Orlando - the Ultimate Family Destination
Orlando may well be called the super tourism capital of the world, offering
a great climate, fantastic possibilities for a night out and wonderful
activities during the daytime. Indeed, with cheap flights readily available,
the place has never been more appealing.
Theme parks are the most common reason for visitors to come to Orlando,
with Disney World the highest on people’s lists. Disney's Animal
Kingdom Theme Park, its newest adventure park, is filled with the drama
of life in the wild. Epcot is a two-part educational and cultural attraction
designed to challenge the mind and satisfy the senses. Disney-MGM Studios
allows visitors to see Disney animators creating wonderful characters
and explains movie-making on an entertaining tour.
Universal Studios Florida shares the movie-making theme of Disney-MGM
Studios, but attractions are presented quite differently here. At Universal,
promoters say you can "ride the movies." Universal's newest
park is Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, where there are "real"
rollercoasters, which means they are enormous.
Visitors to Orlando will want to explore the natural attractions as well
as fantastical ones, and SeaWorld is a wonderful place to start. For those
with not enough stamina to brave a theme park, Orlando offers more relaxing
attractions. Orlando has a very nice science museum and the city's art
museum is also impressive. Since NASA is not far away, some families may
want to take a break away from the bustle of the theme parks and see the
rocket garden in the morning and then spend the afternoon relaxing on
a nearby beach, like Cocoa.
Interesting eating options are also in abundance in Orlando. Medieval
Times Dinner and Tournament in Kissimmee allows you to cheer a knight
to victory and Arabian Nights offers a more Middle Eastern flavour. Disney's
Pleasure Island celebrates New Year's Eve every night with laser lights
and dancing in the streets. Church Street Station in downtown Orlando
is a night-time smorgasbord of activities and eateries, hosting a variety
of different clubs and restaurants.
Shopping areas in Orlando have as much variety as the local attractions.
Souvenirs of your adventures for both yourself and your friends back home
are easy to find. Outlet centres and factory stores are plentiful and
offer some great bargains. Shopping areas in Orlando and Kissimmee are
also popular for their lively environments, such as at Pointe Orlando,
Disney Village Market Place or Old Town in Kissimmee.