Your Guide to Spending a Week In Orlando
Orlando, Florida is a beautiful place to visit for a week, though you’d need more time than that to do everything. It’s not just natural beauty that the city has to offer, but the people, food, shopping, and attractions are all worth spending some time enjoying. This guide gives you an equal taste of all that is available to do in and around this gorgeous city.
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A destination like Walt Disney World could easily fill a week on its own. Start by nailing down your itinerary with a nearby Disney hotel or resort. Then it’s time for the parks. Disney World is actually 4 theme parks in one: The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a favorite with those who love Butterbeer or want to try shopping in Hogsmeade. Located at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park, “muggles” are invited to fly over Hogwarts on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and try a Cornish pasty at the Three Broomsticks.
SeaWorld offers live shows with plenty of family friendly exhibits and programs. Visit the new, interactive, high-tech playground, or the new Turtle Trek, a 360-degree 3D movie. Adventurous visitors can get personal with penguins, dolphins, and sharks. In fact, SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove Park offers an opportunity to swim with and touch bottlenose dolphins.
Orlando also offers excellent shopping experiences to fill your week.
The Orlando Premium Outlets has 160 different outlets — 30 are just for shoes! This is the place that wrote the book on “power” shopping. Check out Talbots, Coach, Burberry, and Barneys New York. True Religion is perfect for trend shoppers, and Armani will entice true fashionistas.
The Altamonte Mall offers shopping and dining just 10 miles from downtown. You’ll be able to hit retailers like Macy’s, Sears, Wet Seal, the Gap, and Oceanology. Local watering holes include Elephant Bar and the Orlando Ale House. It’s just a short stroll around the lake to Cranes Roost Park where festivals are regularly held.
The Mall at Millenia is a glittering, soaring, luxury shopping center with shops like Chanel, Tag Heuer, Rolex, and Emporio Armani. This amazing mall also features Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor, and Banana Republic.
Local Fun Spots
There are hundreds of other fun distractions that could easily fill an exuberant week of Orlando-based activities.
Stop by Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café and chug das boot full of beer while the locals chant, “Tiki-toki, tiki toki…Hoy! Hoy! Hoy!”
Drop by Universal Orlando Islands of Adventure and ride the Incredible Hulk Coaster.
Explore the lush, narrow canals of the Winter Park Chain of Lakes with a scenic boat tour.
Catch a show at the Timucua Arts White House (which is really the living room of local musician Benoit Glazer.)
Find out how many movies you can see in a single day at the Florida Film Festival, held each spring.
Orlando isn’t just a city to enjoy, it’s an experience to conquer. Plan out your week, buckle your seatbelt, and get going!
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