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Things to do in  Orlando

Welcome to Orlando

Home to more than a dozen theme parks—including Universal Studios, Walt Disney World, and SeaWorld—Orlando entices families, thrill seekers, and Mickey Mouse fans alike. But this central Florida city (around a 4-hour drive north of Miami) serves up more than just big attractions. For a true taste of the area, catch an airboat tour along the Everglades, off-road in an ATV, horseback ride through an eco reserve, or board a scenic cruise around the city. For a lesson on human spaceflight, head east to the famous Kennedy Space Center, and look for a gator or two if you opt to tour the area’s swampland.

Top 10 attractions in Orlando

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Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park

Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park

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Step into the Florida Everglades at Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park, located outside Orlando, where visitors can explore the Florida wilderness and its resident animals. Spend the day spotting alligators, white-tailed deer, sloths, and tropical birds and take an adventurous airboat ride at this popular family attraction.More
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SEA LIFE® Orlando

SEA LIFE® Orlando

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Roughly 40,000 gallons of water and 45,000 pounds of sand make up SEA LIFE® Orlando, the home of over 5,000 sea creatures, including green sea turtles, jellyfish, seahorses, black tip reef sharks, and colorful clownfish. Visitors can admire sharks and exotic fish from all angles and watch rays float gracefully overhead at theAtlantic Ocean Exhibit with its 360-degree tunnel, or check out the interactive rockpool to touch starfish, spot hermit crabs, and learn about coastal rock pools.Regular talks combined with feeding times let children and adults learn more about the animals living here—it's a good idea to schedule a visit around these feeding times, as the wildlife will be the most active during those hours.Apart from the Atlantic Ocean, the aquarium also focuses on the more tropical Indian Ocean and delves into the marine life of the Pacific. Visitors can also learn about the aquarium's breeding and rescue programs while finding out how to help the conservation projects.More
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Universal’s Volcano Bay

Universal’s Volcano Bay

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Universal’s Volcano Bay™ water park is a tropical-themed attraction located at Universal Orlando™. Attractions draw on South Pacific influences, and the centerpiece of the park is a towering 200-foot (61-meter) volcano called Krakatau™, which is the base for thrilling water slides. Other rides include an aqua coaster and a body plunge.More
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Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park

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Sandwiched between the sizzling beaches of Miami and the white sands of Key West, the 1.5 million-acre Everglades National Park stands in stark contrast to its seductive neighbors—but don’t make the mistake of passing it by. Visit the park and discover for yourself the spectacular swampy weirdness that draws over one million visitors every year and constitutes a one-of-a-kind destination for nature lovers.More
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Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach

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With expansive white sand beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, Clearwater Beach is a waterfront Florida community known for its aquatic activities and warm, turquoise waters. Clearwater Beach is an ideal launching pad for kayaking, parasailing, boating, and biking. It’s known as being more low-key than its southern neighbor, the bustling St. Pete Beach, and many consider Clearwater Beach to be among the best beaches in America.More
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International Drive

International Drive

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Stretching for 17 miles (27 kilometers) between the Orlando Premium Outlets to Walt Disney World, Orlando’s International Drive (I-Drive for short) serves as the city’s tourist hub. Six of Orlando’s top theme parks—SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, Wet ’n’ Wild, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and Aquatica—are located along this stretch.More
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Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Universal Orlando's Harry Potter attraction is spread across two parks at the resort: Diagon Alley on the Universal Studios Florida side and Hogsmeade at Universal's Islands of Adventure. The two are connected by Hogwarts Express train, and each features shops, dining, and attractions inspired by the young wizard.More
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Icon Orlando 360

Icon Orlando 360

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Icon Orlando 360 is a new entertainment complex on one of Orlando's main drags, International Drive, commonly known as I-Drive. Opened in May 2015, Icon Orlando 360 (formerly known as I-Drive 360) includes a variety of restaurants, shops, and tourist attractions – including an aquarium, a Madame Tussaud's, and the 400-foot observation wheel called the Orlando Eye. You'll find popular eateries like Shake Shack and Outback as well as hopping nightlife at Cowgirls Rockbar, with the only mechanical bull in the city.The centerpiece is the massive observation wheel. It has 30-passenger compartments, each one air-conditioned, and each one can carry up to 15 people. Your ticket to the Orlando Eye includes a 4-D movie experience and a ride around the wheel.More
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Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center

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The Kennedy Space Center has been hurtling humans and shuttles into space since 1968 and is still a primary site for NASA launches. Parts of the sprawling campus are open to the public with daily tours offering opportunities to interact with real astronauts, test your skills with a simulated space flight, and see artifacts from the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs.More
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WonderWorks Orlando

WonderWorks Orlando

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A firm departure from the everyday, WonderWorks Orlando offers what most attractions cannot – a spin on this thing we call reality. Built to resemble an upside-down laboratory, this science museum offers over 100 hands-on exhibits built to test your belief of what is real and what is illusion. Filled with “oh, wow” moments that include rope obstacle courses, zip lines and laser tag, WonderWorks Orlando is an engaging step into science and discovery – one that will leave the whole family full of wonder.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 2 Days in Orlando

How to Spend 2 Days in Orlando

Everglades Tours from Orlando

Everglades Tours from Orlando

Top activities in Orlando

Kennedy Space Center Day Trip with Transport from Orlando
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Kennedy Space Center and Everglades Airboat Safari from Orlando
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Wild Florida Airboat Ride with Transportation
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1-Hour Evening Airboat Ride

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Kennedy Space Center Express

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Clearwater Beach Day Trip from Orlando with Dolphin Encounter Cruise
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SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

