Orlando, Florida, USA – Travel Tips and Things To Do
February 26, 2020
Travel tips for Orlando, Florida * as of 2014
We weren’t sure how to set up this post about things to do in Orlando, Florida or the surrounding area (Kissimmee, Winter Park, etc.) because there is so much information. Thus, we just kept it brief and in point for for ease of reference.
Besides researching and buying tickets in advance online, our other money-saving tip is to find the Enjoy Florida magazine or other coupon books for good coupons for places like Cici’s Pizza and many attractions.
Let’s get started.
THE BIG ATTRACTIONS:
Disneyworld: Lake Buena Vista, FL
o Magic Kingdom
o Disney Studios
o Animal Kingdom
o Disney waterparks (Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon)
o Downtown Disney (Disney Quest, Cirque du Soleil “La Nouba”, etc.)
o Disney BoardWalk
Universal Studios Florida: 1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando, FL 32819
o Universal Orlando Theme Park (open 8 AM to 10 PM)
o Islands of Adventure (open 9 AM to 7 PM)
o Universal CityWalk (open 11 AM to 2 AM)
o Blue Man Group at Universal Resort (1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando, FL)
Sea World Orlando: 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando, FL 32821 (off International Drive)
o Sea World (open 9 AM to 6 PM except Friday open until 9 PM)
o Aquatica Water Park (open 10 AM to 5 PM)
o Discovery Cove
o Makahiki Luau – SeaWorld’s Polynesian Feast and Celebration
Wet ‘N Wild: 6200 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 (open 10 AM to 5 PM). This is a fantastic water park with cutting edge rides.
OTHER COOL ATTRACTIONS (MOSTLY IN KISSIMMEE NEAR DISNEYWORLD):
Fun Spot America – Kissimmee: 2850 Florida Plaza Blvd., Kissimmee, FL 34746 (next to Old Town)
Old Town: 5770 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy 192, Kissimmee, FL 34746 (incl. Legend’s Haunting) (restaurants and shops open 11 AM to 11 PM, but rides are closed in December).
Hooray for Hollywood Wax Museum: 5770 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway 192, Kissimmee, FL 34746
Kissimmee Go-carts: 4708 West Highway 192, Kissimmee, FL 34746 (also feed alligators there) (open 12 PM to 8 PM. Closed on Mondays). Groupon may be available to save money. See free coupons.
Holy Land Experience: 4655 Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32811
Three Musketeers Dinner Theatre: 6400 Carrier Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Camelot Knights Dinner Adventure & Tournament: 6400 Carrier Drive, Orlando, FL * Very bad reviews
INTERNATIONAL DRIVE (CLOSE TO UNIVERSAL STUDIOS) SHOPPING:
Mall at Millennia Address: 4200 Conroy Road, Orlando, FL 32839 (north of International Drive off Millenia Blvd.)
Includes stores like Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tommy Bahama, Burberry, Tiffany & Co. and Cartier.
Orlando International Premium Outlets Address: 4951 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Belz Designer Outlets Centers Address: 5200 BLOCK on International Drive Orlando, FL 32819, Phone: (407) 352-3632
Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday. Save 30 to 60 percent at outlets including Off 5th – Saks 5th Avenue Outlet, Jones New York, Ann Taylor.
Artegon Marketplace (formerly Festival Bay Mall) Address: 5250 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Group USA Address: 5265 International Drive, Orlando, FL, Phone: (407) 363-0800
Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Discount prices on designer women’s clothing.
Orlando Crossings Mall Address: 5447 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Quality Centers Address: 5527 International Drive Orlando, FL 32819
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. & Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closest outlet center to Universal Studios, Wet ‘n Wild, Sea World, and Disney.
THE MERCADO Address: 8445 International Drive, Orlando, Fla., 32819, Phone: (407) 345-9337
Hours: Sunday through Saturday -10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. This shopping, dining and entertainment complex has 60 specialty shops, including American Cola Company, Florida Paradise, Global Sports and Kandlestix.
POINT*ORLANDO Address: 9101 International Drive, Orlando, Fla., 32819, Phone: (407) 248-2838
Hours: Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Nightclubs & restaurants are open until 2 a.m. Includes FAO Schwarz, Armani Exchange, Abercrombie & Fitch, Disney Worldport and other exclusive venues at Pointe*Orlando. This 450,000-square-foot (40,500-square-meter), multilevel complex offers upscale shopping, as well as a 21-screen Muvico Cinema complete with a state-of-the-art IMAX 3-D theater. For those who want to combine shopping with dining and nighttime entertainment, the complex features restaurants such as Monty’s Conch Harbor, Hooters, LuLu’s Bait Shack, Johnny Rocket’s and Adobe Gila’s. Visitors will surely notice the upside-down WonderWorks attraction also located here.
