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Orlando: The Wheel at ICON Park Observation Wheel + Options

1. 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: SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

2. Orlando: SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

Experience a wave of underwater adventures with sea creatures from around the world at the Sea Life Orlando Aquarium. Come face-to-face, or rather, face-to-fin with thousands of fish, sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, and more. Prepare for a world of glittering scales, enormous tentacles, and rows of sharp teeth. Get ready to plunge deep into the oceans as you explore Florida’s only 360-degree ocean tunnel with sharks, sea turtles, eels, and tropical fish swimming over, under, and all around you.  Meet the friendly rescue sea turtles, Ted and Chely, and a curious pacific octopus. Touch real sea creatures at the coastal rock pool, a microhabitat full of incredible creatures. Pet a starfish or anemone. Swim with sharks in a 10-minute virtual reality experience, if option selected, and learn about the aquarium on the behind the scenes tour, a 35-minute guided tour of the aquarium’s backstage areas. See how aquarists take care of the thousands of sea creatures and feed some of the fish yourself.

Orlando: Madame Tussauds and SEA LIFE Aquarium Combo Ticket

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

Get the best of both Madame Tussauds Orlando and the Sea Life Aquarium with this combo ticket. Get up close and personal with thousands of species of fish at the aquarium and even more up close to impressive wax replicas of famous celebrities at Madame Tussauds Plunge deep into the ocean to explore Florida’s only 360-degree ocean tunnel and so much more. Touch friendly sea stars and sea anemones in the coastal rock pool. Meet Ted, the rescued loggerhead sea turtle and Orlando’s Most-Loved Animal, and feel the unique texture of a sea anemone or starfish. After you get your fishy fill, save the world with all the Justice League superheroes. Join Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on his action movie set and feel fabulous with Ariana Grande. Take selfies with the hottest A-listers.

Orlando: Drive-Thru Safari Park at Wild Florida

4. 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.

Orlando: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2 to 5 Attractions

5. Orlando: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2 to 5 Attractions

Save time and money compared to buying individual attraction tickets with this Orlando Explorer Pass. Pick 2, 3, 4, or 5 of Orlando's top attractions and tours and visit them at your own pace within 60 days from your first attraction visit. Discover Orlando's famous wildlife through an airboat tour, explore the Chocolate Kingdom on a Factory tour, or enjoy an Orlando Magic home game. The possibilities are endless. Tours, attractions, and tickets available with the Explorer Pass: • Fun Spot America Theme Park: 4 Ride Sampler • The Wheel at ICON Park • SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium • WonderWorks All Access Ticket • Madame Tussauds Orlando • Boggy Creek Airboat Tour • Gatorland: the Alligator Capital of the World • Museum of Illusions Orlando • Congo River Golf • Chocolate Kingdom: Factory Adventure Tour • Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition • The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show • SkyCoaster at Fun Spot America • The Mall at Millenia & $25 P.F. Chang’s Credit • The Mall at Millenia & $25 Cheesecake Factory Credit • The Mall at Millenia & $25 Brio Tuscan Grille Credit • Orlando Magic ticket • Salsa Night! Lesson and Nightclub Admission Attractions and tours are subject to change. Check your included digital guide for an up-to-date attraction line-up including opening times and instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass before you go.

Orlando: Central Florida Zoo Skip-the-Line Ticket

6. Orlando: Central Florida Zoo Skip-the-Line Ticket

Skip the purchase lines with this admission ticket to Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens at Sanford. Come prepared to immediately start enjoying the animals, attractions, and eateries without the fuss of in-person ticket buying and long wait times. Learn about different animals from all over the world as you watch species such as bald eagles, leopards, bears, giraffes, alpacas, monkeys, porcupines, otters, mongooses, and more thriving in beautifully natural outdoor habitats along shaded pathways. Experience other enriching activities such as giraffe feeding, rhino encounter, and keeper chats, or indulge in some fun adventures such as searching for butterflies and caterpillars in the gardens or exploring the Herpetarium to see reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates from around the world. Cool off from the Florida heat with an enjoyable time at the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground or take a break at one of the various places to eat and drink.

Orlando: Zipline Over Florida Alligators at Gatorland

7. Orlando: Zipline Over Florida Alligators at Gatorland

Experience an adventure like no other with this ziplining ticket to for Gatorland in Orlando. Get all-day admission to Gatorland with this unique experience. Zip through the air with confidence with included safety briefing and high-quality harness and helmet.  Meet your guide and get set up with your helmet and harness. Listen to tutorial on your ziplining experience. Clip in and zip off on an exciting outdoor adventure as you admire the animals of the park from above and take in panoramic views. Standing over seven stories tall, the amazing Zipline towers feature multilevel launch pads and breathtaking views from high above the treetops. Have the opportunity to fly across five intense zip lines ranging in length from 230 feet to over 500 feet. Reach speeds of nearly 30 miles per hour and see the park's star attractions from a different perspective. View the Cuban and Nile Crocodiles before flying over the Alligator Breeding Marsh complete with 130 giant alligators below and cross a swinging bridge.  

