51 Things to Do in Orlando Florida

Jun 10, 2020

51 Things to do in Orlando Florida!
By Kaitlin Harris

51 Things To Do in Orlando, That Might Surprise You!

Planning a trip to Orlando? There’s plenty to see and do! With more than 75 million visitors per year, it comes as no surprise that Central Florida is home to tons of iconic attractions and entertainment options. From Orlando hotels, incredible restaurants on International Drive, hiking trails, downtown Orlando bars and so much more, there are more than enough happenings to inspire your itinerary for your next trip to the City Beautiful!

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Whether you are taking a family vacation with or without kids, BFFs or going it alone, the house of the mouse and land of magic offers something super spectacular for everyone. Keep reading our picks of the best 51 fun things to do in Orlando!

1 | Experience the Magic of Magic Kingdom Park | The most iconic theme park in the world, Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom Park is where childhood dreams come true making it the ultimate can’t-miss experience in Orlando. With more than 40 memorable rides and attractions, character meet and greets, themed dining and shopping, and world-class entertainment, it’s easy to see why Magic Kingdom has been beloved by generations of kids and kids at heart. It truly is “The Most Magical Place on Earth!”

GREAT FOR FAMILIES | If your children get hyped every Fourth of July, then they will absolutely love The Happily Ever After fireworks show at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom! The best view and place for pictures is Main Street but be sure to stand on the edge of the crowd so you’re able to make a quick exit with the little ones!

WHERE: 1180 Seven Seas Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 | WHO: 407-939-2273


2 | Escape the Muggle World & Unleash Your Inner Wizard | Muggles who spent their childhood waiting on an owl-delivered Hogwarts acceptance letter will relish the opportunity to be immersed into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. J.K. Rowling’s fantastical world is brought to life for an enchanting experience that spans across both Universal Parks – Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios – connected by a train ride aboard none other than the Hogwarts Express. Mischief managed!

GREAT FOR MUGGLES | Whether you grew up reading Harry Potter, or it’s your children’s favorite holiday movie, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter transports you into a world of magic and imagination! From the silky butterbeer, which tastes exactly as you’ve always imagined, to the thrilling attractions, Universal Studios has created a safe space for muggles seeking magic in everyday life.

WHERE: 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819 | WHO: 407-363-8000


3 | Party and Play at ICON Park | ICON Park, a 20-acre, walkable entertainment hub in the heart of Orlando’s renowned travel district, is an adult-friendly destination with plenty to see and do. Explore more than 40 tasty restaurants, funky bars, shops and fun attractions. When the sun goes down, head to Tin Roof to dance along to favorite hits performed nightly by lively bands, or to Tapa Toro tapas bar and restaurant to scope out the live Flamenco dancers.

GREAT FOR FIRST DATES | There is no better way to spark your romance than a ride overlooking the City Beautiful on the ICON Park Wheel, and then ending the evening with dinner at one of ICON Park’s fine dining establishments!

WHERE: 8375 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819 | WHO: 407-601-7907

4 | Practice Your Golf Game | With year round sunshine and more than 150 golf courses, Orlando is a golfer’s dream. Master your game on a number of challenging greens designed by renowned golf course architects and golf’s biggest legends. Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill & Club is a prestigious course in the heart of Orlando, and host of the annual Arnold Palmer Invitational, a key stop on the PGA Tour. Fore!

GREAT FOR GUYS DAY | Grab your boys and head on over to Orlando’s most exclusive and talked about golf course! Bay Hill is the best place to practice your swing while catching up with friends.

WHERE: 9000 Bay Hill Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819 | WHO: 407-876-2429


5 | Drink Your Way Around the World at Epcot | Epcot, also one of the most romantic places in Orlando, offers exciting attractions, international pavilions, award-winning fireworks and seasonal events, all with a dash of education. “Drinking Around the World” is a particularly popular (unofficial) attraction amongst the 21+ crowd. Visitors make their way around the 11 pavilions of the World Showcase, stopping for snacks and drinks in each country.

GREAT FOR DATE NIGHTS | Do you dream of traveling the world with your partner? Now, you can experience authentic flavors and traditional dishes of countries without ever having to leave Orlando!

WHERE: 200 Epcot Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32830 | WHO: 407-939-5277


6 | Open Your Mind to Science | Central Florida’s award-winning, hands-on science museum, the Orlando Science Center, brings science to life in a way that is equal parts entertaining and educational. Throughout four floors of interactive exhibit halls ranging from the high-tech world of simulation technology to down-to-earth explorations in natural science, there are plenty of opportunities to explore and experiment. The Center also offers labs and workshops, theaters, and an observatory.

GREAT FOR FIELD TRIPS | Whether you’re homeschooling a bundle of little learners or you’re a teacher seeking a way to get your students excited about learning, the Orlando Science Center is an amazing place for little brains to come together and explore science!

