About Orlando - Located in Orange County in Central Florida, Orlando is a large city and is the center of the largest concentrations of family entertainment attractions in the world. That is why for most people, Orlando conjures up the image of theme parks - but there is a lot more. Orlando and many other areas in the region have developed a lot to offer any traveler who wants to see something other than a theme park. The main thing to look for when going to Orlando? Accommodations and its location. Owner Direct offers the best selection of vacation rentals in Orlando, like pool homes and resort condo rentals. They are conveniently located minutes from world-famous theme parks, beaches, dining, shopping, and to all Central Florida has to offer.
Where to Stay & Why - Why be cramped in one small room during your vacation when you can enjoy an entire home and extra rooms to spread out? We have a variety of vacation rental homes that feature resort amenities and all are nearby famous attractions. Choose a villa rental where everyone can have their own space or an executive condo rental with a TV in every room. There’s also a sleeper sofa in the living area offering more room to relax.
Enjoy the deluxe furniture in the living room where you can watch your favorite movies with the home theater system, bond with the kids playing their favorite game in the game consoles available, or if you need to do a little work, some vacation rentals have a computer available together with high-speed internet ready for use. There’s a fully equipped gourmet kitchen with an awesome breakfast bar, perfect to accommodate your newspaper, laptop, or gadgets while having breakfast or drinks. Stools at the bar and a cozy table and chairs in the dining area provides extra seating for meals or entertaining.
Head on out and spend a day of fun in the sun by your own private pool. Enjoy your drinks while also enjoying the view from the covered patio with table and chairs for eating meals al fresco or for get-togethers. Aside from those, some offer a safe box, full-size washer and dryer, and many more amenities available depending on the lodging you choose.
What to See & Do - With seven if the top theme parks in one sunny location, Orlando offers new and exciting experiences for visitors each year. Plan to visit the many amazing theme parks and water parks at Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld, and LEGOLAND. While theme parks are popular, there are countless others well worth visiting. If you like nature and wildlife, there’s Discovery Cove, Gatorland, and Florida EcoSafaris. If outdoors is your thing, swim or canoe at Wekiwa Springs State Park or hike, horseback ride in the Ocala National Forest. For history buffs, charming Winter Park has the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art with its huge collection of Tiffany glass. Want something educational and entertaining for the kids? Head to WonderWorks or the Orlando Science Center. If the group prefers rockets and astronauts, take a trip to Kennedy Space Center for a tour, sit in a space capsule, or see a space shuttle up close. Town sites like Tohopekaliga is a favorite spot for air boat rides or fishing trips.
Where to Eat & Drink - Recently named the Best Foodie City in the US, Orlando has been developing a dynamic dining scene worth a visit all its own. With a roster of celebrity chefs, home-grown local culinary talent, and inventive new concepts, Disney World Resort’s Disney Springs is a hot spot for new dining options. Around town, locals flock to the Ravenous Pig, the Rusty Spoon, and other gastropubs where the menu changes regularly. Sand Lake Road is now known as Restaurant Row for its eclectic collection of worthwhile tables. Heading into the residential areas, the neighborhoods of Winter Park, Thornton Park, and College Park are prime locales for chow.
The adult playground that Orlando nightlife has become could fill every night of your trip. Whatever type of music you prefer, there is a bar or club that spins those exact tunes. Theme parks may be dedicated for children, but there are plenty of venues for grown-ups too.
How to Get Here & Getting Around - Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the city’s primary airport and the busiest in the state. It’s located to the southeast of downtown but is centrally located with respect to the regional area and attractions. Another major airport that serves Orlando is Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB), situated 15 miles north of downtown.
Roads are tailored for visiting tourists and very well signposted. That vast majority of attractions are a short drive from Interstate 4. If you don’t have a car, all major parks run shuttles or you can take the I-Ride Trolley. Of course, having a car can be the most economical and convenient way to make the most of your trip.
When to Go - The best time to visit Orlando is from March to May or during Spring. The weather is superb and theme parks won’t be as packed. Plus several noteworthy events take place during this season.
Orlando is a city where families come together to soak up the Sunshine State’s weather and create memories at some of the world’s most-loved theme parks. Take a look at our travel guide and see that it’s no mystery why Orlando is the leading travel destination in the US.
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Shopping: Discover what some know already- that Orlando is secretly a shopper's paradise. From some of the top department stores including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales to one of the largest outlet locations in the Southeast, Orlando shopping has something for wallets of every size. Visitors looking for unique boutiques can stroll and shop downtown Orlando and Winter Park for hard-to-find clothing labels, home décor and antiques.
Attractions: When it comes to filling up your vacation itinerary, Orlando offers no shortage of things to do. Take advantage of experiences that are uniquely Orlando, like flying through a swamp on an airboat or getting up close with wildlife at Gatorland or SeaWorld's Discovery Cove. Sports lovers can cheer on the Magic NBA basketball team at the new Amway Center or take a ride on one of multiple zip-lines in the area. And the fun doesn't stop when the sun goes down: check out a show at Cirque de Soleil, Blue Man Group or one of Orlando's many dinner theaters for an entertaining nightcap.
Recreation & Outdoors: While Orlando may be best known for its world-class theme parks, the city is chock full of unique outdoor and sporting activities for adventure seekers. Where else can visitors fly in an open-cockpit 1930s' biplane or ride an airboat through a swampy wilderness? Those seeking a more laid-back experience can opt for a stroll through one of many gardens and parks or an early morning hot air balloon ride over the Central Florida treetops. Throw in more than 150 golf courses, numerous tennis facilities and hundreds of lakes for fishing and boating, and Orlando is a sportsman's paradise.
Orlando Florida is famous for being the Theme Park Capital of America, a title that is well-deserved. Orlando and the surrounding areas have major international parks, smaller attractions, and an incredible family-entertainment orientation. Orlando is the place every "kid" dreams of visiting, and it has something for everyone in the family to enjoy.
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