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30 Top Central Florida Attractions

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Aquatica - SeaWorld's Water Park

One of the interesting vistas at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens® Tampa*

Capone's Dinner & Show™*

Cirque du Soleil®*

Daytona Beach

Daytona International Speedway

Dinosaur World

Discovery Cove®*

Fantasy of Flight® *

Florida State Parks

Fun Spot Attractions Amusement Parks

One of several new coasters at Fun Spot America

Gatorland®*

Green Meadows Petting Farm®*

I-Fly Indoor Sky Diving™*

Jungle Adventures™*

At Kennedy Space Center.

Kennedy Space Center*

Legoland Florida*

Magical Midway Thrill Park*

Medieval Times®*

Morse Museum

Orlando Science Center*

Orlando Museum of Art*

Pirates Dinner Adventure™*

Ripley's Believe It or Not! ® Orlando Odditorium*

Sea World Orlando®*

Friendly Dolphin at Sea World Orlando.

Silver Springs®*

Universal Studios Florida® & Islands of Adventure® *

A large water feature at Poseidon's Fury at Islands of Adventure

Walt Disney World®*

Statue of Walt Disney and Mickey at the Magic Kingdom, Summer '03

Wet'n Wild® *

Wonderworks®*

Even More Central Florida Attractions

*Many attractions offer online discounts and coupons. Most of the attractions (but not all) also offer discounts to Florida residents, senior citizens (AARP too), military & gov't personel, reduced child prices, group discounts (usually 15 or more, but sometimes as little as 10+), AAA members, corporate and other types of discounts are typically available. Also, the major attractions periodically may offer multi-day passes and annual admission pass bargains and other types of discounts and incentives. Sometimes these other types of discounts can be somewhat greater than the online coupons/discounts, so you may want to seek out and compare them. Availability of coupons and discounts is through the respective attractions websites (and not TouristFlorida.com) and they can and will change without notice. Attractions reviews are independent from the entities reviewed, and none of the above-reviewed attractions is owned or operated by TouristFlorida.com, LLC.

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I highly recommend visting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure! Taste the Butterbeer! The main ride is fantastic and intense (almost lost my cell phone, and I've ridden lots of coasters) ! It's so much more than a sim ride! And you'll enjoy the attention to detail all along the way too! I don't want give anything away, just go!

Next door also visit Universal Studios exciting Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit which goes 65 mph, and starts off on a completely vertical 17 story rise and shoots you through buildings and a loop where you don't go upside-down! See the link and click on "TRICKS" for the amazing computer graphics videos of this incredible roller-coaster loops and turns.

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Loop sped up 1.2 times. Animation by TouristFlorida.com

The Manta Roller coaster at Sea World seats rotate horizontally to put riders in face-down position, with thrilling near-miss passes and multiple loops.

Check out The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios Orlando.

Aquatica - SeaWorld's Water Park has walk around animal attractions, dolphins, an aviary, and rides like Dolphin Plunge, innertube rides, white water rapids, water slides, giant wave pool, aquariums, restaurants, stores and more!

Busch Gardens (in Tampa) opened its kid-friendly Jungala attraction with new rides and new walk around animal habitats and it's SheiKra roller coaster is now floorless, carrying riders up 200 feet and then hurtling them 70 mph straight down at a 90-degree angle. SheiKra is the first of its kind to incorporate an Immelmann loop (a rolling maneuver), a second, 138-foot dive into an underground tunnel and a water-feature finale. With more than half a mile of steel track, SheiKra offers a total ride time of just over three minutes.

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A train at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

A tip from TouristFlorida.com:

You might consider bringing cheap plastic rain-ponchos (usually $1 in the dollar stores) during the rainy season (summer) because ponchos in the theme parks are typically more than $5 each.

The other side of Downtown Disney as seen from their FREE water shuttle.

More Central Florida Attractions

*Many attractions offer online discounts and coupons. Most of the attractions (but not all) also offer discounts to Florida residents, senior citizens (AARP too), military & gov't personel, reduced child prices, group discounts (usually 15 or more, but sometimes as little as 10+), AAA members, corporate and other types of discounts are typically available. Also, the major attractions periodically may offer multi-day passes and annual admission pass bargains and other types of discounts and incentives. Sometimes these other types of discounts can be somewhat greater than the online coupons/discounts, so you may want to seek out and compare them. Availability of coupons and discounts is through the respective attractions websites (and not TouristFlorida.com) and they can and will change without notice. Attractions reviews are independent from the entities reviewed, and none of the above-reviewed attractions is owned or operated by TouristFlorida.com, LLC.

The Rainforest Cafe's Volcano in Downtown Disney erupts frequently, as seen in this May 2014 shot.

Also at Legoland Florida

Lost Kingdom Adventure at Legoland Florida

If you're looking to decompress from the attractions, and looking for something local that's culturally real, try the local art scene just North of Orlando in Maitland FL at the inexpensive museums of

The Art and History Museums of Maitland.

IN THE NEWS:

Here's the new Knight Bus parked outside of the new Harry Potter King's Cross station at Universal Studios; the train ride and the rest of the attraction including Diagon Alley and the Escape from Gringott's roller coaster ride opened July 8th. You will need a 2 park pass to ride the train. Here's a (spoilers) video of the whole train ride .

You can see the actual overhead view of the new Harry Potter Train on google maps at this link.

Disney's new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at the Magic Kingdom opened May 28th.

This is the relatively new Kang and Kodos Twirl 'n Hurl outside the Simpsons ride at Universal (sped up 2x.)

Our Central Florida Hotels and Lodging page was just updated, adding many new hotels in our area.

This is an image of the tethered helium balloon at Downtown Disney (taken May 2014) named Characters in Flight, which takes you up to 400', and is a real thrill bargain! It's the biggest tethered helium balloon ride in the world.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade train to King's Cross station will open this Summer.

This is the original train at Hogsmeade (doesn't move), but the new station with the moving version is right next to this.

Legoland has re-opened its Duplo Valley on May 23, 2014. They added a few attractions but most of all a mini waterpark for ages 2-5, which is a little bigger than Craggar's Swamp in Lego Chima.

Universal Studios has opened their Transformers: The Ride-3D.

This highly detailed realistic full-sized transformer stands on top of the entrance to the ride (it looks really cool up close!)

Legoland has opened their The World of Chima, which includes The Quest for CHI ride (a water-based boat ride with manual-cranked water canons), Speedorz Arena (where kids race small lego toys) and Cragger's Swamp (a fountain spash zone for small kids.)

Sea World has opened their Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, which combines a live penguin exhibit with an indoor spin ride.

New Fantasyland is open at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens Tampa is opening soon, Spring 2014.

Busch Gardens Triple-Launch Cheetah Hunt roller-coaster ride is now open. Click here for a youtube video from them.

Minion Mayhem Simulator ride has opened at Universal Studios. Tip: we got on line half hour before closing (the park closed at 10 p.m. in late July 2012) and only waited 30 minutes to get in (the daytime line waits we saw posted were 120 min. when we entered the park, 90 later in the day, and 60 when we got on line (but it only took a half hour.) Gru and a minion crew also pose during the day (with my son in this image.)

GET THYSELF TO LEGOLAND FLORIDA! OPENED TO THE PUBLIC OCTOBER 15, 2011, THEY'VE ALSO OPENED THEIR NEW WATERPARK THIS YEAR. HERE'S A PREVIEW:

Carousel at Legoland Florida

MiniLand New York at Legoland Florida

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