If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Lake Eola is an ideal escape without having to leave the city. The lake is a part of a park complex that includes a lovely walkway, which encircles the lake and serves as a running track. The park is a whopping 43.2 acres (17.48 hectares), which makes it easy to feel like you really have left the city. Visitors can use the picnic facilities located throughout the park, or rent a boat to take out onto the lake.
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.
One of the world's premier amusement parks, the Universal Studios Florida was opened to great fanfare in 1990, and since then has become one of the most visited theme parks in the world, with millions of guests per year. The park is split into several different sections that resemble locations from some of the studio's most popular ventures, which include the like of the Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk. The park's famous Jaws ride is one of the park's oldest and most popular attractions to date.
One of the first theme parks to open in Orlando, SeaWorld has been operating for more than 30 years. The 200 acres of attractions and animal shows make this a perennial favourite with tourists visiting Florida. Many new attractions and rides have been added to the existing rides which include a laser-fireworks-water extravaganza and high-tech thrill rides. The park also hosts a number of family-friendly events.
This impressive entertainment complex and amusement park boasts more than 70 specialty shops, a wide range of affordable dining options and more. There are a plethora of activities available for visitors of all age groups. The park's traditional carousel keeps the classic festival spirit alive even as the more adventurous rides enthrall thrill-seekers. From movie-nights to Karaoke events, Old Town ensures the rush of adrenalin never stops - no matter the day or time!
A historical depot and block, featuring a state-of-the-art retail center and entertainment zone, the Church Street Station is a popular tourist attraction in Orlando, Florida. This commercial establishment also includes a SunRail stop, which is a famous commuter rail service in the Greater Orlando region. The iconic depot was built in 1889 by the South Florida Railroad Company and served multiple railroads up until 1926. During the early 1970s, the station and surrounding buildings were developed into an entertainment and commercial zone, featuring bars, lounges, restaurants and event spaces. This revamped Church Street Station today serves as one of the prime nightlife destinations in Downtown Orlando.
Harbor Park at Baldwin Lake is a popular spot for walkers and families with pets. There is a walking path along the lake and 2 piers which are ideal for fishing or photography at sunrise or sunset. There are plenty of wide open grassy areas for families to relax with kids and trees to support hammocks. Bikers, joggers and walkers use the picturesque path that borders the lake.