January 15th, 2011 11:06 AM by Karyn Smith
Think of Orlando and most people think of theme parks. However Orlando has more to offer. There really is something for everyone and to suit all budgets.<br> <br> Walt Disney Resort is an entire holiday destination in its own right. Incorporating four major theme parks - Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney`s Hollywood Studios and Disney`s Animal Kingdom Theme Park plus two water parks, themed hotels and other attractions it is the world`s largest recreational resort and the most visited! It is not cheap and long queues can be a problem but the Disney Magic can overcome a lot.<br> <br> The major rival to Walt Disney is Universal Orlando Resort and here the emphasis is on films. The theme park offers rides, shows and attractions where favourite film stars come to life.<br> <br> If you want to get away from the theme park crowds then Discovery Cove could be the place for you. Only 1000 visitors per day are allowed in to this 30 acre retreat. Want to swim with a dolphin? Snorkel with Stingrays? Feed tropical birds from the palm of your hand? Discovery Cove offers a tropical holiday in just one day.<br> <br> Peace and tranquillity is also on offer at the Harry P Leu Gardens, a 50 acre botanical garden but at just $7 at a cost to suit all pockets. Highlights include the largest formal rose garden in Florida, a butterfly garden or you can just wander through the camphor, oak and palm forests.<br> <br> If you are more interested in wildlife then you might be tempted by Gatorland. Florida is renowned for alligators and this park offers the chance to get up close and personal with them. You can also take a swamp walk, offering a glimpse of how the Florida Wetlands used to be before they were drained. At $22.99 for a Day pass it is definitely a cheaper day out.<br> <br> If you would rather see alligators in their natural environment try Bills Airboat Adventures. A conservationist and river historian Bill offers a 90 minute tour on his airboat of the backwaters and marshlands - each tour consists of a maximum of six people at a cost of $45.<br> <br> A different approach to the water is on offer at Buena Vista Watersports located on Lake Byran. You can learn to jet ski, water ski or just take out a boat. Lessons are also on offer.<br> <br> Education of a different type is available at the Orlando Science Center which has a focus on interactive and hands-on learning. Exhibits change frequently but could include a chance to explore the human body and the solar system. There is also a domed theatre for films and an observatory. <br> <br> Pirates Cove Adventure golf is pirated themed crazy golf - all the adventures of infamous pirates are brought to life as you play one of the three courses here. <br> <br> If you are feeling short of culture after days of theme parks, sport and adventure then the Menello Museum of American Folk Art offers an antidote. There is a permanent collection of paintings by Earl Cunningham as well as other paintings and sculptures.<br> <br> With consistently good weather and lots of diverse attractions and activities on offer Orlando is the perfect place to visit at any time of the year. It is recognised as a leading tourist destination from the UK with many tour operators offering packages. With so much competition it is often possible to get good <a href="http://www.dealchecker.co.uk/cheap-holidays.html">late deals</a> on packages including flights, accommodation and attractions.