Orlando Vacation Guide

Orlando Highlights

Orlando is a top vacation destination for families thanks to its many exciting theme parks. Two of the most famous are Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, where crowds of all ages can experience the magic of Disney. But it’s not just Disney that draws visitors to Orlando. Universal Orlando boasts two incredible parks, Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, both filled with thrilling rides and attractions. And for those interested in marine life, SeaWorld’s parks offer up-close-and-personal encounters with dolphins, whales and other sea creatures.

If you’re looking to explore the heart of the city, Downtown Orlando is the place to be. It’s home to Lake Eola Park, a beautiful oasis in the middle of downtown that’s perfect for picnicking, jogging, or just taking a stroll. As you make your way further south, you’ll find International Drive, a bustling strip of hotels, restaurants, and entertainment options. One of the highlights of this area is ICON Park, where visitors can ride the iconic Wheel, indulge in delicious food, and dance the night away at one of the many clubs. Finally, any trip to Orlando would be incomplete without a visit to Lake Buena Vista’s Disney Springs. This outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment complex has something for everyone, from upscale boutiques to live music performances. No matter where you choose to spend your time in Orlando, you’re sure to have a memorable experience.

From the lush, blooming gardens of Harry P Leu Gardens to the awe-inspiring wildlife at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Orlando has a nature scene that is second to none. But for a truly unforgettable experience, visitors must check out Blue Spring State Park. Home to the largest spring on the St. Johns River, Blue Spring draws snorkelers, swimmers, and manatees alike. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, Orlando’s natural wonders are sure to leave you breathless.

Orlando Things To Do

Magic Kingdom

Disney's Magic Kingdom Theme Park, located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, is a world-famous destination embodying the essence of childhood wonder and magic.
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Magic Kingdom

Universal Studios Florida

Universal Studios Florida is one of three amazing theme parks at Universal Orlando Resort — the only Orlando destination where you are not just entertained; you are part of the most exhilarating entertainment ever created.
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Universal Studios Florida

EPCOT

EPCOT, standing as a unique beacon of innovation and imagination at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, offers guests a captivating blend of real-world wonders and futuristic adventures.
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EPCOT

Universal Islands of Adventure

Universal Islands of Adventure is one of three amazing theme parks at Universal Orlando Resort — the only Orlando destination where you are not just entertained; you are part of the most exhilarating entertainment ever created.
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Universal Islands of Adventure

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom, one of the four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, is a unique blend of traditional theme park thrills and an up-close experience with the natural world.
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Disney's Animal Kingdom

SeaWorld Orlando

Experience the force and power of the high seas on world-class coasters and get up close with amazing sea life at SeaWorld Orlando.
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SeaWorld Orlando

Disney Springs

Disney Springs, situated in the heart of Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, is an expansive outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment complex known for its vibrant and eclectic atmosphere.
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Disney Springs

ICON Park

ICON Park offers more than 40 amazing restaurants, bars, boutique shops and can’t-miss attractions, all anchored by The Wheel at ICON Park.
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ICON Park

Lake Eola Park

Lake Eola Park is the perfect destination for a day out in Downtown Orlando, where elegant swans gracefully glide across the lake. You can also rent your own swan pedal boat for a quick ride around the lake.
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Lake Eola Park

Discovery Cove

Everything is included to enjoy a unique experience to swim with dolphins, snorkel with thousands of tropical fish and relax on the beach.
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Discovery Cove

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort, located in Orlando, offers guests a captivating experience where glamor and excitement of the entertainment industry come to life.
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Disney's Hollywood Studios

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a hub of entertainment and culture in downtown Orlando that provides the perfect venue for a wide range of performances, from Broadway shows to classical concerts.
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Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

With over 500 animals, a splash ground, reptile house, weekend shows, giraffe feedings, and rhino encounters – there’s something for everyone at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens in Sanford!
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Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Universal Volcano Bay

