All-in-one Orlando

Orlando has been a regular favourite for Britons for years, and for good reason. Sun, shopping, adventure and relaxation – Orlando, Florida is an all-in-one kind of destination.

It’s no surprise that it’s such a popular destination. Orlando offers something for the young, the old and due to the warm weather, you’re almost guaranteed sunshine to do it in. Regular and affordable flights are in abundance and we were able to get a great deal for flights to Orlando, thanks to its consistent popularity.

Theme Parks

My first thought was a stereotypical one: Disney World is in Orlando and that’s why everyone goes there. In fact, I was wrong. The theme park is a huge pull for the state but it isn’t the only reason to visit.

Also, most of the visitors stay in the vicinity of the park, which isn’t as central as I originally thought. The theme park is actually near Lake Buena Vista. It’s a must-see for families and the young at heart, Orlando has. But none of the theme parks are in town. Universal Studios, Sea Wold, Gatorland and Ripley’s Believe-it-or-not are all outside of Orlando. They’re all accessible and all worth a visit, but if you’re not up for it there’s a range of other activities for the 52 million tourists that visit annually.

Golf

I was surprised at just how many golf bags came off the plane. Yours will be well looked after, Orlando knows how to welcome golfers. Hire a house and a van and pack your friends and clubs in the back and hit one of the many golf courses. There is something for every handicap and the fantastic climate is a golfer’s best friend. From stunning private resorts like Ginn Reunion Golf Resort – designed by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson, to the infamous Grand Cyress Resort, you could golf for days.

Shops

The Florida Mall is the largest in the state and it has everything you can imagine. The Mall at Millenia is Orlando’s most upscale and beautiful mall. It’s part of a new area that is seeing development and is worth a visit.

Parks

Everything grows in Orlando so it’s very green and there’s lots of nature around every corner. Be sure to spend time at Lake Eola Park, located at the centre of the city. Enjoy the music and drama in the amphitheatre or the farmers market on Sundays. It’s one of the best spots to view the city. Take a dip in the free-flowing natural spring At Kelly Park, Rock Springs or visit the University of Central Florida Arboretum. Both have no admission fee and both are a relaxing day morning or afternoon out.

And being America – the ultimate social meeting place – you’ll find every culture under the sun. And boy is there lots of sun. We had a wonderful time meeting new people, visiting more of the other attractions outside of the theme parks and we’ll certainly be back.

Next time with golf clubs.

Indoor Activities in Orlando

There is an abundance of outdoor activities to enjoy in Orlando, but sometimes you just want to escape indoors to avoid the blistering sun or the occasional rainy day. Luckily there are plenty of fabulous indoor activities to enjoy in Orlando, so you’re bound to find one that suits you and your family. If you’re visiting Orlando this year, cheapflights.co.uk can help you get to Orlando for less, to ensure you have more money to spend whilst you’re away.

DisneyQuest

Interactive Fun
DisneyQuest is a fantastic indoor interactive theme park to take the kids. With over five floors of Disney fun there is something for everyone to enjoy. Located near to the main attractions at the Walt Disney World Resort, kids can enjoy virtual reality rides, arcade games (old and new) and even laser tag. So if you are unlucky enough to experience a rainy day in Orlando, fear not: your kids can still be entertained all day long. There is also a restaurant here, so can you sit down and chill out while your kids are thoroughly entertained.

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Educational Enjoyment
Visit the Orlando Science Center for an educational excursion. You will not only have a fabulous time making marvellous memories, but you are guaranteed to learn something new and exciting. With interactive exhibitions on nature, technology and astronomy, your children will be educated and entertained in equal measure. This centre also features an amazing planetarium, offering some magnificent shows. The Orlando Science Center is open seven days a week and you’ll often find special workshops and classes available for kids.

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WonderWorks
You will find the magical, enjoyable world of WonderWorks near Universal Studios. This massive, colonial-style building is built upside down! Bizarre, but fantastic fun. Described as a theme park for your mind, this attraction features simulators that enable you to learn how to fly a space shuttle. Spend your afternoon playing laser tag in the large arena that is situated here. WonderWorks is home to the ‘Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show’, which is a great place to laugh and be entertained together as a family.

RDV-Sportsplex

Sports
If you want to get out of the sun for a while, then why not visit RDV Sportsplex and enjoy some exercise? Here you will find the Ice Den, where the public can experience ice skating seven days a week. From beginner to pro you can slip on your skates and have fun on the ice. This is a great activity that the whole family can enjoy together. Isn’t that what family holidays are all about?

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Experience Shopping at Its Best
Florida Mall may just provide the best shopping experience of your life. It is one of largest shopping malls in Florida, featuring over 250 shops to browse. You will find everything from high-end fashion straight off the catwalk to gift shops and charming boutiques. Come away looking fantastic in your new outfit or treat your loved ones to the best holiday gifts they might ever have.

So, if you’re unfortunate enough to experience a rainy day in Orlando, or you just want to get out of the sun for a while, there are plenty of indoor activities to enjoy.