Multiple establishments throughout the city participate in the month-long celebration of culinary endeavor known as Bite30. No special arrangements required: simply select from the list of participating restaurants and request the Bite30 menu when ordering (it comes with a special discount).
Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort, opened recently on June 1, 2017, is an all-new water park inspired by postcard-perfect tropical islands promising innovative, thrilling attractions made even more enjoyable with new technology eliminating long lines or wrestling with tubes.
One of the world's most visited, the zoological theme park Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort certainly deserves its incredible popularity. Pandora - The World of AVATAR, the largest expansion in Disney's Animal Kingdom history, features floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests and a Banshee flying attraction, as well as new after-dark entertainment.
Part of Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios is among the world's most attended theme parks. It centers around all things cinema, with six separate areas, each featuring all manner of entertainment, from thematic rides to performances, dining, and shopping. Several large-scale events are held here regularly.
This LEGO-themed park features dozens of rides and attractions (including water slides). LEGOLAND Florida Resort's LEGO NINJAGO World, a new immersive land opened in early 2017, features an interactive dark ride where guests can blast fire, lightning and ice with their hands. In addition, LEGOLAND now features a Beach Retreat.
The Magic Kingdom is where magic happens. One of four theme parks in the Walt Disney World family, this park is home to the Cinderella Castle. Designed like a giant wheel, the paths of the spokes lead to the seven different themed areas: Main Street USA, Tomorrowland, Mickey’s Toontown Fair, Fantasyland, Liberty Square, Frontierland, and Adventureland. See your favorite Disney characters, attractions, and behind-the-scenes tours.
True thrills only live at one place: Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Pick up your wand from Ollivanders and cast spells with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where magic glitters on every corner, shop, and ride. Next, swing into action and join Spider-Man in his timeless battles against familiar foes on Marvel Super Hero Island. But it doesn't end there—you can enjoy rides and adventures with the likes of Toon Lagoon, the fearsome dinosaurs of The Lost Continent, and the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss!
Residing in the Walt Disney World Resort Area is the famed Epcot Center. As a beautiful feat of architecture, the Epcot has two features. Future World is a dedication to the innovative and progressive efforts of the human spirit. The World Showcase is a melting pot of culture and foods from across the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, France, Morocco, and Norway. Spanning 300 acres in total, Epcot is a must-see for Orlando visitors.
If aquatic life is something for you, Sea World is a fun day in the sun. The famous whale Shamu does multiple shows a day that both children and adults can enjoy. Other shows to see include the Dolphin Horizons show and Clyde & Seamore. Visitors can feed dolphins and stingrays if they are brave enough. Try the Underwater Grill at the Shark Encounter for a good, sit-down meal. Don’t leave the park early–the last ten minutes before closing every night there is a fireworks show. SeaWorld Orlando's Kraken roller coaster is Florida's only virtual reality roller coaster experience, taking guests on a deep sea mission alongside sea creatures. Also at SeaWorld Orlando, Electric Ocean, is a new end-of-day spectacle event with bioluminescent lighting, immersing guests in a glowing sea of wonder.
Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park is one of the best water parks in the area, with lots of fun slides and things to do for the whole family. Make sure to check the weather forecast before you go, as the attractions may be closed in bad weather conditions.
Enjoy the Central Florida weather, usually 75 F or higher, by visiting one of over 170 golf courses, or seek some peace paddle boarding on one of Orlando's beautiful lakes. A refreshing dip awaits you in one of thousands of amazing pools, like the lazy river and zero-entry swimming pools at Cabana Bay Beach Resort, or the luxurious adults-only pool at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort. In weather this nice, it's a shame to stay indoors. Orlando offers adventure lovers the chance for fun outside, with activities like zip lining at Forever Florida, off-road romps at Revolution Off-Road Experience, or hang gliding at Wallaby Ranch. Sports fans can get in on the action first hand with a game of tennis at the brand-new USTA National Campus in southeast Orlando on more than 100 tennis courts, catch the Orlando Magic play at the Amway Center, or visit Orlando City Soccer in their new stadium.
