For many people, Orlando, Florida’s claim to fame is Disney World, including the Magic Kingdom and Epcot Center. However, that’s not all there is to see in the aptly nicknamed, “The City Beautiful.” Watch local Orlandoan Kim Shirrell show you around town and see why it’s the City We Love!
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Gatorland: Fun fact! Did you know more than a million alligators live throughout Florida? And that alligators are native to only the United States and China? While you probably don’t want to run into one in the wild (Chomp, Chomp!), you can see them up close — and safely — at Gatorland, a gator park that calls itself “The Alligator Capital of the World.” From baby alligators to 14-footers and rare breeds, you’ll get to make all kinds of gator friends!
Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures: Many people think the Everglades, the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S., only exists in South Florida; however, it actually spans throughout Central Florida as well. Probably the best way to explore this area is by airboat, also called a fanboat, which is a flat-bottomed watercraft that moves with the help of its large, fan-like propeller. Soar through the swampy wetlands of Kissimmee at speeds of up to 45mph, and enjoy the surrounding nature and wildlife for a one-of-a-kind experience.
ICON 360: The ICON Orlando 360 is a one-stop shop for all your dining, relaxation, and entertainment needs. Ride the ICON Orlando, a 400 ft. Ferris wheel with views of the skyline, visit Madame Tussauds wax museum, get your game on at Arcade City, ride the Pearl Express Train, or take your pick from many other events and attractions. When dinner rolls around, there are plenty of restaurants to settle into, like Buffalo Wild Wings, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, or Uncle Julio’s Mexican Restaurant.
À La Cart: If you love the idea of food trucks, but prefer something more akin to a sit-down restaurant, À La Cart might strike the right balance. The restaurant hosts rotating food vendors throughout the month that you can check out on their website ahead of time. For example, tacos may be on the menu one day and BBQ the next which can be eaten indoors or outdoors. There’s also an artificial grass area where kids can play!
Discovery Cove: This is the place to visit if you want to finally check off all those bucket list items. Swim with dolphins? Check. Snorkel with tropical fish in a coral reef habitat? Check. Enjoy unlimited food and drinks? Check. While this all-inclusive day resort is one of the pricier attractions, Florida residents can get 20% off the normal rate. Plus, they’ll send you exclusive promotions when you sign up for their email.
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