Searching for a break from the winter blues? Head to the Sunshine State! It’s the perfect place to play this spring, as there are endless things to do. From character-filled daydreams at Disney World to adventure-themed thrills at Universal Orlando Resort, attractions cater to families with kids of all ages. Need a nudge to get your spring break started? Read on to find things to do during an Orlando Spring Break.

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Make a Splash at Orlando Water Parks

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Nothing breaks the winter blues better than a day splashing under the Orlando sun. Kick off your snow boots, slip into some flip flops, and bask in the refreshing excitement of Orlando water parks. The choice is yours really, with five aquatic attractions available.

Aquatica is the perfect choice for families seeking both wild and mild thrills, while Discovery Cove puts you thisclose with manta rays, exotic birds, dolphins, and even otters.

Want to learn how to surf? Try the ultimate indoor wave at Fantasy Surf.

Don’t forget about Disney’s Blizzard Beach either. With tickets starting at $58, it’s more affordable than you may think.

See What’s in Bloom at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

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Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

In the past, Epcot was thought to be the adult side of Walt Disney World. With a focus on global attractions and culinary delights, it’s easy to see why. However, Epcot appeals to kids too. This is especially true during the International Flower & Garden Festival this spring. Held March 2 through May 30, the event features elaborate topiary displays showcasing Disney characters in a splendor of greenery, flowers, and colors. In addition, there are pop-up outdoor kitchens to try and Garden Rocks Concert Series musicians to listen to like Gin Blossoms and The Guess Who.

Experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Kids and adults alike are fanatics for all things Harry Potter. At Universal Orlando Resort, immerse yourself in the worlds of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. Both bring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to life. At Hogsmeade you can explore the iconic Hogwarts Castle, surrounded by the village of Hogsmeade where you can eat at the Three Broomsticks and find your own magical wand at Ollivander’s. Plus, you can join Harry Potter and friends on The Forbidden Journey for a thrilling adventure filled with magical creatures, a quidditch match and more. Before you board the ride, you tour through Hogwarts Castle, making your way through the familiar classrooms and corridors of Hogwart School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Hop aboard the Hogwarts Express for a trip to Diagon Alley, the newest area withing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Traipse through the streets of London, browse through shops for wizard robes and quidditch supplies, dine at the Leaky Cauldron, and then ride the heist-themed Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. Wash it all down with a frothy butter beer!

Catch Spring Training at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports

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ESPN Wide World of Sports

Are your and your kid’s diehard baseball fans? During your Orlando Spring Break, see the action up-close in a spring training game at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports. The Atlanta Braves call the field home for spring, and play some of the best teams in baseball. The St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles, and New York Yankees are a few of the ball clubs on tap. See if your team is on the schedule, which runs through April 2, 2016. It’s great way to see your favorite players up close without having to pay Major League prices. Plus, you’ll get the inside, pre-season scoop on your favorite baseball team. Score!

Travel to the Space Coast

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Cocoa Beach

Need another Orlando Spring Break idea? One the great things about Orlando is its easy access to the coast. Travel to the Space Coast, and make a day of it by exploring beaches like Cocoa and Melbourne. Add a visit to nearby Kennedy Space Center to get an inside look at the NASA Space program. It’s an extensive attraction that lets parents sneak it a bit of education during their spring break. On top of that, it’s interesting too! Stop for lunch in Downtown Titusville, known for its shopping and dining, and if there’s time take a peek at the animals of Brevard Zoo.

Take to the Outdoors

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Florida is a known for its man-made theme parks, but there’s a whole lot of family fun found outside in Orlando. During your Orlando Spring Break, trek to Wekiva Island to go boating, canoeing, fishing and kayaking. If you just want to relax and soak up some Florida sunshine, reserve a cabana. It comes equipped with comfy places to lounge, a grill, and a fridge. At Blue Springs State Park you can hike, picnic, swim and even see majestic manatees. Of course, for a little more adventure outside you can opt for an Orlando airboat tour. These high-speed boats put the wind in your hair and place you right in the middle of Florida’s everglades. Be prepared to see an alligator up close! For even more outdoor adventures, head to Forever Florida. They have ziplines, horseback rides, safari tours and more.

