Orlando is known as ‘Theme Park Capital of the World’ and is home to Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld® Orlando and LEGOLAND® Florida Resort. Whether you have kids or just want to feel like a kid again, Orlando’s theme parks have you covered.
While planning your AGD2022 trip, here are some other highlights to keep in consideration.
Attractions and Activities
Dive deep into an underwater world of wonder at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, part of ICON Park. Soak up incredible views from Orlando’s only 360-degree underwater tunnel, where sharks and rays swim overhead, and gaze at breathtaking creatures as you walk through themed habitats. It also features a special play area for younger guests.
Just 10 miles from LEGOLAND Florida, Bok Tower Gardens is one of Florida’s first attractions and best-kept secrets. Bok Tower Gardens’ nearly 700 acres of citrus groves, woodland gardens, nature trails, conservation lands and endangered plants are the perfect setting for visitors to explore breathtaking sights throughout the year.
Situated on more than 100 acres, one of Orlando’s oldest attractions, Gatorland, provides affordably priced family fun. See thousands of alligators and crocodiles, along with an aviary, a breeding marsh with observation tower, Florida panthers, a petting zoo, and a splash pad for you.
At Real Florida Adventures choose from a wide range of expertly guided tours, including kayaking natural springs, snorkeling with manatees and airboat rides, to name a few.
Nestled in lush, tropical foliage, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is home to 23 acres of native gardens and more than 500 animals. It also features an insect zoo, a reptile house, a children’s area with animals you can feed and pet, a splash playground, and Seminole Aerial Adventures. The zoo is located in Sanford, about 20 minutes from downtown Orlando.
Head to Florida’s east coast, about an hour from downtown Orlando, to explore the past, present and future of space travel at the Kennedy Space Center. Admission nets you the chance to see Space Shuttle Atlantis and the Saturn V moon rocket, plus a wealth of other artifacts, replicas and displays.
Dining & Drinks
Orlando’s sensational dining scene includes numerous celebrity chefs — and you’ll find most of them at Disney Springs. Current options include José Andrés’ JALEO and Pepe, Masaharu Morimoto’s Morimoto Asia, Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen, Guy Fieri at Planet Hollywood and Chicken Guy!, Rick Bayless’ Frontera Cocina, and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill. Additionally, Master Sommelier George Miliotes holds court at Wine Bar George.
International Drive not only connects the area’s major theme parks, it includes numerous eateries, often at budget-friendly prices. For instance, at ICON Park™, dining options include Blake Shelton’s Ole Red, Tapa Toro Tapas Bar & Paella Pit, Tin Roof and Yard House. Nearby, Pointe Orlando is home to Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar and Taverna Opa, among others. More great fare awaits in this area, including standalone eateries and hotel restaurants.
Just a short trip from International Drive, Orlando’s Restaurant Row district is a dining revelation in its own right. It features some of Orlando’s most acclaimed eateries
Over the past decade, the craft beer scene has exploded and the area is now home to dozens of acclaimed microbrews, with new ones opening frequently. Here are just some of the great breweries you can visit: Broken Strings Brewery, Dead Lizard Brewing Company, Ellipsis Brewing, Half Barrel Beer Project and Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co.
Orlando is also home to full-fledged wineries and one-of-a-kind wine bars where you can imbibe to your heart’s content. Situated on more than 80 acres of vineyards in Clermont, about 35 minutes south of Orlando’s main tourism districts, Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards is Florida’s largest winery. Located in Ivanhoe Village neighborhood close to downtown, Quantum Leap Winery is Orlando’s only sustainable winery. Just across the street from Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando, Eola Wine Company focuses on small-production and boutique wineries, with 50-plus wines available by the glass and more than 100 retail selections, plus draft, bottled and canned beer.
Boasting 150 stores, services and eateries, including 40 market exclusives, The Mall at Millenia focuses on luxury boutiques and in-demand brands. Just minutes from Universal Orlando Resort, its amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, a multilingual staff, valet parking and currency exchange.
Central Florida's largest shopping center, The Florida Mall®is just 25 minutes from Walt Disney World® Resort and Orlando International Airport. It hosts a range of market exclusives like Crayola Experience, plus best-of-brand retailers.
Discover unbelievable finds at walkable, shopping-focused districts throughout Orlando like Disney Springs®at Walt Disney World Resort. Featuring more than 100 retailers that range from noteworthy brands to Disney-themed shops, it also offers a wide range of dining and entertainment.
Universal CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort has a unique blend of shops and boutiques. You can also enjoy themed restaurants, dance clubs and even a round of mini-golf.
Pointe Orlando is another outdoor venue with retail, dining and entertainment choices, as is ICON Park™.
Eclectic boutiques in Winter Park and downtown Orlando provide numerous reasons for shopaholics to venture out of our tourism district, including national brands, local favorites, antique stores, vintage clothing shops and more.
For a complete list of activities, events and sights in Orlando check out www.visitorlando.com.