Annual Manual 2014
Published: March 26, 2014
Everybody knows Orlando is the Theme Park Capital of the World – thanks to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, we now have a themed diversion for every age, budget and taste – but the big parks aren’t the only game in town. Check out the listings for more info on Orlando’s parks, gardens, museums, airboats, wildlife and oddities.
Walt Disney World
Includes four theme parks – Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom – and two water parks, Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon.
The various parks are located along Buena Vista Drive and Epcot Center Drive in Lake Buena Vista; 407-939-7211; disneyworld.disney.go.com
Price of one-day ticket: $99 for Magic Kingdom; $94 for Epcot, Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom; $53 for Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon
Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure
Includes both Universal Studios, where the new Simpsons-themed Springfield land is now open, and Islands of Adventure, where the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is located.
6000 Universal Blvd.; 407-363-8000; universalorlando.com
Price of one-day ticket: $96 for each park
Includes SeaWorld, as well as the Aquatica water park.
7007 SeaWorld Drive; 407-363-2200; seaworldparks.com
Price of one-day ticket: $82 for SeaWorld, $46 for Aquatica
Includes LegoLand, as well as the LegoLand water park.
1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven; 863-318-5346; florida.legoland.com
Price of one-day ticket: $84, plus $14 for parking or $5 for shuttle
Bok Tower Gardens
1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales
A botanical and historical masterpiece designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., crowned with a neo-Gothic/art deco 205-foot bell tower. Open daily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. $12 for adults, $3 for children.
Harry P. Leu Gardens
1920 N. Forest Ave.
Three miles of paved paths wind through truly gorgeous botanical displays, including the largest formal rose garden in Florida, a bamboo forest and a butterfly garden. You can also visit the historic on-site house museum. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $10 for adults, $3 children.
Mead Botanical Garden
1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park
This green oasis features bike paths, boardwalks and picnic areas full of native plants and wildlife. The park also features restored wetlands and riparian forests. This unique ecological oasis is a hidden gem in Winter Park. Open daily, 8 a.m. to dusk, free.