You’ve longed for the days of running around a theme park with your only worry being what ride has the shortest line. Your inner-child begs to be let out again to get thrills on such classics like Tilt-O-Whirls, Ferris wheels, and inverted roller coasters where your stomach seems to escape you for a moment. Remember when lunch consisted of soda pop and cotton candy? It’s hard to imagine better days than those.
You can recreate that childhood paradise in no time. Corral a group of your most dedicated friends and escape to great hotels, like the World Quest Orlando Resort, and let your imagination run wild. But it’s not all thrill rides and theme parks. There are a ton of exciting things to discover in and around downtown Orlando like professional basketball games, art museums, and much more.
What are cheap day trips near downtown Orlando?
We know how fantastic this central Florida city is, but sometimes you’ve got to get out of town for a day or two. Especially when that day trip involves you hopping in one of our downtown Orlando rentals and making the 66-mile journey north to “The World’s Most Famous Beach,” Daytona Beach. You don’t need to be the biggest racing fan in the world to enjoy some rest and relaxation in this Atlantic coastal town. But taking a liking to motor sports wouldn’t hurt either. You’ll notice the smell of gasoline and exhaust wafting through the air as you’re wandering around the grounds of Daytona International Speedway. You’ll be able to do all this and still make it back to the Waldorf Astoria Orlando for a happy hour drink.
If Orlando’s hold on your heart is too strong to leave the city limits we understand. This town is remarkable, especially when viewed from the nearby shoreline of Lake Eola Park. The downtown skyline provides a picturesque backdrop as you wander the loop around the lake making your love affair with this city that much stronger.
What is there to do in Orlando besides Disney ®?
Just because there may be more theme parks here than anywhere else on the planet doesn’t mean you have to spend every waking minute at one. You want to fit in with the locals in a different way. Join the masses at Amway Center and cheer proudly for the hometown Magic. Watch as the professional players rain down three-pointers on the opposing team. It’s nearly impossible not to get swept up in the excitement of the fans as they welcome another Magic victory. And the hotels near downtown Orlando will have you within a full-court shot of the arena.
But you can’t turn your back entirely on the amusement parks of this Central Florida metro center. They call to you like the sirens of ancient Greece. And so you follow those calls to Gatorland where trainers delicately wrestle with these modern day dinosaurs. Somehow, they’re able to do a dance with these reptiles that is as beautiful as it is terrifying.
Whether the reason for a visit is because you want to see a professional basketball game or explore a theme park, book a downtown hotel with Travelocity. From the seemingly endless amounts of amusement parks to the scenic lakes surrounding the city, our downtown Orlando hotels will have you within an arm’s reach of it all.