Best Things To Do in Orlando Florida

1. SKELETONS: Museum Of Osteology

Impressive collection of skeletons ranging from teeny tiny mice to giant elephant skulls! Exhibits are well organized and informative. Pathology and neanderthal collections were awesome! Employees were very friendly and able to answer many questions. Picked up several cool specimens in the gift shop. Will definitely visit again!

My daughter and I love this place. It was our fist time visiting today and we really enjoyed all the different skeletons they have on display. The staff were wonderful and very kind. My daughter was so excited to check this place out, it always makes for a better trip when the staff are just as excited to see ya!! Thank you for a wonderful experience!

The employees here are amazing and are super fun to talk to! The gift shop is really neat. The exhibit itself is packed with so many skulls and full animal skeletons. This place is great if you are into history, animals, or oddities. Its a one of a kind museum.

Was surprised at how much I enjoyed myself. Scavenger hunt was fun and the content in the museum was extensive. Places to sit, interactive displays and lots of interesting information. The gift shop was fun and had items for everything and everyone. If you are looking for a unique gift I suggest this gift shop

Such a great variety of animals as well as humans. Very well displayed and great descriptions of each piece. Highly recommend for children old enough to understand what they are looking at. Lots of neat trinkets in the gift shop although most are a little pricey. But that’s Orlando for ya...

2. Harry P Leu Gardens

Very clean and very pretty. Although there is an entrance fee of $10 for one person, parking is free and the grounds are beautiful. The main entrance building is a gorgeous mansion converted into a public building with public restrooms available. Scattered throughout the park are a variety of intricate LEGO® sculptures themed to their location in the park, along with signs detailing them with information such as how long they took to build, how many bricks were used, and other interesting facts. The park's beauty is unparalleled by similar parks in the area. Different arrays of roses, flowering shrubs, and towering trees dominate the area from the parking lot to the lake front. This location also features movie nights on everybody often, so if you are visiting, ask for more information about such, as they have been know to play movies such as 'The Force Awakens' and 'Chicken Run'. In all, it was a lovely experience.

Nice gardens to walk through. Plan to bring water or water bottles which you can fill in the visitor center. Very pretty plants, when I went there were hardly any flowers blooming but there were still plenty to see. Most paths are wheelchair and stroller accessible. Bringing an umbrella is a good idea to have extra shade although not necessarily needed but can make the experience especially in the summer more enjoyable.

Great gardens. Esp enjoyed the butterfly garden (small but you can see butterflies constantly). The pond area is also very relaxing. $10 admission is pretty universal. No discounts for seniors (I saw several ask).

This place was or is beautiful. The plants were all well kept and the Lego figures were amazing with so much detail. There were lots of benches along the pathways if you needed to sit and rest or just enjoy the scenery. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here. There's also a quaint little restaurant nearby with some of the best food ever.

If you're a local, do yourself a favor and get an annual membership. It won't cost you much more than what a one day visit would cost and you will be able to come back as many times as you like for the whole year. The gardens are beautiful and have plants that put on a flowery display at different times of the year. Obviously Spring is the best time, but not for the roses. The large rose garden is usually pruned in Spring, so not the best time to visit the roses. The Leu House has tours every half hour during the day. You can do the tour many different times and find out different things. There is a lot of history here, and each tour guide gives you their favorite parts (at least that's how it seems to me). If they gave you the whole history at every tour, they wouldn't be able to do the tours every half hour. Weddings are held in many different parts of the gardens. Photographers of all kinds love to take advantage of the picturesque setting. With all of this, the nice thing is that is never really crowded except on the free weekend in Spring when they have free admission paired with a plant sale. A few other things to note, there is a gift shop, a gallery of art on the walls of the hallway of the main entrance building, classes, movie nights, and probably lots more things I still don't know about. This is the most affordable annual pass in Orlando and even better, no blackout dates!

3. Madame Tussauds Orlando

A lot of fun and so many great picture opportunities. I love that nothing is roped off and you can really get into the pictures. My son even recently did their wax hand experience where he got to make his very own souvenir to take home, it was really an awesome project to take part in and worth the money as they can be used for gifts for family.

Visited the place with a group with diverse ages, 17-48 yr old, and everyone Loved it! The place is very original, organized and the staff is great. Not expensive either. The place is conveniently located next to the Orlando Eye, and has many shops, stores, restaurants, and other attractions just a walk away. There's even a food court in the same building just outside the museum, if walking is out of the questions. A definite must see.

Enjoyed myself. Saw so many different wax people. They show you how to make a wax hand. If you want your hand made out of wax, it will cost extra. Definitely a place to take kids, family and friends. Thank you, I had a great time!

We had a blast! Everyone looked so real and on point. One of the best wax museums I've ever been to.

So cool! The wax figures look so life-like. You can get great pictures with them as well.

4. Lake Eola Park

Tranquil and beautiful park with lush vegetation and great view of downtown Orlando. When I was there, pretty swans were enjoying the water, along with their cute baby chicks. It was so much fun to watch them. They are friendly and used to people, although I advise everyone not to approach them and just enjoy from a distance. The gazebo adds to the serene atmosphere of the park. I definitely recommend to visit for a stroll, run, walk with the doggo, or whenever they have an event going on.

