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Whether it’s a trip for families, couples, single travellers or friends, you’ll find so many things to do in Orlando. Orlando offers unique experiences for every visitor to ensure an unforgettable holiday. Whether that means a week spent at theme parks or a weekend on the golf course, an Orlando holiday is whatever you want it to be. Search from theme parks, attractions, arts and culture, shopping, spas, golf, dining, outdoor adventures and nightlife to build your perfect itinerary.

Theme Parks

Visitors both young and young at heart can immerse themselves in the world’s top theme parks right here in Orlando. From Magic Kingdom®, Epcot®, Disney's Hollywood Studios® and Disney's Animal Kingdom® at Walt Disney World® Resort to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at Universal Orlando® Resort, there's a world for everyone to escape into. Universal Orlando® Resort boasts two outstanding TV and movie based theme parks, Universal Studios Florida® and Universal’s Islands of Adventure®, while SeaWorld® Orlando provides an unforgettable look below the surface. And with multiple new projects on the horizon, even the most die-hard visitors to Orlando theme parks will always find new ways to create lasting memories year after year.

Orlando Attractions

When it comes to filling up your holiday itinerary, Orlando offers no shortage of things to do. Take advantage of experiences that are uniquely Orlando, like flying through a swamp on an airboat or getting up close with wildlife at Gatorland. Sports lovers can cheer on the Magic NBA basketball team at the new Amway Centre or take a ride on one of multiple zip-lines in the area. And the fun doesn't stop when the sun goes down: check out a show at Cirque de SoleilBlue Man Group or one of Orlando's many dinner theatres for an entertaining nightcap.

Orlando Restaurants

Orlando has evolved into a bonafide culinary destination with sophisticated restaurant options for every taste. From independently owned neighbourhood eateries to family-fun themed establishments, the Orlando area offers a surprisingly diverse array of epicurean delights. Experience local favourites inspired by a variety of global cuisines, from the lively atmosphere of Mango’s Tropical Café Orlando to the authentic Southern barbeque of 4 Rivers Smokehouse. Even visitors with sophisticated palettes will find a number of celebrity-chef anchored, four- and five-diamond restaurants including the Wolfgang Puck Grand Café. Vinos can take advantage of the award-wining wine lists and multiple certified master sommeliers in Orlando.

Night Life & Entertainment

When the sun goes down, Orlando heats up. Visitors with kids have a bevy of evening entertainment options to choose from including dinner shows and interactive entertainment complexes. Pointe Orlando and I-Drive 360 both feature unique restaurants, shopping and live entertainment experiences. Adults wanting to let loose can opt for cosy pubs, downtown dance clubs, live music, cigar lounges, comedy clubs and a number of area breweries and wineries. Feel the beat alongside vibrant dance performers and energetic bands at Mango’s Tropical Café Orlando, or chill out with an icy cocktail at ICEBAR Orlando

Shopping

Discover what some know already- that Orlando is secretly a shopper's paradise. From some of the top department stores including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale's to one of the largest outlet locations in the Southeast, Orlando shopping has something for wallets of every size. The Orlando Premium Outlets, with locations on International Drive and Vineland Avenue, are filled with a combined 360 high-end stores offering impressive daily savings. Central Florida’s most expansive shopping centre, The Florida Mall, features over 250 retail, dining and entertainment choices. Check out the latest clothing and accessory trends at The Mall at Millenia, a local and international favourite for popular fashion and upscale dining. Visitors looking for unique boutiques can stroll and shop downtown Orlando and Winter Park for hard-to-find clothing labels, home décor and antiques.

Arts, Culture in Orlando

With some of the world’s most creative theme park settings, it’s no surprise Orlando has a vibrant local arts scene. From the best of independent film at the Florida Film Festival to thought-provoking collections at the Orlando Museum of Art and the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, cultural options in Orlando offer a mix of traditional and modern entertainment for visitors. Watch the Orlando Ballet perform a mix of classical ballets and contemporary pieces, or explore interactive and informative exhibits at the Orlando Science Centre. The state-of-the-art Dr. Philips Centre for the Performing Arts brings in renowned international and national performers for jazz, pop, Broadway, rock, dance and more.

Sports & Recreation Outdoors

While Orlando may be best known for its world-class theme parks, the city is chock full of unique outdoor and sporting activities for adventure seekers. Where else can visitors fly in an open-cockpit 1930s' biplane or ride an airboat through a swampy wilderness? Those seeking a more laid-back experience can opt for a stroll through one of many gardens and parks or an early morning hot air balloon ride over the Central Florida treetops. Throw in more than 150 golf courses, numerous tennis facilities and hundreds of lakes for fishing and boating, and Orlando is a sportsman's paradise.

Golf

With more than 170 golf courses, over 20 golf academies and some of the world's most prestigious tournaments, Orlando is a true golfer's paradise. Take it from the professionals: In addition to being home to more pro golfers than any other city in the world, Orlando was voted the "North American Golf Destination of the Year" by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators in 2010. And with a multitude of stunning courses designed by the likes of Nicklaus, Dye, and Fazio, Orlando offers visitors an exclusive golfing experience not found anywhere else.