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Our Guide to the 10 Best Things to do in Orlando
Orlando, FL, is no Mickey Mouse town. Well, actually it is. But it’s way more than that. Locals find nature and culture, and learn to pronounce things their own way. The name of the small city of Ocoee, for example, is pronounced oh-COE-ee for newcomers and oh-COY for natives.
Aside from the normal theme parks and tourist traps, there are some things you have to do before you end your time in Central Florida.The most well-known attractions in Orlando revolve around the Disney ©, and include adrenaline-inducing roller coasters and kid-friendly shows. When one theme park isn’t enough to satiate your appetite for amusement, consider a trip to Universal Orlando Resort®, LEGOLAND®, SeaWorld®, or Wet ‘n Wild®. Of course,amusement parks in Orlando aren’t the only way to get some excitement here. Adventure lovers will also enjoy Gatorland® in the Florida Mall Area , or a hot-air balloon ride over the city. Get outside on an off-road excursion or walk through local gardens. The top things to do in Orlando, Florida, also include a visit to local vineyards and nearby Kennedy Space Center Station. No matter the purpose of your vacation, Orlando will deliver some fun in the sun.
If you get too focused on just visiting the major theme parks, you will miss out on a wealth of other fun, educational, and interesting opportunities to maximize the value of your trip. There’s a lot to do in Orlando and I personally think a week isn’t enough. But if you’re in the city for a weekend we rather suggest to pick your days wisely.Theme parks like Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Disney’s Hollywood Studio, Seaworld, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, Magic World or more. It nearly takes away entire day to visit these theme parks due to lines in the ride (unless you pay 89 dollars more for the express ticket which lets you skip the waiting for the rides) so make a smart choice of what exactly interests you.
Get all the tips and information you’ll need to make your trip to Orlando seamless and stress-free. We’ve gathered this list of 10 Top attractions and activities, but we want to hear from you too: What did we miss? Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you want to see on this list.To help you with your first-time visit or vacation to the Orlando area, here is a list of fun things to do in Orlando including the major theme parks, other entertainment and amusement options to help maximize your experience, such as…
Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure
Universal’s Islands of Adventure provides an epic adventure around every corner, with heart-stopping rides, tummy-turning roller coasters, interactive attractions and unique experiences with some of the world’s favorite storybook and comic strip characters. Become your favorite Super Hero in the fight against good and evil on Marvel Super Hero Island; get up close and personal with the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park; take a journey back in time to The Lost Continent; or get wet with your favorite cartoon characters on exciting water rides at Toon Lagoon. Harry Potter fans will delight in the state-of-the-art attraction called ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ that brings the famous wizard and his world to life. Hop on the Hogwarts Express at Hogsmeade Station to visit the mysterious Hogwarts Castle and stock up on wizarding gear from the stores in the little town of Hogsmeade. Enjoy pulse-racing rides like the Dragon Challenge or Flight of the Hippogryff and dine on authentic British fare at the Three Broomsticks Restaurant or the Hog’s Head pub.
This beautiful oasis in the middle of Central FL is only 10 miles away from Longwood where we were staying throughout my Orlando trip. The spring has a natural “lazy river ” where you float on your inner tube as you relax and enjoy nature. Kelly Park features a free-flowing natural spring (Rock Spring – 68 degrees Farenheit year round) issuing from a vertical rock bluff. Rock Springs Run, a clear, swift creek, is popular with tubers. This free-flowing spring features crystal clear, 68-degree water guaranteed to cool you off for a couple of hours. There are swimming areas, shallow wading areas and a swift-moving run perfect for floating down in a tube. Beneath the shade of mature oak and palm trees, natural rocky “cliffs”and lush, green foliage surround shimmering pools of aqua and sapphire blue. There’s another park called The Wekiva – Rock Springs Run Canoe Trail which connects this park with Wekiva Springs State Park via Rock Springs Run, which flows approximately 10 miles from Kelly Park to the Wekiva River just below Wekiwa Springs. The park features a full-service concession, picnic pavilions and playground. Tent and RV camping are also available at this park. Kelly Park’s Camp Joy for group camping is just next door.This park fills up quickly on summer weekends, and closes when it reaches maximum capacity, so plan to arrive early. A favorite activity is floating or “tubing” the spring run. Bring your own, or rent tubes from private outfitters located just outside the park.
Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World
Known the world over as ‘the place where dreams come true’, the Magic Kingdom Park at Disney World in Orlando does just that and more. Symbolized by the iconic ‘Cinderella Castle’, Magic Kingdom is the home of Disney’s characters such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck, and is the most visited theme park in the world. The Kingdom has six magical ‘lands’ to discover – the Bavarian-themed Fantasyland, Western-themed Frontierland, Adventureland, Main Street USA, and Liberty Square, and Tomorrowland, which looks to the future. If you are looking for fun things to do in Orlando with kids, the Magic Kingdom Park is not to be missed. While exploring the various lands, watch musical parades featuring the beloved Disney characters and enchanting fireworks displays, browse the Disney-themed boutiques and shops, or dine in one of the many restaurants and cafés dotted around the park.
Disney Springs / Disney Downtown
Disney Springs or Disney Dowtown has been gone under several changes in the last few years. It’s a shopping and entertainment area that’s free for anybody to enter. Its truly an amazing place featuring an eclectic mix of unique boutiques, one-of-a-kind eateries and jaw-dropping entertainment that will have you wondering where the day went. Made up of a 3 separate sections, West Side, Marketplace and The Landing, all come together to bring you a variety of entertainment spots, some of the most unique restaurants in the area, fun shopping experiences and interactive activities that will keep you and your family occupied for hours.