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Central Florida Everglades Airboat Tour from Orlando
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Crystal River Manatee Swim or Boat Ride from Orlando
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Recent reviews from experiences in Orlando

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Pretty Cool
Tiffany, Jul 2021
2 or 3-Attraction Pass: Wheel at ICON Park, Madame Tussauds & SeaLife Aquarium
My mom as well enjoyed the Sea Life Aquarium with the 3 attractions passes I purchase.
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Great guide, super trip
JudyIrving, Jun 2021
ICONic City Tour Of Orlando
Highlight was boat tour around Winter Park’s chain of lakes.
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Great Helicoptor ride
Barbara_D, Apr 2021
Private Helicopter Tour over Orlando's Theme Parks
Great way to see the beauty of Orlando.
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Excellent
Janet_J, Mar 2021
The Wheel at ICON Park
Going up so high to see all of Orlando was wonderful and I'm afraid of heights.
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Twin’s Exclusive 1st Vacation
Caran_T, Mar 2021
Private Helicopter Tour over Orlando's Theme Parks
We loved how we got to see the beautiful view over the city.
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A must do!
nitalin, Jul 2021
Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Wild Florida Admission with Optional Lunch
was able to see a baby gator and the tail of an adult.
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Okies in Wild Florida
Rashid_L, May 2021
Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Wild Florida Admission with Optional Lunch
We got a chance to see a 5ft gator swimming and a 10ft gator sunbathing while out on the airboat ride!
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Relaxing, invigorating, and very fulfilling.
Bret_H, May 2021
Crystal River Tour with Manatee Swim and Everglades Airboat Ride
First with the transition to our Boat captain and crew at Manatee Tour and Dive, who made it easy to understand and perform the activities of swimming with the manatees.
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Fun and Informative
Barbara_T, Apr 2021
Winter Haven Guided Brunch Tour
We learned a lot about Winter Haven and found the town to be delightful.
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Great day
Deborah_B, Mar 2020
Kennedy Space Center Day Trip with Transport from Orlando
The way to see KSC, especially if you only have one day.
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Orlando City
Senior, Feb 2020
Orlando City Sightseeing Tours
The Winter Park was a lovely stop.
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Orlando City Tour
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Orlando City Sightseeing Tours
Highly recommended small tour taking in downtown Orlando, Winter Park and the lakes/canals plus Disney Springs.
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When you visit International Drive...
JennyC, Apr 2017
Madame Tussauds Orlando
This is perfect for a few hours out of the humidity that is Orlando in summer!
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I had a great day at Legoland Resort...
JennyC, Apr 2017
LEGOLAND Florida Resort Admission Ticket
We took the free shuttle bus from Orlando and were able to spend the day on the rides and attractions at the park.
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Excellent views of Orlando - suggest to...
wymm9887, Oct 2015
The Wheel at ICON Park
Excellent views of Orlando - suggest to see it in the evening.
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The Fun Spot tickets were...
Bandjdaniel, Mar 2017
Go City: Orlando Explorer Pass - Choose 2, 3, 4 or 5 Attractions
This should be clearly stated before choosing the 4 attractions.
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Amazing to see and hear about space...
duleesha0705, Aug 2016
Kennedy Space Center Day Trip with Transport from Orlando
Amazing to see and hear about space travels in KSC.
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Great destination -- lots to see and...
Ari d, Feb 2017
Kennedy Space Center Tour with Guided Walking Tour & Transport from Orlando
Great destination -- lots to see and do!
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Our family took the tour to...
Angelina H, Jul 2015
Clearwater Beach Day Trip from Orlando with Optional Upgrades
We were in Florida for a week and visited many of the park attractions in Orlando but the trip to Clearwater was the best day of fun!!!
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well operated great day out from...
Philip F, Oct 2014
Saint Augustine Day Trip from Orlando
we only had time to visit the prison and fort, so still loads to see on our next visit, we recommend this trip for its historical points of interest.

All about Orlando

When to visit

To avoid high temperatures and summer crowds, visit Orlando in the spring, when visitors seeking something other than theme parks can catch the annual Florida Film Festival in April. Mid-September through November brings milder weather and the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. If visiting during the fall, consider trip insurance as this is when Florida’s hurricane season hits.

A local’s pocket guide to Orlando

Jenny Crossling

Las Vegas-based Jenny has worked for Viator for over 20 years and she can no longer count the number of times she’s visited Orlando, a city that really has everything you could want in a destination.

The first thing you should do in Orlando is...

head to Disney Springs and take a cruise in a vintage amphicar. The shops are far more artisanal than you would expect and it’s a great place to pick up Disney treats and souvenirs.

A perfect Saturday in Orlando...

involves lunch in Winter Park, a quaint little town, followed by a kayak or paddleboard trip. Finally, get dinner at Cowfish at Universal CityWalk—I recommend the Parmesan Bacon Truffle Fries and Bacon Double Cheeseburgooshi.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

the theme parks, where adults get to be kids again. I love flying through the air on the Millennium Falcon and being immersed in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

To discover the "real" Orlando...

get outdoors. Head to one of the nearby natural springs or visit either Tampa and Clearwater Beach to the west and Cocoa Beach to the east.

For the best view of the city...

head to the Wheel at ICON Park on International Drive, a 400-foot tall wheel offering great views. Then, have dinner or a drink at the restaurants located nearby. I personally love the Tin Roof.

One thing people get wrong...

is thinking that Orlando is all theme parks. Orlando actually has major sports teams, shows, concerts, and festivals, as well as fantastic dining options and quite a few shopping outlets to get designer goods on the cheap.

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