Walt Disney World Swan with Friends
Collected by Calliope Gianpoulos
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.
Butler Chain of Lakes, Florida, USA
Exploring the Butler Chain of Lakes is something few locals take advantage of and even less tourist know about. The Butler Chain of Lakes is no secret. Along the lakes you will find luxury estate after estate. You'll even be able to coast on by...
8625 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
With its tapas-based menu, Café Tu Tu Tango is a popular spot for groups of friends ordering selections of plates to share—empanadas, Cuban sliders, and more. Weekday "Tu Tu Hours" offer drink specials, and Sunday brunch's bottomless Bloody Mary...
1672 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
Orlando is the destination for theme park junkees of all ages. Disney has the biggest bundle, with the Magic Kingdom still being a big draw with children and adults alike. Universal Orlando Resort is ever expanding with attractions and rides. At...
200 Epcot Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32821, USA
Known for bringing taste, drink, and expereinces from around the world, Disney's Epcot World Showcase is a popular destination. Tucked inside the Mexico Pavilion, La Cava del Tequila should not be missed. Tequila tasting has a new meaning here. My...
4755 N Kenansville Rd, St Cloud, FL 34773, USA
If you find yourself wondering what Florida looked liked before theme parks, Forever Florida offers a stunning view. The nature preserve contains nine distinct ecosystems that visitors can explore by jeep, bicycle, horseback, or zipline. The truly...
200 Epcot Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32836, USA
Leave it to Disney to give visitors the chance to travel the world without leaving a theme park. At Epcot’s World Showcase, you’ll find several countries re-created to surprisingly realistic effect, all surrounding a centerpiece...
Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
At last, the perfect way to figure out if you want to spend the time and money to go on a serious hot air balloon ride. This tethered balloon adventure gently takes you up over the park, let’s you enjoy the views and balloon-ness of it all for 6...
565 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789, USA
It’s no surprise that the opening of this beloved gastropub back in 2007 coincided with Orlando’s rise as a culinary hot spot. While its owners James and Julie Petrakis have not stopped opening other ventures around the city (including...
14501 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837, USA
This old-school Florida attraction devoted to the state’s most notorious reptile tends to get lost in the shadow of Orlando’s big-name theme parks. But if you’re looking to see alligators, this is the spot. The self-dubbed...
1231 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32803, USA
The menu at Vinh’s has plenty of stand-bys, like classic pho—thinly sliced beef in savory broth with tender rice noodles—and crisp green papaya salad. But those are joined by less-familiar options, like duck sour salad and durian shakes, made from...
1800 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
There are ice cream sundaes galore at this classic soda shop in Disney’s Beach Club Resort. While the menu is also chock-full of burgers and chili and house-made chicken noodle soup, we prefer the thirst-quenchers like old-fashioned floats and...
6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
CityWalk is 30 acres of bars, restaurants, and dance clubs that includes Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, and Pat O’Brien's—famous for its 'hurricanes.' We prefer to step it up a notch with a nod of classic Vegas style, if Las Vegas had been in...
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