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.

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Shopping, Theme Parks and Live Music

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Top hotels in Orlando

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Grand Orlando Resort at Celebration
The Grand Orlando Resort at Celebration
3.5 out of 5
2900 Parkway Blvd, Kissimmee, FL
NZ$85
per night
27 Oct. - 28 Oct.

This family-friendly Kissimmee resort is located in the suburbs, within 2 mi (3 km) of Old Town, Fun Spot America and Celebration Golf Club. ESPN Wide World ...

3.5/5Good! (8,811 reviews)

"The staff was amazing. Everyone was so pleasant. Beautiful outside areas and pools. The inside of the hotel is in definite need of updating. The hallway rugs smell musty. The bath tub faucet was broken. But it was still a nice place to stay."…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2019

The Grand Orlando Resort at Celebration
Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
6550 Adventure Way, Orlando, FL
NZ$297
per night
5 Nov. - 6 Nov.

This family-friendly Orlando resort is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Universal CityWalk™, Universal Studios Florida™ and Hollywood ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (9,767 reviews)

"Gorgeous and great shuttle tp park. Great pools although slide closed. TERRIBLE food at the main dining area — tasted like dried eggs, overcooked greasy bacon. Just plain lousy."…"

Reviewed on 21 Oct. 2019

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Walt Disney World Dolphin
Walt Disney World Dolphin
4 out of 5
1500 Epcot Resort Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL
NZ$244
per night
24 Oct. - 25 Oct.

Nestled on the beach, this Bay Lake resort is within a 15-minute walk of Disney's Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course and Disney's Boardwalk. Disney's Hollywood ...

4.1/5Very Good! (10,608 reviews)

"Excellent location, beautiful design, immaculate, great restaurants"…"

Reviewed on 21 Oct. 2019

Walt Disney World Dolphin

Popular activities in Orlando

SeaWorld® Orlando
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SeaWorld® Orlando

4.5/5(8 reviews)

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™

4.5/5(37 reviews)

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

4.5/5(38 reviews)

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

4.5/5(39 reviews)

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

4.5/5(3 reviews)

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

4/5(17 reviews)

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$544

Enjoy the freedom to visit between 4 must-see Walt Disney World® Resort Theme Parks. Magic Kingdom® Park Experience the timeless enchantment of fantasy, adventure, and the promise of tomorrow. Epcot® Discover worlds of wonder, the power of imagination and a magnificent showcase of nations.

LEGOLAND® Florida Tickets
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LEGOLAND® Florida Tickets

NZ$131

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$34

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$78

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$305

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$108

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.

Reviews of Orlando

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 45.1219512195122%
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4/5 - Good

Arie

22 Oct. 2019

You need a car(unless your just doing theme parks the whole time. ). Vast distances between shopping and food/restaurants.

4/5 - Good

Ben

8 Oct. 2019

One thing we didn't like was the hotel had smoking areas outside on the main/only walking path to the pool and main lobby. So everytime we had to go to these places(which was often) we had to walk thru secondhand smoke. Very frustrating to say the l

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

5 Oct. 2019

Difficult to get around, shuttles good but easy to miss when only go a specific times.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

2 Oct. 2019

Disney World and Universal Studios make Orlando a must to visit!

3/5 - Okay

Ann

24 Sep. 2019

Be sure to check the scale on maps - things look close, but Orlando is generally very spread out and it is often necessary to drive to places of interest.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

16 Sep. 2019

Too spread out. No public transport. No cover from the sun and rain. Expensive. You need to have uber or lyft to get around which i didnt have. Couldnt shop because i couldnt get around. The airport should at least have some food outlets and shops

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7 of the Best Beaches near Orlando

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