Visitors to Orlando will notice two things immediately. First, there will be men in uniforms everywhere! The stores, the restaurants, the gas stations- everywhere they look they will see a uniform. This is because Orlando is the home of Naval Support Activities and a Naval Training Center.
The second thing visitors will notice is the amazing entertainment available while in Orlando. For families, Disney World and Epcot Center are there to ‘wow’. Spend a day (or several) exploring the different foods and cultures of Epcot or check out all of the magic of Disney.
Sea World combines entertainment with education and inspiration. The Shamu show, One Ocean, will allow people to learn about sea life while they are entertained. And, of course, don’t forget the rides! The new Manta flying roller coaster will have people soaring and screaming.
Some people prefer sun and sand to rides and thrills. The nearby beaches are sure to please with miles of white sand, beautiful water and shops for tourist and locals alike. Try Daytona beach for a party atmosphere. Spring break will bring crowds of college kids. Biker rally’s are popular here, too.
If a quieter beach is what you desire, go to St. Augustine beach, about an hour and a half from Orlando. The beach is gorgeous with glistening white sand against the blue water. Dolphins are spotted daily near the shore. The city of St. Augustine is great for a day trip. The oldest inhabited city in the US, St. Augustine is fantastic for historic architecture, ancient graveyards and the local San Sebastian Winery; which offers free tastes of their wines along with a free tour of the winery.
Depending on what visitors wish to see, there are several accommodation choices. If Disney is high on the list, head for Disney’s Polynesian Resort or Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. The Polynesian resort will make visitors feel as if they are in the South Pacific. The Art of Animation will make visitors feel like they are part of the drawing of Disney adventures.
For those wanting to be close to downtown nightlife, consider the Grand Bohemian in the heart of downtown Orlando. The Courtyard by Marriott is another classy choice near downtown bars and clubs.
Maybe a different type of accommodation is what visitors are looking for. Check out the campgrounds around Orlando for a night or two under the stars. Wekiwa State Park is about 15 miles from Disney World. This campground offers thirteen miles of trails, kayak and canoe rentals, and primitive or full facility camping.
For those with family coming in from the Orlando International Airport, the Lake Whippoorwhill KOA is only a 12-minute drive away. Beautiful lake views, canoe rentals, a pool and a hot tub ensure a great visit. The Lake Whippoorwhill KOA is only 20-minutes from most attractions, too.
There are also villas, condos and houses visitors can rent for their stay.
Whatever accommodations or attractions people are looking for, Orlando is sure to please.
By Military Travel Exchange