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Orlando Florida Travel Guide

City Skyline from Lake Eola Orlando Florida USAIt's a city of superlatives - you can reside at the finest of Orlando, Florida hotels, thrill to the most exciting theme park rides, tee up at the most challenging golf courses, shop at outstanding malls, dine at the choicest of eateries and appreciate the tops in entertainment. Orlando is simply the best!

Orlando International Airport continues to receive accolades in passenger satisfaction - 35 million passengers each year utilize 60 carriers arriving from and departing to destinations around the world. Naturally, there are numerous Orlando, FL hotels near the airport for convenience sake. Many visitors drive to Orlando, and having a car can be quite convenient if you would like to visit nearby beaches and other Florida cities. It should be mentioned that Orlando Sanford International Airport is home to Allegiant airline which brings a great many visitors to the city. This airport is about an hour from Disney and ground transportation can be very expensive. Many visitors find that a rental car is cheaper in the long run. Once in Orlando, Lynx city busses are available and the I-RIDE Trolley service moves visitors along International Drive, a main avenue in Orlando, with dozens of convenient trolley stops which will take you from your hotel to every sort of venue you desire.

This city of two million people welcomes about 50 million visitors each year, so there must be something for them to do once they arrive! Major theme parks including Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Studios are the name of the game in Orlando. Constantly innovating, these parks always have something new, making this city one to which visitors return time after time. Following is an overview of the fun things to do in Orlando, Florida. After reading this overview, check out the Attractions section of our site which gives you full details including descriptions and maps, so you can plan ahead! Be assured that OneTravelSource.com has been offering travellers the best discount hotel prices for many years!

Walt Disney World can appear to be overwhelming at first, with four enormous theme parks and a couple of water parks to boot. With a little pre-planning, you and your family can choose which appeal to you most and concentrate on them. Mickey, Minnie and the Disney princesses hang out at The Magic Kingdom, perfect for first-time visitors and especially children. Magical, nostalgic and kid-friendly, you willl want to experience the iconic Space Mountain, It's a Small World and, of course, the Fireworks at the end of the day. Epcot's Future World is popular for real world innovations and amazing technology -  you can design a ride with an interactive touch screen, then experience that ride in a 4-D robotic simulator. Wow! You can explore various countries around the world at World Showcase - this is the place to try new foods and learn about other cultures. Two hundred species can be seen at Animal Kingdom's 500 lushly landscaped acres, a great place for budding photographers. Make sure to see Finding Nemo The Musical while there, a fun thirty-minute show featuring huge colorful puppets. Disney's Hollywood Studios is all about entertainment, so why not try the American Idol Experience to explore your inner star? Disney also offers two water parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. As with everything Disney-related, each of these parks is over-the-top with exciting rides and beautiful scenery, delicious food and seemingly endless opportunities for family fun. There is no reason to be bored when you are at a Disney property!

Universal Studios Orlando is a real television and film production facility where you can experience movie sets and television shows behind-the-scenes. The various rides are based upon such favorites as Shrek, The Simpsons and Men in Black, something for every age group, along with plenty of dining and shopping options. Dolphin FishThe Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a welcome addition to Universal's Islands of Adventure, where visitors can immerse themselves in the brought-to-life world of the amazing series of books. Wet n Wild water park offers excitement as well and provides a Kids Park with smaller versions of rides for the little ones. You can spend all day at Universal, but never fear, nightlife has not been ignored. Universal CityWalk provides live entertainment at its clubs, concert venues and restaurants. Try Hard Rock Live for great live bands, karaoke at the Rising Star or crazy fun with Pat OBrien's dueling pianos. The Blue Man Group performs here as well. Dancing, singing and letting loose is what CityWalk is all about!

SeaWorld Orlando puts you where all the water action is concerned. You will see whales, porpoises and dolphins and experience shows, rides and exhibits based around our incredible oceans. Maybe you want a more close-up, hands-on experience? No problem, check out Discovery Cove for an unforgettable swimming-with-dolphins opportunity. You can touch velvety stingrays, explore the ecology of beautiful coral reefs and feed colorful birds in the Explorers' Aviary. SeaWorld's Waterpark Aquatica has added Omaka Rocka with high speed tubes and half pipe funnels, perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day.

