Things to Do in Orlando Including Events, Attractions, Tours, and More

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    Orlando

    Downtown Orlando reflecting in Lake Eola
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    Orlando — home to Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort — is the location of dozens of attractions, museums, shopping venues, dinner theaters, gardens and water parks. There is so much to see and do, that it is impossible to take it all in during one vacation.

    If you'll be in the Greater Orlando area, start here to plan your itinerary, where you'll find something to please every member of the family

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    Annual Events & Festivals

    Epcot Food & Wine Festival
    ••• Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. © The Walt Disney Company

    Plan your vacation around these popular annual events and festivals that cater to special interests:

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    Orlando Attractions & Adventures

    Green Meadows Farm
    ••• Green Meadows Farm. Compliments of B. Nelson

    Boggy Creek Airboat Rides
    Glide through wetlands on Florida wildlife tour. Located in nearby Poinciana.

    Congo River Adventure Golf
    Locations on International Drive, Orlando Universal area, and Kissimmee.

    Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba
    The Circus of the Sun shares its 'Party', La Nouba with Central Florida's visitors.

    Discovery Cove
    This reservation-only adventure allows guests to experience swimming with dolphins.

    DisneyQuest
    Cutting-edge virtual reality technology and classic Disney imagination await guests when they step inside DisneyQuest, a five-story, indoor interactive theme park located at Downtown Disney's West Side.

    Fun Spot
    Race tracks and bumper cars are just a sampling of the 17 family thrill rides and over 100 arcade action games that you can find at this attraction just off I-drive in Orlando.

    Green Meadows Farm
    Green Meadows Farm, located in nearby Kissimmee, is an ideal country setting for the entire family to enjoy that includes live animals to touch and see along with pony rides,...MORE hayride and more!

    Horse World Riding Stables
    Get back to nature and enjoy some fresh air while trail riding on hundreds of acres in nearby Kissimmee.

    Pirate's Cove Mini Golf
    Located on International Drive between Mercado and Castle Hotel.

    Ripley's Believe It or Not Orlando Odditorium
    Explore the interesting, strange, and unusual in Orlando.

    Skyventure Orlando
    Have you always dreamed about the thrills of skydiving but were afraid of heights? Skyventure Orlando offers a safe alternative with their sky diving simulator.

    The Orlando Eye
    Tower over Orlando and enjoy spectacular views from the nearly 400-foot high observation wheel.

    Titanic The Experience
    The World's first permanent Titanic exhibit is located in Orlando.

    Warbird Adventures
    In nearby Kissimmee, sightsee while you actually "fly" a vintage aircraft.

    WonderWorks Orlando
    Orlando's upside down attraction full of "edutainment" (education and entertainment).

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    Orlando Dinner Shows & Theaters

    Hoop-dee-doo Musical Revue
    ••• Hoop-dee-doo Musical Revue at Fort Wildnerness Resort. © The Walt Disney Company

    Disney Dinner Shows

    Choose from two dining experiences — a Polynesian Luau or Hoop-dee-doo Musical Revue.

    Medieval Times
    Open since 1983, this was the first North American location for this unique dining experience that includes an amazing show with knights on horseback. It now also includes Medieval Life Village — 10 cottages adjacent to the castle and is the only living medieval village in the United States that can be toured before the dinner show.

    MurderWatch Mystery Dinner Theatre
    Every Saturday evening dine on an unlimited buffet at Baskervilles Restaurant, at the Grosvenor Resort, while you play detective.

    Outta Control Dinner Show
    Two shows nightly combine high-energy comedy improvisation with spectacular magic to entertain. Enjoy unlimited hand-tossed pizza, beer, wine, and soda.

    Pirate's Dinner Adventure
    Enjoy a dinner show that puts you and your family right in the middle of all of the swashbuckling action.

    Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show
    Bring your appetite and investigative skills and...MORE you'll be sure to laugh through dinner as you try to solve the mystery.

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    Orlando Gardens & Parks

    Lake Eola
    ••• Lake Eola. © Orange County CVB

    Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
    This very popular event held each spring — March through May — draws thousands of visitors to see Epcot's gorgeous gardens awash in millions of beautiful blooms and interesting character topiaries.

    Harry P. Leu Gardens
    Nearly 50 acres of beautiful grounds that let you enjoy "Old Florida" at your own leisurely pace.

    Kraft Azalea Gardens
    The beautiful garden in Winter Park provides a peaceful retreat along the shores of Lake Maitland.

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    Orlando Museums & Science Centers

    Orlando Museum of Art
    ••• Compliments of Orlando/Orange Co CVB

    Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
    A Winter Park Cultural Spot, the museum and its gardens are open during the months of September through the end of June.

    Maitland Historical Museum
    While in the Orlando area, visit the historical and fully restored Waterhouse residence and carpentry shop in Maitland which aptly demonstrates what life was like over a century ago for a middle-class family.

    Morse Museum of American Art
    The Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park features the most comprehensive collection of the works by Louis Comfort Tiffany.

    Orlando Museum of Art
    Central Florida's Orlando Museum of Art features permanent exhibits of some America's favorite artists.

    Orlando Science Center
    You can easily spend the entire day here. Artifacts, exhibits, and hands-on exploration for all ages include Cinidome films and Planetarium. Special events and workshops offered year round and science adventure camps available during summer months.​

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    Orlando Shopping

    Once Upon A Toy
    ••• Once Upon A Toy at Downtown Disney Marketplace. © The Walt Disney Company

    Downtown Disney
    Downtown Disney is a delightful change of pace from the theme parks with shopping, restaurants and play areas for children.

