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Bag the perfect Orlando holiday rental

Swashbuckling pirate rides, whirring roller coasters, loop-de-loops, Cinderella's castle spires, shark-snapping lagoons, Harry Potter's wizarding world, gazelle-springing African savannahs and a whole load more fantastical draws combine to make Orlando's theme parks some of the best in the world. However, there is another side to Florida's fun-loving city. Most Orlando holiday lettings might be primed for those visiting Disney World and Universal, but others offer a ticket to the Downtown blocks, where pretty botanical gardens, Tex-Mex eateries and enticing malls await.

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.

Where to stay around Orlando?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 43,626 holiday lettings near Orlando. From 12,669 Houses to 15,895 Villas, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Orlando is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Orlando?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Orlando:

  • Florida Center: 128 holiday homes
  • Sand Lake: 79 holiday homes
  • Southeast Orlando: 44,439 holiday homes
  • Northeast Orlando: 69 holiday homes
  • Southwest Orlando: 17,207 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Orlando?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Orlando. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Disney World: 44,529 holiday lettings
  • Universal Studios: 42,775 holiday lettings
  • Turkey Lake Park: 32,875 holiday lettings
  • SeaWorld® Orlando: 40,670 holiday lettings
  • Orlando International Premium Outlets: 43,598 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Orlando listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Orlando?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 12,669 Houses in Orlando. Our other popular types of Orlando holiday rentals include:

  • Villas: 15,895 self catering accommodations
  • Flats: 5,451 self catering accommodations
  • Resorts: 918 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Orlando?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 40,695 holiday homes with pool available in Orlando. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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