Nice clean quiet park had a great time on the swan boats (maybe helped that I wasn't peddling) 😁 plenty of things to see and do thankfully was nice and sunny so helped makes everything better. Enjoyed seeing the wildlife - swans ducks fish and turtles. Had a nice meal at world of beers too highly recommended.

Beautiful park! My boyfriend and I visited this while we were in FL for a wedding. We walked all around the lake, came across entertainers, an arts and crafts festival, and lots of pretty views. There was so much to do and see and we both had a great time. I would definitely recommend this as a park to visit with family.

It's a Fantastic Park for various purposes to visit. Can be a great play day with the children. Can be romantic to walk around with the beautiful scenery. Adventurous with the swan boats. Relaxing for some yoga. Casual gathering with friends to catch up between fresh air or while grabbing a bite within the park, interesting and fun events to be part of or to enjoy them...... so in summary, just a place to get out of the ordinary day.

The large lake fountain is beautiful and historic to Orlando. It adds a unique touch of class to this community park. At night the fountain changes colors. Strolling the entire walk way with a friend or someone special is usually safe and one of life's simple pleasures during Feb; March; April.

5. Discovery Cove

One of the most amazing and magical experiences outside of Disney World that you can have. You get up-close-and-personal with dolphins and other sea life. They take care of her meals both breakfast and lunch and your drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic it's very children friendly. They have a coral reef area where you can meet Stingrays and be up and close in personal with the most beautiful fish that you can see at the coral reef area I also have a lazy river. There whole atmosphere is very much like a beach that you would go to outside of the US. I recommend this to families or Honeymooners all people would enjoy this type of get away for a day.

The most amazing place ever. Its like stepping into a little paradise island. Our dolphin Clipper was just beautiful and we really enjoyed swimming and interacting with her. The food was really really nice here too. The pools are warm and the lazy river is so relaxing

We loved this place!! Not too crowded so that was a big plus. Everybody there is very friendly and helpful. The dolphin trainers are very knowledgeable and the dolphins are very well taken care of. The beaches are beautiful and very clean and lifeguards everywhere. The food was delicious and hot. If you're looking for great family fun, this is the place to go. It's well worth the money.

This is the park that all other parks should be measured by. Your experience starts from the time you enter the parking area that is tiny.. because there are VERY few people allowed entry into the park each day! Going into the beautiful entry building you get concierge service from the get go. We had the trainer for a day package, they checked us in, and had us sit on a very comfortable couch to wait for our trainer to arrive. We had a trainer named Julie ( wish I knew her last name). She had been there for many years and I cannot believe they have a better more knowledgeable or service oriented employee. I cant post enough positives about her. The day was MAGICAL in every way, from petting a sloth, to the anteater, to the kinkajou. Learning how the water and food was taken care of also was great. The two dolphin interactions were so wonderful my best friend cried. This is a once in a lifetime experience that is worth EVERY penny. MAJOR KUDOS to the people running the park!

This place totally surprised my family and I. My teenage daughters (17) both say that this was the best experience they have had at any park! Staff are great, water was just right, Dolphins were awesome and the swim with fish was amazing. Lazy river was very relaxing and seeing otters ..just wow..and the little monkeys.. . Great place to spend the day with the family!

6. The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye

I’ve always wanted to try this when we come to Orlando and we finally did this weekend. It’s a little pricey but if you’re a Florida residents you save about $20 bucks which is awesome. There was about 20 people ahead of us but it went fairly quick. This is not a “ride” as I though but more so just a viewing experience. It spins very slowly giving you an amazing view of Orlando. One rotation is all it goes, as the carts get loaded, it moves slowly. You’re in the cabin for about 22mins. You get your own cabin which is nice. And it’s a great opportunity for awesome pictures and silhouettes of the city lights. Very cool experience, as a local!

My Orlando eye experience was mind blowing. It gave me an awesome view of the entire city. The wheel moves slowly, so there is no chance of getting any fear. It is amazing how the view changes as the wheel moves. Before I boarded, they took photos of me that was displayed later for purchase. That's a very good marketing strategy. I won't go for the debate if the $30 ticket for a less than half an hour ride was worth it or not, but I lived my time there thoroughly.

The experience was enlightening. It wasn't particularly thrilling because it's very slow. However, the view was spectacular. On a clear evening you can see for miles and miles away. I recommend the evening time as the sun is setting. The lights make the view look amazing. Tip: Try to get into the Coca Cola carts you get free cold coke drinks.

It was awesome. I am afraid of heights so it was terrifying to me, but the view was amazing and definitely worth it! It is very sturdy and barley rocks, which definitely helped with my fear. You could get up and walk around in it (if you want to) and there is a poll in the middle if you feel the need to hold on to something (I did). It was a great experience and I would recommend it to anyone.

Took a girl on a date here. Couldn't have been any better. Music was perfect for the occasion. I strongly recommend going during the sunset. Not only will you wow her, but you will also have a much better view. They offer to sell you pictures but they're a rip off just like any other huge attraction. Tickets were a bit pricey but I can't complain. It got me a girlfriend 🤷🏻‍♂️.