Theme parks may be king in Orlando, but they certainly are not all that is happening. Visit Gatorland, open for over half a century, to learn the difference between an alligator and a crocodile. You can see a gator jump several feet out of the water to grab food from a trainer! Experience a Kissimmee Swamp Tour, skimming across the Everglades in a speedy Airboat or try flying high above Orlando in one of the colorful balloons at Orlando Balloon Rides. Want to get a taste of skydiving without going all the way? Try iFLY Orlando with its indoor vertical wind tunnel for a realistic, exciting experience. Golf OutingGolf enthusiasts can hit the links at 175 area courses in year-round warm weather; consider challenging yourself with 18 holes at the Grand Cypress which was designed by Jack Nicklaus himself. Maybe you have a need for speed? A Richard Petty Driving Experience may be just what you had in mind. Test your skills, get your heart pumping with adrenaline and impress your family by driving at speeds in excess of a hundred miles per hour - legally!

Wanting a little milder entertainment? Why not visit the popular Orlando Museum of Art and explore its collection of contemporary American art, or the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art for its jaw-dropping Tiffany collection. Browse the Harry P. Leu Gardens, fifty acres of tropical and exotic gardens, and be sure to note the whimsical sculptures and the butterfly garden. At the Holy Land Experience you will see a recreation of The Great Temple from 1st century Jerusalem, a dramatic presentation of the Passion Play and learn about stories from the Bible first hand. There are three beautiful gardens for spiritual reflection as well. Tour the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe to see displays of relics, paintings and sculptures, where Mass is said every day. An option for a rainy afternoon is WonderWorks where you can climb its three story ropes challenge course. Visitors have plenty of shopping opportunities, and does Orlando do it right! The Mall at Millenia provides an upscale shopping experience at almost 150 stores and The Florida Mall boasts 260 stores where you can spend hours browsing. For real steals and deals, visit the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores or the Orlando Premium Outlets. Let it be noted that for those of you visiting Orlando on business and spending time at the Orange County Convention Center, it is conveniently located close to all the theme parks and most major attractions, and about 12 miles to Downtown Orlando.

Sports fans, you are in the right place! The NBA Orlando Magic play at the Amway Center in downtown Orlando, and for baseball you can check out the Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros during Spring Training. It is always easier if you select one of our discount hotels near your venue so you can minimize driving time - our booking system allows you to do that with a click of the mouse! For college sports, the University of Central Florida Knights participate in NCAA Division 1. This city loves sports!

Those looking for a cool show in the evening will fine Cirque du Soleil La Nouba, a celebration of live music, choreography and amazing acrobatics in exciting Downtown Disney. This area features movie theatres, an amazing array of shops and many exciting eateries. You can also see live music events at The Social in downtown Orlando - the city has a burgeoning indie-music scene and this is the place to catch the newest bands. For blues, funk and the best of Motown try the famous B.B. Kings Blues Club, where you can enjoy Memphis-style ribs and deep fried dill pickles! Speaking of food, eating is big business in this city, from the flavors of the Caribbean to good ole American hamburgers and everything in between. All the fun, walking and excitement surely build a great appetite - luckily you have thousands of well-known chains and an eclectic supply of local restaurants from which to choose!

For the ultimate in relaxation, indulge yourself by visiting one of several first-class spas in the city. Mandara Spa at the WDW Dolphin Hotel and The Waldorf Astoria Spa by Guerlain are two of the finest, offering world-renowned treatments and products in sumptuous surroundings.

Less than an hour to the east you will find the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral and the Atlantic Ocean. This makes for a great day trip, one in which you spend a little time browsing the history of space exploration and then dip your toes in the water. Victory Casino Cruises offers all kinds of exciting gaming action including poker, blackjack and slots. Cocoa Beach is one of several excellent nearby beach towns for swimming and sunning, offering unique eateries, shops and additional attractions.

Orlando is a great vacation spot in beautiful, sunny Florida. Don't put it off any longer, begin making your plans today with OneTravelSource as your guide. Click on the Attractions tab at the top of this page as we have gathered all the information that you need including descriptions, websites and maps so you can choose hotels near your favorite attractions. When you are ready to book, remember that OneTravelSource offers all the hotels in the area, from luxury digs to moderate motels, all at the cheapest prices! We know you are going to love your visit to Orlando.
 

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