10 Best Attractions & Activities in Orlando: Deep woods, deep sea and deep space adventures
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 will fit the bill nicely. For theme park excitement with a side of... Read more »
- Type: Classes or Instruction, Family Friendly, Outdoor Activities, Theme Parks, Water
- Neighborhood: Seaworld
Local Expert Tip: "To keep crowds low and service-level high, daily attendance is kept at around 1,000 guests. Ergo, reservations are mandatory. "
- Type: Attractions, Family Friendly, Farms / Ranches, Outdoor Activities, Tours and Excursions, Uniquely Here
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."
Local Expert Tip: "Take the controls in the front seat of the "Pilot Maker" and let an instructor show you the ropes."
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. "
Local Expert Tip: "Though tops all around, if your time and/or money budget allows for only one Universal park to delight the preschool set, you might opt for Universal Studios instead."
- Type: Attractions, Family Friendly, Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums, Science Museums
- Neighborhood: Titusville
Local Expert Tip: "Do you have the right stuff? Hop on the Space Shuttle Launch Simulator and test your mettle. "
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."
Local Expert Tip: "Package upgrades allow for VIP seating, souvenirs and other goodies. Be aware that gratuities are not included in any of the pricing, so remember to tip your swains and wenches."
Local Expert Tip: "Universal Studios is home to Halloween Horror Nights, six-time winner of Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Award for "Best Halloween Event." If your visit falls during the season, come find out why."
Local Expert Tip: "You can book your reservation up to six months in advance. "
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