For decades, space has been our final frontier. The Kennedy Space Center is dedicated entirely to expanding our scientific knowledge and the borders of our galaxy. Serving as the gateway for American space exploration since 1968, the Center is open for your exploration as well. Come be apart of past, present and future history.
When theme parks just won’t do, check out the educational yet fun alternative: The Orlando Science Center. This huge 5-story building is chock full of exhibits and activities on each level. Don’t miss the Dr. Phillips Cinedome, which is an 8-story mega-screen theater. The OSC also has a planetarium on the top floor that opens every Friday and Saturday night. The fun Adventures with Clifford exhibit allows children to learn valuable life lessons while everyone's favorite red dog teaches. Also at OSC is the Blue Man Group exhibit, which explores the science of sound waves.
220 acres of pure sporting adrenaline awaits visitors at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The complex's facilities are all professionally managed and maintained, hosting thousands of athletic events each year and over 60 sports. You can catch games or training sessions of your favorites teams, or even join in on the excitement. Located at the Walt Disney World Resort.
The majestic Orlando Wetlands Park was the world's first large-scale, man-made wetland. Designed for the purpose of filtering pollutants from reclaimed water, the Park has given way to an impressive array of plants and wildlife in a "mini-everglades." Come and enjoy nature in its finest, most untouched form. Popular activities include bird-watching, nature photography, jogging, and bicycling.
If you've always dreamed of cuddling a baby lemur or feeding playful kangaroos, this unique ranch is the place to go and make your dreams come true. Many different animals cohabit here under supervision and care of the friendly owners. This venue might just be worth the trip to Orlando even for those who do not particularly delight in roller-coasters and rides.
Winter Park is a suburb just outside of Orlando, and if traveling time permits, it is certainly worth spending a day there. With 26 beautiful public parks, many lakes, and downtown shopping and dining, this quaint little town will win you over with its romance and charm. Many people marry and hold special events in this sophisticated city. Winter Park is also home to Rollins College and four different theaters.
Golf comes standard in Orlando, with the Ritz Carlton Golf Club certainly raising the bar. Designed by golf legend Greg Norman, the course at Grande Lakes has a diverse array of greens and hazards to challenge and improve your game. Family golf is available: children and adolescents up to age 17 can play for free with each paid adult round.
Hard Rock Live is a venue for great live concerts, all with the wonderful vista of palm trees and Orlando sunshine. Music and comedy events are both held. The establishment suggests arriving 1 hour prior to performances due to security measures, and cameras and recording devices are not allowed.
The Harry P. Leu Gardens were founded in 1961, following the donation of its historical home and gardens to the City of Orlando. Now visitors are given an opportunity to explore the 50 acres of pure, natural bliss. Stroll along paths that lead to over 40 plant collections, including a butterfly garden and Florida's largest rose garden.
This 5-star special occasion restaurant offers a once-in-lifetime dining experience from inside Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. Dinner is 7-course and will take up to 3 hours to savor. Expect to be catered to every single minute of these 3 hours! Also, best enjoyed without the little ones. Each course is served with wine pairings. Make reservations at least 3 months in advance.
Far better than any pizza chains, Lil Anthony’s is the real deal, run by New Yorkers. This has been voted the best pizza Orlando has to offer. New York Style pies, calzones, stromboli, and huge Greek salads are in store. Get your order in early at lunchtime since mobs of hungry locals take to Lil Anthony's.
This restaurant, hidden behind the Hyatt Grand Cypress hotel, is a love letter to the titular author with photographs and fishing trophies everywhere you look. The décor is quintessential Key West with hurricane lamps, smaller intimate rooms, and a wooden deck that overlooks a waterfall. Must-tries include the blackened Mahi Mahi, beer-battered coconut shrimp, and lobster-crusted sea bass. Skip the wine and have a Papa Dobles, a rum delight true to Hemingway’s original recipe.
Izziban Sushi is a big contender in the quest for the freshest and most creative sushi, serving up such wonders as the mango roll, Izziban roll, wasabi shumai, and cream cheese dumplings with pineapple sake (he bento boxes are also a huge hit). They also offer an all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue.
Emeril’s menu reflects the celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse's vision perfectly, one influenced by Cajun and Creole cuisine and always innovative. Expect the unexpected, like crab meat strudel and lobster cheesecake. The wine cellar has more than 12,000 selections. Make a reservation in advance and keep in mind that jackets are required.
