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There's so much to do in Orlando beyond Disney and Universal.
All the best places to eat in Orlando with the family.
These quick service choices offer something much more adventurous than your typical theme park food.
Even a movie star might appreciate these quick and delicious choices.
Stop by these spots for a quick and delicious lunch with the family.
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This 110-acre wildlife reserve is filled with gators and fun attractions. Zipline over a gator-infested lake, even pose for a wrestling photo.
Orlando International Airport is the gateway for most people visiting the area. It's a 25-30 drive from a majority of Orlando Resorts.
Yum...Fish and Chips with a refreshing mug of Butterbeer. Dine as the wizards do and try the pumpkin juice and Cornish Pasty.
As you might expect, it's all British food in Harry Potter World. So order a hearty helping of bangers and mash.
Come for breakfast, pastries, and unusual ice cream flavors.
From Pineapple Whip Soft-serve with Coconut Rum to a Chocolate Waffle with Espresso Mousse, it's one of the best places for a frozen treat in Animal Kingdom.
Enter the world of double pineapple bliss – the dole whip float. It's soft-serve pineapple in pineapple juice. If that's not enough, you always get the fresh-cut pineapple.
It's a little counter where you can pick up soft-serve, pineapple floats, and collectable souvenir tiki bowls.
Remember when formal soda parlors were a thing? Well maybe not, but here's how you can relive soda's golden era in a Coney Island like setting.
Coca Cola logos are in Hindi script and Bollywood posters line the wall. Cool down with a slushy, classic Coke or a the rum spiked Coconut Lychee Lemonade.
It's like dining in the middle of a rainforest. The food is classic American with burgers, steak, and club sandwiches.
If your daughter is ages 2-10, this meet and greet with Anna and Elsa may just make their vacation. Lines are long! So come early, late, or at lunch time.
Laugh and sing along with Anna and Elsa. You become part of the frozen experience in this amazing retelling.
During the holidays, the entire castle has so many lights that they look like frosting or glowing streams of (magic) water.
If robots drank margaritas, this is where they'd come. This hip, modern bar has huge, circular lounges with soft colored lights.
One of the park's most popular parades, Festival of Fantasy is a celebration of all the amazing characters that make Disney what it is.
You'll see a parade with Mickey as a Jedi Knight, tons of fans dressed as characters, and celebrity guests. It runs every weekend from mid-May to mid-June.
Every night, thousands of lights decorate Disney floats at this Magic Kingdom parade.
Every night, fireworks light up the sky over Cinderella's Castle, while "When You Wish Upon a Star" plays triumphantly in the background.
Pyrotechnics and music combine in a spectacular battle between good and evil.
Nightly fireworks erupt on the lake at Epcot and a laser light show mixes themes from the cultures of the world.
Mickey and his friends have some serious dance moves. This afternoon dance party rolls down the track on Main Street USA.
In a romantic candlelit cellar, this French-Canadian restaurant serves gourmet steak and seafood.
A highly seasonal menu features simple, yet delicious dishes prepared from fresh California ingredients. It also offers a great view of Magic Kingdom fireworks.
Enjoy a delicious Hawaiian banquet with storytelling at dinner time and character brunches with Stitch.
Fireworks light up Cinderella's Castle, while you finish off the night with a dessert party over the lake in Tomorrowland.
It's "haute" cuisine, which is to say it's very fancy. This tasting menu only restaurant is $135 a pop and extremely delicious.
This I-Drive attraction is an odd museum filled with all the unbelievable anomalies of the world like six-legged cows, vampires, and giants.
Kids get to learn about science, the fun way, by doing cool interactive experiments. The upside down building is quite a sight too.
This old-timey themed park and shopping mall has bumper cars, laser tag, an arcade, go carts, and haunted house, among stores and restaurants.
Tons of thrilling waterslides will keep you cool on a hot Orlando day. The park will close in Dec. 31, 2016 to make way for another, bigger one: Universal's Volcano Bay.
The water's always cool and clear in this natural spring. Take a scenic walk and then hop on in. Sure beats swimming with the gators.
They've got griddles by your tables where you can make your own pancakes. This 300-year-old mill at De Leon Springs was onced used by Spanish sugar plantations.
In this gorgeous coastal river, you have the opportunity to swim with hundreds of manatees. You can even kiss these loveable Sea Cows.
