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Orlando, Florida, Visitors Guide

Orlando, FL, is the state’s largest city, home to several colleges, an international airport, and perhaps its most alluring attraction, 4 world-renowned theme parks including Disney World and Universal Studios. Located 3 ½ hours north of Miami by car, Orlando is not only a final destination for those across the globe, but a popular stop during family road trips to Miami or the Florida Keys.

From the exquisite food and nightlife of Downtown Orlando, to the [Ecotours](https://www.tripshock.com/attractions/Orlando/Eco-Tours/ "Ecotours") and [Airboat Rides](https://www.tripshock.com/attractions/Orlando/Airboat-Tours/ "Airboat Rides") of the surrounding springs, the city of Orlando has something for everyone. Come for the theme parks, but stay for the food, culture, and one-of-a-kind outdoor experiences.


Orlando is located in central Florida, about 50 miles from the Atlantic coast. Major highways include I-4, 408, 417, and Florida’s Turnpike. It is 1.5 hours from Tampa, 2 hours from Jacksonville, and 3.5 hours from Miami.


Downtown Orlando is the beating heart of the city, with plenty of activities for residents and tourists alike. The area features award-winning chefs, popular sports teams, and incredible museums.
Baldwin Park is a tranquil community with tree-lined streets. The neighborhood is near shops, bars, and restaurants.
Lake Nona is one of the most innovative communities in the country. This thriving neighborhood features miles of trails, state-of-the-art sports facilities, beautiful parks, and more to enjoy.

Top Places to Visit

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the place for you to see exotic animals and explore fun adventures. This animal theme park is home to more than 2,000 animals, making it one of the largest animal theme parks in the world.

Universal Studios

Universal Studios is a theme park where you can get a behind-the-scenes look at your favorite films and TV shows. You can ride roller coasters, enjoy live entertainment, and eat at delicious restaurants.

Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove offers a chance to interact with marine life in a natural setting. You can swim with dolphins, wade among stingrays, and snorkel along a coral reef.


Orlando has a subtropical climate that consists of hot, rainy seasons. During the summer, the area is susceptible to afternoon thunderstorms and heavy rain. The best time to visit is from March to May. At this time of the year, the temperatures range from the 50s to 80s.

What is Orlando known for

World-Renowned Amusement Parks, Orange County Convention Center, International Drive, Downtown Orlando, Resort Lodging
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What do visitors enjoy the most about Orlando?

Theme parks, Nightlife and Music, the Springs, and Sports.

2. What area of Orlando is upscale and quaint?

Winter Park

3. What is the biggest sports team in Orlando?

The Orlando Magic basketball team.

4. Where are some great areas for nightlife and music?

Downtown Orlando, the Hardrock at Universal, and the House of Blues at downtown Disney.

5. Where are some great places to dine in Orlando?

Downtown Orlando, International Drive, and Winter Park.

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