Cheap flights to Orlando
Most people associate Orlando with theme parks. Although Universal Studios, Sea World, Discovery Cove and Gatorland are in the greater Orlando district others, like the Disney parks, are in nearby towns. The city is a great base from which to discover them.
Orlando is also a shoppers paradise and its museums and galleries are outstanding. Sports clubs and venues and verdant outdoor spaces are numerous. Restaurants, bars and entertainment venues cater to all tastes and visitors love the friendly atmosphere.
The Orange County city is the most popular destination in Florida. It's easy to reach from almost anywhere and cheap flights to Orlando enable visitors of all ages to enjoy its many attractions. Flights land and depart from Orlando International Airport (MCO) to the southwest of the city centre. The airport is very well served by public transport, taxis and complimentary shuttle services.
Things to do in Orlando
Visits to the world-famous theme parks are sure to be high on anyone's "to do" list. Universal Studios and SeaWorld are both in the city, while Walt Disney World is about 18 minutes south in Lake Buena Vista. After exploring the main parks and other attractions like Gatorland, Aquatica and Discovery Cove, it's time to discover the other side of Orlando.
Golfers adore Orlando. The city is home to some of the best courses in the United States and many have been designed by top golfers. Although some are private, visitors can play on excellent courses like Boggy Creek Golf Club and Eaglewood Golf Club.
The city's museums range from fun to fabulous. Try Ripley's Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium for a family outing. Or, admire an extensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany that includes lamps, jewellery and leaded glass at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museums of American Art.
Florida is famed for its amazing shopping malls and fashion outlet stores and Orlando leads the way. The Florida Mall is the biggest and it would take over a day to cover it. Visit the Artegon Mall for everything from outdoor clothing to comic books, making time to try the state's largest indoor ropes course. For designer bargains, head to Orlando Premium Outlets.
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Events in Orlando
Visitors to Orlando can participate in a host of annual events. From music and film festivals to food fairs and family shows, there is something to please everyone whatever the time of year.
Book cheap flights to Orlando in December and join the crowds heading for Lake Eola, a beautiful lakeside park near the city centre. Its historic shell theatre is the outdoor setting for a wonderful presentation of Tchaikovsky's famous ballet, The Nutcracker.
The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival has taken place each March since 1960. It is one of the country's most important and prestigious celebrations of outdoor art and attracts over 350,000 visitors per year.
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios, 6000 Universal Boulevard takes place from mid-September until early November. The annual festival of spooky thrills and spills appeals to couples, singles, groups and families. Each year, a new theme is chosen. For example, the 2018 edition was based around Stranger Things.
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Practical Information about Orlando
In general, a visit to Florida is likely to be fairly straightforward. English is the most widely spoken language, followed by Spanish. Most retailers observe standard trading hours but some grocery stores and pharmacies provide a 24-hour service.
Where to stay in Orlando
Whether you want a five-star all-inclusive resort or a private villa where you can set your own timetable, you will find something in Orlando or its surrounding countryside. If you want to be near the action, then all of the theme parks have accommodation - often themed - right on their doorstep or even inside.
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It has been said that there are two temperatures in Orlando, hot and hotter. Visitors can expect highs of around 32°C (90ºF) between June and Labor Day at the start of September. However, the best weather conditions can be found in early spring and autumn. It's less busy from March to April and late September to October and travellers will enjoy warm, less humid days with temperatures of around 27°C (80ºF).
Required travel documents
Overseas visitors will need a passport that is valid for six months after the date of departure for trips to Orlando. An up to date visa is also required and this can be arranged through an embassy or consulate prior to travel.
The US dollar is the official currency in Orlando. Exchange a few pounds or Euros before you fly to have cash on hand for your arrival at Orlando International Airport (MCO). Once in Florida, you can exchange currency at banks, currency exchanges and some local hotels.
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From the Canada you have the options to fly from Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal to Orlando.
Flights to Orlando
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