The city of Orlando, Florida is located in one of the world’s most visited tourist regions. Every year, tens of millions of tourists flock to Florida to see its great attractions, including Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando, and Universal Orlando.
These amusement parks are so popular that they have attracted other investors. Tourists can choose from nearly limitless accommodations, whether they want to stay in a hotel, motel, or resort. There are thousands of restaurants to choose from, dozens of golf courses, and numerous other attractions and things to do.
For tourists and locals alike, Orlando is a destination that is often considered solely for children. However, adults will find plenty to do as well. The Leu Gardens are a nice place to relax and reflect, and the Kennedy Space Center is easily accessible from the city.
In this list, we present the best attractions in Orlando.
1. Walt Disney World Parks
Walt Disney World is a gigantic attraction in Florida that everyone wants to visit. It has four theme parks, including the iconic Magic Kingdom. One of the most popular attractions in this park is Cinderella’s Castle, which stands at the very center of the park.
Epcot’s iconic structure is the entrance to this themed park, which includes Future World and the World Showcase. Epcot offers visitors an around-the-world experience with 11 different zones, each one featuring international Disney characters, like Mulan, Belle, and Mary Poppins.
At Hollywood Studios, you can see the world of movie magic up close. You can even tour actual studio space or take in a thrilling stunt show. At Animal Kingdom, you can see animals running free in their natural habitat. The Tree of Life makes a great backdrop for family photos.
The parks are filled with nighttime fireworks and celebrations, and special events occur frequently throughout the year. Although lines for the most popular attractions are notoriously long, there is a special Fast Pass program that can help you get the most out of your visit.
If you are going to visit multiple parks, leave a minimum of one day for each and be sure to use a park map to plan ahead.
With so many different resorts, Disney is an all-encompassing experience. Some of the resorts are more child-friendly, like kids’ paradise Pop Century. Others are designed for adults, like Downtown Disney and Port Orleans Resort. Regardless of your age, you can find something to do at Disney World.
2. Universal Theme Parks
Universal Studios Florida is a popular theme park and working studio. It was designed by Steven Spielberg to give visitors the feeling of being in the center of a film production. It’s especially entertaining for teenagers, but it’s perfect for all ages.
Universal Orlando Resort is the ultimate family vacation destination. It is comprised of seven themed lands, each dedicated to a different film franchise like Jurassic Park, Marvel Superhero Island, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
A new island has appeared in the park, and it’s full of magic. A castle is visible above all else, and it is flanked by an alley that goes on into the adjacent park. This new island is the home of Harry Potter, and visitors can join him on his daring escape from Gringotts bank.
If you want to ride as many rides as possible in the shortest amount of time, you should buy the Express Pass. It allows you to skip to the front of the line.
Universal Studios offers a range of events and celebrations for the whole family. Located on Universal Studios property is City Walk, which has many different restaurants, shops, movie theaters, and other places to eat, shop, or watch movies.
SeaWorld is famous for its marine life shows, including dolphin and whale performances. You can still touch dolphins and whales, however, at SeaWorld’s interactive Dolphin Cove. Guests may no longer feed the dolphins, but they can still pet them.
The next level of hands-on is to work with the animals. Visitors can choose from several special tours, including a behind-the-scenes look at SeaWorld operations. For example, visitors can tour the manatee rehabilitation center, which cares for injured manatees, or the dolphin nursery, where the park’s youngest dolphins are cared for.
Besides the many fish and marine animals, the park has many thrilling rides. The most popular of these are its roller coasters. The Mako hyper coaster, the Manta Coaster, and the Kraken Virtual Reality Coaster are three of the park’s roller coasters.
On Friday and Saturday nights, if you find yourself in the park, you’ll be treated to a great fireworks show.
4. Discovery Cove
Located next to SeaWorld, Discovery Cove is one of the most popular attractions in Orlando. Guests can swim with dolphins and explore the underwater world. They can snorkel along a coral reef, dive with a helmet, and wade among stingrays.
Do you like exotic birds? If so, then you’ll love this new tropical aviary. You can interact with parrots, toucans, and other exotic birds. There’s also a relaxing river where you can explore and snorkel. It has an underwater walkway that you can use to explore the river without getting wet. There’s also a tropical swim area where you can splash in the pools or relax on the sandy beach.
