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Why Go To The Orlando Area

There's no other city in the United States – the world, even – that celebrates the spirit of childhood quite like Orlando, Florida. The feeling that you get when you catch the light off Epcot Center's Spaceship Earth (found in Walt Disney World Resort, of course); or from your first sip of Butterbeer in Hogsmeade (located inside Universal Orlando Resort); or when you witness the soaring heights of Shamu's aerobatics (during the "One Ocean" water show at SeaWorld Orlando) – all prove that being a kid is about your state of mind, not age. The notion that only young ones will enjoy this city's charms is just that – a notion. In reality, Orlando has a little of this and a little of that to appeal to all ages, and there's more to do here than visit theme parks. The subtropical climate is great for golfing and the downtown city landscape is too attractive not to explore.

Rankings

The U.S. News & World Report travel rankings are based on analysis of expert and user opinions.

The Orlando Area is ranked as:

  • #1 in Best Winter Family Vacations

  • #1 in Best Family Vacations in the USA

  • #3 in Best Places to Visit in Florida

  • #7 in Best Family Spring Break Destinations

  • #9 in Best Cheap Winter Vacations

Best Things To Do In The Orlando Area

Orlando is the sum of its parts, or rather, parks. Most associate the city with one in particular; Walt Disney World, but this mega-resort is actually located approximately 16 miles away in Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, Florida. If you have several days to devote to Mickey and Minnie, definitely stop by. But don't rule out the city's many other kid-friendly sites. There's SeaWorld Orlando and its sister properties Aquatica Orlando and Discovery Cove, plus Universal Orlando Resort, which houses its star attraction, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Need a break from the kid stuff? Then browse the shops at The Mall at Millenia, play a round of golf or swing by the Harry P. Leu Gardens for a breath of fresh air.

Orlando Area Travel Tips

  • You'll need a water bottle - You'd be surprised to learn how many people walk around all day in Orlando's parks without stopping to hydrate. Remember to drink plenty of water, and while you're at it, regularly apply sunscreen. 

  • You'll need a rental car - That is, unless you brought your own set of wheels to explore Orlando. The city's top things to do are spread out, so walking isn't an option and taking a taxi everywhere quickly adds up. 

  • You'll need an umbrella or rain poncho - This is Florida after all, and a midday shower is a pretty common occurrence. 

  • Visit in the fall - It almost goes without saying that Orlando and Walt Disney World are the busiest during school recesses, so consider pulling your kids out of classes at the start of the school year to score lower rates.

  • Bundle your fun - If you're planning to spend a few days at Walt Disney World, remember that some of the resort's bundle deals include admission to one or several parks and meal plans. 

*SOURCE: Information From This Page Can Be Found at U.S. News & World Report