Top Theme Parks To Visit In Florida This Summer
When you think of the United States, you might immediately have a couple of images in your head and you’d be right. Many people think of the glitz and glamour of big cities like LA and New York, but if you have kids (okay, even if you don’t), Orlando and the Disney parks are another image that immediately comes to mind. Of course, the US has a whole lot more on offer, but if you’re looking to get away this summer to a foreign city that has a whole host of things to do for people young and old, look no further than Orlando. Here is a list of our five favourite theme parks you need to check out when you’re in town as coming to Florida to visit some of the theme parks in Orlando is one of the top reasons to visit!
When it comes to Florida, this one goes without saying. Disney World has always been one of the mainstays of Florida tourism and people of all ages come from around the world to visit what is arguably the best of the Disney parks. Whether you’re eight or eighty you can enjoy a day out in Disney World, going on rides such as Space Mountain or Pirates of the Caribbean and dining at themed restaurants dotted throughout the park.
If you’re an avid film fan then you won’t want to miss Universal Studios. This theme park is based off the themes of numerous films and TV shows and can get you up close and personal with aspects of the sets and characters. Some of the more permanent displays and themes include ‘The Mummy’, ‘The Simpsons’, ‘Transformers’, ‘Despicable Me’ and ‘Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley’. This is the spot to come to enjoy interacting with all your favourites. You can even have your photo taken with the hanging shark from ‘Jaws’.
If you like marine based activities, you will love SeaWorld. Here you can enjoy rides that are marine themed as well as watch shows performed by various marine animals such as sea lions. With over 200 acres of park to explore, this is a must for anyone who likes to see what those creatures beneath the water get up to in their day to day lives. Considered by many to be less intense than Disney or Universal, this is a great option for those looking for a quieter day out.
Owned and operated by SeaWorld, Discovery Cove is a fantastic accompaniment to any visit to its sister park. It’s imperative to book Discovery Cove tickets in advance as visitors are limited to only around 1000 per day but these tickets include your admission to Discovery Cove as well as admission to SeaWorld, Busch Gardens Tampa or Aquatica Orlando as well as food. Guests can swim with bottlenose dolphins as well as giant rays, tropical fish and even sharks.
The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter
This unique and relatively new addition to the theme park list is the ideal spot for fans of the Harry Potter franchise. Visitors can experience the world of Harry Potter through rides, themed gift shops and restaurants. In fact, many of the restaurants and shops that appear in the books, such as Ollivanders Wand Shop, are gift shops within the theme park and offer guests a real immersive experience into the fantastical world of everyone’s favourite boy wizard.
So if you’re looking for a way to spend a couple of weeks without ever getting bored, consider heading down to Florida where they have enough theme parks on top of other attractions to keep you and your family entertained non-stop for your whole getaway.