Considered the “Theme Park Capital of the World”, Orlando has over a dozen theme parks, most notably Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. Beyond its family-friendly attractions, Orlando is a diverse city where tree-lined neighbourhoods are filled with world-class restaurants, boutique shops and entertainment.
Things to do in Orlando
A classic Orlando experience includes visiting Disney characters at Walt Disney World’s four epic theme parks, enjoying thrill rides at Universal’s Islands of Adventure or splashing in the water park of LEGOLAND. Harry Potter fans will see their dreams made real at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios.
Shop till you drop at the Orlando International Premium Outlets or treat yourself to luxury items at one of the high-end boutiques at the Mall at Millenia. Are you fascinated by astronauts? Visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to learn space-related history, see a real space shuttle and meet real-life astronauts.
Located in the downtown area, Lake Eola Park provides the perfect respite from the bustle of the city with its winding trails and weekend markets. Continue on to the trendy Thornton Park area and explore its brick-lined streets, stylish boutiques and open-air restaurants.
The natural landscapes at Harry P. Leu Gardens are perfect for travellers who want to get away from the crowds and explore nature. You can also play with interactive exhibits in the Orlando Science Center, swim in the springs at Wekiwa Springs State Park and go horse riding in Ocala National Forest.
The Orlando International Airport is less than 20 minutes from the downtown area. Those staying near a major theme park can use complimentary hotel shuttle buses to hop from one park to the next, while tram services can be found along International Drive and Universal Boulevard. If you plan to explore Greater Orlando, the best way to get around is by car.