Places to visit in Orlando Florida
Long before “It’s a Small World” echoed through the palmetto scrub, Central Florida was already known as a popular family destination. But when Walt Disney World® opened in Orlando on October 1, 1971, and was immediately successful, the Central Florida theme-park scene became big business.
And today, the story of Orlando doesn’t end with Disney. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is home to even more world-famous theme parks loved by visitors of all ages. Made up of four distinct properties, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment delights and entertains with unforgettable animal encounters, world-class shows and fun-filled rides.
Another major attraction that can’t be missed is Universal Orlando® Resort , where you’ll find an entire universe of action, thrills and excitement for the whole family with two amazing theme parks, non-stop nightlife and three world-class on-site hotels. Fiction and fantasy become reality as the world’s greatest motion pictures and today’s hottest entertainment come to life to enthrall visitors of all ages. Jump into the action of the movies at Universal Studios Florida® and feel the rush of adrenaline at Universal’s Islands of Adventure®.
Three dining, shopping, and entertainment centers stand out: Universal CityWalk® at Universal Orlando® Resort, Downtown Disney® area at Walt Disney World Resort and Pointe Orlando on International Drive. At Universal CityWalk, sports bars and establishments with musical themes — such as Jimmy Buffet and Motown — lend lots of dining fun to its eateries. And Pointe Orlando is your one-stop shop for restaurants offering everything from casual fare to haute cuisine, a diverse collection of specialty shops, and nightlife that’s pulsing with energy, music and live entertainment.
Shop and dine amid locals in the Thornton Park neighborhood. Boat past Winter Park’s mansions and gardens, then stroll and shop its ritzy Park Avenue.