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Welcome to Orlando

Home to more than a dozen theme parks—including Universal Studios, Walt Disney World, and SeaWorld—Orlando entices families, thrill seekers, and Mickey Mouse fans alike. But this central Florida city (around a 4-hour drive north of Miami) serves up more than just big attractions. For a true taste of the area, catch an airboat tour along the Everglades, off-road in an ATV, horseback ride through an eco reserve, or board a scenic cruise around the city. For a lesson on human spaceflight, head east to the famous Kennedy Space Center, and look for a gator or two if you opt to tour the area’s swampland.

Top 10 attractions in Orlando

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Universal Studios Florida

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Go behind the scenes, beyond the screen, and jump right into the action of your favorite movies at Universal Studios Florida™, the world's premier movie and TV-based theme park. This Orlando favorite, part of Universal Orlando Resort™, offers rides, shows, movie sets, and attractions that bring to life blockbuster movies like Transformers, Despicable Me, and Harry Potter.More
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Clearwater Beach

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Clearwater Beach is a silky white-sand oasis along the warm, calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. More low key than its southern neighbor, the bustling St. Pete’s Beach, Clearwater Beach hosts plenty of spots for kayaking, shelling, and biking. Families especially like its gentle surf, which is perfect for swimming and water sports. Restaurants, shops, and hotels line Mandalay Ave., which runs parallel to the beach. At about 1 mi (1.5 km) long, the strip is easy to stroll. Day visitors should head to Sand Key Beach & Park, a wide beach for swimming and watching dolphins leap out of the sea. For non-beach activities, watch sea otters at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium or watch jugglers and magicians perform at Pier 60. You can also get out on the water on dolphin-watching cruises or even take a pirate cruise. To get an overview of the area, jump on the Jolley Trolley, which travels around Clearwater Beach and up to Sand Key.More
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Kennedy Space Center

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You don’t have to be a space junkie to enjoy NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the only spot in the United States from which humans have been hurled into space. The plethora of hands-on exhibits, IMAX movies, and sheer magnitude of the shuttles will surely impress the most passive fan. One of the highlights is the Shuttle Launch Simulator, where budding astronauts are strapped into a cockpit and given high-fidelity ride, which creates the impression of an actual lift-off.More
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Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Universal Orlando's Harry Potter attraction is spread across two parks at the resort: Diagon Alley on the Universal Studios Florida side and Hogsmeade at Universal's Islands of Adventure. The two are connected by Hogwarts Express train, and each features shops, dining, and attractions inspired by the young wizard.More
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Everglades National Park

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The Everglades National Park, covering much of the southeastern tip of Florida, is more than a big swamp full of alligators. True, you will see alligators - lots of them - but this unique subtropical wilderness also supports such creatures as American crocodiles, bottlenose dolphins, manatees, snowy egrets, bald eagles and ospreys. And amid the mangroves, cypress, hardwood hammocks and miles of sawgrass, there are endless opportunities for hiking, bicycling, canoeing, kayaking, or taking an airboat ride. You can book Everglades tours departing from Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers in addition to Orlando. Spot alligators on a day-trip along the Tamiami Trail or take a two-hour tram tour in Shark Valley. When hunger pangs set in, stop in Everglades City for a plate of gator nuggets and frog’s legs. The visitor center at Big Cypress National Preserve has great exhibits for kids and an outdoor, water-filled ditch popular with alligators.More
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Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park

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With a visit to Wild Florida Wildlife Park in the Florida Everglades, you can get an up-close look at the unique ecosystem of the area on foot or on an airboat tour. Wild Florida is a combination of a wildlife park and a launch point for airboat tours of the Everglades. In the wildlife park, you can walk through a zoo-like atmosphere where you'll see animals from all over the world. There are exotic animals from Africa, Australia, South America, and elsewhere, which you can even feed. There's a special focus on Florida's native wildlife in the park, too, including alligators, white tail deer, and tropical birds. You can walk through the park on raised walkways overlooking the animal habitats, and then you can take off on an airboat tour of the Everglades. After your tour, you can get your picture taken holding an alligator.More
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Universal’s Volcano Bay

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Universal’s Volcano Bay™ water park is a tropical-themed attraction located at Universal Orlando™. Attractions draw on South Pacific influences, and the centerpiece of the park is a towering 200-foot (61-meter) volcano called Krakatau™, which is the base for thrilling water slides. Other rides include an aqua coaster and a body plunge.More
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Universal's Islands of Adventure

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Take an unforgettable journey through uniquely themed islands where your favorite adventures come to life. Soar above Hogwarts™ in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Hogsmeade™, help save the city on The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man®, and escape the jaws of a T-rex on the Jurassic Park River Adventure®. Plus, with a Park-to-Park admission ticket you can ride between both lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ on the HogwartsSM Express.* HARRY POTTER, characters, names and related indicia are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s14) *Additional restrictions apply. © MARVEL. Jurassic Park River Adventure ® Universal Studios/Amblin. Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2014 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.More
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Universal CityWalk

