gardens which is a botanical garden just north of downtown. Here you can enjoy an outdoor date along with a movie, just don’t forget to bring your own tipple!
Your holiday in Orlando would not be complete without a little bit of culture, away from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks. Orlando has a vibrant arts and culture scene and is home to many museums, galleries, theatres, gardens and historic homes. The Orlando Museum of Art and the Cornell Fine Arts Museum host thought-provoking collections both modern and traditional. World-class arts, culture and entertainment can be found at the state-of-the-art Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, while the City of Orlando’s Public Arts division curates three galleries, free to the general public. Each year the Florida Film Festival in Orlando welcomes Oscar® winning films and stars and premiers the best in current, independent and international cinema. Get interactive at the Orlando Science Center, which is home to exciting exhibitions and awesome giant-screen movies that allow you to discover science and technology in a unique setting.