From thrills to tranquility, Central Florida offers the most adventure and best attractions on earth. Whether vacationing or relocating, a home in Central Florida puts you right in the middle of all the activities and attractions that create experiences that last a lifetime.
Fly across the water on a thrilling airboat ride and discover a world alive with tropical birds, turtles and legendary alligators. Travel to Old Town or tour the brick-lined streets of Celebration, where you’ll find an exciting mix of dining options, dinner shows and unique shopping possibilities. Our year-round warm weather and variety of golf courses are ideal for everyone from beginners to touring pros.
Explore comic books, timeless tales and blockbuster movies as they come to life right before your eyes! Face the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park® and enter a land where magic is real at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™- Hogsmeade™. Soar high above the city streets on The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man®, now in high-def 3-D. Go zero to 40mph in 2 seconds flat on The Incredible Hulk Coaster®. Get splash happy with your favorite cartoon characters in the water rides of Toon Lagoon®. And step right into the pages Dr. Seuss’s children’s books in Seuss Landing™. Islands of Adventure is the stuff legends are made of.
Busch Gardens Tampa is the ultimate family adventure park, featuring an unparalleled combination of up-close animal encounters, award-winning live entertainment and world-class thrill rides. As one of the top zoos in North America, Busch Gardens brings you face-to-face with more exotic and endangered animals than any destination in the world.
The world of “make-believe” comes alive in the Magic Kingdom® Park, where new adventures, fantasy, and fun surround you in seven wondrous lands of enchantment. Travel through these lands and see how fantasy becomes reality when you learn how to be a pirate, match wits with funny monsters and conquer mountains.
Immerse yourself in wonder at SeaWorld® Orlando, where the aquatic world comes alive. There is no better time than now to visit SeaWorld and experience the year-long 50th Celebration that features a Sea of Surprises™, including new interactive experiences, even more up-close animal encounters, giant sea life sculptures at the all-new SEA Garden and the SeaWorld “Surprise Squad” roaming the park on a daily basis randomly giving away prizes and special gifts.
If you think the building looks bizarre, wait until you see what’s inside! Come see what’s new! Our amazing 10,0000 square foot “Odditorium” looks like it’s falling into a Florida sinkhole. Hundreds of fascinating, outrageous and interactive exhibits will entertain the entire family. Explore an unbelievable variety of artifacts and displays in 16 unique galleries that pay tribute to the odd and the strange, inspired by Robert Ripley himself. Marvel at our collection of weird and unusual relics and rare treasures. Self-guided, self-paced tour allows guests to fully enjoy Orlando’s most bizarre attraction. We recommend that you allow at least 90 minutes for a leisurely visit.
From mild to wild, Wet ‘n Wild is the place to experience the fun, make the memories and Share the Rush! Nothing brings families together like shared experiences. That’s why Wet ‘n Wild has more multi-person rides than any other waterpark in Orlando. Climb into the Flyer with the kids and fly wide-eyed and screaming down the in-line toboggan ride or plummet into a darkened tunnel on a tube for four, lit by dancing lights and funky sounds on the Disco H2O™. Swirl faster and faster through a giant domed funnel on the Brain Wash™ or enjoy the thrill of just relaxing while taking a soothing soak in the Lazy River.
AirHeads Trampoline Arena is the premier entertainment option for fun seekers of all ages in Central and West Central Florida. Our indoor trampoline parks were founded by families, for families. We understand that parents are looking for an exciting place to take their children – a place that will inspire kids to break away from their video games, experience the real-life thrill of flying through the air, and get hours of exercise while doing it.
An indoor amusement park for the mind combining education and entertainment with more than 100 hands – on exhibits for all ages. WonderWorks began as a Top Secret research laboratory, led by Professor Wonder, on a remote island in the Bermuda Triangle. During an experiment gone awry, a manmade tornado unleashed through the laboratory and created a swirling vortex that carried the building thousands of miles away, landing it upside-down on top of a brick warehouse on International Drive in Orlando, Florida. Remarkably, all of the experiments remained intact and functional.
Take a ride on the new Screamin’ Gator Zip Line! Then take the Gatorland Express train and then head on over to Gator Gully Splash Park where kids of all ages can enjoy a good ol’ fashion squirtfest! Don’t miss the rare white alligators on display at Gatorland’s White Gator Swamp. Featuring four of the world’s largest white leucistic alligators known to roam the planet, these giant Ivory colored reptiles are each ten to twelve feet in length and weigh over 800 pounds.
