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Welcome to Orlando

Home to more than a dozen theme parks—including Universal Orlando Resort, 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 15 attractions in Orlando

Kennedy Space Center

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

Clearwater Beach

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

Everglades National Park

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

Universal Studios Florida

Go behind the scenes, beyond the screen, and jump right into the action of your favorite movies at Universal Studios Florida™, the world's premier movie and TV-based theme park. This Orlando favorite, part of Universal Orlando Resort™, offers rides, shows, movie sets, and attractions that bring to life blockbuster movies likeTransformers,Despicable Me, andHarry Potter.More

Icon Orlando 360

Icon Park is an entertainment complex located on one of Orlando's main drags—International Drive—commonly known as I-Drive. Opened in 2015, Icon Park (formerly known as I-Drive 360 and Icon Orlando 360 is home to a variety of restaurants, shops, and attractions—including an aquarium, Madame Tussauds, and a 400-foot-tall (122-meter observation wheel, appropriately named The Wheel—which is the centerpiece of the park.More

Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park

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

WonderWorks Orlando

Engage your mind and your imagination at WonderWorks Orlando. Located in an “upside-down” secret laboratory, WonderWorks is an indoor amusement park for the mind. With more than 100 interactive exhibits, a glow-in-the-dark ropes course, laser tag, a 4D motion ride, and more, it offers a fun and educational day for the whole family.More

International Drive

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

Disney Springs™

Disney Springs™(formerly known as Downtown Disney®) is an outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment center in Florida’s Lake Buena Vista, near Walt Disney World®and other Orlando theme parks. When you need a break from amusement park rides, head to Disney Springs™to pick up souvenirs, dine, or see a show.More

Universal's Islands of Adventure

Universal’s Islands of Adventure™, set inside Universal Orlando Resort™, is slightly larger than the neighboring Universal Studios Florida™. The 120-acre (49-hectare) park is divided into several themed “islands”— Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, the Lost Continent, and Seuss Landing—where thrill rides stand front and center as heroes and monsters from the big screen come to life.More

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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

Madame Tussauds Orlando

Walk down the red carpet for an afternoon at Madame Tussauds in Orlando. Here, guests are able to find out how they measure up against sports icons, strike a pose with a pop princess, shake hands with a smiling Barack Obama, and take a selfie with Einstein. The museum poses TV and film stars next to music legends, along with well-known pop culture personalities.More

Universal’s Volcano Bay

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

Lake Eola Park

Boats glide alongside actual swans on Lake Eola, in Orlando’s Lake Eola Park. The site isn’t big by many standards, only a mile (1,609 meters around, but it packs a big punch as an oasis in the heart of bustling Orlando. Locals and visitors flock here—like the geese they feed out of hand—to take in the nature.More

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

Go back in time to the night of April 14, 1912, when the “unsinkable” ship sank to the bottom of the Atlantic. With full-scale room replicas, hundreds of objects recovered from theTitanic, and immersive interactive exhibits, Orlando’s Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition offers a real-world connection to a defining moment in history.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Orlando

Petrina_R, Jan 2023
Kennedy Space Center Day Trip with Transport from Orlando
Very well organised and amazing things to do and see for the whole family
It was fun
Mark_M, Nov 2022
The Wheel at ICON Park
It was a nice way to see Orlando from this viewpoint.
Must see!
Shylar_P, Aug 2022
Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Wild Florida Admission with Optional Lunch
They have tons of different exotic animals and a lot of interactive activities to do.
Incredible Experience
Karen_T, Nov 2022
Clear Kayak Adventures through Silver Springs
The experience was amazing but even better, our guide Josh was incredibly knowledgeable of the Springs.
Fantastic tour with incredible tour guide Jeremy
b3moore, Aug 2022
2-Hour Glass Bottom Guided Kayak Eco Tour in Rock Springs (Small-Group)
My wife and I are both mid 50's and after over a dozen trips through the years to Orlando it was fantastic to see a different and unique view of Florida.
The host he was amazing!...
Wilburtine_C, May 2022
Factory Adventure Tour in Chocolate Kingdom
Brain was his name and would go back to see him anytime I’m in Orlando!
Great tour!
Brenda_T, May 2022
ICONic City Tour Of Orlando
Winter Park and the boat ride were the most memorable part.
Amazing trip, able to see...
Charbel_S, Apr 2022
2-Hour Guided Cypress Forest Nature Kayak Tour
Amazing trip, able to see lots of wildlife, including ospray, great blue herons, owl, lots of turtles; the guides were very knowledgeable and took their time with us Best kayaking experience around Orlando, not to be missed
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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.

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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.

People Also Ask

What is Orlando famous for?

Orlando is home to more than a dozen world-renowned amusement parks, including the Walt Disney World® Resort (the largest amusement park in the world) and Universal Studios. Orlando's shopping and dining scenes are also draws, as is its proximity to coastal destinations such as Cocoa Beach, Daytona Beach, and Cape Canaveral.

What is there to do at Orlando beyond theme parks?

There's more to Orlando than its blockbuster theme parks, from trips into nature (including kayak or airboat tours of local wetlands) to sports (like the Orlando Magic), shopping excursions, and eclectic food tours. It's also a convenient base for attractions including the Kennedy Space Center and Cocoa Beach.

What is the best month to go to Orlando?

April is a good month to visit Orlando if you want to avoid summer's high-season prices, crowds, and sweltering temperatures (not to mention the potential upheaval of hurricane season). Springtime temperatures typically don't exceed the 80s Fahrenheit, making beach trips, nature excursions, and theme park visits more pleasant.

What is the most visited place in Orlando?

Walt Disney World® Resort welcomes upwards of 50 million visitors per year, and is far and away Orlando's most-visited attraction (and one of the most popular tourist resorts in the country). It offers six amusement parks (including two water parks), dozens of hotels, shopping and entertainment options, and top-tier restaurants.

How can I spend 3 days in Orlando?

If you have just three days in Orlando, begin by exploring the parks and entertainment at the Walt Disney World® Resort. On day two, go to Universal Orlando to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. And on day three, head into nature: swim with manatees or go for a kayak excursion.

Is Orlando safe?

Yes, Orlando is generally a very safe and family-friendly city, and that's particularly true at tourist destinations like its many resorts and theme parks. Climate conditions often pose the biggest threat: Heat stroke can be a risk, and it's worth keeping an eye on the forecast during hurricane season (from June to November).


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