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Recently we drove the 3.5hrs from Miami to Orlando so we could have dinner with a friend who was visiting the area. I wished that we had more time to spend in Orlando, we could only spend the night and then drive back the next day. A lot of people spend the weekend in Orlando when they live in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area since it is close enough and offers a few more exciting things than what is local.

It got me thinking that I should get together a list of Orlando fun stuff to do when we have the opportunity to spend more time there.  The chance may come up suddenly (and I am a little ocd) so I think it is great to always be prepared.

I hope this list is helpful to those who are looking for things to do in the Orlando area. It turns out that there is a huge number of things to do in Orlando. I forget that some of these are even there and I hope that I get the chance to do all of these as well!

Check out my Bucket List for Tampa! It is a quick drive to the west from Orlando.

Theme Parks

Walt Disney World

Obviously Disney is on just about everyone’s bucket list. I am not a huge fan of Disney, the lines are way too long the times I have been there and I much prefer other parks. But you can’t deny that service is good, food is awesome, and you get an experience of a lifetime.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The world of Avatar and Pandora is here! I have thought about this place but have not visited since it was opened. This place looks so cool!

Universal Studios Orlando (Isands of Adenvture)(Harry Potter Hogs Meade)(Harry Potter Diagon Alley)

I have been to Island of Adventure a few times for school trips for free and I remember when the Harry Potter areas were a peasant town and kind of Renaissance festival-y. I can’t wait to go to these areas, because Islands of Adventure is already pretty fun!

Legoland Florida

Legoland Dubai was pretty fun, I can only imagine (until I go myself) that the Florida location is just as much fun and possibly more! Besides the Lego theme and rides there is a water park. Kid fun overload.

Seaworld Orlando

There are animal shows, rides, and animal experiences! Here’s another one that I have yet to experience, I have quite the bucket list building up. I think that about March to June would be the best time of year to visit so it’s not too hot.


Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park


Kennedy Space Center

Orlando Museum of Art

Parks and Recreation

Don’t forget to check GROUPON for discounted tickets to some of these places! You can also use EBATES for extra savings!

Bok Tower Gardens

Gardens, tower, visitors center, walking trails . . .

Alligator Cove Tours

Air boat nature tours. If you want to see gators, I suggest going on an air boat ride. There is typically a lot of details given about alligators and other Florida animals and plant life.


Tree Trek Adventure Park

An obstacle course in the trees, this is one for the adventurous and outdoorsy people (I am sometimes one of them).


Gator shows with alligator wrestling and special events each month and also a zip line.

Kelly Park Rock Springs

Florida has some really great natural springs to visit. You can see through the cool crystal clear water to the spring floor where the water bubbles up out of the soft sand. In the heat of summer, these kinds of locations are a fantastic place to take kids and have some good old outdoors family time.

Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens

In my opinion, if you are having a hard time finding something to do locally to you or when you are travelling . . . find the nearest zoo. Children can’t tell the difference between a higher caliber zoo and a lower one. And, adults can enjoy them and find something of interest as well.

Ifly Orlando

If you are a wimp and cannot garner the courage to jump out of a plane, you might find the strength to fly indoors! This company is also in Dubai, and I am sorely disappointed that I did not get to do this while we were living there.

Orlando Florida vacation ideas. Orlando Florida bucket list.
Orlando Florida vacation ideas. Orlando Florida bucket list.
Orlando Florida vacation ideas. Orlando Florida bucket list.

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  1. Glory of the Snow | 9th Nov 17

    We visited Orlando 2 years ago and I loved it! We went to all the main theme parks and Kennedy Space Center, it was an amazing holiday! Great post! 🙂

  2. Dealman | 12th Nov 17

    Beautiful location, next month 4 days trip NY.

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