Things to do in Orlando

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Chances are, if you’re spending your vacation in Orlando, you have one major agenda, and that’s to visit as many theme parks and ride as many rides a... Read More

Chances are, if you’re spending your vacation in Orlando, you have one major agenda, and that’s to visit as many theme parks and ride as many rides as you possibly can. It’s easy to forget, though, that there are happy places to be found outside the Magic Kingdom as well. Educational recreation abounds in places such as the mini-world of Epcot or the incredible exhibits of the Kennedy Space Center. Less frenetic leisure time can also be found without leaving your hotel—many of the best places have elaborate swimming pool areas and wonderful golf courses.

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  • Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando Courtesy of Disney
    Disney's Animal Kingdom® Park

    In 1998, this park became the fourth of Disney's Orlando projects, a vast project that pays living tribute to Walt Disney's passions of conservation and... Read More

  • Disney's Blizzard Beach in Orlando Courtesy of Disney
    Disney's Blizzard Beach

    The concept for this water park may seem a little weird—it's the remains of a fictitious freak snowstorm that resulted in a melting ski resort—but the... Read More

  • Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando Courtesy of Disney
    Disney's Hollywood Studios®

    The third of the four Walt Disney World theme parks, this tribute to the glory days of Hollywood opened in 1989. Six themed areas include a recreation... Read More

  • Epcot Resort in Orlando Courtesy of Disney
    Epcot

    The second of Disney's Orlando parks to open, EPCOT became a reality in 1982 after sitting on Walt Disney's drawing board for years. Known as "the... Read More

  • Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando Courtesy of Harry P. Leu Gardens
    Harry P. Leu Gardens

    In a city full of high-tech thrills and cutting-edge adrenaline injections, it's sometimes nice to step back and surround yourself with more analogue,... Read More

  • Kennedy Space Center in Orlando Courtesy of Kennedy Space Center
    Kennedy Space Center

    The sense of majesty and all-round general achievement is palpable here as soon as you walk through the gates. Kennedy's famous space exploration speech... Read More

  • Legoland Florida Resort in Orlando Courtesy of Legoland Florida Resort
    Legoland Florida Resort

    Who would have thought that a small plastic brick invented by a Danish carpenter in 1932 would become a global empire—one that's given rise to movies... Read More

  • Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando Courtesy of Disney
    Magic Kingdom

    The first park to open at Walt Disney Resort in Orlando (in 1971) is also the most iconic, and is forever visually conjured up with the image of... Read More

  • Orlando Museum of Art Courtesy of Orlando Museum of Art
    Orlando Museum of Art

    This museum has been in existence since before Mickey Mouse was making his first tentative steps into popular culture. Founded in 1924, the collection... Read More

  • Orlando Science Center Museum in Orlando Courtesy of Orlando Science Center
    Orlando Science Center

    A local institution that dates back to before the roller coasters, the Orlando Science Center doesn't look its 60 years—in fact, it has a notably... Read More

  • Universal Studios Florida in Orlando Courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort
    Universal Studios Florida

    Millions of guests have passed through the famous Universal arch that has stood at the gate of this park since it opened in 1990. The six main areas are... Read More

  • Islands of Adventure in Orlando Courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort
    Universal Studios Islands of Adventure

    This addition to Universal Studios Florida opened in 1999 and trumpeted the site's conversion into the Universal Orlando Resort. The park's initial six... Read More

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