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20 Must-Visit Attractions in Orlando, Florida

Hogwarts Castle, Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Islands of Adventure | © Jeff Kays/Flickr
Hogwarts Castle, Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Islands of Adventure | © Jeff Kays/Flickr
Orlando, Florida is a must-visit destination on many travelers’ lists, and for good reason! “The City Beautiful,” as it is affectionately known, truly is beautiful, with many wonderful experiences to offer its visitors, including the famous, family-friendly theme parks. Here are some of the city’s best attractions.

The Magic Kingdom

Disney's Magic Kingdom
Disney's Magic Kingdom | © Luis Brizzante / Flickr
No list of Orlando attractions would be complete without the main attraction – Disney’s The Magic Kingdom. It has been a staple of the city’s tourist scene since it opened in 1971, and it’s where you can meet your favorite classic characters like Mickey and Friends, as well as all the princesses.The Magic Kingdom, 1180 Seven Seas Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA, +1 407 939 5277
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Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney Animal Kingdom
Disney Animal Kingdom | © Mark Cameron / Flickr
If you love animals, then you can’t miss a visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Covering more than 500 acres, it is Disney’s largest park in the entire world. The reason? It’s a vast, safari-style expanse featuring all kinds of different animals and the famed “Tree of Life.”Disney’s Animal Kingdom, 2901 Osceola Pkwy, Orlando, FL, USA, +1 407 939 5277
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Universal Orlando™

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Universal Cinematic Celebration | © Universal Orlando Resorts
If you’re not into the Disney characters, Universal Orlando™ is a great place to visit. The classic park features rides like the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit® and the E.T. Adventure®. You can even meet some new favorite characters – like Despicable Me‘s minions.Universal Orlando, 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL, USA, +1 407 363 8000
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The Wheel at ICON Park

Amusement Park
The Wheel at ICON Park is one of the city’s newest and most celebrated attractions. The Eye is 400 feet tall (122 meters) and features glass capsules for guests to ride in (complete with air conditioning), giving you a sweeping, bird’s-eye view of Orlando.Hours: Mon–Thurs 10am–10pm; Fri–Sat 10am–12am; Sun 10am–10pm Coca-Cola® Orlando Eye, 8401 International Dr #100, Orlando, FL, USA,
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Lake Eola Park

Market, Park
Lake Eola Park
Lake Eola Park | © Rain 0975 / Flickr
Lake Eola Park is one of the city’s most peaceful locations, with the lake itself in the heart of downtown Orlando. The park hosts several fairs and festivals throughout the year, as well as a weekly farmer’s market. Mingle with the locals who love to visit the park, and when the weather is pleasant, take a ride on a swan boat.Hours: Mon–Sun 6am–12amLake Eola Park, 512 E Washington St, Orlando, FL, USA
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Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Wheelchair), Accessible (Deaf), Accessible (Blind), Family Friendly, Kid Friendly


Outdoors, Local, Instagrammable, Scenic, Photo Opportunity, Architectural Landmark, Peaceful

Harry P. Leu Botanical Gardens

The Harry P. Leu Botanical Gardens (or just Leu Gardens, as it’s known to locals) is a huge, botanical expanse covering approximately 50 acres, and its mission is to inspire visitors to learn about plants. The gardens are one of Orlando’s favorite places to host events, including business gatherings and weddings, and provide a beautiful area to walk through.Hours: Mon–Sun 9am–5pmHarry P. Leu Botanical Gardens, 1920 N Forest Ave, Orlando, FL, USA, +1 407 246 2620
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Orlando Brewing

Bar, Pub Grub
After a long day of exploring, you may want to stop and have a cold one, and Orlando Brewing is an excellent option. Formerly “Orlando Brewing Company,” this organic taproom is a city favorite. As the weather is almost always perfect in sunny Central Florida, they often host live music on their outdoor patio.Hours: Mon–Thurs 3pm–10pm; Fri–Sat 1pm–12am; Sun 1pm–9pmOrlando Brewing, 1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, FL, USA, +1 407 872 1117
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WonderWorks | Jim Moore / Flickr
WonderWorks™, located on Orlando’s famed International Drive (I-Drive to the locals) at the Pointe Orlando commercial complex, is a dream for those who love and want to learn about science and play with it all at the same time. WonderWorks™ features hands-on science exhibits and attractions for everyone. The best part? The building is upside down.Hours: Mon–Sun 9am–12amWonderWorks™, Pointe Orlando, 9067 International Dr, Orlando, FL, USA, +1 407 351 8800
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La Nouba™ by Cirque du Soleil®

La Nouba™ by Cirque du Soleil® is hosted at Disney Springs. If you’ve never seen a Cirque du Soleil performance, you are in for a treat. And if you have, La Nouba™ will still surprise and delight you. The 90-minute show, similar to other Cirque du Soleil performances, features amazing acrobats, great music, and feats of athleticism that will have you holding your breath.Marketplace, 1478 Buena Vista Dr, Orlando, FL, USA,
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Orlando International Premium Outlets®

You can’t leave Orlando without doing some serious shopping, and Orlando International Premium Outlets® is a great place to get all the best from your favorite designers and brands at a reduced rate. The venue is designed like a strip mall: open air, lots of room to walk, and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the beautiful Florida sunshine.Hours: Mon–Sat 10am–11pm; Sun 10am–9pmOrlando International Premium Outlets®, 4951 International Drive, Orlando, FL, USA, +1 407 352 9600
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Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe

Church, Shrine
The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe is a unique attraction in a place that’s filled with bright lights and theme parks. Originally built to provide a home for worship for Catholic tourists visiting the Orlando area, this Latin Rite basilica has become a tourist attraction. And while it still holds services, many visitors to the city head there just to see the beautiful architecture.Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe , 8300 Vineland Ave, Orlando, FL, USA,
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Kennedy Space Center™

NASA Kennedy Space Center
NASA Kennedy Space Center | © Taymtaym / Flickr
While the Kennedy Space Center™ isn’t in Orlando proper, it’s still an amazing attraction to see while you’re in the Central Florida area. A NASA junkie’s dream, you can tour through memorabilia from various missions and astronauts and see shuttle launch simulations, all while making your inner nerd happy.Hours: Mon–Sun 9am–7pmKennedy Space Center™, SR 405, Titusville, FL, USA,
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Old Town

Memorial, Shop
Think you can’t travel back to a simpler time? Think again because in Orlando, anything is possible. Old Town is one of the area’s lesser-known attractions; it’s reminiscent of small-town America in the ’50s and ’60s, and retro enthusiasts will love the classic car shows and old-fashioned candy shop. It’s a different experience for the Central Florida area.Hours: Mon–Sun 10am–12amOld Town, 5770 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL, USA, +1 407 396 4888
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These recommendations were updated on January 27, 2017 to keep your travel plans fresh.