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Orlando Area (Florida) Hotels and Apartments
Orlando Area (Florida) Overview
Accommodation in Orlando
Orlando is located in the heart of the peninsular state of Florida, United States. With over a 100 lakes, the city has both a beach like setting as well as a highly developed urban city and a business hub. Walt Disney breathed new life to the city of Orlando with Walt Disney World in the 1970s and nothing was same since then. In no time Orlando became a major tourist attraction and families started to pour in for their retreat with kids. Thanks to cheap flights and hotels in Orlando, the city has developed a lot over the decades and offers everything from family friendly resorts to sophisticated hotels and budget apartments to romantic getaways to its millions of tourists each year.
Also known as the “Theme Park Capital of the World”, Orlando is the fourth largest city of the US state of Florida. This island city is one of the most visited destinations of the US since 80’s, thanks to the magnificent theme parks. Lake Apopka guards the city on the west while the city of Kissimmee lies to its south. The city has many beach parks that offer best of both worlds- land and water, in the heart of nature as well as the city. The calm and serene neighbourhoods like Lake Butler, Casselberry, Vista east, Southeast Orlando, etc. embedded with over a 100 lakes are lined with hotels and apartments. So finding accommodation in Orlando is no big deal.
Where to Stay on your Orlando Holiday
When to comes to finding cheap hotels in Orlando, you will be spoilt for choices. Almost all the neibourhoods in Orlando have accommodations of all types. Whether you are looking for a fairytale cottage style apartment then you can easily find one in Hunter’s creek and near Pine Hills. Vista east and Millenia, Sky Lake are all ideal choices if you are looking for lavish hotels in Orlando. Solo travellers will be surprised by the varied options Orlando has for them. You can choose between an accommodation in the heart of the city, surrounded by restaurants and bars and shopping centres and a tranquil place in the outskirt surrounded by lush greenery and lake. Likewise, you can also choose between lake view and city view while searching for accommodation in Orlando.
Things to See and Do in Orlando
Orlando, home to Disney, Universal and Harry Potter studios, is a children’s paradise offering them extreme level of fun and adventure. These world famous theme parks attract loads of families with kids to Orlando each year. Seaworld, Discovery Cove, Magic Kingdom, LEGOland, are some other well-known amazing theme parks. At Orlando some wild fun awaits you at the Wild Fun Airboats and Gator Park, Crayola experience, Lockbuster Escape Game, Orlando Aaquarium, swamp tours and kayaking. If outdoor sports recreation thrills you then you must play a round of tennis at the USTA National Campus which is world’s largest tennis facilities, also bowling, soccer, golfing, marathons, and much more. Nature lovers always go for Ecotour of Orlando, and also visit sculpture garden, Wild Florida, nature trails and parks, hiking on wildlife trails, etc. Universal Studios Citywalk, Icebar, casino cruises, ballets and plays, Magic dinner shows, Kennedy Space centre, Orlando Museum of art, are some unique charm that this city offers which you can’t miss on your next Orlando holiday.
Nightlife in Orlando
With dance clubs, pubs, cigar lounge, comedy clubs and live music and entertainment, Orlando nightlife is very attractive and happening. Cowboys, Blue Martin, the Lodge, Backbooth, Independent bar, Eve, Body Talk Party, are some of the hot party clubs in Orlando where you can find young crowd in full spirits. You certainly can’t miss the Icebar built with 70 tons of hand carved ice. Those on a family holiday can also enjoy the evening entertainment and dinner shows at one of the Orlando hotels. Orlando also hosts some major music events that invites music lovers from all over the world to celebrate the live music and DJ nights.
What and where to eat in Orlando
Orlando is a mixing bowl of different cuisines, as you will find various cuisines of the world here- Japanese, English, American, Indian, Southern, Italian, and much more. While most of the Orlando hotels offer kids menu, you can still find local eateries if you are looking for more. The standalone local restaurants offer delicious American and English cuisine. Whether you are a sophisticated fine dining person or like casual dining and soul food, Orlando has everything to satiate your taste buds. The varied dining options from Morimoto’s Asian cuisine to dining at one of the theme parks, offer a delighting culinary adventure. Most of the hotels in Orlando have a restaurant onsite offering buffets and a la carte options so you won’t have to go out just for eating.
Shopping in Orlando
Orlando is a true shopper’s paradise as you can get all the latest trends - clothes to handbags and music to souvenirs. Some malls like the Mall at the Millenia, The Florida Mall are packed with top departmental stores selling hottest fashion in town. Tugboat and the Bird, Orlando Vineland Premium outlets, are ideal for family shopping while Lake Buena Vista Factory stores and Best Buy are good for great stuff and cheap prices. Almost all the hotels in Orlando have a shopping mart or a mall nearby so you don’t have to worry about your daily needs as well.
Interesting facts about Orlando
We all know that Orlando has plenty of lakes but little do we know that these lakes are actually giant sinkholes. Lake Eola is the deepest of those sinkholes - 80 feet deep and has over 50 swans of five different breeds. The tallest building in Orlando is the SunTrust Center at 441 feet. The City of Orlando has its own public skate park. Before being known by its current name, Orlando was called Jernigan after the first permanent settler in the area. The City of Orlando has had various nicknames throughout its history, including City Phenomenal and City of Light. Orlando is currently known as The City Beautiful. There are over 100 notable individuals buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, which offers free moonlight walking tours through the 100-acre cemetery.
Fast Facts about Orlando
Nearest airport: Orlando International Airport (MCO)
Flight time from Dublin to Orlando International Airport: 9 hours 45 min
Language: American English, Spanish
Currency: American Dollars