Things to Do in Orlando: Top Attractions

The numbers are in, and Orlando is the first destination to ever surpass 60 million visitors in a year. Orlando is officially the most popular visitor destination in the world. Famous theme parks, we got 'em. Top designer stores, we got 'em. Broadway shows, outdoor adventures, great golf ... check, check and check. Orlando is appealing to travelers of all ages, from family vacations to couples honeymooning to girlfriend getaways and bachelor parties.

Orlando is home to nine major theme parks, the largest being, of course, Walt Disney World. Families from all over the globe come to see Mickey Mouse (or Anna and Elsa as is the case today), and enjoy fun rides, parades and fireworks shows daily. Universal Orlando Resort, including Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, is home to thrilling roller coasters, high-tech 3-D rides and the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter. SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery Cove allow guests to get up close to sealife, from friendly dolphins and playful sea lions to the amazing whale show, in addition to roller coasters and kid-friendly attractions. LEGOLAND brings to life the favorite toy, inspiring children's imaginations with impressive LEGO structures and family-friendly rides. 

While the theme parks are the largest draw, they are certainly not the only gig in town. Orlando is an international shopping destination with two upscale malls and three major outlet malls carrying all the big names from Prada, Gucci and Louis Vuitton to Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus. Celebrity chefs and local chefs have put Orlando on the map as a dynamic culinary destination. Wine Enthusiast just named Orlando one of the year’s “10 Best Wine Travel Destinations,” and The New York Times listed Orlando at number 13 in its “52 places to go in 2015” travel article, citing a dynamic food scene and exciting restaurants. 

Orlando's sunny location in Central Florida, with amazing weather year-round draws visitors outdoors, whether it's to play golf or hop on an airboat to enjoy bald cypresses, ancient oaks and alligators in the wild.

Laura Lee
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