Orlando is a city most famous for its proximity to the Disneyland theme park. For millions of families a year Orlando is little more than a stopping off point before heading down to Disneyland. Savvy travellers know that there’s much more to Orlando however, as well as the city’s own mix of modern culture and parks, Orlando’s other great attraction is the world famous Cape Canaveral. Orlando is just under an hour’s drive away from Cape Canaveral and so perfectly situated for a visitor’s attraction that is literally out of this world.TravelupCape Canaveral is famous and of incredible significance all over the world as the jewel of the US space program. The site, on the east end of Merritt Island on the Atlantic coast, was selected to be the location of the Kennedy Space centre where the vast majority of US space missions are launched from.  The location on Merritt Island was chosen partly because it was sparsely populated; meaning less people were at danger from potential accidents, but also due to the island’s southern location. Rocket scientists found that, due to the Earth’s curvature, linear velocity was greatest closer to the equator; this makes it’s easier for rocket taking off to escape the Earth’s atmosphere.

The vast majority of US space missions have been carried out from Cape Canaveral, including the iconic Apollo missions. Cape Canaveral was where Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins launched in Apollo 11 to become the first people in human history to set foot on the Moon. Viewed live by over 500 million people around the world, the Apollo 11 Moon Landing is possibly the most impressive achievement of human history to date and Cape Canaveral is the place that made it possible. Disneyland can’t really compete with that.

Although the Space Shuttle program has finished, visitors can still come to see rockets launching into space on missions of science and exploration. Cape Canaveral also has extensive visitor’s centres that bring its inspirational history to life.

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Orlando, FloridaThe first thing that comes to mind for a lot of people when they think about Orlando in Florida is Mickey Mouse, rollercoasters and theme parks. This sunny part of the world has become a bit of a theme park homeland attracting families and couples from all over the planet to experience the rides and adventures on offer.

 

One of the most recent additions to the Orlando theme park roster is Harry Potter World, which is part of the Universal Islands of Adventure. Other impressive parks that you might already know of are Busch Gardens – home to some of the biggest rollercoasters – SeaWorld, and the original, and arguably still the best, Disneyland. You could spend your entire trip visiting these parks, and many people do. They may be a little bit pricey and they don’t offer the highest cultural experience, but where else in the world are you going to get to play out your movie star fantasies, adventure into an underwater world or even sign yourself up for American Idol and embarrass yourself on American TV.

Universal Studios in Orlando, FloridaAfter you have either entertained the kids, or enjoyed being one yourself, there are quite a few other highlights to be had on a trip to Orlando. Being California, there’s a tremendous collection of spas and health centres. There’s no end of luxurious places for you to spend the days pampering yourself. And if that’s not your thing either, or you want to get your husband out of the way so that you can stay in the spa a little longer, there are plenty of golf courses to while away the hours on too.

 

Space station in Orlando FloridaHidden behind the glare of the theme parks there’s also some genuine culture to be explored in Orlando. Whether it is the City Arts Factory, where you can look at the art or relax in their classy coffee house, the glass exhibit, or the world famous Blue Man Group concerts, you can fulfil a few slightly less guilty pleasures in Orlando too.

Orlando is one of the great family holiday destinations. Take them there before they grow up; just make sure that you take some time to enjoy the other sights once you get there.

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