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===By plane===
Those traveling by air can enter via '''Orlando International Airport''' ({{IATA|MCO}}) [http://www.orlandoairports.net/]. With 34,640,451 passengers passing through its doors in 2006, MCO is the 24th busiest airport in the world and the busiest in the state of Florida. '''Orlando -Sanford International Airport''' ({{IATA|SFB}}) [http://www.orlandosanfordairport.com/] is located north of the city in [[Sanford (Florida)|Sanford]], and mainly caters to charter flights from [[Europe]] as well as regional carriers. Other international air options are '''[[Daytona Beach]] International Airport''' ({{IATA|DAB}}) [http://volusia.org/airport/] to the northeast, '''[[Tampa]] International Airport''' ({{IATA|TPA}}) [http://www.tampaairport.com/] to the southwest, and '''[[Melbourne (Florida)|Melbourne]] International Airport''' ({{IATA|MLB}}) [http://www.mlbair.com/] to the southeast.
Flights enter Orlando International Airport from all over the [[United States]], but travelers coming from international destinations will likely have to fly into [[Miami]] or [[Atlanta]] before transferring to a domestic airline. Orlando International Airport has more flights, with more seats, to more United States destinations than any other airport in the state of Florida. Orlando International Airport provides scheduled non-stop service to 22 international destinations and 85 domestic destinations. Encompassing 13,297 acres makes Orlando International Airport the 3rd largest airport in the United States, behind Denver and Dallas/Forth Worth.
===By train===
The car is still king in Orlando, and it is a very easy and convenient (if not congested) way to get to your destination. The roads are all wide and easy to drive on with all the major areas signposted, but traffic jams around downtown are common in the afternoons, and around the tourists areas on Saturday nights.
If you arrive by air via Orlando International Airport and get a rental car, go to the North Exit and head to the BeachLine Expressway (State Road SR 528 West) to get to International Drive, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Adventure Park Orlando, Discovery Cove, Wet 'N Wild, and Aquatica - SeaWorld's Waterpark. This will require $0.75 USD in tolls. A short-cut to the Walt Disney World Resort is the South Exit to the Central Florida Greeneway (State Road SR 417 South), following it to Exit 5, and taking State Road SR 536 straight into Disney. This requires $2.00 USD in tolls.
In Orlando, the main tourist corridor tourism area is International Drive, a strip of road that runs parallel to Interstate I-4 for about 10 miles (beginning at Oak Ridge Road to the north and ending at West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway (US Highway 192) to the south.
To get to the Space Coast beaches, such as [[Cocoa Beach]], as well as the cruise terminals of Port Canaveral, use SR 528, the BeachLine Bee Line Expressway (State Road 528recently renamed to the Beach Line), which is exit I-4 Exit 72 on Interstate 4.
Orlando is the largest rental car market in the world and is known as capital of car rental companies, with all major car rental companies easily accessible from the airport. All major car rental companies are located inside the Orlando airport or nearby.
* '''World of Orchids''', featuring thousands of blooms in an enclosed tropical rainforest. World of Orchids is a working greenhouse shipping orchids and other plants nationwide. A greenhouse covers nearly an acre (4,000 m²), and in this controlled climate of warm, humid air some 1,000 orchids are displayed in a natural jungle setting, with streams, waterfalls, and squawking parrots. World of Orchids also has a 1,000 foot (300 m) long boardwalk meandering off into nearby wetlands. Admission is free.
