Orlando

Orlando is a diverse town. The Downtown area, though small, is dynamic, thanks to an ever-changing skyline of high-rises, sports venues, museums, restaurants, nightspots, a history museum, and several annual cultural events—including film festivals and a world-renowned theater fest. Downtown also has a central green, Lake Eola P
Orlando is a diverse town. The Downtown area, though small, is dynamic, thanks to an ever-changing skyline of high-rises, sports venues, museums, restaurants, nightspots, a history museum, and several annual cultural events—including film festivals and a world-renowned
Orlando is a diverse town. The Downtown area, though small, is dynamic, thanks to an ever-changing skyline of high-rises

Orlando is a diverse town. The Downtown area, though small, is dynamic, thanks to an ever-changing skyline of high-rises, sports venues, museums, restaurants, nightspots, a history museum, and several annual cultural events—including film festivals and a world-renowned theater fest. Downtown also has a central green, Lake Eola Park, which offers a respite from otherwise frantic touring.

Neighborhoods such as Thornton Park (great for dining) and College Park (an outpost of quirky shopping) are fun to wander. Not too far to the north, you can come in contact with natural Florida—its manatees, gators, and crystal-clear waters in spring-fed lakes.

Closer to the theme-park action, International Drive, the hub of resort and conference hotels, offers big restaurants and even bigger outlet-mall bargains. Sand Lake Road, between the two, is Orlando's Restaurant Row, with plenty of exciting dining prospects.

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  • 1. Bok Tower Gardens

    Garden/Arboretum

    You'll see citrus groves as you ride south along U.S. 27 to the small town of Lake Wales and the Bok Tower Gardens. This appealing sanctuary...Read More

  • 2. Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

    Museum/Gallery

    The world's most comprehensive and important collection of work by Louis Comfort Tiffany—including immense stained-glass windows, lamps, watercolors...Read More

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  • 3. Harry P. Leu Gardens

    Audubon Park | Garden/Arboretum

    A few miles outside Downtown—on the former lakefront estate of a citrus entrepreneur—is this 50-acre garden. Among the highlights are a collection...Read More

  • 4. Mennello Museum of American Folk Art

    Lake Ivanhoe | Museum/Gallery

    One of the few museums in the United States devoted to folk art has intimate galleries, some with lovely lakefront views. Look for the nation...Read More

  • 5. Orlando Science Center

    Lake Ivanhoe | Museum/Gallery

    A new and very popular Kids Town and a new gift shop were opened in 2016, part of an ongoing $30-million renovation of the museum, which opened...Read More

  • 6. SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

    International Drive | Zoo/Aquarium

    In the shadow of the Orlando Eye and within the I-Drive 360 entertainment complex stands a kaleidoscope of underwater colors, where you can...Read More

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  • 7. Wekiwa Springs State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Wekiva is a Creek Indian word meaning "flowing water"; wekiwa means "spring of water." The river, springs, and surrounding 6,400-acre Wekiwa...Read More

  • 8. Crayola Experience

    Central Orlando | Amusement Park/Water Park

    One of the company's four "experiences" in the country, Crayola offers a 70,000-square-foot haven of color at the Florida Mall. An overwhelming...Read More

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  • 9. Fun Spot America

    International Drive | Amusement Park/Water Park

    Virtual reality met real excitement when Fun Spot added a VR system to its Freedom Flyer coaster, adding a high-tech element to a park known...Read More

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  • 10. Gatorland

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    This campy attraction near the Orlando–Kissimmee border on U.S. 441 has endured since 1949 without much change, despite competition from the...Read More

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  • 11. Lake Eola Park

    Downtown Orlando | Park/Playground

    This beautifully landscaped 43-acre park is the verdant heart of Downtown Orlando, its mile-long walking path a gathering place for families...Read More

  • 12. LEGOLAND Florida

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    In addition to its 1:20-scale Lego miniature reproductions of U.S. cities, the park features more than 50 rides, shows, and attractions throughout...Read More

  • 13. Orange County Regional History Center

    Downtown Orlando | Museum/Gallery

    Exhibits here take you on a journey back in time to discover how Florida's Paleo-Indians hunted and fished the land, what the Sunshine State...Read More

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  • 14. Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium

    International Drive | Museum/Gallery

    A 10-foot-square section of the Berlin Wall. A pain and torture chamber. Two African fertility statues that women swear have helped them conceive...Read More

  • 15. The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye

    International Drive | Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    The 400-foot-tall Orlando Eye offers an almost unobstructed view of theme parks, lush green landscape, and the soaring buildings of the City...Read More

  • 16. WinterClub Indoor Ski & Snowboard

    Sports Venue

    Snow enthusiasts can opt for the truly unique experience of skiing and snowboarding in shorts and a T-shirt at Orlando’s WinterClub Indoor Ski...Read More

  • 17. WonderWorks

    International Drive | Amusement Park/Water Park

    The building seems to be sinking into the ground—at a precarious angle and upside down. Many people stop to take pictures in front of the topsy...Read More

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