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Explore Unique Things to Do in Orlando



Given Orlando's claim to fame ' Theme Park Capital of the World® ' we know that most visitors come here to experience our incredible theme parks and attractions, but there's much more for you to enjoy while you're in town.



If you come to Orlando to eat, for example, you certainly won't go away hungry ' not with more than 5,000 restaurants featuring celebrity chefs, local favorites, and options for every palate and price point. We're also home to sizzling nightlife and entertainment, including vibrant dance clubs, craft breweries and wineries, playfully furtive speakeasies, and other enticing choices.



What else do you demand from a perfect vacation? World-class shopping?



From Luxury Brands to Discount Outlets, Orlando Has It All



Not sure where to start your Orlando shopping spree? From elegant malls to factory outlets to bespoke boutiques in quaint neighborhoods, here's your guide to the best of shopping in Orlando.



Malls in Orlando



Hot trends and coveted designer brands are always in style at Orlando's premier malls, both of which are conveniently located close to the theme parks.



Minutes from Universal Orlando® Resort and SeaWorld® Orlando, The Mall at Millenia features luxury brands, complimentary valet parking and Wi-Fi, currency-exchange services, and more. You can also touch base with Visit Orlando representatives at this mall's concierge desk.



Central Florida's largest shopping center, The Florida Mall is just 25 minutes from Walt Disney World® Resort and Orlando International Airport. It hosts a range of market exclusives like Crayola Experience and M&M's World, plus best-of-brand retailers.



Designer Outlets in Orlando



Orlando's tourism district is home to three expansive outlet malls that pair top brands with incredible value: Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, Orlando International Premium Outlets and Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets. Between the three, you can shop hundreds of designer and brand-name outlets that are packed with value and fashion.



Acclaimed arts and culture? Luxurious spas? We have them. Or, head to the great outdoors for unbeatable ecotourism adventures and one-of-a-kind opportunities to watch and play sports, including more than 150 golf courses and the United States Tennis Association National Campus. All that and a lot more is waiting for you in Orlando.



Arts, Culture & History



The arts come alive in Orlando! From the best of Broadway and ballet at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, to thought-provoking collections and traveling exhibits at venues like Orlando Museum of Art and Cornell Fine Arts Museum, we offer a mix of traditional and contemporary artistry for you to explore ' including many options that are completely free. Whether you're interested in performing arts, museums, galleries or any combination thereof, prepare to be amazed by acclaimed cultural offerings that are uniquely Orlando!



Just 20 minutes from downtown Orlando, Winter Park is one of Central Florida's most refined communities ' and they have the museums to prove it. At Rollins College's Cornell Fine Arts Museum alone, you can view more than 5,500 works that range from an ancient sarcophagus to the latest in 21st century art, and admission is always free.



Also in Winter Park, you can peruse the world's largest collection of work by famed American designer Louis Comfort Tiffany at The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. Nearby, the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens preserves the works of its namesake.



Loch Haven Park is no slouch in the museum department, either. including the Orlando Museum of Art and The Mennello Museum of American Art.Head downtown for one of our most unique artistic venues, CityArts Factory, which offers four different art galleries under one roof, and the Orange County Regional History Center and Heritage Square Park, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate that traces 12,000 years of Central Florida history.



EXPLORE UNIQUE DINING IN ORLANDO



Disney Springs at Walt Disney World® Resort is a destination in its own right. Here, you'll find dishes from around the world, innovative fusions and delicious counter-service options ' not to mention the largest concentration of celebrity chefs in Orlando. 



Not that you need a celebrity to have an unforgettable meal at Disney Springs. For instance, The Edison offers a robust mix of classic American cuisine, craft cocktails and unique entertainment, including burlesque on weekend evenings. It's one of many imaginative Orlando eateries waiting for you exclusively at Disney Springs. 



Described as 'The Epicenter of Awesome,' Universal CityWalk offers restaurants, retailers and fun at the nexus of Universal Orlando® Resort's theme parks. It's also home to some of Orlando's tastiest dining. 



Two unforgettable choices are the steampunk-influenced Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen and one-of-a-kind fusion at The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar. You'll also discover several themed restaurants covering a range of cuisines. 



International Drive and Restaurant Row



Whatever you're craving, you'll find it on International Drive ' and often at budget-friendly prices. For instance, ICON Orlando 360's dining options include Tapa Toro Tapas Bar & Paella Pit, Tin Roof and Yard House. Nearby, Pointe Orlando is home to B.B. King's Blues Club, Lafayette's and Taverna Opa, among others, and more great fare can be enjoyed in this area. 



Just a short trip from International Drive, Orlando's Restaurant Row district is a dining revelation in its own right. It features some of Orlando's most acclaimed eateries, including Dragonfly ' Robata Grill & Sushi, Rocco's Tacos and Tequila Bar, Eddie V's Prime Seafood and others. 



 



 



 



Orlando Sports



Sure, Orlando is best known for its world-famous theme parks, but our city is packed with unique outdoor attractions and opportunities to play and watch sports that everyone can enjoy. Between the massive, state-of-the-art United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Campus, professional sports teams, acclaimed golf courses and tournaments, miles of running terrain, pristine fishing spots, and other outdoor adventures for the whole family, Orlando is the premier destination for sportspeople of all ages and skill levels. Goal!



