There’s more to see in Orlando than just Disneyland. Locals of the city, particularly those who have been staying there for a long while, are now probably tired of seeing the same three circles forming the iconic face of Mickey Mouse whenever they feel like spending some leisure time during the weekends or holidays.
Here are some of the places that are worth traveling to in Orlando, Florida:
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1. Kennedy Space Center
You can find the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral where you will find numerous rockets that have been used to launch humans into space throughout history. It’s basically a museum for space enthusiasts, and it will only take you about 45 minutes all the way from Orlando to get there.
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2. Ripley’s Museum
Speaking of museums, Robert Ripley, the man behind the “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” franchise that made America’s stomach churn from all the bizarre happenings and grotesque objects being displayed on-screen, has a museum in Orlando for those who want to revisit that kind of sensation but in person.
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3. Orlando’s Famous Mini-Golf Courses
Orlando is known for having three of the famous mini-golf courses in the world, and you can find one of them at Universal Studios Resorts, which is the fanciest-looking among the three. The other two are also worth your time, and they are the Pirate’s Cove and the River Congos.
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4. Islands of Adventure
Just like one of the minigolf courses, Islands of Adventure is also located at Universal Studios and many consider it as one of the best amusement parks in the world, probably even better than Disneyland. Here, you will encounter some of your favorite Marvel superheroes like Spider-Man and the Hulk. But if comic books aren’t your thing, there is a Hogwarts area for the fans of the Harry Potter novels/movies while dinosaur fans can explore the Jurassic Park area.
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5. The Icon
This is Icon Florida’s answer to the London Eye. This Ferris wheel is visited by many tourists from all around the world and it’s not hard to see why. Once you reach the top of this giant, 122-meter-tall wheel, an amazing landscape awaits you and it will surely take your breath away. Just be careful not to wet yourself because it’s just that amazing of a sight.
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6. Orlando’s Many Shopping Centers
If you’re a shopaholic, Orlando is the best place for you as it boasts hundreds upon hundreds of shopping stores for you to spend your cash on, if you intend to do so. Not overwhelmed enough? What if we told you that Premium Vineland Avenue alone has more than 150 stores for you to see? The same goes to Premium International Drive. We are barely scratching the surface here!
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7. Amway Center
Better not miss out on what’s hot in the NBA! The Orlando Magic are currently going strong in the league and more and more people are starting to notice it. If you want to spend a night watching a Magic game, you can go to Amway Center, the team’s home stadium.