Orlando Itinerary – 3 Days in Orlando for First Timers

Heading to Orlando for a long weekend without any firm plans? Check out our suggestion for things to do during three days in Orlando.

This itinerary is filled with tons of fun for the whole family and is designed to give you a great overview of the area’s best attractions.

This 3 day itinerary includes:

  • WonderWorks
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
  • Gatorland: The Alligator Capital of the World
  • Coca-Cola Orlando Eye
  • Gray Line Orlando Tour
  • LEGOLAND® Florida Resort
  • Fun Spot America
  • Cirque Magique Dinner Show

Only have a few days in Orlando? We’ve also put together a sample 1 day and 2 day itinerary.

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DAY 1

Stop #1:WonderWorks

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WonderWorks Orlando is one amazing attraction. For starters, everything is upside-down! With more than 100 fun and interactive exhibits to explore, you’ll never tire of this place.

Some highlighted exhibits include a 36-foot-tall indoor ropes challenge course, a 4-D Extreme Motion ride, simulated earthquakes and hurricanes, a machine that allows you to measure the speed of your baseball pitch, and many more!

Among these many delightful activities, a few of our favorites also include a glow-in-the-dark ropes course (how cool is that??), and the always-enjoyable laser tag.

We recommend reserving about 2 hours for this attraction.

Getting In: WonderWorks Orlando tickets are included on the Go Orlando Card.

Stop #2: Ripleys Believe It or Not!

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This “Odditorium” is the home of all things bizarre and strange. Ripley’s Believe It or Not is chock full of unique exhibits that vary from the quirky to the full-on outrageous.

With 16 different galleries filled with artifacts and exhibits, there’s more than enough to satisfy your curiosity here.

A few of the popular exhibits you’ll see at this attraction include a section of the Berlin Wall, a car made of match sticks, a real shrunken human head, an Egyptian mummy, and more. This place is always a big hit with curious folks.

Adults and kids alike will find much to enjoy about Ripley’s, although it might be a teeny bit scary for little ones (shrunken heads and all).

We recommend reserving between 1-2 hours for this attraction.

Getting In: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando tickets are included on the Go Orlando Card.

Lunch on I-Drive

This central Orlando corridor is the perfect dining destination for you on your first day in Orlando.

From seafood and steak to sushi and pub fare, you’ll find any kind of cuisine readily available within a quick drive.

While it can be a bit touristy, it’s also a place where locals who live or work in the area dine, so don’t be worried about going too simple with your lunch choices.

Stop #3: Gatorland

gatorland-floridaThere’s no other place quite like it in the world – Gatorland is a truly unique destination dedicated to the most iconic of all Floridian creatures, the alligator. Of course, they’ve got a few crocodiles, too!

You’ll experience everything from tours and performances to exhibits and nature walks, all contained within this 110-acre wildlife preserve.

There’s even a petting zoo! (Don’t worry – there are no alligators there.) Be sure to also check out their Gator Gully Splash Park, which turns this already awesome attraction into a delightful place to be amid Florida humidity.

This attraction is a quintessential destination for the Orlando traveler.

We recommend reserving between 2-3 hours for this attraction.

Getting In: Gatorland Orlando tickets are included on the Go Orlando Card.

Stop #4: Coca-Cola Orlando Eye

 

The Orlando Eye sightseeingYou’ve gotta make sure to spend some time at the tallest observation wheel on the east coast! This place offers truly astonishing views of Orlando – stretching far and wide.

No matter what time of day you plan to visit, we are sure you will have amazing sights of the Central Florida. This place is an amazing addition to I-Drive.

You’re also very close to a number of other fun attractions that you could explore, either in addition to today’s itinerary, or on another day. From an aquarium to a museum to a golf course, there is plenty to love about this area!

Getting In: Coca-Cola Orlando Eye tickets are included on the Go Orlando Card.

Dinner in Kissimmee

Head south to this nearby city for a great selection of cuisines, especially along the Bronson Memorial Highway.

With options ranging from Mexican and Caribbean to BBQ and waffles, you’ll basically find it all here.

