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Planning a short break to Orlando? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Orlando. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Orlando. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Water Mania

The water park is located on 6073 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway and offers great entertainment for the entire family. There is a wonderful selection of wave pools available where visitors can either enjoy rustling amongst the waves or for the more adventurous there are body boards available for hire. The park also features a rainforest themed water playground, especially designed for the kids, as well as miniature golf course, a beach area and a stunning picnic spot with arcade games.

The park is open Mar - Sept daily from 10am - 5pm and Oct from 10am - 5pm. Admission cost is $19.95 for adults and $16.95 for kids between 3 and 9.

A World of Orchids

The orchid mall is located on 2501 Old Lake Wilson road and features an amazing display of gorgeous orchids. The center is home to many rare orchids which are abloom throughout the year. The center also features beautiful water streams, koi ponds and waterfalls. There are also many birds, aquariums which are home to exotic fish and a nature walk through a wooded area, all these features add to the natural feel of the center. Visitors can enjoy the plants which are on display as well as purchase their favorites.

The center is open Tues - Sun from 9:30am - 4:30pm and admission is free of charge.

Gatorland

The park is located on 14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail and is home to a selection of alligators that live in huts and pens. The park was founded in 1949 and also features a collection of toads, insects, turtles and tortoises. The is also a open-air restaurant on the premises which makes the most delicious smoked alligator ribs and nuggets. The park also features a souvenir shop, where visitors can buy gifts made of alligator skin.

The park is open daily from 9am - 5 or 6pm. Admission cost is $19.95 for adults and $9.95 for children between 3 and 12.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum

The museum is situated on 8201 International Drive and offers a great amount of entertainment for young and old. It features the most fascinating display of crazy science. Some of the highlights of the museum includes items such as a two-headed cat, a cow with five legs, an amazing model of a 1907 Rolls-Royce which is made entirely of 1 million matchsticks and a mosaic of the Mona Lisa which is made of toasted bread. The museum also has a shop where visitors can purchase items such as coffetable books and games.

The museum is open daily from 9am -1pm. Admission cost is $14.95 for adults, $12.95 for seniors and $9.95 for children between 4 and 12.

Skull Kingdom

Located on 5933 American Way. A place that should only be visited by the brave. The castle is littered with a labyrinth of haunted corridors and hallways, which ensures that each visitor will find themselves lost in a world of fright. The shows which are available are done by means of guided tours, where the guests will be taken into each room made up of a combination of a bit of humour and a lot of scare. There is also a magic show available which requires the interaction of the audience. This is without a doubt a visit which will never be forgotten.

The castle is open Mon - Thurs 6pm - 11pm; Fri - Sun 12pm - midnight. Admission cost is $12 per person.

It is recommended that you visit the website prior to visiting the castle, just so that you know what you're getting yourself in for. www.skullkingdom.com

Titanic-Ship of Dreams

The exhibition center is located on 8445 International Drive. It is the only permanent Titanic exhibition center in the world and consists of full scale room recreations, which includes the infamous Grand Staircase. The center is home to more than 200 priceless artifacts and ancient treasures. The most exciting items which are on display include a Titanic silverware set, an original deck chair, the original advertisement for the Titanic, as well as an original Carpathia postcard. Also available for entertainment is live interactive interpretations from storytellers.

The museum is open daily from 10am - 8pm and admission cost is $16.95 for adults and $11.95 for children between 6 and 11.

Holy land Experience

The 15 acre attraction site is located on 4655 Vineland Road. It features exhibits which focus on Jerusalem during 1450 B.C and 66 A.D. Here visitors can get exciting lessons on themes such as Noah's Ark and Jesus' Tomb. It also features wonderful lessons on the limestone caves which were home to the Dead Sea scrolls. Also on display is a selection of old Bibles and manuscripts. The center also has a restaurant which offers delicious Middle Eastern food.

The center is open Mon - Sat from 10am - 6pm and Sun 12pm - 6pm. Admission cost is $29.75 for adults and $19.75 for children between 4 and 12.

Harry P. Leu Gardens

This 50 acre botanical garden is located on 1920 N. Forest Avenue. It is situated on the shores of the Lake Rowena and offers its visitors a lovely tranquil environment in which you can truly relax and enjoy the beauties of nature. There are paths which brilliantly lead you through palms, cicadas and camellias. The garden features a collection of over 2000 different plants, a particular highlight being that of the 75 different varieties of roses which is located in the formal garden. There is also a beautiful butterfly and bamboo garden.

The garden is open daily from 9am - 5pm. Admission cost is $4 for adults and $1 for children in grades K-12.

Central Florida Zoo

The zoo was first opened in 1923 and is located in central Florida. The zoo originated when a foreign circus came to town and left a monkey and a goat behind. Today the zoo is home to a great selection of animals including a couple of endangered species such as clouded leopards, cheetahs, and black-footed cats. There are also other animals such as hippo's, American alligators, an Egyptian cobra, owls, macaws, bald eagles and many more.

The zoo is open daily from 9am - 5pm. Admission cost is $8.75 for Adults, $4.75 Children for children between 3 and 12 and $6.75 for Seniors.

Orlando Museum of Art

The museum is located on 2416 N. Mills Avenue and was founded in 1924. The museum hosts special events and exhibitions throughout the year, as well as being home to a rotating collection of Columbian art from 1200 B.C, beautiful African art and a wonderful collection of 19th & 20th century American art.

The museum is open Tues - Sat from 10am - 5pm and Sun 12pm - 5pm.

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