Get Ready for the Best Orlando Spring Break Yet

These are some of the best things to do on your Orlando Spring Break. From theme park adventures to outdoor escapes, your family is sure to have an epic escape in the Sunny State. Reserve all of your vacation needs, including attraction tickets and hotel rooms, with Reserve Orlando for the guaranteed best rates and insider insight.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

While Orlando is known as a kid’s paradise, the resort town also provides plenty of activities for teenagers that will be fun, memorable, and even educational. There are so many attractions in Orlando that it’s not hard to find something teens can get excited about. Follow my guide to things to do in Orlando with teenagers to ensure your family stays entertained.

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1) SeaWorld
Teens can get up close to fascinating sea life at Sea World. As they make their way through an underwater tunnel that travels through a shark tank, they’ll see a variety of wild life; feel sting rays in a touch tank, and view killer whales from an underwater room.

2) Discovery Cove
Discovery Cove, the marine life park adjacent to Sea World gives teens the chance to swim with dolphins and snorkel in a pool of tropical fish while learning all about native wildlife.

3) Gatorland
Visit the 110-acre Gatorland, home to alligators, crocodiles, extremely rare “white” alligators, a petting zoo and a thrilling Zip Line adventure with breathtaking views at 1,200 feet. It’s just one of the things to do in Orlando with teenagers that’s guaranteed a two thumbs up approval rating!

4) Universal Orlando Resort
Plenty of teen-friendly thrill rides are on hand at Universal Orlando, which is divided into two separate parks adjacent to each other: Universal Studios is like visiting a movie studio complete with “character” sightings and high-tech simulators. It’s home to such movie-themed attractions as Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride, an indoor roller coaster; Men in Black: Alien Attack, a dark ride with laser tag-elements; and motion simulator rides based on “The Simpsons,” “Shrek” and “Despicable Me.”

Islands of Adventure, the resort’s other park, is one of Orlando’s best destinations for thrill-seeking teens. What teen doesn’t love Harry Potter? The whole family can enjoy an entire section dedicated to the “Harry Potter” franchise–The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The park also features Marvel Superhero Island with a Hulk themed roller coaster and a Spider Man 3-D ride.

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5) Disney World Theme Parks
For some high speed adventure Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom have rides that appeal to teenagers like the massive free-fall drops on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, the Rock ‘n Roller Coaster with Aerosmith, the revamped Star Tours ride, themed after the famous movie franchise, “Star Wars” and have fun on high-speed adventures on Big Thunder Mountain railroad, and Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom.

6) K1 Speed
Teens take to the road at K1 Speed, an indoor go-kart race track with sharp turns. They can drive an adult kart that reaches speeds of up to 50 miles per hour if they are at least 56 inches tall. Parents or guardians must sign waivers before teens under 18 can drive a kart.

7) WhirlyBall
WhirlyBall is an unusual sport, often dubbed a mix between basketball, hockey and lacrosse, and played on an indoor court while driving a bumper car. The sport is open to visitors age 12 and over, or those measuring at least 4 feet and 6 inches.

8) Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf
Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf is a buccaneer-themed miniature golf course outfitted with waterfalls, dungeons and pirate ships. Watch out for the cannon that fires intermittently as you play on one of the two 18-hole courses.

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9) Disney World Water Parks
Cool off at Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, both of which are part of Walt Disney World. Teens can kick back on the 3,000-foot-long lazy river at Blizzard Beach as they float through lush forests and polar ice caves. Typhoon Lagoon offers such attractions as Humunga Kowabunga, three five-story racing slides, and the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool, a wave pool with six-foot swells.

10) Wet ‘n Wild Orlando
Wet ‘n Wild Orlando is a large water park with rides such as Disco H20, a four-person raft waterslide where the interior comes alive with disco music, a disco ball and flashing lights.

11) Aquatica Orlando
Teens can take the Dolphin Plunge at Aquatica Orlando where they’ll fly through enclosed slides and a pool filled with dolphins, or ride with their friends through the dark on Walhalla Wave, a raft slide through enclosed flumes.

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12) Disney Springs
If teens really like things lively, they’ll discover that Disney World isn’t all kid stuff at the Disney Springs, an outdoor pedestrian-only thoroughfare dotted with unique shops, world-class restaurants, and dazzling entertainment. The Landing, West Side, Market Place and Town Center all add fun to the mix.  Your teens can shop in the world’s largest Disney store, dine amid prehistoric creatures, and even have some fun bowling a game at the 30-lane alley, Splitsville.

Things to do in Orlando with teenagers can also be chill. If your teens want to sit back and relax, they can catch a movie in the AMC Dine-In Theater. Reserve seats and a waiter will bring you everything from popcorn to burgers!

