You’ve got work stress. The kids are bogged down with homework. Leave it all behind and plan a family getaway to enjoy spring break in Orlando. This popular hotspot is America’s Favorite Vacation Destination, and home to some of the biggest attractions and little known places in the world.
A | AirHeads Trampoline Arena
Jump up and down during a vacation experience that lets you fly off the walls. Besides the desire to have fun, you’ll need a pair of grip socks to play on the trampolines. There’s also totally cool dodgeball courts that let you aim, avoid and get air as your adrenaline surges.
B | Boggy Creek Airboat Rides
Zoom across the marshlands of Lake Toho in search of osprey, eagles, gators and other swampy creatures in a hybrid vehicle that’s part pontoon and mostly propeller. This is a genuine Florida experience with intriguing stories provided by fascinating guides.
C | Crayola Experience
Give your kids the opportunity to unleash their creativity and become inspired by color. Covering an area larger than a football field and featuring 26 hands-on attractions, Crayola Experience is Florida’s most colorful destination. From crayon wax keepsakes and drip art to doodling in the dark and rainbow rain, coloring activities will never have to stay within the lines.
D | Discovery Cove
Swim with a bottlenose dolphin during this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Experience the joy of interacting with a dolphin accompanied by a professional trainer. Every encounter concludes with an amazing ride back to shore as you take hold of this intelligent mammal’s dorsal fin.
E | Escapology
For the ultimate vacation thrill, lock yourself in a room with only a handful of clues, puzzles and riddles to solve in order to escape. Choose from a variety of scenarios that include stopping a malicious hacker, navigating out of an abandoned temple and tracking down outlaws in the Old West. But don’t waste time—you’ve only got 60 minutes to get out and continue your spring break in Orlando.
F | The Fountains
Enjoy resort-style accommodations during your spring break in Orlando. The Fountains is centrally located on International Drive and is overflowing with onsite amenities. Dive into Bluegreen’s Wakoola Springs, an awesome 75,000 square-foot oasis with interactive fountains, two twisting water slides and a zero-entry pool. You’ll also enjoy on-site dining options and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Accommodations include separate living and sleeping areas, a dining area and full kitchen with everything you need to prepare home-cooked meals.
G | Gatorland
Spend the day at the Alligator Capital of the World, where you can watch gator wrestling, witness some of the biggest gators in the state leap five feet out of the water to grab a bite to eat, and sample your very own gator sandwich. If you prefer to see scaly creatures from a distance, soar over the top of a breeding marsh filled with Nile and Cuban crocodiles on the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line.
H | Harry P. Leu Gardens
Explore 50-acres of botanical gardens designed to inspire and teach visitors about the importance of plants. Docent-led tours of the gardens and the Leu House Museum are available and reservations are required.
I | I-Drive 360
Explore an entertainment complex featuring restaurants, attractions, clubs, shops and the spectacular Orlando Eye. This 400-foot observation wheel offers 360-degree panoramic views of the downtown Orlando skyline. At night, more than 64,000 LEDs light the sky with a rainbow of colors while using 92.7 percent less energy than ordinary light bulbs.
J | Japanese Food
Enjoy a meal featuring the ancient art of Teppanyaki cooking at Benihana® on International Drive. Watch as personal chefs prepare your dinner in front of you. Whether you choose seafood, chicken or steak, it’s sure to be a treat for both the eyes and taste buds.
K | Kennedy Space Center
Blast off for a journey through the achievements in space exploration and travel. Meet an astronaut, then walk among rockets from NASA’s Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. For something truly exciting, go for a simulated launch with your family to experience the sights, sounds and sensations of being on the space shuttle. There are also movies, training simulators and a vast universe of things to discover.
L | LEGOLAND®
Piece together a bricktacular vacation experience in this Orlando theme park. Build your very own creation in the Building Zone, or ride the rails of Flying School, a suspenseful suspended roller coaster. You can even walk through Las Vegas, California, New York and Washington D.C.—all made from Lego® bricks, of course.
M | Medieval Times
Dine with a king as knights with swords on steeds clash during an epic battle inside an 11th century Spanish castle. Your feast includes garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, roasted chicken, herb-basted potatoes, pastries and two rounds of premium beverages.