Entertainment: When it comes to entertainment, there is something for everyone. Movie lovers will enjoy their movie going experience at AMC® Movies at Disney Springs 24 movie theater. Catch the newest box office releases while enjoying your favorite food and cocktails at AMC’s Dine-In theater Fork & Screen. Catch some of the best musical performers at House of Blues and enjoy delicious Southern cuisine and specialty cocktails at the bar. Renowned acrobats, athletes and performance artists will amaze you in La NoubaTM by Cirque du Soleil®. Then step into a world of virtual reality at DisneyQuest® Indoor Interactive Theme Park and discover 5 floors of innovation and imagination as well as classic video games from the past.
Dining: When it comes to dining, Disney Springs offers a little bit of everything from Cuban cuisine at Bongos Cuban Cafe® to traditional Irish pub fare at Raglan Road TM Irish Pub and Restaurant and a prehistoric family meal at T-REX®, A Prehistoric Family Adventure to delicious sandwiches at Earl of Sandwich®.
Shopping: Let the shopping begin and find something for all your friends and family at Disney Springs. You are sure to find something in the World of Disney®, the largest Disney character store in Walt Disney World Resort and on Earth. You will also find Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique inside World of Disney. This special boutique gives the little ones a magical makeover into a pretty princess or Cool Dude. Discover a huge assortment of toys and games at Once Upon A Toy, including Disney versions of classic board games. There is a variety of other stores including D Street, urban-inspired fashions and accessories for men and women; Curl® by Sammy Duvall, the premier surf shop on the East Coast; and Tren-D, chic Disney fashions with a stylish edge.
Orlando’s newest entertainment destination! Home of the 400-foot “Orlando Eye” featuring attractions, restaurants, live entertainment and shopping.
Young travelers will especially appreciate the 100+ hands-on science exhibits at WonderWorks. Parents will love the educational aspects. Just north of the Orange County Convention Center on I-Drive, Wonderworks’ upside-down construction is attention getting! Inside visitors will find laser tag, a rope course and a 6D motion ride.
The Orlando Eye is located on International Drive and is part of the I-360 complex. You’ve got to add this to your list of things to do while in Orlando.First opened in 2015, this 400 foot observation wheel has quickly become an iconic part of the Orlando skyline.The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye offers stunning views of downtown Orlando and on a clear day, you may be able to see Cape Canaveral to the East.A brief, uplifting family oriented film is included before departure on your flight.Exiting the attraction will be through a well-appointed gift shop that is worth a look.
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Visit Lake Mary – City of Lake
Lake Mary is a suburban city in Seminole County, Florida, United States. Beautiful city of lakes is known for its population and less crime rate. This city is very peaceful and also great place to relax with a few local bars restaurants and shopping. They have a few natural springs around the vicinity which are the perfect picnic spot. Lake Mary has never lost its focus of promoting a sense of community where people can live, work and play in a safe and friendly environment…that’s part of the reason Lake Mary is still one of the fastest growing areas in Central Florida. Located approximately 18 miles north of Orlando just off Interstate 4, the City continues to be a choice location for high tech businesses, many of which spend considerable time and money searching for the right place. Among other things Lake Mary is known for its well planned residential communities, excellent schools, prominent businesses including outstanding restaurants, and a variety of shopping opportunities.
Wall Street Plaza
Wall Street Plaza is a bustling complex of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs located on one city block in downtown Orlando and the place to see and be seen. Whether you are looking for a classic American burger, fresh oysters and champagne, or a night on the town with friends, Wall Street Plaza has something for everyone. Feast on some of the best Mexican food in Orlando at Cantina or spicy chicken wings at Waitiki before heading to one of the bars for colorful cocktails, dry martinis and a huge selection of beer on tap. If you are wondering what to do in Orlando at night, this is a great place to visit. Dance the night away at Shine or hang out with Orlando’s sophisticated set at the Monkey Martini Bar. Wall Street Plaza hosts a number of events and parties, like St Patrick’s Day, Halloween and New Year’s Eve, with live music, DJs spinning the decks and plenty of specials on food and drinks.
Hitting the beach has always been a pastime of Florida vacations. Just 45 minutes to the east of Orlando lies the beaches of Cocoa Beach and Melbourne, one of which is one of the Sunshine State’s most popular beaches and the other one of the state’s most underrated. If you’re looking for some sand and surf this Memorial Day weekend, the beaches of Cocoa Beach and Melbourne will be at your service
Kissimmee has always touted itself as the gateway to Walt Disney World and Orlando’s famed themepark attractions. While that’s a great thing to tout, don’t overlook one of the town’s biggest attractions in Old Town (5770 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee). An eclectic entertainment district, Old Town is the home to shops, restaurants, Fun Spot amusement park, and record-breaking thrill rides such as the Skycoaster, the tallest free-fall ride on the planet.
3 GREAT WINE BARS
With the recent addition of the The Alfond Inn, a 112-room hotel in atmospheric Winter Park, you can stay within strolling distance of several terrific restaurants and a trio of wine bars located along Park Avenue. Sample in various ounce portions and nibble at the Wine Room, offering 156 handpicked wines dispensed by Enomatic machines. Carmel Café & Wine Bar serves more than 50 old and new world vintages paired with Mediterranean small and large plates. Enjoy 70 wines by the glass at Eola Wine Company, which you can pair with wraps, tacos, flatbreads, and more.
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