Orlando Travel Guide to the Iowa Football Game in the Citrus Bowl
Hawkeye fans will have the chance to vacation in Orlando as the Iowa football team heads to the Citrus Bowl for a New Years showdown with Kentucky.
Although Iowa’s regular season ended on a sour note on Saturday night, losing 42-3 to Michigan in the Big Ten Championship game, they still secured the second-highest bowl affiliation in the Big Ten outside of the college football playoffs (which included Michigan). At one point, the Hawkeyes were ranked No. 2 in the country. Iowa recorded 10 regular season wins for just the fourth time in Kirk Ferentz’s tenure.
For many Iowa fans, travel plans begin as soon as the bowl game is announced. Here is some travel information to help you get there:
Camping World Stadium offers several upscale options, including deluxe suites, midfield lodges, indoor club seats, and field bunker suites. If you plan to travel with friends or family, group tickets are available at a discounted price, according to the Citrus Bowl website.
ADA tickets are also available for purchase from the Citrus Bowl website.
The Vrbo Citrus Bowl Pep Rally will be held on New Years Eve from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Pointe Orlando. The group and the participating team’s cheerleaders will perform and the head coach will make a special appearance to ignite the crowd ahead of game day.
The Vrbo Citrus Bowl FanFest will be held on New Years Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tinker Field next to Camping World Stadium. This will include interactive games, inflatables and face painting. Admission is free and local vendors will sell a wide selection of food and drink.
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Fans from Iowa traveling to Orlando by car will be faced with an 18-hour drive from Iowa City. For those who choose to fly, a round-trip flight between December 27, 2021 and January 3, 2022 from Des Moines to Orlando starts at $ 650.
Flights from Minneapolis or Chicago are cheaper. Round-trip flight from Minneapolis to Orlando between December 27, 2021 and January 3, 2022 starts at $ 500. Chicago cost starts at $ 430.
By car, Camping World Stadium is 11 minutes from the Orlando Executive Airport and 22 minutes from the Orlando International Airport.
Hotel prices are skyrocketing for dates around the game. Accommodation near Camping World Stadium ranges from $ 50 to $ 300 per night. Hotels near the Orlando Executive Airport range from $ 195 to $ 350 a night. Near the Orlando International Airport, prices range from $ 50 to $ 300 per night.
Here is where to eat and drink
For meat lovers, Priceless Bar-B-Que By Ray, a food truck located at 1831 West Central Blvd, is a five-minute walk from Camping World Stadium. It offers chicken sandwiches, wings and ribs – meals starting at $ 7.
For those in the mood for seafood, Notcho Momma’s Seafood is a 10-minute walk from the stadium and located at 18 North Dollins Ave. It offers baskets of fish, shrimp or you can make your own meal tray starting at $ 7.
What else is there to do?
Orlando is home to Walt Disney World and its four theme parks, the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Residents of Iowa looking for a respite from the winter cold could cool off at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park or Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.
Movie buffs can head to the parks and resorts of Universal Studios where they can travel to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, fly with ET to his home planet on ET Adventure, or cross Krustyland on the Simpsons Ride.
Fans looking for an underwater adventure can head to SeaWorld and watch playful groups of bottlenose dolphins, explore Empire penguin habitat or stingrays in a stingray lagoon. Thrill seekers can “glide like a ray” at 55 mph on the Manta roller coaster or ride the Mako “hyper roller coaster” with nine zero g sections and speeds of up to 73 mph.
Football fans who in turn want to take part in some NBA action might see reigning NBA Finals champion the Milwaukee Bucks take on the Orlando Magic at 7 p.m. on December 28 and 30. Their home, the Amway Center, is just a mile east of Camping World Stadium.
Fans who want to stay away from theme parks or other sports can find plenty to do in downtown Orlando. The Thornton Park area is full of shops and boutiques on a cobbled street. Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando could be a perfect spot for a peaceful stroll before the game. CityArts Factory and the Orange County Regional History Center could be two more artistic stops on a sports trip.