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Things to do in Orlando

The variety of things to do in Orlando is staggering and goes far beyond Orlando’s famous theme parks. And if you thought all the attractions are just for kids, you’re in for a surprise. With shows, parades and night-time firework displays, Orlando caters for all ages too.

There’s a lot more to see in Orlando, once you’ve visited Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando® Resort, SeaWorld and the rest. Swim with dolphins, search for that elusive perfect swing on championship golf courses, or enjoy some retail therapy in the Orlando shopping malls. Or why not hire a car and take a trip out to the sensational Busch Gardens in Tampa or visit the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. With so much to see and do, the only question now is not whether to come to Orlando but for how long.

Top tips for families

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  • Buy your theme park tickets in advance at to save money.
  • Plan your itinerary beforehand to make the best use of your time.
  • Stick to one park per day, don’t try and do too much.
  • Make use of early park entry if staying at a theme park hotel.
Orlando spa holidays

Orlando spa holidays

The Waldorf Astoria Spa by Guerlain is the best in luxury spas. For family-friendly spas visit The Mandara Spa at the Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel, with its dedicated spa for teenagers, and Disney’s Saratoga Springs specialising in children’s facials and nail treatments. Buena Vista Palace features a spa menu at all of the resorts’ restaurants. Or enjoy Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress’ signature treatment – their 70-minute oxygen facial.

Golf holidays in Orlando

Golf holidays in Orlando

Grand Cypress in Lake Buena Vista has four Jack Nicklaus designed courses, providing the ultimate test of accuracy. Disney’s Magnolia golf course is perfect for beginners or high handicap golfers. Orange County National is a great practice facility, with 42 acres to perfect your golfing. Champions Gate in Kissimmee is best for a tough game, as is Waldorf Astoria in Bonnet Creek.

Shopping in Orlando

Shopping in Orlando

The Mall at Millenia is a world class shopping experience with luxury stores including Gucci. International Drive is the gateway to Orlando’s theme parks and is lined with a wide range of shops. Florida Mall has over 260 shops, including Macy’s and an M&M world. Downtown Disney is the perfect place to shop for Disney-themed gifts. Or visit Sanford Flea World for a different shopping experience in Orlando.

Orlando restaurants and nightlife

Orlando restaurants and nightlife

Universal’s City Walk offers a wide choice of after-park fun, with restaurants and bars providing great entertainment. Disney’s Boardwalk features street entertainment and waterfront bars and restaurants. Walking distance from International Drive, Sand Lake Road offers some of the best choice of dining in Orlando. Or party like a local and enjoy great nightlife at Downtown Orlando.

Romantic holidays in Orlando

Romantic holidays in Orlando

Treat your partner to an unforgettable experience, swimming with dolphins, at Discovery Cove Orlando. Enjoy sunrise and sunset high up in the air with a romantic hot air balloon ride. Enjoy a couples spa break and relax in our luxury hotels’ spa. Spend a romantic evening hand-in-hand watching the stunning fireworks of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Must do experiences in Orlando

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