===Museums Cultural Attractions===
*'''The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art''' 445 Park Avenue North in Downtown Winter Park [http://morsemuseum.org] This museum houses the world's most comprehensive collection of the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933)*'''Cornell Fine Arts Museum''', Rollins College. Features items from Cornell's renowned permanent collection. Admission is free.*'''International Trolley and Train Museum''' - Features 14 model railroad trains with sound and lighting traveling through an indoor garden with 12 foot (4 m) high mountains, waterfalls, and more than 30 trestles and tunnels. Also on display are toy trains from the 1920s to the present. Visitors can catch a ride in a California Victorian-style half open/half closed trolley or the 5/8 replica of an 1880 locomotive (a Mason Bogey) with its passenger cars.*'''The Metropolitan Museum of Art StoreHoly Land Experience''' 4200 Conroy Road in The Mall at Millenia [http://www.metmuseum.org/store] This not-for-profit store is a retail satellite store of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York Citybiblical themepark and museum complex.*'''The Orange County Regional History Center''' 65 East Central Boulevard in Downtown Orlando [http://www.thehistorycenter.org] Features exhibits and artifacts from the earliest days of the region to the modern day. Includes information on everything from the time of the Seminole Indians to the founding of the city to the Civil Rights era to the Disney period to today.*'''The Orlando Museum of Art''', 2416 North Mills Avenue (US Highway 17-92) in Loch Haven Park [http://www.omart.org] Ongoing exhibitions of American portraits and landscapes, American impressionist works, and art of the ancient Americas. Founded in 1924, it is a leading cultural institution in the Central Florida region.*'''The Orlando Science Center''' 777 East Princeton Street in Loch Haven Park [http://www.osc.org] It , is a 207,000 square foot (19,000 m²) hands-on learning center with hundreds of interactive exhibits for visitors of all ages. Images surround visitors on the giant screen of the Doctor Dr. Phillips CineDome. Other attractions include the Body Zone, teaching health and fitness, as well as an observatory. The center has the largest refracting telescope in the state of Florida.*'''Ripley's Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium''', 8201 International Drive, ''+1 407'' 363-4418, [http://www.ripleysorlando.com/info/]. Located in a building artfully constructed to appear as if it were collapsing to one side. Visitors can explore bizarre artifacts, strange collections, weird art/hobbies (for example, check out the 3/4-scale model of a 1907 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost automobile -- made entirely of matchsticks and glue), and interactive exhibits in sixteen odd galleries. Seriously schlocky, yet fun.*'''Anita S. Wooten Gallery at Valencia Community College - East Campus''' 701 North Econlockhatchee Trail [http://www.valenciacc.edu/gallery] Exhibitions are free and open to the public.
===SportsTeams===
* '''Orlando Magic (NBA)''' [http://www.nba.com/magic/index_main.html] - Play at the 17,248-seat Amway Arena in Downtown Orlando* '''Orlando Predators (AFL)''' [http://www.orlandopredators.com/] - Play at the 17,248-seat Amway Arena in Downtown Orlando* '''Orlando Sharks (MISL)''' [http://www.orlandosharks.com/] - Play at the 17,248-seat Amway Arena in Downtown Orlando* '''University of Central Florida Knights (NCAA Division IFBS)''' [http://www.ucfathletics.com]* '''Seminole Community College Raiders''' (NJCAA) [http://www.scc-fl.edu/athletics/]* '''Rollins College Tars''' (NCAA Division II) [http://rollinssports.athleticsite.com/]* '''Atlanta Braves Spring Training in Lake Buena Vista''' [http://www.floridagrapefruitleague.com/] - Play at Cracker Jack Stadium in Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex* '''Houston Astros Spring Training in Kissimmee''' [http://www.floridagrapefruitleague.com/astros.html] - Play at Osceola County Stadium
==Do==
===World Class Major Attractions===
{{infobox|Changing times|Universal Orlando Resort will experience two significant changes in the near future. First of all, ''Back to the Future: The Ride'' closed early in 2007 and is slated to be replaced by 2008 with a new attraction based on ''The Simpsons''. Secondly, Islands of Adventure is building a new theme land based on ''Harry Potter'' which is scheduled for a 2009 opening.}}
Orlando is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world because of the nearby theme parks and resorts. Close to International Drive is '''Universal Orlando Resort''', which includes two theme parks, three hotels and a large shopping and entertainment district known as CityWalk. '''SeaWorld Adventure Park Orlando''' is a marine theme park featuring Kraken, the biggest rollercoaster in the Orlando area, as well as Believe, the all-new Shamu adventure. About 40 minutes outside of Orlando is the well-known '''Walt Disney World'''. Comprised of four theme parks, two water parks, dozens of hotels, three shopping and dining districts, eight golf courses and much more, it is the largest privately managed tourist destination on the planet. Not far from Walt Disney World lies the Alligator Capital of the World: '''Gatorland.''' Also, don't forget about water park '''Wet 'N Wild,''' located right on International Drive.
