Things to Do in Orlando

August 13, 2014

Orlando, Florida offers unique experiences for every visitor, from vacations for families to couple getaways.

There are so many things to do in Orlando you’re sure to have an unforgettable vacation no matter which activities make your agenda. Whether that means spending a week at area theme parks or want to spend a relaxing weekend shopping and at the spa, a vacation in the Sunshine State can be whatever you want it to be. Ready to find out more about all Orlando offers? Read on.

Cinderella's Castle in Disney World - Orlando, FL USAOrlando Theme Parks

The most renowned attractions in Orlando are the world-famous theme parks encapsulating timeless experiences. Explore the four parks of Disney World Resort, from the enchanting Magic Kingdom to the paradise of Animal Kingdom, then go behind the scenes of pop culture at Universal Orlando Resort. Build memories with your family at LEGOLAND or dive into aquatic adventure at SeaWorld, Aquatica, and Wet 'n Wild.  At Busch Gardens, theme park thrills and animal encounters combine for a one-of-a-king theme park. With tickets to Orlando theme parks, you're guaranteed a day of fun in the Orlando sun.

Orlando Attractions

Outside of first-class theme parks, you can fill your days with attractions featuring interactive exhibits, entertaining shows and the immersive outdoor adventures. Amuse your mind at WonderWorks, explore wildlife at Gatorland, soar through the skies and countryside of Forever Florida or cruise the wetlands on an Orlando airboat ride. Line-up your nights with engaging shows like Blue Man Group or Medieval Times, or choose to spend the day on the space coast exploring Kennedy Space Center. In Orlando, the attraction options are endless!


Another great thing about Orlando are excellent shopping opportunities. You can save on your favorite brands at retail malls like Orlando Premium Outlets, or splurge on luxury labels at the Mall at Millenia. Plenty of unique goods are available at local boutiques too, and souvenir shops are located on every block so you can pick up that signature shirt or kitschy photo frame for your keepsakes. Of course, you can score some of the best shopping at stores inside Universal CityWalk and Downtown Disney.

Arts, Culture and History

Orlando has a thriving cultural scene showcasing live music, galleries, festivals and museums. Stroll through the Cornell Fine Arts Museum and Charles Hosmer Morse American Museum of American Art, then take in a play at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Engaging festivals such as the Fringe Festival or Florida Film Festival highlight various art forms, while theme parks often host holiday specific celebrations centered on Christmas and Halloween. Discover the history of Orlando at places like Orange County Regional History Center or the historic park of Lake Eola.

pathway under trees through Harry P Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida, USAOutdoor Activities

Immerse yourself in the nature appeal of Orlando. Harry P. Leu Gardens, Bok Tower Gardens and the Albin Polasek Sculpture Garden are elegant, landscaped sanctuaries. For a more adventurous outdoor activity, try ziplining or horseback riding at Forever Florida. Catch a ride with an Orlando airboat tour company to cruise through the Florida wetlands, or charter a boat to try your hand at ocean fishing. Need more ideas? Simply hit the beach for fun in the sun!

Woman Getting Massage at SpaSpas

Pamper yourself at Orlando spas to really relax and rejuvenate on vacation. Whether you need a quick back massage or a full body makeover, award-winning spa options have you covered. Opt for a solo retreat or go with a friend.  Feeling amorous?  Treat yourself to a couple's day at the spa to feel totally refreshed with a side of romance. Some of the best spas in Orlando include the Waldorf Astoria Spa and Ritz Carlton Spa. World-class services and treatments are the main event at these spas, and the star is you!


Orlando is one of the world’s largest gold destinations, with more than 170 golf courses and 20 gold academies calling the area home. Hit the greens on one of the outstanding courses designed by premier golf courses designed by the likes of Nicklaus, Dye, Palmer and Fazio. A few recommended Orlando golf courses include Shingle Creek Golf Club, Grand Cypress Golf Club and Legends at Orange Lake Resort. Tee up and see why Orlando is a true golfer’s paradise.


There is an eclectic mix of eateries in Orlando. From upscale, award-winning restaurants featuring famous chefs to local mom and pop cafes, you can find a variety of places to dine. A variety of flavors and price points are on the menu, too, so you’re to satisfy every craving and every budget. You’ll find plenty of culinary adventures of International Drive and Sand Lake Road, which is also known as Restaurant Row. A few of my favorite fine dining options are Ocean Prime and The Capital Grille, while Café Tu Tu Tango and Rocco’s Tacos serve tasty cuisine in a festive atmosphere. Looking for cheap eats? Try Mediterranean Blue, Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwicheria, Adobe Gila’s and Crave. Of course, culinary adventures await at Orlando Theme Parks too. Make reservations to dine at the Be Our Guest Restaurant or Cinderella’s Royal Table at the Magic Kingdom, try exotic creations at Epcot’s World Showcase or choose from themed dining featured at Universal Orlando Resort. One recommendation remains true for all – come hungry!

Before you visit, read about the free things to do in Orlando to make the most of your vacation!

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