Things to do in

Orlando

Come for the theme parks and space center, stay for the hidden gems, from leafy neighborhoods to nature preserves.

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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, 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. 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.

    Download the App before you get to the space center. There is absolutely zero data available on AT&T or T-Mobile throughout the entire complex. If you do get a signal you can expect less than 1mbps of data and a dialup modem from 1993 would be way faster.

  • Orlando: The Wheel at ICON Park Observation Wheel + Options

    2. 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 such as tickets to the Starflyer, Madame Tussauds Orlando, or SEA LIFE Orlando. If you select The Wheel and Starflyer bundle ticket, take a flight on the world's tal...

    It was awesome. Had our own car - the view was great - rocked out to our won music.

  • Orlando: Museum of Illusions Admission Ticket

    3. 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.

    The illusions were awesome. Staff was helpful if any questions were asked and also took pictures if needed. Great pictures

  • Orlando: SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

    4. Orlando: SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

    You will start your journey by meeting the attraction's main characters: Mia the seahorse, Magnus the shark, and Tyler the sea turtle. They will explain to you the importance of breeding, rescuing, and protecting the ocean's most precious creatures. Afterwards, you will enter into the first section of the attraction. This showcases a wall filled with jelly fish, with participants able to select which color they would like the jelly fish habitat to glow. The next section is called Ship Wreck. Here, there are all sorts of creatures, such as an octopus, yellow tangs, and the first big look into the Atlantic ocean. Around the corner, you will find the seasonal feature of the attraction, axolotls. The axolotl is the most studied salamander in the entire world. It can regenerate its own limbs, jaws, tails, spinal cord, skin and organs perfectly. All other animals that have regenerative proper...

    It was a great aquarium for our baby! She loved all of the different tanks and fish!

  • Orlando: Wildlife Watching Everglades Airboat Ride

    5. Orlando: Wildlife Watching Everglades Airboat Ride

    The Central Florida Everglades are natural wonders, best explored with locals who know their backwaters. The beautiful landscape and expert guidance of your captain will make this tour a trip that you'll never forget. Guests on our Scenic Nature Tour explore narrow water trails engulfed in the brush of the Central Florida Everglades. On this tour you'll stop periodically, hoping to spot Florida's state reptile, the American Alligator, in its natural setting. Witness rare and endangered birds swooping effortlessly through the skies as the sunshine warms your body and the wind whips through your hair. Other wildlife abounds throughout the trip. This tour is perfect for groups and families looking to explore and learn about the unexpected side of Central Florida. A longer trip on our Detailed Nature Tour of 1-hour increases the number of encounters with Florida's wildlife, especially the ...

    Tour guide was amazing! Lots of personality and very funny! He was also very knowledgeable about his sh$t! I would definitely recommend this experience to any and everyone! And yes we saw a few gators as well, it was awesome And the restaurant had great food also! All around great experience

  • SeaWorld Orlando: Park Admission Ticket

    6. 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 he...

    My lady and I found the Sea World to be very fun. We found the rides to be exciting and the animals fascinating.

  • Kissimmee: 1-Hour Airboat Everglades Adventure Tour

    7. Kissimmee: 1-Hour Airboat Everglades Adventure Tour

    Travel back in time to the days before over-development and theme parks, and experience the unspoiled swamps of Florida on a thrilling airboat ride. Departing from Kissimmee, discover the largest living estuary in the world at Shingle Creek, where the splendor of nature offers a more authentic Florida experience. As you speed through the swamps, your captain will tell stories of the American Indians and history of the early settlers who carved their trails into the swamps of Central Florida. The state-of-the-art boats allow unobstructed views for all passengers, and the diversity of wildlife and plant life will keep your eyes and camera busy. Feel the subtropical climate that promotes lush vegetation and provides natural habitats for a variety of species as you explore swamp marsh and wet prairie.

    Scott was a little "rough" around the edges, but ended up being pretty good. Got to see a momma gator and her kids! It was nice.

  • Kennedy Space Center Day Trip with Transport from Orlando

    8. Kennedy Space Center Day Trip with Transport from Orlando

    Confront history in the making at the Kennedy Space Center on a full-day tour that provides access to a host of experiences, NASA time machines, and the Hubble Observatory. Jump on board the Shuttle Launch Experience simulator that literally takes you out of this world! Watch 3D movies to feel what it is like to visit the moon. And stroll around the incredible rocket garden. The out-of-this-world package includes round trip transportation from Orlando, Kissimmee, Disney and Lake Buena Vista areas, admission to the Kennedy Space Center.

