When to go
With theme parks the main attraction of Orlando, the best time to go for most people is when the attractions are quieter and the queues are shorter. The weather in Orlando is generally warm thanks to its subtropical climate. While this also leaves it vulnerable to frequent showers, they are usually short lived and are quickly followed by beautiful weather once again.
The period from mid-September to mid-November is a great time to go to Orlando, with still decent weather and most children are back at school. Also, the six weeks either side of the Easter break are a little quieter, again with mainly good weather.
On the other hand, some people are more inclined to visit in peak times during the festive seasons and in the traditional summer holiday. While the crowds may be larger, there is also likely to be more happening in and around the theme parks.
What to see
The overwhelming attraction of Orlando is the fantastic array of theme parks on offer, the most famous of which is Walt Disney World which provides visitors with fun and enjoyment for days on end. There are also many other theme parks that you can enjoy during a holiday in Orlando, with Universal Orlando and SeaWorld just two of the more popular ones. The theme parks offer not only a staggering number of rides but also entertainment for the whole family, with shows, shops and restaurants in abundance.
On top of the traditional style theme parks there are also several water parks such as Wet'n Wild and Aquatica that offer hours of enjoyment on their flumes and water slides.
While Orlando's theme parks appear to offer almost limitless entertainment, Orlando also provides a vast range of other attractions and fun things to do.
The more active visitor can enjoy water sports on the many lakes in Central Florida, as well as fishing and boating. While Orlando itself does not cater for beach lovers, there are fantastic beaches just an hour's drive from Orlando both east and west. You can also play numerous land sports while staying in Orlando such as golf. Orlando is home to the famous Bay Hill Club and Lodge.
You can get a taste of classic American sports by watching Orlando Magic in the NBA or the Orlando Predators in the Arena Football League, as well as other sports such as ice hockey and soccer.
Those with a passion for wildlife will not be disappointed during a stay in Orlando. central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens features more than 100 different species of animal, while those with young families may prefer the picturesque Green Meadows Petting Farm. One wildlife attraction that definitely stands out is Gatorland, where you can find some of the most fearsome creatures from both Florida and the rest of the world.
Orlando offers an extensive range of international restaurants, chic bars and shops for those looking to relax while on holiday, with International Drive in particular boasting a fantastic array of restaurants serving anything from Mexican to seafood. Downtown Orlando is brimming with popular bars and clubs.