7 Fun & Interesting Things to Do in Orlando

Welcome to Downtown Orlando

Welcome to Orlando, Florida, known as “The Theme Park Capital of the World.” Over the years, O-town has continued to grow and was recently named the top trending U.S. destination for 2021 by Sojern.

When you visit Orlando for the NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) in February, you’ll want to take advantage of the location and all it has to offer. Here are some fun and interesting things you can do in Orlando.

Please note: Some options may be temporarily modified to comply with COVID restrictions. Learn more about healthy travel in Orlando. We recommend that you check with your attraction of choice for their current status.

  1. Universal’s CityWalk & Disney Springs

Both Universal CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort and Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs® are great destinations for an afternoon or evening of fun. You can find celebrity restaurants, gourmet desserts, themed dining, see a live show and more.

  1. Museum of Illusions

If you enjoy math, science and eye-trickery, plan to visit the Museum of Illusions. With over 50 exhibits, be prepared to experience mind-twists and learn all about “the amazing brain science behind the illusions,” according to Visit Orlando.

  1. The Wheel at ICON Park

You’ll probably notice this eye-catching behemoth as you make your way to the Orange County Convention Center every day. This 400-foot wheel, formerly known as the Orlando Eye, allows riders to enjoy phenomenal views of some of Orlando’s most notable destinations. Other attractions at ICON Park include Arcade City, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, Museum of Illusions, Pearl Express Train and 7D Dark Ride Adventure.

  1. Discovery Cove’s Flamingo Mingle

Meet and mingle with some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful birds. This early-morning experience begins with a private stroll and gives you the opportunity to help feed the flamingos. This is just one of the many things you can do at the all-inclusive day resort, Discovery Cove.

  1. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

This 14-acre attraction is set in the village of Black Spire Outpost on the remote frontier planet Batuu. Perhaps the most notable attraction is the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, but there is much detail packed into this interactive land, including Savi’s Workshop where you can build your own lightsaber and Droid Depot, where you can design and assemble the droid you seek.

  1. Dezerland Park

At 800,000 square feet, this is Florida’s largest indoor attraction. In addition to attractions such as an indoor go-kart rink, bumper cars, ax throwing, mini golf and a huge arcade, it is also home to The Auto Experience at Dezerland Park, which includes the world’s largest collection of Batman vehicles.

  1. IBS Events

Without a doubt, the most fun you’ll have during the week is when you attend Builders’ Show-sponsored events. Here’s IBS 2022’s line-up:

  • Tuesday, February 8: DCW Opening Ceremonies featuring Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Powered by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage will take place at 8:00 AM.
  • Tuesday, February 8: The IBS House Party Sponsored by Chase* will be held at Mango’s Tropical Café beginning at 6:30 PM.
  • Wednesday, February 9: IBS Young Pro Party sponsored by Pfister* will feature a rockin’ performance from country star Craig Morgan. It will be held at Blake Shelton’s Ole Red beginning at 8:00 PM.
  • Thursday, February 10: The IBS Closing Concert* will headline country superstar Trace Atkins, a Grand Ole Opry member for nearly two decades who has sold over 11 MILLION albums in his award-winning career. The concert will run from 5:00 – 7:30 PM.

IBS 2022 is February 8-10, 2022 in Orlando, FL. Continue to follow our blog for more tips and ideas for maximizing your time at the Builder’s Show. Plan to attend the show in-person. Register at BuildersShow.com.

*Tickets available for purchase.

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