The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think of Orlando is Walt Disney World. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the many attractions, special events, arts, and sports in “The City Beautiful.” Here are some popular ways to get out of the house, treat the grandchildren to a day to remember, or to spend a day with friends in Orlando.
Most people do not think of going to Orlando to see the museums. Yet, a lot of time and money has been put into curating the Orlando Museum of Art. OMA’s collection boasts over 2,400 objects including American Art from the 18th century to 1945, African Art, Contemporary Art, and Art of the Ancient Americas. Seniors 65 years of age and older are eligible for a discount on their admission ticket.
Situated in downtown Orlando is the Orange County Regional History Center. The five-story museum is located in the historic Orange County Courthouse and consists of exhibits presenting regional and local history starting from 12,000 years ago. They are open every day of the week and offer discounts to older adults over the age of 54.
As the “Theme Park Capital of the World,” Orlando is home to five of the ten most visited theme parks in the world along with the four most visited water parks in the United States. The largest attraction is Walt Disney World, which features Blizzard Beach, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Springs, Typhoon Lagoon, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the Magic Kingdom.
In any other city in the world, Universal Orlando would be the main attraction, but it is often overshadowed by Disney. However, this resort is home to Universal CityWalk, Islands of Adventure, and Universal Studios Florida. The grandkids will not be able to stay away!
Orlando is a basketball city with one major professional sports team, the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association. The Magic play at the Amway Center and regularly attracting more than 16,000 fans to each of their games. Orlando City SC of Major League Soccer is an even more popular sports team in the city with an average attendance of 32,847 for their games at Camping World Stadium.
Speaking of sports, there are two major college football bowl games held in Orlando: the Citrus Bowl and the Russell Athletic Bowl. As part of these events, there is the Florida Citrus Parade featuring marching bands from around the world, well-known theme park characters, and elaborate floats adorned with citrus. Orlando is also home to the Florida Film Festival and Orlando Film Festival.
Whether you are exhausted from long days of walking around theme parks or you just want to pamper yourself, there are several day spas in Orlando that will treat you well. In the College Park area, The Spa specializes in skin care and massages, while JBauman Salon in Colonialtown North focuses on nails and hair. Both offer a relaxing time whether you are on your own or with others.
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