Flight and hotel Orlando
Located in Central Florida, Orlando – also known as the 'Theme Park Capital of the World' – is one of the world's most-visited family destinations. This vibrant city's wonderful mix of sites and attractions make it a perfect vacationing hotspot for not only families but singles, couples, foodies, luxury shoppers, adventure lovers and international visitors.
In addition to incredible theme parks, Orlando boasts world-class performing arts, upscale bars and restaurants, high-end shopping outlets and a rich cultural heritage. You can save on package holidays in Orlando when you bundle your flight to and hotel in Orlando together.
What to know before visiting Orlando
Flights to Orlando arrive at Orlando International Airport (ORL), which is well connected with major destinations by various mode of transport. For your city breaks in Orlando, you can opt for a direct flight from Dublin or Cork to Orlando. You can also save time and money by booking your Orlando flight and hotel together.
As the official language is English, you likely won't face any language barrier. Orlando is five hours behind the UK, and the city's currency is the US dollar.
When is the best time to visit Orlando?
Orlando has a subtropical climate, with warm summers and cold winters. July and August are the hottest months, with daytime highs averaging around 33°C. January is the coldest month, with an average high of 22°C.
The climate is pleasant during spring (March to May), with average daytime temperatures around 25°C. By booking package holidays in Orlando between March and May, you can experience great weather, perfect for exploring outdoor attractions. For a memorable weekend in Orlando during this time, it's best to book in advance.
What to do in Orlando
Orlando offers plenty of exciting things to do for every visitor. Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve allows you to see the natural beauty of Florida. Charming views of Tibet-Butler Lake along with scenic wetlands and flatwoods provide an ideal setting for a relaxing stroll.
- Discovery Cove provides a one-of-a-kind experience as you interact with gorgeous sea animals, feed tropical birds and catch sea otters at play.
- Dave & Buster’s, a large entertainment facility, features traditional arcade games, a sports bar, and a fine dining restaurant.
- Take a boat tour through Winter Park to enjoy some of the most spectacular natural scenery, including views of delightful waterfront mansions and plenty of lush greenery.
- Universal City Walk is a fantastic entertainment destination in Orlando. Savour a meal at one of the theme restaurants, watch a movie in the IMAX theatre, play golf and enjoy a drink at the bars.
- During your city breaks in Orlando, play a round at Pirate’s Cove, one of the premier mini golf courses in Orlando. It features waterfalls, a pirate ship and tropical landscaping.
Places to visit in Orlando
From Universal Orlando Resort and Walt Disney World Resort to SeaWorld, Orlando is a thrill seeker’s paradise. Orlando’s theme parks boast enthralling rides, glittering parades, live shows and spectacular fireworks. If you're looking to have fun with the kids, the Magic Kingdom Park at Disney World is not to be missed. Famous for its iconic Cinderella Castle, it's home to Disney’s favourite characters.
Native and exotic animals are the major attractions at Reptile World Serpentarium and the Central Florida Zoo, two popular zoological destinations.
On a weekend in Orlando, be sure to take a tour of the True Blue Winery or the Lakeridge Winery to sample some of the area's best wines and appreciate the artistry that goes into making them. The Orlando Science Center and the Kennedy Space Center offer a range of incredible exhibits that are bound to keep visitors captivated. Soak up the creative vibes at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum or Crealdé School of Art. The Orange County Regional History Center provides an in-depth view of the region's rich history.
What to eat in Orlando
Orlando boasts a diverse and vibrant food scene. Award-winning 4 Rivers Smokehouse serves unrivalled barbeque, pulled pork, brisket, sandwiches amid laid-back ambience. Located in Winter Park, Ethos Vegan Kitchen offers healthy and hearty vegan fare made with organic vegetables, nuts, fruits, grains, and seeds. Toasted, a casual cheese-themed restaurant, is known for its sandwiches – dig in with a side of delicious truffle cheese fries.
What souvenirs can you bring home from Orlando?
Orlando offers excellent souvenirs to help you remember your holiday for years to come. If you're a die-hard Harry Potter fan, consider picking up a Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy or Hermione Granger magic wand. Magnetic photo frames from Universal make practical souvenirs, perfect for keeping your holiday photos in view. Other unique souvenirs include Disney-themed ornaments, Tupelo honey and Disney Mouse Ears.