Sixty minutes from Orlando is a beach park, perfect for picnic. Bring your bathing suit and swim with dolphins and manatees in the warm ocean.
Downtown Orlando is bustling with culture, great food, shopping, and other fun. It's definitely worth checking out on a day outside the parks.
Their calamari is amazing and the pan-fried Gator Tail Tenderloin is something you've gotta try. Sit outside by the lake or in their upscale, yet casual dining room.
It's a hipster's sports bar with creative burgers, big screen TVs, and an eclectic mix of graffiti art.
Twists on classic dishes include Smoked Salmon Flatbread, Herb Truffle Fries, and Cajun Lime Calamari. This spot is a downtown favorite.
The rustic wood and lamp-post lanterns make for an inviting atmosphere. Try the Smoked Black-Eyed Pea Tortellini or Hanger Steak with Molasses Glaze.
Kayak or paddle through a dense swamp forest at the headwaters of the Florida Everglades.
Take a boat ride on the canals that connect the lakes of Winter Park. You'll pass through a botanical garden and cruise by a sculpture garden. Then go explore the town.
You fly across over a mile of cables on a course of 8 ziplines. Set up as dual racing zips, you can race your friends and family as you go.
It's rustic southern food, locally grown at the restaurant's own garden. Flavors are fresh, seasonal, and bold.
Artists paint, musicians play, and you eat, very well that is, at this Florida-inspired, tapas restaurant.
Chicago-style deep dish is a great way to satisfy your hunger after a day at the parks.
Pancakes are the size of your dinner plate, which makes it easy for more than one kid to split an order. You can even grab breakfast to-go on your way to the parks.
Great sushi, bento boxes with teriyaki, and huge noodle bowls make this pan-Asian kitchen a great spot for exciting food with the family.
Gather for great food, local art vendors, and family activities in this quaint historic town near Orlando.
Recognized as one of the best free art events in the country, you can walk the streets of beautiful Winter Park and see (and buy!) hundreds of works by local artists.
The rides, cotton candy, and petting zoo may seem puny next to the huge attractions at Disney and Universal. But they offer an interesting, local-centric change of pace.
Head south to downtown Kissimmee for their summer farmers market, held every Tuesday.
This hip town is brimming with great restaurants, boutique shops, and botanical gardens, all along three gorgeous lakes.
This place is a little kid's dream. Giant dinosaur statues and a huge octopus surround the tables. It's very popular so make reservations early.
Get the Big Big Pig if you're appetite can handle it or a number of delicious sandwich baskets. The ribs fall off the bone at this family-friendly BBQ joint.
Enjoy pastas, soups, fresh baked goods, and healthy salads at this family-style Italian restaurant.
When you're really hungry, there are few joys like a hot sandwich with gooey melted cheese.
While you're in Florida, you might want to try some of the state's delicious Cuban food.
Grab burgers, fries, and taco salads at this counter service restaurant in Frontierland.
Disney's newest restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. They serve delicious French food in the banquet hall of Sebastian's (the Beast's) castle.
Disney's manliest restaurant features giant pork shanks, BBQ, and burly cinnamon rolls. They also have a kid version of beer called LeFou's Brew.
Hearty Reubens, sandwiches, and burgers make up the menu at this old-fashioned American restaurant in Main Street USA.
It's the Italian restaurant where the Lady and the Trap ate from the same plate. They serve pasta, pizza, and Italian classics.
Sit down for a family-style Thanksgiving feast, any time of year. Enjoy New England food too in an elegant dining hall from the time of our founding fathers.
You can see the candy makers making fudge, taffy, and brittle behind the counter. It's an old-fashioned candy shoppe on Main Street USA
This tiki hut serves frozen slushies, juice, and cookies, perfect for a hot day in Magic Kingdom.
Even in the future, the classic sundae reigns supreme. Stop by for a cold ice cream or soda float in Tomorrowland.
This beautiful glass atrium is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and host to daily meet and greets.
Inside Cinderella's Castle, this royal banquet hall has food fit for a princess with a refined palate. Make sure to reserve far ahead of time!
It's hard not to get a tear at this touching ceremony. Every day at 5 pm, the marching band plays and a random guest is presented with the flag.
Steeped in old-school Southern charm and elegance, this luxury Victorian, offers picture perfect views of the lake.
Styled after a Polynesian Village, this fun resort has a Hawaiian vibe with great restaurants and the lively Trader Sam's Grotto.
