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You're Going to Love Orlando

Orlando is famous for two things: Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando. However, given the chance the city will impress. This lively, friendly Florida destination has much more to offer than just amusement parks.

However, there's no getting around it - those amusement parks are spectacular. Visitors can spend weeks trying all the rides at Walt Disney World. If you are simply looking for a fabulous family destination, look no further.

Back in town, Downtown Orlando is well worth exploring. There are the world-class pottery and jewelry exhibits at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, gourmet restaurants like Ceviche Tapas or Amura, and sporting venues like the Amway Center, home of the NBA's Orlando Magic.

So don't bypass Orlando when heading to Florida. Combine the best of both worlds by staying close to the amusement parks in one of the Sunshine State's friendliest Downtown districts.

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One of the best things about Orlando is the climate. Central Florida has almost wall-to-wall sunshine, so weather might not be the most important factor in deciding when to visit. Instead, think about crowds. High season for the major attractions is mid-summer, while the Christmas vacation is also busy. Try March and April or October and November to see the sights and enjoy the rides without contending with hordes of fellow tourists.

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Where to Stay in Orlando

Visitors to Orlando can choose to stay as close as possible to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Florida or seek accommodation in the center of town. Good central accommodation options include Aloft Orlando, with a rooftop bar, gym, and pool and the Embassy Suites, which provides high-quality family accommodation. If you want to be near the major amusement parks try the Comfort Suites Universal Studios Area (which offers shuttle buses to Universal Studios) or the Howard Johnson Tropical Palms Resort, which is conveniently situated for all of the area's attractions.

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Shopping Streets

Orlando is a fantastic shopping destination, with a number of mega-malls capitalizing on the vast numbers of tourists. The best place to shop is Artegon Marketplace. This shopping complex hosts a dizzying array of locally owned stores, including jewelry boutiques like Marianna Crafts and homeware stores like Bleu Beach. The Florida Mall is, amazingly, even larger than Artegon. This vast mall is the place to go for major brands, with names like Apple, Hollister, and Dick's Sporting Goods all represented.

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Big stores like Walmart, Safeway, Publix, and Aldi have a presence near Downtown Orlando, so an affordable groceries shop shouldn't be hard. Prices in Orlando don't tend to be too high, considering it's a major tourist destination. 12 eggs will cost around $2.50, and you can expect to pay $10-12 for a good bottle of wine.

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Where to Eat in Orlando

Dining out is one of Orlando's biggest attractions (after the amusement parks). Actually, Walt Disney World and Universal Studios are good places to eat themselves. Check out the French cuisine at La Luce in the Disney World complex and the Cajun-inspired cookery at Emeril's Tchoup Chop at Universal Orlando. City center favorites include 4 Rivers Downtown, a high-class BBQ eatery, and the Japanese restaurant Amura. Dining at the amusement parks is a little more expensive than dining Downtown. Expect to pay $20 for a good meal at the attractions and around $15 for a mid-range meal in Downtown restaurants.