Marcus Aurelius once said, “Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” For years Orlando has been called The City Beautiful, and it must have something to do with all the lights and laughter waiting to be chased. And who better to enjoy a beautiful vacation with than your four-legged companions? Between visiting whimsical worlds and dining on fresh Floribbean fare, take Roofus and Purrcy out and about to neighborhood parks and lakes or let them strut their stuff while you window shop downtown. Book pet-friendly hotels in Orlando and read on for answers to some of your travel questions…
How many theme parks are there in Orlando?
As of 2016, there are 17 theme parks in the Orlando Metropolitan Area, and counting. Three of those parks are part of the SeaWorld Orlando Resort, three compose Universal Orlando Resort, and six make up the Walt Disney World® Resort. So if you’re planning your trip around some serious park-hopping, Orlando is indeed your dream destination. You can even bring the pets along for the ride, but non-service animals will stay entertained in Orlando pet-friendly hotels near your favorite park. Book your home away from home at Vista Cay by Millennium to keep your critter close by.
Be sure you visit some of the other indie theme parks in the area, like Gatorland. Since 1949, Gatorland has been home to thousands of swamp-loving alligators and crocodiles, many of which are rescued from trappers. These Floridian members of the animal kingdom may be less cuddly than your traveling buddies, but they’re just as magnificent.
Where can I find top restaurants in Orlando, FL?
Maybe the year-round sunshine inspires Orlando chefs to invent bright new flavor combinations. Or, maybe the surplus of seafood from the coast and Cuban classics are such a perfect pairing that Floribbean cuisine just comes naturally. Whatever the case, you’ll find trendy bistros, local-favorite cafes, and upscale restaurants that will remind you once again of Orlando’s lovely nickname.
For fine dining and the royal treatment, reserve a table at Victoria & Albert’s, located inside Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (which is also pet-friendly). From the first bites of chef Scott Hunnel's amuse-bouche to the last spoonful of Hawaiian Kona Chocolate Soufflé, your tasted buds will fall in love like Victoria fell for a fellow named Al. If you have an adventurous palate to match your craving for theme park rides, stroll along International Avenue and follow the scent of your favorite global dishes, including Ethiopian eats and Brazilian barbecue. Your pets will be extra curious about those leftovers…
When you experience beauty, you want to share it. Wherever you go, take your best friends along with Travelocity. We have over 271,000 hotels worldwide, including several pet and dog-friendly hotels in Orlando. Flying in for a quick getaway with the pooch? Stay at La Quinta Inn & Suites Orlando Airport North and make it easy to come and go. Orlando will take care of all the fun in between.