With seven of the top theme parks all in one sunny location, Orlando is the theme park capital of the world. And, with more than 68 million visitors in 2016, this Central Florida city is also the most-visited tourist destination in the United States. Orlando is best-known as the home of Walt Disney World; but in addition to the theme parks, award-winning food scene, versatile shopping and hidden gems, Orlando hosts more than 450 year-round events with 5 million delegates each year. It is ranked second in the United States in terms of exhibition space with more than 2 million-square-feet. (For a comprehensive calendar of events, go to Visit Orlando's official website, VisitOrlando.com.)
Walt Disney World – Photos courtesy Visit Orlando
The City offers large-scale complexes that combine one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences with shopping and dining. With the re-imagination of Disney's "downtown" area, Disney Springs has doubled in size by adding a multitude of new restaurants, many with international celebrity chef acclaim, one-of-a-kind shops and entertainment venues. I-Drive 360 is an entertainment destination on International Drive featuring restaurants, shops, live entertainment, attractions and the 400-foot "Coca-Cola Orlando Eye" observation wheel.
Coca-Cola Orlando Eye observation wheel – Photo courtesy Visit Orlando
For the outdoor-enthusiasts, there are several surrounding national parks with acres of lush foliage for hikers, cyclists, horseback-riders and those who enjoy adventure trekking, off-road driving and ziplining. There are also many collegiate and professional sporting events in the area including: the National Basketball Association's Orlando Magic, the University of Central Florida Knights football, the Orlando City Soccer Club, and the annual Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Dancing couple – Photo courtesy Visit Orlando
Plan your visit today at visitorlando.com.