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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 →

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

One mile east of Loch Haven Park is this 50-acre tranquil escape from all the gloss. — Lonely Planet

This 50-acre botanical garden is Orlando’s equivalent to The Secret Garden: a maze bursting with color and unusual greenery — Where

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

The gardens also contain the largest formal rose garden in the state (in bloom Mar-Jan). — Michelin Guide

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

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

Featuring the world’s most-comprehensive collection by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including glass windows and lamps, blown glass, pottery, jewelry, paintings and the Tiffany chapel — Where

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

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

The world's most comprehensive collection of work by Louis Comfort Tiffany... which also contains American dcorative art and paintings. — Fodor's

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

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

The world showcase at Epoct is so fun, especially around the Food & Wine Fest which takes place in the Fall each year. — Afar Magazine

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

Added in 1998, Animal Kingdom is the most spacious Disney Park by a large margin (500 acres), although most of that belongs to the menagerie of exotic, free-roaming animals. — Concierge

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

Epcot

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

Serious horticulturalists and the horticulturally curious get to find out what makes the vast, stunning Disney gardens bloom. — Afar Magazine

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

Epcot is an acronym for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, and it was Walt Disney's dream for a planned city. — Frommer's

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

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 →

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

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

This theme park dives into Hollywood with live stage shows and movie-themed rides — Where

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

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

Magic Kingdom

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

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

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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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

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

The most popular show, Gator Jumparoo, features the creatures propelling themselves out of the water to clamp their powerful jaws around chicken carcasses suspended from wires. — Concierge

Orlando Science Center

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

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

The four-story center... provides 10 exhibit halls that allow visitors to explore everything from Florida swamps to the arid plains of Mars to the human body. — Frommer's

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

Themed exhibits teach while they entertain — Where

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

SeaWorld Orlando

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

A peculiarly Floridan blend of marine animal shows and thrill rides, SeaWorld is home to both Shamu the killer whale and Kraken the floorless rollercoaster. — Lonely Planet

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

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

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

Wekiwa Springs State Park

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 →

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

Practically overflowing with choices. — Afar Magazine

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

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

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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Ripley's Believe It or Not! Orlando

International Drive, Seaworld & Universal 81 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

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

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

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

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 →

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

This addition to Universal Studios Florida opened in 1999 and trumpeted the site's conversion into the Universal Orlando Resort — Travel + Leisure

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

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

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LEGOLAND Florida Resort

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

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

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

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

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

- Jason Cochran. — Frommer's

Universal Studios Florida

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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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

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

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Fun Spot America

Florida Center 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Fun Spot is a carnival, a fair, and a small amusement park all rolled into one. Go at night for a carnivalesque atmosphere. — Afar Magazine

Fun Spot is Orlando’s largest (15 acres), cleanest, best-lit midway-style diversion. — Frommer's

Highlights here are fast-paced, multi-level go-cart tracks; bumper cars and bumper boats, an arcade and thrilling rides for both children and adults — Where

Four go-kart tracks offer a variety of driving experiences. — Fodor's

County-fair-like amusement park. — Lonely Planet

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