WHERE: 777 E. Princeton St. Orlando, Florida 32803 | WHO: 407-514-2000


7 | Explore LEGOLAND | LEGOLAND Florida is fun and colorful interactive theme park with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions inspired by LEGO brands and characters, designed to delight kids ages two through 12. The immersive world of THE LEGO MOVIE comes to life at Bricksburg through life-size LEGO displays, three new rides, a taco stop and character meet-and-greets. LEGO fanatics young and old will be amazed by MINILAND USA, featuring recreations of some of famous cities — including Orlando!

GREAT FOR FAMILIES | Tired of stepping on Legos just laying around? Find your own joy for Legos as you build towers and cities with your family at Legoland and watch everything come together piece by piece.

WHERE: 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven, FL 33884 | WHO: 888-690-5346


8 | Travel Back in Time to Titanic’s Maiden Voyage | Featuring more than 300 artifacts, costumed actors, and full-scale room recreations, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition allows history buffs or movie fans to journey back in time to April 2012, when the infamous Titanic embarked on its first (and last) voyage. Guests will receive a replica boarding pass and assume the role of a passenger, following a chronological journey of life on the ship. For an extra special experience, book a spot at the First Class Dinner Gala, a unique weekend experience that features a captain’s cocktail party, tour of the galleries, dinner, and re-enactments of the night of April 14th, 1912. Iceberg, right ahead!

GREAT FOR DATE NIGHTS | Step into the shoes of Jack and Rose and experience the true romance of the Titanic first-hand! Pre-iceberg, of course.

WHERE: 7324 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 | WHO: 407-248-1166


9 | Embark on an “African” Safari | If a trip to Africa isn’t in the cards, settle for the Kilimanjaro Safari Expedition at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where you’ll spot elephants, lions, giraffes, baboons, zebras and more roaming the Harambe Wildlife Reserve. The safari jeep ride is an immersive experience designed to replicate an actual African safari in only 22 minutes. No passport required! It’s recommend to go first thing in the morning, when the animals are the most active. Or, check out a nighttime safari tour to witness the animals’ nocturnal behaviors. Hyenas and cheetahs are most active at this time, too!

GREAT FOR FAMILIES | Need a break from the day-to-day routine? Treat the family to a trip to the African Safari, a place where your little ones can test their knowledge of the animal kingdom, and you can watch memories form right before their amazed eyes!

WHERE: 2901 Osceola Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32830 | WHO: 407-939-5277


10 | See the Swans at Lake Eola Park | Lake Eola Park, once a sinkhole, is now the perfect setting for a relaxing afternoon in the park in the heart of downtown Orlando. Lake Eola is home to several Orlando icons – a tiered art-deco style fountain near the center of the lake, with a nightly water show that syncs its shooting water up with music and lights; the Chinese Ting, a large pagoda originally built in Shanghai; and a band shell offering free concerts and performances. A scenic walking path surrounds the lake and offers views of its famed residents – swans! Visitors can buy special approved food from feeders found around the lake, or rent a swan-shaped paddle boat to be one with the graceful birds.

GREAT FOR ANIMAL LOVERS | No one can deny that swans are majestic beauties! That’s why the experience of feeding swans at Lake Eola is an animal lover’s dream! Whether it’s for an hour or all day, you’ll never tire from hanging out with these old birds.

WHERE: 512 East Washington St. Orlando, FL 32801 | WHO: 407-246-4484


11 | Shop, Stroll and Dine at Disney Springs | Disney Springs is a shopping, dining and entertainment destination that is filled with magic and surprises - It is even home to some of the most romantic restaurants in Orlando. From award-winning chefs and trendy eateries – like Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ to Masaharu Morimoto’s Morimoto Asia – to casual spots like 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck or Sprinkles cupcakes, there’s something to please all palates. More than 100 retail shops offer hard-to-find Disney themed items and collaborations, along with unique fashion finds and popular brand stores. Thursday through Saturday, Disney Springs is open until 2 a.m., offering plenty of live music and entertainment options.

GREAT FOR FIRST DATE | Between the countless eateries and trendy shops, the options are never-ending! Whether your plan is to stroll all night long or to dine together at the Rainforest Café, Disney Springs is a prime first date destination!

WHERE: 1486 East Buena Vista Drive Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 | WHO: 407-934-5323


12 | Soar through the Trees on a Zip Line | With courses for all ages and abilities, Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park is a progressively challenging aerial obstacle course set high atop the trees in a natural pine forest. Swing like Tarzan, leap daringly into hanging nets, navigate swinging logs and soar through the forest on giant zip lines at Orlando’s most thrilling tree top obstacle adventure.

GREAT FOR GROUPS | Looking for an amazing group adventure? From family reunions to corporate retreats, the Tree Trek Adventure Park offers incredible group rates for all groups looking to reconnect with each other!

