Our Top 6 Orlando Florida Things To Do

Many people have a common misconception about Orlando, mainly that it’s totally about Mickey Mouse and nothing else. I’m not going to lie, the big mouse is quite prevalent in this sun-drenched part of Florida, but if you are heading to Orlando Florida things to do are actually plentiful, other than being totally Disney-fied within an inch of your life.

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If you’re heading to the fun-filled capital of the Sunshine State, then here’s a few things to do whilst you’re there, other than catching a tan of course. One tip – remember those comfortable shoes!

Orlando Florida Things To Do 1 – Swim with dolphins

Discovery Cove is not only a little slice of heavenly serenity within Orlando, but it is also where you can swim with dolphins. Again, look at ticket options because you can bundle this with SeaWorld and save money, but this park has the perk of being limited on how many people can enter on any particular day, so it’s never crowded, and it’s all-inclusive, so you don’t have to spend a fortune on food and drink throughout your visit. You can feed dolphins, touch rays, swim in beautifully warm waters, walk through the tropical section and feed birds, and you can tick swimming with dolphins off your bucket-list. This is a must do in my opinion.

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Orlando Florida Things To Do 2 – Go to Boggy Creek

Florida is obviously famous for the Everglades, and whilst Miami has the major share, there is some of this famous set of water-ways which heads into the Orlando area. Boggy Creek is where you can head off on an air-boat ride, possibly seeing an alligator, although obviously this is never guaranteed, spotting native birds, and generally getting a thrill at the hands of nature. Look out for coupon deals to save money on this attraction before a certain time of the day too.

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Orlando Florida Things To Do 3 – Eat

Most things in the USA are big, but the portions in Orlando seem to be huge. You’ll find countless eateries where you can munch to your heart’s content, including the all you can eat buffet option at places like the Golden Corral. Fancy something sweet? Head to IHOP and work your way through the pancake and waffle menu. Orlando is a foodie’s dream.

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Orlando Florida Things To Do 4 – Shop

Whilst the dollar rate is not as good as it once used to be, it’s still pretty up there, and the cost of clothing in Orlando is cheaper than many other places, like the UK. This is why many people tend to take an empty suitcase, or buy one whilst they’re there, and stock up on clothing from big-named stores at a discount, such as Levis, Timberland, Gap, etc. There are many outlets on the outskirts of Orlando, including Lake Buena Vista Outlet, and Premium Outlets.

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Orlando Florida Things To Do 5 – Golf

There are many golf courses in Orlando, and many of them are top-notch. A great way to relax and catch the sun, away from the totally fast-paced life that seems to run around this busy area, heading to the green may be your activity of choice. Shingle Creek Golf Club is a great place to head, or perhaps Lake Orlando Golf Club. If you want upmarket surroundings then The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club could be for you. There are countless other options, it really all depends on where you’re basing yourself, because if you’re on International Drive, you don’t want to be heading all the way to Kissimmee for an hour’s golf fun – that drive is longer than it looks!

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Orlando Florida Things To Do 6 – Theme parks

Ok, Ok, we can’t not talk about them, but they’re not all about Mickey Mouse. If you have kids, or you’re simply a big kid at heart, then the sprawling Disney World is obviously going to be where you want to go, even for just a few days. Alternatively, or perhaps as well as, Universal Studios and the adjacent Islands of Adventure are a great choice, with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter part of the latter. Fans of the films will love this. SeaWorld is ever-popular, or the relatively new Aquatica – a water-park with a difference. Even if you just head to the parks for a few days, look at your ticket options, because bundle deals will always save you money and time as opposed to queueing at the door.

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These are just a few things you can enjoy whilst you’re in Orlando. One thing you could never really accuse this destination of being is boring, because there is so much to see and do, and because it is so sprawling, you’ll never be stood still for too long. Having said that, you may just need another vacation to get over it, and stock up on your depleted sleep reserves!

Orlando Florida Things To Do – By Nicola Curtis

Thus concludes our Orlando Florida Things To Do. We hope you find this information useful. If you are looking for a specific piece of information, please do comment below as we may have just forgotten to mention it.

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Travel Orlando Florida – Our top 6 tips to ensure a great trip 

Everyone has to visit Orlando at some stage in their lives, simply because you have to; don’t ask me why, I think there’s some unwritten law in the cosmos or something. Basically, Orlando is fun central, and whether you’re travelling as a family, with a group, or you’re heading off on your own for a spot of adrenaline-related fun, then there are a few things you need to bear in mind if you want to survive the whole affair without needing sleep-related rehab afterwards.

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Orlando is exhausting, there really is no other way to describe it, so you need to be sure that you’re doing everything the right way, to protect your poor sleep-deprived eyes and sore feet.  So here are our top 6 tips

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Travel Orlando Florida Tip 1 – Plan a little beforehand

I’m not suggesting you go around yielding a clipboard and running your time to a prescribed itinerary, but I am suggesting you decide where you’re going to go on which particular day. I say this because if you are heading to the theme parks, there are special events on during certain times of the year, and indeed on certain days of the week, such as fireworks etc. If you want to catch these, then you need to be in the right place, at the right time.

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Travel Orlando Florida Tip 2 -Throw in a few pool days

You’re going to be shattered, believe me, so a day chilling around the pool is going to mean you can rest a little in-between action-packed days. Grab your costume or trunks, perhaps a cocktail or two, and chill the hell out, you’re on holiday after all.

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Travel Orlando Florida Tip 3 – Book tickets well in advance

You’ll save money if you book your tickets in advance online, but do make sure you’re using a reputable site; nobody likes to be falling foul of ticket touts, it’s really not the way to start your holiday. Pick the right package for the number of days you’re away for, and you’ll save money compared to buying at the gate.

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Travel Orlando Florida Tip 4 – Look at where you’re staying in relation to where you want to go

It’s no good staying in Disney World’s back garden if you’ve no intention of going there, so instead look at where you’re wanting to go, and find somewhere close by to stay. Orlando is huge, and getting around can be slow thanks to traffic – shuttle buses also seem to take forever.

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Travel Orlando Florida Tip 5 – Think comfort

You might not be wanting to walk around in flat, comfortable shoes, but trust me, fashion goes out of the door when your feet are throbbing to excess and you simply want to lie down for a while. Think comfort, think long-wearing, and I’m sorry, but you’re going to have think about buying one of those horrendous plastic ponchos for the odd rain shower too – it has to be done!

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Travel Orlando Florida Tip 6 – It’s not all about theme parks

You might think it’s all about fast rides and theme park fun, but there’s a lot more to Orlando than Mickey Mouse.

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The Everglades aren’t too far away, and an airboat ride is a great way to spend a little time.

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There are also plentiful golf courses, amazing shopping, and Miami isn’t too far away either. Fun, fun, fun!

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If you manage to get to the end of your Orlando break without bags under your eyes, believe me, you’ll have done well!

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Travel Orlando Florida: By Nicola Curtis

Thus concludes our Travel Orlando Florida. We hope you find this information useful. If you are looking for a specific piece of information, please do comment below as we may have just forgotten to mention it.

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