13) Shopping
Young adults can spend the afternoon feeling chic at the Mall at Millenia, an upscale, two-story indoor mall with more than 145 shops and restaurants, including clothing and jewelry stores geared toward teenagers. Teens can also recharge their cell phones at the complimentary charging station outside the food park.

Do you love marine animals? If so, you have to visit SeaWorld Orlando during your next Orlando vacation. Over the past few years, the park has made great advancements with all new exhibits and attractions, including opening up their rescue and rehabilitation center to the public. Of course, the best part about your trip to SeaWorld will be seeing your favorite marine mammals and aquatic creatures. Use this guide to learn all about the SeaWorld Orlando animals you’ll get to meet!

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Beluga Whales

The unmistakeable beluga whales are some of the most playful marine animals you’ll meet while at SeaWorld. Did you know that beluga whales are closely related to narwhals? These two sea mammals are the only members of the Monodontidae family. You can find beluga whales and other SeaWorld Orlando animals at the Wild Arctic® exhibit.

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Dolphins

You can find bottlenose dolphins all over SeaWorld Orlando! Start your dolphin exploration at Dolphin Cove. This interactive area allows you to get up close to the dolphins while you learn all about their behaviors, biologic make-up, natural habitats, and more. In fact, did you know dolphins have their own individual whistles? This is how marine biologists can distinguish dolphins from one another – by looking at the whistle shapes on a sonogram device.

After, head over to the Dolphin Nursery to meet the newest members of our dolphin family! You can watch baby dolphins learn to play, jump, and whistle. Don’t forget to save your seats for the Blue Horizons® show to see your favorite dolphins in action!

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Killer Whales

I bet you didn’t know that Orcas, also known as killer whales, are the largest member of the dolphin family. These majestic animals can be found all over the world. This is due to their unique ability to adapt to almost any type of coastal environment. You can find the Orcas at the Shamu Underwater Viewing Stadium and in the One Ocean® show.

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Penguins

Out of all the SeaWorld Orlando animals to see, visiting the penguins should definitely be at the top of your list! These flightless birds are fascinating to watch. Take note of their feathers – there are about 100 feathers per square inch! This keeps water away from their skin while they swim. For the best view of the penguins, ride Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin® for a great surprise.

Can’t wait until your Orlando vacation to see these intriguing birds? Check out the Penguin Cam anytime!

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Flamingos

Another of the feathered SeaWorld Orlando animals, the flamingos are also a must-see. These birds will quickly brighten up your day with their vibrant feathers. Did you know that flamingos aren’t born with their renowned pink coloring? Baby flamingos are born with grayish colored feathers. You’ll find the flamingos over by the Manta roller coaster.

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Sea Turtles

Sea Turtles have lived in the sea for over 200 million years. Pretty impressive, right? Plus, they can swim great lengths, sometimes crossing entire oceans to feed, reproduce, or migrate. Watch as sea turtles glide through the water at the TurtleTrek 360° theatre exhibit. This epic exhibit lets visitors step into the shoes (or shell) of a turtle and experience what life is like in the deep blue sea. Trust me, you don’t want to bypass this attraction. Too impatient? Watch the Sea Turtle webcam right now.

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Sharks

Did you know that sharks are made out of cartilage instead of bone? They also boast anywhere from five to seven pairs of gill slits in their neck. In comparison, fish tend to only have one or two pairs. Learn about the 400 different types of sharks at the Shark Encounter exhibit and by riding the all new MakoTM coaster. You can also check out the sharks at SeaWorld Orlando right now by watching the Shark Cam!

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Jewel of the Sea Aquarium and Manta Aquarium

Whenever I visit an aquarium, one of my favorite things to do is sit and watch all of the tropical fish swim peacefully in the astronomically large tanks. I’m always mesmerized by their colors, patterns, and behaviors. In the Jewel of the Sea Aquarium and the Manta Aquarium, you’ll find over 3,000 SeaWorld Orlando animals swimming around — from clownfish to a giant Pacific Octopus. I highly recommend visiting both aquariums to get a glimpse at the unbeatable beauty of ocean life.

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Pelicans

While the majority of SeaWorld Orlando animals in the rescue, rehabilitate, and release programs are sent back to the wild, the Pelicans are here to stay. Unfortunately, these Pelicans endured terrible and permanent injuries prior to being rescued by the SeaWorld Rescue Team. Due to these injuries, the Pelicans would not be able to survive on their own in the wild. Threats such as discarded strong fishing line can cause irreversible damage to animals, such as the Pelicans.

