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How to travel around Orlando
Many visitors to Orlando find that cars are the most convenient way to get around the area, and if you’re renting a car, there are numerous rental companies and gas stations that are easy to find. You should allow plenty of time to reach your destination in case of traffic and be aware that it can be hard to find parking in some spots. If you prefer to let someone else do the driving, taxis are widely available and can be pre-booked. Several shuttles also operate around Orlando and there are lots of bus routes that cover downtown and beyond. The I-Ride Trolley connects many places of interest and can be useful for tourists who don’t have their own cars. You can buy one-day and multi-day passes in many locations.
Orlando’s top attractions
- Meet your favorite Disney characters, have fun on the rides and watch shows at Disney World.
- Get splashed and cool down at SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica.
- Relax on nearby beaches, including Cocoa Beach and Daytona Beach.
- Play a round of golf on one of the area’s many courses, such as Shingle Creek, Champions Gate and Grande Vista.
- Shop at Orlando Premium Outlets, Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores or The Florida Mall.
What to do in Orlando
- Spend a few days exploring the attractions at Walt Disney World. As the largest theme park complex on the planet, you’ll find rides, shows, and other experiences that the whole family can enjoy between its four theme parks and two water parks. There are also great areas for shopping and dining, and many hotels and resorts.
- Experience nature and animals at Wild Florida Gator Park, a wildlife park in the Florida Everglades that’s home to alligators, bald eagles, turtles and many species of birds.
- Visit the unique Discovery Cove where you can swim and snorkel among tropical fish and alongside sharks. You can also enjoy close contact with dolphins and feed a variety of animals.
- Enter the world of movies and comic books at Universal Orlando Resort, with rides, shows, films, shops and restaurants galore.
- Get up close and personal with alligators at Gatorland.
- Relax and have fun at the marine-themed SeaWorld Orlando as you stroll through the beautiful grounds, enjoy exciting rides and watch fascinating shows.
- Inspire your imagination, learn more about the world’s curiosities and prepare to be shocked by some of the exhibits in Ripley's Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium.
- Explore biblical lands and travel back in time at the religious-themed Holy Land.
- Visit the Orlando Science Centerand take part in a range of hands-on activities as you discover the educational and fun exhibits for people of all ages.
Where to go in Orlando
Visit the budget-friendly Showcase of Citrus lemon plantation and take a tour of the farm on a truck where you can learn more about agriculture and enjoy delicious fruit. Relax in nature in the scenic Mead Botanical Garden, the 50-acre Harry P. Leu Gardens and University of Central Florida Arboretum. Tour Orlando’s diverse museums, including the International Trolley and Train Museum, the Orlando Museum of Art, and the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens. Have a go at hang gliding at Wallaby Ranch and visit the Jack Kerouac House.
What to eat in Orlando
Orlando’s ever-growing dining scene has something to suit all tastes and budgets. There are round-the-clock diners to satisfy any late-night cravings and it shouldn’t be difficult to find somewhere to dine. You’ll also find a strong Caribbean and Puerto Rican influence in popular Orlando dishes, and a huge assortment of global cuisine is available, too. Cuban sandwiches make for a filling and tasty lunch, or a quick dinner on the go, and other favorite local dishes include alligator, oysters and seafood. If you’re in Orlando between October and May, don’t miss the chance to try stone crab claws.