Thinking about visiting Orlando? This city is having a moment and is quickly becoming even more popular.
One of the best ways to make sure you get to do and see plenty in Orlando? Rent a car in the airport. This will mean you can immediately begin exploring, and won’t need to rely on anyone else to get you where you want to go.
Here are some of the top things to do in Orlando:
Visit the theme parks
This may seem obvious, but a trip to the theme parks is a must if you’ll be in Orlando. And with so many parks to choose from, there really is something for everyone. Do yourself a favor, and plan your visit in advance. Book your tickets online, plan a smart theme park strategy, and get there early so you can hit the best rides before the lines get insane.
Check out the Kennedy Space Center
This complex allows you to take a day to pretend you’re an astronaut. You’ll be able to get a realistic idea about what life is really like in space. The complex has a number of high-tech and super interactive exhibits which feature holograms and augmented reality. Some of the highlights include the Shuttle Launch Experience and the Space Shuttle Atlantic exhibit.
This theme park and wildlife preserve is an excellent learning experience and fun day out for the whole family. You can even get up close to gators (and wrestle one of them). Even if you’re not down for that level of intimacy with the gators, there are many other things you can do, like the zip line which will take you over the Nile crocodiles, or the program that allows you to be a trainer for a day. You’ll even get to feed the baby gators.
Get outta town
It’s often a good idea to get a rental car in Orlando, since public transport isn’t the best. But this also means you’ll have the opportunity to take a road trip. Consider heading down to Miami or Fort Lauderdale for a couple of days, or check out the Everglades or Key West.
Orlando Museum of Art
While many people assume that Orlando is all about theme parks, it actually has many opportunities to learn and soak up some culture. The Orlando Museum of Art offers various permanent collections, including contemporary, African, and Ancient American art. This is one of the cultural institutions of Orlando, and you can also head to the Charles Hosner Morse Museum of American Art if you get a chance to see one of the most comprehensive collections of ceramics, jewelry, and Tiffany glass in the world.
Discover the Cove
You’ll find Discovery Cove close to SeaWorld, but unlike SeaWorld, you’ll be able to dodge some of the spectacle and fanfare. If you book an all-inclusive day at Discovery Cove, you also get 14 consecutive days for free to go to Aquatica and SeaWorld- a pretty good deal. You can even hand-feed some of the exotic birds, snorkel with rays, and swim with dolphins.
You’ll find Kissimmee just south of the city, and it lies on the shore of Lake Toho (its real name is Lake Tohopekaliga). While the area is mostly known for its theme parks, its’ also a nature lover’s playground. The park features playgrounds, walking paths, and a fishing pier where you can take an airboat ride. If you love mountain biking, you’ll love the Shingle Creek Regional Trail which spreads throughout 32 miles. This is a great day out for the whole family.