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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
“Walt Disney World is on of my favorite places to be! The food truly is spectacular and the fireworks in Magic Kingdom and Epcot you don’t want to miss! Don’t forget the water parks -Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach too! ”
  • 450 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. ”
  • 195 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Seaworld Park SeaWorld Orlando is a theme park and marine zoological park, in Orlando, Florida. It is owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. When combined with its neighbor Discovery Cove and Aquatica, an entertainment complex consisting of the three parks. Attractions and Shows for the whole family Whether you’re a card-carrying coaster enthusiast or the purse-holder who’s happy to have both feet firmly on the ground, here in the heart of the sunshine state you’ll find some of Orlando’s top roller coasters, each inspired by the sea – from its force and power to its playful side to its most timeless legends. Thrill seekers, seek no more. SeaWorld is home to some of the tallest, fastest roller coasters in Orlando, including three that consistently rank on the Top 10 lists of coaster enthusiasts: our newest hypercoaster, Mako®. The floorless favorite, Kraken®. And the face-down flying coaster in a class all its own, Manta® – one of the top ranked roller coasters in Orlando. Family rides and coasters for kids From first coasters with just the right amount of excitement for kids to family rides, SeaWorld takes riders and their imaginations to the far edges of the sea to share in its stories and adventures. Flamingo Paddle Boats , Climb aboard one of our paddle boats for a leisurely tour of SeaWorld Orlando's large central lake. These flamingo-themed boats are fun for both the young and young at heart. A small separate fee is required. Rides are $6 per person for a 20 minute ride. Sky Tower Get a Bird's Eye View of Orlando Our 400-foot Sky Tower has stood as an icon for our park since we opened in 1974. Today the Sky Tower adds a dose of retro-cool to the day’s adventures. Get a seabird’s eye view of Orlando during this leisurely capsule ride, and take a load off as you plot the rest of your day in the park. Experience Wild Arctic®, where a flight simulator meets daring adventure as you embark on a thrilling jet-helicopter ride through the breathtaking, perilous, icy landscapes of the frozen north. Put yourself in your pilot’s hands as he maneuvers treacherous frozen peaks and valleys en route to Base Station Wild Arctic—a place where magnificent beluga whales and walruses have turned Mother Nature’s most challenging conditions into a polar playground. Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin Get transported into the rarely seen and icy world of Antarctica. You'll feel the majestic grandeur of the South Pole and see it through the eyes of a penguin named Puck. You'll be able to choose a "mild" or "wild" version of this trackless, motion-based simulator experience. After you step off the ride, you'll explore the penguins' colony in an expanse that envelopes you in cool extremes. Shows and Presentations Dolphin Days Dolphin Days is a festive celebration of our natural world starring the ocean’s most playful ambassador, the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin. Orca Encounter Learn more about killer whales and connect in an inspiring new way with the ocean’s most powerful predator. Sea Lion High: The New Class Sea Lion High: The New Class is filled with amazing animal behaviors and fun audience interaction as Clyde and Seamore go back to school in slippery pursuit of their diplomas. Sesame Street Party Parade Move to the beat during the coolest party on wheels and celebrate with your favorite friends at the award-winning Sesame Street® Party Parade. Pets Ahoy Join us for a side-splitting show with surprise twists and a cast of unlikely characters that will have the whole family laughing from beginning to end. Ocean Discovery Learn more about killer whales, also called Orcas, and other species of whales during a special educational show. ”
  • 186 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.”
  • 168 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.”
  • 146 locals recommend
Plaza
“Great place to dine, shop or simply stroll around and enjoy the vibrant Disney atmosphere.”
  • 208 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”
  • 211 locals recommend
Theme Park
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“A very beautiful Disney park! Around the world around the lake is perfect for adults, during the wine and food festival in autumn. One of our favorite parks!”
  • 110 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
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“Shopping Mecca, lots of super high end shops in the mall, but also has IKEA in its complex, as well as a ton of restaurant options. ”
  • 205 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Great rides for the entire family and a must see parade featuring a host of Disney characters. Check parade timings and get there a few minutes early to secure a good spot to catch the characters up close.”
  • 88 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Encounter exotic animals and exciting adventures at Disney's Animal Kingdom park, one of the largest animal theme parks in the world. Home to more than 2,000 animals across 300 unique species, the park reflects Walt Disney’s dedication to conservation and is committed to animal care, education and research. Explore 7 enthralling lands: Oasis, Discovery Island, Pandora - The World of Avatar, Africa, Rafiki's Planet Watch, Asia and DinoLand, U.S.A.”
  • 80 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“A nother place I love live music, lots of restaurants, movie theater, shopping, rides, some days free show and free admission and free parking. Fun for the whole family from the little ones to the big ones.”
  • 151 locals recommend
Theme Park Ride / Attraction
“See all of Orlando at once from a height of 400 feet (120 meters) in the air. ”
  • 84 locals recommend
Theme Park
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“Spend the day at Disney World with family and friends then return to the comforts of the lake house by driving less than an hour and one half to and from.”
  • 79 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Another great shopping mall option with very popular brands such as Zara, H&M, Armani, etc.”
  • 108 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“I love this place live music, lots of restaurants, movie theater, shopping, rides, some days free show and free admission and free parking. Fun for the whole family from the little ones to the big ones.”
  • 193 locals recommend

Top restaurants

General Entertainment
“A nother place I love live music, lots of restaurants, movie theater, shopping, rides, some days free show and free admission and free parking. Fun for the whole family from the little ones to the big ones.”
  • 151 locals recommend
Sports Bar
“one word for recommending: "Zingers!" This is their special house chicken strips with a variety of heat. -ask for Mount Saint Helen's when asked which sauce (it's an off menu level of heat - just be sure to order two beers). Come watch baseball, American football, futbol (soccer), or even billiards on the many wide screen tv's. ”
  • 31 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 =)”
  • 34 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Lively,family-friendly chain featuring Italian standars such as pastas & salads, with a full bar.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“If you like Margaritas and Guacamole? I think you will enjoy this place. The atmosphere is fun as well. Not really for families.”
  • 47 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
“Best Italian food you can find, delicious truffle gnocchi and they are known for their meatballs. The pizza is delicious and the drinks are on point. ”
  • 42 locals recommend

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