Dinosaur World is Central Florida’s only attraction dedicated to the giants of years past. The 20-acre theme park is conveniently located between Tampa and Orlando off of Interstate 4 and a must see for families exploring the area. Spend your visit walking amongst some of the most feared predators ever to walk on the planet before heading off to the all-new Fossil Dig to practice your skills as a paleontologist. Uncover a prehistoric skeleton in the largest Boneyard Excavation in Florida before taking a turn at the all new Dino Gems Mining operation.
It is home to the largest and second tallest SkyCoaster in the world, standing at 250ft. It is also home to Orlando’s only wooden roller coaster, White Lightning. With the variety of rides the park has to offer, there is fun for the whole family. Cars park free, admission is free and there is also free Wi-Fi. Pay by the day or by the ride. Fun Spot America is truly a fun, affordable family park with the best value in town.
Discover the real Florida and nature at its finest in a place where time stands still and a sense of peace and tranquility prevail. Located about 30 minutes from Orlando among rolling hills of citrus, Bok Tower Gardens is one of Florida’s first attractions and best kept secrets. Voted Florida’s “Best Garden,” the National Historic Landmark is a truly extraordinary place unlike any other.
Discover an evening like no other: La Nouba™ by Cirque du Soleil, exclusively at the Walt Disney World Resort. Each mesmerizing performance re-imagines reality with breathtaking acrobatics, moving live music, daring and extraordinary feats of imagination – all perfectly choreographed to create an unforgettable theatrical experience that makes the impossible… possible.
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament suspends guests between past and present with a heart-pounding show that tells a tale of devotion, courage and love. North America’s most popular dinner attraction invites you to embark on an unforgettable journey! Travel through the mist of time where bold Knights on spirited horses display the incredible athleticism and thrilling swordfights that are the hallmark of this truly unique family entertainment.
Create your own adventures in this one-of-a-kind indoor, interactive Theme Park bursting with games that give “state-of-the-art” new meaning.
- Discover five floors
- Exploding with cutting-edge technology
- Virtual reality
- 3-D experiences
- All fueled by Disney innovation and imagination
Aquatica, SeaWorld’s amazing waterpark, blends up-close animal experiences and waters from serene to extreme with high-speed thrills and wide, sandy beaches. Amidst lush landscaping inspired by the South Sea Islands, Aquatica’s signature attraction, Dolphin Plunge, sends riders in clear tubes through a crystal-blue lagoon that is home to black-and-white Commerson’s dolphins. Aquatica features the world’s only side-by-side wave pools capable of operating both together and independently, while two winding rivers offer different voyages ranging from relaxing to racing.
Winter Park Village offers the market’s most powerful collection of high-end retailers and restaurants, all in a beautiful, inviting, “Main Street” setting which includes residential and office uses.
Enjoy a refreshing shopping experience among palm trees and oak shaded walkways, then catch a movie and a gourmet dinner. Whether shopping at a boutique for unique gifts or just looking for a place to unwind, Winter Park Village has it all!
Located only one mile from Walt Disney World® Resort on Interstate 4 at exit 68, Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets® is filled with 160 outlet stores from the most coveted designers and brands. Save 25% to 65% every day at an impressive list of outlet stores including:
- Armani Outlet
- Ann Taylor
- Banana Republic
- Barneys New York Outlet
- Calvin Klein
Located close to Universal Studios® at the north end of International Drive is Orlando International Premium Outlets® which is filled with 180 stores offering everyday savings of 25% to 65%. Stores include:
- Cole Haan
- Kate Spade New York
- Kenneth Cole
- Michael Kors
- Neiman Marcus Last Call
- Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th
Orlando’s award-winning shopping destination The Mall at Millenia is a runway of Pure Fashion and a playground for those who simply want it all! Indulge in an environment created with impeccable detail, adorned with exclusive art, relaxing fountains and breathtaking glass-ceilings; surrounded by style, elegance, inspiration, creativity, freedom, and the latest trends from Paris, London and Milan!
The Florida Mall, located only minutes from the Orlando International Airport, is Central Florida’s largest and most remarkable shopping center. Welcoming more than 20 million visitors per year and spanning nearly 1.8 million square feet, The Florida Mall offers an experiential environment with more than 250 unique entertainment, retail and dining options.
The shopping center is home to numerous first-to-market retailers including one of only five M&M’S® World locations found in the world, Central Florida’s only Disney Store, Zara flagship and Central Florida’s first American Girl store which recently opened in November 2014, and The Crayola Experience, slated to open in summer 2015.
