With seven theme parks
, four water parks
and more than 80 other attractions
, Orlando, Fla., attracts more than 50 million visitors annually. Here, endless sunshine and towering palms usher visitors through a magical world of adventure, thrills and discovery.
Often when people think Orlando, they think Walt Disney World
Resort. After all, it is the world's largest resort. Here you can explore the seven themed lands of the Magic Kingdom
, or marvel at a "utopian city of the future" at Disney's Epcot Center
Walt Disney World also lets you experience Hollywood themes and characters through the fantastic rides and attractions of Disney-MGM Studios
. And it's not all 'toons here--check out the real animals at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Disney may have the corner on the "make believe" market--and it's a ton of fun--but nobody does the life aquatic like SeaWorld
. Killer whales, stingrays, dolphins
, thrill rides, roller coasters--if you don't make it here you're certainly going to feel all wet.
Fans of fast rides with well-known movie themes can get their kicks at Universal Orlando Resort's two parks, Islands of Adventure
and Universal Studios Florida
. Islands of Adventure's five themed islands, such as Jurassic Park and the Lost Continent, include some of Orlando's wildest roller coasters, and Universal Studios lets you "ride the movies" by incorporating amazing rides with a real movie studio.
Other great adventures and fascinating exhibits await. Be a scientist for a day at Orlando Science Center
, watch alligator wrestling at Gatorland
, travel through time for a Holy Land Experience
, enjoy a pastoral walk through Leu Gardens
, and wrap up the day with the live entertainment of Pleasure Island
. In fact, there are so many attractions in the Orlando area, it's rumored you'll need 63 days just to see everything.
Unless you have lots of cash and a long sabbatical, you won't be able to do everything in one trip. But those 50 million visitors seem to think it's worth giving it a shot. And chances are you'll agree that Orlando is filled with fun and adventure for all ages, so take a peek with this Road Trips 360° virtual tour.