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Holidays in Florida
With its year-round sunshine and world-class family attractions, it’s no surprise that Florida holidays are some of most popular getaways on the planet. At the heart of Florida is Orlando, the theme park capital of the world, and home to some of the greatest shopping centres in the state. Venture south for the palm tree-lined boulevards and glitzy celebrity nightspots of Miami. Just off Florida’s south coast, the tropical island of Key West is the place to spot wild dolphins.
Average temperatures in the early 30s (°C).
If you’re going to Orlando, you’ll land at either Orlando International Airport (MCO) which is 19km south-east of Orlando or Sanford Airport (SFB) which is 43km north-east of Orlando.
Did you know that we now fly from London Stansted to Orlando for Summer 2016? Book early to avoid disapointment
Be a part of the magic and spend a few days exploring Walt Disney World Resort. Magic Kingdom® is the main park, where you can fly with Dumbo, meet your favourite Disney princesses and ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad’s runaway mine train. Take advantage of the Florida sunshine with a trip to one of Disney’s water parks; snowy Blizzard Beach offers high speed water slides and Typhoon Lagoon’s tropical paradise is home to the biggest outdoor wave pool in the world. Universal Orlando® is jam-packed with exciting movie-themed rides. The Kennedy Space Center is an hour’s drive from Orlando. Here, you’ll learn about America’s space programme and see where NASA’s rockets are built.
Walt Disney World has four fun-packed theme parks with everything from white-knuckle rollercoasters to magical family shows and parades. A trip to Magic Kingdom® is one of the most exciting things for kids to do in Florida. Little-ones will love meeting their favourite Disney characters while older kids will have a blast riding the thrilling Space Mountain rollercoaster. If you love movies and TV, you’ll want to spend a large part of your holiday at Universal Orlando®. Embark on a hilarious adventure through Krustyland on The Simpsons Ride™ and wander through snowy Hogsmeade to pick up your very own magic wand in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter®. A holiday to Orlando isn't complete without a trip to SeaWorld, the world's most popular marine life park; Busch Gardens, full of wild animals and even wilder rides; Discovery Cove, the only place in Orlando where you can swim with a dolphin and Aquatica, SeaWorld's waterpark.
If you and your kids like zipping down water slides, then you’ll love Disney’s Blizzard Beach, one of the best family attractions in Florida. Blizzard Beach is designed to look like a ski resort, with cascading snow, melting ice caps and even a ski lift. Daredevils will want to try the 12 storey drop at Summit Plummet and the thrilling raft ride at Teamboat Springs.
Thrills are for sharing! Only Wet ‘n Wild® Orlando gives you more themed, multi-person thrill rides than any other waterpark around. Signature hits like Disco H20™, Brain Wash™ and The Flyer let you share the excitement with family and friends. Families with kids of all ages will have a blast in the largest family water play area in Florida, Blastaway Beach™. Now open, the all new Aqua Drag Racer™. Slide through four lanes of high-speed, head-to-head competition on the tallest and fastest ride of its kind in Florida.
The world’s longest drop tower multi-slide ride of its kind is now open at Aquatica™ Orlando - SeaWorld’s waterpark. Standing at nearly 80-feet tall and with a vertical drop measuring 40-feet long, Ihu’s Breakaway Falls™ features four different slides each boasting the steepest and tallest 360-degree spirals in the southern United States!
Orlando Premium Outlets® on International Drive is a great place to pick up a bargain or two. Forget ripping through endless sales racks – here, you’ll wander through a peaceful Mediterranean-style village of upmarket designer shops. One of the best places in Florida for cut-price designer items is Sawgrass Mills, near Miami. The largest designer outlet in the USA, you’ll find a huge selection of high-end items across 350 stores. A few minutes’ drive from Universal Orlando®, the Mall at Millennia is an elegant shopping centre with a mixture of high street shops, department stores and stylish designer boutiques. At Downtown Disney, you’ll find everything from unique pieces of Disney art to Christmas decorations.
Little ones: Disney’s Magic Kingdom®. Meet Mickey & Minnie Mouse, ride the teacups and get your picture taken outside Cinderella’s Castle.
Shoppers: Grab a bargain at Orlando Premium Outlets® or some one-of-a-kind souvenirs at Downtown Disney.
Teenagers: Plunge into darkness on the Revenge of the Mummy® rollercoaster at Universal Orlando® resort.
Language: The language spoken in Florida is English.
Currency: The currency used in Florida is the American Dollar ($).
Local time: Florida is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.
Fly to: If you’re going to Orlando, you’ll land at either Orlando International Airport (MCO) which is 19km south-east of Orlando or Sanford Airport (SFB) which is 43km north-east of Orlando.
Flight time from UK: 8-9 hours
Tourist Information: Further Florida tourist information can be found at www.visitflorida.com
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Florida.
Temperature: Average temperatures in the early 30s (°C).
Best time to visit Florida: Autumn when it’s comfortably warm and the main attractions are less busy.
Florida isn’t called the Sunshine State for nothing – you can expect hot, sunny days for most of the year. Florida weather can be particularly hot and humid during the summer months.
By hire car: Hire a car to get the most out of your trip to Florida. Be aware that you will come across numerous toll booths during your stay.
By trolley bus: The I-Drive trolley bus is a convenient way to get around International Drive and its many shops, restaurants and attractions.
By resort bus: If you’re staying in a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you can access free buses that will take you to all of the Disney parks
For yachters:The Miami International Boat Show is one of the biggest annual events in Florida, attracting around 3,000 boats every February. Mingle with Miami’s most glamorous citizens as you admire everything from powerboats to luxurious yachts.
High speed: Taking place early in the year is the Daytona 500, the most popular motor race in America.
Halloween: In October, Walt Disney World Resort holds kid-friendly Halloween parties with spooky parades and spectacular fireworks.
Santa visits Florida: Christmas is an extra special time at Disney’s Magic Kingdom®. Wander down snow-speckled Main Street USA to the sounds of festive music and keep an eye out for Mickey Mouse dressed as Santa!