The Cougars try to get back into the win column when they visit the UCF Knights Thursday in Orlando. Whether you’re traveling from Utah to cheer on the team or are from Florida, there’s plenty to do before or after seeing the Cougars. From Disney World to GatorLand, there’s something for the the whole family.
Here’s our top 5 places to visit while in Orlando:
1. Disney World
(Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830)
The magic of Disney is alive and well in Florida. Disney World is a complete family vacation, or a single day adventure depending on time and finances. Disney World operates four theme parks, including six individual Epcot, Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. It also has two water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. And if you never want to get away from sports, you can wander around the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
2. Universal’s Island of Adventure
(6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819 (Florida Center))
Step into another type of magic on the rides and attractions of Universal’s Island of Adventure. It includes seven themed island parks: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Marvel Super Hero Island, Jurassic Park, Toon Lagoon, Port of Entry, The Lost Continent and Suess Landing.
(14501 South Orange Blossom Trail, U.S. 441, Orlando, FL 32837 (Hunters Creek))
Change of pace is a good thing. Gatorland is home to 3,000 alligators and 89 crocodiles, and welcomes you with a giant alligator as its entrance. From luring gators to almost your feet during the Gator Nights Shining Tour to zip lining across a crocodile breeding marsh, Gatorland will not disappoint.
4. Orlando Science Center
(777 E. Princeton St., Orlando, FL 32803)
Kids traveling to see the Cougars take on the Knights deserve to also be educated in a fun and creative way. The Orlando Science Center is a six-story adventure where kids and families can wander through an indoor swamp on the first floor, walk through the human body in BodyZone on the fourth floor and observe the planets and stars in the Crosby Observatory through Florida’s largest publicly accessible refractor telescope.
5. Richard Petty Driving Experience
(6022 Victory Lane, Orlando, FL 28075 (Walt Disney World Resort))
Feeling the need for speed? Look no further than the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World Resort. Take a chance at a thrilling opportunity to drive or ride shotgun in a NASCAR race car. With the option to ride the car for 8, 18 or 30 laps, the experience is in your hands. And if you’re not ready to take the wheel, enjoy 3 laps in the seat next to a professional driving instructor as you reach speeds up to 140 miles per hour.