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Why visit Orlando?

It’s a playground for kids and adults alike. And the weather is mostly lovely all year round.

Local hotspot

Central Business District (CBD) or Downtown Orlando: once sleepy, now burgeoning thanks to additions like the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, galleries, theatres, the long-running Sunday Farmer’s Market and food and gallery tours.

You probably didn’t know

Author Jack Kerouac (On the Road) lived briefly in Orlando from 1957-58 and typed there the original manuscript to Dharma Bums. The cottage is still standing.

Suggested reading and viewing about Orlando

Paper Towns (John Green, author of “The Fault in Our Stars, 2008). 


Things to do in Orlando

The Boheme

At first glance, Orlando is home to every chain restaurant on the planet. Resist those temptations. At The Boheme, inside the luxury – and boutique – Grand Bohemian Hotel, chef Laurent Hollaender serves a standard but beautifully executed menu. Plus its Bösendorfer Lounge (yes it boasts a Bösendorfer grand piano) is great for cocktails. 

The Ravenous Pig

When you fly to Orlando, visit The Ravenous Pig in Winter Park which is all about locally sourced ingredients, a rotating menu of microbrews (including those brewed at sister restaurant Cask & Larder) and a monthly Saturday roast that’s to die for.

Victoria & Albert's

Inside the parks, the best eatery in Orlando may be the upscale Victoria & Albert’s inside Walt Disney World Resort, which has a five-star rating from AAA.

House of Blues and Hard Rock Live

When it comes to live music and other live entertainment, you can’t go wrong with House of Blues at Downtown Disney and Hard Rock Live at Universal Orlando Resort, with both offering top-of-the line entertainment pretty much year-round.

Backbooth

Away from tourists, at Backbooth in Downtown Orlando there’s live music – from indie to grunge – Tuesday to Sunday in a more intimate setting (it can accommodate 350). Dancing kicks off after midnight Fridays and Saturdays.

Hanson's Shoe Repair and The Pharmacy

The local scene is also rife with speakeasies. Hanson’s Shoe Repair, located at an old cobbler shop in Orlando, requires you to call to get a code to access its wood-paneled, chandelier-decorated rooms. The Pharmacy is another: both eatery and bar behind an unmarked elevator. It specialises in house-made bitters and artisan tonics.

The Wine Room

And at The Wine Room in upscale Winter Park, a charge card allows you to swipe “wine machines” to get a taste of over 156 different wines of your choosing.

East End Market in Orlando

For the foodie in you, East End Market in the trending Audobon Park Garden District houses nearly 20 independent businesses, from restaurants to artisans to bakeries, offering all sorts of edible and non-edible treats.

Fly to Orlando, visit the East End Market.
East End Market in the Audobon Park Garden District

Orlando International Premium Outlets and The Mall at Millenia

The Orlando International Premium Outlets are a great deal off-season, when the regular stores aren’t on sale, while The Mall at Millenia is the destination for luxury brands from Prada to Versace.

Acme Superstore

Off the beaten path in Longwood the Acme Superstore is a comic book heaven.

Plant Street Market

The thoroughly lovely Plant Street Market, located inside a historic brick building in Winter Park, houses independent retailers from candle-makers to butchers and bakers.

Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Studios

If you’re in Orlando and don’t go to the parks – namely, Disney World Resorts, Universal and SeaWorld – something is seriously wrong. Really, you have to be a complete misanthrope to not enjoy even one iota of that scene. (Is it truly possible not to be thrilled by “The Hulk” or “Revenge of the Mummy” at Universal?)

However, advice for the crowd-averse: get there early (before opening time) if possible in the resorts inside the parks, which allow you extra time and fast passes. If you don’t, take advantage of the Fast Pass at Disney and buy the Express Pass at Universal. It will be the best-spent money of your life.

Lego Store

For parents looking for a little break while staying in Orlando, there’s nothing better than the Lego Store in Downtown Disney. Kids will be riveted – and quiet – for hours on end. 

The Winter Park Scenic Boat Tours, Gatorland and the Richard Petty Driving Experience

The Winter Park Scenic Boat Tours take you through the many canals and outlets of the Winter Park chain of lakes. Gatorland is seldom top of anyone’s list, but the option of ziplining over the crocs is just plain fun. And at the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World Speedway you can drive your own stock car, provided you’re an adult, and you need not stand in line as reservations are required.

Cape Canaveral

If you’re willing to schlep a little to Cape Canaveral, you can buy tickets to witness a bonafide space launch. Yes, just like in films.

Events to look out for when you fly to Orlando:

  • Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival (March–May)
  • MegaCon (May)
  • Fourth of July (July)
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (September)
  • Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights (September–November 1)
  • Magical Dining Month (September)
  • Orlando Home Show (October)
  • Orlando Bowl Week (December–January)

Flying with Norwegian

  • Flexible tickets
    You can make changes to your ticket up until 30 minutes before take-off.

  • In-flight entertainment
    Fly Norwegian, and you’ll have entertainment at your fingertips. Video on Demand is available on most flights.

  • New aircraft - low emissions
    Fly with one of the youngest fleets in the world, which means less emissions and a more comfortable flight.