Orlando is the number one tourist destination in the world today with current figures estimating that over 45 million tourists visit every year.
There are hundreds of attractions and places of interest to visit ranging from the high-octane rides found at the theme parks to the peace and tranquility of an afternoon on the beach, it can all be found in or around the Orlando area.
Many of the better-known attractions and theme parks are located to the south of Orlando. They include Universal Studios, Sea World, Island of Adventure, Discovery Cove, Wet N Wild and of course the Walt Disney World Complex with its four parks (the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios), three water parks (Blizzard beach, Typhoon lagoon and River country) and Disney spring (Downtown).
Also in the area is International drive, which is home to over 150 restaurants and an abundance of attractions including Wonderworks, Ripley’s believe it or not and Pirates Dinner Adventure.
A little further a field to the North East on the Atlantic coast you’ll find miles of glorious golden beaches at Daytona and Cocoa, as well as the Daytona International speedway where many of high profile races are held including NASCAR, and you may even be lucky enough to experience a shuttle taking off from the Kennedy Space Center.
An hours drive to the west of Orlando will bring you to the Gulf coast and the fantastic Busch Gardens theme park in Tampa. If you continue further down the Gulf coast you will pass through a number of picturesque towns such as Clearwater, St Petersburg, Fort Myers, Naples and Marco Island, all of which have beautiful beaches and are well worth a visit. Special mention must go to the white sand beaches at St Petersburg and Clearwater that were ranked number one and four respectively in a recent national survey.
A lot of tourists come to Orlando to experience the theme parks and sit around the pool, but there is so much more on offer. You can take a helicopter or balloon ride, ride an airboat through the swamps, have a picnic or try out some water sports in one of the many state parks, go horse riding, visit the museums, catch a game at one of the many pro sports teams in the area, or even go swimming with the dolphins at the excellent Discovery Cove.
No matter how many times you visit or how long you stay there is always something new and exciting to experience.
After the theme parks the second biggest lure Orlando has for many is its rich Golfing environment.
With its good all year round weather and a huge choice of full size courses (upwards of 125 courses with-in an hours drive of the theme parks) the majority of which are open to the public, Orlando is literally a Golfers paradise.
The nightlife in Orlando offers many different options.
There are hundreds of well-priced restaurants serving dishes from all around the world to be found and many locations have live music so you can dance the night away.
Especially popular are the varies dinner shows such as Medieval Times and Pirates Dinner Party, which mix a full three or four course meals with a live action show, a sure winner for all the family.
Disney Spring (Down town Disney) is a fun place to visit at night. It is made up of West Side and the Marketplace, and features a number of attractions, shops, live entertainment, restaurants and a number of clubs.
Also there is Universals City Walk and Old Town, both of which offer similar amenities to Down town Disney and are well worth a visit.
Finally, you cant talk about Orlando with out mentioning the 52 million square feet of retail space!! Home to a large number of malls and retail outlets including Mall at Millenia, Osceola Square Mall, Belz Factory Outlet, Belz Designer Outlet Center, Downtown Disney Marketplace, Church Street Exchange, Market Street at Celebration, West Oaks Mall and Orlando Fashion Square Mall, you truly can shop till you drop in Orlando!
Disney Spring (Downtown Disney)
Disney Spring (Downtown Disney) is adjacent to Pleasure Island and is alive with restaurants, music, fun attractions and unique shops! Featuring the Disney Spring Marketplace which is home to the largest Disney character store in the world, and Disney Spring West Side which is where you will find the superb Cirque du Soleil and Disney Quest.
Universal City Walk is one of Orlando’s hottest spots for dining and entertainment. It’s a 30-acre entertainment complex where you can experience the best of the best in live music, casual and fine dining, dancing, shopping, movies, and more. Offering everything from a night of family fun to a great place to hang out with friends to romantic fun for couples.
