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Orlando is often referred to as the family entertainment capital of the world and with good reason. The arrival of the Walt Disney Resort prompted a huge influx of tourists, which then leads to further development along the chain.
There are 5 extensive parks belonging to Disney two of which are water parks not to mention further facilities such as hotels, shops and golf courses.
But that’s only Disney! Sea World and Universal also have five theme parks between them meaning that there is truly no end to the rides and amusements on offer in Orlando.
Orlando may be family themed- but there is still plenty around to keep the big kids occupied after sunset! There is an extremely active club and bar scene along the Universal City Walk, Disney Pleasure Island and Downtown Orlando. Here you can find a good mix of nightlife from late night dance clubs to chilled-out live music, or comedy lounges a great way to unwind at the end of a hectic day on rollercoaster’s.
There is plenty of shopping in Orlando as well. There is a huge range on offer from flea markets to designer labels and souvenir spots. There are no main centres however, instead the stores and shops are spread out over the entire area. A must-see for any serious shopper is The Mercado and Pointe Orlando district famed for their one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants.
Orlando has all this to offer a family and more not to mention the gorgeous weather. You’ll be keeping busy and getting tanned at the same time and won’t even know it!
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Discovery Cove This is an extremely popular tourist attraction that lies just next door to SeaWorld. The Cove provides extremely intimate animal encounters for just 1,000 people every day. Here you can swim with dolphins in a realistic marine environment a perfect day for all the family that you’ll never forget. Kennedy Space Centre The Kennedy Space Centre is the perfect break from Orlando’s main amusement centre. Located about 50 minutes east of Orlando, there are daily bus tours if the space centre, giant screen film shows and even space travel simulators. This is the home of NASA. Day trips There are many different day trips available when you visit Orlando. Homosassa Springs and Crystal River are becoming increasingly popular with many tourists eager to swim with the friendly manatee fish. The two resort towns of Clearwater and St. Petersburg are also extremely attractive with their daily fishing excursions, dolphin-watching cruises and long, sandy beaches perfect for sun-lovers. Theatre and Culture in Orlando Outside of Orlando’s mainstream facilities, there is an active arts scene ready and waiting. The Orlando Ballet is a renowned company of ballet dancers that stage full-length classical pieces all year round. There is also the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, which offers classical production throughout the year for those who wish to get away from the more commercial side of town for the evening. For tropical Orlando holidays from Ireland, cheap all inclusive Orlando holiday packages from Dublin and Orlando holiday special offers and holiday deals from Dublin, Cork or Shannon, book with Budget Travel.