Whether you’ve got a college kid that’s a Knight at the famed UCF campus or you’re looking to stay out of the touristy areas surrounding the Orlando theme parks on your visit, the area surrounding UCF is a hidden gem filled with fun and excitement. Your location here puts you close to the airport plus keeps you within striking distance of every Orlando attraction you desire.
Nearby, you can find the Amway Center where you can take in a Magic game or catch some of the biggest bands in concert. Take in some natural sights and enjoy the Floridian outdoors at the Harry P. Leu Gardens or Lukas Nursery & Butterfly Encounter where you’ll see butterflies galore. Walk along Lake Eola or rent a paddleboat for another fun way to act like a local in Orlando.
Plus, UCF is close to Winter Park, an area blossoming with gastronomic delights. There are countless places to feast upon here, though signing up for a food tour is the best way to taste as many as possible. Want a completely different experience? American Escape Rooms gives you a totally unique adventure from those at the neighboring theme parks.
Orlando might be the theme park capital, but it has so much more going for it than that. You’ll find original Floridian experiences at every turn, including parks like Gatorland that put you up close and personal with massive gators or even airboat rides that put you in touch with Floridian nature just like a native.
It’s a cultural place with museums galore, like the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of Art, with an extensive Tiffany collection or the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens. You can catch live shows at the Dr. Phillips Center or you can eat and be entertained with dinner and a show at a variety of themed restaurants.
The UCF area is a great place to stay because there’s so much to explore while still being close to everything you want to see and do in Orlando. You can get more for your money with the fantastically-appointed hotels here, filled with the amenities you desire and in a central location that makes it easy to access all of Orlando’s finest attractions.
Check out this fantastic list of hotels to book your stay near UCF and get the best Orlando experience!
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Orlando East-UCF Area – The University of Central Florida is located a short 3 miles from this Orlando hotel. The fastest growing university in the United States is home to The Knights, Brighthouse Networks Stadium at UCF, and the CFE Arena.