WHERE: 7625 Sinclair Rd. Kissimmee, Florida 34747 | WHO: 407-390-9999


13 | Cool Down at Typhoon Lagoon | Dive in to the “wreckage” of a fictional whirlwind storm that hurled surfboards into palm trees and impaled a shrimp boat to the top of volcanic Mount Mayday, before calming and leaving behind a tropical paradise of fun. From raft rides, like a 400-foot “water coaster” to the Humunga Kowabunga which sends you into the darkness, flying 214 feet down at a 60-degree angle, Typhoon Lagoon offers plenty of thrilling ways to cool down in the Florida heat. Visitors who prefer to chill will enjoy a relaxing float around the park on the 2,000-foot-long Castaway Creek. Little ones can play away at Ketchakiddee Creek, featuring pint-sized aquatic activities.

GREAT FOR FRIENDS | Even though Typhoon Lagoon is a premier destination for families, it’s always a great way to spend time with friends! Take a break from your normal routine of strolling through malls and coffee shops and spend time with your friends as you laugh and squeal through water slides and wave pools!

WHERE: 1145 East Buena Vista, Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32830 | WHO: 407-939-5277


14 | Cruise on the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour | Embark on a relaxing, one-hour scenic boat tour (just $14 per adult) that cruises the lakes and narrow, manmade canals of historic Winter Park. The tour showcases the area’s exquisite estates and shoreline landmarks, including the private liberal arts college, Rollins. On any given tour, cruisers may observe large cranes swooping into the water or lazy alligators sunbathing on a nearby bank.

GREAT FOR GROUPS | Want to take your entire extended family on a tour of the Winter Park Chain of Lakes? Your wish has been granted! Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour welcomes private group tours for groups of 10 or more!

WHERE: 312 East Morse Blvd. Winter Park, FL 32789 | WHO: 407-644-4056


15 | See a NBA Game Live | Cheer on the Orlando Magic as they take on some of the biggest teams in the NBA each basketball season. The games are jam-packed with fun for the whole family, with light and video shows, impressive performances from the Magic Dancers, and plenty of appearances from Stuff the Magic Dragon, the team mascot. The award-winning Amway Center offers unique attractions like an indoor children’s playground and skytop lounge.

GREAT FOR FAMILIES | Does your family cheer along your favorite team with you? Whether or not your entire family enjoys basketball, watching the Orlando Magic play live at the Amway Center is a unique experience unlike any other sports event!

WHERE: 400 W. Church St. Orlando, FL 32801 | WHO: 407-916-2255


16 | Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride | Soar up and away and experience Orlando from 2,500 feet in the air. Weather permitting, Orlando Balloon Rides offers daily hour-long flights from 40 different departure locations in the Orlando area. The spectacular views that one can expect include orange groves, untouched forests, and swamps, with FAA-certified pilots providing a guided tour from the sky.

GREAT FOR DATES | If an hour in the sky, soaring over Florida’s scenic outdoors, doesn’t spell romance, then we don’t know what does! Enjoy the sights of your favorite peninsula with your favorite person!

WHERE: 5010 US-27, Clermont, FL 34714 | WHO: 407-894-5040


17 | Have an Out-of-this-World Day at Kennedy Space Center | The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Florida’s gateway to space, is one small step from Orlando and very much worth the detour. Go behind the scenes at NASA and see where rockets launch, walk through the Rocket Garden, learn about astronauts, and see the actual Space Shuttle Atlantis up close and personal.

GREAT FOR FIELD TRIPS | Whether you’ve been teaching science for the last decade or are homeschooling a crew of the country’s next astronauts, the Kennedy Space Center is a phenomenal place to take learning to space!

WHERE: Space Commerce Way, Merritt Island, FL 32953 | WHO: 1-855-433-4210


18 | Find Dining & Entertainment at CityWalk | Universal CityWalk isn’t just the gateway to the Universal theme parks — with innovative dining and unique entertainment options, it’s a destination in itself! Dining options range from tropical flavors at Bob Marley’s tribute restaurant to a whimsical setting at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen. Afterwards, sing karaoke alongside a live band and backup singers at CityWalk’s Rising Star or check out a Blue Man Group performance. For a sweet snack, grab a treat from the west coast’s famed chain, Voodoo Doughnuts.

GREAT FOR FIRST DATES | No matter if you’re a parent chaperoning your teenager’s first date or you’re meeting up with a colleague you’ve had your eyes on, well, forever, Universal’s CityWalk is a prime location for a heart fluttering, swoon- under-the-moon first date!

WHERE: 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819 | WHO: 407-363-8000


19 | See Alligators on an Airboat Ride | Take a one-hour adventure through the Central Florida Everglades on a U.S. Coast Guard-inspected 17 passenger airboat. Each Boggy Creek Adventures airboat tour is a unique experience, with educated captains guiding you through wetlands and wildlife, offering views of Florida’s natural beauty. See alligators, turtles, birds and more in their natural environment! Tip: in the warmer months, plan your tour for early in the morning when alligators are most active.

