51 Things to Do in Orlando Florida
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!
Things To Do in Orlando
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 offer something super spectacular for everyone. Keep reading our picks of the best 51 fun things to do in Orlando!
1 | Experience the Magic of Disney's Magic Kingdom | 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!”
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 both Universal Parks – Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios – connected by a train ride aboard none other than the Hogwarts Express. Mischief managed!
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.
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!
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.
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, Orlando Science Center brings STEAM (science, technology engineering, art & math) 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 Science Center also offers labs and workshops, theaters, and an observatory.
WHERE: 777 E. Princeton St. Orlando, Florida 32803 | WHO: 407-514-2000
7 | Explore LEGOLAND | LEGOLAND Florida is a 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 2 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 famous cities — including Orlando!
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 1912, 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!
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 less time. No passport required! It’s recommended 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!
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.
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. Dozens of retail shops offer hard-to-find Disney-themed items and collaborations, along with unique fashion finds and popular brand stores.
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 treetop obstacle adventure.
WHERE: 7625 Sinclair Rd. Kissimmee, Florida 34747 | WHO: 407-390-9999
13 | Cool Down at Typhoon Lagoon | Dive into 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.
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 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.
WHERE: 312 East Morse Blvd. Winter Park, FL 32789 | WHO: 407-644-4056
15 | See an 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.
WHERE: 400 W. Church St. Orlando, FL 32801 | WHO: 407-916-2255
16 | Visit a Florida Dude Ranch & Glamp | Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo is home to an authentic dude ranch, providing guests a chance to glamp in luxury! Choose from a luxe teepee, tent, or Conestoga wagon. You'll be amazed this ranch exists about an hour and 30 minutes to two hours away from Orlando.
Ride horses, drink bourbon, and eat s'mores by the fire, participate in skeet shooting, archery lessons, and pet animals at the property's petting farm. Plus, there's an authentic Saturday night rodeo every weekend! There's so much to do at this Florida gem!
WHERE: 3200 River Ranch Blvd, River Ranch, FL 33867 | WHO: 863-692-1321
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.
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. For a sweet snack, grab a treat from the West Coast’s famed chain Voodoo Doughnuts.
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! In the warmer months, plan your tour for early in the morning when alligators are most active.
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 three-course menu featuring French-inspired dishes, venture into the Beast’s Castle for a lovely experience as the dining room presents... your dinner! Picky eaters? No problem! Guests ages 9 and under can create a custom three-course menu with kid-friendly options.This three-course dining experience for lunch is $67 for adults (ages 10 and up) and $39 for children (ages 3 to 9). Plan way ahead, as it can be tough to snag a reservation.
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.
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.
WHERE: 1920 North Forest Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803 | WHO: 407-246-2620
23 | Explore the Waters and Trails of Wekiwa | Just 20 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!
WHERE: 1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka, FL 32712 | WHO: 407-884-2008
24 | See Animation and Acrobatics Collide at Cirque du Soleil at Disney Springs | 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.
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.
WHERE: 445 North Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789 | WHO: 407-645-5311
Q: What are the cheapest months to go to Disney World?
A: Though there is no true "off-season" as crowds flock year-round. Mid-late January and parts of early February are generally the cheapest times to visit. September, October, and November (excluding Halloween and Thanksgiving) 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 Key.
Q. What adults can do in Orlando?
A: With so many things to do in Orlando, Disney, Universal (CityWalk), SeaWorld, and ICON Park on International Drive 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 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
WHERE: 2100 W French Avenue, Orange City FL 32763 | WHO: 386-775-3663
27 | Satisfy Your 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!
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.
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!
WHERE: Inside the Florida Mall - 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.
WHERE: 8449 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819 | WHO: 407-270-8610
31 | Resort Hop Around Walt Disney World | Don't worry if you don't have a park ticket, Disney is so much more than its theme parks. The property's hotels and resorts have so much to offer. On your next Disney vacation, skip a day in the parks and hop from one resort to another. You don't need a car, plus if you do drive, you might have trouble getting into each resort, as they now require parking or a reservation to a restaurant inside that particular resort.
