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Best Landmarks in Orlando

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Located in NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the Vehicle Assembly Building-High Bay and Low Bay is one of the tallest buildings in the world. It was constructed to assemble and support Space vehicles. It has 10,000 tonnes (10,000,000 kilograms) of air-conditioning equipment and can control moisture on its own. The huge building also has its own weather with cloud formations below the ceilings on humid days. It is built to resist hurricanes and storms. It has also been featured in many Hollywood movies.

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.

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.

A great addition to Orlando's already plentiful attractions, the Orlando Eye is Florida's counterpart to the much-loved London Eye. The 400-foot (121-meter) Ferris wheel takes a total of 22 minutes to do a full round. From the comfort of your high-tech capsule, you can see incredible views of all the major attractions, lakes, and an unforgettable panorama of Central Florida. Clear days afford views as far as Cape Canaveral on the East Coast. Come here at sunset for one of the most romantic vistas in the city.

Home to SeaWorld Orlando, Discovery Cove, Wet 'n Wild water park, Islands of Adventure, and Universal Studios Florida, International Drive is a theme park lover's paradise. Also a popular shopping destination, you can find 485+ shops ranging from designer boutiques to bargain outlet malls. At Orlando Premium Outlets, you will find designer outlets such as Armani Exchange, Salvatore Ferragamo, Dior, and BCBG Max Azria. Visit the Festival Bay Mall at International Drive to catch a movie, play a round of mini golf, shop, and dine at the many restaurants onsite. Servicing International Drive is the air-conditioned moderately priced I-Ride Trolley Service to help get you from place to place.

A place where the fantasy world of Walt Disney is brought to life, this mammoth resort is a magical adventure waiting to happen. From the futuristic globe of the Spaceship Earth and the thrilling rides of Disney's Hollywood Studios to France, Japan, Germany, Morocco and Italy Pavilions, Walt Disney World encompasses the farthest reaches of the earth and a fanciful stretch of boundless imagination. After the incredible success of Disneyland in Southern California in the 1950s, Walt Disney decided to expand his empire with the purchase of 27,443 acres (11,106 hectares) of land near Orlando, Florida in 1965. Although Walt Disney himself died in 1966, his vision was realized when Walt Disney World opened to global anticipation and unparalleled excitement in 1972. Since opening, the park has expanded to include four separate theme parks - the original Magic Kingdom with its iconic fairytale castle, alongside Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom. There are also several water parks, themed hotels, campgrounds, restaurants, fireworks shows and endless opportunities for fun!

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