Things to do in Orlando

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Our most recommended things to do in Orlando

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: Admission Ticket

1. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: Admission Ticket

Enjoy many exhibits, shows, and attractions at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, including Space Shuttle Atlantis®, Shuttle Launch Experience, Gateway complex, Rocket Garden, and Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame presented by Boeing®. Experience the exhibit "Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted", which includes a live interactive theater presentation about the Red Planet. Enjoy the deep space launch by visiting the Gateway complex to discover the current and upcoming cutting-edge innovations of space exploration from NASA and their commercial partners. Then enter the spaceport of the future and launch aboard one of four unforgettable journeys to distant worlds on an immersive ride. Head to the Apollo/Saturn V Center via a Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour, which features a fully restored, massive Saturn V rocket, one of only 3 in the world. At Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex you'll have the opportunity to explore the world’s largest collection of astronaut memorabilia. Not only will you see tributes to the heroes of the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle Programs, but what is happening now and next at Kennedy Space Center, America’s multi-user spaceport.

Orlando: Universal Studios Park to Park Ticket

2. Orlando: Universal Studios Park to Park Ticket

Take a holiday beyond anything you've experienced before at Universal Orlando Resort. Three amazing theme parks let you immerse yourself in the next generation of latest blockbuster entertainment, and journey through the legendary worlds of incredible heroes. Unleash your imagination at Universal Studios Florida where heart-pounding, cutting-edge attractions bring your favorite movies, television, and more to life. Next door, step right into powerful stories, myths, and legends at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. At Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park — only included with the 3-Park Ticket option — you’ll find an oasis of excitement along with laid-back luxuries. And you can savor the unforgettable dining and unparalleled entertainment of Universal CityWalk, home to an array of themed restaurants, clubs, concert venues, movies, shops, miniature golf, and more. Universal Orlando Resort is a holiday of endless awesome. Universal’s Volcano Bay (closed on select dates. Visit the Universal Orlando App for park hours and updates) WIZARDING WORLD and all related trademarks, characters, names, and indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s22) Jurassic World franchise TM & © 2022 Universal City Studios LLC and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved. © 2022 MARVEL. Universal Cinemark © 2022 Universal Studios. All rights reserved. © 2022 Cinemark USA, Inc. Century Theatres, CinéArts, Rave, Tinseltown, and XD are Cinemark brands. “Cinemark” is a registered service mark of Cinemark USA, Inc. Hollywood Drive-In Golf™ Hollywood Drive-In Golf and associated logos are trademarks of Adventure Golf Design & Development, Inc. TRANSFORMERS© and its logo and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. 2022 Hasbro. All rights reserved. Minions and all related elements and indicia TM & 2022 Universal Studios. All rights reserved. Before visiting Universal Orlando Resort, review the safety guidelines at UniversalOrlando.com/SafetyInfo The terms and conditions for this ticket type can be found by clicking the "GetYourGuide Tours & Tickets GmbH" link featured under the Organized by section

Kennedy Space Center: Admission ticket with Explore Tour

3. Kennedy Space Center: Admission ticket with Explore Tour

Get the most out of your time at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex by combining a 1 or 2-day admission ticket with the in-depth Explore bus tour. On the Explore tour, you'll ride along with a space expert as they take you on a tour of America’s multi-user spaceport. The KSC Explore Tour goes beyond the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour, making several stops to capture once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities. Get a photographic view of numerous spaceflight icons like the Vehicle Assembly Building and historic Launch Complex 39, disembarking to capture photos along the way to the Apollo/Saturn V Center. With your admission ticket to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, enjoy many exhibits, shows, and attractions, including Space Shuttle Atlantis®, Shuttle Launch Experience, Gateway complex, Rocket Garden, and Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame presented by Boeing®. Experience the exhibit "Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted", which includes a live interactive theater presentation about the Red Planet. Enjoy the deep space launch by visiting the Gateway complex to discover the current and upcoming cutting-edge innovations of space exploration from NASA and their commercial partners. Then enter the spaceport of the future and launch aboard one of four unforgettable journeys to distant worlds on an immersive ride. At Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex you'll have the opportunity to explore the world’s largest collection of astronaut memorabilia. Not only will you see tributes to the heroes of the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle Programs, but what is happening now and next at Kennedy Space Center, America’s multi-user spaceport.

