Half-Day Orlando Activities

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Need to fill half a day while you’re in Orlando? Unique outdoor experiences make it easy, as do attractions, select theme parks and shopping excursions.

Theme Parks

Fun Spot America Theme Parks: Family-owned with locations on International Drive and in Kissimmee, these parks are home to some of Orlando’s best roller coasters, plus other rides and entertainment.

Gatorland: 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 and more.


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Bok Tower Gardens: Nearly 50 acres of tranquil, perfectly maintained gardens, as well the historic Pinewood Estate and Singing Tower, can be found about an hour south of Walt Disney World®.

Brevard Zoo: 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.

CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort Orlando: Even if you’re not a guest at this resort just minutes from the theme parks, you can still get paid admission to their extensive water park located right on International Drive.

ICON Orlando 360: This multipurpose destination is home to the ICON Orlando, Madame Tussauds Orlando, the SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium and other fun features, including dining and shopping.

Shopping, Dining & Entertainment

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Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores: Just seven miles from Walt Disney World®, this shopping mecca offers top retailers such as Nike, Aeropostale, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Eddie Bauer and many others.

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.

Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets: Located five miles from Walt Disney World®, this destination boasts TAG Heuer, The North Face, Burburry, Coach and numerous other premium brands.

Park Avenue in Winter Park: Winter Park, just 20 minutes northeast of Orlando, is one of the area’s most charming communities. Featuring high-end shopping and dining options, Park Avenue is its heart.

Pointe Orlando: Cuisine that runs the gamut from casual to haute is joined by a diverse selection of specialty shops at this location, which also has music and live entertainment.

Universal CityWalk: Universal Orlando’s entertainment and dining district is free to visit, with free parking after 6 p.m. Catch a movie, bowl a few frames, grab dinner and a show, and take in all the wonderful things there are to see.

Sports, Recreation & Outdoors

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Central Florida Nature Adventures LLC: Enjoy a guided kayak tour on three of Central Florida’s most scenic rivers. All starting points are 20 minutes to an hour north of downtown Orlando.

Hayley’s Jet Ski and Boat Rentals: Although it’s located in Melbourne, about 90 minutes from Orlando, this spot is worth the trip for the opportunity to navigate some of Florida’s most beautiful waterways.

Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park: Approximately 45 minutes from Walt Disney World®, this attraction offers a half-day airboat and gator park package that’s suitable for all ages.


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