DOWNTOWN ORLANDO AREA SHOPPING:
CHRUCH STREET EXCHANGE Address: 129 W. Church Street, Orlando, FL 32801, Phone: (407) 422-2434
On the east side of Church Street, Church Street Exchange is an 87,000-square-foot (7,830- square-meter), tri-level complex designed to appeal to tourists and residents. Part of Church Street Station entertainment complex, it features more than 50 specialty shops and restaurants, but no major department store.
CHURCH STREET MARKET Address: 55 W. Church Street, Phone: (407) 872-3500
Church Street Market features shops and many restaurants, pubs and nightclubs.
ORLANDO FASHION SQUARE MALL Address: 3201 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32822, Phone: (407) 896-1131 Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Sears, Burdines, Gayfers, JC Penney, The Veranda Café Food Court, plus 165 specialty shops.
THE FLORIDA MALL Address: 8001 South Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, Fla., 32809, Phone: (407) 851-6255 Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Florida’s largest and most popular shopping destination. Saks Fifth Avenue, Dillards, JC Penney, Parisian, Sears, Adam’s Mark Hotel, Treats Food Court, M&M World, and more than 200 specialty stores.
Address: Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL.
KISSIMMEE AREA (DISNEY AREA) SHOPPING:
Belz Factory Outlet Mall
5401 West Oakridge Road, Orlando, FL 32819; I-4, Exit 30A, Phone: (407) 352-9611
Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday. More than 180 stores within 2 malls and four annexs and including Calvin Klein, Guess, Bugle Boy, Anne Klein, Harve Bernard, Field Crest, Cannon.
Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores State Road 535 Orlando, FL, Phone: (407) 238-9301
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 35 stores. Upscale factory stores including Reebok and Vanity Fair, located 1 mile from Disney.
Orlando Premium Outlets Mall 8200 Vineland Avenue Orlando, FL 32821
Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. This Mediterranean style-shopping village features 110 stores offering discounts from 25% to 65%. The Spanish-styled courtyards with decorative fountains adds a touch-of-class to casual shopping. Visit such designer shops as Versace, Louis Feraud, Perry Ellis, or Ralph Lauren. There is an air-conditioned food court, parcel post shipping, wheelchairs, strollers and ATMs. The open-air atmosphere combined with the old fashioned, lamppost-lighted walkways make an evening stroll along Plaza de las Fuentes an experience you won’t want to miss.
CROSSROADS OF LAKE BUENA VISTA
Address: State Road 535 and I-4, Phone: (407) 827-7300 Hours: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. Shops, 11 restaurants, miniature golf and a 24-hour supermarket; near the entrance to Downtown Disney Marketplace.
DOWNTOWN DISNEY MARKETPLACE Address: Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Phone: (407) 828-3056 Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily. Disney shopping area near the Buena Vista Lagoon.
OSCEOLA SQUARE MALL
Address: 3831 West Vine Street, Kissimmee, FL 34741, Phone: (407) 847-6941 Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Only enclosed mall in Kissimmee. 10 miles from Disney entrance on Highway 192. Shops include Ross, Eckerd Drug, and 12 Cobb Theaters.
Kissimmee Manufacturer’s Outlet 4673 West U.S. Highway 192 Kissimmee, FL 34746, Phone: (407) 396-8900
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 25 direct factory outlet stores featuring Nike, American Tourister, London Fog, Fieldcrest, Cannon, Totes and more.
Farmer’s & Flea Markets (as you can tell, we love our flea markets):
International Drive Flea Market
5445 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
International Vintage Flea Market
5533 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
MainGate Flea Market
5407 West Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee, FL
Visitors Flea Market
5811 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway 192, Kissimmee, FL (across from Old Town)
West Gate Flea Market
8546 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, FL
OSCEOLA FLEA & FARMER’S MARKET
Address: 2801 E. Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee, FL, Phone: (407) 846-2811
Hours: Friday-Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Similar to Flea World in design and layout, but some buyers say the merchandise is better.
Farmers Market Downtown Orlando
Interstate 4 at Church Street, Orlando, FL (Sat & Sun)
CENTRAL FLORIDA FARMER’S MARKET
Address: 4603 West Colonial Drive (Highway 50), Orlando, FL, Phone: (407) 296-3868
Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. With no enclosed booths, inclement weather can make this one inconvenient. Still, it offers reasonable prices and a wide variety of merchandise.
Address: 4311 S. Orlando Dr., Highway 17-92, Sanford, FL, Phone: (407) 330-1792. 40 minutes North of Orlando on the way to Daytona on Hwy I-4 (400) – just north of Winter Park.
Hours: Friday-Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 1700 Booths. Antiques and collectibles plus and entertainment pavilion with circus acts, magic shows, exotic animals and acrobatic shows which are performed whenever the market is in operation and all these shows are FREE! Adjoining the flea market is Funworld, featuring go-karts, bumper boats, bumper cars, miniature golf, 15 adult rides and 8 children’s rides & a 250 game arcade.
Winter Park Farmers Market
Intersection of New York Street and New England Avenue in Winter Park, FL
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