Learn all about SeaWorld’s Pelican population and the lengths the Rescue Team went through to ensure the safety and rehabilitation of these birds at the Pelican Reserve exhibit.

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Stingrays

Have you ever wanted to touch a stingray? Stingrays are one of the many SeaWorld Orlando animals that guests are allowed to interact with. You can find stingrays in multiple places throughout the park.

Start by taking a ride on Manta® for a rush unlike any other. Then, head over to the Manta Aquarium where you’ll find more than 300 stingrays swimming gracefully. Want to feed a stingray? Stingray Lagoon is where you’ll want to go!

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California Sea Lions and Harbor Seals

Whenever I go to SeaWorld Orlando, I immediately go see the California Sea Lions at Pacific Point Reserve®. California Sea Lions are by far my favorite marine mammal. Of course, these furry creatures aren’t to be confused with a Harbor Seal, which you can also find at Pacific Point Reserve®. California Sea Lions boast several differences from a Harbor Seal, including their ears and flipper structure.

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Parrots

While they might not talk back to you, you can check out the colorful parrots at SeaWorld Orlando. As part of the Blue Horizons show, these parrots boast exceptionally vibrant feathers and incredible wingspans. Don’t miss watching these dazzling birds take flight!

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Manatees

Manatees spend the majority of their day eating and resting. Did you know that several manatees call the Florida oceans and coasts home? Manatees enjoy tropical climates and can be found off the coasts of North America, South America, and West Africa. At SeaWorld, you can find manatees at the Manatee Rehabilitation Area.

This 5-acre rescue center helps manatees and other marine animals that have been injured, become ill, or are facing distressing factors such as being orphaned. Go behind-the-scenes and learn about the dangers manatees face in the wild and how SeaWorld’s team is working endlessly to rescue and rehabilitate these gentle creatures. The facility has been part of SeaWorld’s campus for decades and was previously only available through guided tours. Now, visitors can browse the Manatee Rescue Area anytime they please in the complimentary viewing area

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Asian Small-Clawed Otters

When you visit SeaWorld Orlando, you have to meet the adorable otters. You’ll find the Asian Small-Clawed Otters at the Sea Garden exhibit. Although these critters can be quite loud, they actually use scent as their primary method of communication. Think of each otter’s scent as their fingerprint. No two are alike!

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Walruses

Last but certainly not the least of the SeaWorld Orlando animals is the magnificent walrus. As the largest marine animal found at the Wild Arctic® exhibit, you literally cannot miss the walruses. Did you know each walrus has anywhere from 400 to 700 whiskers on their face? These sensitive whiskers called vibrissae help them find clams, fish, crabs, and other types of prey.

Do You Have Your Tickets to See the SeaWorld Orlando Animals?

While you can view the SeaWorld animals via webcam anytime you please, it doesn’t compare to meeting them in person. Purchase your SeaWorld Orlando tickets using Reserve Orlando. Instead of standing in line to purchase your tickets at the gate, you can walk right into the park with your E-Ticket and head straight to all of the SeaWorld Orlando animals you’ve been waiting to meet!

 

Believe it or not, theme parks are not the only reason why people travel to Orlando, Florida.

While some people find amusement parks enjoyable, others despise visiting these attractions. From the never-ending crowds to an apprehension towards thrill rides, these attractions are not everyone’s cup of tea.

While I get wide-eyed and giddy like a child when I visit popular Orlando amusement parks, I wasn’t always this way. I used to have a fear of rollercoasters and extreme thrill rides. This meant I either had to find an attraction I would enjoy or wait for my family at the exit gate of a ride.

If you’re not a fan of amusement parks, there’s plenty for you to experience throughout Orlando besides theme parks.

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Explore the Great Orlando Outdoors

Orlando is home to an incredible amount of outdoor activities and natural parks. Instead of moping around a theme park, take a quaint hike through the Disney Wilderness Preserve or hop on an exhilarating jet ski ride for a memorable vacation.

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Cruise around on a jet ski at Buena Vista Watersports’ tropical oasis

Try out these outdoor adventures the next time you’re in Orlando:

 

No matter which outdoor adventure you choose to pursue, make sure you check the forecast for the day. The Orlando weather can be quite unpredictable.

