Orlando, FL

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Spend a week or two in this family-friendly city to enjoy Florida’s warm sunshine. Visit a different theme park every day.

Since the first theme parks in Orlando opened over 60 years ago, the region has grown to have over 20 amusement parks appealing to varying interests. Enjoy attractions built around entertainment giants, water parks, educational sites and even a spiritual center.

Quarterback Phil Simms first proclaimed, “I’m going to Disney World!” after winning the 1987 Super Bowl. This expression has become a vacation theme for millions of Americans. Visit Disney’s popular Magic Kingdom® Park, with favorite rides for kids and adults, see the world at Epcot®, explore Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park and Disney's Hollywood Studios® or splash in Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.

Universal Orlando Resort features The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and other Islands of Adventure®, along with Volcano Bay™ water park. Watch films being made at Universal Studios Florida®.

Water creatures are central to SeaWorld® Orlando Resort. Observe dolphins, penguins, whales, manatees, sharks and turtles. Take an Up-Close Tour for a hands-on experience, swim with dolphins at Discovery Cove® and have some excitement at Aquatica water park.

Ride a zip line or wrestle alligators at Gatorland®, an Orlando favorite since 1949. Marvel at huge models at Legoland® Florida and enjoy rides past giant Lego dinosaurs. Fun Spot America Theme Park, with locations in Orlando and Kissimmee, has a wooden roller coaster and multi-level go-kart tracks.

Make learning fun at the Kennedy Space CenterSMVisitor Complex, where you can talk with astronauts and see rockets that have flown in space. Be inspired at the Holy Land Experience, a living biblical museum.

Spend time appreciating Orlando’s attractions away from busy theme parks. Paddle across Lake Eola, shop at outlet malls, play golf, smell the roses at Harry P. Leu Gardens, enjoy visual arts at the Orlando Museum of Art and experience hands-on exhibits at the Orlando Science Center.

Check the websites of Orlando’s theme parks for special multi-day rates and accommodations packages. Some resorts offer free transportation from Orlando International Airport if you stay at the resorts.

Where to stay in Orlando

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld
4 out of 5
10100 International Drive, Orlando, FL
The price is $65 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
This family-friendly Orlando hotel is located on the Strip, within 1 mi (2 km) of Aquatica and Orange County Convention Center. Discovery Cove and Pointe Orlando ...
3.4/5 (7,216 reviews)
"First time I’ve ever seen a hotel charge over $20 parking fees and not provide a full complimentary breakfast. But good, spacious rooms in a great location."

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld
DoubleTree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando
DoubleTree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando
4 out of 5
5780 Major Blvd, Orlando, FL
The price is $90 per night from Jan 12 to Jan 13
This family-friendly Orlando hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Universal Studios Florida, Universal CityWalk, and Orlando International ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (4,797 reviews)
"Todo todo me encantó!!! Excelente lugar lo recomiendo al 💯"

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando
Caribe Royale Orlando
Caribe Royale Orlando
4 out of 5
8101 World Center Dr, Orlando, FL
The price is $149 per night from Jan 7 to Jan 8
This family-friendly Orlando resort is located in the entertainment district, 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets, and within 6 mi (10 km) ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (3,884 reviews)
"Excellent property, great amenities, nicely remodeled, ample rooms, very clean and well maintained. They offer expedited check-in and check-out processes. We strongly recommend it."

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2022

Caribe Royale Orlando
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas, Lake Buena Vista / Orlando
Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas, Lake Buena Vista / Orlando
4 out of 5
8800 Vistana Centre Dr, Orlando, FL
The price is $135 per night from Jan 9 to Jan 10
This family-friendly Orlando aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Lake Bryan and Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets. Disney Springs® Area and Disney Springs® are ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (5,484 reviews)
"Liked the cleanliness and floor plans. Wish breakfast was included as some resorts do."

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2022

Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas, Lake Buena Vista / Orlando
Floridays Resort Orlando
Floridays Resort Orlando
3.5 out of 5
12562 International Drive, Orlando, FL
The price is $161 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
This family-friendly Orlando condo resort is located on a lake, 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Orange County ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (10,521 reviews)
"This resort is amazing!!! By far the best Orlando has to offer. The entire experience was relaxing and stressfree. I will be returning."

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2021

Floridays Resort Orlando
Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa
Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa
4 out of 5
8113 Resort Village Drive, Orlando, FL
Situated in the entertainment district, this spa condo resort is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores and within 6 mi (10 km) of Orlando Vineland ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (4,902 reviews)
"Twelfth floor view spacious living."

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Orlando

Rent a car at the airport or in the city center for the most flexible way of getting around Orlando. Note that it's also possible to explore using public transportation and shuttles, though slightly less convenient. The Lynx bus system takes in most major sights. Your hotel may also offer a shuttle service to attractions such as Disney World and Universal Studios. Taxis, too, are widely available. Visit the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX) website. Browse Orlando rental cars.

Best time to visit

Peak seasons in Orlando coincide with school vacations. Find the city, and Disney World, at their busiest in late March and early April, in June and August, and around Christmas. Visit between January and mid March for a quieter break. These are the coolest months, but daytime temperatures will still be over 65 F (18 C) and often above 75 F (24 C). Great deals are also more plentiful at this time of year.

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