    Fashion Square Mall
    One of Central Florida's original malls is located on Colonial Drive near the downtown area.

    Festival Bay Mall
    Within the Outlet Mall area on International Drive, this mall offers stores such as Ron Jon Surf Shop and Bass Pro Outdoor World. In addition to shops, it includes a Cinemark Theatre, Vans Skatepark, and Ron Jon Surf Park.

    Prime Outlets International Drive
    Discounted prices for your favorite designers. Shop Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue and many other shops.​

    Mall at Millenia
    One of Orlando's most exclusive malls. Order mall gift certificates online or preview the mall directory. Listing of upcoming events and specials.

    Old Town
    Entertainment for the entire family can be found in nearby Kissimmee with over 75 specialty shops, restaurants, and amusement rides.

    Orlando Premium Outlets
    Located a mile from Disney, Orlando's upscale...MORE outlet center offers discounts of 25% to 65% off department store prices on designer brands.

    Pointe Orlando
    Located across from the Convention Center on International Drive, The Point offers an enjoyable open air shopping experience, featuring over 20 on-site carts displaying a variety of gift and novelty items.

    Winter Park Village
    The popular Winter Park Village located on Hwy 17-92 offers a nice selection of dining and shopping options. For one-stop night time entertainment catch a movie at Regal Winter Park Village 20 movie theater after dinner.

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    Orlando Theme Parks & Water Parks

    Mickey's Philharmagic
    ••• Mickey's Philharmagic at Magic Kingdom. © The Walt Disney Company

    Aquatica - SeaWorld Orlando
    Aquatica, Florida's newest water park. The SeaWorld Orlando affiliated water park offers a new twist in water play with animal interactions!

    Disney's Animal Kingdom
    Explore the unpredictable world of animals on safari, in a prehistoric world, and at stage shows as only Disney can do them!

    Disney's Blizzard Beach
    Pure tropical fun in the sun done the Disney way!

    Disney's Hollywood Studios
    It's on with the show at Disney's Hollywood Studios where guests can enter the world of the glitz, glamor, and excitement of show business.

    Disney's Magic Kingdom
    The Magic Kingdom, Disney World's first theme park transports imaginations into worlds of fantasy, adventure, and wonder.

    Disney's Typhoon Lagoon
    Overflowing with the wettest, wildest attractions. According to Disney, if fish had an amusement park this would be it.

    Epcot
    An amazing array of attractions and live performances to put you in touch with the future and allow you to travel the world!

    Gatorland
    Fifty years of "great...MORE tales" has made this attraction the alligator capital of the world!

    Holy Land Experience
    The Orlando theme park is a living Biblical history museum recreating in authentic detail the city of Jerusalem and its religious importance. A wholesome Christian family experience.

    Islands of Adventure - Universal Orlando
    Embark on the journey of a lifetime and "live the adventure" at this Universal theme park!

    SeaWorld Orlando
    Sensational adventures await you at every splash!

    Universal Studios Orlando
    Universal Studios theme park was once only a one-day destination for visitors to Orlando. Now, Universal Orlando is a destination resort in its own right with two theme parks, an entertainment district, and three luxury on-site hotels.

    Wet 'n Wild Orlando
    This one definitely lives up to its name! One of the best with world-class signature thrill rides.

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    Orlando Tours

    Wilderness Segway Tour
    ••• Wilderness Segway Tour at Disney world. © The Walt Disney Company

    A great city for walking, Orlando offers a self-guided walking tour of the eight-square-block Downtown Orlando Historic District with buildings dating back to the 1880s.

    Boggy Creek Airboat Rides
    Glide through wetlands on Florida wildlife tour. Located in nearby Poinciana.

    Disney World's Behind the Scenes Tours
    Now you can be fascinated by some impressive backstage tours that give you an up-close-and-personal glimpse of some of your most favorite places within Disney World.

    Disney's Around the World at Epcot
    Guests are allowed to operate the two-wheeled, one-person transportation device — Segway® — throughout World Showcase two-hours before the area opens to other guests.

    Disney's Wilderness Back Trail Adventure
    A two-hour back-to-nature Segway® experience in and around Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort.

    Orlando Hauntings Ghost Tours
    Voted one of the top ten haunted ghost tours in the United States for 2006, by the readers of Haunted America Tours. Orlando Hauntings offers guests fun and...MORE educational paranormal investigative experiences.

    Sweet Glides
    Glide on a Segway® through 1,100 acres that were once the Orlando Naval Training Center.

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    Orlando Zoos & Animal Attractions

    Green Meadows Farm Pony Ride
    ••• Green Meadows Farm Pony Ride. Compliments of B. Nelson

    Central Florida Zoo
    Come face to face with intriguing animals from around the globe. Camping, educational and facility rentals are available.

    Disney's Animal Kingdom
    Explore the unpredictable world of animals on safari, in a prehistoric world, and at stage shows as only Disney can do them!

    Gatorland
    Fifty years of "great tales" has made this attraction the alligator capital of the world!

    Green Meadows Farm
    Green Meadows Farm, located in nearby Kissimmee, is an ideal country setting for the entire family to enjoy that includes live animals to touch and see along with pony rides, hayride and more!