What to Do around Walt Disney World Swan
Collected by Westin AFAR
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...
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...
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...
1205 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Orlando, FL 32836, USA
Little ones can practice their putt at the Fantasia-inspired mini-golf course, while surrounded by characters such as dancing hippos and Mickey Mouse. Go in the evening, when the statues are lit, and catch the fireworks show from Epcot. The...
2901 Osceola Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
Anyone can take the ride through the Animal Kingdom park to see hippos and lions. For those with a slightly higher sense of adventure, a 3-hour guided hike gets you closer to the habitat and the animals. As perfectly safe as it all is, it still...
200 Epcot Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32830, 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...
1534 Blizzard Beach Drive, Orlando, FL 32836, USA
We didn’t realize how much we wanted to go down slides and lazy rivers that supposedly resulted from a melted ski resort until Blizzard Beach came our way. The cynical might say it’s a positive spin on global warming. We say it’s good...
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...
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...
1672 East Buena Vista Drive, 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...
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...
2101 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
For an old-fashioned evening of romance, ride the ferry to the Disney BoardWalk, take a sunset stroll to the end, then dance the night away under the twinkling lights of the airy and elegant Atlantic Dance Hall.
29 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801, USA
Believe it or not, Orlando has an impressive—and ever-growing—arts and culture community. To get a feel for the scene, visit CityArts Factory, a collective of contemporary art galleries in the heart of downtown Orlando. Admission is...
4266 W Vine St, Kissimmee, FL 34741, USA
In June of 2014, my friends and I kayaked down Shingle Creek, which is the headwaters of the Everglades. The launch point was near Hwy 192 in Kissimmee, one of the busiest tourist corridors and only 20-minute drive from Central Florida's major...
6068 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
Orlando is a sports buffs’ heaven. Basketball fans can watch an NBA game at the Amway Center as Orlando Magic takes on their current Eastern Conference foes. For some post-game celebration, head to one of the watering holes on Church or Wall...
6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
One of the most popular attractions in Orlando, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a two-part experience. Visit Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and then take the Hogwarts Express to Diagon Alley at Universal Studios for the...
512 E Washington St, Orlando, FL 32801, USA
Orlando’s centerpiece lake sits right in the middle of downtown, close to the pretty neighborhood and dining district of Thornton Park. A pedestrian-only path fringing the water stretches for nearly a mile, offering visitors a great place to...
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