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When travelling with my wife, we always love seeing new places and doing new things. One of the great things about Orlando is that there are so many things to do, see, and experience without the negative vibe many big cities seem to give off.

Good for
  • Couples
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Like a Local

18 Places

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18 Places

Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa

Hotels

Hot Krust Panini Kitchen

Restaurants

Red Lobster

Restaurants

O'Charley's

Restaurants

Fun Spot America

Theme Parks

Crowne Plaza Orlando - Universal Blvd

Hotels

Whole Foods Market

Restaurants

SeaWorld Orlando

Theme Parks, Aquariums

Harry P. Leu Gardens

Gardens

WhirlyDome

Game & Entertainment Centres

Universal Studios Florida

Theme Parks

IKEA Restaurant

Restaurants

Lake Eola Park

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks, Bodies of Water

International Drive

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Wet 'n Wild

Water Parks

WonderWorks

Game & Entertainment Centres

World's Largest Entertainment McDonald's & PlayPlace

Playgrounds

Amway Center

Concerts, Sports Complexes

TheFloridaAdvisor's City Tips

  • If you're arriving via the airport, or picking someone up, remember: Orlando has TWO international airports!
  • So many fake products exist... Don't be too eager to see the Outlet malls, they're nice and all but overcrowded and overpriced! A friend of mine recently found out from Nike that his pair of cleats were not officially produced by Nike. This was purchased from an Orlando Nike outlet.
  • Driving is not that bad, except on I-4 at certain times of the day.
  • Gratuity may already be included in restaurant bills. If not, it's appropriate to tip 10-12%.
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    Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa
    Hotels
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    TheFloridaAdvisor Says:

    This is the best price for the best place to stay, in this traveler's opinion. The rooms are like apartments, the pool has a giant pirate ship with a slide, and the location could not be any better. The staff is also, mostly, very helpful.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Get a room near the main pool.
    • For a view, request a room facing downtown.
    • Don't worry about packing too many clothes, the rooms should all have washers and dryers.
    • There's a nice shopping plaza literally across the parking lot. Just a few minutes from EVERYTHING ELSE.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #94 of 341 Hotels in Orlando
    • Good base for park hopping 19/11/2017
    • Fantastic Resort 19/11/2017
    • Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa
    Address:
    8113 Resort Village Drive
    Orlando, FL 32821-5616
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    Hot Krust Panini Kitchen
    Restaurants (American, International, Fusion)
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    TheFloridaAdvisor Says:

    Without a single doubt, this place is the very best to eat at. The food is fresh, healthy and affordable. It's located near SeaWorld, right next to Whole Foods and just around the corner from International Drive.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Closed Sundays.
    • Spend time talking with the cashier, he's actually THE OWNER.
    • Try something new.
    • Don't be afraid to use the sauces! They're great! Especially the Papaya one...
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 2,897 restaurants in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Tried this because of reviews on TA 19/11/2017
    • Very good 16/11/2017
    • Hot Krust Panini Kitchen
    Address:
    8015 Turkey Lake Rd
    Suite 200
    Orlando, FL 32819-7383
    Phone:
    +1 407-355-7768
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$9
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 18:00
    Mon - Fri
    08:30 - 20:00
    Sat
    10:30 - 20:00
    Other:
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    Red Lobster
    Restaurants (American, Seafood)
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    TheFloridaAdvisor Says:

    Awesome food, wonderful service, and superb location.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try the salmon
    • Nearby Downtown Disney and the Outlets
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #166 of 2,897 restaurants in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • amazing! worth every penny! 14/11/2017
    • Great meal and staff 27/10/2017
    • Red Lobster
    Address:
    12557 State Road 535
    Orlando, FL 32836
    Phone:
    +1 407-827-1045
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:00 - 22:00
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    O'Charley's
    Restaurants (American, Bar)
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    TheFloridaAdvisor Says:

    Great food, excellent location, and prices comparable.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #403 of 2,897 restaurants in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing Food and Service. 15/11/2017
    • Orlando Trip 15/11/2017
    • O'Charley's
    Address:
    8081 Turkey Lake Rd Ste 700
    Suite 700
    Orlando, FL 32819-7389
    Phone:
    +1 407-354-0010
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 22:00
    Mon - Thu
    11:00 - 22:00
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Fun Spot America
    Theme Parks
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    TheFloridaAdvisor Says:

