Holidaymakers certainly don't struggle to find things to do in Orlando. Aside from the likes of Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort and Seaworld Adventure Park, the city is bursting with cultural treasures. The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art is home to some of America's most important paintings, whilst Orlando's manicured golf courses and NBA basketball games keep sports fanatics thoroughly occupied.
Universal Orlando Resort is home two incredible theme parks – Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Movie buffs will love going behind-the-scenes at Universal Studios, where you can experience all the action of big blockbuster movies. This real working film and television production facility features state-of-the-art rides and entertaining shows to bring movie magic to life. On the other hand, Islands of Adventure is a world where cartoons and comic book heroes rule. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is particularly popular.
The wonderful world of Walt Disney includes four amazing theme parks and two wild water parks. One thing to note is Walt Disney World Resort is huge (over 27,000 acres) and families must be prepared to spend multiple days to truly experience the best of the park. Magic Kingdom is where fairytale dreams come true, while Disney’s Hollywood Studios showcases the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age. If waterslides are your thing, check out Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon or splash out at Blizzard Beach Water Park.
A marine-life theme park the whole family will love, SeaWorld Orlando has a wealth of ocean adventures. Multiple thrill rides are at the ready, including the monster coaster Kraken and there’s also a variety of animal exhibits to explore. The incredible Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin facility will take you on a journey to the South Pole, while Dolphin Cove is one of the largest interactive dolphin pools in the world. Entertaining live shows will keep the kids in stitches as they watch theatrical performances featuring acrobats and animals.
Take a break from the rapid pace of the theme park world and visit Orlando’s Lake Eola Park. Enjoy the great outdoors and wander around the sidewalk that circles the lake. Hire a swan shaped paddle boat and go for a row or sample a few refreshments at the lakeside cafe. Also in the park is the Walt Disney Amphitheatre which showcases many performances and shows throughout the year. Pack a picnic and enjoy a quiet lunch by the lake.
Just minutes from downtown Orlando is the Harry P. Leu Gardens, a 50 acre botanical oasis offering a welcome reprieve from the city’s hustle and bustle. There are a number of beautiful plant collections to explore, each showcasing a wide variety of flora. Don’t miss the magnificent exhibits at the Leu House Museum, located in the heart of the park. To get the most out of your visit, you can choose to join a guided tour – but keep in mind these need to be booked a few weeks in advance.