Orlando is known as “The Theme Park Capital of the World,” but there is so much more to do in O-town besides going to one of the theme parks. When you visit Orlando for the NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) in January, you’ll want to take advantage of the location and do some fun things; however, you may not want to spend an entire day away from the show floor. Here are 7 things you can do in Orlando in 3 hours or less.
1. The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye
This 400-foot observation wheel can be seen from miles away—and will provide you with some of the most breathtaking views of Central Florida. Take in the beautiful Orlando skyline, the theme parks, lakes and lush landscape, and on a clear day, you can even see Cape Canaveral on the east coast. The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye is located on International Drive at I-Drive 360, one of Orlando’s newest dining and entertainment complexes. Pre-book your tickets online for the best savings.
2. Bowling at Kings
This retro-inspired establishment is a great place to hang out for a few hours. It has 22 ten-pin bowling lanes, four billiards tables, more than 60 giant high-definition TVs (to catch the game), and great food and beverages. Families with children are welcome during the day until 6:00 pm, but you must be 21 or over to enter after 8:00 pm.
3. Disney Star Wars Fireworks
There are at least as many reasons as there are stars in the sky to want to go to Disney’s Hollywood Studios—now home to Star Wars. But if you are limited in time, plan to conclude one of your days with the Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular. According to the VisitOrlando blog,1 this show is a pairing of “an over-the-top fireworks show and larger-than-life video projections displayed directly on the Chinese Theater. The new technology transports guests directly into their favorite moments from the entire Star Wars saga.”
4. Universal’s CityWalk & Disney Springs
Both Universal’s CityWalk and Disney Springs are great places for nightlife, dining, entertainment and shopping. You can find celebrity restaurants such as Emeril’s, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville and the Hard Rock Café at the CityWalk. Disney Springs is home to over 175 shopping and dining venues, including the House of Blues and the Indiana Jones-themed restaurant, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar.
5. Crayola Experience
Here, creativity is encouraged with 26 hands-on attractions. You can learn how crayons are made, star in your own coloring page, name and wrap your very own Crayola crayon, embark on a 4-D coloring adventure and so much more. The Crayola Experience is located at the Florida Mall, and for savings, buy your tickets online and skip the line.
6. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
Where can you find shrunken heads, an authentic vampire killing kit, a shooting gallery and a wild spinning vortex tunnel in Orlando? At Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, of course! Spend a few hours exploring 10,000 square feet of exhibits that will leave you asking: Believe it … or not? Discount tickets are available online.
7. Madame Tussauds
Millions of people worldwide have enjoyed the extraordinary experience that can only be found inside Madame Tussauds. At the Orlando location, you can come and pose with some of the most famous faces from history, sports and pop culture, including Shrek, Will Smith, Michael Jackson, Dan Marino, Steve Jobs and Oprah! Discount tickets are available online.
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