Orlando is one of the largest tourist destination for nearby theme parks and resorts. Close to International Drive is Universal Orlando Resort, which includes two theme parks, three hotels and a large shopping area. 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. Consists of 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 World, (18 miles S of city center in Lake Buena Vista). Recognized gold standard amusement park on the planet. Hours vary by park and season.
Universal Orlando Resort, International Dr, ☎ +1 407-363-8000. 9:00-closing times vary from 6:00 to 22:00. Top-ranked challenger to Disney, with two theme parks - Universal Studios Florida native and a second theme park, Islands of Adventure - nightclub and restaurant complex, CityWalk, and three resort hotels. Discounts are given for tickets purchased online.
SeaWorld Adventure Park Orlando, SeaWorld Dr, ☎ +1 407-351-3600 (toll free: +1 800-327-2424). 9:00-closing times vary from 6:00 to 22:00. A 200-acre beautifully landscaped marine park featuring fantastic performances, thrilling rides, exhibits and fun - a more relaxed alternative to Disney and Universal. Various discounts may be available by purchasing tickets online.
Aquatica, 5800 Water Play Way. Hours vary by season. Opened in 2008 with a water park Sea World.
Discovery Cove, 6000 Discovery Cove Way (9 AM-5: 30 pm (until 9 at night selected)), ☎ +1 407-370-1280. A unique companion for Sea World, often sold as entry is limited to 1,000 guests per day but entry does not cover all of your equipment, food, drinks and a 30-minute interaction with the dolphins in the water. $ 259-279, $ 159-179 for non-dolphin package.
Holy Land, 4655 Vineland Rd. Tu closed. An educational, inspirational, Bible-themed garden designed to look like Jerusalem. Discount tickets purchased online.
Gatorland, 14501 S Orange Blossom Trl, ☎ +1 407-855-5496 (toll free: +1800-393-JAWS). 9:00 to 05:00 every day. A small alligator and reptile park.
Wet 'N Wild, 6200 International Dr., ☎ +1 407-351-1800 (toll free: +1 800-992-WILD). Hours vary by season. Waterpark.
Florida EcoSafaris at Forever Florida (Zipline Safari), 4755 N Kenansville Rd, ☎ +1 407-957-9794 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Reservations are required. Long trip to Forever Florida, 4700 acre conservation area eco-ranch and wildlife, preserved as nature intended. This wonderful site offers 9 different Florida ecosystems and an endless 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.
Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine, 8300 Vineland Ave, ☎ +1 407-239-6600. The Catholic Church has extravagant became a tourist attraction in its own right, thanks in part to the millions of Catholics around the world are visiting and the rest of Orlando every year. Note: This is not a parish and therefore can not perform weddings, funerals, or baptisms.
Orlando Watersports Complex, 8615 Florida Rock Rd, ☎ +1 407-251-3100. A cable park for water sports. Offers lessons and two separate cable systems, a beginner and advanced. A perfect way to experience Orlando's reputation as the watersport capital of the world.
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