Step into an evening of extravagant amusement and exceptional dining with Treasure Tavern. Meet Madame Gretta the tavern’s outlandish maven who escorts guests through a two hour show filled with excitement, fun and a three course dinner and find out why travelers, adventurers and explorers call this tavern the best place for entertainment, dining and rum! Treasure Tavern is an unrivaled one-of-a-kind dining experience! Cirque, burlesque, comedy magic, live music and delicious food come together for a night like no other. To create this exciting and edgy experience, we’ve brought together world-class chefs, hot bartenders, beautiful dancers and amazing performers from across the globe, providing adults a captivating and tantalizing getaway from the ordinary..
Enjoy a Medieval feast while taking in the show featuring jousting and sword play.
Pirates Dinner Adventure
Enjoy a evening of swashbuckling, side splitting, musical adventure. Lots of audience participation and the foods not bad either PiratesDinnerAdventure.com
Capones Dinner Show
Capone’s is a unique experience starting from the moment you give your secret password to enter the dinner theater. You will be escorted to your table by our mobsters, dames and characters from our show. This interaction is part of a cherished memory for so many of our guests. We feature restaurant quality food and rate high among Orlando restaurants. Children of all ages will enjoy the family show! You will then be treated to our buffet which includes American favorites and Italian cuisine. Guest and professional reviews have rated our food very good, delicious and restaurant quality.An Incredible selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are also included.
Titanic Dinner Event
An interactive, theatrical and historical dining experience right here in Orlando. Be a part of the splendor and surprises at one of the most famous dinner parties in history. Titanic’s Legendary Captain EJ Smith is retiring and you’re invited to experience “A Night to Remember.”
Come meet Molly Brown, Thomas Andrews, Captain Smith and other Titanic notables as we celebrate the most famous ship to ever have been built. Experience fine dining, see the Grand Staircase, watch on the bridge as Captain Smith and the officers encounter J. Bruce Ismay. Entertaining and educational a night that you will never forget.
Each table is in the “front row” as the entire cast walks freely throughout the room during the entire show. The cast will also come to each table, answer questions and give you more insight to the mood of an era and of that fateful night.
Florida has more full size golf courses than any other state in the US, with currant figures showing in excess of 1200. In Orlando alone there are upwards of 125 courses within an hour drive of the theme parks.
The ideal year round weather brings Golfers flocking from both around the US and further a field, including some of the biggest names in the pro game.
Many of the courses have been designed by the biggest names in golf architecture and regularly feature in the top positions of national surveys.
ChampionsGate Golf Resort
Headquarters of the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, features two distinctive 18-hole championship layouts by Greg Norman with driving range and practice green.
Celebration Golf Club
Designed by Robert Trent Jones (both Sr. & Jr.), this course offers 18 holes, a driving range, and a junior course.
Cypress Creek Country Club
Offers 18 holes designed by Lloyd Clifton and a driving range.
Deer Island Club
Features 18 holes designed by Joe Lee and a driving range.
Eastwood Country Club
18 holes and a driving range.
Falcon’s Fire Golf Club
Designed by Rees Jones with 18 holes and a driving range.
Forest Lakes Golf Club
With 18 holes designed by Clifton, Ezell, & Clifton and a driving range.
Orlando Premium Outlets Enjoy savings of 25% to 65% every day on the world’s finest designer labels and leading brands at two convenient locations Orlando Premium Outlets – Vineland Ave with 150 stores Orlando Premium Outlets – international Drive with 180 stores
Florida Mall More than 250 specialty stores provide an unparalleled shopping experience
Mall at Millenia Experience the epitome of upscale shopping with anchors Neiman Marcus , Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s and international stores like Cartier , Gucci ,Chanel , Burberry , Tiffany &Co and more ..
Lake Buena Vista Factory Enjoy shopping at one of Orlando’s favorite outlet shopping centers favorites include Old Navy Eddie Bauer Outlet, Nike Factory Store ,Liz Caliborne Outlet and many more…
192 flea market Come visit the flea market for more than 400 dealer booths all under one roof where shoppers can engoy savings between 45-75% every single day.