Orlando, Florida, also known as O-town, City Beautiful, is a state in the United States famous for its theme parks. Much fewer people would have heard of Orlando if not for the multitude of theme parks within the state. Home to the first ever water park, the Wet n’ Wild, that opened in 1977, Orlando is now also home to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Orlando.
Find your preferred flight on Skyscanner, and fly to Orlando International Airport. After disembarking from the aircraft, collecting baggage, and clearing customs, proceed to the AGT (Train) Station to take a train that will take you to the main terminal of the airport. Enjoy the view of the grounds en route to the main terminal. Orlando International Airport has all the amenities and services one would expect from an international airport.
The 21 square-mile grounds of this airport have more than 100 food, beverage, and retail locations. Located at the main terminal, you will also find Hyatt Regency, Orlando International Airport if you need a convenient place to call home for a short stay.
If you have time on your hands, get directions and instructions from the hotel or airport staff, then take a bus to the places you want to see. It is not a popular choice because most people just want to get to the theme parks as quickly as possible. Take the bus if you are on a budget, and want to get to see more of Orlando at a slower pace.
Taxis and shuttle buses are also available from the airport to most, if not all sights and places of interest.
If you are feeling up for a drive and do not have too much baggage with you (buses and taxis can usually accommodate more), rent a car and take a drive to your preferred locations, dictate your own pace, control your own time, stop and take a picture anywhere.
What to see and do
Just a 13-minute drive away from the airport, you will find the Orlando Watersports Complex. Wakeboarding, wake skating, wake surfing, knee boarding, water-skiing, are all options available to you there. Whether you have any experience at all, is irrelevant. They have coaches on site to help you learn, you just need to want to get wet.
If you have a full day at your disposal, Walt Disney World is a short 19 minutes away from the airport. The size of San Francisco or two Manhattens, Walt Disney World Orlando sports four theme parks – the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and two water parks – Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Perfect if you have your family or children in tow, or if you want to feel like a five-year-old again.
Universal Studios is not too far from Walt Disney World, and just 24 minutes away from the airport. Hit this spot if you are not really a Disney kind of a person, or if you are a Harry Potter Fan, and also enjoy pulse-quickening rides. The rides are not for the faint-hearted, but there is plenty for any member of your family or group regardless.
If Disney theme parks and watersports are not your cup of tea, maybe the Kennedy Space Centre will be of interest to you. A place of interest of another sort, it is a nice blend between a theme park and an educational tour, suitable for both adults and children.