When most visitors think of Orlando attractions they think of castles rising into the sky, colorful characters, laughing families watching firework shows, or thrilling rides. Some others may think of the coastal beaches, or even the space ports on the coast. However, a large portion of Orlando visitors neglect to think of what downtown Orlando can offer in the way of entertainment and attractions. Visitors can avoid the crushing crowds of the park, the screaming children, and the sapping heat of the beach and visit downtown Orlando attractions for a few days of culture, history, and athletic excitement on their next trip.
Begin or end your next Orlando trip with a visit to the “City Beautiful” in downtown Orlando. While often overshadowed by other attractions in the Orlando area, downtown Orlando offers many alluring options for visitors to the city and long time residents both. While populated by major businesses, Orlando features several museums and historic sites that can be of interest to potential visitors and show people the fascinating history of Orlando from the times of the Native American tribes that lined the rivers to the rise of orange grove and shipping magnates and into the modern era where tourism has become a major business for the Orlando area. Other historical Orlando attractions include Church Street with its old railway station, restaurants, and hot night life of clubs and gathering spots. If you are more into culture, several art museums could be visited, or simply enjoy the atmosphere and parks of the city by wandering around downtown on a warm and sunny afternoon.
For the sports fan, however, Orlando offers some of the most exciting and treasured sites available. The Amway Center, home of the Orlando Magic, is one of the top Orlando attractions to visit. Named one of the preeminent athletic arenas in the nation, the Amway Center is more than just seats and boards and scoreboards. State of the art display systems keep visitors up to date on activities within the center and within downtown, while restaurants offer delicious food in a fun atmosphere. The real treat, however, is the focus of the arena on the Orlando Magic. Special kid zone centers allow kids to relax and play while older sports fans can view exhibits on star players and the history of the Orlando Magic’s growth and current star sports team status. For fans lucky enough to be in town during the sports season, a variety of levels of seating tickets are available to take in an Orlando Magic game. Visitors, as well as residents, can experience the board-pounding action of one of the NBA’s greatest basketball teams. If you are visiting Orlando, Orlando attractions extend far beyond parks and sand and sun.