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Orlando Made Easy

Chances are, when you think of things to do in Orlando there’s one thing that springs to mind straight away: theme parks. And for good reason. If what you want from your holiday is endless thrills and spills, the City Beautiful is certainly the place for you. But venture further afield, into other parts of the city, and you’ll soon discover that this Floridian gem has more to offer than just rollercoasters and encounters with animated film characters.

 

Downtown Orlando is packed with lots of lovely tree-lined neighbourhoods. The likes of Lake Eola and Winter Park have sprawling green spaces where you can enjoy a picnic in the sun, as well as tranquil lakes ideal for boating. Mills 50, with its abundance of mural-covered buildings, is particularly compelling, while Ivanhoe Village is known for its offbeat, indie atmosphere. The city also packs in its fair share of museums and cultural institutions, particularly around Loch Haven Park. Or, if botanical gardens are your thing, don’t miss the Harry P. Leu Gardens – a sub-tropical oasis spread across 50 acres.

 

When you’re not busy cavorting with Minnie and Mickey at Walt Disney World® Resort or splashing about at Universal Studios’ Volcano Bay waterpark, you might want to pass the time with a round of golf. It’s one of the most popular things to do in Orlando, and with over 20 world-class courses to choose from, you’ll have no trouble finding somewhere spectacular to tee off. There are even golf courses inside some of the theme parks!

 

But one of the best things to do in Orlando – besides being flung around on rollercoasters and practising your golf swing – is eat. While the theme park fodder is fairly straightforward, the culinary scene is different elsewhere. Orlando really shines a spotlight on locally sourced produce, and the city is stuffed with weekend farmers’ markets and farm-to-table restaurants. Craft beer is also big news here. Over the past decade, dozens of breweries have popped up, producing all kinds of superb stouts and amazing ales.

 

So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with our travel specialists and they can help you plan your perfect Orlando getaway.

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Orlando theme Parks

It’s no coincidence Orlando’s got a reputation for being the theme park capital of the world. The parks are, after all, the main reason that as many as 75 million people descend on the city every year.

Walt Disney completely transformed this part central Florida when it opened Walt Disney World® Resort here in 1971. Spread across 40 square miles, and comprising four theme parks – Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom – plus two waterparks, five golf courses and various other entertainment venues, it reigns supreme as the largest theme park on Earth. But it’s certainly not the only theme park worth visiting in Orlando. Universal Orlando Resort is another crowd pleaser, thanks to its movie-themed attractions. With two theme parks – Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, which includes The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – as well as the Volcano Bay waterpark, it serves up fun by the bucket load.

Between them, Disney and Universal tick a lot of boxes. But if you’re looking for yet more adventurous things to do in Orlando, you can always check out LEGOLAND® Florida, Busch Gardens and SeaWorld too.

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Daytrips from Orlando

With plenty of hip districts – and, of course, all those theme parks – there are enough things to do in Orlando to fill an entire holiday. But, since you’ve come all this way, you might want to take the opportunity to explore the wider area. And, thanks to its central location, Orlando really does lend itself to daytripping.

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An hour east of the city you’ll find NASA’s world-famous Kennedy Space Center. It’s an absolute must for budding astronauts and sci-fi aficionados, but even those with just a passing interest in space are sure to be enthralled. Meanwhile, history buffs will love wandering around St Augustine – America’s oldest city – or, if you want to see manatees, head to Crystal River on Florida’s Nature Coast. You could always combine this with a trip to Devil’s Den, where snorkelling and diving are both on offer.

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Orlando beaches

If you’re planning a trip to sunny Florida, chances are you’re keen to spend a bit of time at the beach. And while there aren’t any sandy spots in Orlando itself, since it’s not on the coast, you need only hop in the car for an hour or so and you’ll be positively spoiled for choice. Cocoa Beach, on the east coast, is particularly popular. Brushed by the Atlantic Ocean, it’s known as a bit of a party town – but it’s also a top-notch surf spot. New Smyrna Beach is another option if you’re looking to ride the waves. Plus, it’s got loads of charming little shops and cafes, and it’s one of only three places in Florida where beach driving’s allowed.

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The beaches on the Gulf Coast take a little longer to get to, but some of them are well worth the effort. Postcard-perfect St Pete Beach is a laidback town which occupies a seven-mile-long barrier island, while Clearwater Beach, with its dazzling white sand, is great for jet skiing, parasailing and paddle boarding.

