As one of the most tourist centered cities in the world, Orlando vacation resorts have a great deal to offer including large shopping malls, restaurants of every type, night clubs, bars and many specialist shops. Visitors with more than just a passing interest in amusement parks and similar attractions will find themselves at home on a vacation in Orlando owing to the many entertainment venues the city has to offer.
If you are an animal lover then you must visit the Central Florida Zoological Park in Sanford which was opened to the public in'75 and houses a collection of over 400 hundred animals. The Central Florida Zoological Park and Botanical Gardens is dedicated to preserving the beauty and wonder of animals including their habitats.
Then there are the works of Louis Tiffany whose famous collection is housed here in the Morse Museum of American Art. The famous chapel interior commissioned for the World's Columbian Exhibition back in'93 is also here along with many items of Tiffany jewelry, leaded glass, ornaments and clayware.
Orlando is certainly a city for all age groups and not solely designed for the amusement of children as family and adult attractions are in equal numbers. For the young at heart, a vacation in Orlando aims to please with extensive evening venues including music and dance at Disney's incredible Pleasure Island and Universals version, City walk, to name just a couple of places.
Another great place to visit about twenty minutes drive from Orlando Airport is The Orlando Science Center, originating back to'55; it is a huge complex with over two hundred thousand square feet of exhibition space spanning ten halls. If your preference is in railways then the International Trolley and Train Museum on International drive will be a pleasant surprise with-- trains running continuously and three waterfalls in a space of about 4,000 square feet.
For something a little different there's the Titanic Exhibition which tells the story of the ill fated Ocean Liner performed by a character from the ship; the displays contain some original salvaged items and at times the tour is very moving. Away from all the hustle is the wonderful Lake Eola Park in the heart of downtown - it has beautiful sidewalks in over forty acres where it is possible to spend a few peaceful hours during your vacation in Orlando.
Of course how could anyone possibly visit Orlando without a visit to at least one theme park, and for those of you who are unsure Disney has four, not including the water parks. Universal has its own versions including Seaworld. If you are on you first vacation in Orlando, whether in one of the Orlando vacation resorts or otherwise, try to visit all the major attractions first because it is almost certain you will return again for another vacation in Orlando another year.
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