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Orlando: Madame Tussauds and SEA LIFE Aquarium Combo Ticket

1. Orlando: Madame Tussauds and SEA LIFE Aquarium Combo Ticket

With your combination ticket access to Madame Tussaud’s wax museum and the SEA LIFE aquarium, you don’t have to pick and choose what sights you’d like to see. As you walk into Madame Tussaud’s, gaze at the startling realistic wax models of famous figures of pop culture and history. Start your experience in the Pitbull Party Room where Pitbull is ready to get the party started. Visit famous Americans, such as current and past presidents, Uncle Sam, Walt Disney, Martin Luther King Jr, and Thomas Edison. Find yourself immersed in a world of music, and step up to become a backup dancer for Justin Bieber, live la vida loca with Ricky Martin, fall crazy in love with Beyoncé, and sing along to other famous musicians. Finish things off in the A-list room, where you can mix and mingle with celebrities like Johnny Depp, Emma Watson, Jennifer Aniston, Samuel L. Jackson, and so many more. Next, head to the SEA LIFE aquarium. Start your journey by meeting the attraction's main characters: Mia the seahorse, Magnus the shark, and Tyler the sea turtle, who will explain the importance of preserving the ocean’s biodiversity. Marvel at a glowing tank of illuminated jellyfish. Enjoy thematic areas, like the tropical pacific ocean, a shipwreck crawling with octopuses, and a breathtaking tunnel that provides you with a 360-degree view of a spate of fish. You’ll even have the opportunity to get up close and personal with sea stars and more in the touch tank.

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Orlando: Medieval Times Dinner and Show

2. Orlando: Medieval Times Dinner and Show

Head back in time for an evening meal and 11th-century-style entertainment. Start your experience in the Hall of Arms, and admire the display of medieval artifacts: coats of arms of many prestigious families and a spectacular array of medieval weaponry. Check out the displays as you enjoy a beverage from one of the Hall of Arms bars, or shop at a medieval village existing in the United States. Observe the arts, crafts, and daily traditions of the medieval period while walking through each of the eight authentic cottages. Royal trumpeters announce the call to the feast, summoning guests to take their seats in the arena. Once inside, take a seat in your zone, designated by colors that represent six authentic regions of medieval Spain. Your color will denote the knight for whom you will root throughout the duration of the show. In the arena, serfs and wenches attend to your every need as you feast on your 4-course dinner, served sans silverware as the live show opens. The newest live production presents even more crowd-pleasers, such as jousting, sword fights, horsemanship, and falconry. Prepare to be taken back in time as you cheer for 1 of the 6 "Kings of the Realm", all named after historic regions of medieval Spain. In addition to the story, the production includes spectacular lighting, choreography, battle scenes, costumes, new horse dressage elements, and a beautiful musical score custom created for Medieval Times and recorded in Kyiv, Ukraine. Menu: Garlic Bread, Tomato Bisque Soup, Oven-Roasted Chicken, Herb-Basted Potato, Sweet Corn Cobbett, Dessert of the CastleSelect Non-Alcoholic Beverage Vegetarian Meals are available upon request.

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Orlando: Titanic Artifact Exhibition Ticket

3. Orlando: Titanic Artifact Exhibition Ticket

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition exclusively features 17 galleries in a 20,000 square foot interactive museum.  On this 5-hour activity you’ll see over 100 newly added artifacts recovered from the wreck site of Titanic, a 3-ton section of the ship's hull, and full-scale recreations of her Grand Staircase, First Class Cabin, Verandah Café, and more. Hundreds of thousands of visitors each year come to see the full-scale recreations of famous Titanic rooms, including the Promenade Deck, where you can walk out and feel the chill of the cold Atlantic air as you gaze at the stars. Actors in period costumes portray Titanic notables such as Captain Smith and Molly Brown, sharing stories of the ship’s passengers and crew. In the exhibit’s extensive Underwater Room, more than 400 artifacts and historical treasures are displayed.

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Kennedy Space Center Day Trip with Transport from Orlando

4. Kennedy Space Center Day Trip with Transport from Orlando

Confront history in the making at the Kennedy Space Center on a full-day tour that provides access to a host of experiences, NASA time machines, and the Hubble Observatory. Jump on board the Shuttle Launch Experience simulator that literally takes you out of this world! Watch 3D movies to feel what it is like to visit the moon. And stroll around the incredible rocket garden. The out-of-this-world package includes round trip transportation from Orlando, Kissimmee, Disney and Lake Buena Vista areas, admission to the Kennedy Space Center.

