With almost 500 hotels and 113,000 guestrooms, Orlando offers more lodging options than nearly any destination in the world. Accommodations range from luxury resorts and themed hotels to charming bed and breakfasts, economy hotels/motels and campgrounds. There are also more than 26,000 vacation home rentals available and more than 16,000 vacation ownership units.
Orlando is the epicenter of fun and excitement, as more than 95 attractions keep visitors coming back for more. Take the mix of legendary theme parks, spectacular museums, world-class entertainment and blockbuster rides and attractions, and it would take about 67 eight-hour days to visit all of the entertaining offerings in Orlando.
From Gucci bags and Tiffany diamonds to Ocean Pacific flip flops and second-hand treasures – plus everything in between – Orlando has boldly emerged as an international shopping leader. And, with more than 52 million square feet (4.6 million square meters) of retail space, including nine regional shopping malls, all tastes and budgets are delightfully satisfied.
The Orlando area serves up more than 5,180 restaurants to stimulate one’s senses and satisfy the palate. Whether it’s a casual meal on-the-run or a lavish four-course affair with crystal and china, Orlando is brimming with fabulous dining possibilities. And, with approximately 15,000 seats in more than 50 upscale restaurants within a 10-mile (16-kilometer) radius of Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center, visitors don’t have to travel far for a meal to remember.
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Everyone deserves to be pampered – especially on vacation – and Orlando’s got just the answer. Whether it’s a couple of hours or a full day’s treatment, guests can relax at any of the area’s more than 11 spectacular destination spas. From mini manicures and men’s sport facials to invigorating body wraps and exotic treatments, Orlando’s spas offer the ultimate respite.
Visitors take great delight in Orlando’s impressive lineup of world-class performing arts. The Orlando Opera, Orlando Ballet, Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival, Bach Festival Society, The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, SunTrust Broadway in Orlando series and several professional and community theatre companies are just a few of the area’s entertainment options. In addition, House of Blues and Hard Rock Live offer concerts many nights of the week.
Arts & Culture
Orlando's numerous year-round art exhibits and cultural diversity add an extra dimension to make Orlando the perfect vacation or meeting destination. The world's most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany are on display year-round at The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, while 19th- and 20th-century American art are showcased at the Orlando Museum of Art. Every January, thousands of locals and visitors attend the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts in Eatonville, the nation's oldest incorporated African-American municipality. Children of all ages can also embark on a variety of learning adventures at area standouts like the Orlando Science Center and the Orange County Regional History Center.
Few destinations in the world come close to rivaling Orlando’s incredible year-round recreational offerings. With more than 2,000 lakes, springs and rivers for swimming, boating, water skiing and fishing, 168 golf courses, 800 tennis courts and 21 fitness trails for biking, walking or blading, visitors give Orlando’s multitude of recreational options a big thumbs-up.
Once the sun sets, the pulse quickens as O-town’s thriving nightlife comes alive. From ultra-hip bars and high-energy dance clubs to laid-back pubs and multi-venue entertainment complexes, Orlando offers plenty of hot spots to live it up.
College & Pro Sports
Sports fans are in their element in Orlando thanks to the area’s great lineup of collegiate and professional sporting events. From the National Basketball Association’s Orlando Magic and the University of Central Florida Golden Knights football, to Orlando Predators arena football and spring training with the Atlanta Braves, the Orlando sports scene gives fans plenty to cheer about.
From rodeo performances and celebrity concerts to ethnic festivals and art shows, Orlando hosts more than 450 year-round events to please everyone and add more vacation variety.
October - May Average Daily Temperatures
Days - Low 70s F (22 C) to mid 80s F (27 C)
Nights - Low 60s F (16 C) to high 60s F (20 C)
June - September Average
Days - Upper 80s F (27 C) to mid 90s F (32 C)
Nights - Upper 60s F (20 C) to mid 70s F (25 C)
Approximately 50 million visitors come to Orlando each year for business and pleasure. Of those guests, 48 million are domestic visitors. Approximately 53 percent of Orlando’s international visitors are from Western Europe followed by Canada 24 percent, South America 11 percent and Asia 4 percent.
Orlando is a world-class meeting destination with a variety of facilities that accommodate small groups as well as large citywide conventions and trade shows.
Orlando's Orange County Convention Center is ranked second in the United States in terms of exhibition space with more than 2.1 million square feet (189,000 square meters). The Center also offers 479,190 square feet (43,127 square meters) of meeting rooms. There are more than 7,600 hotel rooms within walking distance of the facility. Also, more than 2.9 million square feet (261,000 square meters) of space is available in the area's hotels and cultural venues.
Orlando International Airport – Orlando International Airport (MCO) is located within 15 miles (24 kilometers) of the Orange County Convention Center and major attractions. More than 37 scheduled airlines, 11 charters and nine cargo companies provide nonstop service to 82 destinations in the United States. Scheduled nonstop service is available to 14 international cities.
More than 33 million passengers
used Orlando International Airport in 2004, making MCO the busiest
airport in Florida (a 14 percent increase over 2003). MCO is ranked
first in the nation and second in the world behind Hong Kong in
passenger satisfaction per a J.D. Power and Associates study.
Orlando Sanford International Airport – Orlando Sanford International Airport is located within 18 miles (29 km) of Orlando city limits and 45 minutes from the Orange County Convention Center and major attractions. With 16 airlines serving 22 U.S. and 15 international destinations, this bustling facility was ranked the fastest-growing airport in North America for 2004 by the Airport Council International. The airport is the second most active in Florida and 24th in the United States.
Roadways – Major highway networks provide easy access for visitors to reach their destinations and for traveling in and around the Greater Orlando area. Primary roadways include Interstate 4, the Florida Turnpike (toll), Highway 528 (Beachline Expressway-toll), Highway 408 (East-West Expressway-toll) and Highway 417 (Central Florida Greeneway-toll).
Train Service - Amtrak serves more than 28 Florida communities with north and southbound daily trains originating from New York and Miami. These Silver Service trains stop in downtown Orlando, Winter Park and Kissimmee. Amtrak also offers the Auto Train, which transports business or pleasure passengers and their vehicles daily between Lorton, Va., and Sanford.
About town – In addition to taxi and limousine service to anywhere in the Greater Orlando area, the city's Lynx bus system provides economical and dependable public transportation around the area. Bus stops are marked with a "paw" print of a Lynx cat. Buses run every 15 minutes in busy areas and every 30 minutes in urban areas and service more than 80,000 riders each weekday. The downtown Orlando Lymmo bus system is a free downtown circulator with 21 stops reaching from the TD Waterhouse Centre to City Hall.
Buses run every five to 10
minutes. In addition, the I-Ride Trolleys serve the popular
International Drive resort area year-round, seven days a week, from 8
a.m. to 10:30 p.m. with scheduled stops every 20 minutes. The two routes
with 107 stops are designated with numbered “I-Ride” location markers.
For a leisurely spin around downtown Orlando, carriage rides and bicycle
rickshaws are also available through local vendors.
Orlando is the perfect starting point for a host of easy day trips. From sun-drenched beaches with refreshing water and scenic nature preserves filled with rare wildlife to high-energy spectator sports and unique cultural, educational and historic attractions, visitors find them all within an hour’s drive.
Orlando is in the Eastern time zone.
More than 1.8 million people reside in Greater Orlando, which consists of Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Lake counties. Median age of the area is a youthful 36 years. The city of Orlando is located in Orange County. In all, greater Orlando encompasses 2.6 million acres (1.04 million hectares).