Two properties, including Bay Lake Tower, make up this modernist palace. It has a huge indoor courtyard with the monorail running through it.
Gather round the main stage on summer nights for this family-friendly concert series.
Storytellers from around the world describe their holiday customs and stories.
When you're hungry in Future World on a hot day this is the spot. There's lots of seating, the crowds are smaller, and the A/C is on full blast.
Grab a quick and satisfying meal of fish and chips, and wash it down with a refreshing British beer or soda. They have some tasty shortbread cookies too.
It's a taste of Southern Italian cooking with authentic Neapolitan pizza, baked in a wood-fired oven, and handmade pastas.
Dine on fresh fish in a stylish restaurant with an aquarium in the middle. Watch sharks, turtles, and even scuba divers while you eat.
Sit outside at long tables for authentic German sausage and a stein, filled to the brim with crisp German beer.
An experience beyond the food, you get to watch Japanese chefs prepare your meal, how you like it, at your table.
Murals of the Italian countryside and crystal chandeliers help to set the mood in this old-world Italian restaurant.
Caramel treats of every kind imaginable line the glass displays of this German bakery and candy store.
It's a little stand outside the China pavilion where you can pick up a refreshing iced tea – cooling, caffeinating, and hydrating you for the journey to come.
This storybook dining hall resembles the inside of a medieval castle. Five different princesses, and the delightful Mary Poppins come by to meet the little ones.
The whole dining hall rotates slowly as you eat, showing you a different scene from nature. Meet Chip 'n Dale and animal friends as you dine.
Try to snag a seat near the large glass windows and you can watch people boarding It's a Small World. This charming restaurant serves flatbreads, sandwiches, and salads.
Along the water, this Animal Kingdom restaurant serves a delicious half-smoked chicken and St. Louis-style BBQ ribs.
It's light, refreshing, and tasty all at the same time, perfect for a hot day. They serve hummus wraps, shawarma, and a large selection of vegetarian options.
It's all about BBQ chicken and pork here. With indoor and outdoor seating, this Hollywood Studios restaurant is also a great spot to get giant turkey legs.
You'd expect to find a bakery this good on the streets of Paris. Their open faced sandwiches and pesto chicken are also quite satisfying.
Docked on the manmade Echo Lake, you're in the center of everything. They're known for their mac 'n cheese, pulled pork, and Buffalo chicken.
Try the decadent fried fish sandwich and lobster roll, or the healthy grilled salmon with couscous and steamed broccoli.
The best place to cool down and recharge in Epcot. Grab a sushi snack, or a beer, sake, or plum wine, and the legendary Kakigori shave ice.
A place for health conscious Hollywood types, they serve salads with salmon, couscous, quinoa, and arugula. They also have hot dogs and burgers just in case.
You'll find all the usual burgers, fries, and chicken strips, but the gem here is the Cantaloupe and Cucumber Salad, maybe one of the best things on a hot day.
Wraps and sandwiches, including their famous Brisket Sandwich and Spicy Chipotle Chicken Sandwich, is what you might imagine actors would nosh on between scenes.
People line up here for breakfast in Hollywood Studios. They've got pastries, bagels, and fruit in the morning, and sandwiches and sushi for lunch.
This isn't your county fair's funnel cake, it's a high-class funnel cake experience. If you go for funnel cake anywhere at Disney World, come here.
They have your regular burger and fries, but the real star of the show here is their perfectly cooked rotisserie chicken and healthy Greek salad.
Probably the best sandwich in Magic Kingdom, this restaurant serves hand-carved pork, turkey, and brisket that's been slow-roasted for hours.
Out in Adventureland, this is the spot to go when you need a simple, yet satisfying burrito, taco, or quesadilla.
This Magic Kingdom restaurant specializes in waffle fries. They've got BBQ Pork Waffle Fries, BLT Waffle Fries, and even Tex-Mex Waffle Fries.
This may just be your first stop in Magic Kingdom and for one reason: coffee. So grab a cup of Starbucks and greet the day.
You might not think that the Ham, Prosciutto, and Cheese Waffle Sandwich would be good. But it is! They also have classic chicken and waffles and plenty of sweet choices too.
Kids will love the concept of the breakfast pizza, which comes topped with eggs, bacon, and cheese. Open for lunch and dinner too, it's pizza any time!
With a variety of different Asian cuisine, this Animal Kingdom Restaurant serves many types of rice and noodle bowls.
