Think ‘Orlando’ and you probably think of Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. However, while the theme parks are a good reason to visit the entertainment capital of the world, they’re not the only attractions on offer.
Orlando is the fourth-largest city in Florida, and is home to several amazing attractions, some natural and some man-made. Orlando hotels will put you in easy reach of the best, whether you want the thrills, spills, rides and slides of the most exciting theme parks on the planet, outstanding shopping, or even a chance to visit a wildlife preserve populated by alligators. Hotels in Orlando come in all shapes and sizes, with something to suit all budgets: from simple stopovers to luxurious and contemporary accommodation.
The two colossuses of the theme park elite are, without doubt, Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. It doesn’t matter if you’re a kid or an adult, these are the main attractions in Orlando, drawing around 28 million visitors in total every year. Disney World remains the most popular of the two, offering all the magic and excitement your family could wish for. Plenty of families book Orlando hotels in the Walt Disney World area to make the most of their stay, and there’s plenty of Orlando accommodation to choose from right on Mickey Mouse’s doorstep.
Universal Studios is one of Orlando’s most spectacular theme parks. From the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to the Amazing Adventures of Spiderman, there’s something for fans of all tastes and all ages. If you’re wondering where to stay in Orlando to fully make the most of your time, you’ll find everything from private villas and apartments to all-inclusive resorts within proximity to the parks.
If you want to combine white-knuckle rollercoaster rides with all the fun of a water park, look for Orlando hotels close to SeaWorld. A cross between a marine wildlife center and a theme park, SeaWorld attracts thousands of visitors every year. Here you and your loved ones can ride the Kraken Unleashed rollercoaster and get up-close with sharks.
For an experience that’s literally out of this world, make your way to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Set on Merritt Island, it’s a spectacular day out for anyone with even a passing interest in what lies beyond Earth’s atmosphere. There are some superb hotels in Orlando less than an hour away, making it a convenient attraction to visit. Take a Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour to see behind the scenes and learn about the latest NASA missions. For those who like a challenge, there’s even the chance to take part in astronaut training experiences.
If all the theme-park-generated excitement has helped you work up an appetite, you’ll find ‘The City Beautiful’ has some excellent places to eat. While many of the theme parks and hotels in Orlando have their own restaurants, it can be nice to get out and meet the locals. Orlando’s gastronomic scene is an eclectic one, and you’ll find everything from burritos and pizza to sushi and pho. For breakfast, the Briarpatch offers humongous fruit waffles, while Farm and Haus serve-up delicious burritos.
For lunch, hunt out Prato on North Park Avenue and enjoy some of the best pizza and pasta the city has to offer. If you’re a fan of Asian food, the restaurants in the 50 Mills district are family-run and serve mouth-watering Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese cuisines. For a fun family dinner head to Antojitos on Universal Boulevard. There, you can enjoy traditional Mexican street food, underscored by an authentic mariachi band. No matter where you go, you’re never far from quality Orlando hotels offering affordable, family-friendly accommodation.