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Harry P. Leu Gardens

Orlando 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

These 50 acres of perfectly landscaped gardens are home to some 2,000 plants across 230 tropical and subtropical varieties. — Travel + Leisure

A few miles outside of downtown—on the former lakefront estate of a citrus entrepreneur—is this 50-acre garden. — Fodor's

A vast array of tropical plants collected by a vacationing couple.  — Atlas Obscura

Visitors can meander under the shade of palms, bamboo, oaks, and elms. Every season showcases different blooming flowers and plants. — Afar Magazine

This 50-acre botanical garden on the shores of Lake Rowena offers a serene respite from the theme-park razzle-dazzle. — Frommer's

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

Orlando 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The world's most comprehensive collection of works by Art Nouveau glassworker Louis Comfort Tiffany. — Concierge

Highlights include the stunning Magnolia Window from the Tiffany family's New York City mansion, as well as glass panels by William Morris, Frank Lloyd Wright and John Lafarge. — Michelin Guide

This gift shop is stocked with a tasteful selection of vases, art glass, jewelry, and valentine-ready paper goods. — Travel + Leisure

Internationally famous, with the world's most comprehensive collection of Tiffany glass; stunning centerpiece is a chapel interior. — Lonely Planet

The Morse displays the best collection of Tiffany glass on the planet, including an entire room reconstructing the master’s tour de force chapel. — Frommer's

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney World & Lake Buena Vista 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

From live animals to dinosaurs and animal characters, your imagination runs wild in this beautifully designed park — Where

Disney's fourth major park opened in 1998 and combines exotic animals, the elaborate landscapes of Asia and Africa, and the prehistoric lands of the dinosaur. — Frommer's

This sometimes surreal blend of African safari, zoo, rides, costumed characters, shows and dinosaurs establishes its own distinct tone. — Lonely Planet

Wild animals of every stripe can be seen here, in regionally themed habitats that are scattered across the park. — Travel + Leisure

Claiming status as the world's largest animal-themed park... whimsy meets reality here. — Michelin Guide

Epcot

Disney World & Lake Buena Vista 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

An acronym for 'Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow,' Epcot was Disney's vision of a high-tech city when it opened in 1982. — Lonely Planet

Slightly more adult-oriented than the other Disney theme parks, Epcot doesn’t have as many hair-raising thrill rides as its neighbors do. — Travel + Leisure

Distinguished by its glistening geosphere, Epcot offers visitors a look into the world’s technology — Where

Walt Disney envisioned this property as an "experimental prototype community of tomorrow" (aka EPCOT) and a showcase of American creativity. — Michelin Guide

Epcot's focal point, the gorgeous orb of Spaceship Earth, houses one of the last attractions remaining from the 1982 opening, a history of communications. — Concierge

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney World & Lake Buena Vista 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The resulting property's most celebrated attractions are the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror... and an indoor roller-coaster (Disney World's only upside-down ride). — Concierge

This theme park/studio celebrates the magic of filmmaking from animation and stuntcraft to adventure and romance. — Michelin Guide

You'll probably see the Tower of Terror and the Earrfel Tower, a water tank with mouse ears, even before you enter this park. — Frommer's

An Indiana Jones stunt show and a retelling of The Little Mermaid top the long list of kid-oriented shows at this park, called Disney-MGM Studios until 2008. — Travel + Leisure

It does have two of WDW's most exciting rides: the unpredictable elevator in the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the Aerosmith-themed Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. — Lonely Planet

Magic Kingdom

Disney World & Lake Buena Vista 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

When people think of WDW, they picture the Magic Kingdom, from the iconic Cinderella's Castle to Space Mountain, the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. — Lonely Planet

The busiest theme park in the world (with somewhere around 17 million annual visitors), the Magic Kingdom is home base to the most famous rides in the Disney pantheon. — Travel + Leisure

The Magic Kingdom still attracts millions from around the world, drawn here by the opportunity to experience the fun and fantasy that only Disney can deliver. — Frommer's

A larger version of California's original Disneyland, its idealized mock-up of a prototypical Main Street USA spills into several themed areas. — Concierge

The signature park of Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom echoes the fantasy atmosphere of a fairy tale. — Michelin Guide

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Gatorland

International Drive, Seaworld & Universal 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The theme park and registered conservancy has gone through some changes while retaining its gator-rasslin' spirit. — Fodor's