One of three amazing theme parks at Universal Orlando Resort where you can be part of the most exhilarating entertainment ever created.
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Universal Volcano Bay

Fun Spot America Orlando

There is something to do for everyone at Fun Spot America. Whether you are a thrill seeker who wants “Bigger! Faster!” or someone who prefers the lights and sounds of the arcade, we have exactly what you are looking for.
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Fun Spot America Orlando

Crayola Experience Orlando

Discover the magic of color at Crayola Experience Orlando, Crayola’s premier, one-of-a-kind family attraction!
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Crayola Experience Orlando

Blue Spring State Park

Experience this Florida State Park, a natural destination for adventure with nature cruises, tubing and manatee viewings.
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Blue Spring State Park

Harry P Leu Gardens

If you're looking for a peaceful, scenic escape from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Orlando, look no further than Harry P Leu Gardens.
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Harry P Leu Gardens

Kia Center

The Kia Center, an arena located in the heart of downtown Orlando, opened its doors in 2010 and has since become one of the premier venues for sporting events, concerts, and other entertainment activities.
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Kia Center

WonderWorks Orlando

Let your imagination run wild at WonderWorks Orlando, the upside down museum combining education & entertainment on International Drive.
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WonderWorks Orlando

Orlando Museum of Art

The Orlando Museum of Art is one of the city’s most cherished cultural institutions. For more than 75 years, it has been a vital source of inspiration and creative discovery for visitors from all backgrounds.
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Orlando Museum of Art

Aquatica Orlando

From high-speed water slides and exhilarating wave pools, to tranquil beaches, Aquatica Waterpark in Orlando, Florida delights all ages and interests.
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Aquatica Orlando

Dezerland Park Orlando

Dezerland Park Orlando, where you can “Feel Like a Kid Again”, has over 850,000 square feet of indoor, air conditioned excitement and fun with 20+ cool attractions.
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Dezerland Park Orlando

Enzian Theater

The Enzian Theater is a hidden gem of Central Florida's entertainment scene. Located north of Orlando in Maitland, it has been providing patrons with an intimate and unique movie-going experience since 1985.
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Enzian Theater

Camping World Stadium

Camping World Stadium in the heart of Orlando is a premier destination for sports enthusiasts and event-goers alike, with a storied history dating back to its opening in 1936, this iconic outdoor stadium boasts a seating capacity of over 60,000.
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Camping World Stadium

Orlando Shopping & Dining

The Mall At Millenia

The impeccable detail at the Mall of Millenia exudes a distinct style and elegance unique only to this award-winning destination.
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The Mall At Millenia

Café Tu Tu Tango

For a vibrant and eclectic dining experience in Orlando, Café Tu Tu Tango on International Drive is a must-visit destination famous for its fusion of delectable tapas-style dishes, artistic ambiance, and a lively atmosphere.
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Café Tu Tu Tango

Park Avenue District

The Park Avenue District in Winter Park is a popular shopping spot boasting a plethora of eateries and boutiques where visitors can find unique treasures and indulge in mouth-watering cuisine.
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Park Avenue District

Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets

Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets is regarded as one of the country's most upscale outlet centers and the only luxury outlets in the Orlando.
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Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets

Pirates Dinner Adventure

Family friendly and full of excitement, Pirates Dinner Adventure is a must-see for children and adults alike.
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Pirates Dinner Adventure

Disney Springs

Disney Springs, situated in the heart of Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, is an expansive outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment complex known for its vibrant and eclectic atmosphere.
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Disney Springs

The Florida Mall

Central Florida’s largest shopping center, welcoming over 20 million visitors annually with 250+ retail, dining and entertainment options.
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The Florida Mall

Orlando International Premium Outlets

Florida's largest outlet shopping destination spanning 773,586 square feet and welcoming more than 17 million visitors annually.
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Orlando International Premium Outlets

Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs

Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs is a must-visit destination for movie buffs and foodies alike. The restaurant offers a delectable menu of modern American cuisine, inspired by dishes from around the globe.
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Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs

World's Largest Entertainment McDonald's

Don't leave Orlando before you visit the World’s Largest Entertainment McDonald’s and sample our chef-prepared custom menu. 
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World's Largest Entertainment McDonald's

Universal CityWalk

Universal CityWalk Orlando is the 30-acre nighttime entertainment complex at Universal Orlando Resort that offers dining and entertainment for every member of the family.
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Universal CityWalk

Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores

Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores is known among savvy consumers as one of Central Florida’s “best-kept secrets for outlet deals,” offering factory-direct premium quality merchandise at savings up to 75% off – and sometimes more!
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Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores

Boston Lobster Feast Orlando

Boston Lobster Feast is Orlando’s Original Lobster Feast since 1990 and is a local tradition for holidays and special occasions.
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Boston Lobster Feast Orlando

Morimoto Asia

Nestled in the heart of Disney Springs, Morimoto Asia stands as a beacon of culinary excellence, offering a unique Pan-Asian dining experience crafted under the expert guidance of Iron Chef Morimoto.
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Morimoto Asia

Getting Around Orlando

Exploring Downtown Orlando is an adventure waiting to happen, and with several options available to get around, the possibilities are endless. Part of the Lynx transit system, the LYMMO bus operates on a circular route and is accessible to everyone. For those who prefer more freedom and flexibility during their downtown visit, bike and scooter share services are widely available, providing a fun and convenient way to explore the city’s unique neighborhoods and attractions. If you find yourself at Lake Eola Park, take advantage of the famous swan pedal boats for an up close view of the iconic and colorful fountain.

Lynx buses are a popular choice for both locals and tourists alike, offering affordable fares and convenient routes that cover much of the Orlando metro area. Another great option is a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft, which offer on-demand pickups and drop-offs at the touch of a button.

Exploring the tourist areas of Orlando can be an easy experience, as many hotels and parks offer shuttle services to transport guests to and from their desired destinations. For those on International Drive, the I-Ride Trolley is a great option, offering affordable and convenient transportation to a variety of nearby attractions. Meanwhile, Disney World offers truly unique commuting experiences like their Monorail and Skyliner gondolas, allowing visitors to soak up the magic of the theme parks while on the way to their destination.

For those who prefer to ride the rails, SunRail is a reliable commuter train with 16 stations across the Orlando area. If you’re planning a daytrip along the coast, Brightline‘s new stops at Cocoa Beach and all the way to Miami are the perfect addition.

Orlando Hotels & Vacation Rentals

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Experience the charm of Italy at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort, where luxury meets comfort in a picturesque setting inspired by the stunning Amalfi Coast.
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Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Nestled within the enchanting confines of Walt Disney World Resort, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando offers a luxurious sanctuary for both families and couples seeking an unforgettable experience.
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Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort - Dockside Inn & Suites

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort - Dockside Inn & Suites presents a perfect blend of affordability and style, offering a serene coastal retreat vibe right in the heart of the action-packed International Drive area near Universal Orlando Resort.
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Universal’s Endless Summer Resort - Dockside Inn & Suites

Hyatt Regency Orlando

Located in the heart of International Drive, the Hyatt Regency Orlando Hotel is a family-friendly AAA Four Diamond Award resort that offers an exceptional stay for tourists seeking both relaxation and adventure.
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Hyatt Regency Orlando

Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel

Experience luxurious, modern accommodations at this Orlando hotel boasting first-class guest rooms with all the deluxe amenities you desire.
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Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel

Embassy Suites Orlando Downtown

Set on the corner of the vibrant Lake Eola Park, Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Downtown offers a luxurious retreat for tourists seeking both relaxation and convenience in the midst of the historic city center.
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Embassy Suites Orlando Downtown

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort offers a unique, retro-themed hotel experience that transports guests back to the vibrant atmosphere of the 1950s and 60s, all while providing modern amenities and exceptional value for families.
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Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld

