Orlando area, United States
Attractions in Orlando, USA: What to do and where to go
Orlando is renowned around the world as the capital of theme parks and once there you won't have to look far to find a rush of adrenalin or an amazing once in a lifetime experience, for the whole family to enjoy. There are a plethora of attractions in Orlando, ranging from a day with Mickey and friends to zipping down the extreme waterslides at Wet n' Wild. Whatever park you decide to visit you know you're in for a very good time.
Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World encompasses a massive area that is home to a total of six theme parks, each offering its own magical take on Disney's creations. You can take a stroll with Mickey down Main Street, discover the latest technology at Epcot, or make a "splash" at Blizzard Beach. Get ready to experience the magic that is Walt Disney World.
Magic Kingdom Park
All the classic attractions are here along with all your favorite Disney Characters, spectacular parades, and fireworks shows. Discover how fantasy can really become a reality as you travel through this magical land. Dreams really do come true at Disney.
Disney's Animal Kingdom Park
Spanning a total of 500 acres of lush landscape, Disney's Animal Kingdom is the largest animal park in the whole world! In total there are over 1,700 different animals living here from 250 species. Like an African safari, without leaving Florida, Animal Kingdom is a fascinating place to visit and very educational as well.
This huge park spans a total of 300 acres, making it double the size of the Magic Kingdom. Focusing primarily on technological advances and innovation, you'll find a whole exciting world of wonder to explore at Epcot, including shows, rides, restaurants and more.
Disney's Hollywood Studios
This is the park to visit if you love the movies and spectacular live Hollywood-style shows. The whole park feels like a movie set, including the backstage areas, where you'll get to experience all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, and maybe even meet your favorite movie icons!
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon
Featuring attractions for the whole family, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park includes from super fast rides to a kids area full of water games. The highlights of this park have to be the waves, reaching six foot high at the surf pool, and also Shark Reef that has real sharks!
Disney's Blizzard Beach
The whole idea behind this park is that a freak snow storm hit Florida, then when the ice began to melt the waterslides and rides were formed. For anyone who wants an extreme adventure you should take a ride on one of the world's tallest free-falling waterslides, although if you prefer something a bit tamer then you'll also find other attractions suitable for the whole family.
Universal Orlando is made up of three exciting parks, each with its own theme and incredible attractions:
Islands of Adventure
Travel around five incredible islands, where you'll find all your favorite comic book and cartoon heroes and villains. Here children's stories come to life through some of the most spectacular rides and attractions ever created. From the latest 3-D attractions to high-speed rollercoasters, at Islands of Adventure the fun never ends.
This is the number one TV and movie based theme park in the world where you can be the star of the show. Universal Studios is a real film studio and you'll get to experience a behind the scenes look at all your favorite movies, plus the occasional shot of adrenalin!
Wet 'n Wild
This is by far Orlando's most exciting water park, offering a great selection of exhilarating rides. For adults and kids alike you'll find plenty to keep the adrenalin flowing at Wet 'n Wild. The park features a lazy river which you can float along past spectacular waterfalls, or you can boogie on down on Wet 'n Wild's retro adventure ride, Disco H2O. There's also an area just for kids with plenty to keep them occupied all day long.
SeaWorld Orlando has what seems as a never ending list of shows, rides, exhibits and special events. One of the park's main highlights has to be the killer whale show, featuring the ever impressive Shamu. Along with a wide variety of marine life SeaWorld also has a great selection of exhilarating rollercoasters and aquatic rides, ensuring everyone who visits here leaves with a big smile on their face.
This unique theme park was founded in 1949 by a man called Owen Godwin, and it is still a privately owned enterprise by his family today. In total the park spans 110 acres and, although there are plenty of new and exciting exhibits, it still maintains that ''Old Florida'' charm. Today Gatorland has thousands of alligators and crocodiles, fascinating reptile shows, an aviary, a swamp walk, a petting zoo, educational programs and so much more.
Arabian Nights is a spectacular dinner show, featuring beautiful horses performing in the world's largest indoor equestrian center for a permanent show. The performers bring fairytales and the Wild West to life, all on horseback, as you enjoy beautiful cuisine and unlimited beverages. Experience all the magic of Arabian Nights, located just outside Orlando, in Kissimmee.
Ripley's Believe it or Not!
Ripley's Believe it or Not is the only ''Odditorium" in Orlando, featuring a great selection of weird and wonderful artifacts and curios gathered from around the globe. This unusual museum even looks strange from the outside, as if it is sinking into the earth. For those of you who are fascinated by the unusual, Ripley's should definitely be on your list of things to do in Orlando.
Located on International Drive in the heart Orlando's entertainment district, Wonderworks is a great place to take the family or for a corporate event. There are all sorts of activities on offer from flying a flight simulator or playing virtual sports to experiencing a 5.3 earthquake and shooting your buddies at laser tag. In the evening there is a dinner show featuring comics, magicians, all you can eat pizza and much, much more.
Kennedy Space Center
Get an exciting insight into mankind's greatest adventure at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Through a variety of attractions, you'll get to see the past, present and future of the best space program in the world. There is so much to see and do here, including NASA's launch headquarters, gigantic rockets, immense launch pads and the technology that has made space travel possible.
Holy Land Experience
The Holy Land Experience really is a unique theme park like no other. It brings together the world of the Bible in an interactive way that you're sure to enjoy. Here you can have dinner at the Last Supper with Jesus and his disciples, or stop by Simeon's Corner for a hotdog and a soda, before heading off to Jerusalem, which happens to be the largest indoor model of this sacred land in the world. With live shows, exhibitions, tours and more, all relating to biblical stories, you'll have to look hard to find a more fun day out in Orlando!
If you ever wanted to fly then this is the attraction for you, and it's also the highest of its kind in the world. This ride combines the thrill of skydiving with hang gliding in one adrenalin fueled ride that you're not going to forget anytime quickly. Located close to Kissimmee, it is well worth a visit.
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