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Things to do in Orlando

Orlando abounds with theme parks. You'll need weeks to see everything or you will have to pick and choose from: Walt Disney World Resort, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach Water Park, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, and Typhoon Lagoon; the two theme parks at Universal Orlando Resort—Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida; three parks from SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment—SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica—SeaWorld's Waterpark and Discovery Cove; and LEGOLAND Florida.

Just in case you might be sick of theme parks, there are some great museums sports and entertainment venues. Catch a show by Cirque de Soleil or the Blue Man Group or stroll the streets at exciting entertainment complexes like Universal City Walk, Downtown Disney, Pointe Orlando Orlando's Church Street. Dine, listen to music, catch the shows and shop. It's all there. Orlando has a rich history that predates Disney’s arrival. This is Orlando’s five hundredth anniversary. It's an ideal time to visit Wells' Built Museum of African American History.

Orlando hosts more golf tournaments than any other location. Don't miss a chance to see Ernie Els, Tiger Woods, or Rory McIlroy.

  • Backstage Magic Tour

    Behind-the-scenes Disney secrets are divulged on this daylong walking tour (lunch included), which takes in some dauntingly complex operations at w... More
  • Discovery Cove

    Orlando's parks can make for a whirlwind vacation, but Discovery Cove offers a pleasing blend of adventure and relaxation. The park is all-inclusiv... More
  • Disney Cruise Line

    Disney is the best cruise line for families. What may surprise you is that the 1,760-passenger Disney Magic and Disney Wonder are gorgeous ships, e... More
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom® Park

    Wild animals of every stripe can be seen here, in regionally themed habitats that are scattered across the park. There’s the Pangani Forest habitat... More
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios®

    An Indiana Jones stunt show and a retelling of The Little Mermaid top the long list of kid-oriented shows at this park, called Disney-MGM Studios u... More
  • Epcot®

    Slightly more adult-oriented than the other Disney theme parks, Epcot doesn’t have as many hair-raising thrill rides as its neighbors do. But its e... More
  • Holy Land Experience

    Nothing against religious reenactments, but when a blood-smeared Jesus sings into his head-mike from the cross, things start to get creepy. This pa... More
  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

    Some of humankind’s greatest adventures began here at NASA’s launch headquarters, an easy hour east of Orlando on the Atlantic coast. Time your vis... More
  • Magic Kingdom

    The busiest theme park in the world (with somewhere around 17 million annual visitors), the Magic Kingdom is home base to the most famous rides in ... More
  • Morse Museum Shop

    Set inside a museum that has one of the country’s finest, most complete collections of Louis Comfort Tiffany glass, this gift shop is stocked with ... More
  • Orange World

    This delightfully tacky roadside stall topped by a 60-foot orange dome has been a landmark of Americana since the early 70’s. It remains the protot... More
  • SAK Comedy Lab

    Around since 1991, the SAK Comedy Lab improve venue has been the launching pad for several nationally known stars, including The Price Is Right hos... More
  • SeaWorld Orlando

    Mellower than other Orlando theme parks—though it has several rides, including Kraken, a thrilling, floorless coaster—SeaWorld is noted for its ros... More
  • SKYSIXTY

    With its striped cabanas, potted palms, and a view of downtown Orlando, SKYSIXTY the vibe is reminiscent of Miami’s South Beach. Grab a booth, or s... More
  • Tour Guide Mike

    Mike Hewell, more commonly known as Tour Guide Mike, uses his years of experience as a tour planner for the rich and famous to help families enjoy ... More

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