GREAT FOR NIGHT OWLS | If you love late night ghost tours, then Scream N’ Stream is the event for you! Enjoy spooky ghost stories and legends of swamp creatures at the Boggy Creek Adventures by Airboat Ghost Tours from 7pm to 11pm!

WHERE: 2001 E Southport Rd, Kissimmee, FL 34746 | WHO: 407-344-9550


20 | Try “The Grey Stuff” (It’s Delicious!) at Be Our Guest | For a prix fixe, 3-course menu featuring French-inspired dishes – like escargot, artisanal cheeses, filet mignon and tortellini – venture into the Beast’s Castle for a lovely experience as the dining room presents... your dinner! Picky eaters? No problem! Guests age 9 and under can create a custom 3-course menu with kid-friendly options like house-made peach apple sauce, and pan-seared chicken breast. This 3-course dining experience is $62 for adults (ages 10 and up) and $37 for children (ages 3 to 9). Plan way ahead, as it can be tough to snag a reservation.

GREAT FOR FOODIES | If you think escargot and pate make for a delicious appetizer, then Be Our Guest is an experience made for foodies like you! Now, you don’t need to travel to Paris to experience the elegant flavors of France, you just need to head to Kissimmee, FL!

WHERE: Magic Kingdom Drive, Orlando, FL 32836 | WHO: 407-939-5277


21 | Catch an Adrenaline Rush with Indoor Skydiving | For all the excitement and adrenaline of traditional skydiving without having to jump out of an airplane, the vertical wind tunnel at iFLY creates a wall-to-wall cushion of air on which you can safely float. It’s a simulated skydiving experience without planes and parachutes. All the gear is provided and a personal instructor will guide you through your flight. A basic flight costs $69.95.

GREAT FOR GROUPS | Tired of the same old bowling alley birthday parties? iFly Orlando loves hosting groups events and is the perfect out-of-the-box birthday party or corporate event space you’ve been looking for!

WHERE: 8969 International Drive Orlando, FL 32819 | WHO: 407-337-4359


22 | Stop and Smell the Roses at Leu Gardens | Harry P. Leu Gardens is a lovely 50-acre garden located minutes from downtown Orlando with more than 40 plant collections from around the world – including the largest formal rose garden in the state, a butterfly garden, and a tropical rainforest. Stroll through the beautiful cultivated gardens for just $10 per adult.

GREAT FOR WEDDINGS | Have you always dreamed of having an outdoor garden wedding and reception? If you love the Orlando area and guaranteed sunny weather, the Harry P. Leu Gardens is the right place for your marriage to begin!

WHERE: 1920 North Forest Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803 | WHO: 407-246-2620


23 | Explore the Waters and Trails of Wekiwa | Just twenty minutes north of Orlando, you’ll find Orange County’s longest-running tourist attraction: the natural water wonder known as Wekiwa Springs State Park. Kayaks are available for rent on-site to paddle along and observe Florida’s natural beauty and abundant wildlife. Or, explore miles of trails by foot or bike. Whichever path you choose, be sure to be on the lookout for birds – the park is part of the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail!

GREAT FOR CAMPING | Camping in Florida can get hot and muggy real fast, which is not always a fun time when you’re with family and friends. But at Wekiwa, you can swim all day long to keep cool and enjoy Florida’s great outdoors, and then head back to the campgrounds at dusk. Swimming all day and camping at night is the best way to defeat the Florida heat!

WHERE: 1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka, FL 32712 | WHO: 407-884-2008


24 | See Animation and Acrobatics Collide at Cirque du Soleil’s Newest Show | Watch in wonder as the first-ever collaboration between Walk Disney Animation Studios and Cirque du Soleil, Drawn to Life, takes the stage. The audience journeys into a world where an animator’s desk becomes the stage and the Disney drawings and stories come alive through acrobatic performances and musical masterpieces. The show pairs Disney’s magic of storytelling with the mesmerizing acrobatic mastery and original choreography that Cirque du Soleil is famous for. It’s a whimsical, “wow” worthy production that is sure to impress.

GREAT FOR FAMILIES | By combining the art of storytelling Disney is known for, and incredible acrobatics, the entire family will leave the show excited and inspired for the opportunities life has in store!

WHERE: 200 Epcot Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32821 | WHO: 407-934-9200


25 | Stroll through the Galleries at the Morse Museum | The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum is home to the world's most comprehensive collection of works by American artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933). The collection includes his well-known leaded-glass lamps and windows, along with the designer's jewelry, pottery, paintings and art glass. One of the museum’s highlights is the restored Byzantine-Romanesque chapel interior that was designed by Tiffany for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. With admission just $6 per adult, a stroll through the galleries is a must-do when in Winter Park.

