Things to do in
Orlando

Come for the theme parks and space center, stay for the hidden gems, from leafy neighborhoods to nature preserves.

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: Admission Ticket

1. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: Admission Ticket

Enjoy many exhibits, shows, and attractions at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, including Space Shuttle Atlantis®, Shuttle Launch Experience, Rocket Garden, and Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame presented by Boeing®. Experience the exhibit "Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted", which includes a live interactive theater presentation about the Red Planet. Head to the Apollo/Saturn V Center via a Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour, which features a fully restored, massive Saturn V rocket, one of only 3 in the world. At Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex you'll have the opportunity to explore the world’s largest collection of astronaut memorabilia. Not only will you see tributes to the heroes of the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle Programs, but what is happening now and next at Kennedy Space Center, America’s multi-user spaceport.

Universal Orlando: Park to Park Ticket

2. Universal Orlando: Park to Park Ticket

Take a holiday beyond anything you've experienced before at Universal Orlando Resort. Three amazing theme parks let you immerse yourself in the next generation of latest blockbuster entertainment, and journey through the legendary worlds of incredible heroes. Unleash your imagination at Universal Studios Florida where heart-pounding, cutting-edge attractions bring your favorite movies, television, and more to life. Next door, step right into powerful stories, myths, and legends at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. At Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park — only included with the 3-Park Ticket option — you’ll find an oasis of excitement along with laid-back luxuries. And you can savor the unforgettable dining and unparalleled entertainment of Universal CityWalk, home to an array of themed restaurants, clubs, concert venues, movies, shops, miniature golf, and more. Universal Orlando Resort is a holiday of endless awesome. Universal’s Volcano Bay (closed on select dates. Visit the Universal Orlando App for park hours and updates) WIZARDING WORLD and all related trademarks, characters, names, and indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s22) Jurassic World franchise TM & © 2022 Universal City Studios LLC and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved. © 2022 MARVEL. Universal Cinemark © 2022 Universal Studios. All rights reserved. © 2022 Cinemark USA, Inc. Century Theatres, CinéArts, Rave, Tinseltown, and XD are Cinemark brands. “Cinemark” is a registered service mark of Cinemark USA, Inc. Hollywood Drive-In Golf™ Hollywood Drive-In Golf and associated logos are trademarks of Adventure Golf Design & Development, Inc. TRANSFORMERS© and its logo and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. 2022 Hasbro. All rights reserved. Minions and all related elements and indicia TM & 2022 Universal Studios. All rights reserved. Before visiting Universal Orlando Resort, review the safety guidelines at UniversalOrlando.com/SafetyInfo The terms and conditions for this ticket type can be found by clicking the "GetYourGuide Tours & Tickets GmbH" link featured under the Organized by section

Universal Orlando: Park to Park Ticket

3. Universal Orlando: Park to Park Ticket

Take a holiday beyond anything you've experienced before at Universal Orlando Resort. Three amazing theme parks let you immerse yourself in the next generation of latest blockbuster entertainment, and journey through the legendary worlds of incredible heroes. Unleash your imagination at Universal Studios Florida where heart-pounding, cutting-edge attractions bring your favorite movies, television, and more to life. Next door, step right into powerful stories, myths, and legends at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. At Universal's Volcano Bay water theme park you can experience a spectacular volcano towering over a sun swept beach. Swaying palm trees lining your path through a picturesque island escape. It’s a South Seas oasis right in the heart of Universal. From thrilling water slides to secluded waterfalls, Volcano Bay is a water theme park like no other. They’ve taken care of the lines so you don’t have to worry about them. The park’s Virtual Line™ means you have the freedom to spend more time with your family, doing the things you want to do instead of spending all day standing in lines. Volcano Bay is the perfect place to get away from it all, a beach paradise you can enjoy without ever leaving Orlando. And you can savor the unforgettable dining and unparalleled entertainment of Universal CityWalk, home to an array of themed restaurants, clubs, concert venues, movies, shops, miniature golf and more. Universal Orlando Resort is a holiday of endless awesome. Universal’s Volcano Bay (closed on select dates. Visit the Universal Orlando App for park hours and updates) WIZARDING WORLD and all related trademarks, characters, names, and indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s21) Jurassic World franchise TM & © 2021 Universal City Studios LLC and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved. © 2021 MARVEL. Universal Cinemark © 2021 Universal Studios. All rights reserved. © 2021 Cinemark USA, Inc. Century Theatres, CinéArts, Rave, Tinseltown, and XD are Cinemark brands. “Cinemark” is a registered service mark of Cinemark USA, Inc. Hollywood Drive-In Golf™ Hollywood Drive-In Golf and associated logos are trademarks of Adventure Golf Design & Development, Inc. Some imagery shown throughout our website does not represent current operational and safety guidelines. The terms and conditions for this ticket type can be found by clicking the "GetYourGuide Tours & Tickets GmbH" link featured under the Organized by section.

