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Visiting Orlando Florida

Updated on March 15, 2022

Why Orlando?

The question on everyone's mind is why Orlando? Why this destination that seems to capture people’s imagination like no other. There are so many reasons! For starters, it can be warm when other parts of North America might feel cold; there're always fun things happening (and I don't just mean at Disney World); and you'll find all sorts of interests represented within these shores - from family-friendly theme parks with amazing roller coasters to world clubbing hubs on full sensory overload

Vacationing in the Orlando Florida Area

Walt Disney World:
Walt Disney World Resort, Interstate 4, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA

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Universal Studios Orlando:
Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando, FL 32819, USA

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Seaworld Orlando:
SeaWorld Orlando, Orlando, FL 32821, USA

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Kennedy Space Center:
John F. Kennedy Space Center, Space Center, FL, USA

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Gatorland Orlando:
Gatorland, 14501 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837-6699, USA

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Cypress Gardens Fllorida:
Cypress Gardens, FL, USA

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Wonderworks, International Drive, Orlando:
International Dr, Orlando, FL, USA

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Bok Tower Gardens-Lake Wales:
Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales, FL 33853, USA

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Orlando Florida and Central Florida

Nearly Everyone has heard of the main tourist destinations of Orlando Florida. Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. I will try and cover those and some other great places to visit in the Orlando area.

The Magic Castle-Disney World

Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is the vacation of a lifetime. It's packed with rides, movies and more! You can even stay at one park overnight if you want to make sure that your whole day will be filled up by fun activities in every corner - not just what happens near where we sit down for lunch now (or maybe later).
The four theme parks are waiting outside any time anyone wants them: The Magic Kingdom®, Epcot® Park bisected beautifully by Future World™ , MGM Studios housing some incredible themed restaurants as well . And don't forget about Animal Kingdom

Universal Studios
Universal Studios

Universal Studios

Universal has two theme parks in Orlando. They have Universal Studios and Adventure Island. Universal also features an adult entertainment area with various restaurants, clubs and large movie theater.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

 Orlando's newest attraction is within one of it's older attractions. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was set to open June 18,2010 as a new part of Universal Studios, which is part of the same general admission ticket.

The area features a replica of Hogwarts, a ride called Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and various venues that double as attractions and souveneir shops.

Wizarding World Fly Through

Wizarding World Pt1

Wizarding World Pt 2

Sea World
Sea World


Seaworld Orlando

Seaworld has a nice park in Orlando. When I lived there we got annual passes and probably went a couple times a month. I really preferred this park to the Disney and Universal Parks. The park, owned by Anheuser Busch features the Budwieser Clydesdales and a mini brewery where you can learn how to brew beer and sample various products.

Seaworld also features Discovery Cove, which for a higher price, offers you the  you the opportunity to swim with dolphins.The admission fee includes Seaworld, all your food and drinks, and parking at Discovery Cove, as well as a free photo of your party when you enter Discovery Cove.

Seaworld also now has a waterpark called Aquatica which should be nice when the weather is suitable.

Kennedy Space Center Visitors Center

The Kennedy Space Center Visitors Center is an awesome destination. You can tour various facilities on the center, including the Launch platform, the Vehicle Assembly Center and others. They have 2 IMAX theatres featuring space themed movies. This has to be my favorite place around Orlando to visit for a day.

The displays are awe inspiring.

Gatorland-Orlando's Original Tourist Attraction

Gatorland is a lot of fun. They have live alligators and crocodiles, gator wrestling, gator jumping. Snakes, and all kinds of reptiles. The concession stands sell fried alligator tail, and beer. It is a great half day attraction. Get a picture of you or your family holding a live alligator or snake.

Cypress Gardens

Cypress Gardens

Cypress Gardens is one of the oldest amusement parks in the country. It was originally built to highlight the beautiful gardens and grounds of this park about forty-five minutes south of Orlando. This old time park has southern belles strolling in their finery, and its waterski show that has been featured in various movies. It was recently bought by a theme park company and has had rollercoasters added to the park.


The upside down building on International Drive has drawn stares for years in this tourist-focused area. It's actually an indoor and air conditioned amusement park with over 100 interactive exhibits and other attractions.

Visitors can interact with numerous hands-on activities, like the Shuttle Landers. Sitting in the cockpit, you use joystick controls to land the Space Shuttle on its airstrip. Or become the sports star you always dreamed you'd be in the Virtual Sports exhibit, where your acrobatics are incorporated into an on-screen game. Or play a game of Lazer Tag in the venue's huge maze.

The Outta Control Dinner Show is a comedy and magic dinner show for all ages offered every evening. Tickets for the show include unlimited pizza, popcorn, soda, beer, and wine.

Bok Tower

Bok Tower Gardens is a 60 bell carillon and museum surrounded by a beautiful garden.

Bok Tower Gardens

Gaylord Palms Ice Show


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