*'''[[Walt Disney World Resort]]''' - the famous attraction is actually located 35 miles south of Orlando, in a city called [[Lake Buena Vista]].*'''Universal Orlando Resort''', International Drive, ''+1'' 407-363-8000, [http://www.universalorlando.com/]. 9AM-(closing times vary -- usually from 6PM-10PM). Discounts for purchasing tickets online.*'''SeaWorld Adventure Park Orlando''', 7007 SeaWorld Drive in Orlando, ''+1'' 407-351-3600, 1-800-327-2424, [http://4adventure.com/seaworld/fla]. 9AM-(closing times vary -- usually from 6PM-10PM). Approximately 5.7 million people visited SeaWorld Adventure Park Orlando in 2006. The park encompasses 249 acres and has over 480 species. *'''Aquatica - SeaWorld's Waterpark''', 5800 Water Play Way in Orlando, "+1" 407-351-3600, [http://www.aquaticabyseaworld.com]. Hours Vary*'''Gatorland''', 14501 South Orange Blossom Trail (US HIghway 441) in Orlando, ''+1'' 407-855-5496, 1-800-393-JAWS, [http://www.gatorland.com/]. 9AM-5PM.*'''Wet 'N Wild''', 6200 International Drive in Orlando, ''+1'' 407-351-1800, 1-800-992-WILD, [http://www.wetnwildorlando.com/]. Hours vary.*'''Discovery Cove''', 6000 Discovery Cove Way in Orlando(''just off Central Florida Parkway, next door to Seaworld''), ''+1'' 407-370-1280, [http://www.discoverycove.com/]. Everyday 9AM-5:30PM (open til 9PM on selected evenings). Younger sister park to SeaWorld Seaworld lets you get even closer to the sealife allowing you to swim with fish, stingrays and the park's main attraction, Bottlenose dolphins. This unique Orlando attraction is sold out most days, despite it's high admission price, partly due to the fact that there is a limited number of 1000 places per day but admission does include all your equipment, food, drink and 30 minutes interaction with the dolphins in the water. $259-279 (''$159-179 for non-dolphin package'').
===Minor Attractions=== * '''Mary , Queen of the Universe Shrine and Museum''', 8300 Vineland Avenue in Orlando, ''+1'' 407-239-6600, [http://maryqueenoftheuniverse.org]. This extravagant Roman Catholic church has become a tourist attraction in itself, thanks in part to the millions of Roman Catholics from around the world who visit it and the rest of Orlando every year. NOTE: It is not a parish, therefore it cannot perform weddings, funerals, or baptisms.  * '''Rock Springs Run Kelly Park''', 400 East Kelly Park Road in , Apopka, [http://www.orangecountyfl.net/dept/cesrvcs/parks/ParkDetails.asp?ParkID=22]. Beautiful natural springs with lazy river that you can tube down, crystal clear water.*'''Central Florida Zoological Park and Botanical Gardens''' 3755 NW US Highway 17-92 in Sanford, ''+1'' 407-321-0900, [http://www.centralfloridazoo.org]. Approximately 245,000 people visited the zoo in 2006. The zoo encompasses 23 acres and has over 155 species.*'''The Holy Land Experience''' 4655 Vineland Road in Orlando [http://www.holylandexperience.com] A living biblical museum and theme park.