Gatorland has been raising, rescuing and allowing the public to get up close and personal. — Afar Magazine

Gatorland residents have been featured in TV commercials and in movies, including Indiana Jones. — Michelin Guide

Not far from the better-known theme parks, you’ll find this family-owned 110-acre park that calls itself the Alligator Capital of the World. — Travel + Leisure

Founded in 1949 with only a handful of alligators living in huts and pens, Gatorland now houses thousands of alligators (including a rare blue one) and crocodiles on its 70-acre spread. — Frommer's

Orlando Science Center

Orlando 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Themed exhibits teach while they entertain — Where

Candy-coated hands-on science for the whole family. — Lonely Planet

Features five interactive display areas... Crosby Observatory, which houses Florida's largest refractor telescope. — Michelin Guide

Inside, four floors of interactive scientific experiments, simulators, and high-tech exhibits capture the imagination of kids and adults. — Travel + Leisure

Is it worth visiting Orlando's reality-based science center? If you're a kid crazy about science, the answer is an overwhelming "yes". — Fodor's

SeaWorld Orlando

International Drive, Seaworld & Universal 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

SeaWorld is noted for its roster of elaborate stadium shows starring whales, dolphins, and the odd rescued puppy. — Travel + Leisure

The park's outstanding marine mammal shows feature dolphins, sea lions, otters and Shamu, the park's star killer whale. — Michelin Guide

Immerse yourself in the sea, from up-close animal encounters to awe-inspiring performances to thrilling rides — Where

Cleverly disguised as a theme park -- or as SeaWorld likes to call it, an adventure park -- this popular 200-acre marine park lets guests explore the mysteries of the deep. — Frommer's

Here, the pace is slower than at most amusement parks, because the focus is on wildlife and education instead of magic or thrills. — Concierge

Wekiwa Springs State Park

Orlando 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The river, springs... are well suited to camping, hiking, picnicking, swimming, canoeing, and fishing. — Fodor's

The best way to explore this state park is by paddling along the tranquil, still waters of the Wekiva River. — Lonely Planet

Some people come to fish, but most agree that its canoeing is among the most spectacular in the state. — Frommer's

Just a half hour north of the theme park corridor, for cave diving, kayaking, and splashing around... in the beauty of crystal-clear waters. — Concierge

Swim or snorkel in the crystal-clear freshwater spring. Also enjoy fishing, kayaking, canoeing or horseback riding. $6 per vehicle. — Where

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! Orlando

International Drive, Seaworld & Universal 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Do you crave weird science? If you're a fan of the bizarre, here's where you'll find lots of oddities. — Frommer's

The 1933 World's Fair in Chicago introduced Ripley's collection of 'oddities and unusual people' to the public. — Lonely Planet

Even the building is weird-it's set into the ground at an angle, as though the whole thing were being sucked into a giant sinkhole. — Michelin Guide

A 10-foot-square section of the Berlin Wall. A pain and torture chamber. Two African fertility statues that women swear have helped them conceive. — Fodor's

Families looking for an affordable rainy day out could do worse than Ripley's. — Afar Magazine

Orlando Museum of Art

Orlando 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

With permanent collections of American art, African art and works of the ancient Americas, the museum also hosts prominent traveling exhibitions. — Where

Spotlighting American and African art as well as unique traveling exhibits. — Lonely Planet

Founded in 1924, the collection has more than 2,400 objects, with a substantial amount dedicated to contemporary 19th- and 20th-century American art, as well as the art of the Ancient Americas. — Travel + Leisure

This local heavyweight handles some of the most prestigious traveling exhibits in the nation. — Frommer's

An excellent African collection features Yoruba beadwork, Asante statuary and Benin metalwork. — Michelin Guide

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WonderWorks

International Drive, Seaworld & Universal 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Housed in a hard-to-miss, upside-down building, this bright, loud, frenetic landmark is a cross between a children's museum, a video arcade and an amusement park. — Lonely Planet

About 100 hands-on brainteaser exhibits not unlike what you’d find at a science museum. — Frommer's

The interactive “laboratory,” features 100 scientific experiences, such as hurricane and earthquake simulators, along with virtual-reality sports, an indoor ropes course and a laser-tag arena — Where

The building seems to be sinking into the ground. Not only that, but it seems to be sinking into the ground at a precarious angle and upside down. — Fodor's

