Top 10 Things to do in Orlando
Thinking of scheduling your trip to NPE2018 with some extra time for fun in the sun? There's so much to do in Orlando. Here are 10 unconventional reasons to schedule some free time before and after the show.
10. Orlando is a major golf destination, with more than 170 courses and several major tournaments. Check out Topgolf for a non-traditional golf option, where visitors of all ages can play a variety of golf games in climate-controlled hitting bays. Food and drinks are available, along with HDTVs and a selection of music for a golfing experience everyone will enjoy.
9. Try a local beer from one of the city’s craft breweries. Orlando Brewing is the city’s oldest organic microbrewery, and has 25 beers on tap, along with cider, wine, soda and snacks. Free tours are also available from Monday to Saturday at 6 p.m.
8. Orlando has several art museums, including the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Orlando Museum of Art, Mennello Museum of American Art and the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, which has the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
7. Take advantage of the city’s beautiful weather and visit some of its parks and gardens. The Harry P. Leu Gardens contain nearly 50 acres of tropical and semi-tropical landscaped grounds and lakes, including shaded walking trails, the Leu House Museum and a Welcome Center with a variety of art and other rotating exhibits.
6. Orlando has numerous spas, including that of the Ritz-Carlton, Orlando, Grande Lakes. Recently ranked second on TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Hotel Spas in the U.S. list, it features 40 treatment rooms and a private heated outdoor pool along with a salon, boutique and café. Enjoy the Eco-Rooftop Hammock treatment at the private green rooftop sanctuary, or select a blend of herbs, oils and sugar or salt at the Scrub Bar.
5. The Mall at Millenia has 150 stores, services and places to eat, contained within a unique, glass-ceilinged building. Versatile options include market-exclusive stores, luxury boutiques and an array of dining options.
4. An hour away from the Orange County Convention Center, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex lets visitors explore the NASA’s past, present and future. Check out iconic spacecraft, learn from astronauts and see where real rockets are launched.
3. Discovery Cove gives guests exciting animal encounters, including the opportunity to swim with dolphins, snorkel among tropical fish and feed exotic birds, in a tropical atmosphere with lagoons, reefs, rivers and beaches. Meals, snacks, beverages and swim gear are included at this all-inclusive day resort.
2. Home to the Orlando Ballet, as well as Broadway shows, concerts and more, the Dr. Philips Center for the Performing Arts is the city’s destination for performances of all kinds.
1. Dive headfirst into the Sea Life Orlando Aquarium. Featuring a 360-degree underwater tunnel and exhibits on the Oceans of the World, visitors can see sharks, rays, jellyfish, a giant Pacific octopus, turtles and more.
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