Orlando

United States of America

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A thriving city offering visitors so much to see and do, Orlando has long been a popular destination for families. With its famous theme parks, its beautiful golf courses and its space and science centres all located beneath the golden Florida sun, it’s not hard to see why.

Attracting the young and the young at heart, Orlando is of course home of the Walt Disney World Resort®, one of America’s most popular and best loved spots for holidaymakers. Spreading across an area of over of 120 million square metres, the resort encompasses four theme parks, two water parks and over 20 different hotels. Head for the Magic Kingdom® inside the resort where you can lose yourself in the wonder of Disney and even pay a visit to the park’s life-size version of Cinderella’s castle. Or you can head to Epcot® where you can discover the most cutting-edge inventions and explore what tomorrow’s world might look like.

A short drive east of Orlando, you’ll find SeaWorld and Aquatica, where you can spend some time getting really close to the sea creatures and play around in the water. Get cosy with Florida’s swamp life with a trip to the nearby Gatorland.

Another famous destination popular with visitors to the city is the Kennedy Space Center. See the site from which the first moon landing missions took off. You can even climb aboard a shuttle cabin and get a feel for what it’s like to lift off into outer space at the Space Shuttle Launch Experience.

Close to the city’s downtown district, you’ll find the Orlando Science Center, another destination popular with family visitors. From dinosaurs and local wildlife through to the technology that makes all your electrics work, you’re head with be bursting with knowledge by the time you leave.

If all that discovery and exploration gets a bit too much, pay a visit to the Harry P. Leu Gardens with its 200,000 square metres of greenery offering serene, shaded spots where you can escape the humid summer temperatures. It’s a perfect place to stop off and enjoy the spectacle of Orlando’s afternoon thunderstorms, from a safe, dry spot.

Known for

Shopping, Theme Parks and Live Music

Top hotels in Orlando

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
6550 Adventure Way, Orlando, FL
NZ$262/night
17 Sep. - 18 Sep.
4.5/5Wonderful! (9,372 reviews)

This family-friendly Orlando resort is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Universal Studios Florida™ and Universal CityWalk™. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (9,372 reviews)

"Fabulous family suite and lovely helpful staff. Great location. Shuttle buses very frequent."…"

Reviewed on 21 Aug. 2019

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
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Red Lion Hotel Orlando Kissimmee Maingate
3 out of 5
7300 W Irlo Bronson Hwy, Kissimmee, FL
NZ$88/night
3 Sep. - 4 Sep.
3.8/5Good! (6,760 reviews)

This family-friendly hotel is in the center of Kissimmee, within 6 mi (10 km) of ESPN Wide World of Sports, Disney's Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course, ...

3.8/5Good! (6,760 reviews)

"Good size room. Comfy bed. Furniture a bit dated."…"

Reviewed on 22 Aug. 2019

Red Lion Hotel Orlando Kissimmee Maingate
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The Point Hotel & Suites
3.5 out of 5
7389 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL
NZ$127/night
17 Sep. - 18 Sep.
4.4/5Wonderful! (8,247 reviews)

This family-friendly Orlando hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Universal Studios Florida™ and Orange County Convention Center. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (8,247 reviews)

"I love to go back anytime i visit the Orlando Florida. This Resort was very clean and exactly like the pictures"…"

Reviewed on 22 Aug. 2019

The Point Hotel & Suites

Popular activities in Orlando

SeaWorld® Orlando
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SeaWorld® Orlando

An aquatic theme park where you can get to know dolphins, walruses and stingrays, board the family friendly rides, and learn about life in the deep.

Universal Studios Florida™
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Universal Studios Florida™

An attraction popular with visitors from around the world, where you can wander through film sets and enjoy the thrills and spills of the rides.

Walt Disney World® area
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Walt Disney World® area

A huge fantasy resort where you can enjoy all the thrills and spills of the theme park, stay in fun-themed hotels and enjoy world-class entertainment.

Magic Kingdom® Park
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Magic Kingdom® Park

A fairy-tale theme park where all your childhood fantasies come true, whether you’re young or simply young at heart.

Orange County Convention Center
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Orange County Convention Center

Florida's principal convention center is a large and stunning glass and metal building that hosts national and international trade shows and public events.

Florida Mall
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Florida Mall

Embark on a shopping expedition at this large luxury mall. In between bargain hunting, enjoy fine dining in one of the restaurants. 

Top activities in Orlando

Walt Disney World® Resort Magic Your Way Ticket
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Walt Disney World® Resort Magic Your Way Ticket

NZ$532

4 Theme Parks. 2 Water Parks. 1 World. Now, more than ever – experience all four Walt Disney World® Theme Parks and two Water Parks admission with the Summer One World Ticket.

LEGOLAND® Florida Tickets
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LEGOLAND® Florida Tickets

NZ$109

Immerse yourself in the playful and imaginative world of LEGO® at LEGOLAND® Florida. Dedicated to entertaining families with children between the ages of 2 and 12, this highly interactive theme park features more than 50 rides, shows, and attractions all geared towards the LEGO builder in you.

Gatorland Admission
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Gatorland Admission

NZ$42

Spend the day exploring Gatorland, the 110-acre (45-ha) Alligator Capital of the World. Enjoy up-close encounters with exotic animals, and climb a 3-story observation tower to watch more than 200 alligators in action.

Mango's Tropical Cafe - Dinner & Show
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Mango's Tropical Cafe - Dinner & Show

NZ$76

Experience authentic flavor, dynamic performances and mucho mas at Orlando’s hottest destination in nightlife and entertainment Mango’s Tropical Café! Your most unforgettable night awaits you at the largest and most exciting restaurant, banquet facility and nightclub in the Southeast and International Drive’s newest, award-winning dining, entertainment and dance club with live entertainment nightly.

Discovery Cove® Resort Packages
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Discovery Cove® Resort Packages

NZ$299

Snorkel, swim, and relax in a tropical oasis filled with marine life at Discovery Cove®. Everything from snorkel gear and wetsuits to unlimited snacks and drinks is taken care of—all you have to do is throw on your swimsuit and decide what you want to do.

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
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Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

NZ$105

Hear ye, hear ye! Make haste to the castle to indulge in a night of feasting, combat, and revelry. The knights and horses of Medieval Times are here to thrill you with acts of showmanship and bravery reminiscent of legends of old, while you dine on a 4-course meal worthy of a royal table.

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