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Home to more than a dozen theme parks—including Universal Orlando Resort, Walt Disney World, and SeaWorld Orlando entices families, thrill seekers, and Mickey Mouse fans alike. But this central Florida city (around a 4-hour drive north of Miami) serves up more than just big attractions. For a true taste of the area, catch an airboat tour along the Everglades, off-road in an ATV, horseback ride through an eco reserve, or board a scenic cruise around the city. For a lesson on human spaceflight, head east to the famous Kennedy Space Center, and look for a gator or two if you opt to tour the area’s swampland.

Top 15 attractions in Orlando

Kennedy Space Center

The Kennedy Space Center has been hurtling humans and shuttles into space since 1968 and is still a primary site for NASA launches. Parts of the sprawling campus are open to the public with daily tours offering opportunities to interact with real astronauts, test your skills with a simulated space flight, and see artifacts from the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs.More

Clearwater Beach

With expansive white sand beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, Clearwater Beach is a waterfront Florida community known for its aquatic activities and warm, turquoise waters. Clearwater Beach is an ideal launching pad for kayaking, parasailing, boating, and biking. It’s known as being more low-key than its southern neighbor, the bustling St. Pete Beach, and many consider Clearwater Beach to be among the best beaches in America.More

Everglades National Park

Sandwiched between the sizzling beaches of Miami and the white sands of Key West, the 1.5 million-acre Everglades National Park stands in stark contrast to its seductive neighbors—but don’t make the mistake of passing it by. Visit the park and discover for yourself the spectacular swampy weirdness that draws over one million visitors every year and constitutes a one-of-a-kind destination for nature lovers.More

Universal Studios Florida

Go behind the scenes, beyond the screen, and jump right into the action of your favorite movies at Universal Studios Florida™, the world's premier movie and TV-based theme park. This Orlando favorite, part of Universal Orlando Resort™, offers rides, shows, movie sets, and attractions that bring to life blockbuster movies likeTransformers,Despicable Me, andHarry Potter.More

Disney Springs™

Disney Springs™(formerly known as Downtown Disney®) is an outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment center in Florida’s Lake Buena Vista, near Walt Disney World®and other Orlando theme parks. When you need a break from amusement park rides, head to Disney Springs™to pick up souvenirs, dine, or see a show.More

Icon Orlando 360

Icon Park is an entertainment complex located on one of Orlando's main drags—International Drive—commonly known as I-Drive. Opened in 2015, Icon Park (formerly known as I-Drive 360 and Icon Orlando 360 is home to a variety of restaurants, shops, and attractions—including an aquarium, Madame Tussauds, and a 400-foot-tall (122-meter observation wheel, appropriately named The Wheel—which is the centerpiece of the park.More

International Drive

Stretching for 17 miles (27 kilometers) between the Orlando Premium Outlets to Walt Disney World, Orlando’s International Drive (I-Drive for short) serves as the city’s tourist hub. Six of Orlando’s top theme parks—SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, Wet ’n’ Wild, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and Aquatica—are located along this stretch.More

Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park

Step into the Florida Everglades at Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park, located outside Orlando, where visitors can explore the Florida wilderness and its resident animals. Spend the day spotting alligators, white-tailed deer, sloths, and tropical birds and take an adventurous airboat ride at this popular family attraction.More

WonderWorks Orlando

Engage your mind and your imagination at WonderWorks Orlando. Located in an “upside-down” secret laboratory, WonderWorks is an indoor amusement park for the mind. With more than 100 interactive exhibits, a glow-in-the-dark ropes course, laser tag, a 4D motion ride, and more, it offers a fun and educational day for the whole family.More

Universal's Islands of Adventure

Universal’s Islands of Adventure™, set inside Universal Orlando Resort™, is slightly larger than the neighboring Universal Studios Florida™. The 120-acre (49-hectare) park is divided into several themed “islands”— Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, the Lost Continent, and Seuss Landing—where thrill rides stand front and center as heroes and monsters from the big screen come to life.More

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Universal Orlando's Harry Potter attraction is spread across two parks at the resort: Diagon Alley on the Universal Studios Florida side and Hogsmeade at Universal's Islands of Adventure. The two are connected by Hogwarts Express train, and each features shops, dining, and attractions inspired by the young wizard.More

Universal’s Volcano Bay

Universal’s Volcano Bay™ water park is a tropical-themed attraction located at Universal Orlando™. Attractions draw on South Pacific influences, and the centerpiece of the park is a towering 200-foot (61-meter) volcano called Krakatau™, which is the base for thrilling water slides. Other rides include an aqua coaster and a body plunge.More

Lake Eola Park

Boats glide alongside actual swans on Lake Eola, in Orlando’s Lake Eola Park. The site isn’t big by many standards, only a mile (1,609 meters around, but it packs a big punch as an oasis in the heart of bustling Orlando. Locals and visitors flock here—like the geese they feed out of hand—to take in the nature.More

Madame Tussauds Orlando

Walk down the red carpet for an afternoon at Madame Tussauds in Orlando. Here, guests are able to find out how they measure up against sports icons, strike a pose with a pop princess, shake hands with a smiling Barack Obama, and take a selfie with Einstein. The museum poses TV and film stars next to music legends, along with well-known pop culture personalities.More

Universal CityWalk

Universal CityWalk™ in Orlando is where daytime fun and nighttime excitement meet. Located right by Universal's Islands of Adventure™ and Universal Studios Florida™, this dining, shopping, and entertainment hub makes a convenient stop between rides, as well as a spot to spend a balmy evening. Plus, its restaurants serve up a range of cuisine, from burgers to Mexican food to sushi.More

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Everglades Tours from Orlando

