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From outer-space high tech all the way to spaced-out Disney trip.

The Mickey Mouse draw card has turned Orlando into the fourth-ranking US destination for overseas travellers, after Miami, Los Angeles and New York City. The city 'built on the peel of an orange' has also established itself as part of Florida's high-tech corridor.

While everybody knows the big-name theme parks - they've spawned smaller versions in most of our home countries - the real treasures of Orlando's psyche are the sidekicks: Holy Land is peddling God; Gatorland bills itself as the 'alligator capital of the world'; and Skull Kingdom is endearingly low-tech.

Weather

January is the coldest month in Orlando, if you consider a low of 10°C (50°F) and a high around 22°C (70°F) cold. July and August are very hot and humid, with highs around 33°C (90°F), 95% humidity and frequent downpours.

Orlando's temperate climate - and the lure of the Mouse - make it a year-round destination. Planning to visit Disney World is akin to studying Sun Tzu's The Art of War . Visiting Orlando can be much the same if the D-World is on your itinerary. As a general rule, avoid school holidays. Otherwise, try to avoid the peak summer period; before Thanksgiving and after (up until Christmas) and then late January are good bets.

A Top Day in Orlando

There are heaps of first-class walking trails in the national parks to Orlando's north. Closest to town, Wekiwa Springs State Park has miles of well-maintained hiking trails. In Ocala National Forest, the Salt Springs area has a splendid loop trail through a cypress forest. A 100km (65mi) section of the Florida National Scenic Trail runs right through the Juniper Springs area. The 8km (5mi) Cruickshank Trail surrounds a shallow marsh within the Space Coast's Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. It begins along Black Point Wildlife Drive.

Paddle along crystal-clear rivers that wend their ways through untouched wilderness at one of Florida's best national parks: the Ocala National Forest, northwest of Orlando. Other places for canoeing include the Wekiwa Springs State Park and Mosquito Lagoon in the Canaveral National Seashore.

Rent a bike at Wekiwa Springs State Park and cycle along trails that run through unique palmetto wilderness. Throughout central Florida, you can cycle on the fantastic network of of 'rail trails' - abandoned railway tracks that have been converted for two-wheelers.

There's good swimming in the Ocala National Forest at Juniper Springs, Alexander Springs, Clearwater Lake and Lake Dorr. You can also swim in Blue Spring State Park's 22°C (72°F) translucent waters when no manatees are present. Apollo Beach and Klondike Beach at the northern end of Merritt Island have gentle surf and soft sand.

 
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