Orlando tourist attractions

Orlando sightseeing

With eight major theme parks, several water parks, a myriad cultural and other attractions, Orlando is a huge tourist destination, attracting 68 million visitors a year.

  1. Walt Disney World Resort
  2. Orlando show restaurants
  3. Downtown Orlando
  4. LEGOLAND Florida
  5. Universal Orlando
  6. Kennedy Space Center

With so much to see and do, it’s hard to know where to start… That’s where we come in! This list will help you decide exactly what Orlando attractions to see first, and these great Orlando holidays will make sure you get the best deals. So, if it’s waving your wand around in Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, playing with dolphins and rays in SeaWorld or blasting off at Kennedy Space Center, Orlando will make sure you have an unforgettable trip.

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1. Walt Disney World Resort

Made up of four theme parks (the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios), two water parks (Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach) and a dining/shopping/entertainment complex, nothing beats Walt Disney World Resort for sheer size and variety. By far the most popular, the Magic Kingdom contains the classic Disneyland rides and characters, spread throughout the six lands of the theme park, which encircle the towering spires of Cinderella Castle. Each theme park is packed with unforgettable rides and attractions, making Disney World one of the best Orlando tourist attractions.

While you’re there: At Epcot’s World Showcase, each of its 11 pavilions represents a nation of the world.

2. Orlando show restaurants

Orlando has a few show restaurants, where you’ll be served a multi-course meal and (sometimes) limitless beer, wine and soft drinks while you watch live entertainment ranging from intriguing whodunits to medieval knights jousting on horseback. The all-inclusive cost is usually around $65 for adults or $35–40 for children, although discounts are often available if you book online. Enjoy dining at the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Knights are on horseback as roast turkey and spare ribs are served inside this replica castle. There’s a vegetarian alternative, and two rounds of non-alcoholic beverages are included per person.

While you’re there: Be sure to meet and greet the knights in the lobby on your way out for photos and.

3. Downtown Orlando

It’s not all about theme parks – there’s plenty of more Orlando sightseeing to do. Downtown Orlando is the heart and soul of the city’s arts community, and with a vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene too, it’s the perfect playground for adults. Highlights of the Art District include the Gallery at Avalon Island, the Orlando City Hall Terrace Gallery and the Grand Bohemian Gallery, all displaying local and international artwork and amazing exhibitions.

While you’re there: If you have time, consider also visiting the Wells’ Built Museum of African American History.

4. LEGOLAND Florida

Those colorful kid-friendly blocks are the foundation of LEGOLAND Florida Resort, a theme- park complex an hour south of downtown Orlando, geared towards families with children aged two to 12. The 150-acre attraction has rides aplenty, broken into sections like Fun Town, Miniland USA (with a Star Wars section), LEGO Kingdoms, and LEGO Technic. Toddlers will most enjoy the DUPLO section, based around bigger blocks. A LEGO-themed water park and two hotels are also located on-site.

While you’re there: On your way back, visit the historic town of Kissimmee where you’ll find a few antiques shops and art galleries.

5. Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando Resort comprises two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure – and the complex also includes a fantastic water park called Volcano Bay. One of the highlights of Universal Orlando is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a totally immersive experience that will have you feeling like a student at Hogwarts, butterbeer and all. Another unmissable attraction here is CityWalk, a dining and nightlife complex with a plethora of themed bars, restaurants, and nightclubs.

While you’re there: Universal’s personalized VIP tours take you deep behind the scenes – and to the front of the line for attractions.

6. Kennedy Space Center

If you’re a fan of space or not, the Kennedy Space Center is a definite must for the whole family. The fun starts at the Visitor Complex, which has a range of different buildings, exhibits and outdoor displays. There’s so much to discover here but the highlight has got to be the Space Shuttle Atlantis with the Shuttle Launch Experience (yes, it’s as exciting as it sounds). After the Visitor Complex, bus tours take you to assorted outlying sites, including the Vehicle Assembly Building, where rockets are put together (at 160-meters tall it is the largest single-story building in the world); and you might also be shown the future mobile launcher of NASA’s Space Launch System and the Launch Control Center, which controlled all space-shuttle launches.

While you’re there: Further down the Space Coast, Cocoa Beach Known has long stretches of broad sandy beach.

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