Things to do in Orlando

There are plenty of things to do in Orlando including a huge choice of family-friendly theme parks, unique wildlife and picturesque landscapes. Take an airboat across swamps and lakes in search of reptiles or sail away in a hot air balloon, for a bird’s eye view of the Sunshine State. If you’re a golf lover then this is the best holiday spot to perfect your swing. Here’s a quick round-up of our top picks for things to do and places to visit in Orlando.

Places to go

If you fancy a break from all those amazing theme parks, then get out and about to discover Florida’s natural wonders. Orlando is just a short hop away from the unique habitat of the Everglades. You have plenty of parks to choose from, including the Tibet-Butler Nature Reserve, Winter Park and Central Park. The best way to see the local wildlife is to take a boat ride through the ‘Glades with a guide. Lake Eola Park and the Centennial Fountain are well worth a visit or get a bird’s-eye view of Orlando itself, with a trip to the top of the ICON Orlando observation wheel, better known as the Orlando Eye.

If you’ve got some budding astronauts with you, hire a car and take a road trip to the nearby Kennedy Space Center. If you time it right, you may even catch a launch. And, if you need a break from all that excitement, relax in Lake Buena Vista’s Leu Gardens; 50 acres of gorgeous, southern-styled gardens.

Attractions

Top of the list of attractions in Orlando has to be Walk Disney World, and a host of other theme parks that include Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the Magic Kingdom theme park, Disney Hollywood Studios, and the iconic dome of the Epcot Center. The best way to get around them all is to buy a family pass, that’ll give you access to more than one. Allow yourself plenty of time to explore as there are so many things to do in Orlando. There are lots of waterparks to discover too, including Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, and Aquatica Waterpark. Our top pick for something a little different from the usual slip-n-slide waterpark is Blizzard Beach, which is based on a melted ski resort and is full of downhill slides.

For grown-ups, Orlando things to do include golfing at Lake Buena Vista, or the fabulous ‘dinner and a show’ nights, where you’ll be entertained by Cirque du Soleil’s acrobats, while eating a delicious meal. If you’re a sports fan, grab a court-side seat at an Orlando Magic MBA basketball game.

Places to visit

You don’t have to be a complete petrol-head to appreciate the Daytona 500 circuit, but if you’re into your racing history, then a trip to the world’s first motorsports speedway track has to be at the top of the list of places to visit in Orlando. You’re only a 10-minute drive away from the gorgeous Daytona Beach, so why not combine the two for a memorable day out? For something equally powerful, but closer to Orlando, head to the indoor NASCAR Kart Racing track at International Drive, where you’ll also find Laser Tag and bowling facilities to keep the whole family happy.

If you want to pack a lot into a short space of time, the International Drive (or I-Drive as it’s known) is the perfect destination. You’re just moments away from the Orlando Eye, and you’ll also find Madame Tussauds, the SeaLife Aquarium, and some of the best shopping in Orlando all packed into a single strip.

3. Fun Spot America

There’s absolutely no doubt that there are some incredible theme parks located close to International Drive. But what makes Fun Spot America stand out among
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4. Orlando Eye USA

Standing tall in the heart of bustling International Drive is the spectacular Orlando Eye. Located at I-Drive 360, the 400 foot tall structure is dubbed as an ‘observation wheel’
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5. Disney Springs

New for 2016, and formerly known as Downtown Disney, Disney Springs is the place to go to experience food from around the world while being amazed by the jaw-dropping entertainment.
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7. I-Drive NASCAR Kart Racing USA

Experience the thrills of a racing circuit at International Drive’s very own NASCAR Kart Racing centre. The challenging indoor track consists of 12 turns, three hairpin corners and the famous Senna inspired snake-like pathway.
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10. I-Drive 360 USA

The vibrant promenade is home to a superb range of shops and attractions like the famous waxworks at Madame Tussauds, the SeaLife Aquarium with an exhibit of over 450 animal skeletons.
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11. Epcot

This enormous, iconic dome houses two distinct zones: Future World with the wonders of tomorrow and today, and World Showcase, where you can visit 11 countries in one day. With over 30 attractions in one place, here are just a few not to be missed.
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13. Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park is the polar opposite of other Water Parks, quite literally! It’s based on a melted ski resort in the middle of tropical Florida, packed with downhill slides and plenty of ways to lay back and relax in the warm, Florida heat.
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15. Magic Kingdom Park

The Magic Kingdom Park is home to the iconic Cinderella Castle that sits at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. and is not to be missed. Make your way through six enchanted lands with over 40 thrilling attractions based on the timeless fairy tale classics synonymous with Disney.
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16. Gatorland In Florida

Relish in Florida’s swampy countryside and see the scaly creators that live in the notorious Gatorland. Tourists have visited the huge 110 acres since 1949 and it’s still rich in nostalgic charm.
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18. Lake Buena Vista USA

Take a break from the rides and parks and indulge in some retail therapy. Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores is one of Florida’s best kept secrets as it has discounted prices for quality merchandisers straight from the factory.
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