For many families, an Orlando vacation becomes the stuff of legend--the
source of happy memories and stories shared over the years. Don’t stop at
Disneyworld; there's something for everyone in this sunny Florida city. If
you're planning a trip to The City Beautiful, you'll find plenty of
outstanding hotels to make your vacation a success.
Things to See
Orlando is synonymous with theme parks, but there’s much more to experience
when you’re here. The city also boasts an impressive gallery and museum
district, world-class shopping and a delicious international dining scene.
Kennedy Space Center
pays tribute to America's adventures in space, and outdoor enthusiasts
rave over Wekiwa Springs State Park and the Ocala National Forest—a perfect
place to canoe, camp, and explore. For families with young children, the
Magic Kingdom is a must, with its horse-drawn carriages, castles, and
rides. If you’re traveling with ‘tweens, The Wizarding World of Harry
Potter is a sure hit, and teens love Universal Studios and Islands of
Adventure’s fast-moving roller coasters, and bustling neon-bathed CityWalk.
Disney's Hollywood Studios
even lets teens perform for a chance at an authentic American Idol
and romantic getaways to Winter Park’s trendy boutiques and upscale
eateries. Singles, groups, and seniors can spend a day golfing on Orlando’s
pristine greens, taking in a Cirque du Soleil performance, or catching an
exhibition game during spring training.
Hotels in Orlando
One of the advantages of booking hotels in Florida is that you can find
options for every taste and budget. From luxurious full-service spa hotels
to budget hotels offering a soft bed and quick breakfast, Orlando has it
all. Many hotels in Orlando are in or adjacent to theme parks and offer
special pricing, packages, and access to streamline your visit. Other
Orlando hotels cater to business travelers, with perks and amenities that
make business trips a breeze. Florida hotels excel in family-friendly
accommodations; you'll find plenty of suite-style rooms with kitchenettes,
pull-out sofas, and cribs on request. And if shopping is your thing, you'll
find great hotels near all the popular outlet malls.
Where to Stay
Central Orlando is separated from the theme parks and packed with organic
Florida charm. Wide boulevards are dotted with massive oaks draped in
Spanish moss, and galleries and museums line the busy streets. Charming
ethnic restaurants and chic bistros offer intimate dining experiences.
Tourist area International Drive, or I-Drive, has more than 100 hotels
and countless restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues. It even boasts
its own transportation system, the I-Ride Trolley. Kissimmee, the gateway
to theme parks, is lined with budget-friendly hotels and resorts, and
inexpensive family-friendly restaurants on your way to Walt Disney World in
Lake Buena Vista. Winter Park, with its cobblestone streets and chic shops,
is best-suited for grown-up fun and relaxation.
How to Get to Orlando
You'll want a car for your Orlando vacation, unless you're staying in a
theme park hotel. Navigating the city is simple, since most of the fun is
within a short drive from Interstate 4. At Universal Studios, you can walk,
take a bus or a boat to all the attractions. Disney World is another
story—the massive Disney Transportation System (DTS) has a fleet of 300
buses, making it the third-largest bus system in Florida. While it's free
for anyone to use, lengthy waiting times make driving and parking your own
car an attractive option.