Universal Orlando: Base Ticket with Easy Cancellation

4. Universal Orlando: Base Ticket with Easy Cancellation

Take a holiday beyond anything you've experienced before at Universal Orlando Resort. Three amazing theme parks let you immerse yourself in the next generation of latest blockbuster entertainment, and journey through the legendary worlds of incredible heroes. Unleash your imagination at Universal Studios Florida where heart-pounding, cutting-edge attractions bring your favorite movies, television, and more to life. Next door, step right into powerful stories, myths, and legends at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. At Universal's Volcano Bay water theme park you can experience a spectacular volcano towering over a sun swept beach. Swaying palm trees lining your path through a picturesque island escape. It’s a South Seas oasis right in the heart of Universal. From thrilling water slides to secluded waterfalls, Volcano Bay is a water theme park like no other. They’ve taken care of the lines so you don’t have to worry about them. The park’s Virtual Line™ means you have the freedom to spend more time with your family, doing the things you want to do instead of spending all day standing in lines. Volcano Bay is the perfect place to get away from it all, a beach paradise you can enjoy without ever leaving Orlando. And you can savor the unforgettable dining and unparalleled entertainment of Universal CityWalk, home to an array of themed restaurants, clubs, concert venues, movies, shops, miniature golf and more. Universal Orlando Resort is a holiday of endless awesome. Universal’s Volcano Bay (closed on select dates. Visit the Universal Orlando App for park hours and updates) WIZARDING WORLD and all related trademarks, characters, names, and indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s21) Jurassic World franchise TM & © 2021 Universal City Studios LLC and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved. © 2021 MARVEL. Universal Cinemark © 2021 Universal Studios. All rights reserved. © 2021 Cinemark USA, Inc. Century Theatres, CinéArts, Rave, Tinseltown, and XD are Cinemark brands. “Cinemark” is a registered service mark of Cinemark USA, Inc. Hollywood Drive-In Golf™ Hollywood Drive-In Golf and associated logos are trademarks of Adventure Golf Design & Development, Inc. Some imagery shown throughout our website does not represent current operational and safety guidelines. The terms and conditions for this ticket type can be found by clicking the "GetYourGuide Tours & Tickets GmbH" link featured under the Organized by section.

Orlando: SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

5. Orlando: SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

Begin your journey at Mia the seahorse, Magnus the shark, and Tyler the sea turtle. Learn about breeding, rescuing, and protecting the ocean's creatures. Next, see a wall filled with jellyfish and select a color to glow the habitat. Then visit Ship Wreck for a first big look into the Atlantic Ocean. See the seasonal feature of the attraction, axolotls, which is the world's most studied salamander. It can regenerate its own limbs, jaws, tails, spinal cord, skin, and organs perfectly. Find various colorful fish, such as pufferfish and bamboo sharks, that can be found in the Pacific Ocean. Next, a 180-degree tunnel will transition you from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. Then you'll enter a large 360-degree tunnel, the only one of its kind in Orlando. Here you can witness a sea turtle, nurse and blacktip sharks, stingrays, eels, and hundreds of other species. At the third habitat, the Indian Ocean, visit Ted the loggerhead sea turtle, along with more specialty sharks and sea creatures. At Stingray Cove, watch stingrays swim within their habitat amongst horseshoe crabs and eels. Since the Everglades start in Orlando's backyard, you will find creatures that are native to the Florida Everglades. Before ending your journey, visit the touch pool area, bringing you close to sea stars.