7. SeaWorld Orlando

Definitely recommend this place. A perfect mix of a zoo and amusement park. Their shows are fun to watch and their enclosures allow you to easily see the animals. Food and drinks, of course, are insanely priced, but their all day free refill cups aren't too bad. Their three big roller coasters are amazing, especially the Manta. You get to ride on your stomach! Unfortunately, literally every kids ride, except for two, were closed. They didn't give us anything to compensate for our kid's loss.

We got to hang out with and pet some penguins, feed sea lions, and watched some amazing shows. Some things cost extra but it was so much fun and very memorable. The park hours were short and wish we got to see it all but the insane amount of clean up and taking care of the animals I can understand that. Exciting rides! Wonderful and magical place! We will return as soon as possible for some more fun times.

Our favourite Florida park. Whale show was very good and very entertaining, such beautiful animals. The dolphin nursery was lovely we spent ages watching the babies swim around and learn tricks. Really clean park. Brill rides. Can't wait to go back

KIDS AREA IS CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS!! My husband and I purchased season passes because they were very inexpensive, and I now know why!!! The entire kids area with all of the kids rides is CLOSED for renovations. My 2 boys ages 8 and 6 were extremely disappointed because those are the only rides they were tall enough to ride. The shows were underwhelming, we spent less than an hour at SeaWorld and was bored out of our minds. I called corporate and asked for a refund and was told the best they could do was charge me $382 and then cancel our passes. This is the type of service you should expect. SPEND YOUR MONEY ELSEWHERE DON'T BE TRAPPED!!! When a customer tells you within an hour that they want a refund it shouldn't be questioned!!!! REPLY FROM CORPORATE: " I am truly sorry that you were unaware of the closure until you arrived at Happy Harbor. While I certainly understand your disappointment; we do offer other child friendly attractions such as our shows, exhibits and rides including Antarctica and Wild Arctic (walk through). Please be advised a refund for park admission is unavailable"

I was here many years ago and I went back with my grandchildren. Wow! New attractions, new shows, a lot more menu choices and places to eat, and very reasonable food prices, considering this is a theme park. And the food was good! New roller coasters. Really enjoyed the day and watching the kids faces light up with all the new animals they have never seen. Entrance price can be discounted online by about 20%. A lot less $ than the Big Mouse.

8. SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

I HAD A BLAST!! And this is coming from a 26-yr-old! SEA LIFE Orlando is an awesome aquarium that features so many aquatic animals & is super interactive & fun!! You’ll learn a lot about the sea & it’s creatures from the aquarium & it’s hosts. If you’re looking for something fun to do for a few hours, I absolutely recommend this place!! I’d go back in a heartbeat. Prices are about $20-25 & definitely worth it for what you’re getting. And if you have time, check out the rest of the ICON area. Thank you SEA LIFE ❤️

Very nice atmosphere and very unique way of teaching people about the different fish and plant life in each exhibit. The aquarium is obviously not set up to be busy, so I am glad my family and I went on a slow day. The aquarium, while nice, has way too many cons for me to recommend it. They play the same, beautiful and atmospheric, instrumental song on loop. I found myself getting tired of it very quick. There were also practically no seats in there (also bad if it were to get busy). Also, the axolotl exhibit area needs an expansion; it was very cramped in the area and seeing how there were only three other people there, that is saying something. There was a very small number of species in there and limited the aquatic life to a few type of fish, about two-three sting ray, two turtles, and a small shark. All together it took us, keeping track of time, 35 minutes to get through the small aquarium in which we stopped at every exhibit reading the information and taking pictures of the sea life. At the cost of 25 dollars each person I can safely say that, while it was amusing, it was not worth it. Don't go in expecting to see other sea life such as otters, crocodiles, and alike. However, for those who don't mind spending that money for the short experience, go for it. I found the atmosphere, as stated above, to be very nice compared to other aquariums I have been to.

It's a great place to take young kids. We did Toddler Time and they started promptly on time and engaged the whole group. They had a story and crafting segment. Then we had free reign of the place to explore and even a play area. I would definitely come back.

As Florida residents, visiting another aquarium is not exciting. Man are we glad we changed our minds and decided to visit Sea Life Orlando. Amazing aquarium fun for the whole family, even for the picky 5 and 6 year old kids. Our kids loved it and my husband and I did too. The place is clean, beautiful and full of amazing marine life creatures. If you are in town, you must visit Florida residents get a decent discount 👍

My family and I enjoyed our trip to Sea Life Orlando on 3/5/18. I came mostly for business but was able to put a few days aside for time with my family. All of the staff were friendly and seemed to truly care about and love their jobs. My children loved all the animals at SL and convinced me to go on the Behind the Scenes tour they offer for $5. Our tour guide Honor was very informative, cheerful and made sure to keep my children involved while they loved. I would highly recommend the Behind the Scenes tour and if you go, ask for Honor. We can't wait to come back next year.

9. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley

I am a big Harry Potter fan and Diagon Alley exceeded my expectations as the newest addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! I grew up reading the books and going to book release parties being able to see them come to life is something special indeed! I will admit I teared up a bit when I stepped foot inside and saw the enormous fire breathing dragon down the street. The attention to detail in insane. There’s something magical to see in every shop window and around every corner. The shops have tons of fun things to browse through and the food in The Leaky Cauldron is delicious! I especially enjoyed all the themed beers and drinks. There’s just one ride but you can spend a long time walking around and they also have two live shows you can watch while you sip your Butterbeer or Dragon Scale Brew! I can’t wait to go back!

As someone who grew up watching Harry Potter, this place is heaven! All your dreams come true! You get all sorts of magical things here, Betty bots flavored beans (make sure to get some vomit flavor beans to prank your friends), chocolate frogs, Wizard outfit and even a working wand! The wand comes with instructions that can make magic happen in many ways. The food, the shops everything gives you the best Harry Potter experience. The rides are amazing as well. Do remember to try their amazing drink, the butter beer.

Place was great! I liked it much more than hogsmead. So much more to just look at and watch. If you go here, hit the bank ride early to avoid the line. We only waited 10 minutes in the morning, but watched as the line grew to 45 minutes later in the day. I wouldn't suggest the interactive wands. I didn't get one, but watched as customer after customer get frustrated at trying to make the displays trigger. Very demoralizing to the kids to not be able to cast the spells properly.

Stop what you’re doing right now and go get a frozen butter beer. Also, they only offer dip-n-dots on the Island’s of Adventure side of Universal, so keep that in mind before you board the train to Diagon Alley. The best ride is the dueling dragons, go on both the red and blue sides. Early November is the best time to come, trust me! The sounds and decor are on point and if you have $70 to spend on a wand then do it because I love mine! If you can wait around for the toad show then it is a short and sweet addition to your day.

Try to see the projection on the Islands of Adventure side. It is the best ride both in Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios park. The train that goes from one park to the other is a must do. Stores are nice and there is a quest to be done that is quite entertaining. ALL rides are nice. Not to be missed...

10. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

My husband and I went to the Titanic Museum and Gala Dinner the night before our cruise! We decided to dress the part and he wore his tuxedo with white shirt and vest and I in my fancy formal wear! We were the only ones dressed to the 9 other than the crew and they loved that we dressed up! They said they wished that everyone would really get into the recreation and do the same. It made it more fun for us! We thought they all did an amazing job! It was something different and unique and we loved it!!

Titanic exhibit makes you feel like you were there. Truly a good exhibition to see. I would have given 5 stars, if they did not try to sell you to see their dinosaur exhibition. It’s a bit expensive for both exhibits- the dinosaur exhibit is just a cheap gimmick don’t waste your time.

It was an amazing experience to go to the dinner gala. Some of us dressed the part as if we were from that time. The actors/characters were great. The 3 course meal was delightful. I would definitely go back during regular business hours to see all of the artifacts.

My family and I went on my birthday & we had so much fun!! We all loved being in the middle of the actors. The conversations were so intriguing, because it was as if you were there, but knew the outcome. Beautifully acted & I wish I knew the actors names, they were amazing!! I recommend this to all historians of the Titanic.

Went to the Titanic Artifact Museum with the family. When you enter each member of your group gets a Titanic ticket with a passenger's name on it which you use later to find out if they survived. There was a staff member dressed up like the Unsinkable Molly Brown who did a short presentation about Titanic and the sinking. It was interesting for the kids age 7 and 8 with some facts thrown in for the adults. The remainder of the museum had artifacts and period pieces mixed together with signage indicating what was a artifact and what was not. There was audio presentation in some of the rooms which was interesting as well. One of the last rooms includes a large piece of ice to look like an iceberg. The kids found this fascinating due to the size and it being cold and wet. Of course at the end of the museum is the requisite gift shop filled with reproduction pieces and the ability to buy a real nickel sized piece of Titanic coal in a plastic box for $45.00 dollars. This was a good experience for our kids due to their interest in the Titanic disaster.

11. Universal CityWalk

it sucks. don't do it. doesn't work. theyre rude.

This review is for Lilly's on the lake restaurant, Clermont. I had a great time at this restaurant last weekend. The service was very good.The menu is reasonably priced and there is probably something on it for everyone. Great appetizers; excellent seafood. The drink menu was also pretty extensive I will save this location when I would want to have a quality time. Overall - great place! I would recommend this restaurant to one and all.

Do not buy that $79 meal deal for the whole year it's a rip-off seems excellent by the Dozen

Dr. Sarika Heggannavar is an Awesome Dentist! She treated me with Excellent Care ! and Very Gentle! Her Office Staff got me in right away! And Treated my emergency with urgent care! I Highly Recommend Orlando Smiles for all your dental needs! And Especially am Very GraTeFuL and Pleased with Dr. Sarika Heggannavar, DMD extra compassionate care and willing to work with my emergency dental need! Dr. Sarika Heggannavar Really Cares! along with her very sweet and kind office staff, Madeline! Can't THANK YOU ! Enough Dr. Sarika Heggannavar! at Orlando Smiles for Relieving my Pain! And Excellent Care !! Very Pleased Patient, Elizabeth Canizares

Was there to work in building

This place is amazing... free walk with amazing attractions to see. Wonderful place to hangout with family, friends, and colleagues. Go around 6pm to save the $25 parking fee. Stay until sun down to witness the amazing lights. Stop by the chocolate factory and taste the amazing desserts. Take some cool and wonderful pictures at universal studio. Refresh yourself with an awesome dinner at various restaurants. Total worth it to walk the universal city Orlando.

