Located in Orlando, Florida, Walt Disney World is often the most popular reason for which visitors arrive in the region. However, this magical park is just one of the many reasons to visit Orlando with world class hotels and sumptuous restaurants dotted in between a host of incredible attractions.

From Universal Studios and International Drive to the fascinating Kennedy Space Centre; these attractions are varied and just as interesting as the famous park down the road. At the same time, this is not to say that Walt Disney World is to be avoided, for Fantasyland, Adventureland and Tomorrowland are hugely enjoyable and always worth visiting.

With this in mind, here are just a few of the most popular attractions in Orlando:

Attractions worth Visiting in Orlando

Universal Studios

Universal Studios is an entertainment theme park which is mostly focused on the movie industry. In this sense, the rides are based on popular movies including Harry Potter, the Mummy, and Shrek, but then there are also endless restaurants and a long line of live shows. Whether you have a particular interest in musicals or not, these shows are engrossing and symbolic of the incredible atmosphere at Universal Studios.

Kennedy Space Centre

Naturally, Kennedy Space Centre is the closest you can ever get to a public viewing of an actual launch, but for every other time, this is a hugely exciting encounter. Featuring various “Mission Zones”, the Space Centre is split into categories with each area designated to a different theme.  For example, the Heroes & Legends zone is attributed to the pioneers of NASA while Race to the Moon explores the awe-inspiring race between the world superpowers to set foot on the moon.

International Drive

International Drive typifies everything that is so exciting about Orlando with this incredibly fun stretch of tarmac being home to fun waterparks, luxury hotels, and some of the best dining in Florida. It may be a travel hotspot and somewhat of a tourist center, but the range of activities and excellent facilities on International Drive ensure a memorable experience on every occasion.

Walt Disney World

As already mentioned, it would be unfair to label this famous park as being underwhelming in any way. After all, this family favorite is home to many of the most thrilling rides, vibrant shows and unique experiences in the United States. You will find one of a kind resorts, world-class dining and endless activities here which never fail to disappoint children and adults alike.

As you can see, this iconic coastline in Florida offers more than enough reasons to extend an adventure far beyond Walt Disney World. While Orlando may be busy during the high season, this popularity is merely a testament to the rewards you can find on International Drive or amidst the many more attractions. Furthermore, there are few destinations in the world with the same variety on the one doorstep and given that you may not be back here anytime soon, it might be an idea to stay longer.

Mark Buck is the Managing Director of United Europe Travel Services (Pty) Ltd, a travel wholesaler based in South Africa

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