Hiring a car in Orlando is a lovely idea. Most of the city's attractions are not located directly in the city. Although the city offers numerous theatres, fascinating buildings and shopping centres, Orlando is best known for its amusement parks. With a hired car from Orlando, you can reach one of the 50 theme parks in just a few minutes. The largest theme park in the world, the "Walt Disney World Resort" is located southwest of Orlando. It was opened in 1971 as the first park in the chain and attracts over 52 million visitors a year. With a hired car you can travel independently and explore the city as well as its sights.
Rent a car in Orlando and explore the area
Orlando is a big city in the US state of Florida, which is characterised by its wide range of attractions and amusement parks. It is often referred to as the "tourist capital" of the United States. The city attracts more than 62 million tourists from all over the world every year. If you would like to rent a car and discover Orlando, you should take several days to do so, or plan a whole holiday in the city, because the city, which is usually warm in spring, has many destinations to offer for many stays.
If you want to rent a car and explore Orlando, you should be aware that the city area of about 262 square kilometres stretches through Florida quite extensively. The city with its wide hinterland is located in the east of the state, about fifty kilometres from the coast. However, numerous lakes on the peninsula and a large number of large, green parks convey a touch of maritime climate. Florida and especially the region around Orlando is a very warm state. Even in December and January temperatures rarely fall below ten degrees Celsius, snowfall is just as rare and usually not permanent. With a maximum of thirty-three degrees Celsius in high summer, the temperature is always pleasant. However, the air is always very humid and the chances of precipitation during the summer months are highest.
At night, Orlando's city centre is transformed into a throng of clubs, restaurants and theatres. The largest of these is the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, which was rebuilt for just under $430 million to provide a home for Broadway shows and ballet in the heart of the city. The "Mad Cow Theatre" is the city's most renowned theatre and offers classical and contemporary plays with a strong cast. Comedy lovers will get their money's worth in the "Orlando Improv" Comedy Club and get to know young talents who will eventually fill arenas.
Downtown cityscape from Eola Lake in Orlando
Renting a car to explore Orlando for shopping is definitely worthwhile for friends of the big, glorious malls and centres. Many designer outlets are only a few minutes away from Orlando by rental car. In the "Florida Mall" or the "Mall at Millenia" you can enjoy shopping trips with live entertainment and shows, good food and great sales.
There are many reasons to rent a car and get to know Orlando from its best side. Many attractions are just a few minutes drive from the city centre and the city's many different hotels. The city is always modern, open and inspires all age groups. We listed below the highlights we think you definitely shouldn't miss.
Hogwarts Castle, home to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction Orlando USA
Orlando has numerous art museums. Lovers of modern, international or performing arts will equally get their money's worth here. If you want to rent a car and explore Orlando and its art scene, the best place to start your tour is the CityArts Factory. Seven art galleries, the SAK Comedy Lab and Barnie's Coffee Kitchen are waiting to be discovered. This mixture of modern art, exhibitions of emerging artists, private galleries and performing arts is also unique in Orlando. Ideally, a rental car through Orlando will take you to the Orlando Museum of Art. In addition to contemporary art, it is also home to local art and folk art. You can get to Eatonville by rental car from Orlando from the north. Here on the former outskirts of the city lies the oldest African-American quarter of the USA. The "Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts" shows art by prominent artists of this quarter and other artists of African-American descent. The collection is unique and also politically exciting. For a visit to the "Orlando Science Center", you can park your rental car in the centre of Orlando. It is centrally located and offers small and large explorers on four floors lots of fun and interesting facts about technology and research.
If you arrive at the Airport Orlando by plane, you can directly hire a car there and drive to the city or to the amusement park. To reach the Universal Orlando Resort by rental car from Orlando, the airport is about 15 kilometres west. The park is dedicated to Universal Studios' films and series. In addition to the main attraction, Universal Studios, a must for film fans, there are also other attractions such as the Sea World and Hardrock Café. Also to be reached by rental car from Orlando in the same direction are parks such as "Wet' n Wild".
Beautiful aerial city view of Orlando with some amusement parks
If you want to hire a car and instead of an amusement park get to know Orlando and its culture, you can choose between several different museums, theatres and art galleries. Driving a hired car through Orlando comes with, thanks to the cities' size, plenty of benefits. As in many cities in the USA, in Orlando it is easier to find a car park for your hired car than to find your way through the public transport system, or to travel longer distances by taxi. It is most convenient to hire a car right at the airport. If you book in advance, online and through our website your car will be ready and waiting for you upon arrival at the airport. Finding car parks in Orlando really shouldn't be troubles at all. There are many guarded and secured car parks all around the city. Depending on the weather, time of year and most certainly your interest, Orlando has various highlights to offer. We recommend to travel with a hired car in order to be able to move around town independently and flexibly. No matter what, we hope you'll have a lovely time in Orlando and guarantee you a good experience with a rental car. Last but not least, the parks are definitely worth a visit in sunny, warm weather.
Skyline of Orlando, Florida at dawn