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Orlando, Florida

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Walt Disney World® Resort has made the young city of Orlando one of the world’s most popular leisure travel destinations. On average, nearly two-thirds of the domestic visitors head for the theme parks. But while Disney is the centrepiece of Orlando’s appeal, the City Beautiful delivers more than fantasy and fast rides.

A warm climate and summer rainstorms generated by the clash of Gulf and Atlantic coast sea breezers promote lush vegetation, Pines, palms and oaks draped with Spanish moss line the streets, and private and public gardens burst with the colours of bougainvillea, hibiscus, crape myrtle and flame vine in a prolonged growing season. Harry P. Leu Gardens is a showcase for the horticultural achievements of one early-20th-century family.

In the midst of the state’s lake country, central Florida offers more than 2,000 lakes, numerous springs and access to the headwaters of the Everglades, There are dozens of country and state parks in which to hike, bike or engage in water sports, and dozens more ways to personalize your day in the sun. Wild Florida, in all its natural splendour, is closer than you think. Nature-oriented diversions such as botanical gardens, meandering waterways and swampy wetlands with exotic wildlife were tourist draws in the early years, and still are. Since 1949. Gatorland has thrilled onlookers with dangerous stuts pitting man against reptile.

What to see and do on a Holiday to Florida

Kids will go wild for Orlando’s many exciting attractions. The most famous theme park is Walt Disney World, where people of all ages will find thrilling rides, interesting animal exhibits, and colourful parades and shows. Universal Studios Orlando is a massive park dedicated to American film making, and Sea World stuns the crowds every time with its captivating killer whale and dolphin shows. For an outdoor adventure not to be missed, visit Gatorland where you can see rare white alligators, learn how to wrestle a alligator with your bare hands, and fly down a zip-line over the tops of the trees.

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Orlando also offers many opportunities to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful landscapes. There are dozens of championship quality golf courses in and around Orlando where you can tee off on emerald greens. The courses here feature challenging water hazards and sand traps, and there are a range of courses to suit all abilities. For a fun day out, take an air boat ride on the swamps just outside the city to see lush wetlands and interesting birds and wildlife.

Even the fussiest of diners will find something to satisfy in Orlando. City Walk in Universal Orlando is a long strip of tempting bars and restaurants that offer classic American cuisine such as barbecue ribs, hamburgers, steaks, salads, and sandwiches. In the city you can also find cuisine from around the world, including English pub fare, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, and Mexican dishes. For night-life, head into the down town core, where you will find many nightclubs, jazz clubs, and sports bars.

Orlando is the most famous family destination in the world, but there is something for absolutely everyone to enjoy. It’s legendary for theme parks such as Walt Disney World® Resort, SeaWorld® Orlando and Universal Orlando® Resort, but there is so much more. Try out the huge music and sports venues.

Try out the huge music and sports venues; take part in the Virgin Holidays Soccer Stars programme, experience world class golf courses, or relax in the state-of-the-art spas and shop until you drop in one of the many premium outlet malls which offer every shoppers dream. Whichever park, attraction or excursion that you try a holiday in Orlando will give you a new experience each time step off the plane. Orlando is an essential part of any Florida holiday: simple as that.

The only problem you’ll have is organising your time because, no matter how long you stay, we guarantee you won’t manage to visit every attraction you want to. A bit of prior planning goes a long way, so get some kind of rough itinerary together (after all, the anticipation is all part of the excitement). Orlando is the most famous family destination in the world but there is something for absolutely everyone to enjoy. It’s legendary for theme parks such as Walt Disney World ResortSeaWorld® Orlando and Universal Studios® but there is sooooo much more. There’s huge music and sport venues, world class golf courses, amazing museums and art galleries and state of the art spas. Just a little drive further a field there is the ecological wonder that is the Everglades or the Space phenomenon – Kennedy Space Center. Whatever park, attraction or excursion you decide to try, we can guarantee that a holiday in Orlando will give you at least one experience that you’ve never tried before.

 

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When it comes to filling up your vacation itinerary, Orlando offers no shortage of things to do. Take advantage of experiences that are uniquely Orlando, like flying through a swamp on an airboat or getting up close with wildlife at Gatorland or SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove. Sports lovers can cheer on the Magic NBA basketball team at the new Amway Center or take a ride on one of multiple zip-lines in the area. And the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down: check out a show at Cirque de Soleil, Blue Man Group or one of Orlando’s many dinner theatres for an entertaining nightcap.

