The Floridan city's tourism revolves around entertainment primarily. Just some of the attractions here include the Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando World (belongs to Universal Studios), several theme parks and aquariums... There is no beach, the city is landlocked, the city is a bit further inland.
Orlando is also well-known for its music venues, very intense golf life... Dozens of golf courses are located here.
Vacation homes are often lakeside properties. They get filled with families arriving from colder places of the country and Canada.
A last minute vacation or even a short break spent in this dynamical Floridan city will fully recharge your batteries and cheer you up! Get a break from hard work, evade from daily routine and get yourself refreshed!
Even though the main reason for visiting Orlando is entertainment, Beaches are iles/kilometers away to the east, but getting there is doable in minutes by car! Daytona Beach and Cape Canaveral are among the most popular nearby beach hotspots.
Population: 238.300 (in 2010) in City; 2,13 million (in 2010) in metropolitan area
Local language(s): Spanish
Other widely spoken or understood languages: -
Country, State: USA, Florida
Voltage info: 110/120 V, 60 Hz - Plug type: A, B
Time zine: EST (UTC-5)
Getting There & Away
Orlando International Airport serves the city connecting it with the rest of USA and with many cities in Latin America as well. You can fly as far away from here as Brazil. Flights to western Europe are also frequent.
Orlando-Sanford International Airport is a secondary airport where various charter and conventional airlines operate. You'll find plenty of flights to the UK from this airport.
Daytona Beach International Airport is a bit further and so are Melbourne International Airport, Tampa International Airport. Alternatively, you may consider Miami International Airport. All these locations are quite far away and will require up to 2-3 hours driving/bus riding to Orlando.
2 interstates get close to Orlando. From north: Jacksonville, Daytona direction you can reach Orlando on I-95, which goes down to Miami. From west: Tampa direction you can reach the city on I-4.
There is an Amtrak station in Miami. Lines go as far as New York. Train trips will take about a day to get to New York straight from Orlando.
See & Do
The University of Central Florida has an arboretum and a botanical garden covering 80 acres (32 hectares). Another nice place is the Harry P. Leu Gardens - beautiful lakes and rich flora can be admired there. Perhaps one of the most beautiful is the World of Orchids, where thousands of orchids can be seen in natural setting along with waterfalls, parrots, streams.
The Orlando Science Center, the Orlando Museum of Art, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum are among the most visited museums.
You can find art, science and museums specialized on other themes as well. But overall, museums aren't at all Orlando's strength.
Walt Disney World
No presentation needed. It's located in Lake Buena Vista.
Universal Orlando Resort
It is a complex theme park belonging to the film studio company with the same name (Universal).
This resort theme park is also home to night clubs, restaurants and 3 resort hotels.
For those who buy tickets online, discounts are given.
SeaWorld Adventure Park
Marine theme park, World-renowned on a 200-acre large area.
Their website also ensures discounts for those who book tickets online.
Water theme park where you can slide and swim. Hard to get bored of this place, if you love water and swimming!
Alligators and other reptiles can be admired here. Sort of a small specialized-zoo, a tropicarium.
Located northeast of Orlando, Daytona Beach is probably the best place for beach activities nearby... Orlando being landlocked. Hotels and resorts are abundant in and around the city and some of them a really low rate, even if situated on the beach front!
Eat & Drink
You'll find almost anything here in Orlando.
Just to name a few famous places: Pastamore, Hard Rock Cafe, Margaritaville, Planet Hollywood... and dozens more are waiting to be discovered by you.
Renting a car in Orlando is more popular than anywhere else in the World. The intense competition between the agents pushes the rates downward.
It's the best way to get around. Buses, the I-Ride Trolley (picks up tourists around the main attractions), alternatively taxis are also available.
When to Visit Orlando at Last Minute?
Hunt for Orlando last minute deals in May and September. You will find plenty of offers and hotels and rental cars still available.
September is the "worst month" in terms of income for local tourism companies. This is when you should find the best late deals, discount offers. Less people stay at hotels, less cars are rented. But the weather overall is very good for outside activities.
Occasional thunderstorms, hurricanes scare tourists away.
Be advised, the hurricane season is during the June - November period, so finding the best deals and getting "lucky" enough to see a hurricane usually comes together in the same package.
Orlando isn't more dangerous than and average US big city. Miami is far more dangerous, but even so, you should proceed with caution.
Theft, including car theft and violent aggressions do happen quite often.
Neighbourhoods to avoid are: Pine Hills, Orange Blossom Trail and Parramore District. They have the highest crime rate and they are especially dangerous at night.
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