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Universal CityWalk™ is where daytime fun and nighttime excitement meet. It’s everything you’re looking for. And anything but ordinary. Here you can enjoy the fine cuisine of Emeril’s Orlando, the world’s largest Hard Rock Cafe®, Jimmy Buffett’s® Margaritaville®, and unique eateries like The Cowfish®, VIVO Italian Kitchen™, AntojitosAuthentic Mexican Food™, NBC Sports Grill & Brew™, and The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen™.More
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International Drive

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One of the most exciting and flashy strips in America, I-Drive is packed with restaurants, hotels, shopping, and dinner theaters. And if that’s not enough, six of the world’s greatest theme parks make their home on I-Drive: SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, Wet 'n' Wild, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and Aquatica. I-Drive winds past Big Sand Lake, and part of the road is lined with palm trees and a pleasant walking district. Also here is Ripley’s Believe It or Not and Skyventure. Head to Pointe Orlando or Prime Outlets International for mega-mall shopping, or browse the quirky independent shops on Antique Row.More

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How to Spend 2 Days in Orlando

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Everglades Tours from Orlando

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30-Minute Airboat Ride near Orlando

30-Minute Airboat Ride near Orlando

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Recent reviews from experiences in Orlando

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Peaceful and Beautiful Rick Springs Clear Kayak Tour
Gretchen_G, Oct 2020
2-Hour Glass Bottom Guided Kayak Eco Tour in Rock Springs (Small-Group)
Rock Springs was gorgeous and refreshing.
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Great day
Deborah_B, Mar 2020
Kennedy Space Center Day Trip with Transport from Orlando
The way to see KSC, especially if you only have one day.
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Orlando City
Senior, Feb 2020
Orlando City Sightseeing Tours
The Winter Park was a lovely stop.
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Orlando City Tour
Excursion03170684361, Jun 2019
Orlando City Sightseeing Tours
Highly recommended small tour taking in downtown Orlando, Winter Park and the lakes/canals plus Disney Springs.
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When you visit International Drive...
JennyC, Apr 2017
Madame Tussauds Orlando
This is perfect for a few hours out of the humidity that is Orlando in summer!
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I had a great day at Legoland Resort...
JennyC, Apr 2017
LEGOLAND Florida Resort Admission Ticket
We took the free shuttle bus from Orlando and were able to spend the day on the rides and attractions at the park.
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Great destination -- lots to see and...
Ari d, Feb 2017
Kennedy Space Center Tour with Guided Walking Tour & Transport from Orlando
Great destination -- lots to see and do!
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The Fun Spot tickets were...
Bandjdaniel, Mar 2017
Go Orlando Explorer Pass: Choose 2, 3, 4 or 5 Attractions
This should be clearly stated before choosing the 4 attractions.
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Amazing to see and hear about space...
duleesha0705, Aug 2016
Kennedy Space Center Day Trip with Transport from Orlando
Amazing to see and hear about space travels in KSC.
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Our family took the tour to...
Angelina H, Jul 2015
Clearwater Beach Day Trip from Orlando with Optional Upgrades
We were in Florida for a week and visited many of the park attractions in Orlando but the trip to Clearwater was the best day of fun!!!
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well operated great day out from...
Philip F, Oct 2014
Saint Augustine Day Trip from Orlando
we only had time to visit the prison and fort, so still loads to see on our next visit, we recommend this trip for its historical points of interest.
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Great, easy way to get around the...
Lisa M, Nov 2012
Orlando Attractions Roundtrip Transfer
Great, easy way to get around the Orlando attractions.
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It's so much easier booking the...
Amy Bee Ling T, Oct 2013
Orlando Attractions Roundtrip Transfer
Would strongly recommend if you don't want to take hotel shuttles to all the attractions as timing of hotel shuttles is fixed.
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Great town to visit, lots of...
Damien, Nov 2012
Saint Augustine Day Trip from Orlando
Great town to visit, lots of historical interest and fun things to do, a real alternative to the non stop Disney theme in Orlando itself.
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The Orlando City Tour was better...
sony.varma, Sep 2017
Orlando City Sightseeing Tours
I had a great time walking around Lake Eola, Winter Park and Celebration-the town that Disney built.
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Great experience but could be more organized!
littlespeak, Jul 2019
Crystal River Tour with Manatee Swim and Everglades Airboat Ride
We arrived at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Springs Park at 2:00.
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Awesome one day Miami trip
dereksmith45, Apr 2019
Everglades and Miami Adventure from Orlando
hoping I didn't get lost from the group or be confused as to what to do.
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Great day in nature
mollynicole90, Jul 2018
Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Wild Florida Admission with Optional Lunch
I would make sure to give yourself plenty of time because after the air boat ride, the reserve has an animal sanctuary that is well worth the walk around, With animals from the swamps to the trees, you get to see them up close and person and even hol
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Great experience but a little misleading
mollyo145, Jul 2018
Crystal River Tour with Manatee Swim and Everglades Airboat Ride
This would’ve been more helpful because apparently Winter are better manatee months than July.
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Liked Grey line bus service...
Sharon C, Nov 2017
Orlando City Sightseeing Tours
Learned about Orlando, took a boat cruise and had a tour of Winter Park and Disney Springs.

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