Take a bite out of the Big Apple then wash it down with a stint on one of Florida's finest beaches
New York and Florida are becoming increasingly popular destinations to merge on a twin centre holiday. Perfect for families or couples, you can truly tailor this holiday to be exactly what you want. Whether you're after museums or shopping in New York, followed by theme parks or beaches in Florida, the choices are endless. Our tip: head to New York during spring or autumn when it's not too hot, then fly down to Florida where you can enjoy comfortable warm temperatures all year round.
No trip to New York is complete without taking in a view of the city that never sleeps. Take a wonder across the Brooklyn bridge which is an architectural delight, and marvel at the views of Manhattan. To see the city from up above there are a few options, with the Empire State building and the Rockefella Center being firm favourites.
New York is bursting at the seams with art and culture. There are museums at every corner, one of the most famous is MoMa - Museum Of Modern Art - and is definitely worth a visit. If music is your thing, you'll find live jazz and hip hop in funky underground bars, and then of course there are the bright lights of Broadway to keep you entertained.
With department stores like Macys and Saks, boutiques and outlets it's hard not to shop in New York. Here fashion reigns supreme, so start off with an empty suitcase and fill it up as you go along. In New York, you can also find unique jewelry, accessories and homewares. It's also great for vintage lovers, with thrift shops and markets waiting to be searched.
Despite being one of the biggest cities in the world, New York has plenty of opportunities to be at one with nature. Central Park is probably most famous, but there's also Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Head a little way out of Manhatten and you'll even find beaches, with Orchard Beach near the Bronx and Brighton Beach near Coney Island.
Orlando is the theme park capital of the world. The big three, Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld offer days of entertainment, but there are plenty of smaller attractions and parks which are well worth a visit. If you're planning a stay in Orlando planning ahead is key – you'll be thankful for an itinerary once you're there!
Shopping in Orlando can be an all day activity – the expansive shopping malls come fully equipped with outdoor areas, salons, bars and restaurants. What's more, this is the home of outlet shopping – if you want to pick up some big brand names at discounted prices this is the place to be. Venture further afield and you'll find plenty of boutiques offering unique items and local crafts.
No matter where you choose to stay in Florida, you won't be far from a professional golf course. Many of the hotels and villa resorts have their own onsite courses, or can provide access to ones nearby. To make the experience a little more family friendly, many courses offer spas, restaurants, club houses and children's areas so there is something for the whole family to enjoy.
The beaches of Florida are some of the most beautiful in the world. The Gulf Coast is home to popular spots such as St Petes and Clearwater . Further down the coast, you'll find Sarasota, where the hipsters hang and then Fort Myers – another family favourite. Just 45 minutes from Orlando and you can be at Cocoa Beach on the Gold Coast. And then there's Miami – probably only of Florida's most famous beach cities that really does offer it all.
The Knight Family
We are one of the only UK tour operators to have a team based in Kissimmee, Orlando.
Our friendly team are available to all of our guests travelling to the USA, offering support, help, advice and a friendly face to anyone who needs it. Our team in Kissimmee includes locals, who can give you tips on the best places to shop or dine and British Expats who know the importance of a good cup of tea!
If you are staying in one of our villas, head to our Welcome Centre first where one of the team will give you your keys, directions and all the information you need to make your stay perfect.
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