Often referred to as ‘The City Beautiful’, Orlando, a city in the state of Florida, USA, is home to an array of famous theme parks like Disney world, Universal Studios and SeaWorld, that lure millions of tourists throughout the year.
Apart from theme parks, Orlando also boasts of a breath-taking natural landscape with lush, green neighbourhoods, as well as a rich art and cultural heritage with several museums and galleries. One could also indulge in various outdoor activities like hot air ballooning, sky diving, parasailing etc. The options of enjoying an Orlando vacation are limitless!
We, at HolidayMe, have compiled a list of major tourist attractions in Orlando, Florida, and guess what, they are not limited to just theme parks! Tell us which one will you want to start with.
Lake Eola Park
Located in the heart of Downtown Orlando, Lake Eola Park is a famous spot for – renting swan-shaped paddle boats, watching a concert or a play in the Walt Disney Amphitheatre, feeding swans and other birds dwelling in the park, or relaxing amidst lovely flower beds and the remarkable view of Orlando’s skyline. If you are a movie buff, you will also get to recreate the scenes of the famous movie ‘The Notebook’ as you rent swan-shaped paddle boats and cruise across the lake.
If you are the adventurous kinds, you will definitely like spending time amongst thousands of crocodiles, alligators, and other reptiles. Enjoy shows like ‘Gator Wrestlin’ and ‘Alligator Jumparoo’, revel in a fun ride in a small train, or simply lose yourselves amidst the panoramic views of the surrounding regions as seen from the observation tower. As if that was not enough, recently the park introduced a zip line that soars over the Alligator Breeding Marsh, with over a hundred giant alligators watching the spectacle from below! For the less adventurous, there is still the self-guided swamp walk, and for kids there is the Gator Gully Splash Park.
One of the leading attractions of Orlando, Discovery Cove is an amusement park where visitors can experience the mysteries of the sea. This amusement park is located just next to SeaWorld Orlando and offers one-day all-inclusive passes for its day resort. Visitors can indulge in activities like snorkelling, swimming with dolphins, feeding birds, or simply lounging at one of the comfortable chairs as they treat themselves to a wide range of food and drinks all day long.
This list would remain incomplete without a mention of the famous theme park resort – Universal Orlando. Owned by NBCUniversal and its affiliates, Universal Orlando consists of a night-time entertainment complex (Universal CityWalk Orlando), two theme parks (Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure) and five Loews Hotels (Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Loews Sapphire Falls Resort). Do not miss visiting this place especially if you are travelling with family, for it features movie-themed rides & shows, seasonal events, and plenty of dining and shopping options.
Orlando Museum of Art
If you are a history lover, you must make it a point to visit the Orlando Museum of Art (OMA). It was founded in 1924 by a group of art enthusiasts. OMA’s collection boasts of more than 2,400 objects, including American Art from the 18th century to 1945, Contemporary Art, Art of the Ancient Americas, and African Art.