Enzian TheaterA cinema for the indie/alternative crowd that also offers food and alcoholic beverages. Discovery CoveA 30-acre tropical retreat with beaches, snorkeling and relaxation.
Orlando is one of the biggest tourist destinations because of the nearby theme parks and resorts. Close to International Drive is Universal Orlando Resort, which includes two theme parks, three hotels and a large shopping district. SeaWorld Orlando is a marine theme park featuring Kraken, the biggest rollercoaster in the Orlando area, as well as Believe, the new Shamu adventure. About 35 minutes southwest of downtown Orlando is Walt Disney World. Comprising four theme parks, two water parks, dozens of hotels, two shopping and dining districts, five golf courses, and much more, it is the largest privately managed tourist destination on the planet. Not far from Disney World lies the Alligator Capital of the World: Gatorland.
Walt Disney WorldThe acclaimed gold standard of theme parks on the planet. Hours vary by park and season. Universal Orlando ResortInternational DrPhone: +1 407 363-8000Hours: 9AM-closing times varying from 6PM-10PMPrice: Discounts are given for purchasing tickets onlineTop-ranked challenger to Disney, with two theme parks -- the original Universal Studios Florida and the second theme park, Islands of Adventure -- a nightclub and restaurant complex, CityWalk, and three resort hotels.
Aquatica5800 Water Play WayHours: Hours vary by seasonOpened in 2008 water park by Sea World. Discovery Cove6000 Discovery Cove WayPhone: +1 407 370-1280Price: $259-279, $159-179 for non-dolphin packageA unique companion to Sea World, it is often sold out as admission is limited to 1000 guests per day but admission does include all your equipment, food, drink and 30-minute interaction with the dolphins in the water. Holy Land4655 Vineland RdHours: Closed TuPrice: Discount on tickets purchased onlineEither inspirational or kitschy, depending on your proclivities, this biblical-themed park is designed to look like Jerusalem.
Basilica of Mary, Queen of the Universe8300 Vineland AvePhone: +1 407 239-6600This extravagant Catholic church has become a tourist attraction in itself, thanks in part to the millions of Catholics from around the world who visit it and the rest of Orlando every year. Note: It is not a parish and therefore it cannot perform weddings, funerals, or baptisms. Florida EcoSafaris at Forever Florida (Zipline Safari)4755 N Kenansville RdEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: +1 407 957-9794Hours: Reservations requiredJourney deep into Forever Florida, a 4700 acre eco-ranch and wildlife conservation area, preserved just as nature intended. This beautiful site boasts 9 distinct Florida ecosystems and an endless array of natural flora and fauna including alligators, black bears, nearly two hundred species of birds and the endangered Florida panther. Choose your own fully-guided adventure: Coach Safari, Horseback Safari or, soar through the treetops on the Zipline Safari. Orlando Watersports Complex8615 Florida Rock RdPhone: +1 407 251-3100A cable park for watersports. Offers lessons and two separate cable systems, a beginner and an advanced. A perfect way to experience Orlando's reputation as the watersport capital of the world.
UCF KnightsThe teams representing the University of Central Floridawith the largest undergraduate enrollment of any single university campus in the countrycompete in NCAA Division I sports, currently as members of the American Athletic Conference. UCF has heavily invested in athletics facilities in recent years, with the most notable example being the football team's home of Bright House Networks Stadium.
Downtown Orlando Information Center201 S Orange AveSte 102, +1 407-254INFO (4636). Has two interactive kiosks and electronic message boards with information about local Downtown eateries, retailers, accommodations, special events, etc. M-F 9AM6PM.
Despite the proximity of theme park haven Lake Buena Vista, the city has a lot to offer on its own. Downtown Orlando is a growing area centered around Orange Avenue that is packed with bars, clubs, and restaurants, as well as theaters and concert venues. The main strip on Orange Avenue is closed most nights because of the large volumes of pedestrians. Just a few blocks over is Lake Eola, a picturesque park situated around a swan-filled lake. In the middle of the lake is a lighted fountain that has been established as an icon of Orlando, and on one side of the lake stands the historic outdoor shell theater, where tourists and locals alike can see a version of the Nutcracker every December. Swan-shaped paddle boats are available for rental as well. Taking over for Church Street as the main night time hot spot is Wall Street. It is a small pedestrian only alley off of Orange Avenue that houses several restaurants and bars. They also have frequent concerts on Wall Street, providing a stage for bands to play for everything from Cinco de Mayo to the Capital One Bowl and Citrus Bowl celebration weeks.
Bay Hill Club & Lodge9000 Bay Hill BlvdPhone: +1 407 876-2429Two courses: 18 holes, over 7,205 yards with a par of 72 (Private Non-Equity); 9 holes, over 3,409 yards with a par of 36 (Private Non-Equity). Country Club of Orlando1601 Country Club DrPhone: +1 407 425-231918 holes, over 6,591 yards with a par of 72 (Private Equity). Cypress Creek Country Club5353 Vineland RdPhone: +1 407 351-218718 holes, over 7,014 yards with a par of 72 (Public). Dubsdread Golf Course549 West Par StPhone: +1 407 246-255118 holes, over 6,055 yards with a par of 72 (Municipal). EastWood Golf Club13950 Golfway BlvdPhone: +1 407 281-465318 holes, over 7,176 yards with a par of 72 (Public). Fairways Country Club14205 E Colonial DrPhone: +1 407 282-753518 holes, over 5,332 yards with a par of 70 (Public).
Faldo Golf Institute By Marriott, 12001 Avenida Verde, +1 888-463-2536. 9 holes, over 2,308 yards with a par of 32 (Public).
Ginn Reunion Golf Resort1000 Reunion WayPhone: +1 888 418-9611Reunion. 54 holes, 3 championship golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson (Private). Grand Cypress Resort1 N Jacaranda StPhone: +1 800 835-7377Four courses: 18 holes over 6,773 yards with a par of 72 (Public); 9 holes over 3,462 yards with a par of 36 (Public); 9 holes over 3,521 yards with a par of 36 (Public); 9 holes over 3,434 yards with a par of 36 (Public). Grande Pines Golf Club6351 International Golf Club RdPhone: +1 800 371-116518 holes, over 7,012 yards with a par of 72 (Public). Lake Nona Golf Club9801 Lake Nona RdPhone: +1 407 851-909118 holes, over 7,011 yards with a par of 72 (Private Non-Equity). Lake Orlando Golf Club4224 Club House RdPhone: +1 407 298-123018 holes, over 6,803 yards with a par of 72 (Public). MetroWest Golf Club2100 S Hiawassee RdPhone: +1 407 299-880018 holes, over 7,051 yards with a par of 72 (Public). Orange Tree Golf Club7540 Woodgreen DrPhone: +1 407 351-252118 holes, over 6,968 yards with a par of 71 (Private Non-Equity). Rio Pinar Golf & Country Club8600 El Prado AvePhone: +1 407 277-512118 holes, over 6,929 yards with a par of 72 (Private Equity). Ritz Carlton Golf Club4048 Central Florida PkwyPhone: +1 407 393-490018 holes, over 7,122 yards with a par of 72 (Public). Stoneybrook Golf Club2900 Northampton AvePhone: +1 407 384-688818 holes, over 6,820 yards with a par of 72 (Public). Ventura Country Club3333 Woodgate BlvdPhone: +1 407 277-264018 holes, over 5,467 yards with a par of 70 (Public).