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  • Top 10 Activities for Groups in Orlando

    Best Group Activities in Orlando

    Ahhhh Orlando, Florida, home of never-ending sunshine, loads of entertainment and best of all, the great sense of nostalgia that comes for many of us when visiting this amazing destination. It is likely that we have all been there at least once and it was undoubtedly one of the best days of our lives. With Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom bringing in an average of 19,332,000 guests a year, it is clear that the excitement of the theme parks is what brings most people to Orlando Florida. However, there are so many other must-see hidden gems here, making it a perfect destination for families, couples and groups to travel to.

    Whether you are planning a trip for a family reunion, corporate event, birthday, church outing or any other type of group travel, Orlando is a wonderful option for you. As a large group, you will be eligible for discounts on hotels, car rentals and airfare (through most major airlines). Orlando offers great restaurant options suitable for every budget, and limitless activities where your group will not have to worry about waiting in dreadfully long lines. Here are our Top 10 Activities for Group Travel in Orlando.

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    Florida is home of the alligator, so enjoy an inexpensive, yet fascinating day at Gatorland. This theme park and wild life preserve allows you to experience the magnificence of these creatures in a fun and safe manner. Gatorland offers special packages for group events such as birthday parties, corporate/private events, field trips, and team building events (to name a few). Groups can also explore the park on their own where zip lining, watching gator wrestling, feeding the gators or taking a relaxing train ride around the park are options as well. Look out for the extremely rare "white" gators known as the “leucistic alligator”. Read More...

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    If you are coming from a place where frigid temperatures are something of the norm, relaxing on white sandy beaches while overlooking the turquoise ocean seems like a dream. Take advantage of vacationing in Orlando by packing a lunch and taking a day trip over to Cocoa Beach where your group can get some much needed R&R, rent kayaks, take a walk on the Pier and pick up a souvenir at the well-known Ron John Surf Shop. The beach is equipped with restrooms and showers so why not freshen up after a long, relaxing day and head over to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Read More...

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    Just a small step from Cocoa Beach, become an astronaut for a day and visit NASA’s launching headquarters, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Deemed both amusing and informative, you can “meet and greet” a seasoned astronaut, experience a spaceflight simulation, check out the launch areas as well as the astronaut memorabilia, watch a live rocket launch and see an IMAX 3D film where you can take a journey to space without ever leaving your seat. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is open 7 days a week from 9 am – 6 pm, which gives you and your group a lot of flexibility as to when you choose to enjoy this endeavor. Read More...

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    Discovery Cove is not to be missed when visiting Orlando. It is an all-inclusive theme-park offering one of the most unique, once in a lifetime experiences. Included, are your food & beverage, towels, sun screen and snorkel gear. Create an everlasting memory and take advantage of the 30-minute swim with the dolphins, snorkel with over 7,000 fish species and beautiful coral and relax on the lazy river where you can swim in the aviary amongst gorgeous tropical birds. For larger groups (100-400), Discovery Cove offers accommodations specifically dedicated to your group event. They will host a coordinated dinner consisting of their incredible topical ambiance, a delectable cuisine, live music and animal interactions all while viewing the infamous dolphins by the parks beach. Read More...

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    Although Florida is the “Sunshine State”, there are inevitably rainy days. As a group coordinator, it may be best to advise that your group come with some extra spending money and an umbrella so they are ready to tackle Orlando’s amazing Outlet Mall.

    Although there are a few Outlet Malls to choose from, Orlando Premium Outlets on International Drive is best for groups as it has seemingly endless options. This is Orlando’s biggest Outlet Mall, comprising of two large malls and multiple strips of stores. Whether you enjoy high end brands or are a habitual “bargain” shopper, there is something for everyone. You can count on finding savings as high as 75 percent off from some of your favorite stores. The food court is worth mentioning as well. Like the mall itself, there is a variety of options to choose from, perfect for satisfying the needs of many. Some popular shops you will happen upon is Banana Republic, Puma, Saks Fifth Ave, Victoria Secret, Ralph Lauren, North Face and Nike. If Walt Disney theme park is on your “to do” list or you are simply looking for a cool Disney souvenir, save by going to the Disney store where they stock many of the same items as the parks for a fraction of the price.

