Top things to do in Orlando

Amy Rosoman

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Visit Orlando – a hub bursting with ultimate experiences for thrill-seekers and Disney-loving Instagrammers. Ride rocketing rollercoasters, slide around at water parks and discover utterly epic theme parks. Get lost in Orlando’s premium outlet malls, visit the Kennedy Space Centre or take a drive out to the beaches.

Make a visit to the Kennedy Space Centre

Venture to Cape Canaveral for ‘out of this world’ discoveries. Experience the exciting Mission Zones at this space centre, from the beginning of space exploration, to current missions. Free your inner quest seeker. Learn about the space station, or take part in an astronaut training experience. See the ingenuity behind space rockets, engage with the greatness of the Apollo era and re-live missions to the moon. You can also find out more about the future of NASA.

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Time your visit to catch a live launch and witness this spectacle of power from the main visitor complex. To be up close to the action, buy tickets to view from the LC-39 Observatory Gantry.

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For a more leisurely experience, rent a kayak for up to three people, or try stand-up paddle boarding in this tropical oasis.

A trip to Universal Orlando Resort

Make a visit to Universal’s three epic parks. Wander along Diagon Alley™ at Universal Studios™ and discover spellbinding moments in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. Feel the exhilaration of Universal’s Islands of Adventures™. Come face-to-face with dinosaurs on the Jurassic Park River Adventure™ and soar through the skies on rollercoasters or take a 3D journey with a superhero on The Amazing Adventures of Spider-man®. To cool off, dive in at Universal’s Volcano Bay™, a tropical oasis filled with beaches, waterslides and rubber ring rides.

Top tip:

Check the closing times of each park for your visit, as these often vary. This means that you can have extra time in your favourite park or visit another on the same day, depending on your ticket.

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  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, Universal Studios Florida. ©Universal Studios Florida.

See the best of Walt Disney World®

Discover the wonders of Disney in Orlando. Gaze up at Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom and watch your favourite characters party in parades. Come evening, settle in for the dazzling River of Lights show. Get ready for the action at Disney's Hollywood Studios or head to Epcot for a cosmos of fun. Cool off with a day out at Disney's Blizzard Beach or kick back at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon.

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To stay ahead of the game, download the Walt Disney World® app. Check waiting times, see where you are on the map and find character meet-and-greets.

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  • Lazy river at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort. ©Universal Studios
  • The Florida Mall, A Simon Mall. ©Simon Property Group.
  • Rocket Garden at the NASA Space Centre, Cape Canaveral. ©Findlay / Alamy Stock Photo.

Orlando shopping malls – A shopaholics dream

Shop to your heart’s content in Orlando’s premium outlets. From Macy’s to Michael Kors at the Florida Mall, or the mixture of designer boutiques and outlet malls along the way of International Drive, you’ll want to explore it all. For something extra special, treat yourself to a piece of Prada. Otherwise, stroll through The Mall at Millenia for a little window shopping that won’t break the bank. Just be sure to save space in your bag for the journey home.

Top tip:

Check the currency exchange rate before you head to Orlando, so you pick the best prices and save a buck on your shopping spree.

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  • Slinky Dog Dash, Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios. ©Disney ©Disney/Pixar Jenga®Pokonobe Associates. All Rights Reserved.

Swing for a hole in one at golfing greens

What a putt of luck. Florida is a hot spot for hitting the range and Orlando is no exception to the stunning golf scene. Head to the beautiful Waldorf Astoria Club or the mesmerising Shingle Creek Golf Club. Savour endless views of rolling greens, glistening lakes and golden sand pits. These courses scream Florida. What better way to play your favourite sport than in glorious sun, followed by a bite of club house lunch? Just be sure to watch out for the odd croc.

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If it’s a hot day, you’ll be better off using a golf buggy to get around the course. Remember to stay hydrated and hit the club house for refreshments too.

Play at Buena Vista water sports

Skim across the shimmering waters of Lake Bryan. Sail away from the shore for exhilarating wake-boarding, water-skiing and tubing experiences with an instructor. For a more leisurely experience, rent a kayak for up to three people, or try stand-up paddle boarding in this tropical oasis. Newbies can also participate in a free paddle boarding lesson before setting off around the lake.

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When you rent water sports equipment here, you can enjoy complimentary beach access, including the beach volleyball set-up. Make the most of a day here and bring a cool-box with lunch.

Sumptuous spa treatments in Orlando

Put aside the jam-packed agenda, take time to whirlpool the days away with a spa break. Surprisingly, you’ll be spoilt for choice of spas across the city. Just breathe, as you recline with cucumber on your eyelids, after browsing through the variety of sublime treatments. Discover the tranquillity in The Waldorf Astoria Orlando Spa or visit Orlando’s Woodhouse Day Spa for a truly unique spa experience. These award-winning spas provide ultimate serenity for a full day of bliss.

Top tip:

Make a booking for the ultimate spa day at the start and end of your break away, to feel revitalised from head to toe.

Where to stay

Rosen Inn at Pointe

Choose a great retreat on the famous International Drive, with all-you-can-eat buffet options and a choice of three pools to swim in after days packed with adventure.

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Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Kick back in this great value retro-themed resort, close to all the Universal parks, with its very own water park.

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Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive

Take a four star break, with palm shaded pools and a stylish bar for signature cocktails – enjoy this sanctuary in the heart of International Drive.

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