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City Sightseeing Orlando

City Sightseeing Orlando offers fantastic day tours within the Orlando, Lake Buena Vista, and International Drive areas. From trips to the Kennedy Space Center to Clearwater Beach, this tour company will make sure that you get the most out of money.

Tel: +1 407 352 4646
Website: http://www.floridadolphintours.com

American Ghost Adventures

American Ghost Adventures runs nightly walking tours of Downtown Orlando, uncovering the city's murky history and taking in several spooky sights. The second half of the two-hour tour takes place in a haunted building, where guests are equipped with electromagnetic field readers and encouraged to record any eerie happenings on their phones or video cameras.

Tel: +1 407 256 6225
Website: http://www.americanghostadventures.com

Tour Beaver

Orlando Tours offers a wide range of tours, from nature-based excursions such as swimming with the manatees to trips to the Kennedy Space Center and Gatorland. It offers airboat rides in Kissimmee as well as dolphin swims in the Florida Keys.

Tel: +1 212 852 4822
Website: http://www.orlando-tours.com

Orlando excursions

Homosassa Springs

An increasingly popular excursion takes guests to this fabulous state park to swim with manatees, which are amazingly gentle creatures. Many tours also include an airboat ride. Visitors can see the Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park and take a leisurely boat ride down Pepper Creek. Entering the park afterwards, you can see a number of animals native to Florida, as well as manatees in the special tanks. This is about a 90-minute drive (160km/100 miles) from Orlando.

Tel: +1 352 628 5343
Website: http://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/ellie-schiller-homosassa-springs-wildlife-state-park

Florida Everglades

A (very) long day trip takes guests all the way south–bear in mind this is around a four-hour drive though (320km/200 miles). For most, it is worth it to go see this magnificent natural wonder and have the chance to explore this amazing water system. As the third-largest national park in the US, the Everglades contains the country’s biggest mangrove swamp, housing more than 350 species of birds, 300 species of fresh and saltwater fish and 40 species of mammals.

Tel: +1 305 242 7700
Website: http://www.nps.gov/ever

St Petersburg and Clearwater

About a 90-minute drive (160km/100miles) from Orlando on the Gulf Coast are these popular resort towns, with long, wide, family-friendly beaches, fishing excursions, dolphin-watching cruises and speedboat rides. The resort towns to visit include St. Pete Beach and Treasure Island, all with colourful gift shops and miles of undeveloped coastline. St. Pete Beach also has the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum. Madeira Beach and Indian Rocks are two other popular resort towns.

Tel: +1 727 464 7200
Website: http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com

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Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld

This beautiful resort-style hotel is right opposite SeaWorld, and has an impressive lobby atrium and a spectacular indoor courtyard. For the price, this hotel has great rooms and the restaurant choice is reassuringly diverse. All in all, this property offers superb value in this price range.

Sheraton Safari Hotel and Suites

With larger than average rooms, a great pool and an ideal location just outside Walt Disney World Resort, this make this a good family choice. As you can imagine, the décor is largely animal prints and exotic details. There’s been attention paid to the outdoor areas, including a 24m (80ft) water slide in the pool. The hotel is currently undergoing a US$25 million renovation, due for completion this spring.

Walt Disney World Swan and Walt Disney World Dolphin

The former operated by Westin and the latter by Sheraton, these are the archetypal fancy Disney hotels with all the attendant allures. Between the two hotels, there are 2,267 luxury rooms and 254,000 sq ft of meeting and exhibition space. They share 17 restaurants and lounges, four swimming pools, two health clubs, and a wide array of recreational activities.

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort

An 18-storey atrium welcomes honeymooners and families, screeching parrots and all. It’s hard to imagine a more replete resort hotel, and there’s a whole world to explore, from one of the best pools in the country to the comprehensive sports on offer to the destination restaurants.

Galleria Palms Hotel & Suites

One of the best-located budget hotel options you’re only a mile and a half from Disney but you can stay at a fraction of the price of similarly placed hotels. The rooms aren’t the largest you’ll ever stay in but they are clean and modern and there’s even a free breakfast.

Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld

Formerly the Doubletree Resort Orlando, a US$35m refurbishment in 2010 means this is now one of the best value hotels on International Drive. Set in 11 hectares (28 acres) of landscaped gardens, there are three main pools and a children’s pool. There are varied dining options on site, and a myriad of choices just nearby.