Florida, United States
Theme parks draw crowds to Orlando, especially Disney World, Sea World, and Universal Studios. But beyond Cinderella's castle, Shamu's water tank, and Harry Potter's world of wizardry are Orlando's Florida Citrus Bowl stadium, fragrant tropical Leu Gardens, Ivanhoe Village cultural attractions, and a tasty new Chinatown.
Getting Around Orlando
The best way to get around Orlando is by car. Public transit and shuttle options exist, but a car is by far the easiest and most convenient transportation to access the numerous local theme parks and beaches.
Nearby Airports
  • Orlando International Airport-MCO
Airport Taxis
  • $35 to Downtown Orlando
Things to Do and See in Orlando
Thornton Park & Lake Eola Ivanhoe VillageChinatownDowntown Orlando
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Orlando's three main parks are Universal Studios, Sea World, and Disney World (actually located in Lake Buena Vista). Universal Studios includes the newer Islands of Adventure and the Amazing World of Harry Potter, where you feel as though you've stepped into the movie. At Sea World you can sit in the splash zone for a Shamu show and learn about animal conservation. Orlando also has smaller theme parks worth visiting. Discovery Cove lets you spend the day in a wetsuit, swimming with dolphins and sealifeā€”a much more personal experience than Sea World. Gatorland features over 3,000 alligators and nearly 100 crocodiles, as well as death-defying stunts.
Just north of Downtown Orlando, Ivanhoe Village is home to the Orlando Science Center, the Orlando Ballet, the Orlando Repertory Theater, the Shakespeare Theater, the Orlando Fire Museum and the Garden Club. Lake Ivanhoe is a hub of outdoor activity, including paddleboarding and biking. Nearby, you'll find shopping, art studios and day spas.
While most cities developed Chinatowns through Asian immigration over decades, Orlando's Chinatown was planned and launched within a few years. Anchored by cornerstone grocery 1st Oriental Supermarket, this area was officially established in 2002. Today Chinatown offers authentic Asian cuisine, traditional Asian herbal spa treatments and acupuncture-but the area is still developing, and is more influenced by American taste than homegrown immigrant culture.
Downtown Orlando boasts the Orlando Museum of Art, an interactive science center and a large stadium, the Florida Citrus Bowl. The downtown area feels a bit less cosmopolitan, and focuses on entertainment and family friendly dining. Minutes away from downtown is Leu Gardens, 50 acres of meandering trails and beautifully maintained gardens, including the largest collection of camellias in the country. Originally called the Orlando Stadium when it was constructed in 1936, the Florida Citrus Bowl is one of the largest stadiums in Florida, holding over 70,000 people. This stadium has hosted World Cup Soccer, college and professional football, Olympic soccer, and Supercross.