Everyone knows that Orlando, Florida is famous for being the attractions and amusement park capital of the world. But it also has some incredible resorts, and it is known for great wildlife and nature preserves as well as some pretty intriguing historic sites.
So, suffice it to say, there is more to do in Orlando than you have time for. Especially if your time is short. But worry not. We’ve laid out some itinerary items that will have you in plenty of fun while you’re here. Let’s unpack 72 Hours in Orlando, Florida.
Day 1: Get Settled into A Great Resort
Orlando is more than just home to theme parks; it also has some opulent resorts. And, while you’re here, you’ll want to rest in comfort. So, your first day will be about settling into a great hotel. Here are a few top choices.
- Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando – found on Adventure Way in Orlando, this resort is top on the list of great hotels. It boasts bright clean rooms, a posh eatery, and an ideal location for checking out amusement parks. Rates start at $269 a night.
- Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando – found on Hollywood Way with rates starting at $415 a night, this resort features expansive and bright guest rooms as well as a great location in Orlando Universal Theme Park.
- Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando – Located on Universal Dr, this is another great Universal resort. This bright and colorful luxury hotel boasts posh rooms decorated with a Hard Rock theme. Rates start at $505 a room.
Day 2: Spend a Day at Orlando Theme Park Attractions
You can hardly come to Orlando without spending a day at one of the city’s famous amusement parks. Here are the top three parks to help you make a choice.
- Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World – Located on Seven Seas Drive in Lake Buena Vista, this is by far the top-rated amusement park in Florida, if not the world. You can know this park from its Cinderella Castle, inspired by the fairy tale castle featured in the 1950 film. Prices can run as low as $109.
- Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal Orlando Resort is another park that Orlando is famous for. The huge park boasts the Hogwarts castle inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Prices cover two parks and run $227.91 per adult and $222.59 per child (per day).
- EPCOT, Walt Disney World – located on Epcot Center Dr in Orlando, Florida, EPCOT is a world-famous attraction known for themed festivals, exciting attractions, international cuisine, live entertainment, and more. Tickets will run you $89 a day.
Day 3: Take in Some of Orlando’s Natural Beauty
Orlando is also known for its beautiful nature preserves and diverse wildlife. So, as you wind down your Orlando trip, you’ll want to find the perfect spot to relax and take in some natural scenery. We listed a few below.
- Exotic Animal Experience is found on Quinlan St in Orlando, Florida, and boasts fully immersive hands-on experiences with exotic critters. These critters include lemurs, kangaroos, muntjac deer, kinkajou, bush babies, wallabies, fainting goats, and zebra. Prices are $150 for adults and $125 for youngsters.
- Tibet-Butler Preserve sits on State Road 535 on the shore of Lake Butler, southeast of Orlando, Florida. It offers visitors a great chance to learn about Florida’s fragile ecosystem. Best of all? It’s free to get in.
- Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge is located on Clapp Simms Dudas Rd in Orlando. It’s a wildlife refuge and rehabilitation facility that rescues, raises, rehabilitates, and releases injured or orphaned Florida Native species. The refuge also educates the public about the animals and the importance of protecting their habitat. Prices look like this: $6 for Adults (ages 13-64) $2 for Children (ages 3-12; under 3 FREE) $3 for Seniors (age 65+) $1 Discount per person (with Military ID).
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