A city in central Florida
Mid-winter is still a great time to visit the Orlando vacationland region. This year, Disney is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of Walt Disney's birth and the 30th anniversary of Disney World.
The weather most years also cooperates. Temperatures have cooled from their oppressive summer levels with an average high of a very pleasant 71°F. Warmer days are still possible (it has been as warm as 87°F). Equally possible are chilly nights and cool days. Lows average 49°F and it has been as cold as 19°F.
The region receives over 60% of the possible sunshine in January and precipitation is near the annual minimum with just 2.3 inches for the month on an average of 6 days with measurable precipitation. El Nino years are wetter and stormier, especially when the El Ninos are strong.
Orlando, also known as “The City Beautiful,” was founded in 1875. It is noted as the “Vacation Capital of the World” as well as a major worldwide trade and shipping center for citrus fruit.
Orlando's attractions are world-renowned and guaranteed to bring the “kid” out in all of us. It is home to Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World and Bush Gardens just to name a few. Walt Disney certainly knew what he was doing. Florida, even without its many theme parks, is an ideal place to visit in the cooler months.
The best times to visit Orlando are fall, winter and spring. It is during these seasons that you’ll most enjoy all that this great city has to offer. Orlando has some very delightful weather in the months from October to May with a great deal of sunshine and a relatively low risk of rain.
Overall, the state of Florida is noted for its mild climate and abundant sunshine. However, it is also the state most subject to hurricanes, which can cause great damage, as did Andrew (1992) and Opal (1995).
Fall - During late summer and early fall, all eyes turn to the tropics. Tropical systems, whether they are categorized as tropical waves, depressions, tropical storms or hurricanes, all threaten Florida with very wet, squally weather. When the tropics quiet down, delightful weather usually follows in late fall. November is the second driest month with an average of just six days rainfall and an average total of 1.65 inches of precipitation.
Winter - During the winter, most of the rain results from cold fronts associated with storms that pass to the north. Blue sky and sunshine typically follow with very pleasant daytime temperatures and low humidities. Occasionally, strong cold fronts can bring breezy and chilly conditions but these cold spells are usually brief.
Sprin - Spring comes early to Florida. April usually brings with it lots of sunshine and warm daytime temperatures. In many years this weather even begins in March! April by far is the driest month in Orlando with an average of only six days of measurable rainfall and an average total of just 1.30 inches.
Summer - By June, heat and humidity are a daily occurrence that results in frequent thunderstorms and heavy downpours. This pattern continues through the summer with average rainfall occurring about every other day and an average total precipitation over seven inches for each of the summer months. To avoid summer crowds, go to theme parks on rainy days. It'll help keep you cool in the summer and afternoon thunderstorms often clear up as quickly as they begin.
Georgia and Northeast Florida
Georgia, also known as the " Peach State" is home to 90 miles of beautiful beaches, coastline marshes, and barrier islands. The coast begins at Savannah to the north and ends at St. Mary's to the south. Savannah's National Historic District offers over two miles of beautiful homes, churches, jazz hot spots, and entertaining riverboat rides.
The series of golden barrier islands is a popular spot for bird watching, sailing, sunbathing, golfing, and fishing. Some of Georgia's best resorts line the shore including the Cloister on Sea Island rated among the top 20 hotels in the US. Cumberland Island is one of the most beautiful of the barrier islands and home to the 396,000-acre Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Little St. Simons Island offers 10,000 acres of marsh, beaches, and hiking/biking trails. Also popular is a canoe ride through the dark, cypress tree-lined waters of Okefenokee Swamp.
There are plenty of world class golf courses to choose from as well as tennis and sailing activities. Boaters, however, are encouraged to learn the tricky waters here before navigating.
Florida's beaches are no-doubt world-renowned. The northeast coast of Florida includes the Jacksonville area, St. Augustine area, The Flager Beach area (Palm Coast), and the Daytona and Cocoa Beach areas.
