Sensational weather, an excellent range of outdoor sporting activities and – of course – the world-famous theme parks are just a few of the things that make Orlando a favourite holiday spot. Orlando, Florida, is a huge city with a downtown that's more than 20 miles from the boisterous fun of Disney World and Universal Studios, and its charms are well worth discovering.
Having fun in Orlando's sun
Orlando is a wonderfully sunny city, so it's hardly surprising that it's also an excellent hub for outdoor activities of all kinds. From horseback riding and airboat rides through the swampy wilderness to quiet afternoons fishing or playing golf, you can expend as much or as little energy as you want while enjoying the Florida sunshine.
Getting around is relatively easy using the city's inexpensive bus service, especially if you're sticking to major attractions. If you're hoping to head off the beaten path, a hire car might be a better option. Most debit and credit cards now work overseas but always check before you fly and keep some dollars in your pocket for unexpected expenses.
Orlando's most famous attractions
While there's much more to Orlando than the theme parks that first put its name firmly at the centre of holiday entertainment, you're missing a trick if you don’t investigate what they have to offer. Walt Disney World and Universal Studios are the classic choices, but there are many more to choose from.
SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery Cove are exceptional experiences for animal lovers while the LEGOLAND Florida is perfect for anyone who loves to create. Combine a love of nature and a craving for adventure with a trip to Busch Gardens Tampa Bayor check out the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort to give your holiday a touch of magic.
Flying to Orlando
Do bear in mind that it's not the cheapest place you're ever likely to visit. As an incredibly popular destination, it's also one that can also be a little pricy to book. Be sure to search for cheap flights and hotel deals and always remember to apply for an ESTA visa before you fly. There are three different airlines flying from Ireland to Orlando – Air France, Aer Lingus and KLM – so it's a good idea to make a few comparisons before choosing your tickets.
Orlando International Airport is located in Orange County and offers very easy access to some of the city's best-loved attractions as well as the downtown business district. However, you might also be well served by a flight to Orlando Sanford International Airport, which is 18 miles northeast of the city. The Orlando Executive Airport is another possibility, although, it's located within three miles of the business district and is favoured by corporate travellers more than holidaymakers. Check out the arrivals and departures board for Orlando.
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