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

Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites - Waterpark, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites - Waterpark, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
14500 Continental Gateway, Orlando, FL, 32821
The price is $89 per night from May 19 to May 20
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly resort in Orlando. Enjoy 2 outdoor pools, 3 spa tubs, and a water park. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
3.5/5 Good! (2,205 reviews)
"This place is great! I had so much fun with my daughter while staying here. A few small adjustments would make it perfect! There are just not enough chairs by the water park and there was plenty of room for more. Also a TV guide of some sort would have been good also. Even just a laminated paper ..."

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites - Waterpark, an IHG Hotel
Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
6550 Adventure Way, Orlando, FL, 32819
The price is $184 per night from May 19 to May 20
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly resort in Orlando. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (4,008 reviews)
"The best hotel experience my wife and i have had. We plan on staying here again next year."

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Dockside Inn and Suites
Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Dockside Inn and Suites
3 out of 5
7125 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL, 32819
The price is $134 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Orlando. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and breakfast. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,786 reviews)
"Clean property. Huge pool, nice gift shop and dining area."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Dockside Inn and Suites
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, 32821
The price is $167 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 8
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Orlando. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 7 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the WiFi in our ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (5,630 reviews)
"We honestly had such a pleasing stay. Pros -Tons of amenities, gorgeous pool, parking is easy, room is clean and bigger than my actual studio apartment. Check out is always so hard but here it is 10…. So dumb give people at least 12. Food at the pools are really goos just not a lot of different ..."

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas, Lake Buena Vista/Orlando
Summer Bay Orlando by Exploria Resorts
Summer Bay Orlando by Exploria Resorts
3.5 out of 5
17805 US Highway 192, Clermont, FL, 34714
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly condo in Four Corners. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 5 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (3,165 reviews)
"Nice property with lots to do. Clean and quiet."

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Summer Bay Orlando by Exploria Resorts
Floridays Resort Orlando
Floridays Resort Orlando
3.5 out of 5
12562 International Drive, Orlando, FL, 32821
The price is $189 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly condo in Orlando. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (10,811 reviews)
"The resort is like a home away from home so that daily life does not change. The facilities are great, the gardens and surroundings great and the people who work there are terrific"

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Floridays Resort 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.

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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