- Orlando Family holidays
Ask most children where they want to go on holiday, and a family holiday in Orlando is likely to be high on the list. In fact, they might not be interested in the city in general, but specifically in the Walt Disney World Resort and the other theme parks in the area, but you don't have to let the rollercoasters and other rides dominate the whole of your trip - you might want to spend a day or two in the parks, and then spend the rest of your vacation exploring the other attractions of what is actually a very pretty city in its own right.
Orlando's pretty parks
Orlando has much more open space than you might expect from an American city, and it's easy enough to get around and explore these. Head to Rosalind Avenue and discover Lake Eola Park, a gorgeous public space with a lake at its centre, which you can walk around at your leisure beneath the shade of the surrounding trees. You might spot another connection too - Rosalind is married to Orlando in the Shakespeare play As You Like It - and if your children are studying Shakespeare at school, there are plenty more references to the bard in this city, although it is disputed as to whether it was originally named after his character.
The City Beautiful
All of these open spaces add up to give Orlando the nickname of the City Beautiful, and contrast greatly with the artificial landscapes of the theme parks. If you do decide to ride the rollercoasters, make sure you leave yourself with plenty of time to get around the park and take in all of the star attractions. For children of the right age, a family package holiday in Orlando is also a chance to see Universal Studios' The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and this is no doubt a must-see venue for many parents who loved the books and films as well.
Orlando for families
There are so many great reasons to book family holidays to Orlando, starting with the language barrier - or lack of it. America is of course an English-speaking country, so you and your children will be able to speak directly to the hospitality staff without any problems. US currency can also feel quite familiar, even if you've never used it before, and you might feel more comfortable with keeping track of the exchange rate and how much things cost.
Why Orlando is so great for families
The residents of Orlando have plenty of affection for children and go out of their way to ensure that younger visitors are catered for just as well as adults. With the chance to visit some of Earth's top kids' attractions, including the Walt Disney World Resort, family holidays in Orlando are special. This lively city is also home to great shops and restaurants, and a surprising number of beautiful open spaces. All of this, coupled with Orlando locals' chilled-out approach to life, ensures that tired families can easily unwind and start enjoying everything this unique destination has to offer.