The Orlando area has become known the world over as the home of some of the most exciting, entertaining, and just plain fun attractions anywhere. Whether you are here for two days or two weeks, you’ll never run out of things to do in Orlando. Of course there are the big names like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld, but there are many other great Central Florida attractions. Water parks, theme parks, amusement parks, miniature golf, and more are all right outside our door. Below you’ll find a few of our favorites.
Orlando Amusement Parks and Theme Parks
Walt Disney World® Resort – less than 5 miles
It’s the theme park that started it all for Orlando area. Walt Disney World has been wowing the young and the young at heart for over 40 years, and with the newly expanded Fantasy Land in the Magic Kingdom, the magic continues. Surely at the top of nearly every visitor’s list, Walt Disney World offers themed attractions, shopping, and dining unlike anywhere else in the world. Rides, waterparks, golf, and much more await at the world’s most famous theme park. Whether you want to visit the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, or Disney’s Animal Kingdom, We’ve got great prices on tickets right here at Runaway Beach Club.
Universal Orlando – less than 5 miles
Universal Orlando has become a first choice destination for families with teens. With exciting rides based on movies, TV shows, books, and even comic book characters, Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure offer thrills and excitement you can’t find anywhere else. And now Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure has introduced The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where you can shop on Diagon Alley or visit Hogwarts. Universal Orlando is also home to exciting nightlife at City Walk where you can dance the night away at a variety of themed night clubs or dine at famous restaurants like Emeril’s, Margaritaville, and the Hard Rock Cafe.
Sea World of Florida – less than 5 miles
Home of the world-famous Shamu the Killer Whale, Sea World offers some for the best aquatic attractions in the world, but also offers much more. With exciting attractions, shows, and rides Sea World has gone from being one of the premier aquatic animal parks to being one of the world’s best theme parks.
6000 Discovery Cove Way, Orlando FL 32821 7.25 miles
This sister park to the world-famous Sea World, Discovery Cove offers all inclusive dolphin interaction experiences, snorkeling with tropical fish, and tons more in a relaxed, almost private, setting. Spend the day at one of the area’s best kept secrets.
One Legoland Way Winter Haven, FL 33884 (877) 350-LEGO(5346) 36 miles
LEGOLAND® Florida is a 150-acre interactive theme park dedicated to families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. With more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, LEGOLAND is geared towards family fun.
Fun Spot Action
Park 551 Del Verde Way, Orlando FL 32819 (11 miles) or 2850 Florida Plaza, Kissimmee 34746 (2.5 miles)
Fun Spot takes the classic amusement park to a new level, literally. With multi-level go-kart tracks and traditional amusement park rides, Fun Spot is fun for everyone. And there are two locations to choose from.
Orlando Water Parks
Wet N’ Wild
6200 International Drive, Orlando FL 32819 less than 5 miles
There are water parks, and then there is Wet N’ Wild. With huge slides, a wave pool, lazy river, and so much more, Wet N’ Wild is one of the biggest and best water parks in the country!
5800 Water Play Way Orlando, FL 32821 888-800-5447 –8 miles
Take a dip in Orlando’s #1 theme park featuring 2 animal habitats, 11attractions, and 2 dining areas and Cabanas for those who want to stay cool and relax in this tropical oasis. Aquatica has something for everyone and creates a unique experience that you’ll never forget.
Blizzard Beach at Walt Disney World Resort (407) 939-7529 – less than 5 miles
This Walt Disney World Resort features one of the world’s tallest and fastest free-falling waterslides, as well as slides and rides for the whole family. Disney legend has it that after a freak winter storm blanketed the area with snow, Florida’s first ski resort was born. Visit the most slushy, slippery, exhilarating beach water park anywhere!
Typhoon Lagoon at Walt Disney World Resort (407) 939-7529 – less than 5 miles
Enjoy this Disney water park filled with twisting tides, roaring rapids, wonderful waterways and relaxing rivers. Whether you are navigating the nine exhilarating waterslides and streams or conquering one of the world’s largest artificially created waves, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon promises a wild, wonderful and wet water adventure.
In addition to the many theme parks, amusement parks and water parks found in the Orlando-Kissimmee area, there are several attractions around the area where you can actively participate. These excursions may require a little physical exertion. Choose from racing cars, hot-air ballooning, water-skiing, sky diving or even no strings attached flying.