IT ALL BEGAN WITH A SURFBOARD…
Today, Ron Jon Surf Shop has grown into a world-famous destination with locations in New Jersey, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, online and licensed partnerships. Visited by surf and beach lovers from around the globe, Ron Jon Surf Shop is recognized world-wide as an icon of the surf and beach lifestyle.
Come together to indulge in big-city fun in an area alive with excitement, unique shops, restaurants and entertainment! Explore Downtown Disney® Marketplace; a shopping boulevard of irresistible curiosities. Things you’ll never see again, unless, of course, they make the trip home with you.
- World of Disney®, the largest Disney character store in the world
- Once Upon a Toy, the ultimate toy store for the kid in all of us
- LEGO Imagination Center®
ICEBAR Orlando is the largest permanent ice bar in the world. Featured as one of the top extreme barhopping bars on the Travel Channel, this is an experience not to be missed. Our state of the art lighting, the exquisite carvings, and cool music will set the tone for an unforgettable night. Seventy tons of ice is carved into a winter wonderland with lights, music, and the feel of the Antarctic. A frosty 22 degrees keeps the fabulous frozen sculptures perfect for your photo moments. A warm thermal coat, fresh gloves, and the opportunity to try our world famous drinks are just a few steps from the Florida heat!
Eat, drink, shop, and see it all in one place-Universal CityWalk®. Only here can you enjoy Orlando’s best in casual and fine dining, live music, movies, shopping, miniature golf, the world-renowned Blue Man Group, and more. Dine on the cuisine of celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse at Emeril’s® Restaurant Orlando, kick back at Jimmy Buffett’s® Margaritaville, grab a bite to eat at the world’s largest Hard Rock Cafe®, or choose from an array of other exciting dining and entertainment options. It’s anything and everything you want to fill your days and nights with family fun-Universal CityWalk, the Entertainment Capital of Orlando.
Howl at the Moon’s interactive dueling piano show and incredible events make this dueling piano bar the best spot for Orlando nightlife! Howl at the Moon takes special events to the next level. From company outings to happy hours to bachelorette parties, a party at Howl at the Moon always rocks!
Take in an atmosphere that blends the timeless charm of a 1930s Atlantic coastal village with entertaining contemporary attractions. Stroll along the water’s edge for great views and good times. With a wealth of shopping, unique dining and fun-filled entertainment, it’s your best bet for a day or night out this side of Atlantic City.
If there’s a convenient, get-there-easily beach for Central Floridians, that has to be Alan Shepard Beach Park at Cocoa Beach. Named after the first American astronaut sent into space, this five-acre beach has long been a favorite site to view space shuttle launches from nearby Cape Caneveral. But what most people care about when they go there is to have a great beach day, in a clean, safe environment and close to all kinds of stores, eateries and beach bums-related retail shops.
Daytona Beach remains one of the few Florida destinations where you can drive the minivan onto the sand, park it and unload for an easy family day in the sun and surf on lifeguard-patrolled beaches.
But this traditional Atlantic Ocean vacation spot also boasts a boardwalk and pier, natural wonders and kid-friendly attractions, including new beachfront parks and a dazzling water park and family entertainment center just blocks off the beach. The Daytona Beach area also offers access to 23 miles of beaches, with 11 of those open for vehicles. Nearby are the Daytona International Speedway, historic St. Augustine and charming New Smyrna Beach.
Clearwater Beach is a barrier island off a peninsula, so it takes some bridge-hopping to reach it. But three miles of powdery white beach and abundant family attractions await in this reawakening old shore town. Mom ‘n’ pop hotels, shops, restaurants and attractions have kept that cluttered, Old Florida feel intact and affordable even as three luxury resorts and a $30 million Beach Walk brick promenade are being unveiled. Nearby you’ll find 32 miles of Gulf beaches on eight barrier islands plus St. Petersburg, Tampa and Sarasota.
Sporting and Entertainment
Established in 1974, Orlando Ballet is the professional resident ballet company in the Greater Orlando area. The Orlando-based organization employs a full-time company of national and international dancers, performing both full-length classical ballets and contemporary repertoire programs. Via its mission, Orlando Ballet seeks to entertain, educate, and enrich the cultural growth of Florida through the highest quality of dance.
ESPN Wide World of Sports® Complex is the home of exhilarating experiences which ignite passion and fuel the spiritis. The 220-acre facility plays host to over 170 amateur and professional events each year. This is a place where athletes can compete and experience the same world-class facilities that are used by the best athletes in the world. Spring training is when the excitement builds for baseball fans, who can watch Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves prepare for the regular season. The Braves have made ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex their spring training home since 1998.
