Need Orlando vacation ideas to fill half a day? Unique outdoor adventures make it easy, as do attractions, shopping excursions and all-in-one entertainment districts.
When adventuring in Orlando, you’ll benefit from enhanced cleaning and safety measures at our theme parks, attractions, shopping centers and other businesses, all designed to help keep you and your family protected. Many of the trip ideas featured on this page also take advantage of Orlando’s great outdoors, where you can spread out and enjoy America’s most wondrous destination at your own pace!
Please note: Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified or closed. Learn more about healthy travel and what’s open in Orlando, and check with your favorite attractions for their current status.
You’ll never lack for entertainment when you spend a half-day — or more — at these attractions in and around Orlando.
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Bok Tower Gardens
Nearly 50 acres of tranquil, perfectly maintained gardens, as well as the historic Pinewood Estate and Singing Tower, can be found about an hour south of Walt Disney World® Resort.
Located on Florida’s east coast about an hour from Orlando, this zoo offers kayaking safaris, gorgeous flora and up-close encounters with giraffes and baby gators, among other features.
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
This zoo, about 30 minutes north of Orlando, has more than 500 animals, 23 acres of gardens, a children’s petting zoo, a splash playground, zip-lining courses and more.
Fun Spot America Theme Parks
Family-owned and operated with locations on International Drive in Orlando and in Kissimmee, these parks are home to some of Orlando’s best roller coasters, plus other rides and entertainment. Get discount tickets.
Orlando’s original theme park is still going strong with thousands of alligators and crocodiles on hand. Other features include a kids’ splash pad, a nature walk, the Gatorland Express train ride, the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line and Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure, among other options. Get discount tickets.
All-in-One Entertainment Complexes in Orlando
Whether you’ve come to Orlando primarily for attractions, dining, entertainment or shopping, you’ll find them all at our self-contained, walkable entertainment complexes.
Offering free admission and parking, Disney Springs at Walt Disney World is bigger and better than ever, with four fascinating neighborhoods to explore. You’ll find dining, shopping and entertainment options to fit every budget, as well as Orlando’s highest concentration of celebrity chefs.
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This multipurpose destination is home to attractions like The Wheel, Orlando StarFlyer, Madame Tussauds Orlando and SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, plus dining and shopping.
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At this location, cuisine that runs the gamut from casual to haute is joined by a diverse selection of attractions, such as WonderWorks and Main Event Entertainment, as well as specialty shops, music and live entertainment.
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Universal Orlando Resort’s entertainment and dining district is free to visit, with free parking after 6 p.m. excluding special event nights. Catch a movie, bowl a few frames, grab dinner and a show, and take in all the wonderful things there are to see.
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Shopping in Orlando
The Florida Mall®
Central Florida’s largest shopping center is close to the theme parks and Orlando International Airport (MCO). It offers top brands and amenities, including a 3,000-square-foot kids’ play zone.
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Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores
Just 7 miles from Walt Disney World, this shopping mecca offers top retailers such as Nike, Aeropostale, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Eddie Bauer and many others.
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The Mall at Millenia
Find 150 of the finest retailers and restaurants, including 40 market-exclusive shops, at this glamorous luxury mall just a short distance from Universal Orlando Resort.
Orlando International Premium Outlets®
Many popular brands, such as J. Crew, adidas, Victoria’s Secret and more, are represented at this shopping destination in the heart of International Drive.
Discover unique finds at bespoke retailers in neighborhoods close to downtown Orlando, including College Park, Ivanhoe Village, Audubon Park and others.
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Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets®
Located 5 miles from Walt Disney World, this destination boasts TAG Heuer, The North Face, Burburry, Coach and numerous other premium brands.
Winter Park, just 20 minutes northeast of downtown Orlando, is one of the area’s most charming communities. Featuring high-end shopping and dining options, Park Avenue is its heart.
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Ecotourism Activities in Orlando
Love the great outdoors? You’re going to love Orlando, which offers unforgettable outdoor adventures that can be experienced in half a day.
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Approximately 45 minutes from Walt Disney World, this attraction offers a half-day airboat and gator park package that’s suitable for all ages.