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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 26,888 holiday lettings around Orlando. From 6,648 villas to 10,523 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.

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: 224 holiday homes
  • Southwest Orlando: 12,404 holiday homes
  • Northeast Orlando: 130 holiday homes
  • Southeast Orlando: 28,119 holiday homes
  • College Park: 66 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.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Orlando. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Disney World: 28,236 holiday lettings
  • Universal Studios: 27,317 holiday lettings
  • Waterford Lakes Town Center: 1,938 holiday lettings
  • Little Lake Bryan: 28,469 holiday lettings
  • Turkey Lake Park: 22,601 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Orlando listed on HomeAway.co.uk 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 Villas in Orlando?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 6,648 Villas in Orlando. Our other popular types of Orlando holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 10,523 self catering accommodations
  • Resorts: 698 self catering accommodations
  • Flats: 4,430 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 25,164 holiday homes with pool available in Orlando. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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