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Characters In Flight: Disney's Hot Air Balloon Ride | © David Roark, photographer / Courtesy of Disney
Characters In Flight: Disney's Hot Air Balloon Ride | © David Roark, photographer / Courtesy of Disney

How to Spend 24 Hours in Orlando

Picture of Michele Marin
Updated: 8 July 2017

With so much to do and see in Orlando, Florida, it’s hard to imagine packing everything into a week, let alone 24 hours. But for those passing through on a business trip or even a long layover, we’ve come up with an itinerary to make the most of those 24 hours in the City Beautiful.

Day 1

Morning

Start your day along Park Avenue in nearby Winter Park. A favorite among locals, this charming tree-lined brick street houses boutiques, outdoor cafés, and the popular Central Park. Enjoy a breakfast of delicious lemon and raspberry pancakes and a cappuccino at the Briarpatch. After, shopaholics can enjoy perusing the upscale boutiques such as Tuni or The Grove, while art lovers can venture to the nearby Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, offering the world’s most comprehensive selection of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s works. Next, take a short walk to the dock and hop aboard the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour, an hour-long ride along three of the seven lakes, showcasing breathtaking views, subtropical flowers, and some of Central Florida’s spectacular wildlife.

Central Park | Courtesy of City of Winter Park Communications Department

Afternoon

After your morning in Winter Park, drive along I-4 to the new I-Drive 360 for a ride on the Orlando Eye. At 400 feet (121.9 meters), catch a glimpse of theme parks, the downtown Orlando skyline, and even Cape Canaveral on the East Coast, if the sky is clear. But first, grab some tapas and sangria at Tapa Toro (because 22 minutes is a long time when you’re hungry).

While on I-Drive, take advantage of some of the area’s other value attractions such as Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® or Madame Tussauds. And for the shopping savvy, don’t miss the great deals at Orlando International Premium Outlets, with savings from 25–65% off name brands, including Armani Exchange, Kate Spade, and Coach.

Evening

Following your busy afternoon along International Drive, pop over to the new Disney Springs to unwind. Catch the sunset at the top of the Coca-Cola® Store, which offers impeccable views from the rooftop bar, followed by a typical Southern dinner at The Polite Pig. End your evening with a ride on Disney’s Hot Air Balloon Ride to catch the spectacular fireworks from the surrounding theme parks. And if you still have energy left, grab a margarita and listen to live music at Dockside Margaritas.

Characters In Flight: Disney’s Hot Air Balloon Ride | © David Roark, photographer / Courtesy of Disney

Day 2

Morning

Rejuvenate after a busy day with an 8:00 A.M. massage at the Four Seasons Resort, followed by breakfast at Ravello, before you bid adieu to the magic of Orlando.

Ravello | Courtesy of The Four Seasons Orlando