Get the best arts, music and entertainment value at Amway Center, where there's always an attraction or event going on to suit your taste. Sports? Check. Musical performances? Definitely. Family shows? Covered. From the Orlando Magic, to Elton John, to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, your entertainment buck stops here.
Amway Center is a multi-purpose arena and home to the NBA's Orlando Magic, Arena Football's Orlando Predators and MISL Soccer's Orlando Sharks.
The arena's seating accommodates up to 17,000 spectators for basketball games, but can also be rearranged to seat a few thousand concert-goers in a more intimate setting.
The Amway Center opened in 1989 with a performance by Bill Cosby. It has hosted a myriad of talented performers like Jimmy Buffett, Elton John, Billy Joel, Cher, Neil Diamond, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith and a host of other legendary performers.
Family-friendly events are also a big hit here, with shows like Disney on Ice, Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey's, Mannheim Steamroller and Blue Man Group returning to sold-out crowds.
If there's a show worth catching, you'll find it at the Bob Carr Theater. The center is Orlando's crown jewel of culture, with touring Broadway shows, famed musical acts and don't-miss events and attractions. It's also home to the Orlando Ballet, Orlando Opera and Orlando Philharmonic.
The Bob Carr Theater is the cornerstone of the Orlando Venues entertainment complex, constructed in 1926 and flourishing throughout the years.
Originally known as the Municipal Auditorium, the venue got its start hosting grand-scale operas, stage productions and organ recitals. It even dabbled in the movie-house business for awhile, to the chagrin of neighboring competitors at the time.
In 1975, the venue was slated for renovation and expansion, transforming it into a world-class auditorium, theater and concert hall.
Today, the Bob Carr Theater is known to host some of the largest and most popular touring productions of Broadway shows. Famed cultural programs like the Orlando Ballet, Orlando Opera, Orlando Philharmonic and the Festival of Orchestras also call the Bob Carr Theater home.
Swim with the dolphins at Discovery Cove. You'll attend a short training session before venturing into the water for your very own face-to-face experience with a trained dolphin. Photo and video opportunities are available to document your experience at this attraction. Reservations are a must.
Discovery Cove takes you inside the special world of marine animals, where you'll get the chance to swim with dolphins and interact with exotic birds and other creatures.
Conveniently located next to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica, Discovery Cove is truly a one-of-a-kind adventure.
First, you'll attend a short training course with your dolphin adventure guide. The safety orientation and information session will prepare you for the next piece of excitement: Getting in the dolphin pool.
You'll learn how to use hand signals and positive reinforcement to encourage the dolphins to perform their special tricks. Then you'll participate in a one-on-one swim with a bottlenose dolphin!
Guests also have the option to extend their experience with the "Trainer for a Day" package. In addition to the 30-minute dolphin session, you'll also get a private photo session, more time with the dolphin trainers and a behind-the-scenes tour.
There are plenty of other fantastic opportunities to interact with marine and wildlife at Discovery Cove.
A coral reef section filled with thousands of tropic fish awaits. You can put on snorkeling gear and hit the reef, where you'll also find an underwater shark and barracuda tank. You can view these intimidating creatures up close, where they swim behind a wall of protective glass. Guests can also swim in the stingray tank, which features dozens of rays.
On land, more than 250 tropical birds await, including parrots, toucans and more than 30 other species. And when you're ready to relax, a man-made Tropical River flows around the park, and you can float past Discovery Cove's beaches, waterfalls and rainforest landscape. There's also a freshwater resort pool for more fun in the sun.
The all-inclusive price for admission includes all you can eat or drink, including alcoholic beverages. All guests receive snorkeling gear, which includes a mask and a wetsuit or vest. Lockers, towels, sunscreen, and beach chairs are also included in admission to the park.
Catch all the action at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium, a 70,000-seat arena that hosts major football games and big-name entertainers. Main events include the Capital One Bowl, the Champs Sports Bowl, and Monster Jam.
The Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium calls the Orlando Venues complex home, and dominates the landscape as the largest tenant.
The stadium seats over 70,000 patrons and hosts some of the most-talked-about bowl games of the year.
Since the time it opened in 1946, the Citrus Bowl Stadium has grown and undergone numerous updates. The venue has hosted not only legendary bowl games, but also World Cup soccer games and concerts by iconic performers like the Rolling Stones
If you've ever dreamed about wrasslin' gators, this is your chance to watch it up close. At Gatorland, you'll see plenty of gators and crocs, an aviary, breeding marsh and petting zoo, as well as the infamous Gator Wrestlin' Show and other attractions.
Bring on the gators! At Gatorland, you're never far from the snapping jaws of these incredible reptiles.
Known as the Alligator Capital of the World, Gatorland is home to thousands of alligators and crocodiles. There's also plenty of interactive fun with a petting zoo, swamp walk and reptile shows.
