Orlando is a popular vacation spot, attracting tourists from the country throughout the year. It features an abundance of interesting sights and tourist attractions. Whether traveling solo or with family, this beautiful city will ensure you have the time of your life.
If you have never been to Orlando, but planning to check it out, here are some attractions to check out:
1. Animal Kingdom
When it comes to zoos, Disney’s Animal Kingdom ranks among the very best. The strength of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is its sheer size, allowing it to accommodate thousands of visitors comfortably. That is to say, even if the park is crowded, there is still enough space for everyone to enjoy without feeling confined.
Africa, Discovery Island, Asia, Pandora, and DinoLand are the park’s five themed areas. Visitors to Africa section can stroll through a traditional African village replete with musicians and dancers. Do not forget to experience the thrill of seeing wild zebras, lions, giraffes, and other African wildlife in their natural habitat by going on a safari.
If you are searching for an educational opportunity, you can board the Wildlife Express train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch. It features various hands-on activities that teach visitors about animals and their living environments. If your visit is brief, we recommend you find your accommodation near Disney’s Animal Kingdom to make the most of your limited time. Staying at off-property Disney World Orlando hotels might be a perfect option in that regard!
2. Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds, the world-famous wax museum, is conveniently located near the city center at ICON Park, among the Ferris wheel and other fun attractions. With time, more wax replicas of celebrities are added to the collection at Madame Tussauds. This means you will likely come across at least one recognizable face.
Some celebrity lookalikes include Justin Bieber, Anne Hathaway, Oprah Winfrey, and Jackie Chan. They are all incredibly accurate figures, making for fantastic photo ops. Even better, they have expert photographers on staff to ensure you get the best shots.
3. The Wheel
If you fancy a bird’s-eye view of the city but are not ready to stomach a helicopter ride, Nighttime rides on the wheel are the way to go! From the observation deck at the top of the wheel, you can see across the city, from the theme parks of Disney World and Universal Studios to the far landscapes beyond the city limits.
Take a 20-minute journey in a booth with your significant other, family, or friends. Each capsule has air conditioning and a screen where riders can learn about nearby places of interest. When you are done riding the wheel, you may explore the rest of Icon Park, where you will find a wide variety of exciting attractions and delicious restaurants.
The tickets are inexpensive and can also be used as tokens with park tickets to save you even more money.
4. The Lake Eola Park
When you need a break from the crowds at the theme park, head to Lake Eola park for a half-mile nature stroll and spectacular views of the Orlando skyline. The beautifully planted gardens are home to many birds and plants; visitors can feed the swans. However, your visit would be incomplete without a ride on the swan paddle boats.
Paddling around Lake Eola in one of the park’s swan-shaped paddle boats is a mystical experience. The positive energy it exudes refreshes body and mind, allowing even the most seasoned bow paddler to break free. It is an excellent way to burn calories while having a good time.
The Relax Grill is a great place to grab a bite to eat whenever hunger strikes. For years, the peaceful Lake Eola park and its Centennial Fountain have been at the heart of city life, where many people come to unwind and relax.
5. Orlando Science Center
The Orlando Science Center has four floors of fascinating displays covering various topics, from the universe to the human body. It houses the largest publicly accessible telescope in Florida. An enormous dome made of aluminum and a dazzling white exterior make this scientific monument instantly recognizable.
It has been a magnet for adventurers and explorers for almost six decades. The Orlando Science Center is one of the city’s finest family-friendly attractions because of the positive, lighthearted atmosphere it creates where kids may explore and learn.
Children of all ages can marvel at the cosmos, dig up ancient remains of long-extinct animals, and get up close and personal with flora and fauna of Florida.
KidsTown is a must-stop. It is an interactive miniature metropolis designed with young students in mind. Also, do not miss a chance to watch a movie on the massive screen at the Dr. Phillips Cimedome or a 3D film at the Digital Adventure Theater: A National Geographic Experience.
5. Harry P. Leu Gardens
Check out the Harry P. Leu Gardens if you’re yearning for more beautiful sites in Orlando. Mr. Leu, an industrialist, built these 50-acre botanical gardens in the 1930s after bringing back seeds and plants from his travels to foreign locations. With shaded trees and camellias casting shelter over the walkways, the gardens have semi-tropical and tropical areas.
Summer is the best time of year to witness a variety of tropical flora and trees, including hibiscus, bananas, and sugar palms. All through the year, different plants begin to show their colorful blooms. Thus, the scenery might look very different depending on when you visit.
The gardens are a sight to behold in the fall, with floss silk trees and vibrantly colored leaves. This verdant haven provides a picture-perfect backdrop for a relaxing day away from the bustle of the city.
Visiting Orlando tops the list of countless tourists. The city’s list of attractions goes far beyond just a handful of man-made resorts. Moreover, no trip to Orlando is complete without a few excursions to internationally renowned theme parks. Whether you plan your vacation tomorrow or after one month, exploring the attractions covered in this piece will ensure you have the best experience of this beautiful city.
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