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Family fun in Orlando awaits you

farhana@khaleejtimes.com Filed on July 4, 2018
Family fun in Orlando awaits you

Check out these iconic things to add to your itinerary this summer




Indulge in unique experiences as you journey through the city's cultural and educational history


If you're looking for family-oriented destination full of pleasant sunshine, friendly faces and fun activities, then Orlando is the right place for you! Boasting unique experiences with a host of theme parks and attractions, Orlando has something for everyone. Visitors can indulge in a dose of culture, go shopping, play golf, unwind in spas, dine in restaurants and explore a bustling nightlife.

The city recently became the first US destination to surpass 70 million annual visitors in 2017, while Orlando International Airport alone welcomed 44.6 million passengers, earning the title of busiest airport in Florida the same year, according to Visit Orlando, the region's official destination tourism and marketing organisation. Orlando was also named one of Travelocity's Coolest Places to Go in 2018 for Family Travel and AAA's Top Domestic Summer Destination.

Here are some iconic things to add to your itinerary this summer:

Hop on an amusement ride

Known as the theme park capital of the world, Orlando is home to a number of destinations for the young and young at heart. The Walt Disney WorldŽ Resort, Universal OrlandoŽ Resort, SeaWorldŽ Orlando, and LEGOLANDŽ Florida are among many attractions in the city that promise everlasting memories with family and friends, regardless of age.

Unwind with the family

Downtown Orlando is home to a Farmer's Market where visitors can indulge in fresh produce or idly paddle in a swan-shaped boat on Lake Eola. The Orlando Science Centre at Loch Haven Park is an exciting place for the little ones to discover the beauty of science, besides exploring Kids Town, a mini town for roleplaying.

Soak up the sun

Idle away to the sounds of waves at some of Orlando's coolest beaches. Discover the 25-mile Cape Canaveral National Seashore, which is known for its pristine location and dunes dotted with sea oats for a serene getaway. For a more bustling venue, check out Cocoa Beach and stop by Ron Jon's Surf Shop for a bite. Siesta Key, Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island are picturesque gems where you can opt to enjoy the sand and surf or rent bikes and explore.

Get lost in space

The Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex is bound to be a hit with starry-eyed children. Unleash the little astronauts into the Rocket Garden that has enormous space transportation alongside replicas of capsules from the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo eras of the space programme. They can also touch moon rock and stand under the largest rocket ever flown, i.e., the Apollo and Saturn V. Mini NASA flight suits are also available at the gift shop.

Explore art like a culture vulture

Orlando has a vibrant local arts scene with thought-provoking collections at the Orlando Museum of Art and the Cornell Fine Arts Museum. Visitors can also watch classical and contemporary performances by the Orlando Ballet, alongside international and local jazz, pop, Broadway, rock, dance and more at the Dr. Philips Centre for the Performing Arts.

What are you waiting for?
Check out www.visitorlando.com to plan your trip to Orlando.

- farhana@khaleejtimes.com

author

Farhana Chowdhury

Raised in Dubai, Farhana is an avid writer and traveller with a strong interest in Japanese and Korean culture. Her hobbies revolve around anime, PVC figures, and cosplay.





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