SeaWorld Orlando: Howl-O-Scream Park Entry Ticket

8. SeaWorld Orlando: Howl-O-Scream Park Entry Ticket

After a successful "inaugural fear," Howl-O-Scream will once again wash ashore at SeaWorld Orlando with nowhere to hide. This year promises to be bigger than ever before with more pulse-pounding, sweat-inducing haunts, thrills, and chills. Pre-book your entry ticket to this exclusive event now. Howl-O-Scream is a yearly Halloween fright fest and Orlando’s newest Halloween event, held at SeaWorld Orlando. This adult-targeted event transforms SeaWorld Orlando into a late-night party with haunted houses, scare zones, rides, bars, and live shows. More Haunted HousesHear every bloodcurdling shriek. Feel every spine-tingling terror. Get ready for the haunted houses of SeaWorld’s Howl-O-Scream. There’s no turning back as you brave dark passageways and round dimly lit corners, hoping you can avoid what’s lurking in the depths. The legends are true, the fear is real, and the only way out is through. More Terrifying ShowsEven amid so much mayhem, the show must go on. Duck inside and be mesmerized by a raucous, high-energy musical dance show, or witness the outdoor spectacle as the ominous story of the one who has emerged from the lake unfolds before you. You’ll also find DJs and party zones that are perfect for a dance break between frights. More Scare Zones and Roaming HauntsThere are no safe zones. There are no places to hide. The scares are everywhere, and the roaming haunts never weaken. Get ready for immersive terror at every turn during SeaWorld’s Howl-O-Scream. Stay alert and be prepared for anything, because you never know what’s waiting up ahead (or creeping up behind you). More Rides and ExperiencesHave you ever ridden your favorite attraction in the dark? It wouldn’t be a SeaWorld visit without a ride or two, but it wouldn’t be Howl-O-Scream without a dose of nighttime terror. Meanwhile, sinister interactive surprises await at your favorite bar haunts. After nightfall, every moment of fun comes with a splash of fear.

From Orlando: Day Trip to Clearwater Beach with Options

9. From Orlando: Day Trip to Clearwater Beach with Options

Sit back, relax, and let your driver fight the highway traffic from Central Florida to the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy convenient and complimentary pickup and drop-off from many hotels in Orlando to take the worry out of your day. Find out why Clearwater Beach is one of America’s beaches. Choose between the following tour options offering something for all the family: • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Marine Aquarium Admission: Meet Winter, the dolphin from the blockbuster movie “Dolphin Tale,” at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Watch dolphins frolic from the underwater viewing platforms, and learn more about their incredible skills and natural habitats. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Pirate Cruise: Set sail aboard Captain Memo's Pirate Cruise for an afternoon of adventure in the Gulf of Mexico. Get lost in the antics of treasure hunts, face painting, water gun games, stories, and dancing. During the cruise, enjoy complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Dolphin Encounter Boat: Venture from Orlando to Clearwater Beach then board the Dolphin Encounter boat for a ride into the Gulf of Mexico. See dolphins in their natural habitat, and watch them play as you enjoy the sun and sea. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Deep-Sea Fishing: Explore the beach in the morning then have the opportunity to catch and keep a variety of fish in deep-sea conditions. Receive all the necessary fishing equipment, including a fishing license. This excursion goes 10 miles (16 kilometers) into the gulf, which takes 45 minutes each way. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Lunch: This transportation-only trip will whisk you away from the theme parks of Orlando to the powder-white sands of Clearwater Beach. Enjoy a day to do as you please with an included lunch voucher. Kayak in crystal clear water, or walk the promenade of the resort’s fishing pier. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip and Sea Screamer Boat Ride: Journey out to Clearwater Beach for a thrilling ride on the Sea Screamer – the largest speedboat on the U.S. East Coast. Witness wild dolphins jumping through the wakes created by the large boat. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Express Bus Transportation: Choose this express transportation option to avoid all the pickup stops and go directly to the beach. Once there, lounge on the white sand, jump through the turquoise waters, explore the pier, get some fresh-caught fish for lunch, and more.

From Orlando: Clearwater Beach with Lunch Day Trip

10. From Orlando: Clearwater Beach with Lunch Day Trip

Escape the crowds and queues with this trip to Clearwater, where you can have fun in the sun. Journey to the white sands and warm waters of Florida's West Coast. Enjoy an amazing lunch while feeling the cool breeze and taking in the beautiful scenery around you. Let the sugary sands fall between your toes as you take a stroll down this gorgeous beach. Upgrade your tour to include a number of optional activities: Dolphin Encounter Boat Tour: Embark on a 2-hour boat cruise from Clearwater Bay into the clear blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Sit back and relax while your captain highlights some fascinating facts about the Gulf Coast, celebrity Mansions, and the dolphins playing.  Sea Screamer Ride: Climb aboard the Sea Screamer, the world's largest speedboat! Experience the dual twin-turbocharged diesel engines, as the 72' long Sea Screamer gives you a thrill ride you'll never forget.  Pirate Cruise: Sail away with Captain Memo’s Original Pirate Cruise to a world complete with briny buccaneers and seafaring seadogs. Let the tropical island tunes guide your journey through the calm waters of the picturesque Gulf of Mexico. Deep Sea Fishing: Florida has featured in its fair share of fishing folklore over the years and tall tales abound. The sport fishing is indeed excellent so here’s your chance to head out and do battle.  Aquarium: Go beyond a typical aquarium experience and immerse yourself in the world of marine life rescue at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. This unique, nonprofit rescue facility is dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of marine animals.

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3.9 / 5

based on 14 reviews

We all were extremely surprised on wow wonderful this was, the entire set up and displays of so many different types of sea life was amazing. We would highly recommend it to anyone.

The Wax Museum was a lot of fun. It’s not very big but worth the money. The Aquarium was small and the fish were all the same. It would be worth it if you took kids though.

Great to see the animals close-up. Able to get good pictures. Animals are in a natural setting roaming free. Great value.

Great experience, so many fish to see and good ambience. Would recommend especially for the price!

It is a wonderful place to take children to learn and explore!