The art of alligator wrestling is a huge draw here, where crowds can safely watch from the observation tower.
A new feature at Gatorland is the Gator Gully Splash Park. More than ¼ acre of water fun awaits guests, providing the perfect chance to cool off during those hot Florida afternoons. Fun features at the water park include dueling water guns mounted on two giant gator rides, a tame dash-n-spray for the little ones, and a water-play fountain perfect for kids (and grown-ups) of all ages.
Gatorland is a 110-acre theme park founded in 1949, and is the perfect getaway for families large and small.
Milk a cow, ride a pony or pet an Asian water buffalo at the Green Meadows Petting Farm, where kids get hands-on lessons about farm animals and more. Hay rides, train rides and a pumpkin patch are all part of the fun at this attraction, too.
Experience spirituality like never before at the Holy Land Experience. Part museum attraction and part reenactment spectacle, the Holy Land Experience features a replica of downtown Jerusalem, a prayer garden, and other period backdrops that set the stage for dramas and musicals.
The Holy Land Experience is a truly unique place, where guests can experience a trip to the Holy Land complete with actors who play biblical roles and act out well-known scenes from the Bible.
Themed exhibits and a biblical museum are the main attractions at the 15-acre Holy Land Experience in Orlando.
The biblical park was founded by a Baptist minister and was recently bought by Trinity Broadcasting Network, the largest Christian television network in the U.S.
Features at the Holy Land Experience include:
Are you up for an adventure? Strap yourself in for the Astronaut Training Experience at the Kennedy Space Center. Ride the flight training simulators, and build and launch your own rockets during the half-day family group program.
Madame Tussauds Orlando is rolling out the red carpet to become Florida’s latest celebrity hotspot! Madame Tussauds provides visitors the opportunity to indulge in the ultimate fame experience and set onto the red carpet amongst their favorite celebrities. Guests will experience the essence of America with this brand new, immersive and interactive wax experience, bursting with family fun and world-class entertainment.
Be effortlessly lifted away in a capsule of calm in the Orlando Eye, and serenity to see Orlando in a way you’ve never seen it before. The iconic 400-foot tall observation wheel provides breathtaking views of Central Florida in all directions, with sights of downtown Orlando’s skyline, theme parks, lakes and lush landscape, and on a clear day, views of Cape Canaveral on the east coast.
The spotlight shines on the talented youth at the Orlando Repertory Theatre, where pint-sized audience members can experience the thrill of live theater with shows that are relevant. There's also a Disney-themed camps for kids from kindergarten through high school.
Examine the forces of nature at the Orlando Science Center, where you can explore exhibits and attractions and learn about a variety of subjects, like how to predict the weather in the Severe Weather Center. Or discover how our planet interacts with the solar system in the "Our Planet, Our Universe" exhibit. Education, fun and discovery all under one roof.
The Orlando Science Center manages to sneak plenty of science into a fun-filled afternoon of adventure!
For more than 50 years, the Orlando Science Center has opened the door to imagination and curiosity. Four floors of exhibits, movies and live interactive events will keep your family engaged for hours.
The center has expanded its offerings and activities throughout the years to reflect changes in the way kids learn and interact.
The traveling exhibit hall and the Curiosity Center for pre-schoolers are both wildly popular with visitors. NatureWorks is the latest and greatest addition, allowing visitors to explore the natural sciences.
The new 207,000-square-foot facility opened in 1997 and includes the CineDome Planetarium with its giant screen films and planetarium shows.
Visit Osceola Heritage Park, a 120-acre complex that's set up for a range of great family friendly entertainment and attractions. It's the prime spot for livestock shows, the Houston Astros training camp, and big-name performers like Def Leppard, Norah Jones, Amy Grant & Vince Gill.
In the spring, the Houston Astros hold their training camp here. Another popular draw is the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show & Fair.
Among the park's facilities are the Exhibition Building, KVLS Show Pavilion, a Multipurpose Pavilion, the Osceola County Stadium, and the Silver Spurs Arena.
Since it opened in 2003, Osceola Heritage Park has continued to live up to its reputation as a top-notch showplace for meetings, conventions, shows and sporting events.
Artists who have graced the stage at Osceola include Jim Morrison, Alan Jackson, Pearl Jam, Hall & Oates, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Toby Keith, Def Leppard, Norah Jones, Amy Grant & Vince Gill.
Family-friendly shows from Sesame Street and Disney are regular features here as well.
If you're in the mood for over-the-top entertainment, then head over to the Outta Control Dinner Show, voted "Best Dinner Show" by the local press. It's a mix of magic, impersonations and high-energy improvisational comedy, all while you dine.
Bring your best game to Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, where a pirate-themed adventure and attractions await. Play the Captain's Course, Blackbeard's Challenge, or the popular and cutthroat 36-Hole Adventure.
