See yourself in Orlando this summer with some of our Instagram followers’ top picks.

Updated April 22, 2024

Summer is just around the corner and Visit Orlando’s Instagram followers are ready to help you break out the swimsuits, shorts and shades. Our top fans know all of the latest things to experience in Orlando, from new theme park attractions and MICHELIN Guide honorees to abundant outdoor adventures and relaxing fun in the sun. Read on for some of their latest summer must-dos.

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10. Ice-Cold Treats & MICHELIN Eats

Unwind this summer with fresh, seasonal fare and ice-cold treats wherever your Orlando adventure takes you. From boozy milkshakes and poolside popsicles to towering ice cream sundaes and iconic theme park snacks, we have just the thing to help you cool off in style.

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Throw in 48 MICHELIN Guide restaurants, including seven starred venues, 11 Bib Gourmands and 30 Recommended eateries — newcomers include Camille, Chuan Fu, Natsu, Sushi Saint and Zaru — and you certainly won’t go hungry for gourmet options in Orlando.

9. Natural Springs

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King’s Landing at Rock Springs Run State Reserve

Reconnect with nature in Orlando’s beautiful natural springs, where you can swim, kayak, canoe, snorkel, hike or simply soak up the sun. Top options include Blue Spring State Park, De Leon Springs State Park, Rock Springs Run State Reserve at Kelly Park, and Wekiwa Springs State Park, which are all an hour or less from Orlando’s core.

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8. Even More Ecotourism

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Otter Paddle Orlando in Winter Park

Orlando is home to an abundance of stunning outdoor adventures by land, air and sea, and natural springs are just the beginning. Fans can’t wait to explore our scenic boat tours, paddle through urban lakes and serene canals, and take off on high-flying zip-line and hang-gliding adventures. Fishing, biking, birding, watersports and off-road escapades round out our list of some of the best ways to explore Orlando’s wild side.

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7. Golf

Grand Cypress Florida Course sunrise at Evermore Orlando Resort
Grand Cypress Golf Course at Evermore Resort Orlando

Hit the links at more than 130 Orlando-area golf courses, including professionally designed golf courses from Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio. And that’s not all. Challenge your friends and family to a competitive matchup on our imaginative themed mini golf courses, or cool off with virtual golf simulators — including fully indoor options like the new Stadium Club Sports Simulator Suites at Caribe Royale Orlando.

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6. Lazy Rivers

Family in the lazy river at JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes
JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes

Take relaxation to the next level with winding lazy rivers at Orlando’s theme parks and resorts. Choose from options mild and wild for your perfect day in the sun, from bubbling rapids in onsite water parks to tranquil grottos lined with waterfalls and fountains.

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5. Indoor Attractions

Up your vacation’s cool factor at Orlando’s many indoor attractions. ICON Park®, Dezerland Park and Pointe Orlando are ideal one-stop shops for indoor family fun in the International Drive Entertainment District, with many more standalone options nearby.

Meanwhile, downtown Orlando and its surrounding neighborhoods are home to arts and culture staples like the Orlando Science Center, Fringe ArtSpace, and The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. One thing’s for sure: You won’t run out of things to do during your visit.

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4. Theme Parks

At Destination D23 2023, it was announced that beginning Oct. 16, 2023, Walt Disney World Resort guests visiting EPCOT will be able to voyage into an all-new adventure with Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana. Guests can explore a beautifully landscaped walking trail with fun and surprises around each turn, as they engage with water in magical ways like Moana did with the ocean. The new walk-through attraction is located in the World Nature neighborhood of EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Amy Smith, Photographer)
Journey of Water, Inspired by MOANA at EPCOT®, Part of WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort (Photo by Amy Smith/©Disney)

No surprises here: Orlando fans can’t wait to experience our world-class theme parks and dive into the latest groundbreaking attractions. Newcomers at Walt Disney World® Resort include TRON Lightcycle / Run at Magic Kingdom® Park, Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana and an all new fireworks show, Luminous The Symphony of Us at EPCOT®, plus the highly-anticipated Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, scheduled to open this summer at Magic Kingdom® Park.

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Hit the waves – roller coaster style – on Pipeline: The Surf Coaster at SeaWorld® Orlando, then travel to the park’s penguin habitat on the all-new Penguin Trek: an immersive indoor/outdoor family launch coaster due to open in spring 2024.

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At Universal Orlando Resort, you can boogie all day long at Illuminaton’s Minion Land. Plus, meet favorite characters from Shrek, Trolls, and Kung Fu Panda at DreamWorks Land, set to open this summer at Universal Studios Florida.

Finally, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort recently debuted a brand-new LEGO® Ferrari Build & Race experience. It joins Pirate River Quest as one of the latest attractions at LEGOLAND® Florida Theme Park.

3. Cool Pools

Dive into Orlando’s coolest pools with dozens of options throughout our amenity-packed resorts. Giant pirate ships, onsite water parks, lazy rivers and sleek rooftop views are par for the course here, so take your pick and relax however you like. Explore fan favorites like Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, or unwind at new poolside hangouts at The Alfond Inn, the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes and The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes.

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2. Water Parks

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Orlando isn’t just the Theme Park Capital of the World — it’s also home to some incredible water parks. Splash into summer fun at Orlando’s at Universal Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort, Aquatica® Orlando, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park at Walt Disney World® Resort, Discovery Cove ®, LEGOLAND® Water Park at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, or Island H2O Live!, plus onsite water parks at select resorts.

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Tassie's Underwater Twist at Aquatica® Orlando

New this summer is Tassie’s Underwater Twist, an immersive waterslide that will take you on an awe-inspiring journey through Australia’s Shark Bay seagrass meadow at Aquatica Orlando.

1. Everything

Not satisfied with limiting themselves to this already expansive list, our Instagram followers won’t settle for anything less than everything. By which they mean FC Series soccer matches, uplifting arts and culture, exploring unique neighborhoods, pure relaxation at soothing spas, special events like GayDays and much more. Like we said: Everything.

There you have it, Visit Orlando Instagram followers’ top 10 things to do in Orlando this summer. Have some tips of your own? Share them with the world on your favorite social media channels with the hashtag, #OrlandoForAll.

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