Here is a collection of some of the most interesting things to do in Orlando!
Orlando is a huge city located in Central Florida. People call it “The City Beautiful,” and it is well-known for its theme parks of which it has so many that the city was declared the theme park capital of the world. You need to know that Orlando is not like other cities in the world because apart from museums and those usual tourist attractions, you can find more extreme and unique things to do in Orlando and that’s why it is never like a usual holiday when someone visits the city.
1. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
No need to get magical mushrooms here like people do in Amsterdam in order to experience some magic. Simply, visit this attraction where you can even buy an interactive magic wand that does different things if you say the magic spells right. The rides and other exciting exhibitions will keep you entertained throughout the whole day so if you have time discover everything you can!
2. Universal’s Islands of Adventure
Cutting edge rides, shows, and interactive attractions bring your favorite stories, myths, cartoons, comic book heroes and children’s tales to life. Everything that you have only seen through the tv screens will now be there in front of your eyes. If you get hungry from the adventures there are a lot of restaurants where you can gain back the energy.
3. Discovery Cove
Here you can experience a real tropical atmosphere. Swim with the dolphins, feed those lovely colorful birds, snorkel through a saltwater reef and play inches from a family of otters. This is not a place for those who like being bored. Just by walking through it, you will feel inspired by the lush landscaping, tropical reefs, winding rivers, waterfalls, and pristine white-sand beaches.
4. Walt Disney World
Everyone saw at least one Walt Disney cartoon in their lives. Even if you are not a big fan of them happiness is guaranteed if you decide to visit the Disney World here. The attraction is not only for children as we all know everyone has the child deep inside him/herself anyway! From haunted mansions to all kinds of magical rides you will find everything!
5. Cirque du Soleil
The seats are perfectly comfortable, though, the risky performances will keep you at the edge of your seat with the accompanying mesmerizing but intense music. It is recommended for all ages. It had funny clowns and other entertaining stuff following dangerous stunts. It is totally worth the money! Make sure you choose the front seats if you want to interact with the performers.
6. SeaWorld Orlando
You might have heard about this attraction wherever you come from and it is not just a coincidence. The place has won the Travellers’ choice prize in 2016. Amazing thrill rides encounters with gorgeous animals and awesome shows every day. If you don’t mind spending the money pay for the behind the scenes tour as it is completely worth it, you will see!
7. Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe
Apart from theme parks and other adrenaline boosters, there is still some other type of things to do in Orlando. For example visiting a Basilica could be a way to relax after those action filled events.
8. Orlando International Premium Outlets
When you can’t resist the temptation to go shopping but you don’t have too much to spend this is the best place for you! In this outlet, you will find premium quality stuff at really low prices. If shopping makes you happy you will come out with a cheesy smile on your face from here! Note that on the weekend it is not too easy to find a parking place!
9. The Florida Mall
If you haven’t had enough of shopping yet or you just haven’t found what you were looking for just visit the mall in Orlando where you can also find a lot of good bargains and outlet priced products.
10. SKELETONS: Animals Unveiled
You might be wondering like how a museum of nothing but skeletons will entertain you. Honestly many people are doubtful about this matter but when they arrive and see what the place has to offer everyone changes their opinions. The exhibition is marvelous and the employees are really nice. There is a scavenger hunt that your children and even you will enjoy.
11. Madame Tussauds Orlando
If you thought it was only London that featured a Madame Tussauds museum you were wrong. You can get the same experience in Orlando as well. The wax figures are very well done and the staff is really helpful. Don’t forget to take pictures with your favourite celebrity! All in all, it is a really convenient place with restaurants and ample parking space.
12. I-Ride Trolley Service
I-Ride Trolleys are a fun way to get a hop on and off international drive. You and stop and get off at any of the numerous points. Fortunately, the drivers are not grumpy rather helpful and patient with the tourists and ready to give you enough information on the tickets or other matters. Multiple day tickets can be bought from hotels and on-the-street booths.
13. The Orlando Eye
Enjoy breathtaking 360° views of Orlando as you have never seen it before! Take a romantic spin on this big attraction or just enjoy it by yourself. Either way, you will be satisfied with the view and the experience.
14. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Impressive events say by day in this great monument with friendly staff and clean environment. Make sure you check the schedule on their website and pick the performance that you are the most interested in. It also has a great bar inside that serves the necessary food and drinks to keep you going.
15. Exotic Animal Experience
In this place, you can get one of the most unique animal-related experiences. You can hold almost every animal in your own hands and you can hire a guide or a photographer to shoot great pictures of you. Normally you will only see these animals behind the bars of some zoos but not here! Animals have been brought up here and well-taken care of since they were born. They enjoy their lives here more than you can imagine!
16. Orlando Science Center
Get curious and explore! The science center is suitable for both kids and adults. It helps us learn new facts in a playful and effective way “fun and knowledge all under one roof.” If you have only this once in a lifetime opportunity to visit the city Orlando Science Center is a must for your “things to do in Orlando” list.
17. The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
Watch a great show while eating something in a beautiful, clean and well-designed environment. The food and drinks are really tasty and obviously more enjoyable while you have something entertaining to watch. Just make sure you don’t miss your mouth if you engage in the show too much.
18. American Ghost Adventures
This is a really exciting night experience. You will be told a lot of mysterious ghost stories from the history of Orlando and apart from this, the atmosphere they provide won’t leave you bored. To top it all off you are given pieces of equipment to investigate the paranormal activities yourself at certain spots.
19. Orlando Watersports Complex
Whether you want to try for the first time or already a huge fan of some watersports this is the perfect place for you to visit on your holiday. This insane site is open all year round to give you the best possible watersport related experience. Note that you will need a legal guardian or a notarized waiver if you are under 18. Try everything from the advanced cable to sup yoga and enjoy the whole day there!
20. Characters in Flight
Flying in a balloon is always a great experience especially if you see the nice view of the Disney springs area around it. Whether you take it at night or during the day you will be amazed by the sight! Don’t forget to take photos and ignore your fear of height this time because you won’t get hurt and won’t regret it!