Everglades Tours from Orlando

How to Spend 2 Days in Orlando

How to Spend 2 Days in Orlando

Top activities in Orlando

Kennedy Space Center Day Trip with Transport from Orlando
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Clearwater Beach Day Trip from Orlando with Dolphin Encounter Cruise
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Crystal River Tour with Manatee Swim and Everglades Airboat Ride
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VIP Private Airboat Tour
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Kennedy Space Center and Everglades Airboat Safari from Orlando
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30-Minute Airboat Ride near Orlando

30-Minute Airboat Ride near Orlando

2-Hour Glass Bottom Guided Kayak Eco Tour in Rock Springs (Small-Group)
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One-Hour Airboat Tour

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90-min Everglades Airboat Tour in Central Florida
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2-Hour Glass Bottom Guided Kayak Eco Tour in Rainbow Springs (Small-Group)
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SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

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Crystal River Manatee Swim or Boat Ride from Orlando
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Recent reviews from experiences in Orlando

Great Time!
Star_A, Mar 2023
Wild Florida Drive-Thru Safari and Gator Park Admission
We were looking for something different to do on Spring Break and happened to stumble upon for website.
Fireworks from above!
Mariah_B, Mar 2023
Helicopter Night Tour Over Orlando's Theme Parks
What a wonderful way to see Orlando and spend an evening with friends or a significant other.
Great kayaking tour!
Maryann_S, Mar 2023
Wekiva River Guided Kayak Tour
A great way to spend 4-5 hrs outside of the usual crowded typical Orlando area attractions & view the natural beauty of Florida’s environment.
Awesome ride
Julio_G, Feb 2023
90-min Everglades Airboat Tour in Central Florida
Learned a lot and got to see a different part of Orlando
Petrina_R, Jan 2023
Kennedy Space Center Day Trip with Transport from Orlando
Very well organised and amazing things to do and see for the whole family
It was fun
Mark_M, Nov 2022
The Wheel at ICON Park
It was a nice way to see Orlando from this viewpoint.
Great Experience. Worth Every Penny.
Eric_N, Mar 2023
Kennedy Space Center Tour & Transport from Orlando and Kissimmee
There's no way to see it all in just one day, but a one-day visit was enough for me.
Beautiful fun cruise! Amazing value.
Carolyn_K, Feb 2023
Sunset Cruise in St Cloud
Taking time to visit each passenger and answer questions.
Do the half-day package!!
Meredith_M, Feb 2023
Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Wild Florida Admission with Optional Lunch
We started with an airboat ride and then walked around the property to see the various animals.
Incredible Experience
Karen_T, Nov 2022
Clear Kayak Adventures through Silver Springs
The experience was amazing but even better, our guide Josh was incredibly knowledgeable of the Springs.
Must see!
Shylar_P, Aug 2022
Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Wild Florida Admission with Optional Lunch
They have tons of different exotic animals and a lot of interactive activities to do.
The host he was amazing!...
Wilburtine_C, May 2022
Factory Adventure Tour in Chocolate Kingdom
Brain was his name and would go back to see him anytime I’m in Orlando!
Great tour!
Brenda_T, May 2022
ICONic City Tour Of Orlando
Winter Park and the boat ride were the most memorable part.
Amazing trip, able to see...
Charbel_S, Apr 2022
2-Hour Guided Cypress Forest Nature Kayak Tour
Amazing trip, able to see lots of wildlife, including ospray, great blue herons, owl, lots of turtles; the guides were very knowledgeable and took their time with us Best kayaking experience around Orlando, not to be missed
Awesome experience!
Clint_S, Apr 2022
Private Helicopter Tour over Orlando's Theme Parks
It's a great way to see Orlando!
Awesome experience
Brian_K, Apr 2022
VIP Private Airboat Tour
We got to see a ton of creatures and the boat ride itself was very cool.
Just fun, whatever the age!
Catherine_Z, Mar 2022
30-Minute Airboat Ride, Lunch, Gem Mining and Park Admission
Last minute find on website of what to do in Orlando.
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Briannna_S, Feb 2022
Kennedy Space Center Day Trip with Transport from Orlando
Helen (my tour's guide) was very informative and even recommended certain sights to see at Kennedy.
The fact that you can see...
Lyudmila_S, Sep 2021
Private Helicopter Tour over Orlando's Theme Parks
The fact that you can see a lot of Orlando’s attractions in 20min from above is awesome!
Great guide, super trip
Judy_I, Jun 2021
ICONic City Tour Of Orlando
Highlight was boat tour around Winter Park’s chain of lakes.
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All about Orlando

When to visit

Autumn is ideal for a visit to Orlando, as slightly cooler temperatures make outdoor activities much more enjoyable. Events like Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party are worth braving the crowds. Spring is also a fine time to explore the city. Temperatures aren’t too high, and there are fewer crowds than during the summer. The Florida Film Festival in Maitland and the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival offer weeks of entertainment throughout the city’s hip and creative neighborhoods.

Getting around

Downtown Orlando is compact, allowing you to walk from the Sunday farmers market at Lake Eola to an event at Amway Center within minutes. Lime bike rentals are available, and a free Lymmo bus has three routes around the city operating daily. The good news is that SunRail runs from DeBary to Kissimmee with one station downtown; the bad news is that schedules are limited, so rely on rideshares or private cars for exploring the wider area.

Traveler tips

East End Market in Audubon Park requires a visit—and an appetite. Though it may be a small collection of local food stalls, it offers a mighty mix of local grub like half-pound cookies at Gideon’s Bakehouse, white cold brews at Lineage Coffee, and amazing wings at Domu. If your tastebuds need more, you’re only a few steps away from craft beer at Redlight Redlight, decadent scoops at Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream, and amazing sushi at Kadence.

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