Between beautiful weather, fantastic attractions and a diverse, welcoming community, Orlando is bursting with Instagrammable moments, art, people and more — including iconic landmarks. Here’s a rundown of the most famous Orlando structures that should be on your must-see list the next time you’re in town.
Discover: More Instagrammable Spots in Orlando
Additional reporting by Open AI’s ChatGPT.
Orlando vacation planning made easy — and free. Make a complimentary appointment with Visit Orlando’s Vacation Planners at a time and date of your choosing for the latest insider advice, special offers and more ahead of your next visit.
No matter where your Orlando adventures take you, Instagrammable landmarks are nearby.
Linton E. Allen Memorial Fountain at Lake Eola Park
Commonly referred to as the Lake Eola Park Fountain, this downtown Orlando landmark was built in 1957. Shooting water over 100 feet in the air and lit up at night, the fountain is surrounded by beautiful Lake Eola Park, which is perfect for picnics and leisurely strolls. Rent a swan boat for a closer view, or simply relax and enjoy the stunning views.
Discover: Things to Do in Downtown Orlando
The ‘Unbelievably Real’ Mural
After a successful world tour, including Brooklyn, Mexico City, Manchester and London, Orlando’s “Unbelievably Real” mural has come home. Designed by Orlando-based artist Clark Orr, the mural showcases all the ways our region shines, from tourism highlights like nightly fireworks and water adventures to innovative technologies such as simulation and rocket launches. You’ll find it on the corner of Orange Avenue and Pine Street in downtown Orlando.
Discover: Orlando Murals
Orange County Regional History Center
Close to Lake Eola Park, the Orange County Regional History Center is housed in a historic courthouse built in 1927. It’s a great place to learn about Central Florida history, including early settlers and the impact of various industries on the region. It’s adjacent to Heritage Square Park, an outdoor space with public art that’s perfect for relaxation and people watching.
Discover: Orlando History
Part of downtown Orlando’s Parramore District, the Amway Center is a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue that’s home to the NBA’s Orlando Magic — and so much more. Known for its modern design and high-tech amenities, the Amway Center is a popular destination for sports fans and concertgoers alike.
Save on discount tickets: Orlando Magic Home Games
Church Street Station
Once Orlando’s primary hub for transportation and commerce, downtown’s Church Street Station district boasts several iconic buildings that have been preserved and restored. Today, Church Street features restaurants, bars and clubs, as well as the all-new Fringe Artspace performing arts venue.
Discover: Eat & Drink in Orlando
Wells’Built Museum of African American History and Culture
Named after Dr. William M. Wells, the Wells’Built Museum of African American History and Culture in downtown’s Parramore District began life as the Wells’Built Hotel, which catered to African American travelers during Florida’s segregated past. It now showcases exhibits on African American history, art and culture, plus special events such as live performances, community programs and even ghost tours.
Built in 2017, Exploria Stadium is the home pitch for MLS’s Orlando City Soccer Club and the NWSL’s Orlando Pride. Part of downtown’s Parramore District, it features a modern design with a unique, horseshoe-shaped roof that covers the stands but leaves the field exposed to the elements. You can also count on lively, passionate soccer fans and an electric atmosphere.
Discover: Orlando Sports
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
The crown jewel of Orlando’s cultural scene, the state-of-the-art Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is part of downtown’s core. It has several performance spaces, including Steinmetz Hall — an acoustically remarkable space that can achieve an N1 sound rating.
Discover: Orlando Arts & Entertainment
Orlando City Hall
Right across the street from the Dr. Phillips Center, Orlando City Hall presents an excellent example of modernist design as dreamed up by world-renowned architect James Gamble Rogers II. It also benefits from numerous outdoor sculptures, plus indoor art galleries.
Discover: Orlando Museums & Galleries
Pulse Interim Memorial
Located at the site of the former Pulse nightclub, the Pulse Interim Memorial is a place to honor the 49 lives lost on June 12, 2016. The memorial is also a place to reflect and learn, serving as a beacon of hope for the future. It’s part of downtown Orlando’s SoDo District.
Discover: LGBTQ+ Culture in Orlando
Now one of the toniest enclaves in charming Winter Park, about 20 minutes north of our tourism districts, Hannibal Square started as one of the few areas in Central Florida where African Americans could own land during the segregation era. You can learn more the area’s history and influence at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center, which offers free admission.
Discover: Things to Do in Winter Park
“The Eyesore on I-4”
Not all landmarks get that way for desirable reasons. Case in point: the infamous “Eyesore on I-4.” Officially known as The Majesty Building, this 18-story, 300,000-square-foot structure started construction back in 2001 — and still isn’t complete to this day. Regardless, you can’t miss it when taking I-4 through the Altamonte Springs area, about 25 minutes north of our main tourism districts.
Orlando’s theme parks and the International Drive area are brimming with Instagrammable landmarks, including these top standouts.
Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World® Resort
Located in the heart of Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort, and arguably Orlando’s most famous landmark, Cinderella Castle is a must-visit for anyone who loves Disney. Standing over 189 feet tall, the castle is visible from all around the park — and then some. It houses a restaurant and gift shop, and also serves as the center point for the evening fireworks spectacular.
Save on discount tickets: WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort
Sky Tower at SeaWorld® Orlando
Part of Orlando’s skyline since 1974, the 400-foot-tall Sky Tower at SeaWorld® Orlando provides panoramic views of the surrounding area, including other theme parks, nearby attractions and even as far as downtown on a clear day. The observation deck features air-conditioned viewing areas and an open-air platform for 360-degree views.
Save on discount tickets: SeaWorld® Orlando
Hogwarts™ Castle at Universal Orlando Resort
This iconic building is located in Hogsmeade™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, one half of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at Universal Orlando Resort. Presenting an incredibly detailed replica of the castle seen in the Harry Potter™ films, it also houses one of the park’s most popular rides: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™.
The Wheel at ICON Park®
Part of ICON Park in the International Drive Entertainment District, aka I-Drive, The Wheel is a 400-foot-tall observation wheel — the tallest on the United States’ east coast, in fact. It offers leisurely, 20-minute rides aboard an air-conditioned capsule, each of which can hold up to 15 people, with gorgeous views of the surrounding area along the way.
Discover: Things to Do at ICON Park
Have some favorite Orlando landmarks of your own? Share them with us on social media using the hashtag, #LoveOrlando.
Use this interactive map to track down all of the spring events featured in this blog. (Click here if you found us via Google and don’t see a map or images.)
Stay Connected to Orlando
You never know what we’ll dream up next. Connect with Visit Orlando’s Vacation Planning Services for free, personalized assistance, and follow us on Facebook, X, Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest, Threads and YouTube for valuable offers, exclusive tips, fresh attractions and the latest events. You can also subscribe to our eNewsletter for more information from Orlando: Theme Park Capital of the World.