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Best things to do in Orlando

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Theme Park
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“A mega-theme park combining the famous Universal Studios with the more specifically themed "Islands of Adventure", this resort experience rivals Walt Disney World with an immersive movie experience. Walk through mind-bogglingly accurate recreations of Hollywood and New York, and let your favorite famous actors guide you down the rabbit hole.”
201 locals recommend
Theme Park
“The most economical way to have the most fun in Florida. The Mako is the best coaster for full force thrills! Put your haves in the air, if you dare! That is the best way to ride this spectacular coaster. The shows are educational and awesomely beautiful.”
180 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets includes top designer brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein and many more, it is well worth the 40 minute drive from the Watersong resort”
160 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“Orlando Intertational Premium Outlets is a good option to go shopping with your family and friends, even if you don't want to shopping it's a good place to visit, it's beautiful at night.”
209 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
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“Just all high end vendors here. Feast your eyes in this architecture and all the shopping :-)”
189 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“Universal Studios Citywalk offers a range of foods to eat and is a brilliant place to wind down the day and it is only a 25 minute drive from the Champions Gate resort”
132 locals recommend
Theme Park
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“The rides at Islands of Adventure rides rock the Universal spectrum! The premium is on fun and the adventure is spectacular. Both parks rank very high, IOA is my personal favorite.”
79 locals recommend
Theme Park Ride / Attraction
“ICON Park is a 20-acre, walkable entertainment destination in the heart of Orlando’s International Drive. A perfect place to ride, dine, drink and explore, ICON Park has more than 40 amazing restaurants, funky bars, boutique shops and can’t-miss attractions, all anchored by The Wheel, a jaw-dropping observation wheel that stands 400 feet – 40 stories – in the air. Guests to ICON Park can visit SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, Madame Tussauds Orlando and SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology and the Orlando Starflyer, the world’s tallest swing ride. ICON Park offers a diverse mix of restaurants for lunch, dinner and late-night dining that satisfy a wild variety of flavors and cuisines. There are nine full-service restaurants: Yard House, Tapa Toro Tapas Bar, Uncle Julio’s Mexican from Scratch, Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Lisbon Portugal, Sugar Factory and Buffalo Wild Wings.”
77 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Wonderful mall with a great shopping experience. Extremely clean. Tons of shops with a vast variety of products, restaurants and services.”
97 locals recommend
Theme Park
“We found this to be great place for a couple days. Want some Universal Tips?? We have them for you!! ”
75 locals recommend
Water Park
“Universal's newest water park. I would almost recommend this one over the Disney water parks. SO cool! Lots of great water rides.”
21 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“The Orange County Convention Center is a convention center located in Orlando, Florida. Opening in 1983 as the Orange County Convention and Civic Center, it currently ranks as the second largest convention center in the United States.”
11 locals recommend
Science Museum
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“The range of exhibits is "designed to inspire curiosity and exploration" according to the Orlando Science Center themselves, while there’s also a range of shows, presentations, and hands-on interactions throughout that aim to "bring the exhibits to life" – great for the whole family. Highlights include Nature Works, a huge space on the ground floor that details much of the surrounding Central Florida wildlife and ecosystems. There’s also KidsTown, a miniature town full of fun and interactive games. For the budding palaeontologists out there, DinoDigs is where you can uncover fossilised dinosaurs and inspect huge dinosaur eggs ”
67 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Open-air mall with dozens of big-brand shoe, luggage & clothes outlets. Top designer names include: Aeropostale, American Eagle, Calvin Klein, Carter’s, Converse, Eddie Bauer, Express, Fossil, G by Guess, Gap, Jockey, Justice, Levi’s®, Nike, Old Navy Outlet, OshKosh, Reebok, Samsonite, Theme Park Outlet, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger, Travelpro Luggage Outlet, U.S. Polo Assn., Under Armour, VF Outlet, Wilson’s Leather and many more. Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores is known among savvy consumers as one of Central Florida’s “best-kept secrets for outlet deals,” offering factory-direct premium quality merchandise at savings up to 75% off – and sometimes more! Everyday, FREE store-front parking.”
31 locals recommend
Park
“Walking trail 1 mile that goes around the Lake in Downtown Orlando. There are also restaurant & bars close by to walk to and a Sundays Farmers Market. ”
121 locals recommend
Zoo
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“Gatorland is an altetnative to the big parks. With thousands of alligators and crocodiles, an aviary, a breeding marsh and bird rookery, petting zoo, nature walk, gift shop, and one-of-a-kind reptilian shows including the Gator Wrestlin’ Show, Gator Jumparoo, and the Up-close Encounters Show. Don’t miss the White Gator Swamp with giant white alligators. Take a ride on the Gatorland Express train and then head over to Gator Gully Splash Park where kids of all ages can enjoy a good ol’ fashion soaking! Looking for a little excitement, zip off on the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line, voted the Top Zip Line in the U.S. by AOL Travel. New for 2018 don't miss the Stompin' Gator Off-road Adventure, where monster truck style all-terrain vehicles take you on a wild backwoods adventure through real Florida wetlands​ and a huge pond of live alligators!”
57 locals recommend