Walt Disney World Swan with Friends
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.
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...
1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven, FL 33884, 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 32830, USA
This walking tour of the Living With the Land attraction is more than a behind-the-scenes tour. It’s a chance for people curious about where are our food comes from to dig deep: Release butterflies, see how plants can grow without dirt, and...
565 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789, USA
Touted for their house-cured meats and ploughman’s board with a Scotch egg, there is plenty on the menu for the less pig-centric too. Grouper brandade fritters, local oysters on the raw bar, and bright fresh salads are just a few of the...
14501 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837, USA
Since 1949, Gatorland has been raising, rescuing and allowing the public to get up close and personal with not only Florida gators, but also crocodiles from other parts of the world. Sure, check out Universal Studios and Disney World while in...
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, Orlando, 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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