Great place to bring the family and have some fun. Great restaurants to pick from and some shopping. The best part of the CityWalk is the addition of Voodoo donuts. The donuts are great and some crazy concoctions. You will love this place. I have never waited in line for donuts, but I did today and it is worth every calorie. Be sure and check out the Universal store. Great place to buy souvenirs and save time in the parks riding instead of buying.

Always an exciting place to visit. Make sure to check online for the busiest times of the year so you aren't disappointed with the crowds. Also make sure you have plenty of money in the bank to prepare for the expensive food and drinks. There are some smaller, more well known chains that are available for more reasonable pricing. Otherwise, this is small potatoes to the fun you'll have at the parks.

The City Walk at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL is fun. There is a lot to see in a small stretch so you can easily spend a good chunk of time just shopping around. My kids loved it and my mother as well. Good for all ages. Check it out. I definitely recommend going and you do not even have to buy a ticket to go to it.

This was a lively & interesting place to walk around and enjoy the Universal experience. We ate at 2 good restaurants on our trip here and had a good experience at the movie theater also. I can't speak to the parking situation because we stayed in one of the Universal hotels. I expected this to be bigger but it was still fun to check out & gave lots of food options that were better than inside the parks.

12. Orlando Kart Center

Awesome staff on the day we visited 4/9/2018. Everyone went out of their way to make sure not only ourselves, but other customers as well were getting the experience they paid for. Our goal was to get in and make 3 races in one hour or less before our flight left and the staff went out of their way to make sure we accomplished our goal. Facilities were clean and inviting. Karts were in good shape and fun drive. Track was exciting, safe and overall fun experience. This ended our spring break trip on a high and happy experience. Thanks again to the staff.

This is the real deal. You get helmets and balaclavas to race in individual heats against other people. Overall, the location is clean and the registration and preparation was pretty straightforward. It would benefit the location if they had some kind of food and drink (non-alcoholic of course) service. This would probably attract a larger crowd and would make the heats more competitive with more people. Also, some of the cars handle differently - some spin out easier than others.

It was a really fun experience! It was my first time doing go karts at this level of speed and I enjoyed it so much! They get you in there quickly, my boyfriend and I went around 2:30 and waiting maybe 10min to race. The prices are kinda high but we got an awesome Groupon deal. The only thing that I did not like was that the helmet I wore was VERY musty smelling, it was hard to put the face guard down because the smell was so bad. But I was glad they give you a clean head sock to wear under the helmet.

It's the real deal and a ton of fun. I'd suggest it to any one. I was a little nervous as I'm just over 6 ft tall and there is no adjustment on the seat. I thought I might be a little cramped but it ended up being just fine. On the other hand my gf is just over 5ft tall and she had 0 issues reaching everything. These are kart rentals so no they're not going to rip your arms out with power but they are still some of the fastest kart rentals I've ever been in (every vacation we go on we try to do some kart rentals, so we have done a fair amount). So as for the kart themselves, the place is great but as for the employees, it's even better. They were all really helpful and best of all they let you race like racing should be. Don't get me wrong it's not a free for all, but they're not gonna kill your kart because somebody spins out on the opposite side of the track like some places do. The prices are really competitive and it's best just to bite the bullet and do the three races - that seems to be just the right amount and the best deal. Always check their calendar though, as they do have races there. One last thing, if the parking lot is full of race trailers still go inside and take a look as they may just be there getting ready for next week's race. This happened to us and we almost turned around because we thought they were having a race, but we were all really glad we checked it out first.

Place is great and I love the new indoor area so your not burning up between races. It is pricey running at $26 for one 10 min session which comes out to 6 laps if your quick and $46 for two and 3 is $56. Deducting one star just because of the price. They provide baklava's for your head and the helmet and a locker to keep your loose stuff in (if there are any available). Also each rental cart isn't created equal. Some trap times I've gotten with one cart was 38mph and another 41mph while trying to use the same exact technique on every turn and stretch.

13. Ripley's Believe It or Not! Orlando

Saturday night was perfect time to visit here as it wasn't too busy to visit. My boyfriend and I really enjoyed the many exhibits and interactive games. I would highly recommend a visit to this place for all children and adults of different ages. It was entertaining and learning experience, we were there, there was young children, teenagers, older adults along with us. Hours are 9am to midnight, however they did close was hand exhibit by 10pm. Gift opened until closing time.

I took my 6 year old son and my 9 month old daughter. There were so many fun and interesting things to see and do! My favorite was the wax hand replicas you could make of your hand. I got my sons done. It was also great because I could use the stroller through out the whole place for my daughter!

Ripley's offers a self-guided tour, so if it only takes you 20 minutes then you have obviously missed a lot of the exhibits on display. They keep it fresh by changing up the exhibits every so often. *UPDATE* Amazing Pictures is no longer located in Ripley's. The manager decided to mix things up again... :)

I watched the TV show as a kid. And after so many years seeing the same wonders in front of me was a great experience. The tilted designed building won't fail to make you want to have a look at the inside of the building. Yes, the price is a little high. But I guess it's worth it.

