October 17, 2019
Top Ten Things To Do In Orlando
When you hear Orlando, Florida, you instantly think of Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. While these are some of the best theme parks in the world, Orlando has so much more to offer. We’ve compiled a list of the best attractions – guaranteed by Orlando locals. From wrangling a gator to witnessing a world-class Broadway show, we promise you’ll never want to leave Orlando. Here is an informative list of the 10 best things you and your family are going to love about The City Beautiful:
1. ICON Orlando
Searching for the best view of Orlando? The Wheel at ICON Park on International Drive is a 400-foot high, climate controlled capsule ferris wheel that provides breathtaking views of Central Florida. Once your ride is over, enjoy the unbelievable atmosphere and a fantastic meal. ICON Park hosts over 40 restaurants, exotic bars, unique attractions and boutique shops. If you weren’t sold already, ICON Park offers free parking for visitors. Make this your next night out!
2. Paddleboard Orlando
Want to detach from the world and become one with Mother Nature? Paddleboard Orlando offers paddleboard and kayak rentals, tours, and lessons on the gorgeous Wekiva Island or Lake Killarney. Their 7 day availability allows you to book an appointment without any schedule conflicts and you may even catch a glimpse of Florida’s wildlife. Additionally, tour difficulty ranges from beginner to intermediate to provide a great experience for any water lover!
3. Incredible Shopping Experience
Need a new outfit to go downtown? Luckily, Orlando has plenty of top-rated shopping centers that can be found close to you. If you’re a Disney fan, head over to Disney Springs where you’ll discover shops with a familiar Disney vibe for those of all ages. If you’ve had enough of the Disney theme or seek better deals, drive up I-4 and you’ll pass by two premium outlet malls: Vineland and International. International Outlet is slightly larger than Vineland, but both offer great discounts. Keep in mind, deals at different outlets can vary. Your next stop will be Millenia Mall, you won’t be able to miss the spectacular architecture of this mall. Boasting palm trees and emerald green grass, Millenia Mall holds numerous high-end, designer stores. If you’re looking for the newest clothes, give yourself a day at Millenia Mall. Lastly, deeper within Orlando is the Florida Mall. Florida Mall offers a typical mall feel, but has some unique stores such as The Crayola Experience and M&M’s World. If you have some extra cash, spend a day at one or all of these amazing shopping centers!
4. Broadway Show at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
If you have any interest in the performing arts, then you’re going to want to take a look at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. This venue has been under reconstruction and has started to take shape as a state-of-the-art theater that hosts several Broadway shows and many other shows in various theatrical categories. In addition, Dr. Phillips Center is constantly booked with events so if you have a free night, there’s a good chance a show will be performing. Click to view upcoming shows and ticket prices.
5. Magical Dining
Sadly, this offer is seasonal but make sure you don’t miss it when it comes around. Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month runs for 5 weeks starting in August every year and offers an amazing deal on Orlando’s top restaurants. The offer includes a three-course, prix-fixe dinner at more than 100 of Orlando’s best restaurants for just $35 per person. Additionally, one dollar from each meal served benefits one or more deserving local charities. Support a great cause and enjoy an incredible meal!
6. Lake Eola Park
You’ll rarely find a bad day in Central Florida so if you find yourself with a day full of clear skies and sunshine, head over to Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando. Lake Eola Park offers swan-shaped paddle boats, concerts, movies, and plays in the Walt Disney Amphitheater, local restaurants, beautiful flower beds, and a spectacular view of Downtown Orlando’s skyline. On Sundays, Lake Eola Park hosts an incredible farmer’s market as well as yoga classes and sporting events provided by other organizations. Lake Eola Park is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a perfect Central Florida day!
7. ClubWaka Sports and Social Club – Orlando
Currently, Orlando is one of the most moved-to cities in the nation. If you are new to the area, looking to meet new people, and have some fun, ClubWaka offers a great opportunity. This organization is the country’s premier social club providing adult sports leagues, social activities, and events. Whether you’re trying to expand your network or simply looking for someone to hang out with, ClubWaka provides the bridge to make that happen. Go play kickball and meet Orlando locals!
Florida is home to one of the oldest reptiles to still be in existence, the alligator. If you’re interested in meeting one of these ancient creatures, do it safely and check out Gatorland in Kissimmee. Gatorland is the Alligator Capital of the World and is home to alligators and crocodiles of all sizes, from babies to 14-foot monsters. Not only can you meet these historic beasts, but Gatorland offers a free-flight aviary, petting zoo, one-of-a-kind animal shows, the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line, and the Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure. Whether you’re visiting or moving to Orlando, spending a day at Gatorland is a must!
9. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
Attention avid Titanic fans! Orlando attracts many Titanic fans every year with its world-class museum. This museum immerses visitors in the 100-year-old story with a 20,000 square foot exhibition, a 3-ton section of the ship’s hull and the second largest piece of the Titanic ever recovered, full-scale recreations of the Grand Staircase, First Class Cabin, the Verandah Cage, and 400 artifacts and historical treasures. Lastly, finish your Titanic experience with the special weekend dinner experience you won’t ever forget. Escape into another world with Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.
10. Wall Street Plaza
Downtown Orlando is a young, thriving city that hosts a complex of bars, restaurants, night clubs, and events. If you’re looking to release some stress and join in Orlando’s nightlife, Wall Street Plaza will let you do just that. This locally-owned, festive complex throws block parties every weekend and consists of bars and clubs with several themes. Find your favorite bar and get immersed in the downtown culture!