Universal Orlando: Park to Park Ticket w/ Easy Cancellation

4. Universal Orlando: Park to Park Ticket w/ Easy Cancellation

Take a holiday beyond anything you've experienced before at Universal Orlando Resort. Three amazing theme parks let you immerse yourself in the next generation of latest blockbuster entertainment, and journey through the legendary worlds of incredible heroes. Unleash your imagination at Universal Studios Florida where heart-pounding, cutting-edge attractions bring your favorite movies, television, and more to life. Next door, step right into powerful stories, myths, and legends at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. At Universal's Volcano Bay water theme park you can experience a spectacular volcano towering over a sun swept beach. Swaying palm trees lining your path through a picturesque island escape. It’s a South Seas oasis right in the heart of Universal. From thrilling water slides to secluded waterfalls, Volcano Bay is a water theme park like no other. They’ve taken care of the lines so you don’t have to worry about them. The park’s Virtual Line™ means you have the freedom to spend more time with your family, doing the things you want to do instead of spending all day standing in lines. Volcano Bay is the perfect place to get away from it all, a beach paradise you can enjoy without ever leaving Orlando. And you can savor the unforgettable dining and unparalleled entertainment of Universal CityWalk, home to an array of themed restaurants, clubs, concert venues, movies, shops, miniature golf and more. Universal Orlando Resort is a holiday of endless awesome. Universal’s Volcano Bay (closed on select dates. Visit the Universal Orlando App for park hours and updates) WIZARDING WORLD and all related trademarks, characters, names, and indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s21) Jurassic World franchise TM & © 2021 Universal City Studios LLC and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved. © 2021 MARVEL. Universal Cinemark © 2021 Universal Studios. All rights reserved. © 2021 Cinemark USA, Inc. Century Theatres, CinéArts, Rave, Tinseltown, and XD are Cinemark brands. “Cinemark” is a registered service mark of Cinemark USA, Inc. Hollywood Drive-In Golf™ Hollywood Drive-In Golf and associated logos are trademarks of Adventure Golf Design & Development, Inc. Some imagery shown throughout our website does not represent current operational and safety guidelines. The terms and conditions for this ticket type can be found by clicking the "GetYourGuide Tours & Tickets GmbH" link featured under the Organized by section.

Universal Studios Orlando: Base Tickets w/ Easy Cancellation

5. Universal Studios Orlando: Base Tickets w/ Easy Cancellation

Embark on a day out to Universal Orlando in Florida and enjoy entry to up to 3 theme parks depending on the option you book. Immerse yourself in the next generation of the latest blockbuster entertainment and experience the legendary worlds of incredible heroes. Unleash your imagination at Universal Studios Florida, where heart-pounding, cutting-edge attractions bring your favorite movies, television, and more to life. Next door, step right into powerful stories, myths, and legends at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. At Universal's Volcano Bay water theme park, you can experience a spectacular volcano towering over a sun-swept beach. Swaying palm trees line your path through a picturesque island escape. It’s a South Seas oasis right in the heart of Universal. From thrilling water slides to secluded waterfalls, Volcano Bay is a water theme park like no other. They’ve taken care of the lines, so you don’t have to worry about them. The park’s Virtual Line™ means you have the freedom to spend more time with your family, doing the things you want to do instead of spending all day standing in lines. Volcano Bay is the perfect place to get away from it all, a beach paradise you can enjoy without ever leaving Orlando. And you can savor the unforgettable dining and unparalleled entertainment of Universal CityWalk, home to an array of themed restaurants, clubs, concert venues, movies, shops, miniature golf, and more. Universal Orlando Resort is a holiday of endless awesome. Universal’s Volcano Bay (closed on select dates. Visit the Universal Orlando App for park hours and updates) WIZARDING WORLD and all related trademarks, characters, names, and indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s21) Jurassic World franchise TM & © 2021 Universal City Studios LLC and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved. © 2021 MARVEL. Universal Cinemark © 2021 Universal Studios. All rights reserved. © 2021 Cinemark USA, Inc. Century Theatres, CinéArts, Rave, Tinseltown, and XD are Cinemark brands. “Cinemark” is a registered service mark of Cinemark USA, Inc. Hollywood Drive-In Golf™ Hollywood Drive-In Golf, and associated logos are trademarks of Adventure Golf Design & Development, Inc. Some imagery shown throughout our website does not represent current operational and safety guidelines. The terms and conditions for this ticket type can be found by clicking the "GetYourGuide Tours & Tickets GmbH" link featured under the Organized by section.

Orlando: The Wheel at ICON Park Observation Wheel + Options

6. Orlando: The Wheel at ICON Park Observation Wheel + Options

Admire aerial views of Orlando and beyond from the East Coast’s tallest observation wheel, The Wheel at ICON Park. Soar 400 feet (120 meters) into the sky in a clear capsule, taking in sweeping views of the city and central Florida landscape, including lakes, theme parks, and even the Atlantic coast on a clear day. Each capsule is equipped with an iPad that offers information about the sights and the surrounding environment. A great experience for all ages, the air-conditioned capsule offers exceptional views of Cape Canaveral, downtown Orlando, and Floridian landscapes. You can enjoy the city landscapes whenever suits your schedule during operating hours. Upgrade your experience to include dining experiences or activities If you select The Wheel and Starflyer bundle ticket, take a flight on the world's tallest swing ride, which stands at 450 feet (137 meters). This seated ride takes you up the giant tower and swings you at speeds of up to 45 miles (72 kilometers) per hour right alongside International Drive. Upgrade to the Icon Park Play Pass to access ICON Park attractions. With this option you will also receive admission tickets to the Museum of Illusions, the 7D Dark Ride Adventure, Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE Aquarium as well exclusive shopping and dining discounts.

