Walt Disney World Swan for Anyone
Collected by Calliope Gianpoulos, AFAR Local Expert
There is more to the Magic Kingdom than rides and characters. We found plenty of adventure that let us move, taste, and explore both inside the parks and outside in the city of Orlando. The thrills they provide may be less obvious, but to us they feel just as sweet.
2101 North Epcot Resorts Blvd, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
It's free, it's more intimate—and manageable—than Downtown Disney, and it's a stunning re-creation of of 1930s Atlantic seashore boardwalk. Rent a two- or four-person bike to make quick work of the quarter-mile stretch, while street entertainers...
2101 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
Walking distance from many Disney resorts, Jellyrolls is one of the favored nightlife spots around the parks. Spend the evening being entertained by dueling pianists taking requests on demand. You name it—they can play and sing practically every...
1200 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
In the parks area, this restaurant is one of the few places for sushi. It's small and elegantly decorated with ornate kimonos. But the main draw is the nightly karaoke that starts at 9 p.m. Bring the gang, down a few Kirins, and get onstage for a...
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
When I dream of travel destinations, amusement parks seldom make the wish list; however, there is magic to stumble upon. While visiting friends in the Orlando area, I found myself on an adventure between the parks. A wish to try the famous Dole...
5931, 7782 Winter Garden Vineland Rd # 100, Windermere, FL 34786, USA
Hunters Creek, FL 32837, USA
Searching for the Yum Yum Cupcake Truck during your Orlando visit is well-worth the effort! I caught up with these cupcake geniuses at the Maitland Food Truck Cafe and picked up a "sexy six" selection of cupcakes. My favorites were the Lemonata...
900 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803, USA
Located on a pretty lakefront expanse in Loch Haven Cultural Park, this museum draws visitors with an impressive collection of folk art. Browse constantly changing exhibits on all aspects of American art, then pop by the gift store and shop curios...
Thornton Park, Orlando, FL 32801, USA
A stroll through this pedestrian-friendly neighborhood near Lake Eola in downtown Orlando yields plenty to see and do. Design a T-shirt on the spot at Mother Falcon’s pop-up factory, see what’s happening at the creative collaborative...
6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
Similar to Disney Springs, Universal CityWalk offers adult-oriented—but totally family-appropriate—fun for when you’ve wrapped up another theme park day. An entertainment zone with free admission, it connects the Universal...
3118 Heartleaf Pl, Winter Park, FL 32792, USA
No need to go all the way to the ocean for saltwater fun. Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Lagoon bring saltwater fishing less than an hour from Orlando. Redfish, trout, tarpon, and snook are just a few of the species avid or aspiring anglers can...
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