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Holidays in Florida
With its year-round sunshine, 825 miles of beaches and world-class family attractions, it’s no surprise that Florida is one of the most popular holiday destinations 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.
Temperatures in the Sunshine State range from mid-teens to the low-30s.
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.
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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. Or take your holiday to the next level at Universal Orlando Resort™. With three amazing theme parks – Universal Studios Florida™, Universal’s Islands of Adventure™, and Universal’s Volcano Bay™ water theme park, opening early summer 2017 – spectacular on-site hotels and more, it’s days and nights of endless fun for every member of the family. . 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 take your holiday to the next level at Universal Orlando Resort™. Immerse yourself in the next generation of blockbuster entertainment at Universal Studios Florida™. Journey through legendary worlds of incredible heroes at Universal’s Islands of Adventure™. And enjoy the thrills and relaxation of a tropical paradise like no other at Universal’s Volcano Bay™ water theme park, opening 2017. 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.
Opening early summer 2017 at Universal Orlando Resort™, live the carefree island life at Universal’s Volcano Bay™. It’s an all-new water theme park like no other filled with thrills, indulgence and rejuvenation. No standing in long queues, wrestling with inflatables, or waiting for the fun to begin. It’s a tropical paradise just steps away from everything Universal Orlando Resort™ has to offer.
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!
Florida’s history is hard to mention without including Kennedy Space Center, found at Cape Canaveral. Home of the space race mission in 1969, the centre has launched hundreds of rocket ships over recent decades including the first successful moon landing.
The centre is now a hub of history and future research, where you can enjoy footage from previous missions along with simulators to get a feeling of what it’s like to blast off for the first time. With lots of interactive areas for the kids, it’s a fun day out for the whole family.
Why not take a tour on the Kennedy Space Center bus which gives you behind the scenes access to NASA’s facilities? If you’re lucky enough to be in Florida around the time of a launch, visit the nearby Sidney Fischer Park for the best views of take-off.
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 Resort™ 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.
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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: Experience the magic and excitement of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at Universal Orlando Resort™ and ride* the Hogwarts™ Express between King's Cross Station in Universal Studios Florida™ and Hogsmeade™ Station in Universal's Islands of Adventure™.
Kids: With all of our Orlando package holidays of seven nights or more, kids aged 11yrs and under receive their own Kids Eat Free card,
valid in over 100 restaurants throughout Orlando. Instructions on how to redeem the voucher for your Kids Eat Free Card will be provided with your travel documents.
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: 16-28 (°C)
With temperatures ranging from the mid-20s to the low-30s (°C), Florida isn’t called the Sunshine State for nothing. You can expect hot, sunny days here most of the year, particularly during the summer, when temperatures can climb to 33 (°C). Spring and autumn are great times visit if you want to avoid the crowds, and you’ll find plenty of seasonal activities at the theme parks during the slightly cooler winter 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!