Orlando, The City Beautiful
Orlando is located in central Florida and nicknamed ‘The City Beautiful’. It’s also known as the theme park capital of the world, with seven of the ten most visited theme parks in North America. Read more.
Orlando, The City Beautiful
Orlando is located in central Florida and nicknamed ‘The City Beautiful’. It’s also known as the theme park capital of the world, with seven of the ten most visited theme parks in North America. However, the city has a lot more to offer than amusement and water parks. The local music scene is alive with hip hop, metal, rock, reggae and Latino influences. As far as alternative activities go, there are numerous professional playhouses, the Orlando Ballet, world-class spas, sophisticated shopping and premiere golfing greens.
Water parks to fast cars
While theme parks are far from being the only drawcard to Orlando, they are abundant and make for a fun-filled visit. Walt Disney World resort, Universal Orlando resort, Wet ’n Wild water park, SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica and Discovery Cove form the backbone of the tourist economy and have been delighting adults and children alike for many years. A lesser known fact about Orlando is that it is home to the largest collection of Tiffany glass in the world, which can be viewed in the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. Also on the cultural side, the Orlando Shakespeare theatre provides a regular program of entertainment for more highbrow tastes.
As far as sports go, the offering in Orlando is fairly unique. Get a thrill from indoor skydiving or driving an authentic NASCAR-style stock car. Follow in the footsteps of Tiger Woods and play a few rounds of golf on some of the impressive greens. Jump in a kayak for a self-powered tour of the headwaters of the Everglades where you may spot alligators, bald eagles and other native fauna. You can also experience this swampy wilderness in classic style from the open deck of an airboat. In season, the 50-acre Harry P. Leu Botanical Gardens boast enough rose bushes and camellias to satisfy any green thumb. Shopping in Orlando shouldn’t be overlooked, with two upscale malls containing a roster of luxury brands and two outlet centres for bargain hunters. At the end of a long day of sightseeing or shopping, relax at one of Orlando’s world-class spas or wellness retreats.
Where to stay in the hotel capital of the USA
Orlando has the most hotels of any city in the USA and is one of the most frequented by conference goers. Given the slant towards family holidays, much of the accommodation caters to the budget conscious and few luxury hotels exist outside Walt Disney World resort. However, there are a number of four star hotels that provide a more than comfortable stay. Most major attractions in the city are based along International Drive, so for proximity to theme parks, booking a hotel in this area is the best best. Both Downtown Orlando and International Drive are serviced by an extensive bus network and as a result are popular and convenient locations to stay.
- Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa
- Crowne Plaza Orlando-Downtown
- Best Western Orlando Gateway Hotel
- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Entran...
- Grande Villas Resort
- Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Across From U...
- Hyatt Regency Orlando
- Universal's Loews Royal Pacific Resort
- Monumental Movieland Hotel
- Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel & Conventi...
Landmarks in Orlando
- Holy Land Experience (20)
- Discovery Cove (20)
- Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium (20)
- Florida Mall (20)
- Wet N' Wild (25)
- Disney's Animal Kingdom (20)
- Universal's Islands of Adventure (20)
- Epcot (20)
- University of Central Florida (20)
- Magic Kingdom Park (20)
- SeaWorld Orlando (20)
- Orange County Convention Center (20)
- Disney Springs (20)
- Universal Studios Theme Park (20)