With glorious weather, an abundance of theme parks, water parks and attractions, Orlando is a brilliant holiday destination for families and big kids alike. From cultural experiences to outdoor adventures we've picked out some of the best attractions suitable for a 1 or 2 week holiday.
If you're visiting Orlando for 2 weeks why not spend a week exploring the theme parks and attractions, followed by a week relaxing on one of Florida's white sandy beaches? Our Orlando holiday itinerary guide has selected some of the best beach escapes to combine with your activity-packed Orlando adventure.
One of the many reasons to visit Orlando is for the year-round sunny tropical climate. With average temperatures of 28°C dipping only to 15°C in January, the Sunshine State is an ideal destination for a holiday with a mostly dry climate from October to May. Our Orlando holiday itinerary guide has selected some of the best theme parks, sights to see and attractions on offer so you can cram as much into your Orlando holiday adventure as possible!
Things to do in Orlando
An itinerary guide for 7 days in Orlando
If you're wondering how you can fit in a trip to a theme park as part of your Orlando holiday itinerary in 7 days then consider visiting a smaller attraction. For race enthusiasts, Daytona, USA is the official attraction of NASCAR, where you can immerse yourself into the adrenaline-filled world of racing. Or for reptile fans, Gatorland is home to live gators and crocs, and if you're feeling brave enough tag along to the after-hours flashlight tour of the Alligator Breeding Marsh!
There are many benefits to visiting a lesser-known park - namely fewer crowds! There is also more emphasis on an educational element, so if you have younger children then check out Wonderworks, the 'upside down' building where they can experience a full day of hands-on science fun.
If you want some grownup fun without visiting a theme park then our Orlando holiday itinerary guide recommends having dinner at a themed restaurant. Some suggestions at Downtown Disney include Planet Hollywood, House of Blues, Rainforest Cafe, and Raglan Road Irish Pub. Or why not enjoy a night out at Universal City Walk, one of the best entertainment destinations in Orlando? Watch a movie in the luxury IMAX theatre or head down to bar or nightclub. The unique City Walk’s Rising Star is worth a visit, where you can sing karaoke alongside a live band.
One more to squeeze into your Orlando holiday itinerary in 7 days is a visit to Lake Eola Park. Located in downtown Orlando the park is home to an array of wildlife and plant life where you can take a leisurely half a mile stroll around the landscaped grounds. Hire a swan-shaped paddleboat for a fun way of exploring the park whilst admiring the beautiful floral displays and spectacular views of Orlando's skyline.
An itinerary guide for 14 days in Orlando
Our Orlando holiday itinerary over 14 days includes some of the bigger attractions and activities should you have an extra week to explore.
An itinerary guide for Orlando would be incomplete without a mention of the famous Walt Disney World Resort. Consisting of four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios and the Animal Kingdom), as well as water parks, golf courses and countless attractions there are endless opportunities for thrills, dining, shopping and recreation. Visiting Walt Disney World makes for the perfect family holiday, not to mention being fantastic value for money. We recommend spending at least 7 days exploring the parks to make the most of everything on offer.
If you fancy seeing more of Orlando on your holiday we've picked out some hidden gems. Why not experience another perspective of Orlando by riding the largest Ferris Wheel on the East Coast? Soaring high above the theme parks, admire the views of the cityscape in an enclosed gondola. Or if the Florida heat gets too much, head down to Orlando's Icebar for a novelty experience. With over 70 tonnes of hand-carved ice, theatrical lighting, cool sculptures and exquisite cocktails you'll feel refreshed before you know it.
Another idea for your Orlando holiday itinerary if you have 14 days is a visit to the Kennedy Space Centre. See artefacts from old NASA missions, watch shuttle launch simulations and if you're feeling brave, take part in the Astronaut Training Experience!
If you fancy visiting a museum or sculpture garden, our Orlando holiday itinerary guide recommends a trip to the upscale neighbourhood Winter Park. Renowned for its well-manicured lawns, prestigious estates and flourishing culture the area also boasts more than 140 shops, boutiques and cafes along its tree lined avenue. Just one of many Orlando holiday hidden gems worth exploring.
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Orlando Twin centre holidays
If the thought of an action packed, theme park filled holiday has you yearning for some relaxing seaside respite then how about combining two destinations into one holiday? With a twin centre holiday you can do just that. There are so many beautiful beaches a short distance from Orlando that it makes sense to bolt on a beach escape to end your trip. Combining multiple destinations into one holiday will also save you money compared to if you were to book two separate getaways.
One of our favourite destinations to follow a fun-packed Orlando holiday is St Pete Beach, located just a short scenic drive away off the coast of St. Petersburg. Situated on a peninsula off Florida's west coast, St. Pete Beach comprises a stretch of quiet white sandy beaches where you can relax and unwind. Just a stones throw from the city of Tampa, there's plenty to see and do in the nearby Corey Avenue district such as art museums, galleries, shops and restaurants.
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Another twin centre idea in our Orlando holiday itinerary guide would be to end your adventures on the picturesque white sandy beaches of Clearwater Bay. Facing west, the vast stretch of beaches capture some of the best sunsets. The renowned Beach Walk holds a celebration every evening on Pier 60 where families can enjoy craft stalls, street performance and music. The seafront promenade offers a variety of restaurants, shops and cocktail bars. If you have any energy left, there are plenty of water sport activities available like sailing, paragliding and jet skiing to keep you occupied!
Or after the buzzing atmosphere of Orlando's attractions take some time out to relax in Key Lago, Florida Keys. This tropical islet is known as the 'Diving Capital of the World' due to its colourful living coral reef a few miles offshore. There are plenty of relaxing past times to enjoy such as glass bottom boat trips, fishing and swimming with dolphins. Or if you'd rather relax on the beach, enjoy a cocktail whilst admiring the fabulous Florida sunset.