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Although there aren’t any beaches in Orlando itself, the beautiful Floridian weather is perfect for relaxing on a sun lounger or splashing in the waves. If you fancy a day trip to the coast, there are plenty of places to soak up the sunshine that are under two hours’ drive away from the city. Vero Beach is a great choice that’s within easy reach by car. Located to the southwest of Orlando, this sandy stretch offers everything you could want from a lazy, hazy beach day. There’s even a stunning nature preserve to explore, too. Love surfing? Then Cocoa Beach is for you. Popular with locals and tourists alike, you’ll find a surf school, a quiet park and plenty to do nearby.Food & Drink
Orlando has visitors from all over the world, and it has an impressive variety of international restaurants to match. Head into Downtown Orlando, slightly away from the theme park district, to discover some real foodie gems. For fairly-priced lunch-time eats, grab a table at Finnhenry’s. This is a laid-back bar in a historic building, with vibrant DJ nights in the evening. Reluctant to stray far from the attractions? Make sure you try a Butterbeer at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter or eat at one of Disney World’s many themed restaurants.Culture
Downtown Orlando is known by locals as the ‘real Orlando’. The theme parks and attractions are fantastic, but if you’re looking for culture and history, then the streets of Downtown are the place to go. Love sports? Check out the Orlando Magic, the local basketball team. There’s also the Orlando City Soccer Club (that’s football, to you and me). More of a theatre nerd? Head to the Dr Philips Center for the Performing Arts. Creativity thrives here, with Broadway-style shows and performances held in three indoor theatres and a fabulous outdoor space.Nightlife
For a truly special night out in Orlando, head to Wall St. Plaza in the centre of Downtown Orlando. This massive entertainment complex offers seven bars, clubs and restaurants, and a vibrant atmosphere that feels like a street party. There are plenty of wining, dining and dancing venues along International Drive, too. There’s the ICEBAR Orlando – we’ve heard it’s the coolest place in town. If you like something different on a night out, head to Howl at the Moon. This is the scene of piano duels, where the crowd are just as lively and entertaining as the music.Important InformationFlight Time: 9.5hrsTime Difference: +5hrsCurrency: American dollarOfficial Language: EnglishVaccinationsPlease check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.VisaBritish passport holders will need to apply for an ESTA before travelling to Orlando, which should allow you to stay in the United States of America for up to 90 days.
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Orlando is gorgeously hot between April and October. This city has long, warm summers with average temperatures of 28°C during the hottest times of the year – July and August. The mercury can even reach up to 33°C during these months. Light showers are common but over quickly here, due to the tropical climate of Florida. December is the driest month of the year, and by no means cold; winter temperatures hover around 16°C on average.
Landscape lovers will enjoy Orlando holidays because the landscape is just amazing, encapsulating everything we've all seen in the movies into one place! Downtown Orlando is home to the most amazing skyscrapers and millionaire homes you will have ever seen! If you begin to tire of the metropolis, then you can soon head out to areas like Lake Buena Vista near Disney World.
Things To Do on Orlando HolidaysVisit the House of MouseWalt Disney World Resort Orlando is one of the city’s biggest attractions, and is not to be missed if you love rollercoasters, cartoons and, well, fun. Old favourites like the Tower of Terror and Space Mountain are equally exciting whether experienced for the first time or the twentieth. Meet your favourite characters, including princesses, pirates and more. And you can now even travel to a galaxy far, far away (without leaving the theme park) and by visiting the all-new Star Wars Land.Make some magic at Universal StudiosUniversal Studios is another incredible theme park, with more rides, attractions and sights than you could fit into a holiday – let alone one day. Whether you want to pretend you’ve finally received your Hogwarts letter and visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, or you’re the most excited about paying a visit to Springfield in The Simpsons Character Zone, we know you’ll never want to leave.
America has one of the most fascinating histories in the world, so it's only natural that a city as huge as Orlando has a history that is hugely intriguing. It is said that many historian's attribute the name of the city to the date of 1836, when a soldier named Orlando Reeves died in the area after a huge war with an Indian Tribe named the Seminole's.
Orlando wasn't a resident of the area, but ran a sugar mill 30 miles outside of it, but even so, his name was carved into a tree, which is how everyone came to call the city Orlando. At first they used 'Orlando's Grave', but over time this changed and city became known solely as Orlando.
It has to be said that Orlando is awash with amazing cultural experiences. Apart from Walt Disney World there's loads to do; art-lovers on Orlando holidays will want to check out the small but thriving Arts centre at Vineland Avenue, which plays host to a range of art exhibits and theatre-shows all year round. You can also expect fireworks and partying in July every year as America celebrates Independence Day, while every August sees Orlando's Annual Project Cultural Fusion, in which kids from all over Florida showcase their performing talents.
In November meanwhile, watch American culture at it's finest during Orlando's Veteran Day Parade, which sees marching bands, decorated floats and an array of different tributes to America's soldiers through the town centre. Whatever time you visit, make sure to check the calendar because Orlando will have events and celebrations that you wont want to miss!
Holidays in Orlando are universally revered for the amazing nightlife, which caters for everyone from families to serious party addicts, and satisfies each and every one! If you're looking for a good time at night, head to Central Boulevard and Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando. This is home to many, many bars and clubs providing the latest tunes for Florida's "It" crowd. These bars are renowned for their exclusivity, so dress to impress, and more importantly, bring your ID, because only those with proof that they're over 21 will be allowed in to drink.
If you're on a family holiday in Orlando and want something a little more relaxed, you're in for a great night too; for good atmosphere, head to the Thornton Park District, which is littered with cafes and pubs providing great cuisine from any nation you care to look for, with plenty of bars playing live music too.
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If theme parks, amazing nightlife and museums are your idea of a fun, then Orlando holidays are just what you need. With fantastic restaurants, loads of sunshine whatever time of year, and so much to experience, Orlando will be above and beyond what you could possibly expect!
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