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Ten Must-Visit Attractions in Orlando

These ten must-visit attractions in Orlando will help you narrow down what to do while visiting Orlando. After all, Orlando enjoys the status of being a traveler’s paradise. Numerically speaking, more than 70 million tourists visited Orlando last year from all over the world. What is particularly encouraging about this is the fact that the number of visitors records a sharp rise with every passing year.

You may still readily come across a lot of vacationers who had been to Orlando but did not have the best of time there. Well, it happens when people fall short of research and go to every tourist destination that comes along their way. You simply cannot make the most of your time and money by subscribing to such a flawed approach.

Keeping this issue in mind, we have singled-out Orlando’s ten best tourist attractions. The selection is based on various factors. So you are going to have an absolute ball at these places regardless of your age or taste.

  1. SeaWorld

SeaWorld is a place where dolphins, sharks, penguins, and whales are all set to captivate you. The professionals will entertain you by playing various tricks with these water creatures. Though authorities have banned public-feeding, you are still allowed to touch the dolphins.

Depending on the package, you can even capture photos with dolphins and whales. SeaWorld is the epitome of the underwater-life that ensures the closed and safest encounter with the water species. As opening hours vary from day to day, make sure you are on top of your schedule to fully capitalize on the experience.

  1. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Vacations are not always about fun. Sometimes they also carry underlying purpose to educate you informally. Kennedy Space Center is exactly that kind of a place. Be sure to include it as one of your ten must-visit attractions in Orlando.

Scientists have been exploring the possibilities of living in space. This tourist destination will unfold what lead NASA to look beyond the earthly realm and what are the odds that we will be successfully living a normal life on other planets.

Kennedy Space Center also offers you an opportunity to participate in launch ceremonies and figure out what astronauts are up to. This is hands down the best spot for someone having an appetite for science. If you want to prolong your stay at this site, you can easily do it, because there is no shortage of Hotels in Orlando, Florida.

  1. Discovery Cove

Have you ever dreamt of sharing the swimming pool with a dolphin? If yes, then Discovery Cove is surely your cup of tea. Among other things, Discovery Cove gives you access to a variety of birds. The melodious sounds of these exotic birds will be imprinted in your memory for a long time.

What makes this park unique is that no more than 1,300 people are allowed entrance in a single day. The threshold keeps the place from getting crowded. As a result, you will not feel like your space is being invaded.

Presently, the park is at the helm of its popularity. Therefore it would be wise to book your tickets at the earliest.

  1. Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is easily the unproclaimed king of all the celebrated theme parks in Orlando. The destination is based on four parks. Namely, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and the Magic Kingdom. Though each park specializes in different genres, all of them are nothing short of a gem.

Ten must-visit attractions in Orlando includes Walt Disney World

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  1. Gatorland

Gatorland is the home of thousands of reptiles chiefly dominated by crocodiles and alligators. You may have come to terms with their strength through a television show. But there is nothing like watching them from an arm’s length distance.

Make no mistake; the 110-acre park is not all about reptiles. You can also come across more than 20 types of birds. Since many of these birds fall into the category of endangered species, this is the first and last time you might be seeing them.

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: If you happen to be a photographer-enthusiast, the management will reward you with an early entrance. That way, you will have ample time to explore Gatorland.

  1. Orlando Eye

Albeit fairly new, Orlando Eye has managed to impact people even in a relatively short time. Visitors sit in a 400-feet high wheel-ride, which contains 30 capsules. Each capsule can carry 15 people at a time. Before you assume that it could be a suffocating experience, let us disclose that the capsules are air-conditioned.

Apart from the soul-string ride, you will also get to observe the city through the “observing wheel.” Sunset is the best time to experience this adventure.

  1. Old town

Let us face it, not all parents are well-equipped with resources to plan a picnic for their children. That is where Old Town can win the day for you. It does not cost a dime to step into Old Town. Regardless, that does not mean you will have to compromise on fun.

From eye-catching car shows to shopping malls, you can pretty much find everything that is necessary to make an outing memorable. Old Town stays open from 10 AM to 11 PM, seven days of the week.

  1. Boggy Creek Airboat Tour

Florida is gifted with rich wildlife. And there is no better way to dive into it than taking a Boggy Creek Airboat ride. As you navigate on the water’s surface, you will witness every single element that is the hallmark of diverse wildlife. If you have a taste for poetry, the environmental beauty will ignite your inner poet. A Boggy Creek Airboat Tour lasts for 30 minutes.

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: During the summer season, avoid taking a ride in the afternoon hours. The scorching heat might take a toll on you. Check out these other ways to beat the heat.

  1. Orlando Science Center

As the name suggests, this must-visit attraction in Orlando has an educational angle associated with it. At the Orlando Science Center, you can witness a broad range of exhibition galleries and get into the thick of scientific stuff. The destination is also responsible for hosting several scientific events.

In addition to that, the center has two breathtaking cinema halls where science-centric laser shows and films are played.

  1. Exotic Animal Experience

The list of the ten must-visit attractions in Orlando cannot come to a close without mentioning the name of Exotic Animal Experience. This attraction is jam-packed with unending species of owl monkeys, kangaroos, and deer.

Another distinguishing feature of this place is its packages. Also, you are free to visit animals in a group as well as alone. On top of that, you may also buy extra time for your convenience.