You'll get stares of longing as you walk around with one of these family-sized cinnamon rolls.
It could be your first stop of the day or a well-deserved pick me up in the afternoon.
They're known for their French dip sandwich and one with sausage and peppers. There's also a nice selection of sandwiches, flatbreads, and salads.
Their tacos are actually pretty darn good, and you can't beat the lakeside view in the shade.
The winners here are the pretzels drizzled in icing and some seriously tasty Norwegian pastries. Their smoked salmon sandwich is quite delicious too.
This is your spot for sesame chicken, spring rolls, and other sweet and sour comforts. On cold winter days, the Beef Noodle Soup really hits the spot.
There's no shame in settling for a hot dog when you're in Germany. They've got brats, franks, currywurst, and lots of German beer.
It's not your typical burger and fries. It's New York strip steak, Louisiana shrimp and rice, and those famous Maryland crab cakes.
They've got teriyaki, udon noodles and the always tasty Chicken Cutlet Curry. It's a great intro to Japanese food, hot and raw.
Book ahead of time to meet Donald, Mickey, and more at this very popular breakfast and lunch restaurant.
Talented performers re-enact scenes from Finding Nemo with giant puppets. It's an entertaining and air-conditioned break from the heat.
This Broadway-style show uses singing, dancing, and acrobatics to bring the story of The Lion King to life.
This 400-foot tall ferris wheel has changed the Orlando skyline forever. Get the best view of the city as you ride the loop.
It's soon to be the most happening spot of I-Drive! When completed, it will host a wax museum, aquarium, skeleton exhibit, and tons of shopping and dining.
It may be their first season, but the Orlando City Lions soccer team have exploded in local popularity. If you ever counted MLS out, think again.
Orlando's east side is a haven for foodies. If you like to eat well, you should consider making the trip out here.
This brand new, grand concert hall hosts musicals, ballets, and other shows by Lake Eola in downtown Orlando.
Thought Astro Pops were as good as it gets? Think again. These handcrafted popsicles come in fruity, creamy, and boozy varieties.
This upscale mall is all indoors, so you can shop 'till you drop and it won't be because of the Florida heat. Enjoy designer stores and a new dining pavilion.
You have 24 restaurants to choose from on this stretch of Sand Lake Road. There's everything from sushi and ethnic cuisine to bars and classic Italian.
There's a reason they're calling Orlando the City Beautiful. Its gorgeous center lake, reflects the skyline and has a natural park with fun events and outdoor restaurants.
They've got the Bass Pro Shop, which is fun to fantasize about buying a boat, and an indoor pavilion with boutique shops and gourmet food stands.
They just enacted Prohibition and this innocent pharmacy has transformed into a secret bar.
With lots of gourmet tacos and an extensive list of tequila, it's a great place for the adults to unwind.
With homemade guac and gooey quesadillas, it's a delicious Mexican grill that the whole family will love.
They're known for their wood-fired preparations of fish from rainbow trout to Chilean sea bass. This is a fish lover's happy place.
For something a little adventurous, but equally accessible to kids, try this Turkish restaurant on Orlando's Restaurant Row.
They put on quite a show with belly dancers and cool decorations at this delicious Lebanese restaurant.
They source grapes from sustainable vineyards around the world to create wines worth tasting.
It's the Downtown Disney of Universal. There are tons of great restaurants and a vibrant nightlife that caters to the grown up crowd.
If you're a fan, this is the time to visit. It's a celebration of Harry Potter with Q&A discussions featuring popular cast members and a costume expo.
If you're a fan, this is the time to visit. It's a celebration of Harry Potter with Q&A discussions with popular cast members and a costume expose.
It's the best of a Mardi Gras parade, but without the mayhem and debauchery. So dawn your shiny beads and try some Cajun-style food.
Geared for teens and adults, it's not for the faint of heart. Haunted houses and Scare Zones will scare the living bejeezus out of you.
Seuss Landing becomes a winter wonderland at Christmas time. And what better way to get in the Christmas spirit than with the anti-Claus.
Stop by for a quick meal of burgers and fries in the Jurassic Park section of Universal Studios.
All the restaurants from the Simpsons are here from Krusty Burger to Luigi's Pizza. It's the most unique quick-service dining experience in Universal.
If you're hungry and the kids are craving pizza, stop on in. Their meat lovers pizza is good, but their cookie-brownie hybrid is revolutionary.