===Downtown===
===Venues===
*'''Orange County Convention Center''', 9860 Universal Boulevard in Orlando, (407) 685-1061. [http://www.occc.net/] With 2.1 million-square feet of exhibition space, the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) serves as the area's premier convention and meeting center. It is the 2nd largest convention center in the world.
==Buy==
===Major malls===
*'''The Florida Mall''' [http://www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?ID=139] 8001 South Orange Blossom Trail (US 441) - This 2.0 million square foot The biggest mall opened in 1986. It is one of the top 20 largest malls in the United States and is Orlando located at the intersection crossroads of South Orange Blossom Trail (US 441) and Sand Lake Sandlake Road. Home to over 250 stores hundreds of shops and anchored by Saks Fifth 5th Avenue, Macy'sMacys, Dillard'sDillards, Nordstrom, Lord and Taylor, JC Penney, and Sears, and The Florida Hotel and Conference Center. Restaurants include: Buca di Beppo, Salsa Tequeria and Tequila Bar, Ruby Tuesday, You can go an entire day in this mall and California Pizza Kitchenstill not finish.*'''The Mall at Millenia''' [http://www.mallatmillenia.com/] 4200 Conroy Road - This 1.2 million square foot mall opened on October 18, 2002. It is Orlando's most upscale shopping destinationand beautiful mall. Some stores include: Gucci, Find everything from Tiffany's to Hugo Boss, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store, Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dior, Cartier, Marciano, Jimmy Choo, Intermix, David Yurman, Apple, Tous, Zara, Pottery Barn Bed and Bath, Crate and Barrel, Juicy Couture, Furla, Janie and Jack, Sony Style, Montblanc, Coach, Vilbrequin, AG Adriano Goldshmied, and othersGucci. Also home to upscale department stores like Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus. This mall is located at part of the intersection very new and trendy Millenia area of Interstate 4 and Orlando. Located conveniently on the Conroy Roadexit off of I-4 a few miles south of Downtown. Retailers in the Millenia area include: SuperTarget, Zaxby's, McDonald's, Pollo Tropical, Regions Bank, Panda Express, Krispy Kreme, Robb & Stucky Interiors, Robb & Stucky Patio, BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, Olive Garden, Ethan Allen, DSW Shoe Warehouse, IKEA, West Elm, Old Navy, Elephant Bar Restaurant, Fifth Third Bank, Moe's Southwest Grill, Shane Co, Planet Smoothie, Quizno's Subs, Carvel, Exotic Car Gallery, Mimi's Cafe, TGI Fridays, Village Tavern, and Circuit City.*'''Orlando Fashion Square''' Mall [http://www.orlandofashionsquare.com/] 3201 East - Located on east Colonial Drive (State Road 50) - This 1.0 million square foot mall opened in 1973. Its anchor stores include: Dillard's, JC Penney, Macy's, and Sears. Restaurants include: Red Star Tavern, Panera Bread, and Olive Gardenjust north of downtown.*'''West Oaks Mall''' [http://www.westoaksmall.com/] 9401 West Colonial Drive (State Road 50)- This 1.0 million square foot mall opened in 1996. Located on West Colonial Drive in the western suburb suburbs of Ocoee. Its anchor stores include: Dillard's, JC Penney, and Sears. *'''Festival Bay Mall at International Drive''' [http://www.shopfestivalbaymall.com] 5250 International Drive - This 1.0 million square foot mall opened on April 3, 2003. It is home to stores such as: Ron Jon Surf Shop, Shepler's, Steve and Barry's, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, and others. it is located on the north end of International Drive. Restaurants include: Fuddruckers, Bergamo's Italian Restaurant, and Cricketers Arms Pub.*'''Oviedo Marketplace''' [http://www.oviedomarketplace.com] 1700 Oviedo Marketplace Boulevard - This 955,000 square foot mall opened in 1998 and is located in the northeast suburb of Oviedo. Its anchor stores include: Barnes and Noble, Bed Bath and Beyond, Dillard's, Macy's, and Sears. Restaurants include: Bill's Elbow South and RJ Gators Hometown Grill and Bar.