Friday, April 26, 2013 Orlando

Orlando is one of the most memorable cities in the United States and it is one of the most visited. Even though most people visit Orlando for the theme park attractions, there are so many other fun things to do in the town and most of them do not require standing in line or buying entry tickets. Never Leave the Resort.

Orlando is home to several top notch resorts and many of them provide so many activities and amenities that visitors do not have to leave the resort to enjoy themselves in Chicago. Most of the resorts are along the International Drive area or in the Kissimmee area off of Hwy 192. Several of these resorts offer huge pools often accompanied by waterslides and lazy rivers. They often pools designed just for kids and some that are just for adults. Many of the resorts also have activities designed for the entire family or for children in certain age groups. Most of them also have game rooms stocked with the latest video games, spas for total relaxation, and restaurants with delicious food and festive drinks. Some of these destination resorts include the Liki Tiki Resort, Hilton Grand Vacation Club at Seaworld and Parc Soliel, Orange Lake Resort, and so many more.

Downtown Disney: It’s Free!

If you want to visit Orlando, but stay away from the long lines and expensive prices at the theme parks, there are other fun activities. Downtown Disney is a popular destination for people of all ages. This is a planned area with restaurants, shops, and bars. The nightlife is fun for those over 21 years of age and children also enjoy playing in the Lego Store, eating at Rainforest Café, and checking out all of the Disney goodies at many themed shops. You can also see a movie, play in the arcade, or catch a Cirque de Soleil show.

So Much Shopping

Since there are so many tourists that arrive in the area on a daily basis, shopping is a big deal in Orlando. Many families visit the many indoor shopping malls, expansive outlet malls, flea markets, and antique stores that pepper the area. The Mall at Millenia is the newest indoor, luxury shopping mall and there are several other popular large stores in the area of the Mall at Millenia. For those who prefer outlet shopping, there are two Orlando Premium Outlets in the area filled with top names in fashion, accessories, electronics, and items for your home. There are also several flea markets including FleaWorld and 192 Flea Market and both of these are indoors so you can shop regardless of the weather. Shoppers who love antiques just need to travel a short distance to Mt. Dora (which isn’t a mountain at all). Mt. Dora has a quaint downtown area with antique shops and restaurants selling homemade cupcakes, serving local beers, and other delicious fare.

Get Your Golf On

Another favorite pastime of visitors traveling to Orlando is golfing. There are several golf courses all over the Orlando vicinity. Some are attached to resorts, like the Orange Lake Resort, and others have low prices for early morning or late afternoon rounds. There is an Arnold Palmer course and many locals love the Grande Lakes resort, too.

When you decide to visit Orlando, it is important to realize that there are so many more activities besides the expensive and busy theme parks.

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