What To See
Walt Disney World
This is a self-contained city. Apart from the four main parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios and Animal Kingdom), there are three water parks, a shopping district, numerous hotels and eateries, a police force, transport systems, medical centers, even kennels.
Universal Orlando Resort
Immerse yourself in the next generation of blockbuster entertainment at Universal Studios Florida™. Journey through the worlds of heroes from favorite stories, myths and comic books at Universal's Islands of Adventure™. Enjoy the thrills and relaxation of a tropical paradise like no other at Universal's Volcano Bay™ water theme park, opening summer 2017. With three theme parks, five on-site hotels and the dining and entertainment of Universal CityWalk™, it's days and nights of endless fun for every member of the family.
With no fancy roller coasters or drenching water rides, this mom-and-pop park harkens back to Old Florida. Allow time to see all the rather tongue-in-cheek shows, charmingly free of special effects, dramatic music and spectacular light design.
Orlando Museum of Art
Founded in 1924, Orlando's grand and blindingly white center for the arts boasts a fantastic collection. The museum provides family guides, runs week-long day-camps and hosts Art Adventures. Each session looks at a particular element within the art (eg brushstrokes) and offers hands-on activities for kids.
Harry P Leu Gardens
One mile east of Loch Haven Park is this 50-acre tranquil escape from all the gloss.
Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
Internationally famous, with the world's most comprehensive collection of Tiffany glass; stunning centerpiece is a chapel interior.
Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
Scattered through the grounds of this stately home and serene garden museum are the works of Czech sculptor Albin Polasek. The small yellow villa, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and perched on the shore of Lake Osceola, was the artist’s home.
Sak Comedy Lab
Improv comedy in 200-seat downtown theater; 9pm shows Tuesday and Wednesday Reservations recommended. Check website for other show times.
Low-key island-inspired rooftop bar with tiki torches and potted palms. It's completely outside, three stories above street level, perfect for balmy Orlando nights. Latitudes is on the 3rd floor of Church Street Bars – look for Chillers on the 1st floor – and there's a microbrewery with pool tables on the 2nd floor.
The envy of any city or college town, this fantastic clapboard-sided theater screens independent and classic films and has an excellent restaurant featuring primarily local and organic fare. Have a veggie burger and a beer on the patio underneath the cypress tree, or opt for table service in the theater. Instead of traditional rows of seats, the theater has tables and comfy chairs.
The Silver Spurs Rodeo has been putting on a fine show since 1944, drawing 50,000 spectators and some of the top rodeo athletes to Orlando in mid-February and again in July. It's the largest rodeo in the eastern US. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is a big to-do at Walt Disney World in from March to May.