N | Nightlife
If you’re traveling without the kids or are of legal drinking age, you can toast the town at a variety of popular gathering spots. With more than 70 tons of hand-carved ice, ICEBAR Orlando is a cool place to enjoy a drink. Howl at the Moon features live music and dancing with a high-energy atmosphere. The trendy ambiance of Blue Martini Lounge makes it one of Orlando’s most chic places to celebrate—no matter the occasion.
O | Orlando Science Center
Explore a hands-on technology and science experience where you can be a mad scientist or let the world revolve around you in a planetarium. Kids can experiment with electricity and chemicals in Dr. Dare’s Lab, then look for dinosaur fossils in the dig pit. There’s even a far-out laser light show the entire family can enjoy.
P | Pirates Dinner Adventure
Join Captain Sebastian the Black and his band of scallywaggers for a hearty meal and dinner show onboard a gigantic pirate’s galleon. Feast on oven-roasted chicken or tender roast beef as the ship’s crew has a swashbuckling adventure featuring action packed acrobatics, humor and love.
Q | Q Karaoke and Billiards
If you’ve ever dreamed of stealing the spotlight, this is a fun place to take center stage and sing your favorite songs. After belting out your favorite tune, you can trade your microphone for a pool stick and shoot a game of nine-ball.
R | Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!®
Wander through an odditorium devoted to the weird, wacky and bizarre. Discover shrunken heads, an authentic vampire slayer’s kit, a headless chicken and more than 600 fascinating items on display. This must-see attraction covering 10,000 square feet is open 365 days per year.
S | SeaWorld® Orlando
Learn about killer whales, also known as orcas, during an informative 30-minute session presented at Shamu Stadium. Other attractions include Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin,® where you’ll see penguins waddle across an icy expanse. For a thrill with plenty of bite, climb aboard Mako® and experience the fierceness of Orlando’s fastest and tallest roller coaster.
T | Titanic: the Artifact Exhibition
View genuine artifacts recovered from the icy waters of the Atlantic. Guided tours hosted by actors dressed in period costume take guests through a recreation of the ship’s interior featuring the Grand Staircase, First Class Cabin and Verandah Café. The 20,000 square-foot interactive museum is also home to “Little Big Piece,” a 3-ton section of the cruise liner’s hull. It is the second largest piece ever recovered.
U | Universal Orlando®
Enjoy two theme parks including Universal Studios®, the world’s number one movie and TV park attraction, and Islands of Adventure®—plus CityWalk® with 30 acres of nightlife and entertainment.
V | Victory Casino Cruises
Set sail for slots, blackjack, craps, roulette, bingo and more during a five-hour cruise onboard a Victory Cruise. Great dining and live entertainment are also sure bets during your gaming experience.
W | Walt Disney World®
Explore four theme parks beginning with Magic Kingdom,® an enchanting fairytale land for the entire family. At Epcot®, you can go around the world, beneath the ocean and way out into outer space. Disney’s Hollywood Studios® is the perfect place to immerse yourself in movies, television, music and theater. For something on the wild side, venture into Disney’s Animal Kingdom® and get a glimpse of rare animals along with unbeatable entertainment.
X | Xtreme Paintball Xperience
Take aim for adventure during a day of paintball with your family. This 30-acre facility offers a friendly environment where players of all skill levels can go splat and get colorful. Everyone is required to sign a waiver before participating in this recreational sport.
Y | Yellow Dog Eats
This casual restaurant serves great BBQ, sandwiches and salads along with vegetarian and vegan dishes prepared by a chef named Fish. Mouthwatering favorites include the Fire Pig made with savory pulled pork, pecan-smoked bacon, gouda cheese, tangy coleslaw with Sriracha, fried onions and BBQ sauce on a southwest chipotle wrap.
Z | Zipline Adventure
Soar over the treetops at heights of 68 feet. Forever Florida offers seven zip courses and three sky bridges for thrill seekers of all skill levels. To ensure safety, two guides are present to confirm safe connections to the cables. Staff photographers will capture your adrenaline pumping adventure so you’ll always have a keepsake to remember. GoPro® cameras are also available to record your day of zipping.
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