5 Reasons You Should Visit Orlando

June 9, 2014


What do you look for in a holiday? Is it Culture? Music? Food?

If so, Orlando probably won’t be at the top of your list. But what many people don’t realize is that in recent years this Florida city has transformed into a bustling metropolis, converting it into a must-visit location that goes way beyond the mouse ears.

Here are five reasons why Orlando should definitely not be overlooked when planning your next vacation:

1. Orlando is great for families…

We all know about the magic, thrill and adventure of theme parks; Orlando is definitely not lacking in excitement! However, just below the surface there are countless other reasons that paint this city as the perfect all-ages getaway.

Did you know that, according to Travelers Choice awards for family friendly hotels, Orlando has six of the top 10 best places to stay for kids in the United States? You’ll be swimming in a pool of possibilities: water parks galore by day and Pirate Dinner Adventures by night.

2. Orlando is great for foodies…

Downtown Orlando Farmers Market

At the Farmers Market, Downtown Orlando

Most have experienced the culinary ‘world tour’ that Epcot has to offer, but did you know that there are exotic, nationally-recognized restaurants all over the city?

Expand your palate with traditional Vietnamese food at Pho 88, dine like a local at the Rusty Spoon, or spend an eventful Sunday afternoon brunching at the Downtown Orlando Farmers Market. If you’d prefer to stay closer to the theme parks, Restaurant Row offers a myriad of dining options you won’t regret.

3. Orlando isn’t just for kids…

Are you ready for a night on the town? Orlando has it all! Order a delectable artisan crafted cocktail at Hanson’s Shoe Repair. Dance until your feet hurt at The House of Blues’ Latin night on Tuesdays. See the downtown skyline at Sky Sixty.

Amway Center

The Amway Center, home of the Orlando Magic!

Plus, if you’re a sports-buff, you don’t want to miss out on the home of the Magic! Experience a basketball game alongside their passionate fan-base, and pop into the One80 Grey Goose Lounge for a chance to celebrate with the team.

4. Orlando has the best shopping deals…

Shopping in Orlando

Get ready for shopping heaven!…..

Did someone say SALE? If you’re a serial shopper, or just a sucker for great prices, Orlando is a haven for your inner spendthrift. Take your pick of three huge outlet malls, The Florida Mall, and the Mall of Millennia. These malls are just the most popular, but you’ll certainly find anything and everything you need. This city is truly a shopper’s paradise.

5. Orlando is sunny and bright…

Florida Beach

Beautiful beaches on your doorstep!

One main reason visitors love Florida is because of the weather – that’s no secret! However, since Orlando is right smack dab in the middle of the state, it’s easy to forget that there’s a beach just a hop away. In fact, there are five beaches within driving distance. The easiest to get to are Cocoa Beach (just 60 miles South East) and New Smyrna (approximately 55 miles to the North East). Don’t forget your sunscreen!



About the author

Neysha Bauer

Neysha is a lifelong traveler, writer photographer, and the author of Travelsuras, where she shares photographs and anecdotes from her experiences around the world. She’s a human bouncy-ball who enjoys discovering eccentric foods and capturing colorful landscapes.