There’s a reason why we chose Orlando for the Safety in Action conference. Not only is it home to some of the best convention facilities in the world but also the city itself offers a wide variety of fun places to see and experience after the conference is over.
Here’s a selection of just some of the things you can do in the “Theme Park Capital of the World®”:
Universal Orlando Resort
- Universal's Volcano Bay: a brand new water theme park inspired by postcard-perfect tropical islands.
- Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon: a new attraction at Universal Studios that takes you on a journey from the deepest subway tunnels to the tallest skyscrapers, with colorful characters, famous landmarks and more from the mind of Jimmy Fallon.
Walt Disney World Resort
- Pandora -The World of AVATAR: a new Avatar-inspired land featuring floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests and a Banshee flying attraction.
- Miss Adventure Falls: a new family-style raft attraction that takes you on a two-minute white-water adventure.
- Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire: a “hyper-reality” experience that combines illusions, advanced technology and virtual reality to allow Star Wars fans to enter a galaxy far, far away.
Other Orlando Attractions
- Topgolf Entertainment Group: a 65,000-square-foot venue that includes 102 climate-controlled hitting bays that can host up to six players at one time, and advanced technology to track the accuracy and distance of players' shots.
- iFly Indoor Skydiving: equipped with two all-glass wind tunnels in an open single-story floor plan that allows nearby motorists to see you in action.
- Gatorland: “the alligator capital of the world” has a brand-new attraction called the “Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure” which will allow you to ride in a monster-style, off-road vehicle to splash through a pond full of hundreds of alligators.
In 2016, Orlando was named the top foodie city in the United States by Wallethub.
Upscale dining options include favorites such as:
- Prato and The Ravenous Pig in Winter Park
- Newcomer DoveCote Brasserie, an inviting French-style brasserie located in the heart of downtown
- Soco, in picturesque Thornton Park, serves up contemporary Southern cuisine and top-notch brunch.
Food tours, running weekly in Winter Park and Celebration, and neighborhood markets allow for a progressive dining experience. East End Market caters to a diverse culinary crowd with decadent hockey-puck-sized cookies at Gideon’s Bakehouse, all-natural detoxifying smoothies at Skyebird Juice Bar & Experimental Kitchen, and the recently rebranded Bowl Bar, formerly Farm & Haus, which serves warm grain bowls and salad bowls.
The city is also home to some of the nation’s best chefs, including chef Kathleen Blake of The Rusty Spoon, one of four local Orlando chefs to receive a 2016 nomination for “Best Chef: South” from the James Beard Foundation.
Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck in Orlando
The official Tourism Association of Orlando, Visit Orlando, gives the following tips to get the most out of your dollar while in town:
- Book Early - It’s wise to book early for the best choice of flights and accommodation.
- Buy Early - Purchase theme park and attraction tickets before leaving home, as the theme park websites and travel agencies will always offer the best deals in advance.
- Free and Inexpensive Attractions - There are a plethora of activities in Orlando that guests can enjoy in the attractions area or off-the-beaten path that range from free to under $25 including:
- Save on Attractions - Take advantage of destination-wide savings by visiting VisitOrlando.com/deals for discounts on everything from attractions, shops and restaurants to spas, golf courses and cultural arts venues.
- Utilize In-Market Resources - Download the free Visit Orlando App, featuring artificial intelligence and augmented reality experiences for visitors to explore, have fun and earn savings throughout the destination.