Animal Adventures

Who doesn’t love animals? Orlando is THE place for animal lovers. If you enjoy mammals, reptiles, amphibians, aquatic life, and birds, Orlando is home to a ton of animal related attractions — many of which offer up close and personal animal encounters.

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See otters up-close at Discovery Cove

Find time to experience one of these animal adventures in Orlando.

 

Similarly, you’d be surprised at just how much there is to do at conservation-centric SeaWorld and Busch Gardens. Sure, these theme parks have scream-inducing roller coasters but the animal experiences are also top-notch.

See a Show in Orlando

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Blue Man Group amazes without saying a word

If you thought NYC and Las Vegas were the show capitals of the country, think again. Orlando is filled with jaw-dropping shows, from the Blue Man Group (a must see) to La Nouba ™ by Cirque du Soleil.

Show fans who are stuck at a theme park with their family or friends will be glad to know that many amusement parks offer award-winning shows and performances throughout the day. Disney World theme parks are known for their legendary shows such as Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios.

Spend a Night On the Town

Who doesn’t love a night filled with exceptional food, fun, and the perfect atmosphere?

Orlando has a variety of restaurants, clubs, concert venues, and other fun establishments to check out while on your vacation. Be sure to schedule time to browse through downtown Orlando, Disney Springs, and Universal CityWalk for a night on the town.

All self-proclaimed foodies should make a dinner reservation for Victoria & Albert’s in Walt Disney World and Chatham’s Place for upscale dining. On the other hand, check out Zaza New Cuban Diner and Ragland Road for local fare.

Tour Orlando Museums and Landmarks

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Meet an astronaut at Kennedy Space Center

Captivating tours, museums, and landmarks are some of the many other activities available throughout Orlando besides theme parks.

Start your vacation off with a visit to the Kennedy Space Center. You’ll be able to meet an astronaut, learn all about outer space, and watch an IMAX movie. Depending on when your Orlando vacation is scheduled for, you might have the chance to see a live rocket launch!

Next, sail on over to the Titanic. This realistic recreation of the Titanic houses artifacts from the legendary ship. In addition, guests experience what it was like to be a passenger on the fateful voyage and get to see a real iceberg.

Shop Until You Drop

Due to the ever growing popularity of Orlando, there are endless shopping opportunities throughout the city. While at Downtown Disney and Universal CityWalk, remember to take advantage of the onsite shops, boutiques, and other intriguing stores.

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So much shopping to do, so little time

Don’t forget to stop at the Mall at Millenia for exceptional shopping. Likewise, visit the Artegon Marketplace for products by locally owned and operated Orlando businesses.

Relax with a Spa Day

If you want to escape the theme park crowds and relax, take a day trip to one of Orlando’s many spas and resorts. Your hotel or resort may already offer world-class relaxation services, but also check out Blue Harmony Spa at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek and the Mandara Spa at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin and Universal’s Portofino Bay Hotel for premier relaxation, massages, and more.

There’s More to do in Orlando Besides Theme Parks

Whether you despise thrill rides or simply prefer a low-key vacation, there are so many activities for you to enjoy in Orlando besides theme parks. Use these tips to make your non-theme park Orlando getaway a great one.

What will you do during your Orlando vacation?

Who doesn’t love a little romance? Spice up your everyday routine with these things to do in Orlando for couples. Orlando is a Florida hotspot, bursting with activities sure to light a spark between sweethearts. See how you can mix it up as a couple with my suggestions below.

Disney for Adults

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Snap a selfie at Epcot

You might not think of Disney World as an attraction for adults. It’s a Small World, Mickey Mouse, and all that. But there’s so much more to discover at these theme parks. Dine at the California Grill in the Contemporary Hotel for nighttime views of Magic Kingdom fireworks. Stay at the elegant Grand Floridian, an elegant turn-of-the-century resort with serious amenities. Tour through World Pavilion at Epcot, visiting far flung countries like China and Germany all while sampling flavors from each. Ride Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as many times as you want, without worrying about switching riders or where to park
the stroller.When you visit Disney World without kids you’ll see magic in
a whole new way.

Take to the Sky

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Orlando Balloon Rides

There’s something sweet and nostalgic about Ferris wheels. Take that charm at multiply it by about 100 at The Orlando Eye, a 400-foot observation wheel located on International Drive. Typical rides last 20 minutes, but I recommend upgrading to the Champagne Experience. Toasting to your paramour at sunset, far above the rest of the world? Swoon. If you want to up the wow factor, go for a sunrise balloon ride over Orlando. With Orlando Balloon Rides you’ll have the adventure of a lifetime as you float over natural preserves, all while toasting with champagne. The spectacular sunrise views make the scene extra romantic and totally memorable.

