Orlando is a city that many associate with Walt Disney World, but it has a lot more than theme parks to offer. Orlando accommodation is just as diverse, with a hotels found almost around every corner and in the surrounding areas.
Things to see and do in Orlando are so many that planning an itinerary can cause more stress than excitement. Take a quick breather though, and you’ll see that it could quickly become your favorite city. There are elaborate gardens, beautiful parks, world-class museums, off-road activities, live shows and of course, internationally known theme parks.
Things to see
Here with the family? Then some quality time exploring the 600 species of plants on the 80 acre botanical garden might be a great place to start. There are themed areas within the botanic gardens, promising fascinating moments for the curious and memorable pictures for the photo enthusiasts. Other attractions that feature the beauty of landscaped gardens include Harry P. Leu Gardens and Historic Bok Sanctuary.
Ask any of the locals about the major attractions and most will mention one of the nearby theme parks and resorts. Of all the theme parks, Walt Disney World reigns supreme by featuring 6 theme parks, two of which are water parks, several themed hotels, and various shopping and dining districts. In addition, they have 5 golf courses and several minor attractions, making it the largest tourist destination on the planet.
Hotels in Orlando
In Orlando, hotels are made for every type of visitor and budget. The options range from simple and cosy budget hotels to lavish and flamboyant 5-star establishments. Families looking for their own space can rent spacious private guesthouses or villas while visitors on business can look for well-equipped business hotels with comfortable suites. The options are numerous, so sites like ours will help speed up the hunting process, allowing you to spend more time planning your itinerary.
Where to stay
If you’re looking for a place to treat your senses to exciting tastes and amazing live shows, Disney/ Lake Buena Vista is the district to be at. Here you can find restaurants set up by some of the biggest names in the culinary world, including Wolfgang Puck, Cat Cora and Todd English. One of the best ways to enjoy your evening is by immersing yourself in one of the performances by Cirque du Soleil®, found in Downtown Disney® Area.
The Convention Area is the place for entertainment, especially if you’re looking to celebrate something new or just life itself. Have a beer or sip a cocktail with your companions at any of the lounges and bars, like the Rocks lounge at Peabody Orlando. Enjoy fresh seafood at a charming restaurant or just kick back and relax while listening to some of the best jazz at the blues clubs.
How to get to Orlando
Orlando International Airport is where you’ll be landing if you’re flying in, with shuttle services that connect the airport to the city. When it comes to coming in by train, Orlando has an Amtrak station that serves destinations like Miami and New York via the Silver lines. Driving is a convenient option and most attractions and hotels can be reached from the Interstate 95.