Visiting Central Florida
Tourism is one of the main drivers of Florida’s economy. A great majority of visitors travel to the state to enjoy the many world-class attractions in the Central Florida region. Central Florida is known as the theme park capital of the world, home to exciting theme park destinations, including Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort. The region, however, also boasts numerous other tourist attractions beyond the theme parks. Central Florida’s countless attractions make it a popular destination for families.
During the summer months, temperatures can reach over 90°F (32°C). July is on average the hottest month of the year. January is typically the coldest month with an average high of about 72°F (22°C). Expect sunny days most of the year with occasional rain. Thunderstorms and hurricanes are likely during the summer and fall seasons.
Utilize the Lynx bus for a small fee for transportation to many attractions throughout Orange and Osceola county, including Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando. Both theme park destinations provide complimentary transportation throughout their resort to guests staying on-site. The I-Ride Trolley provides an affordable way to access popular attractions on International Drive. Many hotels in the region may also provide buses to popular theme parks. Buses are an option to visit Tampa Bay from the Orlando area. Ridesharing apps, such as Uber and Lyft, and car rentals are also an option.
Enjoy gourmet takes on fast-food classics, including burgers, chicken, and frozen custard. Locations can be found on International Drive, near Mall at Millenia, and at the Florida Mall. Click/tap here to visit Shake Shack’s website.
Maggiano’s Little Italy
Savor classic and contemporary Italian-American fare—such as homemade pasta, prime steaks, fresh fish, and more—served in a warm, friendly atmosphere. The restaurant is located on International Drive. Click/tap here to visit Maggiano’s Little Italy’s website.
Keke’s Breakfast Cafe
Enjoy handmade American breakfast dishes and comfort-food lunches, including a variety of waffles and pancakes, omelets, paninis, and more. Locations can be found throughout the region, including nearby Universal Orlando and Busch Gardens. Click/tap here to visit Keke’s Breakfast Cafe’s website.
Charley’s Steak House
Dine on seafood dishes and aged, extensively seasoned, flame-grilled beef. The restaurant has numerous locations, including on International Drive, near Celebration, and nearby Tampa International Airport. Click/tap here to visit Charley’s Steak House’s website.
Order freshly baked garlic knots, chicken wings, authentic New York-style pizza, and more. Locations in the tourism corridor include nearby the Orange County Convention Center at Lake Cay Commons plaza, in Hunters Creek neighborhood, and nearby MetroWest Village plaza. Click/tap here to visit NYPD Pizza’s website.