Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine is officially named as Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe. This Roman Catholic Church is located in Orlando and was just an idea in the 1970s, but became a reality in the 1980s and 1990s. Originally built to accommodate the tens of millions of Catholics coming to the area on vacations, the church offers a place for travelers to worship or attend Mass among magnificent statues, sculpted entryways and adorned walls. On the church's property, you will also find beautiful gardens, a museum and a gift shop.
This lovely 50-acre botanical garden is situated on Lake Rowena and promises to offer visitors a chance to escape into Old Florida. Wander miles of paved paths through forests of giant camphor, oaks and palms. The formal Rose Garden is one of the largest in the South, but don't pass up the opportunity to visit the herb, butterfly, palm and bamboo gardens as well. Towering over all this natural wonder is the Leu House. Built-in 1888, it now serves as a decorative arts museum.
More than a zoo, Disney's Animal Kingdom has rides, shows, and safaris to allow visitors to feel like they have truly spent the day among wild animals. See roaming wild animals on Kilimanjaro Safari or pet goats, llamas, and pigs at the Affection Section. Or take a rest and catch one of Animal Kingdom's many shows, from the 3-D 'It's Tough to be a Bug' - where you can experience life from a bug's point of view, to the live action, 'Pocahontas and her Forest Friends'. With rides like the roller coaster Expedition Everest and the TriceraTop Spin, all members of the family are sure to have a full day of fun.
With Spaceship Earth as its icon, Epcot has been a Walt Disney World favorite since the Epcot Center opened in 1982. Epcot celebrates technology and the future with two featured sections: Future World and World Showcase. Future World explores technology while World Showcase has pavilions representing eleven countries from around the world. Epcot has rides but more prominently features shows and tours ranging from Honey I Shrunk the Audience to the environmentally-conscious The Circle of Life. Nearby, the America Gardens outdoor arena hosts live performances.
Imagine a place where you and your family can swim with dolphins, wade with mysterious rays, snorkel among thousands of tropical fish, and safely come eye-to-eye with sharks and barracudas! Where plunging through a majestic waterfall allows you to hand-feed exotic birds in a towering free-flight aviary. Where you can marvel at sight, sound and touch while bonding with these incredible animals. Where you can relax on pristine beaches and enjoy an all-inclusive day of discovery. Redefine your vacation experience with a getaway of personalized service never before encountered in Orlando. Discovery Cove: a day of adventure and a lifetime of memories!
Take a trip to this 70-acre (28.32-hectare) park and see thousands of alligators and crocodiles up close. Visit breeding pens, nurseries and rearing ponds. Children love the site's mini water park, and the petting zoo boasts goats, lambs and other barnyard animals. Make sure to walk the 2000-foot (609.6-meter) boardwalk winding its way through a cypress swamp. If you get hungry, grab a bite at the on-site Pearl's Smokehouse. The menu features smoked alligator ribs and deep-fried gator nuggets.
One of the largest public library in Florida, Orlando Public Library offers a wide collection of rare books, audio tapes, recorded music, DVD's and films to its members. Spread over an area of 2,90,000 square foot, this library boasts five meeting rooms and three computer labs, where the members can sit and do their research online. Some of the departments present in this library include Children's Library, Genealogy, Reference Central, Law and Library Central. Apart from boasting a unique collection of educative material, this place also hosts a variety of events like story telling, literary readings, bilingual story session and many such others.
Scenic Boat Tour, located north of Orlando in the friendly old-style Florida town of Winter Park, provides guests a chance to discover and witness firsthand the fascinating history of the region aboard an excursion boat. Travel through 12 miles of the area's canals and lakes that pass by grand mansions, Rollins College, Isle of Sicily, Kraft Azalea Gardens and more. The tours are narrated, last for an hour and provide amazing glimpses of the natural flora and fauna of the Sunshine State. Scenic Boat Tour has been offering the visiting adventurers, historians and naturalists an alternate Orlando attraction. These world-famous tours have been running for half a century. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Northwest Community Church is not just any other religious sight. This church aims at healing people, spreading the message of oneness and help people reach Christ. The various weekend gatherings, conferences and classes help people value relationships and educates them about the diverse aspects of life. Here, everyday you can witness creativity galore as this place showcases theatre plays, dance shows, dance workshops and other cultural activities. Kids, too, are not left behind at this place, as the church conducts fun-filled summer programs and events for the young tots. So come along and celebrate life!
Have a magical day at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Based on the well-known book series and the amazing movies, this theme park brings the story to life. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is separated into different areas based on the movies with fantastical attractions in each section. Dine at the Three Broomsticks, find a unique treat at Honeydukes and have an adventure on the thrilling Dragon Challenge roller coaster. If you're a Harry Potter fan you can't miss this theme park!