Orlando is one of the world’s most visited family destinations, and while its illustrious themed attractions may steal the limelight, with a vibrant and well-kept city centre and a climate that averages around 75° Fahrenheit (25° Celsius), there is a surprising amount of things to experience here. Welcoming tens-of-millions of visitors per year, both Disney World and Universal Orlando pack in an entire trip's worth of fun on their own. But it would be a mistake to overlook Orlando’s other activities because the rest of ‘The City Beautiful’ is full of similar family-friendly attractions like waterparks, giant aquariums and zoos, exciting shows, airboat tours around the swamps and plenty of golfing opportunities. Discover all of this, and much more in our guide to Orlando.
Orlando hotels range from 5-star international chains to smaller, independent boutiques, often offering the same level of luxury and convenience. Sprawling family-friendly resorts located in around the city’s long line-up of theme parks make up a large portion of the accommodation options in Orlando, with Walt Disney World, Universal and SeaWorld inevitably proving to be the major tourist magnets every year.
The International Airport for Orlando is Orlando International Airport (MCO) is a major public airport located six miles southeast of Downtown Orlando, Florida, United States.
Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the major public airport located six miles (10 km) southeast of Downtown Orlando, Florida, United States. It consists of a main passenger terminal complex, which is divided in two terminals: Terminal A and Terminal B.
The airport code of Orlando International Airport is MCO and it stands for McCoy Air Force Base, a Strategic Air Command (SAC) installation, that was closed in 1975 as part of a general military drawdown following the end of the Vietnam War.
Some of the major airlines Operating from Orlando International Airport are:
THINGS TO DO
Orlando theme parks seem to grow in number every year, continually proving to the city’s No.1 tourist magnet. This city hasn’t earned a reputation of being ‘the theme park capital of the world’ for nothing; both Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando® Resort boast around 10 different big-name attractions between them, not to mention all the other shows and nightlife zones located within these sprawling resorts. Then you also have SeaWorld with its numerous different aquatic attractions, as well plenty of other independent parks that go more niche, be it all zip-lining over alligator-infested swamps or more ‘old school’ parks focusing on the rollercoasters and fairground-style games. Check out our list of the best theme parks in Orlando below, or see each one in more detail with our full pages guides, including information on prices, location and contact details.
WHEN TO TRAVEL
The best time to visit Orlando is from March to May. That's the time of year you'll find the most pleasant weather (high 50s to high 80s most days) and agreeable prices on travel and lodging (excluding holiday weekends and school recesses).
Likewise, September to mid-November offers comfortable temperatures and reasonable airfare and hotel rates, but autumn's months make up the most active part of Florida's hurricane season, which falls between June and November.
Prices are also comparetively expensive between late November and February when families visit the region to celebrate the holidays.
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