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Things to Do in Orlando Florida

There are so many things to do in Orlando Florida that it's hard to choose.

Things to Do in Orlando FloridaDo you like theme parks?  Smaller attractions?  Dinner shows?  Water parks?

How about visiting Florida State parks?  Camping?  Canoeing?

There is plenty to see and do in Orlando and the surrounding communities.  Let's check out some of them.

The Orlando Theme Parks

The "Big Three" are Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios.  I've got to say that no vacation to Orlando is complete without visiting one of these parks...or all three, if you have the time and money.

Walt Disney World leads the pack, being the first of the three to arrive.  It's by far the largest of the parks, and actually contains four distinct theme parks in itself -- the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom.  You could easily spend a week just at Disney!

Sea World was the next to arrive, and naturally it is ocean-themed. Sea World has grown a lot over the years, and has it's own charms.  Plan to spend a very full day there, and even two days if there are crowds. (As an aside, Sea World runs the Discovery Cove attraction, too.) 

Universal Studios is the latecomer, but it has become very popular, with both visitors and residents alike.  Lots of rides and shows in the park, naturally all movie-oriented.  In fact, if I had to choose between Disney's Hollywood Studios and Universal Studios theme park, Universal is definitely my pick.

Smaller Orlando Attractions

Things to Do in Orlando FloridaThere are lots and lots of smaller attractions -- the kind where you can spend from two to six hours.

My personal favorite is Gatorland.  It's worth about five hours, and has all kinds of shows and exhibits.

One I've never been to (yet) is Discovery Cove.  Think of a huge, private coral reef that you can snorkel, without crowds.  It's exclusive and expensive, but I am willing to bet tha tit's very much worth the cost.  This is definitely an all-day affair, and all-inclusive as well -- food and beverages are provided, along with lockers, towels, sunscreen and more.

There are several dinner shows to choose from, like Arabian Nights, Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede and Medeval Times.

Cypress Gardens is another oldie-but-goodie and has some cool roller coasters!  It was closed for awhile, but it's been re-opened and it's better than ever.

For more things to do in Orlando Florida, here's a page with Central Florida attractions.

Outdoor Things to Do in Orlando Florida

If you like the outdoors, go and visit Wekiwa Springs State Park. which is near Orlando. At Wekiwa (pronounced Wekiva with a v) you can do all manner of things.  You can swim in the springs, canoe down the runs to the river, or spend time camping.

If you're feeling a bit more adventurous (and have the time) check out Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont.  There are 20 miles of hiking trails, canoeing, fishing and camping.  If you have a horse, there are also plenty of equestian trails there, too.

And if you have a little more time...you can travel up to Daytona Beach, which has a boardwalk, in addition to a beautiful, wide, sandy beach.  Or, mosey on down to Sebastian Inlet State Park in the Melbourne area.

And if you really have some time, take a ride up to St. Augustine and visit all the attractions there!

Orlando Weather

So you're planning a vacation trip to Orlando, but you're not sure what the weather will be like.  I have you covered with some Orlando weather information!

Now you have an idea of some fun things to do in Orlando Florida.  Enjoy your great Orlando vacation!

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