Florida is the location of the most visited city in America, with more than 51 million visitors a year.  The city is Orlando and it is sometimes called the ‘theme park capital of the world’ and for good reason.  The city of Orlando has more entertainment attractions and theme parks than anywhere else in the world and, consequently, tourism is the area’s foremost economy.

TravelupThe most famous theme park attraction is, of course, Walt Disney World and the decision to build it near Orlando in 1965 was a real shot in the arm for the local economy.  Originally Walt Disney had looked at sites in both Tampa and Miami, but finally settled on Orlando because its inland location made it less susceptible to hurricane damage.  Walt Disney World is located some 21 miles southwest of downtown Orlando.  The backbone of Orlando is International Drive which houses a good number of the major attractions as well as numerous hotels.

The Universal Orlando Resort is also a well-known attraction and it consists of two parks – Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. Other Orlando attractions include the Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park, Sea World and Gatorland.

Orlando is the perfect base for exploring all the many theme parks that have been built in and around the city and one place that is well worthy of a visit is Discovery Cove where you can get to swim with dolphins.  As well as the nearby theme parks and attractions, there are many further attractions just a short drive away.  The John F Kennedy Space Center is one such attraction that should not be missed, and it must have been especially impressive during the time that the Space Shuttle was being launched.

Orlando’s climate varies from hot and rainy through the summer months to dry and cooler through the winter.   The climate is aided by the Gulf Stream flowing around the peninsula of Florida.  Hurricanes do occur in Orlando, but they are considerably much weaker than in coastal areas with the city being 42 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean and 77 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico.

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Whilst Orlando is best known as the home of theme parks and other family-orientated attractions, it also houses a fantastic selection of flea markets, where you can find all kinds of treasures, or simply stroll around and soak up the atmosphere. In this article, the experts working for Travelup discuss some of the best markets in Orlando.

One of the United States’ largest markets can be found in this city, and is aptly named ‘Flea World’. This is situated on Highway 17 and opens every weekend, from Friday morning until Sunday evening. Both tourists and local residents love to shop at this market, which houses approximately 1700 stalls. The market has both indoor and outdoor sections, and the former is air-conditioned during the blisteringly hot summer months. Although you can find almost anything you want to buy here, Flea World is a lot more than merely a market, Travelup explains – it contains an entertainment pavilion, with acrobatic and magic shows, circus acts and performances by dancers and musicians. These shows are also entirely free, and so even if you’re on a tight budget, it’s worth visiting this amazing market. In addition to this, there are funfair rides, go karts, a miniature golf course and a games arcade here.

TravelupAnother hugely popular spot is the Maingate Flea Market – this is located quite close to Disney World, and contains about four hundred stalls. The food sold here is excellent, with plenty of delicious ethnic cuisine which you can sample as you browse the jewellery, clothing and furniture stalls. This market is open seven days a week, Travelup add, from early in the morning until late in the evening.  Orlando’s other daily market is the 192 Flea Market, located in the area of Kissimmee. For those looking for reasonably priced souvenirs, this is the perfect place to visit.

Not too far away from here, you’ll come across the Osceola Flea & Farmers Market. As the name suggests, you can find fresh, locally grown produce here, as well as an abundance of antiques, clothes, crafts and jewellery. Even if you’re not in the mood for shopping, take a stroll around this market, and enjoy the rainbow-coloured displays of fruit and vegetables, and the bustling atmosphere of the stalls. The prices here are extremely affordable – according to Travelup reviews, it’s one of the best markets in Orlando if you’re looking for bargains.