Orlando was the tourist destination of a record-breaking 66 million travelers in 2015, according to George Aguel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Visit Orlando. Setting another record, over 33 million hotel rooms were sold, so it is easy to see why Orlando became the top U. S. Destination in 2014. (Orlando Sentinel on May 2, 2016).
Orlando, also known as the City of Beautiful, is one of the best vacation destinations for families because of the myriad of unique activities that will suit everyone’s interest. Orlando is conveniently located in Central Florida. The Orlando International Airport, Tampa International Airport, and Port Canaveral make it easy for travelers from abroad or other parts of the United States to reach any part of Orlando. As one of Florida’s most populated cities, Orlando enjoys exceptional increases in property values, and thanks to its convenient location, demand for housing has made it a very healthy real estate market. According to Orlando Sentinel, May 2, 2016, the city anticipates building more hotels, which will increase the number of hotel rooms in Orlando by 3% in the next two years.
The world-famous Walt Disney World Resort boasts four theme parks that the whole family will enjoy- Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. Disney also has two Water Parks -Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Disney Springs and Disney Boardwalk provide great shopping and nightlife.
Other attraction in Orlando include: Universal Studios, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Cirque du Soleil, WonderWork amusement park, Wet ‘n Wild waterpark, Harry Leu Gardens, Madame Tussauds wax museum, plus various festivals, cultural events and parades. SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium has a 360-degree underwater tunnel that allows visitors to encounter with sharks and thousands of other aquatic life.
SeaWorld, famous for its aquatic animal shows and exhibits, also has two sister parks – Discovery Cove, where you can swim with dolphins and visit exotic birds, and Aquatica, which is a waterpark packed with fun.
The Orlando Eye is a giant, 400-foot- tall observation Ferries wheel with fully-enclosed, air-conditioned, glass capsules, provides a panoramic view of Central Florida.
The county’s Convention Center is currently the primary public convention center for the central Florida region, and the second largest convention center in the United States with 200 events, one-million attendees, and $1.9 billion in economic impact.
Less than an hour’s drive from Orlando is the Kennedy Space Center, where visitors can explore the complex, exhibitions, see the Atlantis Space Shuttle and rockets, watch videos and 3D IMAX movies. With careful timing, visitors can even watch a real space shuttle launch.
About 60 miles northeast of Orlando is Daytona, home of the world-famous Daytona International Speedway, best known for the Daytona 500. Daytona will also excite any beach lover with its Atlantic coast beaches. Southeast of Orlando is Port Canaveral, the destination of many large cruise ships.
Those who like canoeing, fishing, camping, or being out in nature cannot find a better place than Orlando. In addition to the Atlantic coast within an hour’s drive to the east, is the Gulf of Mexico to the west. The Gulf has gorgeous white sand beaches, including America’s best beaches – Clearwater Beach. Central Florida also has many waterways and natural preserves, which are great for nature lover and explorer alike.
West of Orlando is Legoland, - Florida Resort Theme Park and Florida Water Park- with attractions, rides, and shows! Visitors can meet characters from The Lego movie, build, slide, visit scenes from Star Wars, explore America’s recreated mini cities etc. in Winter Haven, Florida.
Orlando is a top golf destination in the Sunshine State, and as such is heaven for golf lovers. Orlando is a golf paradise for every age offering from mini courses, like Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf to golf colleges, PGA Tours and PGA Merchandise Show. Those who reside or vacation in certain neighbourhoods can just walk out to18-hole golf courses for tee times. ChampionsGate is one such area and it features two courses designed by Greg Norman which utilize elevation changes, natural landscape, spring fed lakes, and white sand bunkers.
From its convenient location to great attractions to luxurious housing, Orlando offers just about everything one could wish for!