Orlando, Florida is known for its sunshine and tons of fun. Stocked with theme parks and plenty of attractions, this city can be overwhelming to visit. Where do you begin? The bigger parks, such as Disney and Universal, take at least a full day each to experience, but some smaller attractions can fit into a day together. Following a plan for each day of your visit will help make sure you get the most out of a trip to Orlando. Try this itinerary for a day of hands-on fun.

Morning: Discovery Cove

Enjoy a morning full of aquatic adventures, with breakfast and lunch included, at Discovery Cove. This park is dedicated to providing up close and personal interactions with dolphins, stingrays, and even sharks. An all-inclusive package will grant you access to swim with the dolphins, snorkel in the Grand Reef area, play with otters, and more. The Grand Reef offers a chance to pet stingrays as they swim by and encounter tropical fish.

This pass will also allow you to visit Seaworld and Aquatica Waterpark within two weeks of your visit, so you can plan a day at one of those parks into your trip, as well.

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The Mennello Museum of American Art.

Afternoon: Science Center

Once you’ve finished lunch at Discovery Cove, head 17 miles north to the Orlando Science Center for more interactive experiences. Learn about our world with exhibits featuring the solar system, reptiles, physics, and dinosaurs. Live science demonstrations occur at various stations as you make your way through the center. The current featured exhibit lets visitors play with lasers and mirrors to manipulate light.

Check the theatre schedule to catch a 3-D movie showcasing the beauty of our world. The current film topics include Kenya, Antarctica, the deep ocean, prehistoric times, and U.S. national parks.

Evening: Dinner With Flamenco Dancers

Just a three-mile drive south of the Science Center is Ceviche Tapas Restaurant. This spot offers an exciting Spanish atmosphere and mouthwatering cuisine. The Pepino house cocktail will start you off with a little kick from the jalapeno-infused agave mixed with tequila, cucumber water, lime, and cilantro. For a truly Spanish experience, order one of the restaurant’s four ceviche dishes made with fresh fish. Continue with a cheese plate, and finish with a classic flan for dessert, all while taking in the live music and dancing.

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The Orlando Eye.

Late Night: Orlando Eye

For a stunning view of the city, drive 10 miles south to the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye. Open until 10 p.m. weeknights and midnight on weekends, this observation wheel takes you 400 feet into the sky. You can see all of the theme parks, the Orlando skyline, and even the eastern coastline if the weather is clear. The seats are enclosed and air-conditioned to keep you comfortable during the ride. Reserve a private capsule and champagne service for a luxurious end to your day.

Consistently warm and sunny days make this central Florida city welcoming to travelers. The parks, landscapes, restaurants, and many other attractions have plenty to offer everyone. Plan ahead to make sure your trip is memorable.