Make a Splash

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Discovery Cove

Swim suits, board shorts and sunscreen? That’s all you need for these things to do for couples in Orlando. Spend the day at Discovery Cove, to snorkel an underwater world of marine life, swim with dolphins, and encounter playful otters and so much more. Even better, your ticket includes freshly prepared breakfast and lunch and unlimited snacks, drinks and alcoholic beverages. Another option is a full moon Florida kayak tour with Adventures in Florida of Winter Park’s Chain of Lakes. Enjoy a beautiful sunset and moon rise on the outstanding Winter Park Chain of Lakes. Experience the natural beauty of Florida from a unique perspective. Enjoy
the friends, the ghost stories, and toast the stars. It’s always a fantastic time.

Get Cultured

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La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil

Orlando may be known for its theme parks, but it also has a thriving cultural and performing arts scene. For couples with a literary love, The Orlando Shakespeare Theater is an ideal choice. Specializing in Shakespeare, the theater also hosts new plays and musicals. The Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts also has a full schedule of theater, ballet and musical artists, while an evening at La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil is lively, mind-boggling. The Hard Rock Hotel hosts Velvet Sessions the last Thursday of every month. During these special nights, audience members are treated to an imitate show from iconic performers from the 70s, 80s and 90s. The sexy, intimate setting creates the perfect place
for romance.

Serenity Now

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Relax at a lux spa

When you’re on vacation, you want to relax. Where better than at a spa? One of my favorite recommendations for things to do in Orlando for Couples is treat yourself at The Spa at Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes. Their Couples Retreat Package, which includes a poolside cabana with ceiling fan, fruit and spa access, a bottle of champagne, and a plate of chocolate-covered strawberries. Be sure to add a couple’s massage to make the day even more intimate. Another way to relax in Orlando? Make an appointment at The Four Seasons for a Tranquility for Two package. Book your treatments in either the spa couples’ suites or private spa bungalows, and prepare
to say goodbye to stress.

Use these ideas for things to do in Orlando for couples to make your sweetheart swoon. Romance is waiting in Orlando.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.
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SeaWorld Orlando’s Discovery Cove is a limited admission tropical resort where guests can swim with dolphins, hand feed tropical birds, snorkel among colorful fish and rays and relax on sandy beaches.  Soon, they will be opening Freshwater Oasis, an all-new attraction featuring swimming and wading adventures and face-to-face encounters with Asian otters and marmosets. 

The unique design of the Freshwater Oasis combines a rainforest canopy and sparkling springs where guests can relax and explore.  They can wade through a rain-forest spring as small marmoset monkey’s play in the canopy above them.  There will be no glass separating the monkeys from guests, giving a true look into their world.  Most of the water in the springs is waist-deep or shallower, perfect for families.  The Asian otters play their way around Freshwater Oasis and you can experience their lively energy up-close and personal without ever having to leave the water.  Visitors can also enter a faux sinkhole and swim alongside Asian river otters. The area will include secluded, private beaches and a swim-up lounge named Flooded Terrace.
Limited to only 1,000 guests per day, Discovery Coverequires advance reservation.  Find more information at Discover Cove’s website.  Create an Orlando vacation by adding SeaWorld tickets to your day at Discovery Cove.  Right now, you can save $10 on adults and kids’ SeaWorld tickets.  Plus, the second day is FREE!

discovery-cove-logoSeaWorld Orlando is the place to be for unique, one-of-a-kind aquatic experiences. Its sister parks – Aquatica and Discovery Cove – are also popular Orlando Theme Parks that provide waterpark thrills and incredible animal encounters.

For the 2011 season, SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove is opening a million-gallon saltwater reef in early June. The 2.5-acre artificial reef is the first expansion at Discovery Cove since its inception in 2000. The Grand Reed will be filled with 125 species of seas life, including fish, rays, sharks and urchins. Guests will be able to explore the Grand Reed by walking, swimming and snorkeling through the environment.

The underwater walking tour is known as the “SeaVenture.” To explore this attraction, guests will wear dive helmets and follow a theme trail through schools of fish. “SeaVenture” requires guests be at least 10 years of age and groups cannot be larger than six people at a time. This special experience will cost an additional $59 per person and will last about an hour.