Whether you're a first-time visitor or a seasoned vacationer, Florida's Orlando and Daytona offer a spectacular and endless variety of options to entertain, excite or relax. With average daily temperatures in the high 80's, you may want to plan some time to experience one of the refreshingly cool, amazingly fun water parks. With rides and attractions to appeal to everyone from toddlers to teens, not to mention those of us who just want to feel like kids again. You'll never have so much fun getting soaked!
You may also want to treat yourself to some unique theme park experiences that hold special appeal for adult visitors. While a fun-filled day at Walt Disney World, Universal or SeaWorld might top many a child's wish list, a full slate of action-packed and entertaining rides, shows and experiences mean that grown-ups will have an unforgettable time as well.
With over 90 different destinations to choose from, there's sure to be one that's right for you. Take a break from quick-service meals and enjoy a fine dining experience inside the theme parks. Or learn how the parks make the magic that you experience every day as a guest on a special VIP or Behind-The-Scenes tour. And, an amazing animal encounter is sure to create holiday memories you will be talking about for years to come.
A day spent at Epcot is all about discovery. Discover the how, what and why of the world we live in through explorations of the oceans, space, earth and even the human mind in Future World.
Universal Orlando Resort offers two distinct theme park experiences, of particular appeal to adults. You are invited to live the movies at Universal Studios Florida where you'll feel like you’ve stepped into scenes from your favorite films and television shows. At Universal's Islands of Adventure, you are invited to explore five themed islands - each one filled with unique thrills.
As night falls, the excitement builds at Orlando's theme parks with special nighttime shows, fireworks spectaculars and themed parades. It's a show you won't want to miss.
However, you also come to Florida for the beaches! You'll find more unspoiled beaches and more coastline than any where in the USA. Daytona Beach is one of Florida's best vacation destinations. With 23 miles of white sandy beaches, family attractions, museums, entertainment, outdoor sports, shopping and dining, Daytona Beach is synonymous with fun. You can enjoy all your favorite water sports like swimming, surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing, boating and cruising.
For land sports, the variety is endless. If golf is your game, there are more than two dozen championship courses at your fingertips. With moderate year round weather and value packed rates, you'll enjoy golf as never before. In addition, there are at least eight tennis and racquet clubs, and most that stay open until late. You can also enjoy skating, roller-blading, skateboarding and motorcycle racing.
Daytona Beach is known as the home of NASCAR stock car racing, but motorcycles also make their way around the world famous Daytona International Speedway. Even when there isn't a race, you can satisfy the need for speed at DAYTONA USA, or go from 0-75 mph in less than four seconds on the dragsters at Speed Park Motorsports.
Daytona features more than 400 restaurants, from small cafes to gourmet dining establishments; there is a culinary experience to fit every taste and budget. Of course, seafood straight from the Atlantic Ocean is one of the best bargains around, and the tastiest. Many of the area's restaurants catch their fish daily.
If it's nightlife you're looking for, Daytona Beach puts you in the thick of it. You can listen to the area's best reggae bands at outdoor cafes and hotel pool decks, or dance the night away at one of the area's nightclubs, featuring an impressive range of country, jazz, blues, pop, rock, soul and acoustic live music.
Orlando, as well as being home to world-renowned attractions, is brimming with theater companies, fine arts galleries, historical museums and a science center that contribute to a well-rounded cultural experience.
There certainly isn't a shortage of exciting things to do. The special events calendar brims all year long with everything from professional sports to outdoor festivals and floral extravaganzas.
For out-of-doors recreation there is canoeing, saltwater and freshwater fishing, and magnificent wildlife to find. There are seven state parks within just 50 miles of downtown Orlando - Wekiva Springs, Blue Springs, Tosohatchee, Deleon Springs, Hontoon Island, Lake Griffin and Lake Louisa all offering their own unique experiences.
Florida's parks reflect the diversity of a state that's equally inviting to swamp-sloshers, ancient fort-explorers, hikers of dense forests and surfers. Access the beach and opportunities for water recreation, tour historic structures, camp, stage a reunion, snorkel or bike all within the state's parklands.
Thanks to Mother Nature, the Florida Caverns State Park - a National Gold Medal Winner - has thrilled countless visitors since it opened to the public in 1942. Stalactites reach down from above, often bleeding into the stalagmites poking from the floor, forming pillars and columns painted in vivid hues. The history of the area is extensive - evidence of human occupation in the area dates back ten thousand years. The historic Visitor's Center chronicles much of it, and has Indian artifacts highlighted in its many informative displays.
If you're into fishing then something's biting. Your catch depends on where you're casting - deep sea charter, anyone? Maybe fishing the flats is more your speed, 24-hour piers or kayak fishing tempt anglers here - where oceans and lakes are known for sailfish, bass and so much more.
If you are more into shopping, Orlando is truly a shopper's paradise. Winter Park, Downtown Disney and Disney's town of Celebration have plenty of unique stores. Looking for something special? You'll find it here. Orlando is filled with outlet centers, upscale boutiques, major malls and antique shops.
With more than 3,800 restaurants, you can be sure to find something for every appetite and budget. In addition to serving the finest cuisine, area restaurants invite guests to an astounding variety of settings.
Whether you're looking to dance the night away, watch a show-stopping performance or just relax with a cup of coffee, in Orlando and Daytona you'll have one good time after another.