Orlando Magic and Orlando City Soccer



If you love basketball and soccer, you're going to love Orlando. Orlando City Soccer Club's ultramodern Orlando City Stadium in downtown Orlando is an unbeatable place to catch MLS and related matches. Also downtown, the Amway Center hosts the NBA's Orlando Magic, which plays a minimum of 44 home games each year.



College Bowl Games



Camping World Stadium is also home to some of the nation's biggest college football competitions, including January's Citrus Bowl, November's Florida Blue Florida Classic and December's Camping World Bowl.



Home of American Tennis®



Open to the public, and less than 20 minutes from Orlando International Airport, the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona invites tennis enthusiasts of all skill levels and ages to watch, learn and play at one of the world's largest tennis facilities. Whether you're a player or coach, beginner or expert, or even a spectator, you'll enjoy unparalleled tennis experiences at this one-of-a-kind location.



Golf



With more than 150 golf courses and numerous golf academies, it's no surprise that so many pro golfers live in Orlando. Several pros have even designed local courses, including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman and Tom Fazio. We also host prestigious golf tournaments, such as the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge.



 



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Fishing



With miles of rivers, lakes and canals ' not to mention the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico just an hour away on either coast ' the Orlando area offers unforgettable action for anglers of all skill levels. At Walt Disney World, for example, you can fish the Seven Seas Lagoon courtesy of Walt Disney World Fishing, where options include two-hour guided trips, kid's fishing and even canoe pole fishing.



 



Orlando Watersports Complex



Orlando Watersports Complex (OWC) is a unique watersports park designed for wakeboarding, wakeskating, wakesurfing, kneeboarding, and waterskiing. The world's most visited wake park boasts two full-size cable systems, a two-tower system, and a boat lake providing unparalleled opportunity for watersports enthusiasts to enjoy their sport in the world's number one tourist destination.
 
Schedule a boat lesson with the legendary Shaun Murray behind our Super Air Nautique G23; or if skiing is your style, take a set with Hall of Famer Wade Cox behind our Ski Nautique 200!
 
OWC also offers stand up paddleboarding, an outdoor fitness area with climbing rope, a pro shop with the newest



Hyperlite gear, a snack bar, & a great beach area with grills and picnic tables.



 



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Kissimmee Swamp Tours



Kissimmee Swamp Tours is a unique and different adventure from anything you will ever experience. We are not just a quick airboat ride through the lakes and rivers in town like most other airboat rides out there.



  • 5-star rated on Trip Advisor 5 years in a row
  • Trip Advisor Hall of Fame
  • Voted one of the "10 Best Family Attractions Outside of Disney" by Trip Flip



Kissimmee Swamp Tours is an amazing, exciting and informative 60 or 90 minute airboat ride through the untouched and pristine headwaters of the Florida Everglades.



We are a few more minutes away than the other airboat rides. Drive a bit further to go back a 100 years in time, We are located where there are no houses, no city parks, no play grounds, no traffic, Close to town is great for people, But not so great for wildlife.



Kissimmee Swamp Tours operates out of Middleton's Fish Camp Too and Campground located on the beautiful Lake Kissimmee, the third largest lake in Central Florida which covers over 36,000 acres and is surrounded by state wildlife parks and recreational areas and protected wetlands.



If you are planning a trip to Orlando or the Central Florida area and would really like to see the REAL Florida in its natural state, untouched by urban sprawl then take the drive out to see us. If you just want to take a quick airboat ride close to Disney, then we are probably not the tour for you. If you want an exciting airboat tour viewing hundreds of different species of wildlife including some endangered birds and alligators in their natural habitat then drive out a little further to where nature lives.



 



 



 



Explore Theme Parks in Orlando



No destination on earth has more ' or more iconic ' theme parks than Orlando. At Walt Disney World alone, you'll find Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney's Hollywood Studios® and Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, plus Disney's Blizzard Beach® and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon® water parks.



Head to Universal Orlando Resort for Universal Studios Florida�?� and Universal's Islands of Adventure�?� ' which share The Wizarding World of Harry Potter�?� ' as well as Universal's Volcano Bay�?�. 



SeaWorld Orlando's main theme park offers up-close animal encounters and pulse-pounding rides, and wet and wild adventures await at Aquatica® Orlando and Discovery Cove®.



Last but not least, kids and their families can enjoy kids-focused rides and plenty of building opportunities at LEGOLAND Florida Resort and its onsite water park.



 



Theme Park Capital of the World ®



Visitors both young and young at heart can immerse themselves in the world's top theme parks right here in Orlando! Whether it's the magic of Walt Disney World® Resort, endless adventures at Universal Orlando Resort�?�, an aquatic wonderland at SeaWorld® Orlando, or building family fun at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, Orlando has theme parks that are perfect for you. What's more, our parks continually have new projects on the horizon, so even the most frequent visitors will always find fresh ways to create lasting memories, year after year, in Orlando: Theme Park Capital of the World®



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