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How to Spend 1 Day in Orlando

How to Spend 1 Day in Orlando

Many visitors come to Orlando for the theme parks; it is after all the theme-park capital of the world. But there’s more to explore, from cultural attractions to outdoor pursuits, even if you only have a day in this sunny Florida destination. Here’s how to make the most of your short stay in Orlando.

Morning: Theme Park

Get an early start when temperatures are cooler and crowds sparser for a morning at one of the many world famous theme parks in the Orlando area. Walt Disney World alone has four parks to choose from and Universal Orlando another two, connected by the Harry Potter–themed Hogwarts Express. Families traveling with younger children might consider the Legoland Florida Resort.

Afternoon: Everglades or Outer Space

Many visitors can happily stay the whole day at the parks, but if theme parks aren’t your thing (or if you simply need a break), you have options. Get a taste for Orlando’s great outdoors and spot alligators on an airboat tour of the nearby Florida Everglades, or take a virtual moon walk and chat with a NASA astronaut at the Kennedy Space Center. Alternatively, ride the hop-on hop-off trolley to take in Orlando’s sights at your leisure 

Night: Dinner Show

After a day of sightseeing or park hopping, keep the entertainment rolling with an evening dinner show. Discover whodunit at a mystery dinner show, dine with Disney characters at Chef Mickey’s Restaurant, say “arrr” during a pirate-themed dinner adventure, or cheer on your favorite knight in a medieval-style jousting tournament. If you’ve spent the day at a theme park, definitely stick around for the nightly lineup of entertainment and fireworks.

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Wild Florida Drive-Thru Safari Park Admission

Wild Florida Drive-Thru Safari Park Admission

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Buckle up for your wildest car ride yet! Travel down gravel paths within our Drive-thru Safari Park and discover more than 100 native and exotic animals roaming freely. During your journey, you’ll have the opportunity to observe a variety of animals often only found around the world. Enjoy identifying species from as far away as the African savanna to others from the deciduous forests of North America, all from the comfort of your own car.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
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1-Hour Evening Airboat Ride

1-Hour Evening Airboat Ride

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Escape to the Central Florida Everglades for this nighttime airboat adventure at Boggy Creek Airboat Rides. This exciting trip is a great way to experience the subtropical ecosystem of the Everglades in a unique nighttime setting. Skim across the trails of grassy water while looking for nature’s nocturnal hunters—specifically alligators—but never quite sure of what’s lurking around the next bend. The captain/guide will wear a miner’s cap to lead the way.
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  • 1 hour
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LEGOLAND Florida Resort Admission Ticket

LEGOLAND Florida Resort Admission Ticket

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Add some imagination and invention to your Florida vacation on a visit to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort. Breeze past the queue with your pre-purchased entrance ticket to get the fun started right away. The park features live interactive shows, wild rides, amazing characters, and lots of opportunities to build, climb, and play. Good times for the whole family!
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  • 1 day
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Universal Orlando Tickets - USA / Canada Residents

Universal Orlando Tickets - USA / Canada Residents

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In connection with your purchase of Universal Orlando products and your visit to Universal Orlando, including Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal’s Volcano Bay, Universal CityWalk, and the Universal Orlando Resort hotels, please be advised that you must follow Universal Orlando’s policies, CDC guidelines and the recommendations of health officials. Please note that any public location where people are present provides an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 and Universal Orlando cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit. By visiting Universal Orlando, you acknowledge and agree that you assume these inherent risks associated with attendance.
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  • 8 hours
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WonderWorks Orlando

WonderWorks Orlando

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Go wild with some mind-boggling fun at WonderWorks Orlando. This admission ticket gives you fast-access to the attraction with your pre-purchased ticket. Revel in a full day of entertainment that brings together the scientific, the mysterious and the kooky. Choose your favorite activities from among 100 exhibitions, including earthquake simulators, a bubble lab, a gyro and more. Upgrade to the VIP Combo which includes the Outta Control Dinner Show..
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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The Wheel at ICON Park

The Wheel at ICON Park

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Observe the city’s most famous landmarks from above, during one full rotation around Icon Orlando. A great experience for all ages, the air-conditioned capsule offers exceptional views of Cape Canaveral, downtown Orlando, and Floridian forests from 400 feet. You can enjoy the city landscapes whenever suits your schedule during opening horus. Upgrade your experience to include a glass of champagne or activities such as tickets to Madame Tussauds Orlando or SEA LIFE.
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  • 30 minutes
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4-hour Paddleboard or Kayak Rental in Orlando

4-hour Paddleboard or Kayak Rental in Orlando

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Do you already know how to use a Stand Up Paddleboard or Kayak? Come paddle in paradise at one of the beautiful lakes in Orlando. All lakes are close to the attractions. We are family friendly and dog friendly. Take a swim on a hot summer day on a clean, fresh water lake. Features: • Relaxing break from busy Orlando Attractions • Choose a time that works for your schedule, please call us if you need a different time than is listed, we will try to accommodate you • Choose your pace • Kids can have their own vessel. Smaller children can ride with a parent. You can take your time with up to 4 hours of paddleboarding or kayaking on your schedule and pace. All boards are very stable ensuring you can enjoy this amazing sport on your own. You’ll be enjoying the true natural beauty of Florida on the water. The lakes we choose are clean, safe and free of alligators. Take your time and paddle the whole lake or just float and gaze up at the sky for much needed relaxation and vitamin D!
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  • 4 hours
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1-Hour "Sky High" Zip Line Adventure Tour with 3 Zip Line Flights Included

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The highest heights in Florida can be found on this high-flying aerial adventure that takes you soaring through our Sky High Canyon! This newest addition to our park packs huge thrills into a small budget. All three zip lines on this tour tower above our other lines! The longest line stretches out across the entire Sky High Canyon at a staggering 1,150 feet long and 155 feet off the ground! The final zip of this tour will have you soaring over Gator Lake at an incredible speed!
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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