Given current events, a trip to Orlando might be many months away, but if you are making plans to visit soon, the number of things to see and do can be daunting. Orlando has a wide variety of attractions and must-see spots, so you will want to take some time to create a plan for what to do while you’re there.
Orlando is home to many theme parks, particularly those at the Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Studios. These parks have many fun things to do for both kids and adults alike, so you will want to consider one or both, even if you are traveling without children. You will want to plan for at least four days at Disney and two days for Universal. Are you a superfan of Star Wars or Harry Potter? If so, you’d better add an extra day to each.
Other Things to Do
If you’re into science, Orlando has the Kennedy Space Center and the iFly indoor skydiving. There’s also performances by Cirque du Soleil and the Blue Man Group and museums on everything from the Titanic to the history of chocolate.
Orlando is a great place to experience the outdoors. You can enjoy the water by swimming with dolphins, taking an airboat ride through the Everglades, or manning a paddleboard on the crystal clear waters at Wekiva Island. There are even horseback riding trails and a safari. While there no beaches in Orlando, if you want to add some beach time to your trip, the white sands of Cocoa Beach are only 45 minutes away.
If you enjoy shopping, Orlando has a large outlet mall with many popular stores. Disney Springs also has a variety of unique stores, great dining, and a fun atmosphere. You can easily spend an entire day there.
Where to Stay in Orlando
With so much to do in Orlando, you’ll likely want to stay two weeks or more. You may want to consider a rental, as these can be more affordable than many hotels and can offer some of the comforts of home. If you wish to reserve a vacation rental for your trip, consider reaching out to Orlando property management companies about short-term options. If no options are available, turn to Airbnb and similar services.
Other Tips for visiting Orlando
The Florida sun can be brutal. Make sure to pack sunscreen, even if you aren’t traveling in spring or summer. If you are traveling during summer, pack lightweight clothes. The humidity in Florida is intense.
Florida is known for its beautiful highways. These are made possible through tolls requiring drivers to pay to pass onto the next section of road. If driving, remember to bring lots of cash and coin.
While Florida typically has gorgeous, sunny weather, if you are visiting in summer, you can expect frequent afternoon showers. These massive storms appear out of nowhere but usually vanish within the hour. While the threat of rainstorms shouldn’t derail your plans too much, you do want to consider the weather while creating your itinerary.
Orland is a large city with a lot of traffic. Don’t expect to hop around from one place to the other without a bit of a drive. Even driving from one Disney park to another can take up to 30 minutes. Try to plan your days strategically so that you are staying in one area.
Photo Credit: All images used via Flickr’s Creative Commons Licensing. (1) Wizarding World of Harry Potter by Kayla Kandzorra; (2) Big Everglades Alligator by Outward_Bound; (3) Lake Eaola Condos by Matthew Paulson; (4) Mel’s Drive In by Thomas Hawk