Nicknamed "The City Beautiful", "O-Town" and "The Theme Park Capital of the World", Orland, Florida offers more than a dozen theme parks and is America's 4th most popular city to live in. From Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resorts to SeaWorld, Gatorland and Wet 'n Wild, Orlando, Florida offers one of the most family-friendly destinations in the USA. In addition to the amazing number of theme parks, Orlando offers a number of additional attractions for individuals, couples and families. From Discovery Cove and the Stardust Lounge to hot air balloon rides and kayak tours, Orlando has something to offer everyone.
When to visit
Even though May – August is the peak travel season for Orlando, FL, this is mainly due to the school calendar for students. Popular summer events include the Orlando International Fringe Festival in May and Gay Days Orlando in June.
If you're looking for the absolute best time to visit Orlando, then you should go between January and April or from September to October when there is a lull in Orlando tourism. This is when you'll find the weather is most comfortable, and hotel rooms are offering discounted rates (except during mid-March).
Popular events include:
• January – Florida Citrus Bowl
• February – Mardi Gras at Universal Studios
• February to March – Winter Park Beach Festival
• March – Orlando Bike Week
• Late March to Early April – AIDS Walk Orlando
• April – Florida Film Festival
• Late April – Florida Music Festival and Conference
• September to Early November – Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
• September to November – Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights
Orlando, Florida weather is relatively pleasant most of the year due to its tropical climate. In fact, Orlando enjoys having only 2 main seasons each year. The first season, lasting from May to late September, is primarily hot and rainy with the hottest month being July at an average temperature of 82°F (28°C). However, July is also the wettest month of the year, averaging 196mm of rain. While the second season lasts from late October to April, and is dry and relatively cool (although still warm). It is during this season that Orlando has its coldest month of the year, January with an average temperature of 59°F (15°C).
Aside from numerous theme parks, Orlando features a wide array of attractions, shopping destinations and more.
Some of the most popular attractions include:
• America's Escape Game
• K1 Speed Indoor Karting
• IFLY Orlando Indoor Skydiving
Among other things, Orlando also features some of the best shopping destinations in America:
• The Mall at Millenia
• Neiman Marcus
• Orlando International Premium Outlets®
If that isn't enough to keep you busy, Orlando is also a hub of arts, culture and history with some of the most popular places to visit including:
• CityArts Factory
• Harry P. Leu Gardens
• Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
With so many things to see and do in Orlando, FL, chances are that it is definitely going to take more than one trip to get everything done. Visiting the city's top museums alone would multiple day trips: the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, the Winter Park History Museum, and the CityArts Factory. However, if you have the time, you should also check out these great places to see: Titanic The Experience, Ripley's Believe It or Not, the Kennedy Space Center or the National Vietnam War Museum. Whether you're on vacation, planning a day trip or just looking to explore the area, Orlando, FL has a wide variety of attractions that are sure to please everyone in the family.
Tips & Recommendations
• All of Orlando's major theme parks are located within a 15 mile radius, which makes it easier to visit more of them within a single trip.
If you go to Orlando at any time other than summer, it is a good idea to take a light jacket, even though the city has a tropical climate.
• To get the best deal on theme park tickets, you should purchase them ahead of time. Most theme parks are continually offering special deals online.
• Daytona Beach, Canaveral National Seashore and Cocoa Beach are all located within an hour's drive of Orlando.
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