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Best Things To Do in Orlando-Walt Disney World

Orlando is the sum of its parts, or rather, parks. Most associate the city with one in particular; Walt Disney World, but this mega-resort is actually located approximately 25 miles away in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. If you have several days to devote to Mickey and Minnie, definitely stop by. But otherwise, consider the many other kid-friendly sites. There's SeaWorld Adventure Park Orlando and its companion site, Discovery Cove, plus the Universal Orlando Resort and its newest attraction, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Need a break from the kid stuff? Then check out the Tiffany collection at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, or swing by the Harry P. Leu Gardens for a breath of fresh air.

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#1
Universal's Islands of Adventure (featuring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: Though Islands of Adventure boasts seven distinct "islands," like Jurassic Park, Seuss Landing and Toon Lagoon, perhaps its most famous ... read more»

#2
Walt Disney World
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Excessive, exhausting and expensive, Walt Disney World is above all else enchanting. There's no other place that offers quite ... read more»

#3
Discovery Cove
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: There are animal encounters and then there's Discovery Cove a companion site to SeaWorld that receives rave reviews from ... read more»

#4
Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Perhaps Grand Cypress Golf Club is too country club for you if so, consider the simpler, more juvenile greens of ... read more»

#5
Universal Orlando Resort
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Universal's leg-up on Disney World is its ability to entertain all family members. "It was probably the first time ... read more»

#6
SeaWorld Adventure Park Orlando
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: While Mickey's house is certainly magical, many vacationers find Shamu's lair equally enchanting. And if you're short ... read more»

#7
Grand Cypress Golf Club
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: When golf greats (and Orlando residents) like Ernie Els, Tiger Woods or Annika Sorenstam tee off in their free time ... read more»

#8
John F. Kennedy Space Center
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: As much a part of Orlando's culture as Mickey and Minnie, the John F. Kennedy Space Center is another ... read more»

#9
Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Flooded with pottery, paintings, windows and lamps, the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art isn't for everybody. But ... read more»

#10
Harry P. Leu Gardens
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Despite the fact that most vacationers spend their time pounding the pavement, trundling tots from one amusement park ride to ... read more»

#11
Mall at Millenia
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Popular brands like Apple and H&M rub elbows with high-end boutiques like Prada and Versace at the The Mall ... read more»

#12
Gatorland
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Let's face it: Orlando is not the place for a cheap getaway with the kiddies. But this 110-acre preserve ... read more»

#13
Wet 'n Wild
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Overall Rating: Rating: 2.5

Why go: Wet 'n Wild earns a spot on our list because it's considered by many to be the first major ... read more»

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