Planning a Vacation in Orlando Florida

1/03/2010 09:18:00 AM ·

Every year, residents of Florida see an influx of tourism, and it's always welcomed by the local businesses, shops, resorts and hotels. No matter where you decide to spend your vacation or holiday in Orlando, Florida, rest assured you will feel all the comforts of home.

Let's be honest, Orlando maintains the title of best vacation destination in Florida. As a resident of Florida, it's easy to see the appeal. The options are endless for entertainment, you can find a reasonable hotel or resort without breaking the bank, and this is the prime tourist town in the world providing visitors with a one of a kind experience.

The biggest misconception with Orlando is that it's only geared toward children, and that couldn't be further from the truth. On many occasions, visitors from all walks of life and ages make the trip to Orlando to once again feel like kid.

Whether you're on your honeymoon, a family vacation, or a reunion, there are so many wonderful activities for all to enjoy.

Seaworld

Seaworld is a wonderful choice for any party looking to delight in the most spectacular marine environment in the world. Visitors can embark on an underwater journey to the Shark Encounter exhibit, along with many others including the Wild Arctic, Dolphin Cove(where you can pet the dolphins), Penguin Encounter, Turtle Point, the Jewels of the Sea Aquarium, and so many more.

Thrill seekers can ride the new sky-flying coaster "MANTA", along with Kraken, Journey to Atlantis, Wild Arctic, Happy Harbour, and the Skytower.

Get cooled off at Aquatica, Seaworlds Water Park, and spend a day at Dolphin Cove, where you and your children will have the opportunity to swim with one of the most beautiful sea creatures in the world.

Packages are always available, making all three exciting parks available to all travelers for an affordable price. In fact right now, Seaworld is offering a "3-night/3-day package along with a combo ticket and get 2 additional nights FREE including unlimited admission to your choice of two of our amazing parks during your stay! Choose from SeaWorld and Aquatica or SeaWorld and Busch Gardens."

Disney

Choosing the best park can sometimes be an enormous task, depending on the people traveling in your party. If by chance this is a family vacation with younger children, Magic Kingdom is the best choice. This park will allow the kids to embark on a magical Disney journey through a fairytale, allowing you to let down your guard and act like a fool in a place where it's allowed.

If you're on your honeymoon, Epcot, Hollywood Studio's, and Animal Kingdom is a perfect choice. Of course, you don't have to rule out the Magic Kingdom if your goal is to feel like a kid again.

International Drive

I-Drive is a Mecca of entertainment. There are clubs, bars, restaurants, shopping, hotels and resorts, and museums on every corner including:

Wonderworks

*Hours of operation: 9am - Midnight,
*Adult admission: $21.25
*Child admission: $15.92 - ages 4-12
*Senior admission: $15.92 - ages 55 and over

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

*Hours of operation: 9:30am-12 midnight (last admission at 11pm)
*Adult admission: $18.95 plus tax
*Child admission: $11.95 plus tax (ages 4-12)
*Senior admission: $16.95 plus tax (ages 55+, with ID)

Wet and Wild Water Park

*Hours of operation: 9:30am - 9pm
*Adult admission: Regular Park Hours: $47.87
*Child admission: Regular Park Hours: Ages 3 - 9: $40.48 (3-9) / Under 3: FREE
*Senior admission: $41.48 (60+)

Fun Spot off International Drive

*Free parking and admission.
*Complete with a two story arcade and Go-Kart racing.

World Bowling Center Hours of operation

*Open Bowling / Sun-Thur: 12pm - 11pm, Fri & Tue: 12pm - 2am / Sat: 12pm - 1am Special Rates: Fri-Sat & Tue: 10pm - 2am
*Adult admission: $4.00 per person / per game and $3.00 for shoes,
*Child admission: $3.00 per child / per game and $3.00 for shoes (12 years & younger).

Pirates Cove Adventure Golf

*Hours of operation: Daily: 9am - 11:30pm
*Adult admission: $10.95
*Child admission: $9.95.

Sleuths Mystery Dinner Theater

*Hours of operation: Shows Nightly - Call for Showtimes
*Type: Dinner Theatre - American, Dining Option: Dinner Entertainment
*Senior Discount
*Reservations Accepted
*Reservations Required
*Restaurant in Hotel/Mall, Price range: $$$$ $30
*Dress code information: Casual, Reservation information
*Call 407-363-1985 or toll free 800-393-1985
*Parking information: Free

Pirates Dinner Adventure

*Hours of operation: Show times vary
*Type: Dinner Theatre Dining Option: Dinner, Entertainment
*Senior Discount
*Reservations Required
*Price range: $$$$ $30+
*Parking information: Free

Howl at the Moon

*Hours of operation: Sun-Thurs: 7pm - 2am, F-Sat: 5pm - 2am
*Adult admission: We are a 21 and up venue
*Child admission: NO
*Dress code information: Casual
*Parking information: Plenty of parking

Dining

As for the restaurants, Orlando would not be complete without a trip to the Ming Court on I-Drive, which features innovative char-grilled and wok fired dishes, as well as authentic Dim Sum and perhaps the best Sushi in Orlando.

There are many other excellent restaurants on the strip including the Black Angus Steakhouse, Bob Marley's, Emerils, Giordano's (Best Pizza), Kafe Kalik, Kobe Steakhouse, Nelore Churrascaria( Brazillian Food-Buffet Style), Red Rock Canyon Grill, and so many more.

Of course, depending on the resort or hotel you choose, there are several restaurants options in the hotel. Just remember, when dining in the hotel, it tends to be a bit pricier. If price is no object, by all means dig in. However, if you are traveling on a budget, check out the surrounding area for more dining options.

Orlando, Florida has something to offer every traveler no matter what your budget or occasion may be. However, it's not all bells and whistles all the time as much I would love to tell you that it is.

Tips

  • Traffic in Orlando is beyond a pain, and if you are traveling to the parks, make sure you are off I-4 around 4:30-6:00pm and 8:00-9:00am. Delays can reach a couple hours and there's just no easy way off, so please keep that in mind.
  • Staying on the grounds at Disney in a hotel is outrageously pricey, so look outside the area in places off Kirkman road, around the Sand Lake Area, Kissimmee, and Altamonte.

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