Orlando, Florida offers plenty of fun and adventure for families looking for a great vacation spot. There is never a lack of things to do in one of the most happening cities in the Sunshine State.
For more than fifty years, Gatorland, with its recognizable bright green alligator mouth entrance, has been entertaining families. It is located just a short drive from Orlando, and is a 110 acre wildlife theme park and conservation center that has a number of exhibits and plenty of themed entertainment. You can see thousands of alligators and crocodiles, take a swamp walk, and check out all of the other attractions. Gatorland, known also as the Alligator Capital of the World, is one of the oldest attractions in Florida, opened in 1949.
Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure
Universal Studios is the number one theme park in the world that is based on film and television properties. Visitors to the park can become part of the action of their favorite films and shows by checking out The Simpsons Ride, Shrek 4D, Revenge of the Mummy, Terminator, and Jaws. They can also take in some of the shows, such as the very popular Animal Actors on Location.
The Islands of Adventure theme park is part of the Universal Resort's family of attractions, and offers even more excitement for the intrepid adventure. Several "islands" exist within the park, each with a very different but exciting theme.
Marvel Super Hero Island contains themed rides and many of Marvel's most popular heroes and villains, such as Spiderman, Wolverine, The Incredible Hulk, and Doctor Doom. One of their most beloved rides is the Incredible Hulk Coaster.
Toon Lagoon, another island, features a number of water-based rides, as well as comic strip and cartoon characters such as Blondie, Dagwood, and Popeye. Both kids and adults can enjoy the rides and attractions on this island.
Jurassic Park island is based on the book and films of the same name, and contains a number of thrilling rides based on the dinosaur property. There are also plenty of slower paced rides for the younger children in the family.
The Lost Continent, a fourth island, is themed after different parts of world history and myth, including the Middle Ages of Europe, ancient Arabia, and mythological Greece. There are several roller coasters in a variety of different thrill levels, as well as great shows like the live stunt performance The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad.
Seuss Landing is a place designed specifically for the young children in the family. The island theme is based, of course, on the works of renowned children's author Dr. Seuss. Some of the rides include The Cat in the Hat, and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.
One of the most exciting upcoming additions to the Islands of Adventure is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which will encompass 22 acres and bring to life familiar places from the series such as Hogwarts and the Forbidden Forest.
There is always plenty to do for the whole family in and around Orlando.