Orlando is one of the most popular tourist destinations in both Florida and the entire United States. It was the most visited American city in 2009, and continues to attract holidaymakers from all over the world. Discover its appeal for all the family, from the thrill of the rollercoasters and water park rides to the many cinemas and indoor activities.
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The city boasts over 12 theme parks and plenty of options for family days out. It's recognised as the 'Theme Park Capital of the World'.
The weather in Orlando is typically sunny all year round – confirming Florida's nickname as 'The Sunshine State'. Keep cool at one of the city's water parks, such as Wet'n Wild Orlando within Universal Studios or Aquatica at SeaWorld.
Saving on holidays in Orlando with a lastminute.com booking gives you more spending money for the city's gift shops and leisure complexes. Shop 'til you drop at the Florida Mall, which has hundreds of outlets. Orlando Fashion Square includes a 14-screen cinema, and the Winter Park Village is also a residential area and office complex.
Visit the downtown area of the city to find art galleries and museums. The Orlando Museum of Art and the Menello Museum of American Art are on either side of Loch Haven Park. One stop down the line on public transport, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum is at the Winter Park – and the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art is just north of the Amtrak station there.
It's said that when the sun finally sets in Orlando, the party begins. Keep in mind that the legal drinking age in the whole state of Florida is 21. Several groups of bars in the same area have formed mini districts, such as Wall St. Plaza with seven bars and Church Street bars with three.
For a night of entertainment, head to the Amway Center to catch a music show or sports. The Orlando Magic basketball team, Orlando Solar Bears hockey team and Orlando Predators American football team all play home games here. If you're at one of the theme parks, you might be able to catch a dinner show with live musical performances.