Don’t settle for any getaway. Make yours unbelievably real with incredible experiences that you will only find in Orlando.
Updated Aug. 30, 2022
Orlando is the only place in the world where you can have breakfast with Mickey Mouse, cast spells in Diagon Alley™, zoom across the Everglades in an airboat, pet a penguin, and catch an incredible fireworks show — all in one day. With more than 190 unique activities in our welcoming destination, plus more being added every year, that lineup is just one of nearly 1.8 million distinct combinations, ensuring thrills for your entire group no matter how you choose to experience Orlando.
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To simplify your planning, make a personal appointment with one of our experienced Vacation Planners. But first, here are a few adventures you can include in future visits to ensure an unforgettable getaway of your own — and they’re all exclusive to Orlando.
Fireworks. Every Night.
Orlando offers the unique chance to catch fireworks and similar shows every night of the year (weather permitting). From the nightly Disney Enchantment and Harmonious spectaculars at Magic Kingdom® Park and EPCOT®, respectively, at Walt Disney World® Resort, to an incredible combination of music, water and light at Universal Orlando Resort’s Cinematic Celebration at Universal Studios Florida, you will spot gorgeous displays whether you’re in the theme parks or even just nearby.
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More seasonal shows take place at SeaWorld® Orlando, including the summertime Ignite display, as well as holiday shows at locations throughout the area, such as Independence Day and New Year’s Eve. A hallmark of our destination, nightly fireworks are just one more unbelievably real part of the Orlando experience.
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Tour Orlando’s MICHELIN Guide Restaurants
Foodies, take note: With more than 6,000 places to eat, Orlando is ready to satisfy all your cravings. Not sure where to start? How about our 51 MICHELIN Guide restaurants, including four MICHELIN Starred venues, 11 Bib Gourmands and 31 Recommended eateries.
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These stellar dining choices can be found not just in our tourism districts but throughout Orlando’s unique neighborhoods and neighboring cities. You won’t be able to experience all of our MICHELIN Guide restaurants in one week, or even two — not to mention those headed by celebrity chefs and James Beard Award VIPs, along with other local favorites — but you will have many delicious reasons to return again and again.
Hear Sound Like Never Before
In early 2022, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts added a wondrous new reason to visit downtown Orlando: Steinmetz Hall. This acoustically remarkable space can achieve an N1 sound rating — the lowest level at which humans can detect sound. The multi-form venue is also one of the few theaters on the planet that can transform in shape, seating and sound to accommodate a stunning array of art forms and events that include concerts, ballet, live theater, comedy and more.
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Steinmetz Hall isn’t the only world-class performance space at the Dr. Phillips Center, which also encompasses the Walt Disney Theater, the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, and the open-air Seneff Arts Plaza. No surprise then that the center hosts more events annually than any other major venue in Orlando — but no matter when you visit, you can count on unique things to do all over town, every day of the week.
Watch Rocket Launches on the Regular
Nowhere else can you watch a rocket launch from the spectacular view of a 400-foot-tall observation wheel. Yet here in Orlando, catching sight of an Artemis, Blue Origin or SpaceX launch is possible almost anywhere thanks to the destination’s close proximity to Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Combined with the stunning perspective of Orlando available from atop The Wheel at ICON Park®, a live launch becomes an unforgettable moment to witness in person. Check Visit Orlando’s events calendar or the KSC website to see if any launches are scheduled during your getaway.
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Even if no rocket launches are scheduled while you’re here, you can always scratch the itch of space exploration with a visit to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, just an hour from our tourism districts on Florida’s east coast. Stroll through their famous Rocket Garden. Experience the future of space travel at the all-new Gateway™: The Deep Space Launch Complex. And stand nose-to-nose with the actual Space Shuttle Atlantis. These and many other interactive activities can help your family reach for the stars every time you visit Orlando.
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Hang Glide … Without Mountains
Believe it or not, mountains aren’t necessary to hang glide — at least, not in Orlando. Here, you can experience the first and largest aerotow hang gliding park in the world, Wallaby Ranch.
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Just south of our main tourism districts, this innovative flight school invites thrill-seekers of any experience level to tandem hang glide the safest way possible: by being towed 2,000 feet in the air, then gently released to ride the air currents back down. You will even be taught to steer the glider on your first flight.
Soar Over Gators
Zip line seven stories above 130 live alligators and crocodiles at the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line at Gatorland, aka The Alligator Capital of the World®. You won’t find another zip line experience like it, with 1,200 feet of thrilling flight across Florida wildlife and breathtaking views from high above the treetops.
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Just because the Screamin’ Gator is one of Orlando’s most thrilling outdoor experiences, that doesn’t mean it’s only for adults — kids as young as 4 can safely get in on this action.
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Regular updates about what’s new in Orlando can be found at VisitOrlando.com, including our blog, plus our email newsletter. You can even make an appointment for a complimentary, personalized, one-on-one session with one of our expert Vacation Planners for advice and guidance on building the perfect itinerary.
But like we said, there is no wrong way to experience Orlando. Start planning your next unbelievably real getaway today.
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