Located in the heart of Orlando's vibrant South International Drive area, Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld distinguishes itself as a family-friendly resort with a plethora of amenities designed to enhance every stay.
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Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld

The Alfond Inn at Rollins

Nestled in the heart of Winter Park in north Orlando, The Alfond Inn at Rollins College is a chic, art-filled boutique hotel offering guests a unique blend of luxury amenities, including a vibrant courtyard, a rooftop pool, and a full-service bar and restaurant.
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The Alfond Inn at Rollins

Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando

The Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando offers tourists a unique blend of luxury accommodations and rock 'n' roll flair, making it an ideal stay for music lovers and theme park enthusiasts alike.
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Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando

Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando

Set along the main street in the heart of downtown Orlando, the Grand Bohemian, part of the Autograph Collection, offers a luxurious sanctuary for those seeking an upscale experience beyond the ordinary.
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Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort

Located on a lush 1,500-acre property in Lake Buena Vista, the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort offers an exquisite escape for both families and business travelers just a stone's throw from Walt Disney World's parks.
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Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort

JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes

Nestled in the midst of Orlando's lush landscape, JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes offers an unparalleled resort experience that caters to both adventure seekers and those in pursuit of relaxation.
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JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes

Orlando FAQs

Orlando is known for many things, but its most famous attraction is undoubtedly the Walt Disney World Resort. Generations of families have made the pilgrimage to Disney World to meet their favorite cartoon characters, ride thrilling roller coasters, and immerse themselves in the magical atmosphere. Beyond Disney, Orlando is also famous for its beautiful weather, which attracts hordes of sun-seeking tourists every year. And for those who prefer shopping over theme parks, Orlando has a plethora of malls and outlets that offer great deals on designer brands. Overall, Orlando is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for fun, excitement, and a dose of good old-fashioned American charm.

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Orlando is not just for theme park enthusiasts, but also for those seeking outdoor adventure! There are numerous activities that this sunny city has to offer, with one of the most popular being kayaking. Indulge in the beautiful nature of Central Florida by paddling through scenic lakes and rivers like Wekiva Springs or Lake Ivanhoe. Another great way to get active is by biking or hiking on one of the many local trails. The area also offers many picturesque golf courses for greens enthusiasts. With these amazing outdoor activities, there’s never a dull moment in Orlando!

Exploring Orlando without a car may seem like a daunting task, but it is entirely possible. The city’s public transit system, including buses and trains, provides an affordable and convenient way to get around. Additionally, ride-sharing and bike/scooter sharing apps offer alternatives to traditional car rentals. With so many transportation options available, visitors to Orlando can easily navigate the city without the hassle and cost of renting a car.

With its thrilling theme parks, incredible attractions, and picturesque landscapes, there’s always something to do in Orlando with the little ones. Some of the most popular things to do include visiting Walt Disney World, exploring Universal Studios and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, taking a trip to SeaWorld, interacting with marine life at Discovery Cove, and embarking on a thrilling adventure at Dezerland Park on International Drive. Orlando is truly a paradise for children filled with countless magical memories and creative options.

If you want to hit all of the major theme parks, including Disney World, Universal, and SeaWorld, you’ll want to plan on spending at least 5-7 days in the area. But if you’re interested in other activities like shopping, golfing, or exploring local cultural attractions as well, you could easily extend your stay to two weeks or more. It all depends on your interests, budget, and schedule, so take some time to plan out your itinerary and make sure you have enough time to experience everything Orlando has to offer.

While the city experiences year-round warm temperatures, certain months stand out from the rest. For those looking to beat the crowds and save money, September is a great month to visit. The peak summer tourist season has ended, yet the mild weather remains. Additionally, many of the theme parks offer special discounts during this time. However, for those interested in various theme park festivals and events, such as Epcot‘s International Food & Wine Festival or Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, October is the month to plan a visit. Whatever month you choose, Orlando is sure to provide an unforgettable experience.