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Things to do in Orlando

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Theme Park
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“Universal Orlando’s two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, are home to some of the world’s most exciting and innovative attractions. Its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers dining and entertainment for every member of the family. Universal Orlando Resort has unveiled more than 20 new guest experiences since 2010 – powerful attractions like Harry Potter, Skull Island: Reign of Kong and Fast & furious and incredible dining opportunities. In 2017 Universal’s Volcano Bay, an entirely new water theme park experience opened. ”
  • 203 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Another water park that has fun roller coasters such as Mako and Manta. You can also see dolphins and killer whales through an underwater viewing area.”
  • 192 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“Fantastic designer discount shopping. Great deals to be had year round. Great for fashion, sports wear, handbags, shoes... something for everyone to take home! Once you make a purchase, check your receipt as it may have discounts for other neighboring stores.”
  • 170 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“Some of the best outlet shopping with great deals. You May subscribe for example to Ralph Lauren Polo text messaging to Earn up to and above 70% discounts”
  • 216 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
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“A luxurious shopping mall packed with high-end stores such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Versace, etc.”
  • 208 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“Located at Universal Studios, but unlike the parks, you don't have to pay to get in because it's a place to walk around. It has restaurants, bars, a club, a movie theater, a chocolate factory, etc.”
  • 154 locals recommend
Theme Park Ride / Attraction
“A 400ft Ferris Wheel that captures pretty much all of Orlando for an affordable price.”
  • 85 locals recommend
Theme Park
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“My favorites (in order): The Incredible Hulk Coaster Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls Doctor Doom’s Fearfall The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man (Nostalgia: it isn't what it used to be..) Jurassic Park River Adventure Pternodon Flyers The Forbidden Journey Storm Force Accelatron Flight of the Hippogriff Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges Caro-Seuss-El One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Cat in the Hat High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride Hogwarts Express (You'll need a park hopper pass to take this to Universal Studios)”
  • 85 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Another great shopping mall option with very popular brands such as Zara, H&M, Armani, etc.”
  • 109 locals recommend
Theme Park
“If you are looking for fun and adventure this is a good choice. New theme rides for the famy, food and so much more. Universal Walk offers clubs and restaurants for adults to enjoy as well. ”
  • 84 locals recommend
Water Park
“So much fun! The slides are great and the TapuTapu band is a great idea that should be adopted by all of the parks!”
  • 32 locals recommend
Entertainment
“The Orange County Convention Center is a convention center located in Orlando, Florida. Opening in 1983 as the Orange County Convention and Civic Center, it currently ranks as the second largest convention center in the United States.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful lake to take a walk around. Lake Eola is in the heart of Downtown Orlando close to many good restaurants and bars. ”
  • 131 locals recommend
Museum
“This museum dedicated to the Titanic offers artifacts, re-creations of the ship & guided tours”
  • 6 locals recommend
Science Museum
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“Spend hours of fun in this massive science museum. You don’t want to miss the dinosaur exhibit or the downhill race car track. ”
  • 69 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Open-air mall with dozens of big-brand shoe, luggage & clothes outlets. Top designer names include: Aeropostale, American Eagle, Calvin Klein, Carter’s, Converse, Eddie Bauer, Express, Fossil, G by Guess, Gap, Jockey, Justice, Levi’s®, Nike, Old Navy Outlet, OshKosh, Reebok, Samsonite, Theme Park Outlet, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger, Travelpro Luggage Outlet, U.S. Polo Assn., Under Armour, VF Outlet, Wilson’s Leather and many more. Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores is known among savvy consumers as one of Central Florida’s “best-kept secrets for outlet deals,” offering factory-direct premium quality merchandise at savings up to 75% off – and sometimes more! Everyday, FREE store-front parking.”
  • 31 locals recommend

Top restaurants

General Entertainment
“Located at Universal Studios, but unlike the parks, you don't have to pay to get in because it's a place to walk around. It has restaurants, bars, a club, a movie theater, a chocolate factory, etc.”
  • 154 locals recommend
Aquarium
“The Orlando Eye, StarFlyer, Madame Tussauds, the Aquarium, shopping, restaurants, and nightlife. It's a great place to visit! This is where I'm planning to build the Orlando Top Hat, a 7-story magician's top hat with 500 beds, vegan restaurant, two gyms, arcade, barcade, magic theater, club, and bar. ETA July, 2023 =)”
  • 36 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Lively,family-friendly chain featuring Italian standars such as pastas & salads, with a full bar.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“12 Miles away. HAPPY HOUR: 4PM - 7PM | DAILY EVERY TUESDAY, All Day! $16.99 — All You Can Eat Tacos BRUNCH: Saturday & Sunday from 11AM - 4PM Rocco’s Tacos offers a true taste of Mexico within a fun casual environment. When you first step through the door you become part of the atmosphere, joining a diverse crowd enjoying flavors picked directly from Mexico. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“ Beautiful American selection based restaurant located at the Millenia Mall with a multitude of cheescake varieties for desert.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Good Italian food in Winter Park which is nice to eat and then enjoy the area ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Market
“Vast array of artisanal vendors in one marketplace, from bakers to pasta makers to coffee roasters.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Bar
“38.5 miles away! A complex of 7 uniquely themed bars, restaurants and night clubs all located within one city block. ”
  • 39 locals recommend

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