There's so much to do in Orlando beyond Disney and Universal.
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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.
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Stop by these spots for a quick and delicious lunch with the family.
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Sample the flavors of the world with small, quick delicacies.
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.
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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.
Home to dozens of shops, restaurants, Cirque du Soleil, and more, it's a nice way to spend an afternoon or evening. You get a taste of Disney without the price of park admission.
Stop by the I-Drive outlets for huge savings on Disney merchandise.
Stop by the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores for huge savings on Disney merchandise.
Stop by the the Theme Park Connection for huge savings on Disney merchandise.
The new Whole Foods is a great place to buy healthy, organic produce and products.
This small grocer sells meats, produce, beer/wine and other essentials like swimsuits.
Pick up all the groceries you need on vacation or a sandwich at the deli.
No matter what you forgot to bring on vacation, this Orlando Walmart has you covered.
Stop by the Vineland Ave outlets for huge savings on Disney merchandise. They have everything from Frozen to Mickey and Winnie the Pooh.
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.
You can buy crafts by local artisans and fresh produce in a shaded grove by Lake Eola.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.