The Orlando Magic play in the National Basketball Association (NBA) at the award-winning Amway Center, recognized for its advanced technology and unique fan amenities. The mission of the Orlando Magic is to be world champions on and off the court, delivering legendary moments every step of the way. On the court, Orlando has won five division championships, and won the Eastern Conference title in 1995 and 2009. Off the court, on an annual basis, the Orlando Magic gives more than $2 million to the local community by way of sponsorships of events, donated tickets, autographed merchandise, scholarships and grants.
The Orlando Watersports Complex is a unique watersports park designed for:
Over 14 years old, OWC has established itself as the best place to learn how to wakeboard. OWC is set up with two full size cable systems, a two-tower system and a boat lake. The two-tower system is great for teaching new riders the basics while our beginner full size cable provides them the tools to create a solid wakeboarding foundation.
Visit Florida’s ULTIMATE natural attraction at Boggy Creek Airboat Rides East. With two Kissimmee locations close to the Orlando Attractions, you’re sure to witness some of the most spectacular scenery that Florida has to offer on a Boggy Creek Airboat Rides East! Airboats glide across the water at speeds up to 40 miles per hour on our Coast Guard inspected and approved boats. Lake Toho is the headwater to the Florida Everglades, often thought of as one of the world’s greatest treasures.
Hot air balloon rides are a great way to celebrate a special occasion, birthday, engagement, anniversary or corporate outing. Peacefully drifting across treetops as dawn breaks is an experience not to be missed. Enjoy the panoramic view of the lakes, wildlife and skylines of Central Florida’s cities and attractions. At the end of your one hour flight, we’ll enjoy a 200 year old tradition of light champagne brunch at Dulcetto’8293 Champions Gate Blvd, Champions Gate Fl 33896. This is also the location to meet your pilot and crew one hour prior to sunrise. You will also receive mementos of your very special flight. Your adventure will last approximately 3 hours, the memory a lifetime.
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate offers the ideal destination for your next Orlando golf vacation. The resort features two championship 18-hole golf courses designed by accomplished architect and golfer Greg Norman and ChampionsGate is the world headquarters for the David Leadbetter Golf Academy. Golfers also enjoy the convenience of walk-out golf with a continuous golf cart shuttle to and from the golf course and academy.
Embark on a course to become one with nature when you set out to play 18 holes at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club® Orlando, Grande Lakes. A Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, the golf course blends into the natural landscape, protecting natural resources and habitats while enhancing the overall golf experience. Designed by two-time British Open Champion Greg Norman, the course blends a variety of hazards to provide a challenging but fair test of a golfer’s abilities resulting in an atmosphere reminiscent of a private course.
The championship golf courses at Walt Disney World Resort have garnered praise and prestigious awards for their superlative design, impeccable service, world-class amenities and overall playability throughout the years. When you book a tee time at any of our four courses, you’ll experience the characteristic beauty and benefits that continue to rake in the accolades for Disney Golf.
Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge; two of the finest public golf courses Orlando, Florida has to offer and much more! If you are looking for the best golf in Orlando, FL and want to know who has the finest course layouts, conditions and facilities, look no further than Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge.
Falcon’s Fire Golf Club is recognized both regionally and nationally as one of the finest public golf courses in Orlando. A Rees Jones designed championship golf course and spacious clubhouse offer guests a spectacular venue for any occasion. From an immaculate golf course, to the exquisite dining at the Falcon’s Nest Restaurant, to the latest technology, equipment, and apparel at the award-winning Golf Shop, Falcon’s Fire Golf Club is a premier Florida golf destination, conveniently located just steps from the Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando International Airport, and the Orange County Convention Center.
Renowned golf course architect Steve Smyers has designed one of Central Florida’s most dynamic new golf courses. In partnership with six-time major champion Nick Faldo, Smyers created each hole of Grande Pines Golf Club to be a strategic challenge that will bring out the best in each player’s game. Nestled among lakes, tall pines, oaks and palms, Grande Pines Golf Club peacefully coexists with the native flora and wetlands. The course is committed to environmental stewardship, and is a member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Grande Pines Golf Club is ideally situated right off Orlando’s International Drive, next to Marriott’s Grande Vista Resort, and close to all the exciting attractions, finest restaurants and the Orange County Convention Center. Discover more about the elegant villa accommodations and recreational amenities of Marriott’s Grande Vista Resort.