The Final Verdict of the Ten Must-visit Attractions in Orlando

There is no denying the fact that Orlando is crowded with so many appealing places to visit. But sightseers have only limited time and capital to spend. In that case, sticking to the attractions mentioned above will let you get the best return on your vacation investment. Enjoy these Orlando Tourist Tips & enjoy your Orlando vacation!

Guest post provided by David Kane


Spring Break in Orlando

Orlando is one of the most popular destinations for families during spring break. And, it’s no surprise, with all the fun things to do in Orlando!

This year, families can still enjoy the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival at Disney World. This festival showcases some amazing topiary figures of Disney characters, as well as beautiful and colorful displays of flowers, and even live music. And, Universal Studios Orlando is still doing their Mardi Gras celebrations, with street performers, free concerts, parades, Cajun cuisine, and New Orleans bands in the French Quarter. Also happening now is the Atlanta Braves Spring Training at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista. Orlando Science Center will be hosting a couple of School Break Camps as well, ‘A Bug’s Life’ on March 25th, as well as ‘Lego-Rama’ camp from March 28th thru April 1st.

Take this time to enjoy the great primary theme parks (4 Disney Resorts and 2 Universal Orlando parks), as well as many lesser-known attractions. You can find a complete listing of all the attractions: primary, secondary, water parks, museums, animal attractions, natural attractions, etc. in our attractions guide. It’s also a great time of year to take advantage of some of the great shows listed in our guide, including the fabulous Capone’s dinner and show.

World Sword Swallowers Day

Ever want to see one of those sword swallowing acts in person?  Here’s your chance to check out World Sword Swallowers Day!  In conjunction with the Sword Swallowers Association International (SSAI), Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium will be hosting this event Saturday, February 26th at 2:26pm (that’s 2:26:11 on 2/26/11). On World Swallowing Day last year, 22 performers swallowed more than 138 feet of steel at 10 Ripley’s Odditoriums!   Why is there a World Sword Swallower’s Day?  “We sword swallowers risk our lives every time we swallow swords, but many people don’t believe it’s real, or they think the art has died out,” explains Dan Meyer, a sword swallower who has been featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not!.   The day was initiated to “raise awareness of the medical contributions sword swallowers have made to the fields of medicine and science, to honor veteran performers, to raise funds for esophageal cancer research and the Injured Sword Swallower’s Relief Fund (with donations matched by Ripley’s), and to correct myths by putting on sword swallowing demonstrations for the public and media around the world.”

Sword swallowing originated in India before 2000 BC, and during these early times it was a demonstration of power.  As it expanded over time and migrated to other countries, it became more of a theatrical event, and was introduced in America at the Chicago World’s Fair back in 1893.  “Sword swallowers and Ripley go way back to the very first Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium”, said Tim O’Brien, VP of Communications for Ripley Entertainment Inc.  Back then, in 1933, three performers mesmerized the huge crowds and two of then were ladies!

You can see for yourself at either Central Florida Ripley’s Odditorium, the International Drive or St. Augustine locations, and see if you ‘believe it or not’.

Check out our spotlight article for more Odditorium information.

Zipping over the crocs!

Hold on to your shoes!  Don’t dangle your feet!  Soon, you will be able to get your thrills by zipping over jumping crocodiles and alligators at the unique Gatorland attraction in Orlando.  Known as the alligator capital of the world, Gatorland is home to thousands of gators, including the rare Albino gator.   Plans for the new Screamin’ Gator Zip Line have made a few jaws drop when they mentioned they would be zipping directly over the alligator breeding marsh, jumping crocs, and through the parks’ bird rookery.  The zip line tower tops out at 75 feet high, and park officials are excited that this new addition will allow people to really see some diverse animal habitats.  (That is if you can keep your eyes open!)

This 110-acre theme park and conservatory has been here since 1949 and is also home to many birds, bears, crocodiles and more!  Some of the exciting attractions here are the live shows such as the Gator Jumparoo and live Gator Wrestling.  Park admission is not expected to change, but there will be an additional cost for the zip line experience.  The Screamin’ Gator Zip Line should be open by June.  Happy zipping!

New Health exhibit at the Orlando Science Center

Among the many great and educational exhibits at the Orlando Science Center is the new “Your Healer Within”. This travelling exhibit explores concepts such as the power to heal ourselves. It features 34 interactive components that focus on how we can take care of our bodies to prevent detrimental environmental factors from affecting our health. Guests are invited to take a virtual reality tour through the immune system, watch how moods impact the human body and affect the nervous system, experience firsthand the body’s remarkable self-repair system at work. Among its features are a skateboard that shows how outside factors can alter balance, and a skin display of issues associated with piercing and tattooing. There’s also a ‘virtual pond’ that creates the spiritual healing of nature by plashing water and chasing fish by hand, without getting wet. “Healer” is here for a limited time only, through May 15th, and is included with general admission.

The Orlando Science Center has spent over 50 years creating fun, interactive, educational activities the whole family can enjoy. The Science Center features four floors of exciting exhibits, along with giant screen movies and live programming. The exhibits include Science On a Sphere, Kids Town, Dr. Dare’s Lab, Nature Works, the new Frogs exhibit, and many more!

Next year, they will showcase a new exhibit “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination”. This will be a 10,000 square-foot collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd. It will study the fantasy technologies of the “Star Wars” films and the actual science behind them, along with costumes and props from all six movies. Visitors will be able to enjoy Engineering Design Labs where they can build their own robots and speeders. Coming to Orlando in late 2012. Check our website for updates.