The food is different from your normal burger and fries, and it's not as crowded as other spots. Thunder Falls Terrace is one of your best quick lunch options.
Stalactites hang from the ceiling in this gourmet restaurant that resembles a cave out of Greek Mythology.
One of the best fine dining options in Universal, this place features comforting Italian cuisine with one recipe from the chef's Italian grandmother.
Bring the little ones to Universal's Superstar Character Breakfast. For lunch they serve Southwestern BBQ, burritos, and tacos.
Come for a character breakfast featuring island-themed dishes like Hawaiian Pancakes and Tahitian French Toast.
During the holiday season you can meat the "mean one" with a secret heart of gold.
With inventive creations like a pork belly flash-seared at 1,000 degrees, and baby back ribs cooked over kiawe coals, this place will treat your palate to something special.
Set in front of the canal of an Italian town, this restaurant is as impressive as any cosmopolitan restaurant in New York or Tokyo.
It's a great place to enjoy a gourmet meal with friends and family. This vibrant restaurant specializes in good old surf and turf.
The High in the Sky Trolley and plastic acrobats dance above you in this fantastically themed restaurant that will delight the little ones.
This is the best spot for a grab-and-go breakfast with pastries and coffee.
Cool down and delight your tongue with a refreshing slushie, soda, or beer.
It's one of the of the most magical events at Disney World. The park is decorated with snow and millions of lights, and Christmas parties happen almost every night.
Five million lights of all colors dance along the Streets of America. You see New York and San Francisco lit up in one of the most spectacular light displays in the world.
It's an amazing event to say the least, but be advised, the park can get extremely crowded on New Year's Eve and New Years Day.
September and October, Magic Kingdom is decorated with hundreds of jack-o-lanterns, and Disney characters are dressed in their finest costumes.
Dozens of topiary sculptures recreate Disney characters in greenery. You'll also see elegant flower displays and a number of farm-to-table food stands.
Mother's and Father's Day is a magical way for parents and lovers of Disney to spend their special day. Crowds also tend to be less.
After a patriotic ceremony, pyrotechnics erupt in beautiful sparks all throughout the park.
All around World Showcase you'll find 25 to 30 booths with food and drink from parts of the world not normally featured in Epcot.
It's the big show that you think of when you think SeaWorld. Orcas jump high in the air and dolphins do all kinds of crazy tricks.
Alright Hamilton! This 20 minute show features sea lions in a fictional high school, performing tricks and wacky antics as they work to earn their diplomas. Come at pre-show for good seats!
From June 20 to Aug 9, the park is open late and hosts nightly shows and fireworks. On weekends they throw the "Celebrating America" concert series.
Perfect for kids 12 and under, the park is filled with face painting, trick or treating, and other fun games and activities.
"O Wondrous Night," is a SeaWorld tradition which tells the story of Christmas from the perspective of 30 live animals.
Ah, the air-conditioning can make a big difference come lunch time. This casual SeaWorld restaurant has a little something for all ages and tastes.
It's SeaWorld's go-to spot of BBQ. There are also great options for the little ones of course, with mac-n-cheese, hot dogs, and fries.
How often can you say you've dined with a whale? This unique dinner show offers a buffet of organic food hosted by the orcas and their trainers.
Dine in a restaurant surrounded by wrap-around shark tanks. It's a memorable dining experience, to say the least, and the food is delicious too.
Their mango fruit salad and cold sandwiches are perfect for when the weather outside is hot and humid.
Earning the TripAdvisor certificate of excellence, this is probably one of the best outlet shops in the US. You'll find tons of deals and a large food court.
It might not be as big as Vineland, but this sister property has great savings from designer labels such Coach, Cole Haan, and Michael Kors.
It's geared towards value-minded shoppers and features top brands like Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, and Guess,
It's prime time at your family's house in the 1950's. Watch old sitcoms as you nosh on delicious fried chicken and meatloaf. Just keep your elbows off the table!
This Hollywood Studios restaurant is modeled after the original Brown Derby, a favorite lunch spot of Hollywood stars from the 1930's.
Sometimes you just have to satisfy your sweet tooth. And this is the place to do it, with fudge, cookies, and rice krispie treats.
Madame Tussauds wax museum features shockingly life-like sculptures of history's famous icons. The museum is part of the I-Drive 360 area, which is also home to the Orlando Eye.
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