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.
The 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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