Why visit Orlando?
It’s a playground for kids and adults alike. And the weather is mostly lovely all year round.
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.
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Suggested reading and viewing about Orlando
Paper Towns (John Green, author of “The Fault in Our Stars, 2008).
Things to do in Orlando
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.
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.
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.
Orlando International Premium Outlets and The Mall at Millenia
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.
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.
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)
Eat and drink on board
On all our long haul flights you can choose between two menus, and get two meals with wine, beer or mineral water included.
New aircraft - low emissions
On our long-haul flights you fly with our 787 Dreamliner, one of the most comfortable and environmentally friendly options there is.
Starting from 10 Euros you can get the window seat, be seated in the front to save time or near the exits to have more legroom. Already booked? Add seat reservation now.
Keep yourself entertained with our state-of-the-art entertainment system with movies, TV shows, games and an interactive 3D map with travel tips for your destination.
Because your travel plans might be flexible, so are we. With Norwegian you can make changes to your ticket up until 30 minutes before take-off.