During a trip to Orlando, theme parks will probably be at the top of your list. Walt Disney World and Universal Studios are two top reasons people visit Orlando. But there are lots of other things to do and see in the city!

The Epcot Theme Park in Orlando.

Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World has four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, along with two water parks. It’s an overwhelming place when you first visit, so make sure to plan plenty of time at the resort if you want to see it all. You can get park-hopper passes to visit multiple parks, but you’ll have to take a train or boat ride to get from one place to another.

Walt Disney World has its own hotels on the property, which make it easier to get to the front gates of each park. You can also stay at nearby hotels, such as Hyatt Place Orlando/Lake Buena Vista, Best Western Lake Buena Vista- Disney Springs Resort Area, or Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort.

Wizarding world of harry potter
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando.

Universal Studios

Universal Studios is the place to go if you want to experience movies and TV shows as they come to life. The main park has The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Diagon Alley, while the adjacent Islands of Adventure Park has Hogsmeade (a town from the Harry Potter series). On a hot day, hit Universal’s Volcano Bay to cool off on the water slides and in the pools. Leading to the front gates is Universal CityWalk, lined with shops and restaurants. In the theme parks, you’ll see characters from your favorite shows.

There are six hotels on the Universal Studios property that you can stay at, or pick one of the hotels nearby. Some of the options include Hyatt Place Orlando/Universal, Hampton Inn, and Hilton Garden Inn Orlando International Drive North.

Volcano bay
The Volcano Bay in Orlando.

Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve

Take a break from theme parks and head to Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve, a 440-acre preserve offering a view into the natural scenery of Central Florida. You’ll get away from the crowds and enjoy a quiet space to relax and walk around. Take a short walk on a half-mile trail or a longer hike for a couple of miles. Keep an eye out for bald eagles, gopher tortoises, and bobcats. Stay close to this quiet retreat when you lodge at Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando International Drive or Drury Inn & Suites Orlando.

No matter what you’re planning to do in Orlando, it’s easy to find a comfortable hotel close to the best attractions.