Holidays to Orlando
It is a region that sees over 52 million tourists each and every year. The millions of people on holidays to Orlando come for one main reason: the theme parks. Orlando is home to Mickey Mouse, the premier resident of Walt Disney World – the iconic theme park established in the early 70s. That said, Orlando does have more to offer than its theme parks, having ballooned into a huge city packed with all the facilities expected from a metropolis – and more.
It goes without saying that the major attractions for Orlando holidays are the major theme parks. Walt Disney World is said to be the gold standard for theme parks, but the Universal Orlando Resort gives it a good run for its money and includes Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure – a nightclub and restaurant complex – and Citywalk.
SeaWorld Adventure Park Orlando gives every other aquarium in the world a run for its money, featuring fantastic shows and thrilling rides across a 200-acre manmade marine environment. Discovery Cove is run by SeaWorld and offers a limited number of visitors the pleasure of swimming closely with dolphins.
For some on holidays in Orlando the theme parks might get a little too kitsch after a while, and luckily Orlando has a number of world-class museums. The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art hosts one of the most comprehensive collections of the works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including lead-glass windows, lamps, pottery and paintings. The Cornell Fine Arts Museum and the Orlando Museum of Art are also great venues for those interested in art, with the latter packed with American impressionists’ works.
However, Orlando’s theme parks should not be seen as venues of interest only to kids. Adults will be surprised by how good a time the various theme parks can afford them with many of the activities geared solidly to adults and what they would enjoy. That is why Orlando holidays are such a great way for families to take a break as everyone will have something to do.
Close by Orlando is the Kennedy Space Center and Fantasy of Flight. The Kennedy Space Center is at Cape Canaveral, which is just 74 km southeast of Orlando, and is the spot where many of the US space missions were launched from. The complex follows the entire history of NASA’s exploration efforts and will be enjoyed by all ages on Orlando holidays. Fantasy of Flight is said to have the most expansive collections of aircraft in the world, and is sure to impress.
Orlando is a big city and there is definitely no shortage of shopping opportunities for everyone enjoying Orlando holidays. The city has everything from antique shops to luxury department stores, with many hotels offering a shuttle service to the best shopping destinations. The Florida Mall is one of the biggest malls in the US, hosting 250 stores including some of the biggest luxury department stores.