Why visit Orlando, USA
Orlando, in Florida, USA, is sometimes referred to as the “Theme Park Capital of the World” because it boasts attractions like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Florida, and SeaWorld Orlando. The popular city attracts around 20 million visitors annually.
A fun fact about Orlando is that it is home to over 100 lakes.
Things to do in Orlando
Apart from spending time at the world-class theme parks in Orlando, visitors can also enjoy checking out the Kennedy Space Centre visitor complex at Cape Canaveral, or the Mennello Museum of American Folk Art. If you like outdoor activities, head to Wekiwa Springs State Park or Ocala National Forest and spend some time boating, canoeing or swimming.
Best time to visit Orlando
Orlando has a subtropical climate and typically has two major seasons each year: the hot and rainy season from May to late September, and the dry season, with cooler temperatures, from October to April. If you’d like to avoid the rain and heat then it’s best to visit during the cooler months.
Best time to book
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Expect to pay
The currency in Orlando is the US dollar.
You can expect to pay around AUD$5.26 on average for a regular cappuccino in this city.
Arriving in Orlando by plane
There are three main airports servicing Orlando. There is the primary Orlando International Airport (about 12km from the city centre); the Orlando Executive Airport (roughly 6km from the CBD); and the more distant Orlando Sanford International Airport which is located in Sanford.
A number of different airlines operate flights from Australia to Orlando. Some of these include Delta, Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, United, Air China, Qantas, Emirates and Cathay Pacific.
Australians visiting Orlando need to apply for an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) on the ESTA website.
Transportation to city centre
Where to stay in Orlando
During a visit to Orlando, you can stay in areas such as Little Vietnam (good for eateries); lakeside Kissimmee; elegant Thornton Park; or the historic Eola Heights.
If you’re after the best rates of accommodation, it pays to book a hotel online.
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Please note: all information is correct as of June 2016.
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