GREAT FOR ART LOVERS | Some may not know this, but Winter Park is an art lover’s paradise! After strolling through downtown’s art galleries, art lovers can gawk in awe over Louis Comfort Tiffany’s most elegant collection of works.

WHERE: 445 North Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789 | WHO: 407-645-5311


Great Things To Know (That Only Locals Will Tell You!)

Q: Is Disney Boardwalk free?

A: Yes, Disney Boardwalk is 100% free. There is no admission fee or obligation to purchase anything.

Q: What are the cheapest months to go to Disney World?

A: Though there is no true "off-season" as crowds flock year-round, January and parts of early February are generally the cheapest times to visit. September, October, and November (excluding Halloween and the Thanksgiving portion) are also more reasonably priced.

Q: What food is Orlando famous for?

A: Conch Fritters are a delicacy while Southern, Shrimp, Gator Tail, and Key Lime have also put Orlando on the map.

Q: Does Orlando have a beach?

A. While Orlando does not have a beach, the closest are Cocoa Beach, Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Canaveral National Seashore, Treasure Island, Clearwater Beach, and Siesta Beach.

Q. What adults can do in Orlando?

A: Central Florida Ale, ICON Park top the list. Check out even more things adults can do in Orlando

Q. Things to do in Kissimmee

A. Here are 10 things to do in Kissimmee to make your vacation epic!

Q.  What are the things to do in Orlando with kids?

A. There are more than enough fun, exciting, educational, and all-around entertaining happenings for our littlest tourists to enjoy. Check out these fun things to do in Orlando with kids

26 | See Manatees at Blue Spring State Park | Visit the park during the cooler months (November through March) to encounter Florida’s gentle giants. During the warmer months, cool down with a swim in the spring’s pure waters, which have a year-round temperature of about 73 degrees.

GREAT FOR NATURE LOVERS | Do you love sea cows and are dying to see one in person? Blue Spring State Park is not only a haven to manatees, but also to an assortment of fish, ospreys, wading birds, eagles, and kingfishers.

WHERE: 2100 W French Avenue, Orange City FL 32763 | WHO: 386-775-3663


27 | Satisfy a Sweet Tooth at The Chocolate Museum | Calling all chocolate lovers! The 45-minute guided Chocolate Museum Tour starts with a short presentation in a tropical rainforest setting, depicting where cacao comes from as well as the origins of the sweet treat. Next, a sculpture area showcases chocolate sculptures of some of the world’s most iconic landmarks, where visitors will learn about the chocolate-making process and machinery. The tasting room is definitely the tour’s highlight – sample some of the finest chocolates from around the world!

GREAT FOR LADIES NIGHT | Do you love meeting your friends for happy hour? After touring through the Chocolate Museum, enjoy the perfect pairing of chocolate and wine at the Chocolate Museum’s Friday night wine happy hour!

WHERE: 11701 International Drive suite 400 Orlando, FL 32821 | WHO: 407-778- 4871


28 | Live Your Star Wars Fantasy | Journey into an immersive experience in a galaxy far, far away. The relatively new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is a themed 14-acre area at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Along with the main attractions – The Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – the real highlight is admiring the intricate details that bring the planet of Batuu to life.

GREAT FOR FAMILIES | Whether it’s your father or daughter who are obsessed with Star Wars, the entire family can enjoy an earth-shattering adventure at the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!

WHERE: 351 S Studio Dr., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 | WHO: 407-939-5277


29 | Discover the Magic of Color | Color outside the lines at the Crayola Experience, where imaginations will run wild with 27 hands-on, creative activities and attractions designed to help kids and adults alike explore art and technology while tapping into their creative side. Name and wrap your very own Crayola crayon, star in your own coloring page, and climb the two-story color playground. Florida’s most colorful family destination for interactive, creative play!

GREAT FOR GROUPS | Not sure where to plan your child’s birthday party? With over 27 color changing attractions, the Crayola Experience is the most creative party a child can imagine!

WHERE: 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL 32809 | WHO: 407-757-1700


30 | See Under the Sea | Home to Florida’s only 360-degree ocean tunnel, the SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium allows visitors to get up-close with the creatures of the world’s oceans. Watch as sharks, stingrays, fish, turtles, and eels swim above, beneath, and all around you. With fun talks, animal feeds, special events, dive shows, and touch tanks, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

GREAT FOR LEARNING | Do your kids love the aquarium and wonder how they are run? At the Orlando aquarium, you can get VIP access and go behind the scenes of the aquarium! From learning what the fish eat to getting the divers, there’s no better way to see the ocean than from this new view!

WHERE: 8449 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819 | WHO: 407-270-8610


31 | Shoot Hoops like a NBA Star | The new NBA Experience at Disney Springs features 13 different activities that combine the action of the NBA with the magic that Disney is known for, so that all levels of basketball talent can have fun shooting like a pro. Guests embark on a full player journey, from training drills to competitions to championships and beyond, to dribble, shoot, dunk, slingshot, and live out their NBA fantasy. A slam dunk of fun for all ages and skill levels!

