It's no surprise Orlando, Florida offers the highest concentration of theme parks in the United States; the nearly tropical environment screams out for escapism, and the long summers and mild shoulder seasons make it a great destination for vacation getaways. Hotels near Orlando airport (MCO) can put you at the center of the action.
History & Transportation
Early Orlando history focused on citrus and agriculture, but by the 1960s, it had entered the era of the theme parks. With the opening of Walt Disney World® in 1971, Orlando has seen an ever increasing number of amusement parks around its city limits. While hotels near a particular theme park may offer temporary convenience (and a price that reflects it), staying in hotels near MCO airport puts you within driving distance of every theme park, golf course, and natural wonder Orlando has to offer. You'll need a car rental or car service to get around this sprawling city, but remember that thoroughfares are generally traffic-free as long as you don't edge too close to theme parks when you aren't headed there.
Things to Do
The best shopping tends to be organized within open-air, outdoor malls, where boutiques and branded luxury outlets share space with casual dining and haute cuisine. Orlando hotels near MCO offer quick travel to Winter Park Mall, the Mall at Millenia, and outlet malls along the International Drive ("I-Drive" area). As for theme parks, everything from major media companies to international toy brands host entertainment hubs here, with options sure to please any family, couple, or fun-loving solo traveler.
For a unique outdoor experience, try one of Orlando's many hot air balloon outfits, or visit a wild animal refuge; the former offer some of the best views of the area and nearby natural wonders, while the latter often serve a vital role in rehabilitating animals caught between the urban and the wild; these refuges also offer up-close-and-personal encounters with some of North America's most colorful species.
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