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Orlando is a busy, compact city with plenty of adventure. Its tropical climate makes it perfect for year-round family fun. The city is known for its world-class theme parks, pristine golf courses, and the out-of-this-world space and science centers.
Orlando enjoys a reputation as the theme park capital of the world. The Walt Disney World® Resort is one of the most popular holiday spots in the U.S., spreading over 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares) and including four theme parks, two water parks and more than 20 hotels. Inside the resort, Magic Kingdom® has a life-size version of Cinderella castle. Another highlight is Epcot®, which explores the technology of tomorrow with exhibits and games dedicated to the world’s newest inventions.
Drive 20 minutes east to SeaWorld® Orlando and Aquatica. Spend the day observing marine animals and cooling off on the thrilling water rides. Don’t miss nearby Gatorland® where you’ll learn about Florida's local swamp-dwelling reptiles.
Orlando is a center for engineering and technology, due in part to its proximity to the Kennedy Space Center. Tour the launch areas where the first moon landing missions in U.S. history began. At the Space Shuttle Launch Experience, climb inside a shuttle cabin for a ride as close as you’ll get to actual lift-off into outer space.
The Orlando Science Center, located near the downtown area, offers fascinating family fun. Exhibits here cover everything from dinosaurs to Florida’s plant and animal life, and the science behind light and electricity.
During the long, humid summer, pick a shady spot in the Harry P. Leu Gardens, a 50-acre (20-hectare) expanse of green lawns and old oak trees. From here you can admire one of Orlando’s great natural attractions, the afternoon thunderstorms. When these roll in, prepare for dramatic lightning shows and a quick burst of rain.
For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Orlando page.
Orlando is America’s family theme-park paradise, and is busiest during school vacations (late May to just past Labor Day), long holiday weekends, the winter holidays (mid-December to early January), and spring break (late March to April). To avoid large crowds, the best times to visit are the week after Labor Day, the week before Thanksgiving and the week after Thanksgiving through mid-December, or the weeks before and after school spring vacations.
Peak Season: The December holidays, spring break (March), and the summer months (mid June–August) are the busiest times here, as both out-of-state visitors and locals take advantage of school breaks. Crowds are larger and the weather is hot, but the busy periods bring longer hours at some theme parks, plus added entertainment and parades that you won't see in quieter seasons.
Value Season: To take advantage of lower hotel rates and fewer crowds, travel during the off-season (September–mid-December and May–June); however, peak-season rates can go into effect during large conventions and special events.
You won't have any troubles finding the perfect hotel rooms in Orlando. Expedia's lodging page features 105 options in this excellent destination.
Kick-off your quest for the ultimate Orlando stay by browsing the guest services at the lovely Grand Bohemian Orlando, Autograph Collection, located at 325 S Orange Ave, and The Alfond Inn, at 300 East New England Avenue. The Days Inn Orlando Downtown, at 3300 S Orange Blossom Trl, and the Quality Inn & Suites, at 5635 Windhover Dr are two more economical offerings worth checking out if you're looking to save a bit of cash.
Vacations are pretty awesome to start with. But throwing yourself into the fantastic activities on offer certainly makes them better!
This place has a huge range of things to do. Here are some ideas to kick off your trip to Orlando:
Check out the Orlando things to do page for a full list.
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