Things to Do in Orlando

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You may not be a competitive Quidditch player just yet, but you can get started by picking up a riding broomstick, an essential element in any Quidditch... Read More

If you’ve read the Harry Potter books, you’ll know that Pygmy Puffs are small pets bred in the back of the Weasleys’ shop. Pick up a plush version of... Read More

No wardrobe of wizardwear is complete without an authentic wizard’s robe, available in your choice of Hogwarts houses. Choose from Gryffindor, Slytherin... Read More

Need a less expensive – or more practical – way to show your support for one of the four houses of Hogwarts? Go for a Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw... Read More

Step into Ollivanders—with locations in both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley—and find yourself immersed in a world where the magic of a wizard’s wand... Read More

In Epcot's World Showcase, this large outdoor theater hosts several annual concert series, including Flower Power (March through May, featuring artists... Read More

This unique SeaWorld attraction is part ride, part animal encounter, which adds up to an incredible, immersive experience. One of SeaWorld’s newest... Read More

There's another uncrowded period between spring break and summer vacation, with the exception of the week before and after Easter. Plus, spring in... Read More

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

Essentially a condensed version of both the popular film Beauty and the Beast and the Broadway musical of the same name, this Broadway-style show at... Read More

Fifty minutes north of downtown Orlando, find this 2,600-acre park, which includes the largest spring on the 310-mile St. Johns River. You can swim,... Read More

This public park features a gorgeous beach as well as opportunities to fish or take nature hikes. You’ll see tons of wildlife here, including 14 species... Read More

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... Read More

The sprawling store in China is filled with every trinket you can imagine; I loved visiting when I was a kid! But this beautiful pavilion also offers... Read More

The nightlife district at Universal Studios is a little touristy, but locals love it too. Park in the Universal garage and ride the moving sidewalk in... Read More

If it’s the Gulf coast you’re craving, venture southwest to Clearwater Beach, where the sand is powdery white and the sunsets are dazzling. See Winter... Read More

One of the beaches that Orlandoans consider “ours,” Cocoa Beach sits just east of Orlando, a straight shot down the State Road 528 toll road. It’s... Read More

Just as famous for its NASCAR speedway as its seashore, Daytona Beach nonetheless offers a great Atlantic oceanside environment. It’s easily accessible... Read More

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

More than just an attraction, this is a theme park unto itself—but it’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced. For one all-inclusive price, feed tropical... Read More

This SeaWorld park is simply stunning. Your ticket buys you an unlimited day of snorkeling with tropical fish and stingrays, feeding exotic birds, and... Read More

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, even... Read More

Wild animals of every stripe can be seen here, in regionally themed habitats that are scattered across the park. There’s the Pangani Forest... Read More

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 until... Read More

Let’s face it, if you’re visiting Orlando, there’s probably someone at home who expects you to bring a Disney souvenir back. Instead of spending big... Read More

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