Orlando is known for its family-friendly vibe and over-the-top entertainment, but what you find along the city’s picturesque streets is what keeps in-the-know visitors coming back for more. Here are a few photos that are sure to spark your desire to visit the City Beautiful.
Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Harry Potter fans get the chance to step into the magical pages of the popular series with a visit to one of Universal Orlando's most talked about attractions. Even waiting in line is fun as you weave through the rooms of Hogwarts until you find your place on a broom ride, Harry-Potter style.
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A visit to this Disney's Animal Kingdom is like a tour through a zoo on steroids. At this theme park, rides like Kilimanjaro Safari take you past giraffes, rhinos, warthogs, baboons and even lions. Make sure you stop to take a selfie in front of the Tree of Life, a 14-story sculpture located in the center of the park.
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Winter Park Shopping
The serious shoppers forgo the malls and outlets for the quaint boutiques and shops found in Winter Park. The city's posh Park Avenue is home to places offering just about everything, from women's fashion and menswear to supplies for the home and garden.
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Harry P. Leu Gardens
Just outside downtown Orlando, the Harry P. Leu Gardens provide respite from the bustling city and buzzing theme parks. This 50-acre botanical oasis features a wide variety of colorful plant life – including Hibiscus, azaleas and Crape Myrtles – as well as an aromatic herb garden, a peaceful butterfly garden and a fascinating museum.
Known to hit the scales at roughly 800 pounds and capable of growing to lengths of 13 feet, Orlando's alligators are truly a sight to see. The lake with one of the heaviest known populations of gators (totaling over 10,000) is Lake Jesup, located 20 minutes from Orlando. Reserve a spot aboard an airboat at Black Hammock Airboat Adventures to view these prehistoric creatures in their natural habitat.
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Fireworks at Disney's Cinderella Castle
When you hear Jiminy Cricket sing Disney's "When You Wish Upon a Star," it's hard not to tap into your inner child. Firework shows at Walt Disney World's iconic Cinderella Castle typically start around 9 p.m. with themes catering to seasons and holidays. Shows last roughly 15 minutes, so be sure to check the starting times beforehand.
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