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Orlando has a lot of love for the LGBT community! A world-famous gay resort, an inclusive attitude that oozes from friendly locals and incredible Pride events – it's got it all. After all, where else would you find LGBT holidaymakers heading to theme parks in huge numbers? Or events as amazing and original as Drag Bingo? You'll really feel like you've landed the holiday full house as you explore gay friendly Orlando your way. Throw in the stunning natural beauty of Orlando alongside this childlike fun and you'll soon be craving that ultimate LGBT holiday.
Summer in Orlando sees two of the world's finest Pride events taking place. GayDayS and Girls in Wonderland create a week-long festival of fun each June, packed with events for the LGBT community. Be sure to leave a little space for your dancing shoes in your case! From pool parties to club events, there's round the clock chances for dances. There's even a Mardi Gras, giving you the chance to sway to those carnival rhythms.
Who'll be crowned Miss GayDayS and Mr Leather? This is your chance for some style, fun and friendly competition. So sit back, soak it all in and pick your own winners. Eyes down for the action-packed Drag Queen bingo. This is your chance to win some fantastic prizes. Although with so much fun and laughter, the taking part is all that really counts.
Come Out With Pride is your winter splash of colour on your Orlando villa holiday. An event originally designed to create a community dialogue and break down barriers. Today you'll find an LGBT melting pot of holidaymakers, the local gay community and residents celebrating diversity. So there's nowhere better to meet the like-minded in Orlando! And with family-friendly action, fireworks and parades, it's hard not to get drawn into the fun with your new friends surrounding you.
Orlando's gay nightlife is scattered around, so you won't necessarily find an LGBT hub of bars and clubs. But this is a great excuse to explore different sides to the Sunshine State, as you let your hair down. Picturing yourself relaxing, long drink in hand? Laid-back bars are ideal for quiet nights spent sipping cocktails.
Action-packed nights might see you dancing the night away at a lively club, or taking in drag queen shows. Why not put on a show of your own at Stonewall? Where karaoke evenings let you show off all your talent, or at least your enthusiasm! And then there's Parliament House, heaven for LGBT holidaymakers seeking nightlife. This all gay resort is home to five clubs, a theatre and plenty of restaurants – you'll be spoilt for choice.
Once a collection of secluded barrier islands accessible only by boat, this lovely location lavishes visitors with an untarnished two-mile stretch of beach. Framed by mangrove forests that have been preserved for everyone to enjoy, you can paddle in the protected sanctuary. Hop in a kayak and explore the serene canals and lagoons that are favourite hideout spots for majestic manatees and shorebirds. You might even glimpse a bottlenose dolphin's fin break the waters on the horizon!
Blend leisure with pleasure and while away an afternoon under an umbrella with a good book, after all, sometimes you just have to stop and enjoy it. Gentle waves caress the Gulf shoreline and their hypnotic movements might even cause you to nod off for an hour or two – pure bliss! When you awaken from your slumber, stroll along the boardwalk or take a trip on the tram. For those intrepid explorers, five miles of nature trails cover the park, all shared by hikers, cyclists and joggers. If that all sounds too much like hard work – get back to your busy schedule of swimming, shelling and sunbathing!
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