Orlando: Boggy Creek Airboat Ride with Options

6. Orlando: Boggy Creek Airboat Ride with Options

The Central Florida Everglades are natural wonders, best explored with locals who know their backwaters. The beautiful landscape and expert guidance of your captain will make this tour a trip that you'll never forget. Guests on the Scenic Nature Tour explore narrow water trails engulfed in the brush of the Central Florida Everglades. On this tour you'll stop periodically, hoping to spot Florida's state reptile, the American Alligator, in its natural setting. Witness rare and endangered birds swooping effortlessly through the skies as the sunshine warms your body and the wind whips through your hair. Other wildlife abounds throughout the trip. This tour is perfect for groups and families looking to explore and learn about the unexpected side of Central Florida. A longer trip on a Detailed Nature Tour of 1-hour increases the number of encounters with Florida's wildlife, especially the American Alligator, which can reach up to 15 feet in length and 1,000 pounds. You'll experience nature right alongside turtles, bald eagles, blue herons, deer, and a wide variety of waterfowl in their natural environment, not in captivity. Be sure to also check out the Gem Mining Station. You will be able to purchase buckets filled with treasures that are native to Florida and take them to the mining station. While mining, you will discover various gems, alligator teeth, shark teeth, rocks, and other treasures. There will be an additional charge for gem mining bags or buckets. A restaurant with indoor or patio seating is available, where you can dine before or after your tour (at your own expense).

Orlando: Museum of Illusions Admission Ticket

7. Orlando: Museum of Illusions Admission Ticket

Come and explore the world of illusions and experience the impossible. Located in the heart of International Drive Orlando at ICON Park, this mind-bending indoor museum invites you to enter the fascinating world of illusions. Confuse your senses and question your own perception of reality, all while educating yourself in the art of optical, photographic, and interactive illusions. With over 50 exhibits to challenge the senses, you will learn about vision, perception, and science as you move around the different areas. Find out why your eyes see things that your brain cannot understand. Let your imagination run free in the vast expanse of the Infinity Room, defy the laws of gravity in the Reverse Room, and shrink to miniature size in the Ames Room. Capture seemingly impossible photos as you go.

Orlando: The Wheel at ICON Park Observation Wheel + Options

8. Orlando: The Wheel at ICON Park Observation Wheel + Options

Admire aerial views of Orlando and beyond from the East Coast’s tallest observation wheel, The Wheel at ICON Park. Soar 400 feet (120 meters) into the sky in a clear capsule, taking in sweeping views of the city and central Florida landscape, including lakes, theme parks, and even the Atlantic coast on a clear day. Each capsule is equipped with an iPad that offers information about the sights and the surrounding environment. A great experience for all ages, the air-conditioned capsule offers exceptional views of Cape Canaveral, downtown Orlando, and Floridian landscapes. You can enjoy the city landscapes whenever suits your schedule during operating hours. Upgrade your experience to include dining experiences or activities If you select The Wheel and Starflyer bundle ticket, take a flight on the world's tallest swing ride, which stands at 450 feet (137 meters). This seated ride takes you up the giant tower and swings you at speeds of up to 45 miles (72 kilometers) per hour right alongside International Drive. Upgrade to the Icon Park Play Pass to access ICON Park attractions. With this option you will also receive admission tickets to the Museum of Illusions, the 7D Dark Ride Adventure, Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE Aquarium as well exclusive shopping and dining discounts.