GREAT FOR FAMILIES | Whether it’s your child’s dream to be the next NBA Superstar, or they just love the name of the game, shooting some hoops at the NBA Experience at Disney Springs is an incredible way to bond with your family!

WHERE: West Side Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 | WHO: 407-934-5322


32 | Fuel Your Need for Speed | I-Drive NASCAR’s state-of-the-art electric race carts reach speeds of 45 miles per hour to get hearts racing. The indoor attraction (perfect for a rainy day plan) also offers an arcade with more than 60 games, pool tables and a four-lane bowling alley.

GREAT FOR GROUPS | If you’re looking to beat your co-workers on the track or plan a speedy birthday party for your little driver, the I-Drive NASCAR experience is a great way for groups to come together and test their need for speed!

WHERE: 5228 Vanguard Street, Orlando, FL 32819 | WHO: 407-581-9644


33 | Ride Orlando’s Only Wooden Rollercoaster | Fun Spot America is a smaller, watered-down version of the mega theme parks that Orlando is known for, with free admission and a pay-per-attraction system in place. On the plus side, the lines are substantially shorter and the park is home to the first and only wooden rollercoaster in Orlando! With six rollercoaster and thrill rides, four go-kart tracks, midway games, and fairground favorites like bumper cars and carousels, there’s something for everyone.

GREAT FOR DATES | Do you love rollercoasters? Put your love of adventure to the test as you go to new heights on the wooden rollercoaster at Fun Spot and share the moment with your loved one! It may not scream romance but sharing new experiences will bring you to the peak of your relationship!

WHERE: 5700 Fun Spot Way, Orlando, FL 32819 | WHO: 407-363-3867


34 | “Croc on” at Gatorland | At “The Alligator Capital of the World,” visitors will see alligators and crocodiles of all sizes and colors, from babies to 14-foot mega monsters, and rare white leucistic alligators. Aside from plenty of gator spotting, the park also offers a petting zoo, animal shows, free-flight aviary, a zip line, and the new Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure.

GREAT FOR ZIPLINING | After you’ve seen the Up Close Encounters Show and visited the White Gator Swamp, zip through the land of gators on either the Screamin’ Gator Zipline or the Gator Gauntlet Zipline!

WHERE: 14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, Florida 32837 | WHO: 407-855-5496


35 | Snap a Selfie with a Wax Celeb | Strike a pose with life-size wax replicas of famous Americans & historic icons at Madame Tussauds Orlando, the world’s greatest wax museum. The Justice League gallery features all your favorite heroes, including Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman and Aquaman. Heroes unite!

GREAT FOR FIELD TRIPS | Show your students the most influential and famous faces of the world from right outside their classroom! Madame Tussauds Art & History Observation Guide offers tours for school groups of 10 or more from grade 6th to 12th!

WHERE: 8387 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 | WHO: 321-209-9651


36 | Discover Local Craft Beer on the Central Florida Ale Trail | Thirsty for a hoppy experience? The Hop On! beer tour takes beer enthusiasts on guided brewery tours by bus to explore what’s fermenting in Orlando and beyond. Central Florida’s rapidly growing craft beer scene, known as the Central Florida Ale Trail, offers some of the best brews in the Sunshine State. Each tour offers the opportunity to learn about the brewing process, sample local beer, and enjoy games, music and trivia. Beer lovers, rejoice.

GREAT FOR BEER LOVERS | Do you love beer? This might seem like a given, but Central Florida is a beer lover’s oasis! Thanks to the Central Florida Ale Trail, beer lovers can come together and hop to their next destination!

WHERE: 300 N New York Ave, #2134 Winter Park, FL 32792 | WHO: 407-724-3759


37 | Ride The Wheel to See Orlando From Above | Ride the iconic Wheel at ICON PARK, Orlando’s can’t-be-missed observation wheel, which towers 400 feet above the city. The climate-controlled capsules offer a comfortable and relaxing setting so you can sip a glass of wine while savoring some of Central Florida’s most spectacular views throughout the 23-minute rotation.

GREATS FOR GROUPS | If your group wants to see the City Beautiful from above at a reasonable price, the Wheel at ICON PARK has a group rate for groups of seven or more that goes above and beyond your expectations!

WHERE: 8375 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819 | WHO: 407-601-7907


38 | Seek Thrills at Islands of Adventure | Perhaps the theme park with the most thrilling rides, Islands of Adventure is home to the Hulk, a high-speed roller coaster with seven inversions at speeds of over 65 miles per hour; a 200-foot free fall drop; a water ride with an 85-foot plunge, and a new “story coaster” inspired by Harry Potter.

GREAT FOR FAMILIES | While not everybody in the family may want to jump on the Hulk or have a churro eating contest, the truth is that Islands of Adventure is exactly that! Every “island” of the park offers something different, guaranteeing that every member of the family will find their own personal island to explore!

