Orlando has long been a popular home base for winter tourists and rented RV excursions thanks to its central location in the state of Florida and proximity to Walt Disney World. In addition to this famous attraction, non-Disney sights are located on International Drive, including the neighbouring Universal Studios and Wet 'n' Wild parks.
Families need never run out of things to do in Orlando, but a rented RV comes in handy for those wishing to visit Florida's first theme park, Cypress Gardens, in Winter Haven. Another popular adventure park, Busch Gardens, is located west of Orlando along Interstate 4 in Tampa. Also, visitors can still occasionally watch rockets launch at the Kennedy Space Center. NASCAR fans may want to take a detour to Daytona Beach, while Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge includes more endangered species than any other North American location.
Walt Disney World is actually situated more than a half-hour drive southwest of the city. The Epcot Center, Disney's MGM Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, and Downtown Disney now join the original Magic Kingdom theme park. Many Orlando visitors choose to spend their entire holiday at Walt Disney World, but there is also much to see and do outside of Disney's borders.
Two more popular Orlando theme parks, Universal Studios and Wet 'n' Wild, are conveniently located adjacent to each other on International Drive. The nearly vertical Blast and the infamous Black Hole are just two of the thrilling waterslides at Wet 'n' Wild, which also offers a tamer lazy river ride. The sister park of Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, consists of five uniquely themed islands.
Shamu the killer whale is the signature attraction at SeaWorld, but this Busch Gardens sister theme park also hosts dolphin and sea lion shows. If dolphin petting and seal feeding aren't thrilling enough, visitors can even be lowered into a shark tank for an even closer glimpse of the ferocious fish.
Most attractions within Orlando's own city limits are far more sedate. Florida's biggest formal rose garden and the nation's most expansive collection of Camellias outside of California provide the relaxing backdrops at Harry P. Leu Gardens. The country's biggest banana collection is the tropical stream garden's highlight.
Many Orlando theme parks are situated minutes from Walt Disney World in nearby Kissimmee, including Tropical Palms Resort and Campground.. Visitors here can choose between premium deluxe, premium, standard, or economy RV sites.
The full service Ponderosa RV Park is a favourite among baseball, rodeo, and golf fans because of its close proximity to the Silver Spurs Rodeo arena, Houston Astros spring training venue, and more than 20 golf courses.
Many of the people who stay at Themeworld RV Resort are SeaWorld or Walt Disney World seasonal employees. This family-owned RV park also features a gigantic swimming pool.
Those looking for an RV park in a more peaceful environment should try the Orlando Winter Garden Campground Resort,. Woods of oak and pine surround this park west of Orlando. There are planned daily activities between October and April as well as a serene fishing pond.
Orlando's only Interstate highway, Interstate 4, travels west to Tampa and east to Daytona Beach, where Interstate 4 connects with Interstate 95, the longest Interstate highway in the northeastern United States. Although Orlando still ranks among the top 10 most traffic congested United States cities, new dynamic message signs and Interstate 4 construction have reduced the problem. Driving under the influence (80 mg/dL) is a serious crime in Florida.
- Speed limits in the city: 50kph.
- Speed limits on national roads: 90 to 110kph.
- Help number: 9-1-1