Alligators to ziplines: see, soar & more at Orlando's top attractions

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 connect with our state's unique fauna in particular), a visit to Gatorland will fit the bill nicely. For theme park excitement with a side of movie magic and rides to delight both small children and adrenaline junkies (not to mention Harry Potter aficionados and, more recently, fans of the "Fast and the Furious"), there's Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure. For folks simply looking for  shopping, movies, bowling, drinking and all kinds of dining from 5-star to food truck, Disney Springs is a must-do, particularly if you haven't seen all the stunning additions that just keep coming! Ready to join the party and plan a visit to O-Town? Pack up your suit, your sunscreen and your most comfortable shoes and make your life easy. Just print out our list of must-sees and customize a getaway that suits your style.

Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex
Photo courtesy of Visit Orlando


Roller coasters are undeniably exciting but let's face it: they're child's play compared to real rockets, and that's precisely what you'll find in spades at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, just over an hour's drive from the Orlando...  Read More



Not that it was in any danger of becoming irrelevant, but the addition of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter more or less cemented Islands of Adventures' place amid the list of must-visits for Orlando-bound theme park enthusiasts, adding Harry...  Read More

South Orlando
Photo courtesy of Visit Kissimmee, Florida


It bills itself as "Orlando's best half-day attraction" and we tend to agree - though increasingly it's upping its game. In a city that often puts people at odds with their budget (time and/or money) with so many amazing parks to visit,...  Read More

Magic Kingdom® Park
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Don't ever count out the classics. Magic Kingdom may be the first of Walt Disney World's theme parks, but it's no less relevant. Plus it's always changing, whether a new ride, a new shop or a new dining venue. But the more things change, the...  Read More



The numerous eateries, nightclubs, theaters, live entertainment and shopping venues located in this 30-acre complex will reel you in and keep you for the entire afternoon and night. Casual and fine dining establishments such as Antojitos or...  Read More



3D movies and planetarium shows, towering dinosaur skeletons and the wonders of space, four floors of interactive science exhibits in the realms of weather and engineering, live animals and hands-on science programming, not to mention limited...  Read More



This could easily be an entry for Islands of Adventure, as well, because the Wizarding World of Harry Potter spans that two-park empire. It's been a few years since the opening of Diagon Alley, serious Potterfans (and those merely charmed by the...  Read More



Few attractions are more hands-on historic than Warbird Adventures, which offers thrill-seekers the unparalleled opportunity to fly like the hero aces of World War II in the North American T-6 Texan (also known as the SNJ or Harvard). Not only...  Read More

Disney Springs ®


Have you been to Disney Springs lately? If not, you are in for a serious treat. This exciting new offering (formerly known as Downtown Disney has upped its ante considerably, holding onto some of it's gems (T-Rex Cafe, Disney's Days of Christmas...  Read More


Meet A.D. Thompson

Amy Drew has spent nearly three decades as a professional writer and roughly half her life as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

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