Local Area Guide: Things to do / Activities / Attractions
WE GUARANTEE THAT NO MATTER HOW OFTEN YOU VISIT YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND SOMETHING NEW TO DO IN CENTRAL FLORIDA !
What Orlando is famous for! Home to both Disney World and Universal.
Everyone's favorite with its special magic of castles and princesses.Forever growing and changing. This year everyone wants to join the 7 dwarves in their diamond mine.
Parents appreciate its educational value .Children see it as a blast as they experience G- forces on Mission Space and Test Track!
A chance to be part of Blockbuster movies like Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Toy Story.
Experience an African safari or find out It's Tough To Be a Bug. There is also a chance to cool off as you thunder down the Kali River Rapids. You are guaranteed to get wet!
Something to suit guests of every age.They have the chance to float leisurely along a lazy river or plunge down river rapids, slides and waterfalls.
Only Disney could combine a ski resort with a water park! Great fun for all the family.
So many rides to create wonderful family memories. A host to choose from--Despicable Me, The Simpsons, Transformers, ET, Shrek, The Mummy. Each one is someone's favorite!
Daredevils will love Rip Ride Rocket: a roller coaster with a vertical drop. Those who enjoyed reading Harry Potter can immerse themselves in Diagon Alley, visit Ollivander's wand shop and eat at The Leaky Caudron. They can also experience a thrilling ride to visit the vaults of Gringotts bank.
Islands of Adventure
Thrill seekers will enjoy rides like the Hulk and Spiderman but there is something for all ages. Younger children will enjoy all the Dr Seuss rides like Cat in the Hat and One Fish,Two fish.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter allows you to visit Hogwarts and take part in an exciting Quiddich game riding behind Harry on your own magical broomstick. Children can buy candy at Honeydukes and adults can enjoy a cool Butterbeer at The Three Broomsticks. With a two park ticket you can also ride the Hogwarts Express. The train takes you from one park to the other with some exciting things happening along the way.
Here the main mission is to help fund the rescue and conservation of sea creatures.Guests learn about numerous animals while having fun. There are shows where trainers interact with dolphins and whales. There are thrilling roller coasters like Kraken and Manta.
There is a free coach available to takes you from Orlando to Tampa to enjoy this one of a kind theme park. There are huge roller coasters for the daredevils in your group.There is a chance to take a real African Safari and, for a small additional charge, you can get so close to the giraffes they will eat right out of your hand! Add to this a few exciting water rides and you have the recipe for a great day out!
This park offers an all inclusive price for a superior experience. Food and drinks are available all day. You can laze on the beach or while the hours away wearing your wet suit, watching the rays and colorful fish, as you snorkel in the crystal clear lagoon. Remember to book well in advance as daily entrance numbers are limited.
If you enjoy flumes and slides this is the park for you. There is even an opportunity to shoot down a flume with dolphins swimming all around.
Wet and Wild
This water park is situated on International Drive. It offers great value and lots of rides where the family can share a raft and enjoy the experience together.
Meet some of Florida's native species at this great venue. Watch gator wrestling or be a dare devil and zip line over the swamp! Hold on tight as there are some hungry critters below!
Great beaches just over an hours drive east of Orlando.
Daytona Beach with its pier and board walk amusements is a great place for family fun.
New Smyrna offers a quieter locale. There is a beach to drive on and a Breakers offers a great place to eat and enjoy the view.
Ponce Inlet has wonderful breakers crashing against the sea wall and is a favorite fishing spot. There is also a lighthouse with lots of steps to climb if you have the energy!
Just driving down here offers you spectacular ocean views. You will see pelicans swooping down for fish and dolphins leaping the waves. There are busy spots like Clearwater, Saint Petes and Sarasota .There are un-spoiled spots like Sanibel and Ann Marie Island where the pace is slow and bicycles are the accepted means of transport. The choice is yours.
Entrance is only a fee dollars per car but these parks are well worth a visit.
On the Saint Johns River ,East of Orlando, a great place for a picnic or to watch the manatee.(The St John's river is also a great place to rent a day boat or a house boat for larger groups.)
De Leon Springs
A natural spring to swim in and paddle boats to ride. There is also an old sugar mill converted to a restaurant. Here you can cook your own delicious pancakes on the hot plate at your table. Just add fresh strawberries and syrup to make a feast fit for a King!
Kissimmee used to be cattle country. At certain times of the year the rodeo takes place. Watch the cowboys ride unbroken mustangs and bulls!
Here there is free parking. There are some great Disney shopping outlets.Children will love the Lego store and the fantastic models built from those little bricks.They will also want to eat in a dinosaur themed restaurant.For those who like the movies try the Dine-In experience at the AMC theater. You can enjoy your meal and a glass of wine while watching your favorite stars.For the more energetic there is also a bowling alley.
Situated between the two Universal theme parks. There are bars like Margaritaville and Clubs where you can dance the night away.There is also mini golf and a multi screen cinema.
Blue Man Group
This very original entertainment is to be found in City Walk close to the entrance to Universal. It is done in mime with a lot of music and is fun for all the family.
Old Town Kissimmee
In the heart of Kissimmee purchasing a wristband will allow your children to ride a huge amount of rides and enjoy all the fun of the fair from the ferris wheel to the go karts. There are also restaurants and bars for mum and dad.
Enjoy you meal as you watch your Knight joust in a thrilling tournament. Will your team win ?
Enjoy this swash buckling action as pirates cross swords to battle for control of the seas. Children get involved in the action while parents can enjoy a good meal. A good value family night out.
Go back to the days of the speak easy and gangsters at this Kissimmee based dinner show.
Sleuths Dinner Show
Enjoy your meal while you decipher the clues to decide who dunnit!
In the Orlando area there are opportunities to try many different activities-- Here are just a few
Hot Air Ballooning
Deep Sea Fishing
Found at both ends of International Drive. You can "shop till you drop," You will find all the designer labels at a fraction of the price you would pay elsewhere.
This is a very popular mall with visitors to Orlando. Found off Sand Lake Road it has all your favorite stores :Abercrombie & Fitch, Aeropostale,American Eagle ,Apple,Hollister to name but a few.
Mall At Millenia
From Versace to Armani you find all the high end designers here. This is also the home of The Cheesecake Factory for all those who love dessert!