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Destination guide

Have a magical family park holiday from Orlando villas

You can have a family-fun holiday to one of the top amusement destinations in the world in Orlando. Cheap or luxury Florida villas are both great options to experience the wonder and adventure of Orlando. The city is jam-packed full of entertainment parks for families and top-notch nightlife spots for adults who want a bit of fun. While Orlando is a bit inland and not right on the coast, the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico are an easy day trip away, and Orlando has a number of water parks for having fun and splashing around on a hot day.

 
Things to do

The main attractions around Orlando holiday homes

Chart-topping theme parks usually dominate the itinerary here. You could start with Universal Studios Florida, catching the choo-choo Hogwarts Express to a land of 4-D simulators and dinosaur-inspired rides. Walt Disney World should be close behind. It's a conglomeration of 6 separate entertainment parks, including the rattling roller coasters of the Magic Kingdom and the splashing slides of Typhoon Lagoon. For something a little more authentically Floridian, there's always the blooming flower beds of the Harry P. Leu Gardens. Shoppers, meanwhile, are bound to love the Florida Mall, which comes packed with classy department stores and high-fashion boutiques.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Orlando

Are you looking for attractions to visit while you're in the area? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that makes Orlando a fun place to get away to. These are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Universal Studios Florida™ (7.7 mi / 12.4 km)
  • SeaWorld® Orlando (10.4 mi / 16.7 km)
  • Walt Disney World® (15 mi / 24.2 km)
  • Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ (7.2 mi / 11.6 km)
  • Aquatica (10 mi / 16.1 km)
  • Discovery Cove (10.6 mi / 17.1 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Orlando

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Orlando is a great place to get outside. Here are a few of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Lake Eola Park (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Lake Eola (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Dickson Azalea Park (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
  • Mayor Carl Langford Park (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
  • Lorna Doone Park (1.4 mi / 2.2 km)
  • Lake Ivanhoe (1.5 mi / 2.4 km)
How to get there

Travelling to and around Orlando

Fly into Orlando, FL (MCO-Orlando Intl.), the closest airport, located 8.7 mi (14.1 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Kissimmee, FL (ISM-Kissimmee Gateway), which is 17.4 mi (28.1 km) away.

If you prefer train travel, the main station serving the city is Orlando Station.

How to get around

Getting around in Orlando

The rental car reigns supreme in Orlando. This sprawling city has wide boulevards and – some say – more hire outlets than any other city in the world. You'll find loads of places to pick up your wheels in the arrivals hall of Orlando Airport, while most holiday homes in Orlando come with parking spaces on site. If you're really keen on avoiding the roads, then you can make use of the I-Ride Trolley that links the major resorts and theme parks along International Drive. And there's the LYNX bus network, which goes all the way into the Downtown area and to the outer suburbs to boot.

Restaurants and bars

The best restaurant areas near your Orlando holiday let

  • Disney World resort is home to loads of themed eateries, which is great if you're looking to dine on stacked burgers in the company of Mickey Mouse
  • The Universal CityWalk precinct is laden with everything you could want, from cocktail-sloshing bars to sushi kitchens to Cajun seafood menus
  • Restaurant Row is a popular place to dine near the theme parks, offering upscale Italian trattorias next to Hawaiian surf and turf
  • Winter Park is great if you like to eat in the company of locals – it offers hearty taverns and chic cafes
  • Downtown Orlando is packed with places to eat – go there, if you have a more eclectic taste, for Peruvian cuisine, Mexican or Spanish tapas
Essential info

Facts to know when staying in Orlando holiday lettings

  • Bring dollars (USD) to spend in Orlando
  • Tipping 20% or more is normal in the restaurants of Orlando
  • It's rainy season in Florida between June and September
  • Hurricanes can come through town between July and November
  • Dial 911 in case of an emergency
Family friendly

Family fun abounds in Orlando

With the looping roller coasters of Disney World and the enchanting silver-screen adventures of Universal right on the doorstep, it's hardly a surprise that Orlando villa rentals are so often primed for travelling families. They regularly come with big gardens, swimming pools, fully-equipped kitchens and plenty of bedrooms, to host the whole crew. There are countless pads to pick from within reach of the top family attractions, too. That means you can hop in the car come morning and be the first ones presenting your passes for the rattling Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and enchanting Cinderella's Castle.

How many holiday rentals are available around Orlando?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 27,894 holiday lettings around Orlando. From 7,425 villas to 10,725 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a resort property in Orlando?

Relax, eat, drink and play. If that sounds like your idea of a blissful escape, we've got answers to all your prayers. HomeAway has 11,389 getaway rentals located within resorts available. Of course, that mightn't work for everyone. Luckily, HomeAway has heaps of other choices, including:

  • 2,872 city-centre holiday accommodation options.
  • 1,385 lakefront holiday accommodation options.
  • 1,331 lake-view holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Orlando?

If you're after a home away from home for your upcoming holiday, renting a house is a fantastic idea. You'll have plenty of space for all sorts of getaway activities. There are 15,883 options available on HomeAway. Prices start from £12 a night. If that doesn't fit with your squad's style, we've got a range of other self-catering accommodation options to select from, such as:

  • Villa: 9,820 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £36 per night.
  • Townhome: 5,553 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £50 per night.
  • Condo: 4,863 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £26 per night.

Can I stay in Orlando in a large group?

Sometimes it can be tough finding time to unwind with your family and close friends. A holiday is a great way to be reunited. If you were hoping to kick back under the same roof, HomeAway has options to suit. Why not take a peek at the 3,046 house holiday rentals listed here? They're the leading option for big groups of visitors. If you're planning on travelling in a larger group, the holiday rental options that will serve you well include:

  • If yours is a crew of 8, we've got 9,401 holiday rentals suitable for that size. Stay a night from just £45.
  • Need a place for 10 guests? We have 6,686 that will be ideal. You can get one for as little as £50 per night.
  • Searching for rental properties catering to 12 people? You'll be glad to hear we have 6,494 that'll be ideal. You can grab one for as little as £79 a night.

So don't fret! When you travel with us you can bring along your mom, your brother and all your friends to Orlando.

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