    One of the places to visit for go carting, arcade games, other things like that.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Buy a pass for what you like, but try not to spend too much time on the go carts. The fumes will literally blacken your nostrils and hurt your lungs! I know...
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 437 things to do in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Food and beverage 19/11/2017
    • Food and Beverage 19/11/2017
    • Fun Spot America
    Address:
    5700 Fun Spot Way
    Orlando, FL 32819-0001
    Phone:
    +1 407-363-3867
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    14:00 - 00:00
    Fri - Sun
    10:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Crowne Plaza Orlando - Universal Blvd
    Hotels
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    TheFloridaAdvisor Says:

    Staff wonderfully kind, rooms elegant, pool perfect!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #150 of 341 Hotels in Orlando
    • Ok for business 18/11/2017
    • Missing some comforts 08/11/2017
    • Crowne Plaza Orlando - Universal Blvd
    Address:
    7800 Universal Blvd
    Orlando, FL 32819-8950
    Phone:
    011 60 1-800-81-8081
    Other:
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    Whole Foods Market
    Restaurants (American)
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    TheFloridaAdvisor Says:

    The greatest selection of unharmed food anywhere. Ever.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Take a few minutes to really see their entire selection of products.
    • Eat next door, at the Hot Krust Panini!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 2,897 restaurants in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Absolutely brilliant place 16/11/2017
    • wow EXPENSIVE 15/11/2017
    • Whole Foods Market
    Address:
    8003 Turkey Lake Rd
    Phillips Crossing
    Orlando, FL 32819-7382
    Phone:
    +1 407-355-7100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    SeaWorld Orlando
    Theme Parks, Aquariums
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    TheFloridaAdvisor Says:

    Absolutely the most fun in Orlando! Even better than DISNEY! Slightly better than Universal.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Get there early.
    • See the shows.
    • Take a ride on the sky needle thingy.
    • Pet a dolphin.
    • Ride the MANTA!
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 437 things to do in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best Stop around 17/11/2017
    • Mediocre 16/11/2017
    • SeaWorld Orlando
    Address:
    7007 Sea World Drive
    Orlando, FL 32821
    Phone:
    +1 407-545-5550
    Other:
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    Harry P. Leu Gardens
    Gardens
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    TheFloridaAdvisor Says:

    Beautiful. Serene. Memorable. Take a visit! You won't regret it.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Look on the website, there's a day (unsure which) that admission is FREE!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 437 things to do in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A little bit of peace 15/11/2017
    • Recovering from Irma 12/11/2017
    • Harry P. Leu Gardens
    Address:
    1920 N Forest Ave
    Orlando, FL 32803-1537
    Phone:
    +1 407-246-2620
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    WhirlyDome
    Game & Entertainment Centres
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    TheFloridaAdvisor Says:

    Laser tag! So much fun. Other stuff, too. Just beware the drunks from the bar...

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Try laser tag.
    • Go early to try and avoid the possibility of drunks playing laser tag.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #105 of 236 Fun & Games in Orlando
    • Fun place to take a group! 30/08/2017
    • Great team building experience!! 02/05/2017
    • WhirlyDome
    Address:
    6464 International Dr
    Orlando, FL 32819-8216
    Phone:
    +1 407-212-3030
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 22:00
    Tue - Thu
    16:00 - 22:00
    Fri
    16:00 - 23:59
    Sat
    11:00 - 23:59
    Other:
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    Universal Studios Florida
    Theme Parks
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    TheFloridaAdvisor Says:

    Awesome rides! Such a blast, if you don't mind the waits.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Buy the fast pass.
    • If you experience problems, don't hesitate to kindly speak with the guest services.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 437 things to do in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • You're not in Disney anymore..... 19/11/2017
    • If you purchase your tickets on line, make sure you are purchasing the tickets for Universal in FLORIDA, not California. 19/11/2017
    • Universal Studios Florida
    Address:
    6000 Universal Boulevard
    Orlando, FL 32819-7640
    Phone:
    407 363 8000
    Hours:
    Mon - Tue
    09:00 - 20:00
    Wed - Thu
    08:00 - 21:00
    Fri
    08:00 - 19:00
    Sat - Sun
    08:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    IKEA Restaurant
    Restaurants (American, Swedish, Scandinavian)
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    TheFloridaAdvisor Says:

    For the people able to buy furniture and transport it home, or just the really bored... Try this place out! The food prices are extremely low and the quality is great.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try the lingonberry drink from the soda fountain!
    • Skip the departments you aren't really interested in seeing... IT'S A HUGE place, so energy conservation is very important lol
    • Try their hot dog special, it's like $1.50-2.00 for 2 hot dogs, chips, and a drink I believe.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #810 of 2,897 restaurants in Orlando
    • Shopping 10/11/2017
    • Cheap and good 09/11/2017
    • IKEA Restaurant
    Address:
    4092 Eastgate Dr
    Orlando, FL 32839-6484
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:30 - 18:30
    Mon - Sat
    09:30 - 20:30
    Other:
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    Lake Eola Park
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks, Bodies of Water
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    TheFloridaAdvisor Says:

    Very beautiful, kinda creepy since the lady statue thing's been put there but whatever...

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Take a walk around the whole park.
    • Go in the evening or after dark, the fountain is lit up!
    • Bring change for metered parking.
    • Not only is the fountain lit up at night, but there's music matching the flashes of the fountain colors at certain times!!!
    • Try out the Swan paddle boats if you're into a little workout. It was about $15 for thirty minutes when we went.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 437 things to do in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Quite calming after WDW 14/11/2017
    • Amazing Walk! 12/11/2017
    • Lake Eola Park
    Address:
    512 E Washington St
    Orlando, FL 32801-1941
    Phone:
    +1 407-246-4484
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    International Drive
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    TheFloridaAdvisor Says:

    Many of the best places to eat, play, and stay! There's so much to do and see here!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Try to enjoy the places at a leisurely pace. You might miss something special if you're going to fast.
    • See an IMAX movie at the cinemas.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 437 things to do in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lots to do... 18/11/2017
    • Eat, dance and have fun! 17/11/2017
    • International Drive
    Other:
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    Wet 'n Wild
    Water Parks
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    TheFloridaAdvisor Says:

    Absolutely one of if not the best water park in Orlando! We've seen many...

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Leave everything you can in your car. Lockers are tiny and expensive.
    • Start at the back of the park and work forward.
    • Stay together, it's more fun!
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great and spectacular rides, long queues. 25/07/2017
    • Lots of good fun 10/07/2017
    • Wet 'n Wild
    Address:
    6200 International Dr
    At Republic Drive
    Orlando, FL 32819-8290
    Phone:
    +1 407-351-1800
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    WonderWorks
    Game & Entertainment Centres
    See more photos
    TheFloridaAdvisor Says:

    Interesting, entertaining, fun, and hilarious! Great place!

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 236 Fun & Games in Orlando
    • Waste of money and smelled like B.O. Stay away from here 18/11/2017
    • Good for 2-3 hours 08/11/2017
    • WonderWorks
    Address:
    9067 International Dr
    Pointe Orlando
    Orlando, FL 32819-9316
    Phone:
    +1 407-351-8800
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    World's Largest Entertainment McDonald's & PlayPlace
    Playgrounds
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    TheFloridaAdvisor Says:

    This is HUGE and it is always busy. If you're on a budget, it's great.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • They have a large menu, with food not found in other McDonalds anywhere!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #99 of 437 things to do in Orlando
    • McDonald's with Amusements! 18/11/2017
    • Best McDs, but needs to work on tech 15/11/2017
    • World's Largest Entertainment McDonald's & PlayPlace
    Address:
    6875 W Sand Lake Rd
    Orlando, FL 32819-9349
    Phone:
    +1 407-351-2185
    Other:
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    Amway Center
    Concerts, Sports Complexes
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    TheFloridaAdvisor Says:

    Parking is expensive, but then again most of downtown cities are.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Bring very little, as the arena is massive and traveling will wear you out.
    • Eat before you come. It's prices are outrageous.
    • Get in line early!
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 72 Concerts & Shows in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Addition to Downtown Orlando! 18/11/2017
    • Orlando Magic vs Chicago Bulls 13/11/2017
    • Amway Center
    Address:
    400 W Church St
    Orlando, FL 32801-2515
    Phone:
    +1 407-440-7000
    Other:
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