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Museums & Galleries

The City Beautiful doesn’t just cater to golfers and adrenaline junkies. There are also heaps of things to do in Orlando for artsy types and culture vultures. Going since 1924, the Orlando Museum of Art puts on about 10 exhibitions a year, focusing on Contemporary Art, American Art from the 18th century to 1945, Art of the Ancient Americas and African Art. The delightful Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, meanwhile, houses the most extensive collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany art in the world, and the Mennello Museum of American Art has, amongst other things, a particularly great sculpture garden.

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Alternatively, if you have an interest in science and technology, find time to visit the Orlando Science Center. Besides four floors of exhibits, it’s also got an observatory. And if you fancy watching a play, a concert or a comedy show one evening, you should head on over to the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

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Theme parks

Orlando theme Parks

It’s no coincidence Orlando’s got a reputation for being the theme park capital of the world. The parks are, after all, the main reason that as many as 75 million people descend on the city every year.

Walt Disney completely transformed this part central Florida when it opened Walt Disney World® Resort here in 1971. Spread across 40 square miles, and comprising four theme parks – Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom – plus two waterparks, five golf courses and various other entertainment venues, it reigns supreme as the largest theme park on Earth. But it’s certainly not the only theme park worth visiting in Orlando. Universal Orlando Resort is another crowd pleaser, thanks to its movie-themed attractions. With two theme parks – Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, which includes The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – as well as the Volcano Bay waterpark, it serves up fun by the bucket load.

Between them, Disney and Universal tick a lot of boxes. But if you’re looking for yet more adventurous things to do in Orlando, you can always check out LEGOLAND® Florida, Busch Gardens and SeaWorld too.

Show More
Show Less

Daytrips

Daytrips from Orlando

With plenty of hip districts – and, of course, all those theme parks – there are enough things to do in Orlando to fill an entire holiday. But, since you’ve come all this way, you might want to take the opportunity to explore the wider area. And, thanks to its central location, Orlando really does lend itself to daytripping.

Show More
Show Less

An hour east of the city you’ll find NASA’s world-famous Kennedy Space Center. It’s an absolute must for budding astronauts and sci-fi aficionados, but even those with just a passing interest in space are sure to be enthralled. Meanwhile, history buffs will love wandering around St Augustine – America’s oldest city – or, if you want to see manatees, head to Crystal River on Florida’s Nature Coast. You could always combine this with a trip to Devil’s Den, where snorkelling and diving are both on offer.

Show More
Show Less

Beaches

Orlando beaches

If you’re planning a trip to sunny Florida, chances are you’re keen to spend a bit of time at the beach. And while there aren’t any sandy spots in Orlando itself, since it’s not on the coast, you need only hop in the car for an hour or so and you’ll be positively spoiled for choice. Cocoa Beach, on the east coast, is particularly popular. Brushed by the Atlantic Ocean, it’s known as a bit of a party town – but it’s also a top-notch surf spot. New Smyrna Beach is another option if you’re looking to ride the waves. Plus, it’s got loads of charming little shops and cafes, and it’s one of only three places in Florida where beach driving’s allowed.

Show More
Show Less

The beaches on the Gulf Coast take a little longer to get to, but some of them are well worth the effort. Postcard-perfect St Pete Beach is a laidback town which occupies a seven-mile-long barrier island, while Clearwater Beach, with its dazzling white sand, is great for jet skiing, parasailing and paddle boarding.

Show More
Show Less

Museums & Galleries

Museums & Galleries

The City Beautiful doesn’t just cater to golfers and adrenaline junkies. There are also heaps of things to do in Orlando for artsy types and culture vultures. Going since 1924, the Orlando Museum of Art puts on about 10 exhibitions a year, focusing on Contemporary Art, American Art from the 18th century to 1945, Art of the Ancient Americas and African Art. The delightful Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, meanwhile, houses the most extensive collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany art in the world, and the Mennello Museum of American Art has, amongst other things, a particularly great sculpture garden.

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Show Less

 

Alternatively, if you have an interest in science and technology, find time to visit the Orlando Science Center. Besides four floors of exhibits, it’s also got an observatory. And if you fancy watching a play, a concert or a comedy show one evening, you should head on over to the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

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