*'''Altamonte Mall''' [http://www.altamontemall.com] 451 East Altamonte Drive (State Road 436) - This 1.2 million square foot mall opened in 1974 and is located in the northern suburb of Altamonte Springs. Its anchor stores include: Barnes and Noble, Dillard's, JC Penney, Macy's, and Sears. Restaurants include: Elephant Bar Restaurant, Seasons 52, Miller's Orlando Ale House, and Bahama Breeze.*'''Seminole Towne Center''' [http://www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?ID=122] 200 Towne Center Circle - This 1.2 million square foot mall opened in 1995 and is located in the northern suburb of Sanford. Its anchor stores include: Belk, Dillard's, JC Penney, Macy's and Sears.Winter Garden
===Outlet malls===
*'''Orlando Premium Outlets''' [http://www.premiumoutlets.com/orlando]- Home to the biggest designers such as Armani, Fendi, Burberry, Ferragamo, Lacoste, Coach. Also home to Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, Polo, Nautica and many more. Located off of State Road 535 and visible from I-4 closest to the Disney World area. This is the best mall to pick up bargains from all the name brands and designer wear.
*'''Prime Outlets International'''[http://www.primeoutlets.com] (formerly Beltz) - Home to many designers such as Polo, DKNY, Nike, Reebok, Kate Spade, and Liz Claiborne. The mall is currently undergoing major renovation but the outside centers are still open and have the above stores.
*'''Lake Buena Vista Factory StoresOutlets''' [http://www.lbvfs.com/] - Select from over 300 designer and name brands such as Gap, Reebok, Carters and Eddie Bauer. Stores offer factory direct, quality merchandise at savings up to 75%. Located off of SR 535 near International Drive and Disney.
===Ethnic enclaves===
==Sleep==
With a hotel around virtually every corner (actually 4 or 5 around every corner) it seems impossible to throw a rock and not hit a hotel. There are hotels to meet every traveler's need, whether it be a hostel or a 5-star resort, although many visiting families often prefer to rent their own private villa as they usually provide much more personal space and have their own private facilities. There are also a large number of lodgings in the surrounding cities and towns. Orlando is home to 440 hotels and 111,348 hotel rooms and has the 2nd most hotels rooms out of any market in the entire world. Over 48 million people visited Orlando in 2006.
===Budget===
*'''Grand Bohemian Hotel''', 325 S. Orange Ave., [http://www.grandbohemianhotel.com]. Takes center stage as downtown Orlando’s landmark luxury hotel. With 250 guest rooms & suites guests experience a dazzling blend of art, music and memorable hospitality.
*'''Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress ResortOrlando Hotel''', One Grand Cypress Boulevard, [http://grandcypress.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp?]. Ideally located adjacent to Walt Disney World, this Lake Buena Vista, Florida hotel combines the most comprehensive selection of activities – including golf, tennis, pools, horseback riding, dining and more – with state of the art meeting facilities, luxurious guestrooms and renowned Hyatt service.
*''' International Plaza Orlando Resort and Spa''', 10100 International Drive, [http://www.internationalplazaresortandspa.com]. Orlando resort located just minutes from Sea World and Orlando Convention Center.
*''' The Peabody Orlando Hotel''', 9801 International Drive, [http://www.peabodyorlando.com]. Luxury Orlando hotel, contemporary elegance, home to the famous Peabody Ducks and located across the street from Orlando Orange County Convention Center.
*''' Westin Grand Bohemian Hotel''', 325 South S. Orange Avenue., Orlando. ''+1'' 407-313-9000, 1-866-663-0024, [http://www.grandbohemianhotel.com/]. Near Orlando's Church Street Station. Luxury hotel with European styled elegance.
* <sleep name="Buena Vista Palace" address="1900 Buena Vista Drive" "+1 407-827-2727" url="http://www.buenavistapalace.com"></sleep>
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