When we go out on a vacation, oftentimes we want to see things that will leave us speechless, or which will create instant memories we know we will often look back on fondly with a smile. Well, if psychology has taught us one thing, it’s that people will naturally flock to things that interest them, so it stands to reason the spots where you find the most people are probably the most entertaining as well! For that reason, we have gone through and found the top five tourist attractions Orlando hosts so you can make sure you see the best of the best.
There is something about animals that has always calmed the minds and hearts of humans, and fish are no exception. There is something soothing and relaxing about gazing upon our water-breathing friends, and there is no place better to get up close and personal with them than Discovery Cove! You’ll have such experiences as the dolphin experience, which lets you interact one-on-one with these majestic beings; you will even get to swim with the dolphins! There is also their freshwater oasis which lets you get just as close, but with Asian small-clawed otters. What’s more, you’ll get to actually snorkel with these adorable, furry little guys. Further, you’ll also get to interact just as closely with marmosets! You can even relax in their lazy river which is built to feel like a tropical river lazily carrying you through the jungle complete with waterfalls and underwater caves. There is also Serenity Bay, which is a pool that is kept at a wonderful 85 degrees complete with beaches. Come in the morning and you’ll have a chance to see the flamingos who call the area home. This is just a small example of the multitude of activities and things to do, so why not see for yourself the various memories that stand to be made at Discovery Cove!
We all have fond memories of spending the day browsing the various shops at a mall, maybe stopping in the little arcade to play a few games or stopping by the food court to grab a quick bite before the urban adventure continued. Why not revisit that past with the modern-day equivalent at ICON Park? This complex full of Orlando tourist spots offers 40 different restaurants, bars, boutiques, and activities to keep you entertained for an afternoon, if not the entire day! You’ll find such activities as the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, featuring almost photorealistic wax sculptures of some of the most famous people of our time. If you are looking for the rush of adrenaline as you are swung high over the city, then check out StarFlyer, which is the world’s tallest swing ride! If you maybe aren’t seeking to see how fast your heartbeat can go, then you should check out InTheGame, which hosts a variety of activities that you and all your guests are sure to love, including an arcade, mirror maze, 7D motion theater, virtual reality games, and prizes. If you are looking for some nostalgia, stop by Build-a-Bear and create a new furry friend. If your sweet tooth is calling, then make sure you check out the Sugar Factory, which offers over 300 different types of candy. As well, you’ll find a slew of restaurants to satisfy your rumbling stomachs such as Outback, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, and Uncle Julio’s Mexican Restaurant. So, if you are looking for a day of exploring shops, tasting fantastic food, and some of the best entertainment you can find, stop by ICON Park!
Orlando has everything from museums to art exhibits and aquariums; however, let’s bring them all together in the extravagant waterpark that is Aquatica! Here you will find a large selection of your favorite slides and pools, but each has an eccentric spark added to it that is sure to make the experience not only thrilling but awe inspiring as well. This is no more apparent than their Dolphin Plunge which takes you under the water in a see-through tube where dolphins will swim past as you zoom through the water. As well, their lazy river adds something new by letting you see fish swimming in the walls around you as you float down its length. They also have a variety of white rapid rides, free fall slides, wave pools, and more—they even have one slide which is a staggering six stories tall! If you find yourself traveling with true little ones, fear not, for they have a selection of age-appropriate rides, ensuring everyone can have the time of their life. For instance, at the shores of the wave pool, you will find a beautiful sandy beach for you and your younglings to play in, as well as Commerson’s Dolphins, where you can watch the frolicking creatures in Dolphin Plunge without having to brave it. So, no matter the age or who it is, you are sure to find something you love and make the day go by in a flash here at Aquatica!
Walt Disney World
I think it comes as no surprise that Disney World would appear on this list if tourist attractions Orlando boasts, and it truly would not be complete if this wasn’t included; after all it’s one of the biggest tourist hotspots in the world! We all know what to expect here—we all know of the fairy tale characters that roam the park, happily interacting and posing with little ones and adults alike. However, as we all know, it wouldn’t be a Disney park without some of the best attractions and rides in the world! At Magic Kingdom you will find such classics as It’s a Small World, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Space Mountain, but you find newer rides also like Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. Further, don’t forget to explore the famous Epcot, where you can journey through 11 different countries and experience all the cuisine and culture they have to offer. This is not to mention other rides such as the Test Track, where you can design a concept car, then actually get to test it! Further, don’t forget about Animal Kingdom, where you can see such things as DINOSAUR, where you’ll fly back in time to rescue a dinosaur before the apocalyptic meteor hits, or the Avatar Flight of Passage, where you’ll ride over Pandora on a banshee. However, newest to the park is Disney Hollywood Studios, which offers the classic Tower of Terror but also the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, where you can experience the interactive ride that is Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, or you can even build your own lightsaber! Not only this, but you will also find a variety of other rides and attractions to truly immerse yourself in your favorite worlds and stories. So, if you are looking for an adventure that has been proven to be tried and true fun for the entire family for decades now, make sure you check out Walt Disney World!
Universal Studios Florida
This is another one that won’t surprise anyone, as it has been making the area famous for years now—for very good reasons! You will find not only rides to thrill you but also experiences and activities that will give you a new insight into the films you so hold so close to your heart. For instance, any Harry Potter fan will feel their dream come true as they get to explore some of their favorite places from the world-renowned series. For instance, Ollivander’s will no longer only exist on a book page but is an actual place you can now visit and receive your very own wand! As well, you can explore Diagon Alley and see all the restaurants and shops that made the world so easy to fall in love with. You can do the vary same with Hogsmeade and finally get to try the Butterbeer that you so often wondered about. That’s not to mention the rides, including one where you brave the Forbidden Forest, and another where you explore the grounds of Hogwarts atop the back of a hippogriff. However, while the world of Harry Potter is certainly a staple of the theme park, it is far from the only movie they have managed to bring to life. Why not try their Jurassic Park River Adventure, where you get to ride on a raft, attempting to escape the T-rex who seeks to cut your journey short; don’t forget about the 85-foot drop at the end, though! There is also the Revenge of the Mummy, where you will flee for your life from the wrathful hand of Imhotep, trying desperately to see in the pitch-black tombs. This is just a handful of the attractions and rides you’ll find at this famous park, so when you come to visit us, make sure you stop by and truly become part of the movies you so deeply love at Universal Studios Florida!
If you find yourself reading these and wishing you were here, taking part in all the action, make sure you find out more about these and other local attractions by calling Magical Vacation Homes at 407-552-6155 and booking your rental property in Orlando!