Was next door to this place for another event..Spooky Empire..as I was leaving I decided to check this place out. Took me about 2 hours to go through..and I read and looked at pretty much everything. The displays are a blend of weird art, culture, and history stuff. There are different rooms..with different themes. My personal favorite was the room of the medieval torture devices. I am a history geek..so the historical stuff was my favorite. Some of it was geared towards kids as some of the displays were a bit simplistic. And indeed there were lots of kids about. Some displays were artwork made out of unusual items..some of it very clever..some of it made me think that the artist has too much time on their hands. My favorite was Thor made out of car parts and Capt Sparrow made out of seashells. Lots of trivia stuff some useless and some stuff I wish had more information attached. There were many interactive displays so a visitor isn't reading things all the time. The tunnel at the end is awesome. Overall I enjoyed my afternoon visit.

14. WonderWorks

So far, my family and I are having a blast. First, let me say that any place that has a teacher appreciation day is a great place in my book. So my wife ( the teacher ) gets us in today, and we are definitely enjoying it. I've read about rude staff, but I have not noticed that yet at all ( and we're here on a Saturday, read busier day ). All of the games are working, as well. Let me tell you, if you like laser tag, this is a good price. The battle field is more than half decent, as well. One floor is all about hands on experimenting, one is hands on gaming and adventure. What this boils down to is the geeks amongst us ( like me ) get to nerd out, while the thrill seekers ( guilty ) get to get a little indoor rush. I've been in the area for more time than this building. I'm glad I waited to come with my children, because setting them enjoy an entire building of fun is one of the best things I could witness.

If you want to go to a unique and fun science exhibit that will not disappoint you, you have to go here. There is so much to do here and so many exhibits that will blow your mind! This place is especially great for kids and teenagers and is still great for adults as well. Along with all the cool science exhibits, this WonderWorks has a large rope obstacle course that is thrilling and fun to adventure through. It also has a laser tag area and a "4D" movie theater. On the same level, it has a large arcade to win prizes. The exterior is also very cool with it being an upside down house. I give this place a 5/5 and I definitely recommend going here.

Fun! Illusion exhibits are cool. Some rides are intense but fun. You are securely strapped into the rides. The ropes can be scary, but if you remind yourself that you are in a harness and you wont fall, then you can enjoy the challenge. Myself , daughter, and my granddaughter had a blast.

This place is definitely geared towards children but we still managed to have fun in our mid 20's. The lines for the ropes course, 4D ride, and laser tag were insane! Try doing these right after the dinner show as most people go home after the show. Pre-purchase your tickets well in advance so that you can call ahead and reserve a seat for the dinner show. When we arrived at 4pm, the 6pm dinner show was already sold out so we had to wait until 8pm. The dinner show was just okay. I found the humour to be a bit dry and boring. The best part was definitely getting unlimited pizza and beer. Everyone also got salad and a slice of red velvet cake for dessert! Try to spend some time in the stairwell on each floor looking at the different illusion portraits on the wall. That was definitely my favourite part. Would I go back again? Probably not because it's flooded with children running wild but it definitely killed some time in the evening.

Like so many other reviews about this place, I will say basically the same thing. The building is very cool, the staff ruins the experience. When my family of 5 went we were in the area and though why not check it out. We walked in there was no one in line so we looked over the pricing and decided to get the tickets.. the girl who took my money waited until it actually processed then she said "you need closed toe shoes to do laser tag and ropes." My wife was quick to say, we were just standing here you can see we don't have close toe. you could have told us that before taking out money. She said well you can rent shoes up stairs.... That started the day, and it all felt like a money grab after that. We will certainly never go back, and there are MANY more interesting things to do in Orlando.

15. Universal's Islands of Adventure

What's not to like about his place?! Something for everyone from The Hulk to the water rides, the attractions and the shows and displays... all in all a great day. Universal have tipped Disney with there Fast pass system making everything fair and he single rider option for some rides is also very good. So much to do here you won't be disappointed no matter your age. Will be back in a few years when the new rides are finished. The added extra of Universal walk outside with bars and restaurants make this place a great all day and evening venue.

Islands of Adventure is tons of fun. These photos are of the Hollywood streets, but the great ride are in Marvel Legends and also in Toon Town. You will be wet from the Too Rides. The kids have an absolute blast in the water rides, and they say the best coaster ride was the Hulk. There are other coasters that look just as amazing, but the like the Hulk best. Mel's Diner has the old soda shop/hamburger stand still to it. The hamburgers are good, and the whole meal with a drink will cost you about $12.50. Yes, everything is high inside the park, but you have been saving for a while in order to go, so enjoy it!

I absolutely love Universal Studios and Islands of Adventures. I had a great time this weekend of 4-14-18 and 4-15-18. I bought the express pass which I highly recommend, some wait times were 75 minutes long. All the rides I got on were so fun. The atmosphere at both are awesome. I cant wait to go again. The only problem I did have was that on the Hogwarts train the AC wasn't working. Since you have to close the door it gets really hot next to people you don't know. Not too big a deal since its only like a 7 minute ride but a bit uncomfortable and stuffy. Still love you guys.

