We asked Tweet Traveler member Jill Martin who also writes for Visit Florida great places to visit in Orlando. Thanks to our guest post by Jill Martin please find great things to do in Orlando.
Is it any wonder that Orlando ranks as the world’s number one destination for families? As the VISIT FLORIDA Family Insider, I can definitely give you the scoop on what’s hot, what’s not, and my secrets for scoring discounted tickets.
Theme Park Tips
Ok, everyone knows about Orlando’s many theme parks but what you might not know are some of the more unusual things you can do there. At Walt Disney World, embark on the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage and meet Peter Pan, Captian Hook, and enjoy a front row seat to the fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle.
SeaWorld has several behind the scenes tours that provide animal encounters like you’ve never imagined. After a long day, take a load off and enjoy dinner at their Mahahiki Luau.
Discovery Cove offers an all-inclusive day spent swimming with dolphins, snorkeling with rays and tropical fish, lounging on a private beach…and everything is included, from snacks to dolphin-safe sunscreen. Plus, occupancy is strictly limited so it’s never crowded.
Universal offers behind-the-scene tours, too, for up to 11 of your friends. It’s “star treatment” on steroids! Even if you don’t take a VIP tour, you can enjoy front-of-the-line access with your room key if you’re staying onsite.
LEGOLAND Florida opens in the fall of 2011 in Winter Haven. Purchase tickets now at their website.
There’s a saying, “If you buy your tickets at the gate, you’ve already been taken on your first ride.” You can find discounted tickets but stick with reputable distributors. I love mousesavers and the Official Ticket Center. UndercoverTourist is good, too. And don’t just think theme park tickets, you can get deals on all kinds of places, including dinner shows.
Make A Splash
In the summer, it’s hot. Waterparks save the day. Blizzard Beach is an alpine adventure that has very cool pools. Typhoon Lagoon has an amazing wave pool. Aquatica by SeaWorld is beyond awesome and offers year round fun. Coco Key is the new kid on the block; it’s a Waterpark Resort on I-Drive. And Wet n’ Wild is the granddaddy of them all.
A Side of Swashbuckling with your Chicken?
Arabian Nights, Medieval Times, Al Capone…dinner AND a show is the way to go for a FUNtastic evening. My personal favorite is the Pirates Dinner Adventure, but they are all entertaining. Seriously, you’ve got to try one.
When The Sun Goes Down
Ride a ferris wheel amid the neon lights at Old Towne. Take a romantic horse-drawn buggy ride around Celebration. At Downtown Disney, see “La Nouba” by Cirque du Soleil, sail through the air in the world’s largest tethered gas balloon, and stop for s’mores sundaes at Ghirardelli.
Animal Encounters of a Unique Kind
The Wild Africa Trek at Disney's Animal Kingdom offers small groups a three-hour, up-close safari adventure. Want to swim with sharks? If you’re a certified diver, you can with EPCOT’s Dive Quest. Brave hearts can take a nighttime airboat ride and spy red-glowing alligator eyes. Sleeping with the fishes is a good thing at SeaWorld’s family sleepovers.
For more Orlando vacation ideas, just ask! Find me at VISIT FLORIDA.
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