Skip all that fuss and take a bus from Disney Springs where parking is always free! Remember to give yourself some time to get to the resort you want to visit, buses can run a little late. You won't regret seeing all the theming each resort has to offer. You can also do the monorail loop if you want to visit resorts around the Magic Kingdom.
WHERE: Disney Springs - 1486 Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
32 | Fuel Your Need for Speed | Zoom, zoom, zoom... and they're off! Feel the need for speed at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games Orlando. This place is every kid's dream, and some adults' dreams too! From electric go-karts to tons of arcade games to choose from, this place is especially perfect when it's just too hot to be in the Florida heat or it's raining outside. Check it out!
WHERE: 9299 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819 | WHO: 407-610-5020
33 | Ride a Wooden Coaster at Fun Spot | 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.
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, a free-flight aviary, and a zip line.
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. They look so real, it's like the celebrities are standing right in front of you!
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.
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 while you're sky high!
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. The best rides at the park are the Velocicoaster, a thrilling coaster that lets you run alongside raptors from Jurassic Park, and Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, that has you soaring through the sky with Hagrid and his unique creatures.
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. Fairy Godmothers-in-training pamper and primp your child until they look storybook-stunning for a special day at the park.
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, snorkeling among thousands of colorful fish and rays, meeting 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.
WHERE: 6000 Discovery Cove Way, Orlando, FL 32821 | WHO: 407-513-4600
41 | Wander Through Winter Park & Park Avenue | 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.
WHERE: 151 W. Lyman Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789 | WHO: 407-644-8281
42 | Swing into Friendly Competition at Topgolf | Topgolf Orlando, adjacent to the Orange County Convention Center in the International Drive area, features a fun take on golfing that uses a scoring system similar to that of darts or bowling. As an added bonus, the venue offers impressive food and drink items. Multiple floors of playing make this a great stop for a fun night out with friends. Plus, watch this place light up at night!
WHERE: 9295 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819 | WHO: 407-218-7714
43 | Visit the Central Florida Zoo & 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 ziplining adventure. The zoo is located 30-40 minutes away from Downtown Orlando in Sanford.
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. This AAA Five Diamond Award restaurant delivers haute cuisine at its finest.
WHERE: 4401 Floridian Way, Orlando, FL 32830 | WHO: 407-939-3862
45 | Embark on a Giraffe Safari Expedition | 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, and 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.
WHERE: 38650 Mickler Rd, Dade City, FL 33523 | WHO: 813-482-3400
46 | Shop ‘Til You Drop | From huge malls to outdoor 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 other brand retailers. Bargain shoppers will love their choice of three outlet malls that offer top brands at incredible value: Orlando International Premium Outlets and Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets.
WHERE: The Mall at Millenia - 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!
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. This is perfect for a really hot Florida day or when the clouds open up and your plans get rained out.
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. Be mindful of parking. You'll need to be staying at the Boardwalk Resort or take a free bus or boat. You can also stroll out of Epcot and enjoy the Boardwalk if you have a park ticket.
WHERE: 2101 North Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 | WHO: 407-824-4321
50 | Shop the Winter Park Farmers’ Market | Held on the weekends 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!
WHERE: 200 West New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789 | WHO: 407-599-3328
51 | Visit SeaWorld Orlando | See marine life in action at SeaWorld Orlando. The park is also home to Mako, Manta, The Kraken, Ice Breaker, and Pipeline — incredible high-speed roller coasters that zip guests around. SeaWorld also hosts a number of food and beer festivals throughout the year. The best part, the festivals and concerts are free with your park admission. Enjoy a day "seaing" the world underwater at SeaWorld Orlando.