SeaWorld Orlando: Park Admission Ticket

7. SeaWorld Orlando: Park Admission Ticket

Immerse yourself in wonder at SeaWorld Orlando, where the aquatic world comes to life like no place else. With the combo ticket options available, you can also enjoy the thrills of Aquatica Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa and Adventure Island. SeaWorld Connect with the ocean at SeaWorld, watching killer whales leap at the One Ocean show, racing like a ray on Manta the ride, entering the all-new thrilling, chilling adventure of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin and sharing an epic voyage with sea turtles at TurtleTrek. Experience the power and grace of killer whales in the awe-inspiring Shamu show One Ocean. Orcas jump skyward, dancing fountains dot the water, and a Splash Zone seat gives you submerged views of killer whales flapping their fins and drenching you with water. For fast thrills, the Manta flying roller coaster tilts you parallel to the ground and sends you headfirst on a twisting, plunging trip that starts with an inverted nosedive. At Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, you’ll glide past ethereal, icy sights on a trackless ride to a no-glass penguin exhibit, which gets you closer to the charming birds and lets you experience their ideal, frosty conditions. Aquatica Orlando From high-speed water slides and exhilarating wave pools, to tranquil beaches and the remarkable animal habitats that are the hallmark of SeaWorld, Aquatica Orlando, SeaWorld's Waterpark, delights all ages and interests. This one-of-a-kind park is home to some of the world's most thrilling water rides, featuring 38 slides, rivers and lagoons and 84,000 square feet of sparkling white, sandy beaches. Busch Gardens Tampa Take your family to Busch Gardens Tampa, a place where fun comes naturally. Everyone can enjoy the unparalleled mix of animal encounters, captivating shows, and thrilling rides. Race like a cheetah aboard Cheetah Hunt, or dive face down at 60 mph on Falcon's Fury, America's tallest freestanding drop tower. Adventure Island Treat your family to a tropical oasis, where the fun never sets. Enjoy thrilling rides, chilling slides and splashes to delight everyone. Swirl down the wild tubes of Caribbean Corkscrew, swoosh the 210-foot GulfScream descent or race to the finish on Riptide. Little ones will find adventure too at Fabian’s Funport, with fountains, splash zones and water slides perfect for pint-sized summer fun.

Orlando: Museum of Illusions Admission Ticket

8. Orlando: Museum of Illusions Admission Ticket

Come and explore the world of illusions and experience the impossible. Located in the heart of International Drive Orlando at ICON Park, this mind-bending indoor museum invites you to enter the fascinating world of illusions. Confuse your senses and question your own perception of reality, all while educating yourself in the art of optical, photographic, and interactive illusions. With over 50 exhibits to challenge the senses, you will learn about vision, perception, and science as you move around the different areas. Find out why your eyes see things that your brain cannot understand. Let your imagination run free in the vast expanse of the Infinity Room, defy the laws of gravity in the Reverse Room, and shrink to miniature size in the Ames Room. Capture seemingly impossible photos as you go.

Orlando: SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

9. Orlando: SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

Experience a wave of underwater adventures with sea creatures from around the world at the Sea Life Orlando Aquarium. Come face-to-face, or rather, face-to-fin with thousands of fish, sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, and more. Prepare for a world of glittering scales, enormous tentacles, and rows of sharp teeth. Get ready to plunge deep into the oceans as you explore Florida’s only 360-degree ocean tunnel with sharks, sea turtles, eels, and tropical fish swimming over, under, and all around you.  Meet the friendly rescue sea turtles, Ted and Chely, and a curious pacific octopus. Touch real sea creatures at the coastal rock pool, a microhabitat full of incredible creatures. Pet a starfish or anemone. Swim with sharks in a 10-minute virtual reality experience, if option selected, and learn about the aquarium on the behind the scenes tour, a 35-minute guided tour of the aquarium’s backstage areas. See how aquarists take care of the thousands of sea creatures and feed some of the fish yourself.

Orlando: Drive-Thru Safari Park at Wild Florida

10. Orlando: Drive-Thru Safari Park at Wild Florida

Discover the exotic animal species and native wildlife of the Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park. Drive your vehicle through on a self-guided tour through the open areas of the park. See more than 100 exotic animals and native Florida wildlife like white-tailed deer, bison, cracker cows, zebras, watusi, and oryx. Check out a massive pond inside the park dedicated exclusively as a home for some alligators. Stop and hand-feed the incredible giraffes for a once in a lifetime experience.

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What are the best day trips and excursions from Orlando?

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What people are saying about Orlando

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 6,146 reviews

We took this trip last minute and didn't really expect it to be anything exciting. However, we were very wrong we had a great time with an exceptional guide/boat operator really got to understand a little bit about the ecosystem and definitely up close and personal with the wildlife. Would definitely do it again and would recommend it to others. We did the one hour tour and we definitely recommend that over the 30 minutes.

Maureen and Mary who drove bus and was tour guide were great! Friendly and informative!

overall good. price for the transport a little high, but overall worth it.

Used this service multiple times over the years, excellent value for money

Very convenient to hop on/off if you're going on the route.