Located about 150 miles from the border between Florida and Georgia, Orlando is the seat of the Orange County. It is surrounded by more than 7,800 lakes (both natural and man-made) and citrus groves. Orlando is 75 miles from the Gulf Coast (to the west) and 50 miles from the Atlantic (to the east). The state boasts more than 13,000km (8,400 miles) of coastline and more than 17,500km (11,000 miles) of waterways, streams, and rivers that comprise a pole of attraction for millions of tourists annually. Some of the natural attractions found in the Orlando area include the Big Tree Park – A hydric hammock swamp that takes visitors to “The Senator” sight (a 3,500-year-old Bald Cypress Tree), the Bok Tower Gardens, the Happy P. Leu Gardens (the butterfly sanctuary), and the wetlands and recreation facility of Howell Branch Reserve. Of course, you may also wander the hiking trails of the Orlando Wetlands Park. Another great place for recreational activities, such as hiking and fishing is the Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area. The river of St. Johns is the state’s longest river, offering stunning views of the city as it runs to meet the Atlantic.
The heart of Orlando is full of man-made beaches while the Walt Disney Resort dominates the interest of visitors, for its theme parks, hotel complexes, golf courses, water parks, and its own system of waterways, lakes, and roads. The Universal Studios is another must-see attraction, located in the southern suburb of the city. Although not as big as the Walt Disney Resort, it contains major theme parks, one of which is the most tech-advanced in the world, and an entertainment and dining centre. The SeaWorld Orlando (much larger than other SeaWorld Parks in the USA) offers a magnificent spectacle; a killer whale leaping out of the pool, among other marine shows, featuring dolphins, seals, and water skiing acrobatics. It also contains thrill rides and a gigantic state-of-the-art roller coaster.
Gatorland is where you will find 1000s of reptiles (e.g. crocodiles and alligators, as well as the rare white alligators) and see some of them perform demonstrations and shows (e.g. the “Gator Wrestlin”) on a daily basis. The small train in the facility will take you a tour around the grounds of Gatorland and up to the observation tower, where you can see breath-taking views of the surrounding wetland region. The Orlando Science Center is a magnificent place to watch laser shows and a large variety of themed exhibits, showcasing numerous branches of science, ranging from biology to mechanics.As for the Cape Canaveral Kennedy Space Center, it is just a breath away, with permanent tributes to the age of space exploration and the moon landings of the 20th century.
If you fancy theme dinner theaters, Orlando has lots to offer. For family entertainment, you can visit the Medieval Times in Kissimmee, where you will be seated around a central arena and feast on a medieval ceremonial dinner with jousts and knights in full armour performing horse-riding feats. You can expect the same shows at Pirates at Colossal Studios. Some of the local dishes you can savour are blue and stone crabs, Gator Tail, Rock shrimp (Dixie Crossroads Restaurant), Cuban Sandwich (The Columbia Restaurant), Scallops (oysters), Conch Fritters, Spiny Lobster, and Key Lime Pie.
Holiday House Citroen (Accommodation Code: US3274.639.1) is a non-smoking, bright, spacious and comfortable 6-room villa, located in the district of Orange Tree. With tasteful furnishings, numerous amenities/facilities, an exit to a beautiful terrace and close to the Disney World, the Universal Studios, and the Sea World it is ideal for families. Plus, it has everything you will need to enjoy your stay within an arm’s length and plenty of facilities within the resort, from a supermarket to night club and post office. Undoubtedly, you will be enchanted by its lovely, sunny position, with the private garden, the fenced, heated swimming pool, meadow, and the comfy terrace