In the heart of the ďSunshine StateĒ of Florida lies Orlando, a big city filled with exciting attractions to experience and entertaining sights to see!
Not only is there an abundance of things to do in and around Orlando itself, but itís also in the perfect location for easy access to both coasts of the state. Orlando is the perfect destination for families, with the Disney and Universal Orlando theme parks and resorts in the area. There is also a vibrant cultural scene, and the opportunity to experience the wilder and more natural side of Florida. Itís no wonder that Orlando is one of the most popular family vacation destinations year after year!
For the young and the young at heart, there is no shortage of fun them parks to explore in Orlando. Thanks to the vision of the legendary Walt Disney more than 4 decades ago, what began as farmland and orange groves has developed into one of the most recognizable and fun places on Earth Ė the Walt Disney World Resort. Featuring thrill rides, water parks, animals, and favorite Disney characters, Disney World is every childís slice of heaven!
Not to be outdone, Universal Orlando serves up its own breathtaking rides and dazzling attractions at the Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure theme parks, where guests can experience the movies and some of their favorite characters. And donít forget about Shamu! Everybodyís favorite killer whale is alive and well at Sea World Orlando, which has expanded in recent years to include more exciting shows, thrilling rides, and hands-on animal encounters.
Within driving distance of Orlando there are numerous attractions that are perfect day trips. About an hour west of Orlando is the Tampa Bay area, where you can visit Busch Gardens theme park and the exquisite Gulf of Mexico beaches. About an hour east is Cape Canaveral, the home base of NASA, and the picturesque Atlantic beaches.
If being in the great outdoors is what you desire, Orlando can fit the bill as well. Florida is more than just beaches! Try some bass fishing in one of the many area lakes, or go parasailing or windsurfing! Take an airboat ride and see a side of Florida that you didnít know existed. Or get a birdís eye view of Orlando in a helicopter or a hot-air balloon!
And donít forget, Orlando is a large city with plenty of shopping, excellent restaurants, and live entertainment to enjoy. From outlet malls to quaint boutiques, dinner shows to Broadway musicals, there is something to entertain everyone in Orlando! And with Florida being the golf course capital of the world, Orlando naturally features first-rate golfing, with dozens of championship golf courses available, so that you will always be able to get the perfect tee time!
The Orlando area is home to many all-inclusive resorts and hotels. But for the ultimate in lodging that features value, comfort, and convenience, vacation rentals just might be the way to go. Choose from rental condos or houses that are close to all the area attractions, letting you set your own schedule. Be surrounded by all the creature comforts from home, like satellite television, multiple bedrooms, and a full-sized kitchen. Enjoy the space and privacy that you might not find with other accommodations. An Orlando vacation rental is the ideal option for those traveling with kids and pets!
The best thing about Orlando is the vast array of activities and attractions. Donít limit yourself to one area of the city by staying in a resort. By choosing a vacation rental home or condo for your trip to Orlando, all the best of Florida will be right outside your door!