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One Day in Orlando

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Coming up with an itinerary for most folks visiting Orlando with only one free day to play is usually a pretty easy task — provide them with a list of the area’s multitude of theme parks and have them pick one. But for those seeking a day of fun beyond the best known mega parks, or hoping to cram as much as humanly possible into their 24 hours in Orlando; here’s a look at some of the area’s best attractions for a great day out.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker

9 Places

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9 Places

Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe

Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals

Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum

History Museums

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

Art Museums

Cornell Fine Arts Museum

Art Museums

Disney Springs

Shopping Malls

iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Orlando

Game & Entertainment Centres

Harry P. Leu Gardens

Gardens

Orlando International Premium Outlets

Factory Outlets

Universal CityWalk

Bars & Clubs

Chris O's City Tips

  • You’ll get the best deal on theme park tickets by purchasing them ahead of time.
  • Do not underestimate the Florida sun and the humidity. Take it easy, hydrate, and try to be inside or by the pool during the mid afternoon.
  • Look into getting a free Magicard, a discount card with deals and discounts on tickets, hotels, restaurants, shopping, spas, and more.
  • Heading to the theme parks? Bring your own necessities to avoid sometimes hefty in-park markups.
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    Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
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    Chris O Says:

    Built for the many Catholic tourists who visit Orlando for their vacations, this ginormous 2,000-seat church has become a popular tourist attraction in its own right. Even non-Catholics find wonder and solace here.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Keep in mind this is an operating church. Dress modestly and be respectful of others’ beliefs.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 459 things to do in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Quick stop 13/08/2018
    • Nice church to attend when on vacation 13/08/2018
    • Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe
    Address:
    8300 Vineland Ave
    Orlando, FL 32821-6801
    Phone:
    +1 407-239-6600
    Other:
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    Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum
    History Museums
    Chris O Says:

    This masterfully restored Spanish farmhouse designed by architect James Gamble Rogers II, evokes a sense of 19th century Spain (even as it overlooks a modern day golf course), and serves the greater Orlando community as an historic museum and unique events space.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Public open house is every Sunday from noon to 3pm. Private tours of 10 or more guests can be arranged.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 58 things to do in Winter Park
    • Fantastic Venue for Weddings and Small Gatherings! 18/06/2018
    • It takes a tourist to introduce the locals to a treasure! 31/05/2018
    • Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum
    Address:
    656 N Park Ave
    Winter Park, FL 32789-3217
    Phone:
    +1 407-628-8200
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Tue
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Thu
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Other:
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    Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
    Art Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany art, including the chapel interior that Morse designed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. You’ll find one of America’s most important collections of pottery and more here.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Mondays and most public holidays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 58 things to do in Winter Park
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • the most beautiful pieces of glass, statues, and art 12/08/2018
    • Took my older mother, her friend and sister - and we were ALL wowed! 06/08/2018
    • Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
    Address:
    445 N Park Ave
    Winter Park, FL 32789-3212
    Phone:
    +1 407-645-5311
    Price range:
    US$ 6 - US$ 6
    Hours:
    Sun
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Tue - Thu
    9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    Fri
    9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
    Sat
    9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
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    Cornell Fine Arts Museum
    Art Museums
    Chris O Says:

    Located on campus at Rollins College, Cornell Fine Arts Museum has a collection featuring more than 5,000 works — ranging from ancient to contemporary — with important pieces by Chagall, Picasso, Warhol, Moore, Basquiat, and many more. The museum holds the only European Old Masters collection in the Orlando area.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Admission is free.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 58 things to do in Winter Park
    • Do not waste your time 21/07/2018
    • Small but Powerful art 14/07/2018
    • Cornell Fine Arts Museum
    Address:
    1000 Holt Ave # 2765
    Rollins College
    Winter Park, FL 32789-4499
    Phone:
    +1 407-646-2526
    Hours:
    Tue
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Wed - Fri
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Disney Springs
    Shopping Malls
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    Chris O Says:

    Did you think you could make it through an Orlando itinerary without reading the 'D' word? Sorry. Downtown Disney is an outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment complex at Walt Disney World Resort and offers loads of easy answers for those wondering what to do next.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • For live music, see what’s playing at House of Blues.
    • Check out La Nouba for Cirque du Soleil’s Orlando show.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 459 things to do in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful Place to Eat and Shop. Parking needs a complete "re-do". 14/08/2018
    • Great place 14/08/2018
    • Disney Springs
    Address:
    1486 Buena Vista Dr
    Orlando, FL 32830-8519
    Phone:
    +1 407-939-5277
    Other:
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    iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Orlando
    Game & Entertainment Centres
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    Chris O Says:

    The sky’s the limit? At iFly Orlando, although there is a roof, you still get to have a skydiving experience, just without having to jump out of a plane.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • iFly Orlando's 1000 hp vertical wind tunnel generates a wall-to-wall cushion of air upon which "skydivers" float.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 247 Fun & Games in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great experience 14/08/2018
    • Adrenaline Producer 12/08/2018
    • iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Orlando
    Address:
    8969 International Dr
    Located next to WonderWorks
    Orlando, FL 32819
    Phone:
    +1 407-337-4359
    Price range:
    US$ 69 - US$ 69
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
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    Harry P. Leu Gardens
    Gardens
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    Chris O Says:

    This 50-acre 'botanical oasis' set in downtown Orlando is a designated US Historic District and as vibrantly beautiful as any garden you could ever hope to visit.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Leu Gardens are definitely worth keeping in mind as a venue for a special occasion.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 459 things to do in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice but expected more out of Fairy Doors 15/08/2018
    • Beautiful Roses 14/08/2018
    • Harry P. Leu Gardens
    Address:
    1920 N Forest Ave
    Orlando, FL 32803-1537
    Phone:
    +1 407-246-2620
    Price range:
    US$ 10 - US$ 10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Orlando International Premium Outlets
    Factory Outlets
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    Chris O Says:

    Shop till you drop and take advantage of the savings at this popular outlet mall, which features 40 premium brand shops.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Expect to come across discounts of up to 60% every day of the week here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #62 of 459 things to do in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Shop till you drop 15/08/2018
    • Nice shopping trip 11/08/2018
    • Orlando International Premium Outlets
    Address:
    4951 International Drive
    Orlando, FL 32819-9439
    Phone:
    +1 317-636-1600
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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    Universal CityWalk
    Bars & Clubs
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    Chris O Says:

    Here’s a hotspot to consider for some of the best dining, shopping, and entertainment in Orlando — all conveniently placed together in a pleasant area, which is easy to reach on foot.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Check the Hard Rock Live calendar to see who’s playing during your visit.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 160 Nightlife in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful 13/08/2018
    • Great place to hang out 12/08/2018
    • Universal CityWalk
    Address:
    6000 Universal Blvd.
    Universal Orlando Resort
    Orlando, FL 32819-7640
    Phone:
    +1 407-363-8000
    Other:
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