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Kennedy Space Center & Optional Transportation from Orlando

5. Kennedy Space Center & Optional Transportation from Orlando

Boldly go where so many satisfied space enthusiasts have gone before! Explore the many exhibits, shows, and attractions at the Kennedy Space Center's visitor complex, including the Hubble Telescope exhibit, Eye on the Universe, Journey to Mars Explorers Wanted, the Virtual Shuttle Launch Experience, the Rocket Garden, and IMAX movies including Hubble 3D IMAX and Space Station 3D. Space Shuttle Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex showcases the priceless spacecraft Atlantis and 30-year shuttle program with more than 60 interactive experiences. The NASA bus tour offers a unique opportunity to glimpse the behind-the-scenes working of the space center, exploring startling views of the Vehicle Assembly building, and the Mobile Rocket Launch pad. Continue onward to the Apollo/Saturn V Center, featuring the immense, fully-restored Saturn V rocket; the largest ever built. Relive Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon and experience the thunderous rumble of the rocket's lift-off.

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Orlando: Kennedy Space Center and Airboat Tour

6. Orlando: Kennedy Space Center and Airboat Tour

Less than one hour from Orlando is NASA’s launch headquarters – the Kennedy Space Center. The visitor site offers a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the space program. Tour NASA’s launch headquarters, and see space shuttle launch pads from a four-story observation deck. Walk beneath a massive Saturn V moon rocket, and relive Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. Meet a real astronaut, stroll through the Rocket Garden, and enjoy five-story IMAX space films. The center also includes the space shuttle Atlantis, bringing visitors nose-to-nose with the priceless Atlantis spacecraft as only astronauts have seen it before.  More than 60 interactive, touchscreen experiences and high-tech simulators bring to life the people, passion and patriotism behind NASA’s 30-year space shuttle program. Explore the complexity of the engineering marvel that launched the Hubble Space Telescope and built the International Space Station (ISS). Guests can practice docking to the ISS, extract cargo from the payload bay, and create sonic booms and glide to a landing on the re-entry slide. They can also experience the sensation of floating in space, explore a high-fidelity replica of the ISS, experience an orbital sunrise, and take the helm at the shuttle cockpit. On your airboat ride, glide through the grassy marsh of the St. Johns River and Lake Poinsett at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. As the boat slows down to an idle you will have several opportunities to take pictures of local wildlife, such as alligators, eagles, and several species of wading birds by the hundreds. Then visit a natural cypress swamp.

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Orlando: Kennedy Space Center Visit with Options

7. Orlando: Kennedy Space Center Visit with Options

Learn all about space travel on your visit to the Kennedy Space Center on a full-day tour. Meet a real astronaut, jump on board the Shuttle Launch Experience simulator, watch one of the intriguing IMAX films, and stroll around the incredible rocket garden full of real rockets from missions past. Choose from the following options: • Kennedy Space Center Full-Day: Explore the Kennedy Space Center at your own pace with general admission included in the package. • Ultimate Space Experience: Enjoy a buffet lunch and presentation from a NASA astronaut, after which you can get photos and autographs. Then, take a 2-hour guided bus tour around Kennedy Space Center, which will show you areas not seen on the regular bus tour. See some of the center's amazing space equipment and enjoy a small amount of free time to explore the attractions of the Space Center. • Kennedy Space Center Small-Group Experience: Passengers on this tour will enjoy a breakfast bag en route to the complex and upon arrival, receive a morning guided tour from an experienced guide. In the afternoon, you will be able to explore on your own. All guests will be provided with a $15 voucher that is redeemable for food or merchandise anywhere on the complex. • Kennedy Space Center and Airboat Safari Tour: Enjoy the morning and early afternoon exploring the Space Center at your own pace, then in the later afternoon you will head over to the St. John's River for a 30-minute airboat ride. • Dine with an Astronaut and Space Center Tour: Enjoy your day at the Space Center complete with a noon-time full buffet lunch that includes a presentation from an astronaut. You will have a chance to ask questions and get a photo and autograph. • Kennedy Space Center and Explore Bus Tour: Take a ride on the Explore Bus Tour that goes onto NASA Restricted Grounds and gives you an in-depth tour of the inner-workings of the grounds. • Kennedy Space Center Transportation Only: Transfer from Orlando area to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Please note this option does not include admission to Kennedy Space Center. • Kennedy Space Center Express: Meet the bus at the final meeting point and avoid the hassle of pickups. All tour options include round-trip transportation to the Kennedy Space Center from selected locations in the Orlando, Lake Buena Vista, and Kissimmee areas.

