Orlando is pretty much one of America’s biggest tourist cities due to the high concentration of tourist attractions in the area. In fact, it almost seems like Orlando has built the area into tourist world on purpose…and that’s not a bad thing. When you take a trip to Orlando, it’s usually because you are planning to go to one of the parks or something else. It’s awesome because you really never run out of things to do.
Alfred and I head to Florida once or twice every year and that means we up in Orlando at least once a year. Sometimes the tourist activities are totally fun and it’s ok to enjoy being a tourist. Although Orlando is known as the home of Disney World, there is so much more to explore.
Planning a trip to Orlando means being prepared to dish out the cash because most attractions are rather pricey. It can really get expensive if you go with children because they tend to want everything. But as long as you are prepared for the cost, Orlando can be an excellent vacation for anyone. Actually, Orlando is pretty much the destination for family vacations because there is more than enough to keep everyone entertained and happy. So get ready for gaudy, colorful attractions and lots of fun. When you go, be sure to check out these awesome places!
This one is a given. When one says Orlando, the first thing that comes to mind is Disney. With multiple parks including the Magical Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Blizzard Beach Water Park, there is plenty to keep you busy. In fact, Disney World could be a trip in and of itself. On top of this, Disney also plays home to Disney Springs, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, and Disney’s Boardwalks. Your part of the show at Disney!
Universal Studios is just as awesome as Disney and is geared more toward children and adults. The parks include Universal Studios, Island of Adventure, and CityWalk. You can participate in rides themed after some of your favorite movies or comic books and cartoons. My favorite parts are the Magical World of Harry Potter, Hogsmeade, Jurassic Park, and the Simpson World. CityWalk is great for eating at awesome restaurants and shopping. Soon a new water park will open called Volcano Bay.
When Alfred told me he wanted to do this, I was a bit skeptical. The general gist of the mystery dinner is you go in and have dinner as a murder-mystery is performed around you. In the end, you try to figure out who did it. It was actually a lot of fun. Mama’s Comedy Show is HILARIOUS but not intended for children. The improv comedy show takes you to the most obscenely funny topics. I highly recommend.
You have to drive about an hour outside of Orlando to get to Forever Florida but it’s totally worth it. The park is home to acres and acres of Florida wilderness, farmland, and nature areas. Most of it is under protection meaning there are wild animals such as deer, gators, and panthers roaming about. Forever Florida also offers zip-lining adventures, a dead drop, a roller coaster zip line, horseback riding, nature tours, summer camps for kids, and camping facilities for everyone. It’s such an awesome example of ecotourism at its best.
This is one of Orlando’s newest attractions and it dominates the sky in the area. Standing at 400 feet tall (122 meters), it’s a great way to see Orlando and the surrounding area from a bird’s eye view. They offer different packages including a campaign experience and a regular experience. You can also get a combination package which allows you to also hang out at Madam Tussaud’, Seal Life Orlando Aquarium, or Legoland.
Old Town is a walking district which boasts a unique collection of shops, dining establishments, and attractions. It is supposed to represent what an old town in Florida would be like at the turn of the century. This is a great place to head for a low-key afternoon of fun.
This world-famous museum is dedicated to the odd, the shocking, and the over the top. Ever seen a giant ball of human hair removed from a little girl’s stomach? How about Chinese shrunken heads or a cyclops goat. Well you can see all of this and more at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.
Escape rooms are all the rage now and Orlando is the home of Escapology. It’s one of the best escape room attractions I’ve experienced. The puzzles are challenging and diffiuclt. You’ll have lots of fun trying to get out of the room in a set amount of time. Unfortunately for us, we did not make it out. There’s always next time.
This 110-acred park and wildlife preserve is located just outside of Orlando and was founded 68 years ago. You can meet loads of wildlife including getting up close and personal with alligators. The park offers many attractions including the Gator Gauntlet: a zip line a gator breeding marsh, Trainer for a Day program, night tours, and wildlife shows and demonstrations. If you’re interested in nature and wildlife, this is the place to go!
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