Active Florida Excursions
475 Manor Drive, Merritt Island, FL 32952 60 miles
Experience the thrill of flying over the sunshine state in an Open Cockpit Biplane. Enjoy amazing views of the beautiful east coast beaches, Port Canaveral, Kennedy Space Center, and the many other incredible sights of Florida’s Coast.
Kissimmee Swamp Tours
4500 Joe Overstreet Road, Kissimmee, FL 34739 40 miles
Telephone: (407) 436 1059
This Eco-Adventure is a unique experience. Take part in the amazing, exciting and informative 60 and 90 minute airboat tour through the untouched and pristine headwaters of the Florida Everglades.
i-FLY 6805 Visitors Circle, Orlando, FL 32819 (407) 903-1150 10.5 miles
Feel the exhilaration and excitement of skydiving without having to jump out of an airplane. Enjoy flying with no strings attached. After receiving a flight briefing and safety instructions, flyers are equipped and ready to go.
5151 Kyngs Heath Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746 (407) 396-7433 .44 mile
Ride the ultimate indoor wave. FantasySurf features the patented FlowRider™ system that has the look of surfing and wakeboarding, the ride of snowboarding, and the tricks of skateboarding.
Orlando Balloon Rides
2900 Parkway Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34747. 407 894 5040 3.71 miles
The sunrise flights will ascend anywhere from tree tops to several thousand feet. Your pilot will point out the spectacular sites of the area, from theme parks to Orange groves and forests, to swamps that have been absolutely untouched for thousands of years.
Richard Petty Driving Experience
Walt Disney World Speedway at the Magic Kingdom (407) 939-0130 less than 5 miles
Get behind the wheel of a real racing car and suit up in your own blue jumpsuit. Enjoy the ride of your life.
Orlando and Kissimmee may have become famous because of the theme parks and family attractions, but it has also become an international shopping destination. With local boutiques, designer retail stores, and famous outlets Orlando is a shopper’s dream.
Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores – Complimentary Shuttle Service
15657 S Apopka Vineland Rd (SR 535) Orlando, FL 32821, (407) 238-9301
Right down the street from Runaway Beach Club, and offering free transportation (check with front desk for times), Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores is the perfect place to find a bargain on internationally known brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, Travelpro, Izod, and many more.
Mall at Millenia
Orlando’s best known mall offers everything from high end boutiques and department stores like Tommy Bahama and Bloomindale’s to technology like Apple to great dining like Cheesecake Factory and Brio.
World of Disney
Located in Downtown Disney, there’s only one thing you need to know about the World of Disney, it’s the world’s biggest Disney store.
Orlando Premium Outlets
From the standards, like Polo and Gap, to the luxurious, like Tag Heuer and Barney’s, Orlando Premium Outlets is one of the best outlet malls in the country. Orlando Premium Outlets’ other location also has something for everyone. Here you’ll find big names like Polo and Nike, alongside even more luxury brands, like Neiman Marcus and Escada.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
Offering complete princess and knight makeovers for your little ones, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at the World of Disney in Downtown Disney is a must-visit for a little Disney magic for your kids.
An attraction unto itself, Celebration is the master-planned town developed by Disney. There’s a nice little downtown area with great restaurants (like the Columbia and Celebration Town Tavern) and several specialty shops.
Because the Orlando area is such an amazing travel destination, the world’s best restauranteurs have all made their presence known here. Whether you are looking for a quick bite, and elegant meal, or anything in between, you’ll find it right here.
Chef John’s Dockside Inn
A long time Kissimee favorite, Chef John’s Dockside offers great food at reasonable prices away from the crowds.
Beacon Deli and Portside Pub
A great lunch or dinner spot for the whole family, the Beacon offers a variety of classics with their own spin.
Earl of Sandwich
Located in Downtown Disney, Earl of Sandwich features great sandwiches and salads.
With an emphasis on local, fresh ingredients, Seasons 52, off Sand Lake Road, offers relaxed fine dining, just a short drive up I-4.
Padrino’s Cuban Bistro
Florida is home to the largest Cuban population outside of Cuba, and at Padrino’s you’ll experience the best of Cuba’s unique culinary tradition.
Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse
A New York state tradition, Delmonico’s only location outside of New York state is right here in Orlando. A great choice for the whole family, Delmonico’s offers classic Italian fare and delicious steaks.