You can buy tickets to Discovery Cove in one of two ways: with an all-inclusive pass, or for a single day. During peak season, it’s best to book your visit far in advance.
5. Typhoon Lagoon
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park has rides for everyone, ranging from slides for young kids up to the tallest of thrill seekers. For the youngest guests, there is Ketchakiddee Creek, where children can play in the water without being too far from their parents.
The waterpark is packed with activities. The wave pool is big, but if you want to try surfing, you can sign up for lessons. There are also quieter rides, like the lazy river and Miss Adventure Falls, which has rapids. And don’t miss Humunga Kowabunga, a thrilling water slide that’s just for the bravest of the brave.
The water park has many different waterslides. The slides are for different-aged children, and even a sandy beach where parents can relax while their kids play.
Blizzard Beach is a water park in Walt Disney World that has a ski resort theme. Families can enjoy a variety of water rides, including a winding river that circles the park and a ski lift that takes guests up a mountain to a snow-covered peak.
6. Volcano Bay
The newest Universal attraction is called Volcano Bay. It is a water theme park, replacing Wet ‘n Wild. You can really immerse yourself in the experience, because there are play-and-stay options.
At the center of the park, you can find the Aqua Coaster, one of the most popular rides. It’s situated next to the Waturi Beach with a large wave pool in front of it. Guests can use common lounge chairs or upgrade to premium loungers. Cabanas are also available for rent.
The waterpark offers a variety of attractions to excite guests. Some of the most popular rides are huge slides, tubes, and thrill rides. There are also areas for younger guests including a zero-entry wading pool.
One of the coolest new features at Volcano Bay is the TapuTapu. Imagine a wearable device that allows guests to get in line for one ride at a time. Guests can then use their wait time for something else, like relaxing in the water or exploring more of the park. This wearable is free to wear and guests receive it upon entering the park.
To make your visits more convenient, download the app before you arrive. Then you can enter your credit card information, charge food and beverage purchases with just a tap of your TapuTapu, and avoid the hassle of waiting in line.
7. Day Trip to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is a popular day trip from Orlando, offering a unique opportunity to experience an important NASA operation. Visitors can watch as shuttle launches occur at the complex, often with the help of a guide.
San Diego’s Air + Space museum is an incredible way to learn about the history of space exploration. It features incredible exhibits on astronauts and engineers, as well as the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame and the Rocket Garden, where you can see rockets from some of NASA’s most famous space flights.
One of the most incredible aspects of this museum is being so close to the Space Shuttle Atlantis. The original shuttle on display here has seen it all. I was able to walk around the ship and see its scars from launches and reentries. Over 60 exhibits detail the history and achievements of the entire space shuttle program.
To the left is the moon exploration. To the right is astronaut training. In front of you is a shuttle launch experience. Behind you is an IMAX theater. If you have the time, you can even watch a launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
8. Orlando Science Center
The Orlando Science Center has a great interactive exhibit for children. It’s called “Kids Town.” The best part of Kids Town is that it’s available to kids under 48 inches tall. Kids Town is full of interesting and stimulating exhibits.
The CineDome at the Dr. Phillips science center is a great place to see a laser show. It’s also a good place to see a large format film. These films and laser shows are just a few of the many exhibits that the science center presents from across the country.
Gatorland is a wildlife park that has the largest collection of reptiles in the United States. The park has daily shows and demonstrations, including Alligator Jumparoo, where alligators jump through flaming hoops, and Gator Wrestlin’, where people wrestle gators. The park also houses rare white leucistic alligators.
The zoo has a train that follows a set route. It looks out onto a marsh where animals mate. In addition, there is a tower where people can view the animals and the marsh.
Gatorland recently added two ziplines, the Screamin’ Gator and the Gator Gauntlet. They run above the alligator and crocodile pens, and visitors can choose between a self-guided swamp walk and the Gator Gully Splash Park on hot days.
10. Exotic Animal Experience
Orlando’s Exotic Animal Experience offers visitors the chance to have personal encounters with exotic animals from around the world. They live in a natural habitat home to several kangaroos and lemurs, owl monkeys, kinkajou, deer, and two-toed sloths.
At Costa Rica’s Sloth Sanctuary, you’ll have to make a reservation to visit. Guests can choose between a group experience, private visit, or extra time with the animals. There are also special packages for those who want to spend all their time with sloths.