Gauchos travel table to table delivering delicious meats on skewers at Texas de Brasil. Turn your table card to green if you want to continue to be served. The amount of meat and salad is unlimited, and the service is impeccable. Plan to spend a few hours basking in all the attentiveness.
Residing within the luxurious Grand Bohemian Hotel is The Boheme. It seems to have its own energy entirely, with an ambiance that reads like an old friendship rather than simply a restaurant. The Imperial Grand Bösendorfer Piano adds a touch of timeless class in accompaniment to their diverse cuisine. Slip into the Bösendorfer Lounge to indulge in your choice of wine and treat yourself to the essentials of a good time.
Following in the carefree attitude of its namesake, Margaritaville is a swift escape from the pavement and bustle of modern life. The cuisine is island-inspired and the drinks are delightfully tropical. Live music accompanies your meal, which can be enjoyed at one of the four bars, or on the outdoor patio. Plus, the live music continues into the night when dancing ensues. Oh, and while island shirts aren't required, stress is checked at the doors.
Enjoy an authentic Japanese dining experience while in Orlando. Hanamizuki serves dishes in Kyoto tradition, gracing patrons with sushi, steaks, tempura shrimp, sukiyaki, and even Ramen noodles at lunch time. The atmosphere is soothing to ensure a peaceful experience that mirrors the cuisine.
Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse invites guests to an authentic Italian experience while in Orlando. Interestingly, it serves in the tradition of a great American steakhouse, with an open kitchen and pizza oven. Enjoy a menu of contemporary and traditional Italian dishes, fish, premium steaks, and chops.
Located in the Golf Clubhouse at Rosen Shingle Creek, the legendary Orlando steakhouse was named after Patrick Smith's novel showcasing Florida's historical moments and landscapes. A Land Remembered serves a rich variety of cuisine and fine wines. They also proudly serve Harris Ranch all-natural Prime Black Angus Beef.
This artsy spot offers international cuisine in small appetizer portions so you can enjoy a variety of flavors in one sitting. The fire-eating belly dancers, artists painting in various rooms, hoola-hoop girl, and a tarot card reader add to the funky and spontaneous vibe. Cafe Tu Tu Tango is close to many big hotels and easily accessible.
This old country store converted to a restaurant yells fun the minute you enter, its walls adorned with pictures of dogs and their owners everywhere. Try sandwiches like the Johnny Rocket or the Puppy Love. Chef Fish is known for making a legendary pulled pork sandwich. Though this restaurant is a little out of the way, it is completely worth the drive.
Coffee runs through the veins of French owners Claude and Chantal, who brought their roasting expertise to Orlando when they established Le Cafe de Paris. Now visitors and locals are invited to sample Calude's signature blend of coffee, an assortment of French pastries, and always fresh French sandwiches and salads.
The Drunken Monkey (caffeinated monkey more so) is Orlando's own college-town-esque coffeehouse. They only serve top shelf coffee that is fair trade and organic or Rainforest Alliance grown, and it's roasted and brewed in-house. Breakfast and lunch dishes are served all day, and the Anzac cookies are a local favorite.
Vibrant greens and reds, warm wooded accenting, and a fun menu all give Achilles' Art Cafe a unique edge over fellow Orlando cafes. Coffee, iced coffee, smoothies, beer (including German beer), and wines are available for drinks. Homemade pastries and house sandwiches are available for breakfast and lunch.
Latitudes is a scintillating roof top bar experience in downtown Orlando. A relaxing, tropical atmosphere, wooden plank flooring, and tropical plants make Latitudes the quintessential Orlando nightlife venue. They are well known as Orlando’s destination for classic alternative, Top 40, and party songs.
If you are searching for country music or a chance to polish up your line-dancing moves, then Cowboys Orlando is your place. Boots and bikini contests for the guys and boots and boxer contests for the girls are very popular. There are also tattoo contests and even live bull riding on special occasions.
