Although everyone automatically thinks of the famous theme parks when they hear the word “Orlando” there is more on offer than you may realize.
Orlando seems to have it all; beautiful weather, a bustling tourism industry and some of the world’s biggest theme parks. There is also plenty to do outside the theme parks, including relaxing family activities and a wealth of art, culture and history to explore. Those used to family holidays in the UK will be blown away with the sheer scale of activity on offer.
The theme parks.
Very few people take a trip to Orlando without visiting one of the world famous theme parks. Walt Disney World Resort is one of the most famous parks on the planet and includes the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney-MGM studios and the Animal Kingdom. The Resort attracts around 17 million visitors a year and can easily take up a whole week of visits. Universal Orlando Resort is another popular theme park, with roller coasters, live concerts and thrilling rides and attractions. SeaWorld provides a wonderland of dazzling shows, ocean animals and rides. Here, it is possible to swim with dolphins, a life-long ambition for many a visitor.
Visiting Orlando need not consist of money-oriented activity every day. There are a number of attractions that cost nothing to visit or participate in. Museums exhibiting varied subjects such as the Holocaust, fine art and jewellery are bountiful. Disney’s Boardwalk comes alive in the evenings, with free street entertainment such as comedians, fire shows and jazz ensembles. Children can let their imaginations runs riot at the free LEGO imagination centre, which allows kids to build their own creations with the brightly coloured bricks.
The great Outdoors.
There is a wealth of activities on offer for those who like to get out and about. Responsible travel holidays need not be solely about worthy causes; it’s possible to keep your carbon footprint low whilst having a good time. Orlando specializes in activities that get you fit, don’t cost the earth and are lots of fun! Horse riding is a wonderful way in which to see the Orlando that is hidden from most visitors. Trails take riders through the beautiful Florida wilderness, taking time out from all the hustle and bustle. Visitors can also take a stroll through one of the many parks and gardens throughout the city and fishing and boating are readily available for those who like relax on the water.
A spa break.
Orlando has a wonderful perspective on the spa experience, providing several spas that offer treatments for children. These spas provide the ideal opportunity to have a little stress relief without needing to find a babysitter for the children. A family pamper session could be just what is need after a week of chasing here, there and everywhere and will calm overexcited children before bed.
No matter what you look for in a holiday, Orlando and Florida can provide the break that you need. From air boating in the Everglades to the full on Disney experience, your family will have the holiday of a lifetime.
Karen Haggerty is a travel writer who specializes in writing about her experiences taking responsible travel holidays. She writes for a number of travel websites and blogs about family holidays in the UK and abroad.