Orlando: Madame Tussauds and SEA LIFE Aquarium Combo Ticket

9. Orlando: Madame Tussauds and SEA LIFE Aquarium Combo Ticket

With your combination ticket access to Madame Tussaud’s wax museum and the SEA LIFE aquarium, you don’t have to pick and choose what sights you’d like to see. As you walk into Madame Tussaud’s, gaze at the startling realistic wax models of famous figures of pop culture and history. Start your experience in the Pitbull Party Room where Pitbull is ready to get the party started. Visit famous Americans, such as current and past presidents, Uncle Sam, Walt Disney, Martin Luther King Jr, and Thomas Edison. Find yourself immersed in a world of music, and step up to become a backup dancer for Justin Bieber, live la vida loca with Ricky Martin, fall crazy in love with Beyoncé, and sing along to other famous musicians. Finish things off in the A-list room, where you can mix and mingle with celebrities like Johnny Depp, Emma Watson, Jennifer Aniston, Samuel L. Jackson, and so many more. Next, head to the SEA LIFE aquarium. Start your journey by meeting the attraction's main characters: Mia the seahorse, Magnus the shark, and Tyler the sea turtle, who will explain the importance of preserving the ocean’s biodiversity. Marvel at a glowing tank of illuminated jellyfish. Enjoy thematic areas, like the tropical pacific ocean, a shipwreck crawling with octopuses, and a breathtaking tunnel that provides you with a 360-degree view of a spate of fish. You’ll even have the opportunity to get up close and personal with sea stars and more in the touch tank.

Orlando: Drive-Thru Safari Park at Wild Florida

10. Orlando: Drive-Thru Safari Park at Wild Florida

Discover the exotic animal species and native wildlife of the Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park. Drive your vehicle through on a self-guided tour through the open areas of the park. See more than 100 exotic animals and native Florida wildlife like white-tailed deer, bison, cracker cows, zebras, watusi, and oryx. Check out a massive pond inside the park dedicated exclusively as a home for some alligators. Stop and hand-feed the incredible giraffes for a once in a lifetime experience.

Frequently asked questions about Orlando

Planning Your Visit

  • Walt Disney World Resort opening hours and tickets

    Admission only to the Magic Kingdom costs $105, and $97 to either EPCOT, Disney's Animal Kingdom Park or Disney's Hollywood Studios. There are also multi-day passes, and it's possible to add a Park Hopper Option ($64) for same-day entry to all four theme parks.
    The Magic Kingdom is open from 9:00AM-12:00AM; EPCOT from 9:00AM-9:00PM; Disney's Hollywood Studios from 8:00AM-10:00PM; Disney's Animal Kingdom from 9:00AM-6:00PM.

  • Universal Orlando tickets and opening hours

    A day-pass for single park admission for either Islands of Adventure or Universal Studios costs $102 (adult) and $97 (child). A one-day pass for both parks is $147 (adult) and $142 (child). A single ticket for Wet 'n Wild is $47, but it's also possible to add this park to a multi-day pass to combine all three ($242 adult) or two of the three ($197 adult).
    The park is open daily from 9:00AM, but evening closing times vary according to the season.

  • Discovery Cove and Aquatica tickets and opening hours

    "The day resort price costs $249 and $399 for the dolphin experience. The price includes entry to Sea World and Aquatica and Sea World's Waterpark. You can book the day and package in advance online.
    Discovery Park is open daily from 8:00AM-5:30PM.
    A day-pass at Aquatica is $47 when you book in advance online and receive the 10% discount. The park opens at 9:00AM, but evening closing times vary according to the season."

  • Kennedy Space Center tickets and opening hours

    "The KSC is open daily from 9:00AM-6:00PM. Admission costs $50 for adults and $40 for children. You can book your tickets in advance online and select the date and entry time.
    Location: Cape Canaveral is about an hour away by car from Orlando."

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Summers are hot and humid, so if you can, delay your trip until October, when the weather is warm and the summer crowds are gone.

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What people are saying about Orlando

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,606 reviews

This excursion gets an A+!! All of the staff do everything in their power to be gracious, they are passionate about the manatees and the environment, and make sure every person in our 12 person party had a chance to see manatee. Even our smaller kids who were afraid!! The fan boat ride was also excellent!!! We will never forget this experience!

I recommend this tour to anyone traveling to the Orlando area!! It was such a great experience for me and my family! Our guide was very good and told everyone a lot of details about the things we saw! We will definitely be going back the next time we come to Orlando!

great visit life long ambition to see shuttle, Apollo 5 and a live launch

This is the best place to visit if you love anything to do with space

Excellent combo of logistics to get there and Centre itself