Orlando is centrally located in the state of Florida with the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the west. With over 2 million people, Orlando is the state’s third largest metropolis.
For thrill seekers and parents wanting to spend time with their kids, Orlando means just one thing: Action. It is the place where imaginations run wild. Each year over 50 million tourists escape to the sunny city for a fun-packed holiday in a world of make-believe. Sure there are some beautiful sculpture gardens, botanic gardens, art museums and inner city attractions in Orlando, but most people come here to visit theme parks. They are scream-provoking, laughter-inspiring, and surprisingly educational. They make you want to stay all day and go again tomorrow. They have so much to offer that you wonder how you can fit it all in one visit. The Orlando theme parks are the ride of your life.
The most famous local attraction and perhaps the most magical of all is Walt Disney World, a place to see all the cartoon characters of your childhood come to life and introduce them to your children. Cuddles are also free at the Universal Resort, and so is dancing.
You don’t have to be a kid to love Wet’n Wild, one of the oldest and most popular water parks in the country. Whether you bring your friends, your family or come by yourself, you can splash around all day without getting bored.
Dive into SeaWorld for more thrilling rides. For a break from all the excitement, opt for the calming experience of seeing Manta Rays up close. They live in perfect harmony with other big marine creatures in the enormous aquarium. Don’t miss the dolphin show. It’s really spectacular. Jump in and join these smart marine mammals – an encounter you’ll never forget.
Prepare to get your senses tricked at WonderWorks – the upside-down building is full of daring experiences that you shouldn’t try at home.
Legoland, down south in the Winter Haven area, is a supersized display of what can be achieved if you had thousands of the plastic building blocks we all grew up with. Imagine building a whole city. Zoom around in a tiny car, watch a Lego theater show, and admire miniature replicas of big Florida highlights such as Kennedy Space Center.
The actual Space Center is to the east of the city on Merrit Island. Go and check out giant rockets and meet an astronaut. It’s the only place in the world where you can tour the launch areas of Space Shuttles.
To learn about the local wildlife, step inside Gatorland. It’s your chance to see these large reptiles up close and personal, including these extremely rare white alligators. Watch a nerve-wracking crocodile wrestling show or ‘see you later alligator.’
Check out the less dangerous species in the wildlife reserve. Whizz-kids will be drawn to the science center where they can discover the inner workings of magnetism, electricity, and gravity. There’s a lot to learn here.
Florida is the Sunshine State and Orlando offers you year round outdoor entertainment. The summers are steamy and temperatures hardly ever drop to freezing point in winter, yet there is no cooler place than the Universal Studios where the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and incredible superheroes of your comic books come to life.
At night the Universal Orlando Resort lights up with neon signs that’ll point you to the many restaurants and live shows. Come to Orlando for the family vacation of a lifetime. With all its natural beauty and theme parks, the city has something to offer for everyone.