Built to resemble a three-story mansion turned upside down-very cool. — Michelin Guide

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Bok Tower Gardens

Orlando 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This gorgeous 250-acre National Historic Landmark sits on peninsular Florida’s highest point and features Olmsted-designed landscaped gardens crowned with a majestic bell tower. — Where

This appealing sanctuary of plants, flowers, trees, and wildlife has been something of a local secret for years. — Fodor's

This 250-acre National Historic Landmark features beautiful gardens, twice-daily carillon concerts, the Mediterranean-style Pinewood Estates (circa 1930s) and a garden cafe. — Lonely Planet

They’re genuinely tranquil and among the best surviving remnants of early-20th-century philanthropic privilege. — Frommer's

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Mennello Museum of American Art

Orlando 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Repository for the luridly vivid paintings of Earl Cunningham, a chicken farmer and folk artist... now considered so important. — Frommer's

Features the bright folk art of Earl Cunningham, plus traveling exhibitions. — Lonely Planet

One of the few museums in the United States devoted to folk art has intimate galleries, some with lovely lakefront views. — Fodor's

The calm galleries of Mennello Museum of American Art are filled with American folk art painting. — Afar Magazine

Beautiful lakefront facility is home to sculpture gardens and a permanent collection of paintings by American Primitive artist Earl Cunningham, along with other traditional and contemporary artists. — Where

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Discovery Cove

International Drive, Seaworld & Universal 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Discovery Cove comprises a series of neighboring pools and lagoons amid sand beaches and a tropical landscape. — Michelin Guide

Practically overflowing with choices. — Afar Magazine

Orlando's parks can make for a whirlwind vacation, but Discovery Cove offers a pleasing blend of adventure and relaxation. — Travel + Leisure

Attendance is limited, ensuring Discovery Cove retains the feel of an exclusive tropical resort, complete with beaches, a fish-filled reef and an aviary. — Lonely Planet

Swim with dolphins, wade with rays, snorkel among thousands of exotic fish and hand feed tropical birds in a free-flight aviary — Where

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Universal's Islands of Adventure

International Drive, Seaworld & Universal 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Everyone has fun with six uniquely themed islands: Seuss Landing, The Lost Continent, Jurassic Park, Toon Lagoon, Marvel Super Hero Island and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Where

Boats depart from Port of Entry... for the five themed islands set around a large lagoon, though most visitors prefer to walk. — Michelin Guide

Considered by aficionados to be the best-designed amusement park on earth, IOA's designers spared little expense. — Concierge

The city’s most thrill-filled coaster-and-flume park is also one of the most spectacularly designed; rides are all located in lavish, themed “islands,” most based on movies or TV shows. — Travel + Leisure

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LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Orlando 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

With manageable crowds and lines, and no bells and whistles, lakeside Legoland maintains an old-school vibe – you don't have to plan like a general to enjoy a day here. — Lonely Planet

LEGO fanatics will relish this unique home away from home. — Gayot

- Jason Cochran. — Frommer's

Built especially for kids, this 150-acre theme park offers more than 50 rides, shows and attractions plus a water park and a deluxe themed hotel. — Where

In addition to its 1:20-scale miniature reproductions of U.S. cities, the park features more than 50 rides, shows, and attractions throughout 10 different zones. — Fodor's

Universal Studios Florida

International Drive, Seaworld & Universal 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Devotees descend in (often costumed) droves to sip butterbeer, see quaffle balls fly, and worship at the shrine of screen-set perfection, Hogsmeade Village. — Concierge

Requires an entire day. — Michelin Guide

Too-cool-for-school kids (and their folks) will get a kick out of the whimsical ride based on The Simpsons. — Travel + Leisure

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The Orange County Regional History Center

Downtown 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Journey through the region’s fascinating transition from Indian settlement to small citrus and cattle town to today’s worldwide destination. — Where

In this underrated museum... head first to the fourth floor, where the timeline starts 12,000 years in the past and work your way down. — Frommer's

Exhibits here take you on a journey back in time to discover how Florida's Paleo-Indians hunted and fished the land. — Fodor's

Permanent exhibits cover prehistoric Florida, European exploration and settlement, and citrus production, among other things. — Lonely Planet

Four floors of engaging exhibits that highlight Central Florida's colorful history. — Michelin Guide

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