It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the world-class theme parks and resorts that surround Orlando, but don’t forget about the city’s downtown area. Tree-lined boulevards and a vibrant creative scene make Orlando a multi-layered destination.
Traditionally, Orlando’s busy periods have coincided with the school holiday season, with families flocking here from all over the world for the huge choice of theme parks and resorts. However, in recent years the convention season has evened out the peaks and troughs of visitor numbers.
Despite the scorching heat of the summer, families throng in the parks and on the beaches. Remember that you’ll be queueing for rides, often in the sun, so dress accordingly and carry water.
If you’re looking for a quieter time, the summer madness tends to tail off through September and October.
Other busy periods include Christmas, Spring Break and other national holidays, so book flights to Orlando early if you’re planning on visiting at these times.
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There are numerous flights to Orlando from around the US.
Orlando is served by three main airports. Orlando International is the largest of the three and serves as a hub for Southwest airlines. As it’s located close to many of the main attractions, tourists often choose to fly here for ease of onward travel.
There are also flights to Orlando-Sanford International Airport, which is situated just outside the city center. Business travelers heading for the city can avoid the major tourist traffic by opting for Orlando Executive Airport, located just three miles from downtown.
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Direct flights to Orlando are available from a number of different carriers.
Orlando has a fairly good public transport system called the Lynx. This provides air passengers with good bus and express services to the city and wider area. However, if you’re travelling on to one of the resorts, a private shuttle or taxi might be a more convenient option.
Self-drive holidays are also a good option, with a good choice of rental car facilities in all three airports. This is especially true if you’re staying outside the bounds of the Lynx transport network. Use the I-4 freeway, which connects many of the major routes in the area.
As one of the most family-friendly tourist destinations in the US, travel with kids and you can’t miss a visit to at least a couple of the major parks. These include the iconic Walt Disney World (the most popular park on the planet) and Universal Orlando Resort. Sea World and Wet ‘n Wild are also firm family favorites.
Don’t forget the downtown area though. It’s a bustling hub of bars, restaurants and nightlife options. At Lake Eola you can take a swan-shaped boat out on the water and just relax.
Sports fans will also love the huge range of golf courses available, and a choice of pro sports teams, including Orlando Magic, to see play.
The temperatures in Orlando can get very hot. So, if you’re hitting the parks with the kids, make sure you take plenty of water. Queues can get big in the summer holiday season, and too much standing around in the Florida sun is not good for anyone: sunscreen is essential.
Orlando’s tourism ebbs and flows with the school season, but conventions have evened out the highs and lows, meaning there’s never a true lull in the throngs of visitors.
From Memorial Day through Labor Day, families flock to Central Florida despite summer’s oppressive temperatures, humidity, and afternoon downpours (rain ponchos are a must). July 4 competes with Christmas as the busiest day of the year at the attractions. After the relatively quiet months of September and October, the crowd swells again from Thanksgiving through Christmas, when weather is generally mild (but an occasional freeze can occur). Spring break in March is the next big surge. Expect long waits and heavy traffic, but the theme parks extend hours to accommodate.
Crowds are manageable from the end of April, after spring break, until school is out in June. This is when temperatures begin to heat up, but rain is rarely a problem.
Once school starts in the fall, crowds lighten from Labor Day until Thanksgiving. Ideal weather unfolds in October, with mild temperatures through May. Once the winter holidays are over, crowds lighten again from January through March (until spring break). Families might consider taking kids out of school for a few days this time of year for a more enjoyable visit without the crowds.
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