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Orlando: 1-Hour Haunted Walking Tour

8. Orlando: 1-Hour Haunted Walking Tour

Orlando was quickly settled, and was built along ley lines, thought to increase connection to the supernatural. Then, Walt Disney came along, and the city became famous for being home to "The Happiest Place on Earth". What Disney didn't know was that the city was also home to secret societies and murders in the tunnels underneath the streets of downtown. On this tour, you'll discover the creepy tales of a city steeped in tragedy, mystery, suicide, and murder. You rarely hear of the city’s ties to secret societies, of the murders that took place in tunnels beneath the streets of downtown, or rumors of the connections the city’s residents have to the UFO sightings that make Florida the state with the second-most alien encounter reports in the country. Rumrunners, vaudeville performers, and the ghost of Ted Bundy – Orlando’s magic doesn’t just come from the happiest place on earth. Uncover the darkness that lies under the bright Florida sun.

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Kennedy Space Center: Full-Day Tour with Airboat Safari Ride

9. Kennedy Space Center: Full-Day Tour with Airboat Safari Ride

Your tour to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex promises an exciting day for the whole family. Learn all about space travel on your visit to this amazing institution. During the narrated NASA bus tour, you will find yourself standing inside the launch control room and looking at an actual Saturn V rocket, the largest rocket ever to fly. You can also take pictures of the shuttle launch pads. With a little luck, you might even see a space shuttle there! Also at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, enjoy the Shuttle Launch Experience. This simulator ride began in May 2007 and replicates the sights, sounds, and feelings of a shuttle launch. Feel the incredible journey of launching into space and orbiting Earth from an astronaut's point of view. Guest Crew members strap in and go vertical for launch in a one-of-a-kind motion-based simulator, the only realistic simulation of a launch ever created. The 5-minute experience sequence culminates with a breath-taking view of the Earth. After the bus tour, sit back and enjoy an IMAX movie. Be sure to check out the new 3D IMAX Magnificent Desolation. Why not choose to stroll through a real-size space shuttle, look at a moon rock or try space ice cream? This is a day of fun for the whole family. Your tour includes a 30-minute airboat ride to discover the beauty of the nearby swamps! Look for exotic plants, flowers and wildlife including the most famous inhabitant of the swamp — the alligator.

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Orlando: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

10. Orlando: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Experience Orlando at its best! Your city tour first takes you to one of Orlando's main points of interest, Lake Eola district. Here you get to enjoy the heart of downtown Orlando. We will then take you to Winter Park where you will join a narrated scenic boat cruise. View the abundant homes of the city and its college from the waterway. Back on dry land, you head over for a stop at Disney Springs for some magical fun. Here, you will have free time to shop, explore, and grab a bite to eat. The last stop on the tour is the Orlando ICON Park where you can explore the attractions there and understand the international appeal of this special place. This tour takes you to all the exciting places Orlando has to offer. Discover the different sites of the city, see where you can go shopping, have fun, or simply relax.

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What people are saying about Orlando

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 489 reviews

The major exhibits are outstanding and unique. Where else could you see an actual shuttle and grasp the scale of the rockets? The films conveyed a sense of space and the personal stories that shaped our nation's experiences. Room for improvement: 1. More site maps and guiding signs pointing to key locations. 2. A few human guides to help people find an exhibit, help explain what an exhibit is about, point to the end of a particular line (when several intersect) or to advise when a line is too long to get into a particular theater (so that people don't get turned away after standing in line). With many visitors that day, things felt disorganized. 3. More emphasis on NASA's mission, less on shops, eateries and street entertainers. Some places that sold things seemed to be more clearly marked than the exhibits. Also, should a juggler/magician draw a bigger crowd than a space exhibit?

Great experience with grandkids. Ages 16,12 and 9 - They loved it. Son in law said it was the best day of trip - we’d already been to Universal, Magic Kingdom and Epcot - so that’s saying a lot.

Interesting Only downside is the queueing 1 day is not enough atleast late closing times or 2 day pass

Great day just not enough time definitely need a 2day pass

Great stuff! Fun to see a lot of USA space history