WHERE: Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819 | WHO: 407-224-4233


39 | Treat Your Little One to a Disney Princess Experience | Disney dreams come true at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, with several locations around Orlando. Fairy Godmothers-in-Training pamper and primp your child until they look storybook stunning for a special day at the park. Happily Ever After!

GREAT FOR MOTHER-DAUGHTER DAYS | Bring your little princess down to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, where you both will be treated like royalty! You will be pampered and receive the makeover of your dreams, all while being able to spend quality time together!

WHERE: 1180 Seven Seas Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 | WHO: 407- 939-5277


40 | Come Nose to Bottlenose, Swimming with Dolphins | Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive day resort that treats guests to up close and personal encounters with marine life. Enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime experience of swimming with bottlenose dolphins, snorkel among thousands of colorful fish and rays, meet playful otters, and hand-feed exotic birds. Set in a tropically-inspired paradise of rocky lagoons, reefs, lush landscaping and white-sand beaches, the day-package includes wetsuits and snorkel gear along with fresh meals, snacks and beverages.

GREAT FOR DATES | Swimming with dolphins at Discovery Cove is the epitome of romance! Spend a day with your partner in a tropical paradise where swimming with dolphins is as accessible as unlimited pina coladas – you’ll walk away from your date in island bliss! We guarantee you, your date will end with a kiss…it just might be with a dolphin, though!

WHERE: 6000 Discovery Cove Way, Orlando, FL 32821 | WHO: 407-513-4600


41 | Wander Through Winter Park | Winter Park is home to an idyllic downtown chock full of charming details that are sure to delight. Hidden gardens and shaded side streets offer one-of-a-kind boutiques and locally-owned shops, sidewalk cafes and restaurants. Nearby museums showcase world-renowned art collections. Park Avenue, often called “Little Europe,” offers more than 40 eateries to satisfy all kinds of cravings, including everything from gelato to award-winning fine dining. Prato, a popular pick for date night, features handcrafted and year round alfresco dining.

GREAT FOR SHOPPING | Are you looking for a break from the tired ol’ shopping malls? Winter Park is full of luxurious boutiques and designer shops that will make your shopper’s heart stop!

WHERE: 151 W. Lyman Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789 | WHO: 407-644-8281


42 | Swing into Friendly Competition at Topgolf or DriveShack | Whether an avid golfer or an absolute amateur, you’ll have a blast at one of Orlando’s golf-themed entertainment venues that offer an all-new take on the game for all skill levels. Just 15 minutes from Orlando International Airport, Drive Shack Orlando offers fun games like ShackJack (a spin on the classic card game), or Monster Hunt, where the player is on a quest to save a princess, destroying monsters along the way. Topgolf Orlando, adjacent to the Orange County Convention Center in the International Drive area also features a fun take on golfing that uses a scoring system similar to that of darts or bowling. As an added bonus, both venues offer impressive food and drink menus.

GREAT FOR GROUPS | Nothing brings people together like a little friendly competition! Whether it’s for an office retreat or family reunion, this game of golf will swing you into adventure and laughter!

WHERE: 7285 Corner Dr. Orlando, FL 3282 | WHO: 407-553-8820


43 | Visit the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens | With more than 500 animals spread across its 23-acres of area, the Central Florida Zoo is one of the wildest family-friendly outdoor attractions in the Orlando area. Visitors will observe animals from all around the globe, including some of the world’s rarest and most endangered species. Check out one of the educational Keeper Chats, cool off at the Wharton Smith Tropical Splash Ground, or take off on a zip lining adventure. The zoo is located 20 minutes away from downtown Orlando in Sanford.

GREAT FOR LEARNING | The Central Florida Zoo makes hands-on learning for students, a wild experience they’ll never find anywhere else! From Zoo Camps to close-up animal adventures, to even overnight opportunities, your students and children will go wild for learning at the zoo!

WHERE: 3755 W Seminole Boulevard, Sanford, FL 32771 | WHO: 407-323-4450


44 | Indulge in a Five-Star Dining Experience | One of Florida’s finest restaurants, Victoria & Albert’s restaurant delights diners with an opulent interior, talented culinary team and exquisitely prepared dishes. Whether you choose to enjoy up to seven prix-fixe courses in the Dining Room or 10 at the Chef’s Table, this AAA Five Diamond Award restaurant delivers haute cuisine at its finest.

GREAT FOR DATES | Whether you’re celebrating your 30th anniversary or need to mix up your daily dinner plans, Victoria & Albert is a wonderful excuse to splurge on your significant other with divine flavors and elegant dishes!

