One of the most important cities in the Orange County of Florida, Orlando is the 26’Th biggest metropolitan area of the USA. For most people the city of Orlando is synonymous with amusement parks like the Walk Disney World. Every year the city attracts more than 52 million tourists from all over the world.
The peak tourist season in this city is between June – August and the months of March and April. In the summer months this city is exceptionally crowded with tourists from all over the USA coming here on summer vacation. Since this is a huge sprawling city visitors are advised to hire a car to move about the city. Some of the most popular destinations of this city are listed below.
The theme parks and resorts of Orlando are responsible for the tourist influx and visitors to this city should make it a point to visit the Universal Orlando Resort and the Seaworld Orlando.
The Universal Orlando Resort consists of 3 hotels, 3 vast amusement parks and a large shopping district. One of the most popular attractions of this park is the “Wizarding world of Harry Potter’’ which will take you through a ride in the magic land of Hogwarts. Let the wand maker choose the perfect wand for you or take a sip of butter beer at The Three Broomsticks.
Seaworld Orlando is a 200 acre water themed park where one can go for a ride in the biggest rollercoaster of the area known as Kraken. T
The Walt Disney World Resort, which is located just 35 minutes from downtown Orlando, boasts of four theme parks, 2 water themed parks, lots of hotels, shopping centers, restaurants and 5 golf courses. Here one can take a ride through the wonderlands of Alice or Peter Pan. Children would love to go for a Lion King show or a yeti ride at the Animal Kingdom. This part of the city is the biggest privately managed tourist attraction of USA.
Gatorland is very close to the Walt Disney World and houses the largest collection of alligators from all over the planet.
The Arbotetum University of Central Florida is a botanical garden which sprawls over an area of 80 acres and houses nearly 600 different species of plants. Another remarkable garden is the Harry P.Leu Gardens which is set in an area of 50 acres of lands where there are many lakes and gardens. Here one can see a vast collection of flora gathered from all over the globe including the largest garden of rose in Florida.
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art has the most impressive collection of paintings by Louis Comfort Tiffany. It includes a vast collection of Tiffany art glass, lamps, jewellery, American art pottery, leaded glass windows etc.
Other museums of this city include the Orlando Museum of Art, the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not’s Orlando Odditorium, the Orlando Science Center, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum and the Orlando County Regional History Center. Visitors with a taste for cinema should surely visit the Enzian Theater which screens alternative and independent movies. If you want to save on your trip book a Disney World Vacation Package and get huge discounts on your tickets & hotel or vacation home.