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    If you are looking for a day to get away from the hustle and bustle of Orlando, Butterfly World is the perfect place to be. Located on the out skirts of downtown Orlando, Butterfly World is ideal for a daytime or evening escape. Take a peaceful and serene self-guided tour through acres of stunning oasis. You will be surrounded by the most gorgeous botanical gardens consisting of a variety of flowers, unique plants and colorful butterflies. Take a guided tour through the Leu House Museum, a historic home that reflects the history of 19th century Florida living. They also host a “movie night”, not to be missed. On select evenings, you can take your group to the Leu Gardens where they show an outdoor movie amidst the beautiful garden. Make it a picnic-like experience as food and beverages are permitted.

    Whether your group is coming to Orlando for a leisure trip or for business, Butterfly World is a wonderful place to host your event. They have a variety of spaces to choose from with easy to set up rooms, catering options, equipment availability and night or weekend options. It is not uncommon to see a wedding being held on the property. Butterfly World ensures a whimsical experience and for that reason, it is high on our list of event or wedding venues to be considered. Read More...

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    Wonderworks is an upside down house that can be easily spotted while traveling to Orlando’s major theme parks. This fun and interactive amusement park combines both education and entertainment for all ages. There are several exhibits and fun activities to choose from. Scientifically, some areas covered are earthquakes, biofeedback, astronauts and more. They also offer an arcade with plenty of games, laser tag, a 4D theater and a ropes course. After a day of mind blowing exhibits, plan to attend the infamous dinner show. The show offers spacious, banquet style seating, which makes for a better view of the comedic magic show, while servings all you can eat popcorn, salad and pizza to your party. Read More...

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    Although only a few hours are needed to enjoy the full effect of Orlando’s Ripley’s Believe it or Not, it is definitely worth checking out. The building appears as if it is sinking into the depths of the earth. There are 16 galleries of fascinating exhibits and artifacts to choose from with all of the rooms being a different theme. You are encouraged to interact with the exhibits making for a great opportunity to capture your Orlando memories. You will find anything from real shrunken heads, to a rotating tunnel, to a real piece of the Berlin Wall, to optical illusions.

    It is smaller in size compared to many of the theme parks, so when going with a group, it is best to attend in the morning. They do offer special rates for groups of 10 or more. Read More...

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    Have you ever had dreams of flying as a kid or wanted to skydive but couldn’t bring yourself to do it? iFly offers a wonderful opportunity to safely make your dreams come true. With high pressured wall to wall vertical wind tunnels, you will be able to literally fly in the air within a confined chamber. You begin this journey by receiving flight training by a certified flight instructor. After successful completion of flight training, you will put on the proper gear, similar to that of real skydiving. You will be led by your instructor to the wind chamber where you will be able to take flight. Sound scary? Don’t worry, your instructor will be there the whole time to guide you through the process. Best of all, your group will be able to watch you from a distance or member of your group can be on your “team”, where you take turns experiencing this joyous adventure.

    iFly specializes in events for larger parties. When booking as a group, you would be able to access your own event space, enjoy more flight options and have a catered event. They also offer special party packages that are recommended for groups of up to 12. You can split 24 flights between members of the group at a lower cost. Read More...

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    Become a detective for a night and enjoy a 2 ½ hour experience while being entertained by great actors with a comedic edge at The Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Show. This is an intimate and interactive show where you are given the opportunity to assist the performers in solving a murder mystery from your table, or if you are lucky, you can be called upon to be part of the show. The tables seat 10, making it an ideal place for a group activity. The dinner includes a salad, 1 of 3 options for the main course, a dessert, as well as unlimited drinks including beer and wine. Get ready to laugh a lot in this unique setting where it is often stated “that you get more bang for your buck”. Read More...

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