Alligators to Ziplines: See, Soar and Get Soaked at Orlando's Best Attractions

A.D. Thompson

By , Local Expert, Orlando
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Welcome to the City Beautiful, crown jewel of Central Florida and the undisputed capital of theme park splendor. After all, Cinderella built her castle here. That's got to count for something. Orlando has a host of attractions and activities, from Cindy's manicured palace on the grounds of the Magic Kingdom to the wild, untamed acreage of the Forever Florida ecological park and its many back country adventures. And of course, a bunch that fall somewhere in between. For animal lovers (and those looking to stay cool in the Florida heat), a visit to Discovery Cove  or Aquatica will fit the bill nicely. For theme park excitement...  Read more »

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    Discovery Cove Orlando

    Marvelous, once-in-a-lifetime animal interaction opportunities keep Discovery Cove high on the list for Orlando visitors.

    Local Expert Tip: "Florida residents often enjoy deep discounts. Call to find out more. "

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    Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex

    Will the wonder of space and the idea of space travel ever be out of vogue? We think not. KSC proves it every day.

    Local Expert Tip: "Do you have the right stuff? Hop on the Space Shuttle Launch Simulator and test your mettle. "

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    Florida EcoSafaris at Forever Florida

    This untamed eco-park proves that not every Orlando thrill ride needs big brand tie-in.

    Local Expert Tip: "Three words: Moonlight zipline safari. Cruise into the void at speeds up to 30 m.p.h., spy some of natural Florida's many nocturnal inhabitants and above all, enjoy those beautiful stars."

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    Warbird Adventures

    Splicing history and education with a thrilling ride in a classic airplane, Warbird never disappoints. Crazy acrobatics are optional.

    Local Expert Tip: "Take the controls in the front seat of the "Pilot Maker" and let an instructor show you the ropes."

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    Universal Studios Florida®

    The brand-new $400 million Diagon Alley addition has Universal Studios Florida on every Potter fan's radar.

    Local Expert Tip: "With the Hogwarts Express on hand to take visitors from one Wizarding World to the other, park-to-park admission is definitely the way to go. "

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    Magic Kingdom® Park

    They don't call it the Magic Kingdom for nothing. It rolls Disney classics and state-of-the-art rides into one enchanting attraction.

    Local Expert Tip: "Search for Hidden Mickeys. Subtle representations of the Disney icon are hidden throughout all the Disney parks and properties in the architecture, decor - just about anywhere! Bonus: it's a good anti-boredom strategy while waiting in line. "

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    A combination of refreshing rides for all ages and thrill-levels with the added excitement of animals makes Aquatica a water park like no other.

    Local Expert Tip: "Consider treating yourself by renting a cabana for the day; the extra space and escape from the blazing sun will be greatly appreciated. "

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    Affordable, fun and educational, Gatorland makes ambassadors of the Sunshine State's most celebrated residents.

    Local Expert Tip: "From February through July, bird-watchers and wildlife photographers can enter the park at 7:30 am (Friday- Sunday) by way of a Birder's Pass and enjoy one of the largest, most accessible wading bird rookeries in Florida."

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    Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba

    A true delight for all ages, La Nouba's brilliant performers amuse and amaze.

    Local Expert Tip: "You can book your reservation up to six months in advance."

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    Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure®

    Harry Potter, the Transformers, the Minions, the Simpsons: Universal's Islands of Adventure connects you with all your favorite characters.

    Local Expert Tip: "Visiting from out of town? Consider staying at an on-site property for early park admission to combat line fatigue. "



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