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What to Do in Orlando: Must See Attractions

Orlando Attractions

While this Florida city is chiefly known as the home to the most famous mouse in the world, there are plenty of things to do in Orlando even if you don’t fancy amusement parks. From a giraffe ranch to ziplining excursions , any type of traveler can find a home here. Orlando activities also include indoor skydiving at iFLY, racing cars at an indoor grand prix track, and dinner theater. Of course, you can also spend plenty of time trekking through the many theme parks in Orlando, no matter your age.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Orlando

Many travelers flock to O-Town and never leave the part of town teeming with amusement parks and thrilling rides. While you are sure to have a good time in southwest Orlando, there are things to do all across the city. Orlando is home to a diverse array of neighborhoods, many replete with art and culture to pique your interest and creativity. There are fun things to do in Orlando at any speed, from a busy day at The Happiest Place on Earth to a quiet afternoon at Lake Sunset just west of downtown.

Downtown Orlando — Downtown Orlando is as bustling as you might expect from any city hub. The Central Business District (CBD) is here, and you can also find soccer matches, football games, and other events at the Orlando Citrus Bowl taking place throughout the year. There are even a few parks in the heart of the city.

Lake Buena Vista — Given the number of amusement parks and theme attractions here, the air is always buzzing and streets are crowded. While you may need to compete for your spot on the sidewalk, the family-friendly neighborhood serves up enough memories to make it worthwhile.

Kissimmee — Head to this area in the southern Orlando area for an airboat ride, or walk down Main Street to grab good eats at the farmers market.

Winter Park — This is the spot to go if you fancy an afternoon spent lazily browsing museums. Winter Park is also great for boat tours, touring sculpture gardens, and paddle boarding.

What to See in Orlando

Before you flatten the treads on your new shoes walking around Orlando, consider making time for things to see that don’t burn so many calories. Grab a plate at Medieval Times, where you are treated to a jousting match during dinner. Orlando is also home to dinner shows, stand-up comedy acts, and exciting themed productions at Universal CityWalk®.

Things to Do & Attractions

The most well-known attractions in Orlando revolve around the Disney ©, and include adrenaline-inducing roller coasters and kid-friendly shows. When one theme park isn’t enough to satiate your appetite for amusement, consider a trip to Universal Orlando Resort®, LEGOLAND®, SeaWorld®, or Wet ‘n Wild®. Of course, amusement parks in Orlando aren’t the only way to get some excitement here. Adventure lovers will also enjoy Gatorland® in the Florida Mall Area , or a hot-air balloon ride over the city. Get outside on an off-road excursion or walk through local gardens. The top things to do in Orlando, Florida, also include a visit to local vineyards and nearby Kennedy Space Center Station. No matter the purpose of your vacation, Orlando will deliver some fun in the sun.

Things to Do in Orlando with Kids

Orlando is a terrific destination for a family break. Take the little ones along and enjoy these top family friendly experiences together:

Free Things to Do in Orlando

Some say the best things in life are free. Check out the following around Orlando:

Alfond Swimming Pool - A bathing suit and a sense of fun are all that's needed for a splashing great time here.

Orlando City Hall - Architecture fans will no doubt love admiring the modern design of this landmark.

Greenwood Cemetery - Wander around this historic site and discover some secrets from the past.

Church Street Station - Wander the streets and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of this favorite local haunt.

Lake Eola - Simply being beside the water is guaranteed to leave you feeling calm and relaxed.

Cathedral Church of St. Luke - Do a bit of quiet reflection and learn a thing or two about this site's religious importance.

Lake Eola Park - No matter if you know your daffodils from daisies, you won't struggle to find beauty in this stunning display.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Orlando

Downtown Orlando

One of the most popular neighborhoods in Florida, this bustling area is full of art galleries, shops, bars and restaurants. 

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West Kissimmee

West Kissimmee is known for its exciting waterparks, and you can see some sights in the area like Lake Davenport and Island H2O Live!.

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Bay Lake

A noteworthy feature of Bay Lake is its exciting theme parks. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Epcot® and Disney's Boardwalk.

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Lake Nona

Visitors to Lake Nona appreciate its restaurants. A visit to Eagle Creek Golf Club and North Shore Golf Club might round out your trip if you're looking to see more of the area.

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Historic Downtown Kissimmee

Unique features of Historic Downtown Kissimmee include the theme parks and shopping. Make a stop by Kissimmee Lakefront Park or Lake Tohopekaliga while you're exploring the area.

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Williamsburg

Restaurants, shopping, and golf courses highlight some of the notable features of Williamsburg. Make a stop by Faldo Golf Institute while you're exploring.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Orlando on a sunny day?

If you're eager for some fun in the sun, you can't go past these outdoor experiences:

What to do in Orlando on a rainy day?

Try one or two of these inviting indoor activities and turn a gray, rainy day into something fun:

What is Orlando famous for?

Limber up for lots of sightseeing, because these top attractions are yours to explore:

  • Walt Disney World®
  • SeaWorld® Orlando
  • Universal Studios Florida™

What should I not miss in Orlando?

You'll want to put these attractions toward the top of your must-do list to get the most out of your trip:

  • Magic Kingdom® Park
  • Orange County Convention Center
  • Disneys Animal Kingdom® Theme Park
  • Epcot®

Are there cheap things to do in Orlando?

If you're vacationing on a shoestring budget, you may like to add these thrifty tours and activities to your schedule:

What can you do in Orlando for free?

You'll barely have time to dig your wallet out of your backpack with so many wonderful free attractions:

  • Florida Mall
  • Orlando International Premium Outlets
  • Mall at Millenia
  • Pointe Orlando