5 Must-See Attractions in Orlando

Done Disney? Here are five other attractions you won't want to miss

Imagine visiting a city without taking in one of its most famous tourist attractions: New York City without Times Square, Rome without the Colosseum or Orlando without Walt Disney World. That last one elicited some raised eyebrows from friends when I told them my family was headed to Orlando and not making a beeline for the most magical place on earth. What would be the point, they asked, and would my daughter not wonder why we were driving past signs pointing to Disney and not taking any of the exits? Turns out there was so much other stuff to do in Orlando that I’m not even sure how we would have had time for all things Mickey. Maybe next year.

Three Money-Saving Tips

  • Save money on admission prices by checking the attraction websites ahead of time for downloadable coupons or online booking deals. Visit Orlando is also a good source for discount attraction and theme park tickets.
  • SeaWorld and Universal Orlando’s theme parks are located on International Drive. The area has several other attractions to keep families busy, including two large water parks, miniature golf courses and a 180-store premium outlet mall. To get around, hop on the I-Ride Trolley service. Kids 12 and under ride free when accompanied by a paying adult ($1.25 single fare).
  • Bring a disposable rain poncho or buy one at your nearest Wal-Mart or Target (come on, you know you’ll go there). Summertime often brings thunderstorms to the area and you’ll pay twice as much for a similar one at an attraction or theme park.



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