Orlando, Florida is one of the country’s top tourist destinations so you can expect it to be filled with an overabundance of attractions, restaurants, and other amenities. In other words, the city has everything you need to enjoy your stay. Whether you’re visiting Orlando for business or an extended corporate stay, be sure to check out any of the following highlights featured in our guide of things to do in Orlando.
Walt Disney World Resort
From Disney’s Magic Kingdom to the Animal Kingdom to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando sets the bar for theme parks. This is where you’ll find such iconic exhibits as Cinderella’s Castle, Space Mountain, the Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and so many others. The Magic Kingdom itself is comprised of six different areas: Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Frontierland, Adventureland, Main Street USA, and Liberty Square. One simply cannot visit Orlando and avoid visiting at least one of the parks in the Walt Disney World Resort.
Universal Orlando Resorts
If you love movies, then Universal Orlando Resorts is a must-see. The resort is home to 25 breathtaking movie-themed rides throughout its suite of theme parks, which include Universal Studios, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and the Wet ‘n Wild Waterpark. For a break from the action, check out the restaurants, shopping, and shows at the resort’s CityWalk.
6000 Universal Blvd.
Epcot in Orlando
Walt Disney’s Epcot opened in 1982 with the intent of giving visitors a glimpse into the future. Anchored by the iconic Spaceship Earth geodesic sphere, Epcot actually features two distinct theme parks: Future World, which shares some of today’s most advanced technological wonders; and World Showcase, where visitors can explore the culture and cuisine of a variety of different countries.
200 Epcot Center Dr.
Orlando Museum of Art
Located in Orlando’s Loch Haven Park, the Orlando Museum of Art features one of the country’s most prominent collections of pre-Columbian Meso-American, African, and 19th-century American art. The OMA also showcases plenty of contemporary art as well, in addition to the building also housing the Orlando Science Center and the Shakespeare Theater.
2416 North Mills Ave.
Cornell Fine Arts Museum
The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is a particular favorite among art enthusiasts. Located on the campus of Rollins College, there are more than 5,000 works of art available to see here, including the largest collection of works by the European Old Masters in the Orlando area. Here, you’ll find everything from antiquated works from around the world to contemporary art from some of the most prestigious 21st-century artists.
1000 Holt Ave.
Orlando Restaurants & Bars
Experience the diversity of Orlando’s culinary scene
Since it opened in 1988, Chatham’s Place is where the locals in Orlando eat, so you know it has to be extraordinarily good! Serving seasonal cuisine in the traditional farm-to-table sense, the dishes are expertly prepared using only the freshest, locally sourced, and organic ingredients. As if that’s not enough, the robust wine list offers a beautiful accompaniment to the restaurant’s delicacies.
7575 Dr. Phillips Blvd.
Nile Ethiopian is one of the highest rated ethnic restaurants in a city filled with ethnic restaurants – this despite the fact that Nile is the only Ethiopian restaurant in the Orlando area. This means you’re in for a one-of-a-kind treat. Nile serves a wealth of authentic Ethiopian dishes to choose from, so it doesn’t matter whether you prefer chicken or beef, or even if you’re vegetarian; you’ll always find something delicious on the menu.
7048 International Dr.
Private Island Ice Cream
Private Island Ice Cream is the perfect place to stop for a cool, creamy treat any time of the day. The shop makes all of its gourmet ice cream fresh, using liquid nitrogen. And with more than 50 different “toss-ins,” everybody can create their own decadent concoction. Best of all, those on sugar-free, gluten-free, kosher, and vegan diets don’t have to worry; there are options available for everyone here.
14650 Gatorland Dr.
At BART, you’ll find a fun place to hang out with colleagues, friends, or co-workers. After all, it’s considered one of Orlando’s top bars for socializing. And it’s no surprise why; BART excels in its craft beer selection, and it sports an old-fashioned arcade complete with all of your favorite arcade games just waiting to empty out your pocket full of quarters.
1205 N. Mills Ave.
The Imperial is located in Orlando’s Ivanhoe Village, and this is one elegant and chic drinking establishment. With more than 45 wines and 40 different beers available, there is no shortage of selection here. Completing the bar’s allure is a fabulous menu of surprisingly gourmet meals and snacks. All-in-all, time spent at the Imperial is time well spent, indeed.
1800 N. Orange Ave.
Discover Orlando’s favorite pastime
Orlando Fashion Square
Located near Downtown, Orlando Fashion Square is home to four major department stores: Dillard’s, Sears, Macy’s, and JCPenney, and a strong selection of smaller chain retailers like The Limited and Hot Topic. Also on-site is a massive, 14-screen movie theater, Premiere Cinemas. It literally has something for everyone’s taste.
3201 E Colonial Dr.
The Florida Mall
The Florida Mall is Orlando’s mega-mall. In fact, it’s the largest shopping mall in central Florida with more than 250 shops and restaurants. If you love shopping, you could spend an entire day here and still not be able to take it all in.
8001 S Orange Blossom Trail
The Mall at Millennia
If your shopping preference leans toward the luxurious, then The Mall at Millennia is where you’ll want to shop. This mall is a collection of high-end retail shops like Prada, Chanel, and Tiffany & Co. But, there are some more affordable options to pick from here, too. With such an eclectic collection of stores, it’s easy to get caught up with window-shopping.
4200 Conroy Rd.
Orlando Sports & Recreation
Even more entertainment options abound
Orlando Magic Basketball
If there’s one professional sports team that the city hangs its hat on, it’s the Orlando Magic, the city’s NBA franchise founded in 1989. Despite winning five Southeast Division titles and two Eastern Conference titles, and making the playoffs more times than not, the NBA Championship has to this point eluded the Magic. Still, the team is the second most successful expansion team of the 1988/1989-expansion era, second only behind their arch-rivals, the Miami Heat. The Orlando Magic play their home games at the Amway Center in Downtown Orlando.
Orlando Predators Arena Football
Orlando might not have a National Football League franchise, but the city is home to the high-octane Orlando Predators, an Arena Football League team. The Predators were an AFL expansion team in 1991; since joining the league, the team has been one of Orlando’s most successful professional sports franchises. The team currently has six Division Championship wins, one Conference Championship win, eight ArenaBowl appearances, and two AFL Championship wins. The Predators play their home games at the Amway Center.
Orlando City S.C. Professional Soccer
The Orlando City S.C. is Orlando’s Major League Soccer franchise. The team was established in 2013 and began its inaugural season in 2015. Home games are played at the new Orlando City Stadium, located in Downtown Orlando.
Orlando Solar Bears Ice Hockey
Orlando doesn’t currently have a National Hockey League franchise, but it does have an ECHL franchise with the Orlando Solar Bears. The Solar Bears were founded in 2011, a revival of sorts of the city’s previous International Hockey League franchise of the same name, which played in Orlando from 1995 to 2001. The Orlando Solar Bears also play their home games at the Amway Center.
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