AQUATICA is next to Sea World Orlando. The water park, inspired by the colours, flora and personality of South Sea islands, combines thrill rides; vast, sandy beaches with exotic trees and personal cabanas; and an opportunity for up-close animal experience. Dolphin Plunge, a park highlight, is a clear tube ride that sends riders plunging through a lagoon inhabited by Commerson’s dolphins. Twisting rivers, raft rides and side-by-side wave pools add to the fun. Height restrictions apply on some rides. Cabanas, lockers and towels can be rented.whimsical

Shopping 

Discover what some know already- that Orlando is secretly a shopper’s paradise. From some of the top department stores including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales to one of the largest outlet locations in the Southeast, Orlando shopping has something for wallets of every size. Visitors looking for unique boutiques can stroll and shop downtown Orlando and Winter Park for hard-to-find clothing labels, home décor and antiques.

Orlando is a mall rat’s delight, and the creme de la creme is The Mall at Millenia off I-4 at 4200 Conroy Rd. Feast your eyes on its up scale shops including Bloomingdale’s, Chanel, Gucci, Neiman Mrcus and Tiffany & Co., as well as more than 150 retailers, services and eateries. With its luxe design – intricate mosaic floors, leaping fountains, modem décor, sculptures and fashion shows broadcast on 35-foot-high LED screens – the mall is a sight to behold. Despite its opulent look, the mall also appeals to those without deep pockets with such mall standards as Banana Republic, Crate & Barrel, Express, Forever 21, Gap, Macy’s and Urban Outfitters, Bonus: Orlando’s first IKEA is next to the mall.

Universal CityWalk®Nighlife & Entertainments

When the sun goes down, Orlando heats up. Visitors with kids have a bevy of evening entertainment options to choose from including dinner shows and interactive entertainment complexes. Adults wanting to let loose can opt for cozy pubs, downtown dance clubs, live music, comedy clubs and a number of area breweries and wineries. Orlado’s evening scene is all over the map, literally, but the greatest concentrations of hotspots are downtown and along I-Drive. For those who want a theme to go with their nightlife, the entertainment zone at Universal Orlando Resort is packed with diverse nightspots. Here, clubbers can hop from one dance floor to another within a short distance.

 

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With more than 170 golf courses, over 20 golf academies and some of the world’s most prestigious tournaments, Orlando is a true golfer’s paradise. Take it from the professionals: In addition to being home to more pro golfers than any other city in the world, Orlando was voted the “North American Golf Destination of the Year” by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators in 2010. And with a multitude of stunning courses designed by the likes of Nicklaus, Dye, and Fazio, Orlando offers visitors an exclusive golfing experience not found anywhere else.

 

 

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Orlando has evolved into a bonafide culinary destination with sophisticated restaurant options for every taste. From independently owned neighbourhood eateries to family-fun themed establishments, the Orlando area offers a surprisingly diverse array of epicurean delights. Even visitors with sophisticated palettes will find a number of celebrity-chef anchored, four- and five-diamond restaurants, and vinos can take advantage of the multiple certified master sommeliers in Orlando.

 

 

Wild Florida Airboats & Wildlife ParkSports, Recreation & Outdoors

While Orlando may be best known for its world-class theme parks, the city is chock full of unique outdoor and sporting activities for adventure seekers. Where else can visitors fly in an open-cockpit 1930s’ biplane or ride an airboat through a swampy wilderness? Those seeking a more laid-back experience can opt for a stroll through one of many gardens and parks or an early morning hot air balloon ride over the Central Florida treetops. Throw in more than 150 golf courses, numerous tennis facilities and hundreds of lakes for fishing and boating, and Orlando is a sportsman’s paradise.

 

 

Orlando Museum of ArtArts, Culture & History

With some of the world’s most creative theme park settings, it’s no surprise Orlando has a vibrant local arts scene. From the best of independent film at the Florida Film Festival to fine arts museums, cultural options in Orlando offer a mix of traditional and modern entertainment for visitors. For those with more traditional tastes, the city’s theatres entertain with options from Shakespeare to children’s classics, and area museums and galleries showcase local and global artists.

 


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As the name suggests and the large fish tank on the first level confirms, a tropical theme prevails at Antigua, at 41 Church St. Expect a chic environment, techno music and the occasional celebrity sighting. Icon, 2o E. Central Blvd, gives off a similar vibe. The renovated old Beacham Theater, 46 N. Orange Ave., houses Tabu Nightclub, an upscale hot spot popular for its mix of hip-hop, high-energy and Top 40 tunes-and for its VIP clientèle and celebrity performers.

Orange Avenue is the main strip for less-formal dance clubs that typically belt alternative, punk, funk, rock and indie music. Casually dressed twenty something frequent Independent Bar, 70 N. Orange Ave., and The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. Daring types dance the night away to house music at Club Firestone, in the former Firestone Tire and Service Center at 578 N. Orange Ave.

 

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