Luxurious Destinations
Florida
Destinations Within Florida

Florida Trip Itineraries

First Time in Orlando

Destination(s): Orlando

Orlando is one of the destinations with so much to offer that it can actually feel pretty overwhelming for first-time visitors. We've compiled a list of the MUST EXPERIENCE points of interests to assist you in your trip planning - and hopefully make your visit easier, more enjoyable, and more memorable.

Orlando is basically made up of three main areas that most visitors want to experience. 1) Disney and Kissimmee area is where you'll find the sprawling Walt Disney World resort and the surrounding Kissimmee area is home to some additional tourist attractions such as Medieval Times.

2) The International Drive area (or I-Drive as the locals call it) houses Universal and SeaWorld theme parks (including Discovery Cove), as well as a ton of other attractions, chain restaurants and touristy nightlife spots.

3) Lastly, Downtown Orlando and it's northern suburbs like Winter Park is where you'll find more urban points of interests, independent restaurants, the art and culture scene, and a ton of marvelous outdoor park areas that should not be missed.

The I4 (Interstate 4) connects you to all three of these areas (with lots of outlet malls dotting the highway on route). Public transportation really isn't an option, but luckily, Orlando's car rental rates are kept fairly low due to enormous demand. Once you're on I-Drive or Downtown Orlando, you can easily and safely walk from place to place. Parking is pretty cheap and plentiful.

Probably one of Orlando's best features is its weather; the weather is great year-round, even during the very warm summer months when days spent lazing by the pool are ideal. read more about First Time in Orlando

Ceviche

Ceviche

  • 125 West Church Street
  • (cross-street South Garland Avenue)
  • tel:+1 321 281 8140
  • Visit website
  • Orlando, 32801
Bosendorfer Lounge

Bosendorfer Lounge

  • 325 South Orange Avenue
  • The Westin Grand Bohemian
  • tel:407 313 9000
  • Visit website
  • Orlando, 32801
Wekiwa Springs State Park

Wekiwa Springs State Park

  • 1800 Wekiwa Circle
  • tel:+1 407 884 2008
  • Visit website
  • Apopka, 32712
Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove

  • 6000 Discovery Cove Way
  • tel:+1 407 370 1280
  • Visit website
  • Orlando, 32821

In July of 2000, Discovery Cove opened its gates and began providing a unique theme park experience that is nothing short of extraordinary. With a maximum of 1,000 guests per day, the park has managed to create an intimate feel – more like you're visiting a swanky resort in the Caribbean than visiting a theme park in the middle of Orlando. The admission price, though hefty, includes all of your needs…
towels, wet suits, lockers, snorkels, masks, sun tan lotion, souvenir photos and parking.

Meals and snacks are included as well (and not just hot dogs and hamburgers either). You'll start the day with a continental breakfast (pastries, muffins, fresh fruit, juices and coffee). You can have a hamburger for lunch if you'd like, but Discovery Cove also offers such items as grilled salmon and pasta primavera. Unlimited snacks such as chips, pretzels, nachos, ice cream and smoothies are available all day. You can also enjoy as much bottled water, soda, beer, and cappuccinos as you like.

If you've booked yourselves into the Dolphin Encounter, the friendly concierge will schedule your time in the Dolphin Lagoon when you arrive. During the 30-minute encounter, you and 5-7 other guests will wade into shallow water and get up close and personal with a very sociable and playful Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin. Your trainer will guide the dolphin through a series of activities, allowing you to touch and instruct the dolphin. You'll also be able to experience a dorsal tow ride. For dolphin lovers, the extra admission price to include this encounter is definitely worth it.

When you arrive, you'll also want to check on the feeding times at Ray Lagoon so you can make sure to schedule that into your day. You can interact with dozens of rays of all sizes, some up to four feet in diameter. It's an amazing experience to be amongst these gentle and graceful creatures. The Coral Reef is where you'll really get to test your snorkeling skills as you float along amongst the hundreds of brilliantly colored tropical fish and rays. Make sure you find the shark encounter. Don't worry… they're behind thick glass.