Of all three parks Universal had to offer, this one by far, is my personal favorite. Our family got to open up this park with Terrance. It was a special treat. The crowd here was light and had average wait times of 15 minutes. There is something here for everyone, including our littles at 19 months old. Highly recommend your time at this over the other if you are a family with a variety of needs.

Yes! You have to go! I mean sure they have a lot of rides that need a face lift and some sections that need some help but, I personally don't totally mind it since it's just so nostalgic for me to go here and experience the happiest parts of my childhood all over again. Also Hogsmead makes up for a lot of it, although there are only 2 rides it's just so magical being able to go and experience that. I hope they do put a little more work into some of their older attractions though because this park has A LOT of potential, and actually even some of those old rides aren't so bad considering! One last thing!!!! I have to give thanks to a staff member named David that works in the Jurassic Park store, I think the one you end up in after the ride....Anyways, my kids emptied their piggy banks into a freezer gallon Ziploc bag, so they could exchange it for a gift card at the park, David was so patient and just kind and helpful, and he helped me count all of it and exchange about $130 worth of coins and dollar bills to a gift card for my kids. That meant so much to us, and your patience was so appreciated, thank you!!! And thank you Universal for hiring him and the many other wonderful employees you have that go above and beyond for your guests.

16. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Always a treat. This venue is architecturally set apart so that as you arrive you know you are someplace special. Security screens bags purses and use a magnetron; they process you efficiently. Restroom areas are perfectly clean and bright. Concessions are vended by professional bar tenders, the theatre is attractive and spacing between isles adequate. Parking can be an issue. Valet is worth the money. Go to Dr Phillips Center for a nice time!

The theater is excellent. Great acoustics. We were row B, great seats, but the construction outside required being there long before the performance. Got a little bit lost because there weren't as many signs to show the detour to the valet parking and the info that came up on my phone was only useful if you already knew your way around downtown in Orlando. But the venue is great.

5stars easy! A great venue for theater, recently saw the lion King here during a sold out night! The center was clean, and all the staff from valet to ushers were courteous and knowledgeable! One thing I am extra impressed with was the speed and efficiency during intermission. If you want to grab a drink or snack don't be off put by the lines, because oh boy do they hustle!

Great venue to watch a play. Most seats have a great view. It's clean, comfortable and great to watch a show at. Only issue is parking can be a hassle. Luckily I was able to buy parking before the visit which I highly recommend. You'll have to to a little walking from parking garage unless you do valet parking.

Love this place. Not really a bad seat in the house, but the center mezzanine makes us the most happy. One day we will be able get box seats before they start out. It is upscale but relaxed and welcoming should you choose to keep it simple. Enjoyed all the events I've attended there this year. It makes going back to Bob Carr feel like torture. Can't wait for full circle theater to be completed. We plan on becoming members soon. So worth it.

17. Arcade City

This should have been a 4 or 5 star BUT I will explain that. This is a small arcade but it was a nice one. We enjoyed ourselves. The games were fun and most of the employees were attentive and professional. Some people were turned off due to the size but it had a lot of fun games. People were actually able to use the claw machines and win stuff. So, I found the Wizard of Oz game. If you swipe it once you get a 12 tokens to play, if you swipe it 2 you get a bonus. If you swipe up to 5 times you can 75 plays. So this was great for a while. Then the card reader malfunctioned. It took 5 swipes and gave me nothing. So, I had my husband go ask an employee. So, this boy comes over and I explained it to him and he said they can see that the card was swiped and that it took the money and gave me nothing. They can't add the $5 back on your card but they have something they can swipe. Well he swiped it only once and hit the rapid fire using MY plays, I pointed out that we did it 5 times and that it would give us a bonus. He was real snotty and then told me he would come BACK after I was done playing and do it. So he comes back swipes it ONCE only and ONCE again he uses MY plays smirking. I said wait a minute, you need to swipe it 5 times due to the bonus. He was really rude then saying I wanted something for free. That was it. I was like no, we had $5 taken off our card and you have only swiped it twice. Go and get your manager NOW. I am done with you. So the lady who was manager came up and I explained about the swipes. She looks at him and said I told you that you have to swipe it five times back to back for it to read the bonuses. So after she did it properly and he walked away still I asked her to stay. I told her how he implied we were trying to get something for free when he even said it showed our card was charged for 5 plays and got nothing. How he refused to swipe it the 5 times. How after the two times he swiped it that he then kept hitting my plays and was smirking. I told her that he was rude, obnoxious, unprofessional and needs to learn some manners. I thanked her for her help. She was real apologetic. I guess he was taken into the office. It just left an overall sour note on our time there. I would possibly go back and maybe the experience will be completely different. As for this time, it was a failure due to one employee. We left soon after, we just did not feel like staying after we had to deal with such rudeness. The manager though was very understanding and apologetic. The games were fun and we would recommend to try this place out.

It's kind of hard to give it a different score when you compare it to Main Event and Dave and Buster's, both of which are a few minutes from this place. The games are a little sad, as are the prizes. Good way to kill time if you have to wait for a table in the surrounding area, but not one to visit otherwise.

