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Exploring the heart of Orlando city that is installed with theme park glory and filled with excitement for all

Orlando in Brief

The city of Orlando is centrally located in the U.S. state of Florida, with the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the west. Orlando is the states third largest metropolis. With 233 sunny days a year and thrilling theme parks, makes Orlando the theme park capital of the world. For thrill seekers, millions of visitors come to Orlando for just one thing – Action. It is the place where imagination run wild. Millions of visitors escape to this sunny state, just to experience and visit these fun-pack incredible theme parks and attractions. Whether it is a white-knuckled thrill ride, exhilarating skydive encounter, soothing massage, exciting round of gold, mega shopping junket or a moving theatre performance, Orlando and the surrounding Central Florida region is a perennial favourite destination among holiday-makers around the world. Orlando is the place where they want visitors to stay all day and come back the next day. This is why visitors come to explore unique things to do in Orlando. There are many more reasons why and there are plenty of it? 

Variety of pictures of scenery below

Why Go?

When you may think, you know all you need to about Orlando is theme parks, but there is much more to do and so many things to enjoy in Orlando. However, there is more to this Central Florida city than Disney’s Epcot and Universal’s Wizard World of Harry Potter. In reality, Orlando has a little of this and little of that to appeal to all ages, and there is more to do here than visit theme parks. The subtropical climate makes this city great for golfing and the downtown city landscape is too attractive not to explore.

I wanted to treat myself to an eclectic food scene to venturing over gator-infested waters via zip line and many other plenty of activities in Orlando that weren’t on my radar. I wanted to step-away from the rollercoasters and flashy amusements and slip into the great outdoors which this city have plenty of natural beauty.

My Highlights

It was in early May, I set off for my annual overseas trip and chose to spend two weeks exploring Orlando. I have been to Orlando and other parts of Florida state and I loved it. I have found that Orlando is one of those places, once you visit the place, you will want to come back and stay. This time, I thought, I’ll enjoy exploring the theme parks and other major attractions outside Orlando. Though, I find theme parks to be family oriented but at times, I wanted to amuse myself, with no exception, Orlando is the place where it happens. 

As soon as I set foot in Orlando, I knew what I wanted to see and do, it wasn’t hard filling up my time and was able to do a wide variety of things that pleased me as a free-independent-traveller (FIT). From taking the adrenaline theme park rides to getting lost within the towering giant buildings and being mesmerised in Orlandos nightlife. There was plenty of nature, culture and entertainment.

In Orlando, there are botanical gardens, world-class museums and art galleries and inner city attractions. Over the course of two weeks, I began my Orlando experience with a trip to theme parks, moving next down to Kennedy Space Centre and finishing up my trip in Daytona Beach for 3 days, winding down before continuing to my next destination. It was a wonderful holiday filled with beauty and adventure.   

With so much to do and see int he area, it can be a bit overwhelming to make the most of my stay, here are some tips on that to do and see in Orlando area before heading to the coast – Daytona for relaxation by the beach.

Animal Kingdom Park

My ten day trip began with a visit toDisney’s Animal Kingdom Park, which is one of the 4 largest theme parks that are perfectly located at Walt Disney Resort. This park is filled with endless attractions, adventures and entertainment that reflect Walt Disney’s dedication to nature and conservation. The park is home to more than 1700 animals from over 200 species and sprawling across acres of lush landscape. This is the park’s biggest animal-themed park in the world and here you can see some of the region’s most interesting animals along with others brought in from different countries and learn more about them.

Here you’re able to encounter rare and majestic animals and even get close enough to pet some of them. This park in Orlando was an action-packed day out for me and sure, I went the next day to see and spent more time in the park. What a thrill and magical  experience it was. I felt like, I was seeing the spectacular scenery from the African savannah to exotic animals of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Whether you’re an animal lover or not, this is the right place to create that imagination of “All creatures, great and small” are gathered in one location for children, family and lone travellers come to enjoy. 

Enjoying the views of Pink Flamingos

Sea World

There is no one place on earth more than seeing the underworld creatures, bigger than human beings that is so magical that will linger-on for the rest of my life. I spent a full day at this park exploring the awe-inspiring world of marine life where every encounter was a new adventure. I just loved coming face-to-face with playful dolphins. I just immersed myself in wonder at this park and could see this aquatic world coming alive in from of me as I wandered around. Apart from seeing the world through the eyes of a penguin in the thrilling, chilling adventure of Antartica and laughing to the all-new Clyde and Seamore’s Sea Lion High show, I then climbed aboard and ride the might manta where I experience the power and grace of killer whales in the awe-inspiring Shamu show. It is pure delight and incredible to experience all this in one location.

The park itself is mainly to entertain visitors of marine creatures but there are few other wildlife section where you can enjoy them including dangerous sea-creatures like the sharks and other marine live – fish etc which can be viewed through the glass like in the aquarium.

Kennedy Space Centre

One of the places, I was looking forward to visit which was on my priority list was taking a trip out to Kennedy Space Centre. Growing up as a child, one of my childhood ambition was to see how rockets were built and launched. It was a childhood fairytale, actually turning out to be a reality was beyond. I spend the ultimate day exploring the fascinating Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral. Here you learn about the history of the US space program and watch stunning IMAX films and I had the chance to walk under a Saturn V rocket and got a close-up view of the Space Shuttle launch pad. It was just mind-boggling.

If you have the time, you are able to join in a lunch with an astronaut and will take you behind the scenes of the centres launch facility. It is an experience that every traveller need to see

Daytona Beach

After spending six wonderful days in the city of Orlando, it was time to get back on track for leisure and relaxation. I ventured slightly off route to see some of the small places along the way to Daytona beach. After arriving in Daytona, it was time to rewind after an “action-packed” lifestyle of Orlando. My plan was to do nothing but spent more time at the beach strolling along in the mornings to see the sunrise and in the evenings to see the sunset.

In the middle of the day, my day was spent at the resort’s pool-side reading my favourite scientific thriller book by Lee Child to let the day go by. I continue on my own tour fo the beach for few days before it was time to leave. 

All in all, it was a wonderful ten days in Orlando and I would highly recommend it if you are visiting Orlando and Daytona area.

Daytona beach that goes for miles and miles away

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Papua New Guinean living in Cairns, Australia. Weekend getaway adventurer and Free-Independent-Traveller (FIT). Lover of unique and exotic travel experiences with a touch of luxury. Follow me to my travel world, brining you closer to your destination.

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