Although Florida is a vast state with many attractions, not least the weather, for Britons coming to Florida for the first time the likelihood is that they will be coming primarily to visit Walt Disney World. In order to do this they will probably have a base in the Orlando region of Florida, staying at one of the many hotels or rented villas. In this article we provide some background information about Orlando and what to see and do when in the area.
Orlando Theme Parks
As mentioned above the first thing that visitors to Florida think of when you mention Orlando is the many theme parks in the area. With Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom as possibly the main attraction there are also a large number of other theme parks to cater to different likes and dislikes. Universal has two linked theme parks in the Islands of Adventure featuring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, as well as Universal Studios which includes an entertaining mix of rides and shows. SeaWorld, as its name would suggest is focused on aquatic life and includes terrifying rides for the thrill seeker such as Manta as well close up experience of the animals, such as the penguins in the newly opened Antarctica.
When you have had your fill of theme parks there is still plenty to do in the Orlando area. For a great family day out why not try one of the water parks, with Wet ‘n Wild being probably the largest. At Wet ‘n Wild you can scare yourself to death on one of the water based rides or just meander round the park on a rubber ring, floating in the Lazy River. The other beauty of Wet ‘n Wild is that after you pay to get in once, you get free access for any of the following 14 days. Gatorland is another good way to spend at least half a day in the company of hundreds (if not thousands) of American alligators, you can even take a trip over the park on the Zip-line. Compared to the other parks this is not particularly expensive and the animals and various alligator based shows make for an enjoyable visit. If you are into your motor sport then why not try go-karting at Orlando Grand Prix, with karts and tracks designed specifically for both adults and children, so the whole family can take part.
For a broader look at what to do in Florida try our article What is there to do in Florida?