The city of Orlando is located in central Florida. It is one of the best family destinations in the state, with plenty of activities for visitors of all ages. For a state that is known for its beaches, Orlando is its largest inland city. But do not be disheartened, ‘The City Beautiful,’ as it is nicknamed, will not disappoint you. There are plenty of attractions to keep everyone engaged, especially theme parks and resorts. In fact, with 62 million annual visitors, Orlando is known as the ‘Theme Park Capital of the World.’ Half of the top 10 most-visited theme parks of the world are in Orlando. Here is a list of top 10 attractions for those heading to Orlando.
- Discovery Cove
Discovery Cove is part of the SeaWorld Parks and Resorts Orlando. It is an amusement park which has a wide collection of marine animals and birds. The highlight is certainly the bottlenose dolphins. In Discovery Cove, guests are allowed to swim, play, touch, and even ‘talk’ with these bottlenose dolphins. Another major attraction is the presence of nearly 30 different species of exotic birds along with 250 colorful tropical birds. The Grand Reef section of the park allows visitors to snorkel with eagle rays.
- Orlando Science Center
The Orlando Science Center is a science museum that is owned privately but supported by the State of Florida. It was established with an aim to provide opportunities and promote public understanding in the fields of technology and science. There are several exhibits, ranging from applied technology and mechanics to biology, which will excite adults and children alike. However, the highlight is ‘Kid’s Town’ which is for children under 48 inches tall. Laser shows and 3D films are also quite popular with the visitors.
- Basilica of Mary, Queen of the Universe
For those who want to have a break from the several theme parks in Orlando, the city has a number of other attractions to choose from. One of the most popular is the Basilica of Mary, Queen of the Universe. This Roman Catholic church was opened after the opening of Walt Disney Resorts. The Diocese of Orlando felt that the Catholics who were visiting the theme park from all over the world needed a place to attend Mass, paving the way for the creation of this Church. There is a museum in this Church which displays church art from across the globe.
- SeaWorld Orlando
SeaWorld Orlando is part of the SeaWorld Parks and Resorts Orlando. It is a theme park and marine zoological park rolled into one. The park opened its doors to the public in 1973 and has since been a major attraction in Orlando, clocking over 4 million visitors every year. It is spread over 200 acres and features 13 rides and 5 roller coasters. The park is divided into several sections, or ‘seas,’ like Sea of Legends, Sea of Mystery, Sea of Power, and Sea of Fun, to name a few. Live entertainment is offered at the various interactive venues like the Dolphin Theater and the Sea Lion and Otter Theater.
- Typhoon Lagoon
Typhoon Lagoon is a water-based theme that is part of the Walt Disney World Resort. It was opened in 1989 and is home to one of the largest outdoor wave pools in the world. With over 2 million annual visitors, Typhoon Lagoon is ranked as one of the top 3 most visited water parks in the world. There are several rides and attractions that keep the visitors entertained in this park. Some of the popular ones include Shark Reef, Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool, Sandy White Beach, Humunga Kowabunga water slide, Gang Plank Falls, and Crush ‘n’ Gusher.
- Islands of Adventure
Islands of Adventure is part of the Universal Orlando Resort. It was opened in 1999 and presently attracts over 8 million visitors every year, making it one of the most popular theme parks in the world. Guests to this park start from the port and visit various themed islands. Presently there are 8 islands, with the latest two being The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Skull Island.
- Universal Studios Florida
Universal Studios is part of the Universal Orlando Resort. This theme park is one of the top 10 most-visited theme parks in the world, with an annual footfall of nearly 10 million. Universal Studios Florida is dedicated to the film and television industry. There are numerous rides and interactive shows associated with several major movies and TV series, most of which were produced by Universal Studios. New attractions are added and older ones phased out based on popular hits at the box office. Anyone who is interested in movies or TV shows just cannot miss this attraction.
- Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom is a part of the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. Covering 580 acres, it is the largest theme park in the world. With nearly 11 million visitors every year, it is one of the top 10 most-visited theme parks in the world. Animal Kingdom, as the name suggests, is a zoological theme park. It has 7 sections, namely Oasis, Asia, Africa, Discovery Island, DinoLand USA, Pandora – The World of Avatar, and Rafiki’s Planet Watch.
The Epcot theme park is a part of the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. It is one of the most-visited theme parks in the world with an annual footfall of around 12 million. Epcot is based on a Utopian futuristic world and celebrates human achievement in technology as well as international culture. Other than its permanent exhibits, Epcot is also home to several popular events. 2 of these deserve special mention – The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival and The Epcot International Festival of the Arts.
- Walt Disney World
Named after its creator, Walt Disney World Resort is one of the grandest theme parks in the world. In fact, it is the most visited vacation resort in the world, clocking over 52 million visitors annually! The place is ideal for the whole family, especially those with children. It will take you one whole day to explore and enjoy all the attractions in this resort. Opened in 1971, the resort presently covers an of about 110 sq km and includes within its complex 27 themed resort hotels, 4 theme parks, numerous entertainment venues, several golf courses, and a camping resort. There are many restaurants, shops, as well as spas and fitness centers, in the resort! Walt Disney World Resort offers one of the most comprehensive vacation packages that one can ask for. Visit the magical place for a day, or stay overnight for a fairy-tale experience.
Originally posted 2017-07-18 06:42:25.