City Spotlight: Orlando, FL

In general, Florida is a great state to visit at almost any time of year. In the winter, if you’re from the North or Midwest, it can be a great escape from the cold and snow. During the summer, specifically in certain areas, it may be hotter and more humid but for the majority it’s pleasant to visit. When families think about taking a vacation, they often think about Orlando for the amusement parks or somewhere close to the beach.

Orlando has a lot to offer other than just amusement parks, though they are still worthy to showcase below. When planning your next visit to Orlando, consider doing some or all of these activities! No matter what your age, you’ll have a blast spending time exploring the area.

  1. Amusement parks – There are plenty of amusement parks throughout Orlando. If you’re more into the classic Disney World Park, you could easily spend a week exploring all the different sections the park has to offer. If you want to get into the more modern rides based around hit TV shows and movies, Universal Studios may be the perfect place to spend your time.
    1. Disney World – If you’re able to, taking your family to Disney World at least once in their lifetime is a magical experience. Seeing their faces light up as they meet iconic characters from movies and shows they’ve watched growing up will be one of the highlights of the trip.
    2. Universal Studios – If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, chances are you have a desire to check out the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at some point in your life. The park, located inside Universal Studios, will leave you feeling as though you spent the day at Hogwarts. Fans of movies and TV shows will enjoy going on rides based on their favorite flicks, too!
  2. Discovery Cove Orlando – If you’re in Orlando on a hot day, consider checking out Discovery Cove. Chances are, you’ll get wet from the hands on experiences offered. Swim with the dolphins and learn about the animals and creatures that live underneath the water! Your kids will light up getting to spend time in the water and it will not only be a fun experience, but an educational one as well.
  3. Lake Eola Park – Check out the Lake Eola fountain located inside the park and if you have some time, rent a paddle-boat and spend some time on the water! If you’re there on the weekend the park has plenty of activities for you and your family to choose from.
  4. The Orlando Eye – If you want to experience Orlando from a different perspective, check out the Orlando Eye. At 400 feet tall, this observation structure will give those on it breathtaking views of lakes, theme parks and the skyline. Consider going close to sunset and don’t forget to bring your camera to capture some amazing scenery! You can purchase tickets on their website, and current operating tours are Mon-Thur 12PM-10PM, Fri 12PM-12AM, Sat 10AM-12AM and Sun10AM-10PM
  5. Sea World – Similar to Discovery Cove, Sea World is a great place to visit if you have a love for animals. There are plenty of rides, shows and exhibits to experience in the park! The park is interactive at certain parts and your kids will have a blast feeding the dolphins and other animals.

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