Local Area Guide: Things to do

Major Attractions and Theme Parks


 

Walt Disney World Resort Home to your favorite mouse, beautiful princesses, and exciting villains, the Walt Disney World Resort is just a hop, skip, and a jump down the road from Windsor Hills. Bring the entire family to experience the magic of all four theme parks.

 

SeaWorld Orlando Don’t miss the thrills this 200 acre marine themed park has to offer. The beautiful shows and educational exhibits can’t be see anywhere else! Make sure you say hello to everyone’s favorite whale, Shamu!

 

Discovery Cove Orlando Ever wanted to swim with dolphins? Snorkel with exotic fish? Pet and feed sting rays? Discovery Cove Orlando is the all inclusive water resort for you to have a one of a kind experience. Admission is limited, so book early!

 

Universal Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure Resort Between CityWalk, Blue Man Group, multiple restaurants, and the two huge theme parks, your family has plenty of activities to experience at the Universal Orlando Resort. Be apart of your favorite movies of all time with cinema themed rides and attractions.  Don’t forget to visit the boy who lived in the brand new Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

 

Busch Gardens Tampa This theme park is perfect for thrill seekers and animal lovers! Home to wild animals you don’t get to see too often in the States, you and your family can ride some of the biggest thrills, board a safari jeep, trek through the savannah, and visit the animal care center for a unique theme park experience.

 

 

 

 

Water Parks and Water Sports

 

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Escape the Florida heat and cool down in this icy themed water park. Race down snowy hills on toboggans, paddle through frigid rapids, and dare to plunge down one of the country’s tallest and fastest waterslides! 

 

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon  Enjoy 56 acres of tropical paradise at this water park! Swim through six foot waves in the surf pool, float down the lazy river, or try out one of their numerous waterslides!

 

Aquatica by SeaWorld Right across the street from SeaWorld Orlando, this water park is not short of all types of sea creatures. Journey on a water slide that travels right through a tank holding some of the sea’s most intriguing animals, relax in a private cabana, and ride state of the art water rides that are fun for everyone!

 

Universal's Volcano Bay The ultimate thrill experience, Volcano Bay boasts some of the biggest water adventures in Orlando. Brave theKrakatau Water Coaster or relax on Waturi Beach. 

 

 

Small Attractions and Theme Parks

 

Fun Spot USA Ride all the amusement rides in this theme park or brave the tallest Skycoaster thrill ride in the country at 300 feet high! If these thrills are a little too intense, bring the kids to Kid Spot for rides they will enjoy. Also be sure to check out the arcade filled with over 60 arcade games!

 

Fun Spot America Drive and race through the go-kart track that reaches almost 4 feet high and take your chances on the thrill amusement rides. Just like Fun Spot USA, Fun Spot has Kid Spot, perfect for the kids to enjoy rides of their own! Take the family on the Ferris Wheel and see beautiful views of Orlando. 

 

Gatorland Bring the family to this reptile themed park! Full of gators and other animals, your family will certainly learn about Florida's famous native. No where in Central Florida can you see an Albino gator, wrestle gators, zip line over a gator pit, and more! Adventure tours are also available.

 

Legoland Florida  Structures, attractions, and eateries all constructed out of everyone's favorite childhood toy, legos! Stroll through this city made of legos and catch the water ski and stunt show, the original Cypress Gardens, and all the adventures this park has in store!

 

 

Areas within Central Florida

 

Celebration Discover the quaint town of Celebration, Florida. Enjoy delicious restaurants, unique shops, and stroll through the scenic center of town. Check out their town center for activities and events almost every weekend.

 

Old Town Bring the family to this Kissimmee classic. Enjoy different bars and restaurants, shops, and theme park rides. Complete with a go cart track, your family will have a great time seeing the different attractions and events. Most days they have old car shows and live music that are a can’t miss! Also home to Fun Spot USA.

 

Downtown Orlando Filled with restaurants, bars, and clubs, Downtown Orlando is the premier nightlife destination for the city. Church Street Station is the hub of the area; over fifty restaurants, shops, and activities all perfect for a night out. Downtown also has beautiful parks and lakes to see. Lake Eola is the perfect family spot to take in some of Orlando’s most iconic areas. 

 

Winter Park Park Ave in Winter Park is home to some of the best boutiques and greatest dining experiences in Central Florida. Make sure to take a walk through the rose garden, then the park for a scenic afternoon. Hit this area on a Saturday morning for the awesome Farmer’s Market!

 

Sports, Golf, Recreation

 

Mystic Dunes Golf Club Known as one of the most unique golf courses in Florida, Mystic Dunes is a great place to perfect your game. 

Rated 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest.

 

Celebration Golf Club At this golf club, the game is all about the experience. This club is ranked as one of the best courses in the country and holds many awards.

 

Reunion Resort Golf Golf three different championship courses: the Niklaus, the Palmer, and the Watson (all at different difficulties). If you’re a beginner, schedule lessons at the renowned Annika Academy. 

All three courses ranked in Top 100 course in the United States, Golfweek

 

ChampionsGate Golf Club Another one of Central Florida’s golf treasures with many accolades, players can golf either the International Course or the National Course. 

 

Tennis at Reunion Resort Practice with a pro or sign up from Round Robin Mixers in the six Hydro-grid courts offered at Reunion. Reunion is in the Top 100 of best tennis resorts.

 

Lakeside Park at Celebration Play tennis in this scenic Celebration area. There is a single court and a doubles court; the singles courts are reserved Monday-Friday 4:00pm-7:00pm, Saturdays 4:30-6:00pm. Doubles courts are available at any time.

 

ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex This sports complex puts on over 200 events per year, its certain that you'll be able to catch a game at this sports complex! This complex is host to many professional sports teams; catch an Atlanta Braves spring training game or a Tampa Bay Buccaneers' practice at their training camp.

 

Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course Mini golf has never been more fun when you can pick between two holiday themed courses! Either play on the “winter” side or the “summer” side. Thirty-six hole course.

 

Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Golf through the classic Disney movie Fantasia. The course is complete with dancing hippos, marching broomsticks, waterworks, and music! Eighteen hole course.

 

Disney’s Fantasia Fairways Play a round of traditional golf in a pint sized form. Fantasia Fairways is designed just like a full golf course, just in a miniature way.

 

Grand Lakes Orlando Recreation This resort offers different outdoor recreation activities, such as kayaking, birdwatching, and guided eco tours.

 

Cypress Lake Airboat Rides and Eco Tours Ride an airboat through the St. John’s River, which has the most gators than any other Florida body of water. You’re guaranteed to see nothing else but Florida natives: gators, eagles, and other wildlife.

 

 

Shopping

 

Orlando Premium Outlets-Vineland Ave. Find amazing deals at this huge outlet mall. Shop the best designer outlets, grab a snack, and hit the special events at this center. With over 150 designer outlets, you can spend hours shopping without breaking the bank. 

 

Orlando Premium Outlets-International Drive Another big scale outlet center, the I-Drive outlets are also a great place to shop your favorite name brand stores and designers. With close to 200 stores, impressive savings are certainly found here!

 

The Florida Mall One of the biggest shopping centers in Central Florida, the Florida Mall has plenty of stores to shop and get everything you need! With great dining options, this mall is perfect for a shopping and lunch day.

 

The Mall At Millennia Visit this amazingly beautiful shopping mall for all your favorite designer shops. As one of Orlando's premier shopping destinations, The Mall At Millennia is a perfect place to spend a day not at the parks. Enjoy many different fine dining options as well.