WHERE: 4401 Floridian Way, Orlando, FL 32830 | WHO: 407-939-3862


45 | Embark on a Giraffe Safari Expedition or Llama Trek | While not technically in Orlando (it’s about an hour away), Giraffe Ranch is worth the drive for the chance to scope out giraffes and other species from around the world living in 47-acres of rolling countryside and open grasslands dotted with sprawling live oaks and native orchids. Not to be mistaken for a zoo, Giraffe Ranch is a real working game farm and wildlife preserve where zebra, ostrich, warthog, pygmy hippopotamus, rhinoceros have room to roam. Embark on an intimate safari expedition, feed a giraffe, take a Segway Safari, or venture out on a Llama Trek – whichever experience you choose, it’s sure to make for a memorable experience.

GREAT FOR FAMILIES | Looking for a break from the theme parks? The Giraffe Ranch in Dade City is perfect for families looking for an eco-adventure away from the crowds!

WHERE: 38650 Mickler Rd, Dade City, FL 33523 | WHO: 813-482-3400


46 | Shop ‘Til You Drop | From huge malls to outdoor outlets with discount, factory outlets, Orlando has it all. The Mall at Millenia, located minutes from Universal Orlando Resort, features luxury brands and complimentary valet parking in an elegant setting. The Florida Mall, Central Florida’s largest shopping center, is home to a range of market exclusives like Crayola Experience and M&M's® World, along with brand retailers. Bargain shoppers will love their choice of three outlet malls that offer top brands at incredible value: Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, Orlando International Premium Outlets and Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets.

GREAT FOR FAMILIES | Small or large, if you’re family needs it, Millenia has got it! Now, the mall may not seem like the first place your family may head to during vacation, but between Mall at Millenia’s welcoming atmosphere and it’s unbeatable selection of shops, it’s a dream for everyone!

WHERE: 4200 Conroy Road, Orlando, FL 32839 | WHO: 407-363-3555


47 | Catch an Orlando City Soccer Club Game | As one of the newest members of the Eastern Conference of the wildly popular Major League Soccer, the Orlando City Soccer Club delights spectators with its fan camaraderie and modern stadium in downtown Orlando. If you visit the Orlando area during soccer season, throw on the team color (purple) and cheer The Lions on to victory at a game!

GREAT FOR GROUPS | There is no better place to celebrate and watch your favorite soccer team than live at an Orlando City Soccer Club Game! Grab your friends, family, neighbors, people on the sidewalk, and drag ‘em down to downtown Orlando for a night of purple-colored victory!

WHERE: 655 W Church Street, Orlando, FL 32805 | WHO: 1.855.ORL.CITY


48 | Get Artsy at The Orlando Museum of Art | The Orlando Museum of Art is a leading cultural institution in the region, home to a diverse collection of art in all media. Each year, the museum presents 10-12 exhibitions on-site. On the first Thursday evening of every month, the museum hosts “Orlando’s Original Art Party” to present visitors with an opportunity to discover local artists, listen to live music and mingle.

GREAT FOR DAY TRIPS | Do you love spending hours upon hours in museums? Linger the day away as you observe and discuss some of the most breathtaking art exhibits shown in the City Beautiful.

WHERE: 2416 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803 | WHO: 407-896-4231


49 | Stroll Disney’s BoardWalk | Inspired by the timeless charm of turn-of-the-century boardwalks in coastal cities like Coney Island and Atlantic City, Disney’s BoardWalk offers good old-fashioned family fun set on a scenic waterfront. The quarter-mile promenade offers classic arcade games and Surrey bikes, delightful evening street performers, dining, shops and nightlife. The BoardWalk is a short stroll to Epcot and a breezy boat ride to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

GREAT FOR FAMILIES | Finish your day of Disney World fun at the BoardWalk! Between evening street performers and various dining options, your family’s Disney fun doesn’t have to stop after you leave the parks!

WHERE: 2101 North Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 | WHO: 407-824-4321


50 | Shop the Winter Park Farmers’ Market | Held each Saturday morning at the historical old train depot, the Winter Park Farmers’ Market is the number one produce and plant market in Central Florida, offering fresh produce, plants, baked goods, artisanal products and more. A popular event for visitors and locals alike!

GREAT FOR FOODIES | Between offering the freshest produce of all Central Florida farmer’s markets, the Winter Park Farmer’s Market also serves up some of the tastiest foods you will find sold exclusively through vendors!

WHERE: 200 West New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789 | WHO: 407-599-3328


51 | Sip Handcrafted Organic Local Beer | Known as the brewhouse that kicked off the city’s craft beer craze, Orlando Brewing Company now has a decade of experience under its belt. The taproom offers 30+ taps of their high-quality beer made with all organic ingredients. Free brewery tours are offered Monday through Saturday, excluding the 30th of each month. Cheers!

GREAT FOR GROUPS | Orlando Brewery offers Groupon packages for groups of one, two, or four beer enthusiasts interested in tasting Central Florida’s best brews!

WHERE: 1301 Atlanta Ave. Orlando, FL 32806 | WHO: 407-872-1117


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