Orlando, FL, is a must-visit destination on many travelers’ lists, and for good reason. Affectionately and aptly known as The City Beautiful, it has a huge amount to offer its visitors, including the world-famous, family-friendly theme parks. Here are the city’s best attractions, including some lesser-known ideas if you want a break from the Disney parks in Florida.
No list of Orlando attractions would be complete without the main attraction – Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park. It has been a staple of the city’s tourist scene since it opened in 1971, and it’s where you can meet your favorite classic characters including Mickey Mouse and friends, as well as all the Disney princesses.
If you love animals, then you can’t miss a visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Covering more than 500 acres, it is the largest Disney park in the world. The reason? It’s a vast, safari-style expanse featuring all kinds of different animals and the famed Tree of Life – a 45-m-tall replica of a baobab, replete with over 100,000 artificial leaves. See if you can identify the extinct and existing animals carved into its trunk.
Epcot is the fourth of Disney’s four main parks in Orlando and is the land of grown-ups. Although it has rides and attractions that kids will enjoy, it’s known for its adult-oriented festivals, such as the two-and-a-half month-long Food & Wine Festival. Either way, Epcot is a good low-key option when the crowds at the other parks might be getting too big.
Looking for a way to beat the Central Florida heat? It’s Disney to the rescue, yet again. Typhoon Lagoon is the brand’s biggest water park, complete with a wave pool that boasts huge swells (surfing lessons are also available) and a special, shallow area reserved for the little ones. There are also water slides of all sizes and thrill levels scattered throughout the park.
Take a break from the parks and check out the newly redesigned Disney Springs. Once known as Downtown Disney, the company recently overhauled the area, adding in some great specialty shops (including a vegan bakery). It’s the perfect place to walk around and relax after a day at the parks. You can also take an eight-minute (tethered) ride in the world’s largest hand-painted helium balloon, from which you can see for 10 miles on a clear day.
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