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Orlando, FL

Travel Guide

Spend a week or two in this family-friendly city to enjoy Florida’s warm sunshine. Visit a different theme park every day.

Since the first theme parks in Orlando opened over 60 years ago, the region has grown to have over 20 amusement parks appealing to varying interests. Enjoy attractions built around entertainment giants, water parks, educational sites and even a spiritual center.

Quarterback Phil Simms first proclaimed, “I’m going to Disney World!” after winning the 1987 Super Bowl. This expression has become a vacation theme for millions of Americans. Visit Disney’s popular Magic Kingdom® Park, with favorite rides for kids and adults, see the world at Epcot®, explore Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park and Disney's Hollywood Studios® or splash in Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.

Universal Orlando Resort features The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and other Islands of Adventure®, along with Volcano Bay™ water park. Watch films being made at Universal Studios Florida®.

Water creatures are central to SeaWorld® Orlando Resort. Observe dolphins, penguins, whales, manatees, sharks and turtles. Take an Up-Close Tour for a hands-on experience, swim with dolphins at Discovery Cove® and have some excitement at Aquatica water park.

Ride a zip line or wrestle alligators at Gatorland®, an Orlando favorite since 1949. Marvel at huge models at Legoland® Florida and enjoy rides past giant Lego dinosaurs. Fun Spot America Theme Park, with locations in Orlando and Kissimmee, has a wooden roller coaster and multi-level go-kart tracks.

Make learning fun at the Kennedy Space CenterSMVisitor Complex, where you can talk with astronauts and see rockets that have flown in space. Be inspired at the Holy Land Experience, a living biblical museum.

Spend time appreciating Orlando’s attractions away from busy theme parks. Paddle across Lake Eola, shop at outlet malls, play golf, smell the roses at Harry P. Leu Gardens, enjoy visual arts at the Orlando Museum of Art and experience hands-on exhibits at the Orlando Science Center.

Check the websites of Orlando’s theme parks for special multi-day rates and accommodations packages. Some resorts offer free transportation from Orlando International Airport if you stay at the resorts.

Where to stay in Orlando

DoubleTree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando
DoubleTree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando
4 out of 5
5780 Major Blvd, Orlando, FL
The price is $76 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 20
This family-friendly Orlando hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Universal Studios Florida, Orlando International Premium Outlets, and Universal ...
4.2/5Very Good! (4,429 reviews)
"Excellent staff and facility I will revisit"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando
Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Dockside Inn and Suites
Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Dockside Inn and Suites
3 out of 5
7125 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL
The price is $109 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 7
Located in Southwest Orlando, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Universal Studios Florida and within 3 mi (5 km) of Universal’s Volcano Bay and Universal’s ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (587 reviews)
"Very great hotel accessible to the parks and great service. Great dining options."

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2021

Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Dockside Inn and Suites
Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
6550 Adventure Way, Orlando, FL
The price is $164 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 7
This family-friendly Orlando resort is located in Southwest Orlando, within 1 mi (2 km) of Universal’s Volcano Bay, Universal Studios Florida, and Universal ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (4,695 reviews)
"Liked the gift shop, the ease of food and the room space. Didnt like the loud sounds at 730am from what we think was Volcano Bay"

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2021

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
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Homewood Suites by Hilton-Orlando Theme Parks, FL
Homewood Suites by Hilton-Orlando Theme Parks, FL
3 out of 5
6940 Westwood Blvd, Orlando, FL
The price is $92 per night from Sep 8 to Sep 8
Situated in Orlando, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of SeaWorld® Orlando and Discovery Cove. Aquatica and Orange County Convention Center are also ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,178 reviews)
"Helpful staff and friendly. Location is great 15 -20 min to airport, Disney, universal. Very clean and area was very clean and not sketchy like other areas can be in Orlando. Would definitely stay again."

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton-Orlando Theme Parks, FL
Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa a staySky Hotel/Resort
Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa a staySky Hotel/Resort
4 out of 5
8113 Resort Village Drive, Orlando, FL
Situated in the entertainment district, this spa condo resort is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores and within 6 mi (10 km) of Orlando Vineland ...
4.2/5Very Good! (4,649 reviews)
"The rooms were big, overall clean the bed mattress was very hard the sheet were clean bu tthe quilt was dirty, the room need dark curtains because the light through the windows wont let you sleep pass 6:30 am."

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2021

Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa a staySky Hotel/Resort
Floridays Resort Orlando
Floridays Resort Orlando
3.5 out of 5
12562 International Drive, Orlando, FL
The price is $159 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 7
This family-friendly Orlando condo resort is located on a lake, within 3 mi (5 km) of Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets and SeaWorld® Orlando. Orange County Convention ...
4.3/5Excellent! (10,259 reviews)
"I like Floridays Resort Orlando cause it’s located near all restaurants and it’s a great resort for a family friendly vacation. Thumbs up"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2021

Floridays Resort Orlando
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Getting around Orlando

Rent a car at the airport or in the city center for the most flexible way of getting around Orlando. Note that it's also possible to explore using public transportation and shuttles, though slightly less convenient. The Lynx bus system takes in most major sights. Your hotel may also offer a shuttle service to attractions such as Disney World and Universal Studios. Taxis, too, are widely available. Visit the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX) website. Browse Orlando rental cars.

Best time to visit

Peak seasons in Orlando coincide with school vacations. Find the city, and Disney World, at their busiest in late March and early April, in June and August, and around Christmas. Visit between January and mid March for a quieter break. These are the coolest months, but daytime temperatures will still be over 65 F (18 C) and often above 75 F (24 C). Great deals are also more plentiful at this time of year.

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