WHERE: 7007 Sea World Dr, Orlando, FL 32821 | WHO: 407-545-5550
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The most romantic places for couples in Florida include St. Augustine, Miami Beach, Sanibel Island, Ft. Lauderdale, and Orlando.
Expect to pay $7,350 on average for a 7-night vacation in Orlando, Florida. Keep in mind this does not include airfare. This is according to research done by Compare the Market. That breaks down to $4,138 in lodging during peak season, $3,148 in activities and around $64 per day in other costs.
The average price of a 7-day trip to Florida is $1,209 for a solo traveler, $1,764 for a couple, and $3,918 for a family of 4. Florida hotels range from $67 to $328 per night with an average of $109, while most vacation rentals will cost $200 to $560 per night for the entire home.
January is the coolest month of the year in Florida, with average lows of around 49 F (around 10 C) in Orlando. However, temperatures in the middle of the day can hit 74 F in the Florida Keys (around 23 C), making it possible to spend plenty of time exploring the great outdoors.
July is the hottest month in Florida with an average temperature of 28°C (82°F) and the coldest is January at 16°C (61°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 10 in July. The best month to swim in the sea is in July when the average sea temperature is 29°C (84°F).
The cleanest Florida cities include Key West, Miami, West Palm Beach and Homestead.
Sanibel Island. Just off the state's peninsula on the Gulf of Mexico, Sanibel is heaven on a beach. Beyond the miles of crystal-clear waters, there are thousands of patterned seashells waiting to be collected up and down the shoreline.
Florida's most famous export besides oranges may be Key Lime Pie. Named after the small, tart, aromatic limes commonly associated with the Florida Keys, the meringue-topped pie combines the tangy lime juice with sweetened condensed milk and egg yolk, all poured into a graham cracker crust.
The top five things Florida is known for is oranges, Walt Disney World, beaches, the Space Coast and the Everglades.
Beaches, Beaches, Beaches! - By far, the number one reason for scheduling a Florida vacation is to sit on The Sunshine State's incredible beaches and enjoy the soft sand, warm water, and beautiful sunsets you'll find there. With thousands of miles of coastline, the beaches in Florida are many and quite varied.
The most popular Florida cities are Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, and Orlando.
Destin is commonly awarded as having the best blue water in Florida however the entire Emerald Coast has similar coloring. Destin has the clearest water due to its proximity to Choctawhatchee Bay.
The prettiest Florida beach town is Sanibel Island.
We'd recommend budgeting an average of $100 per person, per day for your Florida vacation. This covers parking, gas, Ubers & Lyfts, food, drinks, snacks, miscellaneous spending (think band-aids & penny pressing machines) as well as the occasional souvenir.
Consider a road trip instead of flying, travel during off-season to Disney, visit Florida beaches, camp instead booking hotels and avoid Spring Break season.
The worst time to visit Florida is during the hottest summer months with the most severe weather and rainfall – June through August. June marks the start of Florida's hurricane season and is when rainfall and temperatures really pick up.
If you want to visit Florida at a time that's (at least a little) cooler and drier than the sweltering, stormy summer months, go in the heart of winter — December and January typically see the state's lowest temperatures.
The busiest months in Florida are February and March, with January following closely behind. June and July are also quite busy. Flights and accommodation will be most expensive during these months.
The rainy season runs from May 15 to October 15 for Southwest Florida and from May 25 to October 10 for the rest of West Central Florida.
Experience the Vacation of Your Dreams in Orlando, FL!
As you can plainly see from this amazing list of the coolest 51 things to do in Orlando, there's something for everyone in "The Vacation Capital of the World!" In fact, the world-famous theme parks of Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and SeaWorld Orlando are just scratching the surface of the incredibly fun offerings that can be found throughout Central Florida! And while you're exploring "The City Beautiful," don't miss the opportunity to check out the 10 best kids activities in Orlando, 10 museums in Orlando worth visiting, and 10 local picks for late night food in Orlando. Have a great trip!
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