DAY 2

Stop #1: Gray Line Orlando Day Tour

gray-line-orlando-tourThis day-long excursion provides a comprehensive perspective on the city of Orlando and its surrounding environs. Since you spent most of yesterday indoors, dedicate today to exploring the great outdoors!

Because the tour does last all day, plan to each lunch along the way – perhaps along Park Avenue?

From Lake Eola and charming Winter Park to the shopping distinct of Park Avenue and Disney’s City of Celebration, you’ll get a great overview of the area’s biggest highlights.

You’ll even get plenty of time on your own to spend exploring each distinct neighborhood.

This tour lasts for approximately 7 hours.

Getting In: Gray Line Orlando Tour tickets are included on the Go Orlando Card.

Dinner in Downtown Orlando

Now is your chance to explore the downtown dining scene.

Although there are scads of restaurant options all over the city, here is where you’ll find a larger concentration of independent and innovative restaurants, from beautiful lakefront dining to trendy gastropubs.

You’ll also find seafood options, and, as always, tons of Mexican and BBQ.

DAY 3

Stop #1: LEGOLAND® Florida

LEGOLAND-Florida-Resort-1LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is actually the biggest LEGOLAND® park in the world, and that’s saying something!

This 150-acre theme park features more than 50 rides, shows, attractions, restaurants, and gardens for you to explore – all of which are LEGO®-themed!

We should also note that this is primarily designed for children ages 12 and under, so if you’re a party of all adults, or with older children, you can substitute another attraction for LEGOLAND — perhaps the iconic Kennedy Space Center?

We recommend reserving between 3-4 hours for this attraction.

Check out our guide for tips on visiting LEGOLAND Florida before your visit.

Getting In: LEGOLAND® Florida tickets are included on the Go Orlando Card.

Lunch at LEGOLAND®

Since the park itself contains a wide variety of dining options, why not just grab a bite to eat in between rides?

With 14 different restaurants to choose from – ranging from ice cream and burgers to fried chicken and paninis – you’re sure to find something to appeal to the whole family.

OR, if LEGOLAND wasn’t in the cards for you,

Lunch in Winter Park

This delightful city adjacent to Orlando proper is a great place to dine and shop. It’s a historic town, and much of the central neighborhood is chock full of restaurants from wine bars to southern comfort food.

You could also spend plenty of time here simply strolling and soaking up the sights. If you’d like to see more, there is also a nice boat tour of Winter Park that you could substitute for any attraction.

Stop #2: Fun Spot America

Fun-Spot-Action-Park-6Looking for some extreme fun? Then check out Fun Spot America, one of Orlando’s more accessible theme parks.

It’s a great way for everyone to burn off some steam and to keep the kids entertained after lunch.

Some of the things to do at this amazing theme park include include go-karts, bumper boats, bumper karts, the White Lightening roller coaster, a Ferris wheel, and a suspended car called the Paratrooper.

We recommend reserving between 1-2 hours for this attraction.

Getting In: Fun Spot America Theme Park 4 Ride Sampler tickets are included on the Go Orlando Card.

Dinner on I-Drive

Since you’ll be back in the area, why not check out another one of the restaurants that struck your fancy the first time around?

There are plenty of affordable options that will please the whole family, and a wide variety of cuisines to choose from. We suggest the family-friendly Cirque Magique Dinner Show, if you’re looking for something fun and different.

Stop #3: The Cirque Magique Dinner Show

The-Cirque-Magique-Dinner-Show-3The Cirque Magique Dinner Show, located on I-Drive, features a totally interactive and fun dining experience for the whole family.

Your dinner  extravaganza will be packed with all the circus classics, including performers from around the world, a comedy magician, clowns, acrobats, and even performing puppies.

During the show, sit back, relax, and enjoy a full-service meal and ice cream dessert while the kids are enthralled by the high-energy performance.

Please note that reservations are required for this experience, so if you’d like to include Cirque Magique as your dinner option, be sure to plan in advance.

Getting In: The Cirque Magique Dinner Show tickets are included on the Go Orlando Card.

Let’s Recap

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This 3 days in Orlando itinerary is perfect for families and is guaranteed to be a great time.

p.s. Go Orlando Card holders can save even more with included extra discounts on shopping, dining, and additional attractions.

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