The name does not betray you, for this bar was quite literally made from over 50 tons of carved ice! Icebar is kept at 27 degrees to ensure that everything is chill in both temperature and ambiance. All of the lights, frozen sculptures and music would make even Antarctica proud, along with world famous drinks like the Penguin Pizz. While small children are not allowed to enter, guests ages 8-20 may enter between 7pm - 9pm.
Modeled after its first location in New Orleans, Pat O'Brien's in Orlando serves Cajun with a Floridian twist. It is known for several things, the first of which being the famous flaming fountain patio. Guests are encouraged to taste the specialty "Hurricane" drink on the patio or at the Main Bar, where you can watch a game of one of the local teams. The Piano Lounge adds the finishing touches with the dueling pianos and sing-alongs.
Redlight Redlight is Orlando's beer parlor and destination for craft beer education. There are 23 rotating draft beers, and the cask-conditioned ales are made in the 2 beer engines. The beer list overall is impressive with over 250 bottles, from vintage selections to sour beers.
Murphy's Arms Pub is British-owned and operated, providing Orlando residents and visitors with an authentic pub experience. Beer pong is played every Friday, and the widescreen televisions are always aglow with games from the English Premier League, Coca-Cola Championship, Euro, Champions League, and the World Cup. Bucket and pitcher specials are offered daily.
For over 40 years, The Improv comedy club has produced world comedic talents at its various national locations. Adam Sandler, Bette Midler, Robin Williams, and Jerry Seinfeld are just a few household names that had beginnings at The Improv. Now with a location in Orlando, the comedy club features local talents from Central Florida. So come for the laughs, and you might just see the next big comedian!
This popular shopping spot has all the major department stores you need: Sears, Saks, Burdines, Dillard’s, Nordstrom, and JCPenney. It also has an attached hotel, the Adam’s Mark, and a huge selection of restaurants including Salsa Taqueria & Tequila Bar, Buca di Beppo, and Le Jardin.
This mall is the finest of the finest, only 5 miles from downtown Orlando. Gucci, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Dior, Tiffany & Co., and Juicy Couture are only a few of the offerings. This 1.3 million-square-foot center also includes fine department stores like Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, and Macy’s. After a long day of shopping, stop at The Blue Martini for a cocktail and live music.
14 miles west of downtown Orlando lies Winter Garden Village, and with it, all your shopping needs. The Village features an array of themes: discount department stores, home improvement, restaurants, home furnishings, health & wellness, financial institutions, services, sports, electronics, apparel & accessories, and more. After shopping, take a stroll to admire the outstanding architecture.
In addition to a robust selection of apparel and accessory stores, Altamonte also has dining and entertainment. Eat at the Orlando Ale House or the Elephant Bar & Restaurant before heading to a movie at the AMC Theaters. The mall is incredibly child- and family-friendly, with a children's play area located in the lower level near Sears.
Citizens of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Kingdom of Brunei can visit the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa (as well as citizens of Andorra, Lichtenstein, Monaco and San Marino). Citizens of these countries must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling. All other travelers must obtain a visa before visiting the United States. International travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the country.
Located only six miles southeast of downtown Orlando, the Orlando International Airport (MCO) is within 20 miles of almost all major hotels and attractions. It has two main terminals, serving a number of airlines, including domestic carriers Continental, American, JetBlue, Delta, Southwest, Midwest, Frontier, Northwest, AirTran, Spirit, United and US Airways, as well as a wide variety of international carriers like Aer Lingus, AeroMexico, Air Canada, Air Jamaica, British Airways, Lufthansa and Virgin Atlantic. There are nine rental car companies within walking distance of the main terminal, and Lynx bus lines 11, 51, 42, 111 and 407 connect the airport and the city center.
The summer months bring the largest crowds and most stifling temperatures. The weeks and months just before and after the summer months are better in terms of both weather and crowds. In winter, temperatures are at their coolest, crowds their smallest, and prices on accommodation their lowest. Orlando’s climate is humid and subtropical with two major seasons a year. From June to September, the weather is hot and rainy, while the dry season lasts from October through May.
LYNX is a regional bus service in central Florida, including Orlando. You can either buy a single ride or buy a 7-day pass. You can buy your tickets on the web or from certain outlets in the area. LYNX bus stops are regularly marked by a round sign with a pink paw or with a pink bus symbol.