Something for Everyone: 6 Must-See Central Florida Destinations

Whether you are seeking family fun, sophisticated shopping, or nighttime thrills, dynamic Central Florida offers a little something for everyone. Here are six must-see destinations in the Central Florida area. 

Family Fun 

1. Theme Parks

We’ll begin with Central Florida’s biggest draw and the crown jewel: the Walt Disney World Resort. Composed of four theme parks–Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, as well as two water parks–Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach, the Walt Disney World Resort complex, is where childhood dreams are fulfilled, and lasting memories are made. 

Central Florida’s other big-draw theme parks are Universal Studios Florida and SeaWorld Orlando, each offering immersive experiences for all ages. If you’re looking for the quintessential family vacation, pencil in a park for at least one of your grand adventures.

2. Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

For a simpler outing that still delivers big on family fun, check out the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, located in Sanford, Fl. This fantastic facility offers unique adventures like up-close rhinoceros and giraffe encounters, high-flying zipline courses, and private experiences. 

Sophisticated Shopping 

3. The Mall at Millenia

If shopping is more your style, Central Florida’s most elite retail fare is found at the Mall at Millenia. With big-name anchors Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, and Bloomingdale’s, plus more than 130 boutiques, shops, restaurants, and cafés, it’s easy to fill an entire Central Florida day at this fantastic shopping destination. 

4. Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets

Bargain hunters should head over to the Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets for luxury goods at discounted prices. Everything from Armani and Burberry to Gucci and Kate Spade can be found with prices slashed far below those of regular retail. And when you’re ready to refuel, the outlets offer a host of eateries to satisfy any appetite.

Nighttime Thrills  

5. Universal CityWalk

Despite its family-friendly reputation, the fun doesn’t stop when the sun sets on Central Florida. If you’re looking for nightlife, head to Universal CityWalk. Located adjacent to the Universal Studios theme park, CityWalk is a promenade of restaurants, clubs, and bars that serve up late-night fun along with fantastic food, delicious drinks, and an incredible atmosphere. 

6. I-Drive

Mix it up by exploring the eclectic array of bars and restaurants along International Drive (referred to simply as “I-Drive”). Here, you will find choices ranging from swanky steakhouses to quirky tapas bars, and everything in between.  

If you’re looking for a comfortable place to stay while you’re in the Central Florida area, excellent options abound. To stay close to all the action on International Drive, check out Aloft Orlando International Drive, Comfort Inn International, Element Orlando International Drive, or Best Western International Drive. To lodge closer to Walt Disney World, the Crowne Plaza Lake Buena Vista or the Fairfield Inn Orlando Lake Buena Vista each offer a welcoming place to make your home away from home. Other great choices in the area include Staybridge Suites Orlando Royale Parc, Fairfield Inn Orlando Airport, and Wyndham Orlando Resort & Conference Center/Celebration.