Orlando might not be one of the largest cities in the state of Florida, but it definitely holds up when it comes to major attractions that bring in the tourists from all around. Orlando is not only home to Walt Disney World, but a wide array of other famous theme parks as well as many non-theme park attractions that offer a bit of something for everyone. Starting your Orlando travel experience with a good deal on a camper rental helps set the stage for an enjoyable and memorable vacation that gives you the ability and the independence to find fantastic local camping spots and exploring the unique climate and landscapes surrounding central Florida’s major tourist hub.
Walt Disney World
Let’s face it: it’s hard to imagine anyone dethroning Walt Disney World as the main attraction in Orlando, Florida. Known worldwide, Disney World is one of the most famous and most recognizable attractions in the world, and it’s worth noting that there are several “smaller” Disney theme parks that make up the larger Walt Disney World.
In fact, the larger Walt Disney World consists of The Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and also the famous Disney’s Animal Kingdom. There is plenty to explore at each one, and you will quickly find out why Disney World is known as a place where the magic happens.
SeaWorld is another incredible theme park and one that would be the center attraction in most cities. This aquatic park is known for the live shows featuring their mascot, the famous Shamu, and the incredible aquariums, interactive high-tech displays, and an amazing array of wildlife make SeaWorld an amazing attraction to visit whenever you are in the area.
Many of these displays are so popular that visitors will return every time they are back in the area. Add in two really cool and appropriately named roller coasters (The Kraken and The Manta) and you will quickly see there’s a little bit of something for everyone at this top Orlando attraction.
Try looking at the many guided kayak tours in the area. Check out cypress-lined creeks, moss-covered semi-tropical forests, and even check out the headwaters that eventually lead to The Everglades. Bald eagles, alligators, and an abundance of natural wildlife in their normal habitat will be your reward for these mini-adventures.
If you’re experienced and want a little more independence than what a guided tour gives you, then consider going out solo from nearby Shingle Creek Regional Park.
Yes, there is a real Gatorland, and yes, you really do want to see it. An extremely unique attraction, they like to advertise themselves as the best half-day attraction you can find in Orlando, and it’s kind of hard to argue. Friendly to budget-conscious travelers, offering a unique and relaxing experience, a great trip is half involved exploring a park devoted to local gators while another half is at a resort pool enjoying a cool beverage as the temperatures rise.
Sounds good, doesn’t it? There are gator shows put on by professional handlers as well as a zipline for adventurers who want the adrenaline rush of zipping fast over habitat with live gators and crocks as well as a splash pad for the kids. There’s a lot to like here, and an old school vibe that really separates it from modern parks in a good way. Plus everyone wants to hear the story that starts with “So I visited Gatorland…”
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
For anyone who is obsessed with space or ever wanted to be an astronaut, then the Kennedy Space Center visitor complex about an hour out of Orlando definitely needs to be on top of the list. This is the section open to the public and features an impressive display of museum-like exhibits all about the history of the space programs, astronauts, and space travel. Guided tours are available here but you can wander at your own pace as well. Here, the amazing murals, the historic pieces, the displays that are most interesting to you.
Orlando Magic Basketball
If you’re a huge fan of professional basketball, then it’s worth noting that Orlando is home to a very good NBA team: The Orlando Magic. While the days of Shaquille O’Neal and Penny Hardaway are long gone, the Magic consistently bring competitive NBA basketball to the area and are a favorite among locals. Obviously, to catch the Magic you need to catch them during the NBA season, but it can be a great treat if you are hitting Orlando during the right time of the year.
There’s a lot to Love about Orlando
Orlando is a uniquely wonderful city, and it won’t be hard to find plenty of things to do. In fact, it offers an amazing array of different attractions and experiences for residents and visitors alike. Whether you love Disney, big amusement parks, hip downtowns, or incredible natural beauty, you won’t be disappointed if you head to Orlando.