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Things to do in Orange County

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Amusement Park
“Inspired by the castle in the Disney film Cinderella, this enchanting edifice is the symbol of Magic Kingdom park.”
  • 462 locals recommend
Theme Park
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“Universal Orlando’s two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, are home to some of the world’s most exciting and innovative attractions. Its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers dining and entertainment for every member of the family. Universal Orlando Resort has unveiled more than 20 new guest experiences since 2010 – powerful attractions like Harry Potter, Skull Island: Reign of Kong and Fast & furious and incredible dining opportunities. In 2017 Universal’s Volcano Bay, an entirely new water theme park experience opened. ”
  • 203 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Another water park that has fun roller coasters such as Mako and Manta. You can also see dolphins and killer whales through an underwater viewing area.”
  • 192 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“Fantastic designer discount shopping. Great deals to be had year round. Great for fashion, sports wear, handbags, shoes... something for everyone to take home! Once you make a purchase, check your receipt as it may have discounts for other neighboring stores.”
  • 170 locals recommend
Theme Park
“The most popular park at Walt Disney World including attractions such as Haunted Mansion, Monsters Inc., Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, etc.”
  • 151 locals recommend
Plaza
“Disney Springs is the free-to-enter/free-to-park dining, shopping and entertainment area of Disney. It's a beautiful area to walk around with endless amazing restaurants, shops, a cinema, bowling alley and so much more. You don't need a Disney theme park ticket to visit Disney Springs and parking is free. It's a must-see place to visit, perfect for a lively evening out.”
  • 213 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“Some of the best outlet shopping with great deals. You May subscribe for example to Ralph Lauren Polo text messaging to Earn up to and above 70% discounts”
  • 216 locals recommend
Theme Park
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“Rides, educational experiences for children and no long lines. Also has the most authentic restaurants from around the world. This is .y favorite theme park to visit. ”
  • 112 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
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“A luxurious shopping mall packed with high-end stores such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Versace, etc.”
  • 208 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Explore the Rockin' Roller Coaster, The Smuggler's Run, or any of the side shows. It's all thrilling.”
  • 94 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Avatar Land is amazing. Visiting the animals in their habitat is so fulfilling - I loved seeing the lions, zebras and gazelle.”
  • 82 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“Located at Universal Studios, but unlike the parks, you don't have to pay to get in because it's a place to walk around. It has restaurants, bars, a club, a movie theater, a chocolate factory, etc.”
  • 154 locals recommend
Theme Park Ride / Attraction
“A 400ft Ferris Wheel that captures pretty much all of Orlando for an affordable price.”
  • 85 locals recommend
Theme Park
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“My favorites (in order): The Incredible Hulk Coaster Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls Doctor Doom’s Fearfall The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man (Nostalgia: it isn't what it used to be..) Jurassic Park River Adventure Pternodon Flyers The Forbidden Journey Storm Force Accelatron Flight of the Hippogriff Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges Caro-Seuss-El One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Cat in the Hat High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride Hogwarts Express (You'll need a park hopper pass to take this to Universal Studios)”
  • 85 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Another great shopping mall option with very popular brands such as Zara, H&M, Armani, etc.”
  • 109 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“With four distinct neighborhoods and more than 150 restaurants, retailers and fun activities, Disney Springs® at Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando offers a world of possibilities — one that continues to expand with each passing year. To help you make the most of your time at the walkable entertainment district, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 things you must try at least once at Disney Springs, including balloon rides, celebrity chefs, amphicars and more. Orlando has become a magnet for celebrity chef-owned restaurants in recent years, and you’ll find more at Disney Springs than anywhere else in the destination. Current headliners include the farm-to-table freshness of Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen, inventive fusions at Masaharu Morimoto’s Morimoto Asia, authentic tastes of Italy at Tony Mantuano’s Terralina Crafted Italian, a line of burgers and sandwiches from Guy Fieri at Planet Hollywood, and Fieri’s all-new Chicken Guy. And though world-famous Master Sommelier George Miliotes isn’t technically a celebrity chef, his Wine Bar George serves tasty fare in addition to an incredible selection of wine. Disney Springs also features Chef José Andrés’ all-new JALEO, which is complemented by Pepe by José Andrés — the first-ever brick-and-mortar version of his famous food truck. Wolfgang Puck has also debuted Disney Springs’ Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, which complements the long-running Wolfgang Puck Express. ”
  • 190 locals recommend

Top restaurants

General Entertainment
“Located at Universal Studios, but unlike the parks, you don't have to pay to get in because it's a place to walk around. It has restaurants, bars, a club, a movie theater, a chocolate factory, etc.”
  • 154 locals recommend
Sports Bar
“Great place to enjoy in group where you could see sports and also have a nice drink. The place is suitable for families with children too.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Aquarium
“The Orlando Eye, StarFlyer, Madame Tussauds, the Aquarium, shopping, restaurants, and nightlife. It's a great place to visit! This is where I'm planning to build the Orlando Top Hat, a 7-story magician's top hat with 500 beds, vegan restaurant, two gyms, arcade, barcade, magic theater, club, and bar. ETA July, 2023 =)”
  • 36 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Lively,family-friendly chain featuring Italian standars such as pastas & salads, with a full bar.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“12 Miles away. HAPPY HOUR: 4PM - 7PM | DAILY EVERY TUESDAY, All Day! $16.99 — All You Can Eat Tacos BRUNCH: Saturday & Sunday from 11AM - 4PM Rocco’s Tacos offers a true taste of Mexico within a fun casual environment. When you first step through the door you become part of the atmosphere, joining a diverse crowd enjoying flavors picked directly from Mexico. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“ Beautiful American selection based restaurant located at the Millenia Mall with a multitude of cheescake varieties for desert.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“Good place to eat a good steak around Florida. Just minutes away from home. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Good Italian food in Winter Park which is nice to eat and then enjoy the area ”
  • 42 locals recommend

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