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Sanford, Orlando, Florida
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Sanford Airport is often the starting point for those traveling to Orlando, Florida on their holidays.
Ideal for family fun and the young at heart Orlando has much to offer, with its abundance of theme parks to suit all tastes, plenty of great hotspots for night-life and even educational trips that are guaranteed to capture the imagination like never before. With all year round great weather, it's no surprise Florida has been nicknamed 'The Sunshine State'. Orlando sees average high temperatures of 34c (93 fahrenheit) in the summer and even winter hits a pleasant 22c (72 fahrenheit) so there'll be plenty of great days to enjoy, and many happy memories.

With so much to do around the Sanford/Orlando area you'll be hard pushed to fit everything in during one visit. This is the kind of trip where it is almost essential to make use of a car hire in Sanford/Orlando, as Florida is often underestimated in its size and relying on public transport, especially on family trips can add unnecessary pressures.
Comparing the Florida peninsula to the rest of America it may seem fairly small, but its is in fact only a fraction smaller then England. Keep in mind that in hot weather, traveling by car, especially with children we recommend an air conditioned hire car.

Theme parks
Some of the main attractions in Orlando are the fantastic theme parks and there is no shortage of choice.
There is the ever popular Disney Land which remains one of the world's, if not the world's favorite family theme park. For lovers of Sea Life there is the aptly named Sea Life Centre and Orlando also caters for the more religious with The Holy Land, a theme park built to send you back in time to the Bible days of Jerusalem.

The Kennedy Space Centre
Here you'll get to see everything from lunar landing modules and the impressive 'rocket garden' to being able to take a guided coach tour around the inner workings of the space centre, including the chance to see the launch pad and the Vehicle Assembly Building in Launch Complex 39

Those with the luck of good timing will witness the spectacle of a genuine space shuttle launch with tickets available to view from a podium on site, although you can get equally as clear views and in some places better by taking your hire car along the surrounding Florida coastline

Cocoa Beach is a particular favorite point to view space shuttle launches, and makes up a part of coastline that has been dubbed the 'Space Coast'.

Disney Land
The Disney Land resort offers the chance that kids dream of, to meet their favorite characters and enjoy some spectacular shows and rides including 'Big Thunder Mountain Railroad', 'Splash Mountain', 'Space Mountain', the 'Indiana Jones Adventure' and “'It's a small world'.
One show that can't be missed is the famous Main Street Parade that offers a chance to see all the Disney characters that you may not have been lucky enough to see around the park.
Also part of the Disney experience is the Epcot Centre, with its instantly recognisable dome taking centre place, surrounded by several areas all dedicated to countries around the globe. This is one of the only places on earth where you can learn about and sample so many cultures in a day. Why not stop for a quick break in Japan to see a Taiko drum show before heading to Morocco for lunch? The Epcot Centre offers it all, and why not after lunch take a little astronaut training? It's all there to enjoy!
To see everything Disneyland has to offer will take the good part of 2-3 days, so its well worth investing in a three-day pass, and if you want to keep the Disney magic during your visit there are many Disney hotel resorts which offer monorail travel too and from the main parks, as well as further attractions along the way.

Sea World
Another must visit park in the Orlando area is Sea World, with its world renowned Orcas (Killer Whales) including the infamous Shamu, along with much other aquatic life such as Sea Lions and Dolphins, both with their own shows.
Orca shows are run throughout the day with a special show at night, these are highly recommended visits during your day trip. It's worth noting that the night time show is different to that of the day time shows.
Linked to Sea World is Discovery Cove, a recent addition which acts as a separate entity and makes more of a special trip.
As you need to book in advance and the park doesn't allow more then a thousand visitors at a time, the ticket prices could be considered a little steep at around $260 each.
This inclusive price offers some unique experiences, such as interacting with sharks, manta rays with spans of up to 8-feet, exotic birds and of course the main attraction swimming with dolphins, which those who have experienced will testify is well worth the price of admission.

Universal Studios
For those looking for a theme park with more of an edge, Universal Studios offers a great day out. It's a lot less character crammed and will make a welcome change to many, with the edgier styles of attractions such as the Jaws ride, Terminator 2, 3D Battle Across Time, Men In Black, Alien Attack and now host to shows like Fear Factor Live.
As now is popular, Universal Studios also offers a resort (The Islands of Adventure) for those looking for somewhere close to the action although its worth noting that long stays in these resorts can end up being more expensive.

Music
For a musical night out, music lovers have plenty of choice to suit there taste. A couple of the more notable places to visit include the House of Blues and the Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show. The House of Blues is a good sized music venue to see live music, with a constant string of artists from all genres playing, with artists such as Frank Black, Methodman, Soilwork, Hootie & the Blowfish and Pat Green. The Stampede and Dinner show offers a good country style night out, with the kind of food and music you'd expect.

Celeb Spotting
Those looking for a more star studded night out are best taking their hire car for a drive down to Miami, which has over the last few years been adopted and sculpted by many celebrities to become one of 'the' places to been seen partying.

 

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