Sightseeing in Orlando
Everyone knows that Orlando is synonymous with theme parks, and surely going to one or two or five of them are on your vacation must-do list. However, there are so many other magical things besides the Magic Kingdom to experience in Central Florida! Beautiful Orlando is steeped in fascinating history, culture, art, gardens, technological innovation and more. You could spend a lifetime in Orlando and not have enough time to see and do everything here, so we’ve compiled a list of the top sights to see—besides Orlando’s theme parks—during your stay.
Gardens and Nature
For those seeking an oasis of serenity amidst the bustle of the city, head over to Leu Gardens. This inspiring 50-acre botanical garden and historic home turned museum focuses on botanical education and appreciation. Feather duster-like palms, tumbling philodendron vines and tropical bromeliads share a home with classical roses and camellias; peaceful shading trees shelter the grounds and provide a tranquil respite from the Florida sun. On the grounds rests the Leu House Museum, a lovingly restored 1858 home with a rather colorful history. For plant and animal lovers with young children in tow, Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens is your place. With over 400 animals, 150 species, interactive animal encounters, an aerial adventure course and splash area all set amidst a tropical botanical wonderland, the Central Florida Zoo is an exciting place for the whole family.
Art and History
Do you wonder how Orlando was before there was a city called “Orlando”? Find out this and more at the Orange County Regional History Center. Learn about the Native Americans that inhabited the area prior to 16th-century European contact, Central Florida’s pioneer days, and the eras, events, and innovations that led to the Orlando you see today. For art lovers, head over to the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, a world-class museum housing centuries-old masterpieces along with classical and modern artworks. This museum is comparable to other famous national museums and showcases over 5,000 awe-inspiring works.
Science and Technology
At Orlando Science Center, you’ll find another fascinating and educational experience for the whole family. Four floors of exciting interactive science and technology exhibits and giant screen films make for an unparalleled fun and educational experience. Of all the things to see in Orlando on the technology front, not far outside of Orlando, the Kennedy Space Center rises to the top. Get a look inside Mission Control, tour a real spacecraft, meet an astronaut, and explore their collection of memorabilia. You can get a first-hand look at the spaceflight facilities and even experience what it’s like to launch, dock, and land the Space Shuttle.
Broaden Your Horizons
With so many things to see and do in Orlando, you want to make the right choices for your vacation. Our staff of professionals at Vacome is here to help. Contact us today and let us assist you in finding all of the wonderful experiences that Orlando has to offer.