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2 Days in Orlando for First Timers

Curated by Lydia Schrandtwriter, editor, and award-winning photographer.

Two days in Orlando lets you experience the thrills of a theme park, the chills of a water park, and some of the area’s natural and cultural attractions. Here are some options for how to spend two days in the theme-park capital of the world.

Day 1: Morning

Pick your park and get an early start to enjoy all the rides and attractions before the crowds arrive. Thrill seekers should try Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, while travelers with young kids might prefer the milder attractions at Disney’s four parks: the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Day 1: Afternoon

Cool off at a waterpark—no matter where you spent your morning, there’s likely one nearby. Disney guests can head to Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon, while Universal parkgoers will find Universal’s Volcano Bay nearby. Legoland is loaded with water features as well.

Day 1: Night

Near the top parks, International Drive is where you’ll find the city’s heaviest concentration of restaurants, shops, and entertainment options. Take a spin on the ICON Orlando observation wheel to see the city illuminated at night, catch an improv comedy show, or attend dinner theater at one of the many shows located along I-Drive.

Day 2: Morning

Commune with nature, Florida-style. The nearby Florida Everglades are a popular spot for airboat tours and alligator spotting. Alternatively, head to the Crystal River for the chance to swim and snorkel in the clear, warm waters where manatees are often seen.

Day 2: Afternoon

Spend the afternoon exploring Winter Park, one of Orlando’s most vibrant communities. Take a bike tour past the neighborhood’s most notable landmarks, try a paddleboarding lesson on the Chain of Lakes, or book a food walking tour.

Day 2: Night

Splurge on your last night in Orlando by pre-booking a table at one of the area’s many lavish hotel restaurants. For the ultimate night out on the town, snag an open bar card for Señor Frogs or a drinks discount card for savings at 50 Orlando locations. For something a little different, pedal a party bike down International Drive.

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