SeaWorld Orlando offers theme parks and marine zoological parks. Included in the underwater exploration fun is Discovery Cove, which is home to a large range of aquatic animals (including the beloved bottlenose dolphins), as well as a huge aviary housing more than 25- varieties of tropical birds. Aquatica is SeaWorld’s South Pacific themed park and features water attractions for all ages and swimming abilities.
If the big three aren’t your idea of theme park fun, there is also Gatorland, just south of Orlando in Kissimmee. Visitors to the Orlando area can make easy drives to Busch Gardens in Tampa for thrilling rides and safari adventures or to the Kennedy Space Center for a truly thrilling adventure with a look back and look ahead at our country’s never ending love affair with space exploration.
Orlando Area Shopping
The Orlando area is home to great shopping. The Mall at Millenia offers an upscale, indoor shopping experience with more than 150 luxury brands and outstanding dining and entertainment options, all housed in a stunning modern building. Florida’s largest shopping mall, The Florida Mall, also calls Orlando home. Shopping enthusiasts can explore 1.9 million square feet of shopping with over 260 stores.
Bargain hunters will be thrilled by what’s waiting for them at the Orlando Premium Outlets and Prime Outlets malls. Disney and Universal also offer great shopping in their theme park complexes and Pointe Orlando gives visitors a quieter outdoor shopping area with unique retailers and wonderful entertainment and dining options for every palate.
Don’t Forget the Beach
For those who crave the sand and sea, Florida is home to some of the most spectacular beaches in the world. Being centrally located between Florida’s coasts, beach-goers can choose to travel to the Atlantic coast of Florida to beautiful Cocoa Beach or Daytona Beach. Both are less than 100 miles east of Orlando. Those seeking the sun shining on Florida’s Gulf Coast may easily travel west from Orlando to Clearwater Beach and St. Petersburg Beach, also less than 100 miles away.