Set sail on a wild trip during the Pirate's Dinner Adventure, where you and your family will interact with pirates, swashbucklers and more during this highly entertaining show. A replica ship floats on an indoor lagoon, creating the perfect dining atmosphere to enjoy the entertainment.
The freaks come out at all hours of the day at Ripley's Believe It or Not. The odditorium includes attractions like a life-sized matchstick car, an authentic cannibal skull, and other mysteries from far-flung lands. Enter at your own risk!
The Ripley's Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium promises a world of weirdness and wackiness from the onset. The building is constructed to look like it's falling into a sinkhole on one side.
True to the Robert Ripley's reputation as a man who chronicled the bizarre from around the globe, the museum/odditorium includes sixteen galleries that house artifacts, weird art and bizarre collections that will boggle the mind.
As one of 27 Ripley museums worldwide, the Orlando Odditorium's collection includes dinosaur bones and eggs, a life-sized Rolls Royce made entirely of matchsticks, shrunken heads, and other items that have chronicled Ripley's world travels and enthusiasm for unique and bizarre customs.
Other items on display include a piece of the Berlin Wall, a Mona Lisa made out of toast and a portrait of Van Gogh made from 3,000 postcards.
In all, 400 exhibits, artifacts and displays are available for closeup viewing.
SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium will transport you into a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing creatures! From face-to-face encounters with sharks, to a hands-on touchpool experience, there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium! To get any closer you’d have to get wet! SEA LIFE Orlando is located in the heart of Orlando at I-Drive 360 next to Madame Tussauds Orlando and The Orlando Eye. All three attractions will open Spring 2015! Explore the amazing creatures of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans!
Help rock the house at The Plaza Live, one of Orlando's most popular live entertainment nightspots. Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, Gallagher and Sick Puppies are just some of the performers who have graced the stage here.
The Plaza Live is steeped in Orlando history, and has served as the backdrop for live music, comedy shows and various performing arts.
The renovated '60s-era movie house has been converted into a family-friendly live theater.
Biblical themed performances like "The Rock and the Rabbi" and "David" have proved extremely popular at this 860-seat theater.
Land at Universal's Islands of Adventure and step into a world filled with comic book characters, superheros and mythical creatures. You'll experience attractions, thrill rides, shows and entertainment that will leave you enthralled after an unforgettable journey.
You can't visit Orlando without bumping into the unrivaled imagination of Walt Disney. Why not visit the Magic Kingdom attraction that turned into a world-wide empire? At Walt Disney World, storybook characters and childhood dreams really do come true.
Walt Disney World in Orlando is the granddaddy of all theme parks, boasting the largest square area, the greatest number of rides and more variety than you'll find anywhere else on the planet.
As the world's largest and most visited resort, Walt Disney World covers 30,000 acres and includes 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, 24 themed hotels, 2 health spas and fitness centers and much, much more.
After it opened in 1971 with only the Magic Kingdom theme park, Disney World has grown at a stunning pace and adds new attractions and choices year after year.
Among the most popular attractions at Disney World are its four theme parks:
Its two water parks are called Blizzard Beach and the Typhoon Lagoon.
Disney World, of course, is so much more than rides. It's grown into a world-class resort with amazing offerings for the entire family to get away and enjoy the Disney fantasy life. Also on site are five golf courses. Catch-and-release fishing excursions are offered daily on the resort lakes as well.
Let your imagination run wild at Wonderworks, an amusement park and museum that features plenty of mind-bending exhibits and attractions. More than 100 interactive experiences await, like biofeedback games and spaceflight simulators. Put mind over matter to the test at this wild museum.
WonderWorks Orlando is known as an amusement park for the mind, featuring optical illusions, interactive displays and cutting-edge entertainment for the entire family.
According to legend, the amusement park was created after a freaky science lab in an old house skyrocketed into space and fell upside down in the middle of Orlando. Inside, there are plenty of thrills and surprises to discover!
The park features more than 100 interactive exhibits that will test your mental and physical powers.
Inside WonderWorks Orlando is the city's only indoor ropes course. Guests can test themselves on over 3 stories of rope with different obstacles and activities.
Another new attraction is the XD Theater 4D Extreme Motion Ride. Strap yourself into the theater's special motion seats, and you'll feel like you're inside the movie!
Space explorers will get the chance to land a space shuttle in a special-action ride that simulates a shuttle cockpit. Or check out the biofeedback game that requires you to use relaxation techniques and brain waves to move a ball across a table.
Discover the freedom of flight as you pilot the F14 and F18 fighter jets across the blue skies. The visual effects of three wide screen television monitors will immerse you into the experience.
Pilot a fighter jet across the clear blue skies, experience the terror of a San Francisco earthquake or create life-sized bubbles that you can step into. If you need to take a rest, feel free to lay on the bed of nails - if you dare!
The fun and wacky science adventures never seem to end in this wild laboratory, waiting to be discovered by kids of all ages.