See what Orlando’s biggest Instagram fans can’t wait to experience this summer, including open-air theme park adventures, water parks, ecotourism, amazing food and drinks, shopping, and much more (Discovery Cove® pictured).
Summertime brings summer vacations, which means a trip to Orlando for many travelers — and you won’t lack for unique experiences if you’re one of them. Want proof? We asked our followers on Instagram what they were most looking forward to doing in Orlando this summer … and as you can imagine, they pretty much can’t wait to try everything. (They are Orlando fans, after all!)
Realizing that’s not particularly helpful to people trying to plan an Orlando getaway, we ran some high-tech calculations on the results and were able to narrow it down to seven sensational things our Instagram fans can’t wait to experience this summer:
- Walt Disney World® Resort
- Shopping, including The Mall at Millenia and Orlando Premium Outlets
- ICON Park®, including Orlando Starflyer, Madame Tussauds Orlando and SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium
- Universal Orlando Resort
- Good Eats, including Gideon’s Bakehouse, Cafe Tu Tu Tango and Sus Hi Eatstation
- SeaWorld® Orlando & Discovery Cove®
- Ecotourism & Outdoor Adventures, including kayaking tours and Gatorland
Check out some of our Instagram fans’ favorite images below, and view a Google Map of their summer must-do’s!
Looking for other things to do this summer in Orlando? Keep reading to learn more about our followers’ favorites and additional trip ideas, including open-air theme park fun, wild water parks, unique attractions, great food and drink, eco-adventures, shopping, and more. You can also experience our wonders with confidence thanks to enhanced health and safety measures being employed by theme parks, attractions and other businesses all over town. Make it a summer to remember in Orlando!
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Please note: Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified. Learn more about healthy travel in Orlando, and check with your favorite attractions and other businesses for their current status.
Play at Open-Air Theme Parks
Theme parks at Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld® Orlando, Walt Disney World® Resort and LEGOLAND® Florida Resort are always a blast, and our social media followers can’t wait to visit them this summer. What’s more, our parks all have something you won’t want to miss this summer, including Jurassic World VelociCoaster at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, the Ice Breaker coaster coming soon to SeaWorld plus the return of its Electric Ocean summer festival, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® and Taste of EPCOT® Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World, Brickbeard’s Watersport Stunt Show at LEGOLAND Florida, and more. Click the link below to discover all the fresh reasons to visit Orlando in 2021!
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Make a Splash at Water Parks
One of the best ways to stay cool during summer? A day of fun at Orlando’s water parks according to our social media fans! One of the most unique is SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove®, an all-inclusive day resort where you can experience a wide range of natural adventures — including the chance to swim with dolphins! You’ll find traditional water parks at all of our theme parks, including Universal’s Volcano Bay, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon® Water Park, Aquatica® Orlando (featuring the all-new Riptide Race attraction), and LEGOLAND Florida Water Park, which is available as an upgrade to regular LEGOLAND Florida admission. (Disney’s Blizzard Beach® Water Park is currently closed.)
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Water parks aren’t the only way to beat the heat in Orlando. Check out this blog for our top tips for staying cool while you’re in town!
Chill Out at Indoor Attractions
Family fun can heat up fast in Orlando, but our social media followers plan on keeping the excitement going when they’re ready to cool down by visiting one of our indoor attractions. Top options include WonderWorks at Pointe Orlando; Madame Tussauds Orlando, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium and Museum of Illusions at ICON Park®; Crayola Experience at The Florida Mall®; and iFLY Orlando Indoor Skydiving and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! on International Drive, as well as indoor kart racing, virtual-reality attractions, escape rooms and much more — plus Orlando Magic games!
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And speaking of places like ICON Park and Pointe Orlando…
Explore Wide-Open Retail, Dining & Entertainment Districts
Our social media fans are definitely visiting Orlando’s retail, dining and entertainment districts (RD&E’s) this summer! In addition to ICON Park — which is easy to find thanks to The Wheel — and Pointe Orlando on International Drive, options include Disney Springs® at Walt Disney World Resort and Universal CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort. And though they’re not technically RD&E’s, downtown Orlando, Winter Park and Winter Garden have plenty to offer anyone who wants to enjoy a wide range of experiences in one location.
Enjoy Amazing Food & Drinks
Orlando is setting the table for incredible dining experiences this summer, and our social media fans can’t wait to taste all of it! Hot spots include Disney Springs, Universal CityWalk, International Drive (particularly ICON Park and Pointe Orlando), Restaurant Row, downtown Orlando, Winter Park, and surrounding areas. Don’t forget cold treats, either —the tastiest way to beat the summer heat in Orlando!
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Get Wild With Eco-Adventures & Outdoor Sports
When it gets hot, nothing feels better than a cool breeze — which is probably why our social media followers can’t wait to go zip-lining high above ground or speeding over water in an airboat! Zip-line opportunities can be found at the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line at Gatorland, Seminole Aerial Adventures at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, and other locations.
Learn more: Orlando Ecotourism
For airboat tours, check out Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures, Spirit of the Swamp Airboat Rides and Wild Florida. For a more relaxed pace, check out the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour, rent a kayak or paddleboard at any of our larger lakes and select resorts, or dive into our gorgeous natural springs, including Rock Springs Run at Kelly Park. You can even catch a stiff breeze while moving at high speeds over land at Revolution Adventures. Other ways to enjoy our great outdoors include golf, mini-golf and Orlando City Soccer Club matches.
Shop at Air-Conditioned Malls
When our social media followers are on the hunt for air conditioning and great buys, they head to Orlando’s premier shopping malls, including The Mall at Millenia and The Florida Mall. Both feature dining and entertainment in addition to world-class shopping.
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And while Orlando’s outlet malls and RD&E’s are open-air centers, individual stores don’t skimp on the AC, including those at Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, Orlando International Premium Outlets® and Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets®, as well as at Disney Springs, Universal CityWalk, Pointe Orlando and ICON Park. Best of all, Orlando’s most sought-after shopping is all within a 15-mile radius of our theme parks.
Dive Into Resort Pools
Between relaxing waters, gorgeous scenery and a wealth of extras that include lazy rivers, waterslides, secluded grottos, underwater sound systems and more, resort pools in Orlando are essential in the summer. Fortunately, we have a lot to choose from — and our social media followers can’t wait to dive in!
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Immerse Yourself in Art & History
Orlando’s museums and galleries don’t just feature priceless works of art and engaging exhibits — as our social media fans have discovered, they’re also a prime source of air conditioning during the warmer months! Which means you can cool down while uplifting your mind, and often at highly affordable prices.
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In Loch Haven Park alone, you can peruse Orlando Museum of Art, The Mennello Museum of American Art and Orlando Science Center, which is great for kids and their families. Loch Haven Park is 10 minutes from downtown Orlando, where you can explore the Orange County Regional History Center and the Wells’Built Museum of African American History and Culture. And just north of downtown in Winter Park, make time for the Cornell Fine Arts Museum (which offers free admission), The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, and the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens.
Combined, these ideas add up to a summer you’ll never forget in Orlando. Have other suggestions you’d like to share? Be sure to let us know about it on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, plus our brand-new Facebook group where you can plan your Orlando getaway by swapping tips and tricks with fellow travelers. We can’t wait to see you this summer!
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