Looking for a family vacation? Orlando is a great choice.
More than just theme parks
A flight to Orlando takes you to the centre of the sunny state of Florida. This is an excellent starting point for your holiday both to relax in Orlando itself and leaves you with the possibilty of exploring the rest of Florida’s splendor.
Orlando is probably best known for its many theme parks, featuring some of the world’s best known and most famous, topping that list being the Disney and Universal Studio complexes and Sea World. We could also add Wet’n Wild, Silver Springs:Nature’s Theme Park and Gatorland.
This is what a family holiday in Florida is all about and having visited Orlando once, there will almost surely be a second time. Cheap holidays to Orlando offer endless variety. Disney takes you into a land adventure, movies and science. Sea World gives you an unparalleled view below the waves to the incredible world of the whales. Gatorland and Silver Springs offer other wonders of nature. And to cool down after all the fun, Wet’n Wild, considered by many to be the first real water park, features thrilling rides, a kid's park and more.
Contrary to popular belief, Orlando is more than a cluster of theme parks. There you’ll find outstanding restaurants such as Bahama Breeze, 8735 Vineland Avenue, a particularly nice family spot, also the Outback Steakhouse at Lake Buena Vista and on Kirkman Road near Universal Studios. For shoppers some of the most fantastic shopping havens anywhere, top of the pile being the sprawling Florida Mall. A shoppers Nirvana. Florida is also a golfers paradise. Some of the world's top golfers live in Florida, Tiger Woods for one.
It takes days to take in all that Orlando has to offer. When ready, other attractions lie in wait. To hire a car and make the trip down south to Miami for the pulsating night life. Or make the shorter drive to the Gulf beaches of Sarasota and Bradenton. You would be hard pressed to find better beaches than on Florida’s Gulf coast. And once you are there, lounging in the hot sun, having forgotten all about your everyday life, you can from a long list of fun things to do. Parasailing, Jet-skiing, deep sea fishing, snorkeling….even a trip to the supermarket is fun and eventful in this part of the world. And some of the very best restaurants are here as well. Hemingways and Tommy Bahamas in Sarasota spring to mind.
Good to know
- Floridians are, like all Americans, very friendly. Always smiling, and helpful.
- Your flight to Orlando with Icelandair arrives at Orlando Sanford International Airport located about 18 miles northeast of downtown Orlando.
- Orlando has good public transportation but most tourists rent a car.
- If you plan to go to the mall or a theme park, expect such trip to take most of the day. Florida takes a lot of driving.