Leeds is a legendary place to live, with ample attractions to keep you entertained all year round.
But when you’re yearning for experiences beyond Yorkshire, planning a summer holiday presents the perfect opportunity to spread your wings.
When the world’s your oyster, it’s hard to find a destination that really floats your boat. But Florida’s a fantastic choice, and Orlando might be the jewel in its crown.
If you’re looking for #SummerHols2019 tips, here are 10 reasons Orlando’s outstanding.
Orlando’s toasty all year round. Stats from USclimatedata.com confirm that the annual high temperature is 82.4°F and the annual low is 64.3°F — you won’t struggle to top up your tan, but high-factor sun cream is a must.
Whether you want to swim, surf or simply sit and people watch, Orlando’s stuffed with spectacular beaches like Cocoa Beach, New Smyrna Beach and Daytona Beach — which locals claim is the world’s most famous.
Culture vultures have plenty of creative treats to chew over in this buzzing city, but the Orlando Museum of Art might be the pick of the bunch — with African and Ancient American collections, it’s easy to while away an entire day in its inspirational surroundings.
- Theme Parks
Orlando is recognised as the theme park capital of the world and with attractions like Walt Disney World Resort, SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Orlando Resort and Legoland Florida Resort, it’s easy to see why. If you’re traveling with kids in tow, they’ll never be bored.
You’ll find the same chain eateries in Orlando as the rest of the US, but to truly taste the city, sample the fare at independent restaurants like Primo, Kadence, Santiago’s Bodega and Domu — delicious.
If you’re fond of a tipple, Orlando has plenty of lively bars where you can slake your thirst with cold beer and cool cocktails. Olde64 is a traditional retro-style pub with beer on tap and Hanson’s Shoe Repair is a speakeasy nestled in a former cobbler’s shop — pick your poison and party.
- Pro basketball
If you’ve always wanted to witness professional basketball players soaring through the air on their way to spectacular slam dunks, grabbing Orlando Magic tickets makes your dream a reality. Watching the sporting drama unfold at the Amway Center is a wonderful way to spend an evening.
- Live music
Orlando’s also a great place for good vibes. Catch a live gig at renowned music venues like The Social, The Plaza Live! And Wall Street Plaza — you’ll groove to genres like rock, blues, soul and everything in between.
Once you’ve had your fill of theme park rollercoaster rides, fine food and delightful drinks, you might want to recharge your chakras and detox your mind — in which case, classes at Orlando Power Yoga on 2415 E. South Street fit the bill.
Public transport systems LYNX and LYMMO make exploring the city child’s play, while Orlando Airport is handy for trips further afield and you’ll find airport parking from provider Looking4.com.
That’s our list! Share your own Orlando travel tips in the comments section.