Top Choice Zoo in Orlando


With no fancy roller coasters or drenching water rides, this mom-and-pop park harkens back to Old Florida. It's small, it's silly and it's kitschy with, you guessed it, plenty of gators. A splintery wooden boardwalk…
Top Choice Museum in Orlando

Orlando Museum of Art

Founded in 1924, Orlando's grand and blindingly white center for the arts boasts a fantastic collection, and hosts an array of adult and family-friendly art events and classes. The popular First Thursday ($10), from…
Top Choice Amusement Park in Orlando

Universal Orlando Resort

Smaller, easier to navigate, and more pedestrian-friendly than Walt Disney World, the magnificently themed Universal Orlando Resort is everything you wish Disney could be. The resort consists of two theme parks, wh…
Amusement Park in Orlando

Discovery Cove

At Discovery Cove, guests spend the day snorkeling in a fish and ray-filled reef, floating on a lazy river through an aviary, and simply relaxing in an intimate tropical sanctuary of white-sand beaches. For an added…
Farm in Orlando

Green Meadows Farm

Only 30 minutes' drive from Disney, this little farm makes a pleasant getaway to the countryside and an easy break from the theme-park energy. You can pet the animals, milk a cow, ride a pony, and there's plenty of …
Museum in Orlando

Mennello Museum of American Art

Tiny but excellent lakeside art museum featuring the work of Earl Cunningham, whose brightly colored images, a fusion of pop and folk art, leap off the canvas. Visiting exhibits often feature American folk art.
Amusement Park in Orlando

Old Town

Plopped among the exhaust, chain motels and the treeless landscape of Hwy 192, Old Town blends county fair and boardwalk with a touch of 1950s Americana. There are classic carnival rides, a spooky haunted funeral pa…
Museum in Orlando

Orange County Regional History Center

Orlando before Disney? Permanent exhibits cover prehistoric Florida, European exploration, race relations and citrus production, with a re-created pioneer home and 1927 courtroom.
Museum in Orlando

Titanic the Experience

Full-scale replicas of the doomed ship's interior and artifacts found at the bottom of the sea. Tour the galleries with period-dressed guides or wander through on your own. Kids especially love the dramatic and real…
Zoo in Orlando

Central Florida Zoo

Small but satisfying zoo set apart from the usual intensity of Orlando tourist attractions, with an excellent splash-play area, animal interactions and a zip line (from $18 to $48).