    Really enjoyed Paul as our guide. He was very knowledgeable and entertaining, gave us rundown of the highlights of our day and even helped us spot a couple of gaters

  • Orlando: Medieval Times Dinner and Show

    9. Orlando: Medieval Times Dinner and Show

    Your experience begins as you enter an entertainment complex inspired by an 11th-century castle. In the Hall of Arms, admire the display of medieval artifacts: coats of arms of many prestigious families and a spectacular array of medieval weaponry. Check out the displays as you enjoy a beverage from one of the Hall of Arms bars, or shop at a medieval village existing in the United States. Observe the arts, crafts, and daily traditions of the medieval period while walking through each of the 8 authentic cottages. Royal trumpeters announce the call to the feast, summoning guests to take their seats in the arena. Once inside, take a seat in your zone, designated by colors that represent 6 authentic regions of medieval Spain. Your color will denote the knight for whom you will root for throughout the duration of the show. In the arena, serfs and wenches attend to every need of the guests as...

    The staff was overwhelmingly accommodating and friendly. The show was lively, theatrical and the food was great! We were booked with “Get Your Guide” ... We were ticketed for 6:00PM show. We arrived at 5:30PM only to find out that the show had already begun at 5:00. What a bummer!!! We discovered that we should have actually arrived an hour early (at 4PM). Nowhere on the booking did it speak of arriving 1 hour before the show. Medieval Times staff coordinated for us to squeeze in another evening that worked for us and upgraded our tickets to Front Row (Queen Package). : ) The food and entertainment were great! All in all it worked out but communication between Get Your Guide and Medieval Times needs ironed out so others don’t have our same cumbersome experience.

  • Orlando: Universal Orlando Resort Park to Park Tickets

    10. Orlando: Universal Orlando Resort Park to Park Tickets

    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 ...

Frequently asked questions about Orlando

Planning Your Visit

  • Walt Disney World Resort opening hours and tickets

    Admission only to the Magic Kingdom costs $105, and $97 to either EPCOT, Disney's Animal Kingdom Park or Disney's Hollywood Studios. There are also multi-day passes, and it's possible to add a Park Hopper Option ($64) for same-day entry to all four theme parks.
    The Magic Kingdom is open from 9:00AM-12:00AM; EPCOT from 9:00AM-9:00PM; Disney's Hollywood Studios from 8:00AM-10:00PM; Disney's Animal Kingdom from 9:00AM-6:00PM.

  • Universal Orlando tickets and opening hours

    A day-pass for single park admission for either Islands of Adventure or Universal Studios costs $102 (adult) and $97 (child). A one-day pass for both parks is $147 (adult) and $142 (child). A single ticket for Wet 'n Wild is $47, but it's also possible to add this park to a multi-day pass to combine all three ($242 adult) or two of the three ($197 adult).
    The park is open daily from 9:00AM, but evening closing times vary according to the season.

  • Discovery Cove and Aquatica tickets and opening hours

    "The day resort price costs $249 and $399 for the dolphin experience. The price includes entry to Sea World and Aquatica and Sea World's Waterpark. You can book the day and package in advance online.
    Discovery Park is open daily from 8:00AM-5:30PM.
    A day-pass at Aquatica is $47 when you book in advance online and receive the 10% discount. The park opens at 9:00AM, but evening closing times vary according to the season."

  • Kennedy Space Center tickets and opening hours

    "The KSC is open daily from 9:00AM-6:00PM. Admission costs $50 for adults and $40 for children. You can book your tickets in advance online and select the date and entry time.
    Location: Cape Canaveral is about an hour away by car from Orlando."

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Summers are hot and humid, so if you can, delay your trip until October, when the weather is warm and the summer crowds are gone.

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What people are saying about Orlando

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,837 reviews

Download the App before you get to the space center. There is absolutely zero data available on AT&T or T-Mobile throughout the entire complex. If you do get a signal you can expect less than 1mbps of data and a dialup modem from 1993 would be way faster.

Our guide Paul was very friendly and knowledgeable. He made everything very easy and relaxing. Nothing to worry about except enjoying the experience!

Scott was a little "rough" around the edges, but ended up being pretty good. Got to see a momma gator and her kids! It was nice.

It was a lot cheaper than doing individually plenty of things to do wish we had more time

It was awesome. Had our own car - the view was great - rocked out to our won music.