Orlando, Florida is home to the happiest place on Earth and also to many medical conferences every year. eMedEvents, the world’s largest database for CME/CE medical events, lists Orlando as one of its most popular destinations for medical conferences. It will host 280 medical events in 2018-2019. Orlando-Walt Disney World is also ranked as the number one family vacation spot in the United States. If you plan to earn your next continuing education credits in this sunny city we have a few tips to make your trip memorable.
The best time to visit Orlando is in the spring from March to May. The temperatures are mild with the highs in the 80s. Avoid summer travel if you can, the prices and the temperatures soar during summer vacation. Winters are mild, but prices go up again around the holidays. Fall has pleasant temperatures but is during hurricane season in Florida, so your trip could be interrupted. If your conference is scheduled during the fall, be sure to get refundable flights and hotel just in case.
Orlando is home to the Orlando International Airport. Once you arrive, the best way to get around Orlando is by car. You will find plenty of rental car options at the airport and can book ahead of time on eMedEvents.com. The ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft are also available in Orlando. Check to see if your hotel offers shuttle service from the airport. Public transportation is limited here. Taxis are available at the airport, but not readily available around town unless you call ahead.
Where to Eat
Orlando is an international tourist destination so you will find food to suit almost any taste here. Florida is also known for its seafood and Latin American influences. You will find plenty of Puerto Rican and other Latin influences to try in Orlando. We have a few recommendations for you when you step away from the conference for a bite.
Fine Dining-Victoria & Albert’s, La Luce, Bull & Bear Steakhouse at the Waldorf Astoria, Chatham’s Place, Shula’s Steak House
Local Cuisine-Yellow Dog Eats, 4 Rivers Smokehouse, Deep Blue Seafood Grille, Border Grill Fresh-Mex, Highball & Harvest
Cheap Eats-Q’Kenan Restaurant, Hot Krust Panini Kitchen, The Gnarly Barley, Dandelion Communitea Café, Pom Poms Tea House
Corona Cigar Company
Howl at the Moon Orlando
SAK Comedy Lab
Kings Entertainment Orlando
Mango’s Tropical Café
You’ll find more than enough souvenirs if you visit any of Orlando’s many theme parks. But you can also find similar items at Disney Springs and the huge World of Disney. Also, you can find great shopping at Downtown Disney with The LEGO Store and many others. Looking for non-Disney shopping? Try the Florida Mall with more than 250 retail, dining, and entertainment options including your favorite brands and even M&M’s World. For more luxury boutiques visit The Mall at Millenia.
Must See in Orlando
Orlando is a one-of-a-kind city guaranteed to make you feel like a kid again. If you can, bring your family along to the medical conference and plan to stay extra time once it’s over to enjoy all this city has to offer.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Walt Disney World Resort- Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and water parks
Universal’s Islands of Adventure
Universal Studios Florida
Discovery Cove- cool off in the water and swim with the dolphins
Exotic Animal Experience- get hands-on with exotic animals at this interactive zoo
Lake Eola Park- ride a paddleboat at an oasis in downtown Orlando
eMedEvents is the largest online database for CME events and medical conferences in the world. Here you can browse through thousands of conferences in 147 countries. Search by speaker, specialty, and location to find your next conference. Want to manage your CME on the go? Try the eMedEvents mobile app. Find your next great medical conference in Orlando or in one of more than 3500 other great cities around the world.