Christmas Shopping? Orlando Experiences That Make Great Gifts!

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Drive Shack Orlando
Courtesy Drive Shack
Time on the Range.

Drive Shack Orlando’s interactive driving range is like Shangri-La for the golf lover in your life. Multiple climate-controlled golf bays with lounge seating allow your group to tee off in style and luxury, as you pit your skills against interactive games. You can even play the world’s top courses virtually. And with a full restaurant, plus a bar serving craft beer and cocktails, it’s the ultimate game night out. New at the Orlando location, guests can also take advantage of RoboGolfPro® Robotic Golf Swing Trainer to take their game to the next level. Visit the company’s website for more information.


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Manta Roller Coaster at SeaWorld Orlando
Courtesy SeaWorld Orlando
There’s a Whole World to Sea.

SeaWorld annual passes come in a wide range of levels and price points, and include the option to add access to Aquatica as well. The Platinum Pass goes above and beyond, granting passholders access to 11 SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Parks nationwide. Customize your annual pass to fit your needs, and enjoy a year’s worth of access to SeaWorld’s unparalleled attractions, shows and animal interactions.


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Dad and Daughter with Rays at Discovery Cove
Courtesy Discovery Cove
Swim With Dolphins (and Other Ocean Friends).

While Discovery Cove, SeaWorld’s premium, all-inclusive day resort, doesn’t offer annual passes, you can save a bundle if you book now for your 2019 visit. When you book now through December 31, you'll save 40% on Dolphin Swim Packages. While blackout dates do apply, the offer is good for bookings now through the end of 2019.


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A Plate of Christmas Cookies
Courtesy Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
Give Back.

Are you a do-gooder, looking to spread a little hope this season? Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida has launched a new product line called A Spoon Full of Hope. Products include cookies, honey and soup, and can be ordered online either individually or as sets. One of our favorite items, just in time for the holidays, is the Holiday Cookie Decorating Party in a box! Proceeds support the food bank’s culinary training program.


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Orlando Magic Player Aaron Gordon
Courtesy Orlando Magic
Sports, Baby!

Central Florida is home to several professional sports teams, and home games make for a fun way to experience The City Beautiful in a whole new way. To learn more about purchasing Orlando Magic tickets, visit the team’s website. Or go to Orlando City Soccer Club’s to purchase OCSC and Pride tickets.

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Nic Cave Feat. Exhibition at Orlando Museum of Art
Courtesy Brooke Fehr
Artful Orlando.

Are you a frequent visitor to Orlando? If you are, and you’re looking to get to know the city a little better, then a membership at one of the city’s art museums would be a great fit. A membership at the Orlando Museum of Art offers free admission to the museum in addition to a slew of other benefits, including free admission to more than 75 reciprocal museums throughout the Southeast.

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Seuss Landing at Universal Orlando Decorated for Christmas
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When in Doubt—Gift Cards!

If someone on your gift list plans to visit Walt Disney World or Universal Studios Orlando during 2019, don’t overlook the most obvious gift of all: gift cards! Expenses can add up quickly in the land of fantasy, and a little extra spending money for a much-anticipated vacation is never a bad idea.


By Brooke Fehr

Christmas shopping is in full swing! And while some impressive people may be completely finished, we’re still making our list and checking it twice. But one thing's for certain: if you have an Orlando lover on your list, there are some great experiences and gift ideas that can make their visit to Central Florida even better!