At the northern tip of Florida's east coast is the Victorian seaport village of Fernandina Beach. Next, Jacksonville Beach is home to 20 miles of white sandy beaches, the Jacksonville Beach Boardwalk, Pablo Historical Park, and many professional golf courses. St. Augustine Beach, located on Anastasia Island, offers wide beaches and complete family fun. The Flager Beach area, or Palm Coast, boasts 26 miles of a mix of beaches, waterways and natural, subtropical forests.
Daytona Beach is a popular resort boasting 23 miles long by 500 ft wide of pure beach. Driving is actually permitted in areas where the sand has been naturally packed down by ocean tides. Daytona Beach has an ocean park atmosphere, making it a popular hot spot for "spring-breakers." If you're looking for a more relaxing destination in this area, head to New Smyrna Beach.
The Cocoa Beach area, or the "Space Coast," includes Cocoa, Melbourne and Titusville beaches and Cape Canaveral Space Center. This ideal spot for families mixes relaxing beaches with educational adventure.
Traveling to Orlando
Orlando! Home of Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World! I LOVE going to theme parks and Orlando has all you need in one great spot!
Universal Studios has two different parks that you can enjoy; Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Islands of Adventure is right next door to Universal so it is a easy short walk to walk back and forth between the two. These two parks have a lot of roller coasters but there a plenty of rides that won’t make your stomach drop as well. City Walk is Universals area that has all the restaurants and nightlife. A great expectation of fun is what you need to bring with you when you come to this theme park! In the year 2017 they will be opening a tropical paradise water park called Volcano Bay; I can’t wait to check this one out. Universal Studio tickets are around $105 for a single day.
Sea World is the most famous marine life theme park in the world. You can pet dolphins, pet manta ray’s, watch killer whale shows, watch walrus and seal shows; they let you feed the seals as well. You buy fish and these seals will talk and clap for them; they are amazingly cute! There are lots of exhibits, roller coasters, kids rides, animal interactions and shows at Sea World; something for everyone. Sea World tickets are around $70 for a single day.
They have a water park as well called Aquatica that has lots of thrilling slides, pools and a lazy river. Aquatica tickets are roughly around $40 but it’s a full day of fun that will create great memories for you and your family.Sea world
Disney World has its own page on Travel In Style: Florida so just scroll up and click on the tab that says Disney World or click here.
The Holy Land Experience is a Christian theme park that replicates Jerusalem. They have all sorts of Biblical exhibits and characters that walk around from the Bible. There are many live shows that show the things that Jesus and his people went through.
LEGOLAND is an interaction theme park that is located right outside Orlando in Winter Haven. This park is designed for young children and pre-teens and has over 50 rides and lots of shows and attractions; they also have their own water park . Children can drive cars and boats and the family can wonder around carefree through lego cities and everyone can build their own creations.
Madame Tussauds is the most famous wax museum in the world and one is right here in Orlando. Spend the day taking pictures with the A-List stars like Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Jennifer Aniston, Albert Einstein, Serena Williams and many more. All of them look so real everyone will really think you met them.
Not far from Orlando (about 50 miles) is the Kennedy Space Center, home of NASA. Its almost a straight shot east on the expressway in Florida’s Space Coast; Brevard County. There is an entire day of fun for exploration and learning at the KSC. There’s tours, hands on experiences, a real shuttle that was up in space that you can tour, an IMAX theater, astronauts that you can meet, a launch pad tour and if you’re lucky a real rocket launch may be scheduled.
There are wonderful restaurants of all cultures in Orlando, the nightlife is great with places to go like Church Street Station, The Pointe Orlando, International Drive and much much more. It is one of the vacation destinations of the world and you will not regret a vacation here.
- Plan your vacation to Orlando during NON-PEAK times of the year so that hotels are at their lowest prices.
- Orlando always has coupon book that are FREE in most restaurants, hotels, gas stations. Almost everywhere you go you can find one or more coupon books; Use them.
- Take sandwiches and drinks to the theme parks with you because food and drinks are always expensive there.
- If you stay at hotels on International Drive, they provide shuttle services to the parks for free.
- There is a trolley that goes up and down I-Drive and for about $5 it will take you unlimited times per day.