You'll want to make several trips down the warm Tropical River, drifting in the slight current, under waterfalls, and through an underwater cave. The river also takes you through the Aviary, where you can hop out of the water and interact with over 250 exotic birds, none of which are caged. Having a toucan land on your arm is an interesting experience. Discovery Cove's beach is a great feature as well. Along
the huge expanse of white, sugary sand, you'll find hammocks, umbrellas, and cabanas for your use. When all the swimming and snorkeling leaves you exhausted, grab a beach lounger and have a nap.
To avoid disappointment, reservations are a must!
read more about Discovery Cove

Harry P. Leu Gardens

Harry P. Leu Gardens

  • 1920 N. Forest Ave
  • Between Nebraska St and Corrine Dr
  • tel:407/246-2620
  • Visit website
  • Orlando, 32803
Seasons 52

Seasons 52

  • 7700 West Sand Lake Road
  • tel:407 354 5212
  • Visit website
  • Orlando, 32836
Howl at the Moon

Howl at the Moon

  • 8815 International Drive
  • tel:407 354 5999
  • Visit website
  • Orlando, 32819
Lake Eola Park

Lake Eola Park

  • 1 N. Rosalind Ave.
  • Lake Eola Park
  • tel:+1 407 246 2827
  • Visit website
  • Orlando, 32801

A couple of hours can easily and peacefully drift away while strolling around Lake Eola Park, taking in the floating fountain and watching the white and black swans peacefully paddling across the lake. Established in 1888, the park's 43 acres of land are continuously enhanced with vibrant flowers, perfectly manicured grounds, and charming gazebos. The walking path circling the lake is 0.9 miles in length, perfect for enjoying a healthy stroll or vigorous jog. Shop at the Sunday Eola Market featuring fresh produce, artisan items, and a beer garden with live music. Swan rides are available for rent most days, and there is a restaurant tucked right inside the park called Eric's on Eola. There are about a dozen more restaurants within a short walking distance. read more about Lake Eola Park

Universal Studios Florida

Universal Studios Florida

  • 1000 Universal Studios Plaza
  • tel:+1 407 363 8000
  • Visit website
  • Orlando, 32809
Enzo's Restaurant On The Lake

Enzo's Restaurant On The Lake

  • 1130 South U.S. Highway 17-92
  • tel:1 407 834 9872
  • Visit website
  • Longwood, 32750

More than 25 years ago, this enchanting Italian villa on the shores of Lake Fairy was converted into an outstanding family run restaurant. The old house was divided into several dining rooms, creating an ambiance of time-honored elegance and homespun grace.

Come early to grab a glass of wine and enjoy it in their sculpture garden overlooking Lake Fairy. If you've timed it right, you might even be able to find a seat on the deck and watch the sun go down. This quiet and pretty area has been the site for many weddings and private parties. The food is simple, traditional, flavorful and homemade with only the freshest of ingredients. Start your meal with their famous Antipasti platter, a variety of house specialties.Then choose from pastas, seafood, meats, and poultry.Some dishes of note are The Dover Sole, the Spaghetti Alla Carbonara and the Penne Alla Vodka. Chances are, you won't be disappointed by anything you order here.

If you've saved room for dessert, you can enjoy conventional favorites such as tiramisu or Crème Brule, which is almost as smooth as the professional, polished service you'll be given by your server. The dining pace is slow and easy, leaving you lots of time to enjoy the cozy atmosphere. Valet parking is mandatory on busy nights and reservations are strongly recommended.
read more about Enzo's Restaurant On The Lake

Enzian Theater

Enzian Theater

  • 1300 South Orlando Avenue
  • tel:407 629 0054
  • Visit website
  • Maitland, 32751
Blue Man Group Show at Universal Orlando Resort

Blue Man Group Show at Universal Orlando Resort

  • Universal Studios, 6000 Universal Blvd
  • tel:(888) 340-5476
  • Visit website
  • Orlando, 32819

It's hard to describe what the Blue Man Group is. Part live music, part comedy, part stunts, Blue Man sets the zany theatrics of three colorful characters against a fabulous live soundtrack that will have you dancing in your seats. It's difficult to peel your eyes off the stage glowing color and splashed with neon paint. Tucked inside Universal's CityWalk, Blue Man Group is an ideal evening activity before or after dinner and drinks at one of the many restaurants and clubs nearby.
read more about Blue Man Group Show at Universal Orlando Resort

Hue

Hue

  • 629 East Central Boulevard
  • tel:407 849 1800
  • Visit website
  • Orlando, 32801-2916
iFly Orlando

iFly Orlando

  • 6805 Visitors Circle
  • tel:+1 407 903 1150
  • Visit website
  • Orlando, 32819
Gatorland

Gatorland

  • 14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail
  • U.S. 441; between Osceola Pkwy and Hunter's Creek Blvd
  • tel:800/393-5297
  • Visit website
  • Kissimmee, 34837