Orlando’s main tourist draw is hard to miss. Theme parks like Walt Disney World and Universal Studios blanket large chunks of the city, their steepled towers and giant roller coasters dotting the skyline, while nightly firework shows light up the skyscape.
Other popular Orlando attractions include SeaWorld and Discovery Cove, both of which allow visitors to get up close and personal with some of the area’s biggest stars: whales, dolphins, manta rays, and sea lions. While visiting this hot spot, it’s easy to get caught up in the thrill and magic of these adrenaline boosters.
Missing out on Orlando’s beautiful downtown core, though, would be a shame. Quiet tree-lined streets, boutique shops, eclectic galleries, and award-winning restaurants reward those willing to take a break from the busier (and much louder) amusements.