It's cool place to go and play games. But it's pretty small and can get boring after awhile

Enjoy a lot...are antique arcade...Remember me the 80 playing pac-man, galaxy, king kong a lot of machines and nice bar. Entrance tickets really cheap and include all the games at the machines.

We never even stayed because my 10 year old son and I were immediately disappointed when we walked in. Very small. Maybe good for young kids or if you are in the area and have a few minutes to kill. Don't waste your time making a special trip there. I have seen better arcades in hotels.

18. Blue Man Group

Absolutely fantastic! Something completely new, tickets are quite pricey, but if your coming to universal studios you have already accepted that fate! The cast will be outside at the end of the show (maintaining character) for photo's. A bit of music and comedy rolled into one, well worth a spare evening of you haven't planned anything already!

This was my first time experiencing the show. What I was expecting it to be about was more music with paint, comical skits loud strobe music. Although the show had that it was a very little portion. The other half of the show was the blue men chewing food then spitting it at the crowd, or putting something that was in their mouth in a lady’s very nice, expensive purse, and spitting out something in one of the audiences bare hand. It was very disturbing. There was probably only two or three times out of the hour and 45 minute show that they used paint with the drums. And being in the “splash zone” you don’t get any paint on you, if anything it’s food that they were spitting on you. I feel bad for the people that paid way more to be in the front because before the show started they offered people in the back to move up to the front for free. All in all it was funny at times but other than the few moments of humor it was very gross. Definitely would not recommend spending the various high amounts of money for the show.

The people leaving these bad reviews must have seen a different show than I did. I’ve wanted to see this act since I was very young and it did not disappoint at all. I didn’t realize how funny the show is. The comedy was perfectly timed and the audience interaction was superb. (I say this as a former professional comedy theatre actor). The lighting displays were phenomenal and the band was fantastic. I’m one of those generally stone faced stoic guys but I felt like I was 5 again that night. Definitely would go again. I was in the “poncho section” but nothing too gross happened.

Lots of energy, incredible dancing, literally stunning. We were in the last row and the seats were amazing!!! Would not recommend for young kids though, esp. if the are sensitive to loud noises and flashing lights

I had always wanted to see the blue man group, so during my visit I decided to fork out the money and treat myself. I thoroughly enjoyed this show. It's clever and funny and entertaining. Book well in advance as tickets go relatively quickly, but we were able to pick up tickets the night before the show and still had fairly good seats.

19. Pointe Orlando

This area is pretty nice. They have lots of restaurants and places to do some good activities like laser tag and bowling. If you want to experience the night life well look no further because once you get here there is much to do. They even have an ice bar here which is pretty cool 😎 no pun intended. Everything is made up of ice and you get to rent a fur coat to stay warm. Unfortunately you can bring your phone in so you have to put it in an locker but they take a few photos of you and you can buy them. They have two floors so you can choose which bar you want to go to or bar hop.

Pointe Orlando has different attractions all in one place. You can go to the big Ferris wheel or there is an Aquarium as well ( Sea Life). I really like how they have a scavenger hunt for school age kids. They are able to go through each section and stamp their booklet when they find certain things. You start of by going in this room where fish goes around and around without stopping. I felt bad for these fish because it seemed that their life is pretty boring just swimming in a circle. Why would y’all do that? Besides, staring at them made me feel dizzy. Then, we went to the different sections of the aquarium. We then went to the section where we can pet fish and sea creatures. There is this one guy ( you know who you are) who is anal about washing your hands before touching anything. Maybe if he wasn’t so focused on my kid basically screaming at her about washing her hands, he would of noticed the two other kids touching them that just came in when we did. Which I know for a fact, didn’t wash their hands. Way the go guy. Besides these mishaps, this is a fun place to visit!

Yes, this mall has a great variety of stores and restaurants. The issue I have with this place is parking is $4 for parking 0-2 hours. I had gone to the mall to visit VS and when I got to the store I discovered that the store was closed for maintenance! Wasting $4 on parking for nothing, I went to begrudgingly pay and discovered that the machines to pay don’t take cash! You can’t pay cash at the exit either! (I had my purse stolen so I have no cc, only cash). I eventually found a machine that would take cash, but I was not happy! The first half hour should be free! So if someone comes to the mall, and like me, discovers the store is closed, they can leave without having to pay for parking. Why else would anyone come to the mall for 30 minutes or less? Other than the parking issues, they have some pretty cool places in here to visit. I was in Orlando with my husband for a business conference. Several businesses, including his, rented out restaurants in this mall for the night and threw huge parties. His company had their party at B.B. Kings for the second year in a row. They had over 1100 people attend! Another company was next door at Lafayette’s, and yet another company rented out another bar. So it’s also good for large groups. Very well located, within walking distance from the Orange County Convention Center.

We love this place so much. Going here is always a great time and I try to visit as often as possible. The decor is fun. The movies are fun. Its fun in and out. Hand me a large popcorn and I'm happy

Went to the cinema...very clean and fresh popcorn. Cinema seats were comfy. Parking can be validated at theater. I dinged one star because parking garage trek to movie theater was a little complicated...up...down...elevators...catwalkstairs...it would have been verify laborious for someone who is physically handicapped...plan for the extra time needed to get to theater even after parking.