Welcome to Orlando

Published April 01 2019

UCF Student Chapter These officers of the newly chartered University of Central Florida ASBMB Student Chapter assembled this guide. In back are Haley Davenport (president), Andy Nguyen (treasurer) and Matthew Caldwell (historian). In front are Haley Lehew (vice president) and Jessica Krogh (secretary).Courtesy of Ken Teter/UCF There will be plenty to do and see inside the Orange County Convention Center during Experimental Biology 2019. Even so, you’ll want to get outside to see some of the sites of Orlando. The following guide was created by officers of the University of Central Florida’s American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Student Chapter.

This guide includes some of Orlando’s most notable tourist destinations as well as some local favorites. Options range from short evening events to activities that may take all day. Distances listed are from the convention center. For advice on how to get around, check out our transportation guide.)

All activities listed — from arcades to Disneyworld — are suitable for all ages and have been experienced by one or more of our members, so we guarantee that every activity is enjoyable.


International Drive

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The Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds wax museum, the SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, Arcade City and the Orlando StarFlyer are among the attractions of this entertainment complex. Yard House, Shake Shack, Sugar Factory and many other restaurants are located here. (1.5 miles)

Fun Spot Orlando
This theme park has go-karting, roller coasters and many other fairlike activities. Admission is free, but the attractions are not. More affordable than the big parks such as Disney or Universal. (4 miles)

Dave and Buster’s
A full-service sports bar and restaurant as well as a large arcade with many games. Great for families. (1.7 miles)

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games
A large indoor arcade and indoor go-karting venue. Also offers food and drink, bowling, VR games and simulators, and more. (0.8 miles)

Large multi-story golfing venue with over 100 individual hitting bays. Includes a full-service restaurant and bar. Great for families and parties. $15 per bay and up. (1 mile)

The Escape Game Orlando
You have 60 minutes to solve puzzles and find a way to escape from one of four rooms with themes including Mission: Mars and Gold Rush. Great for parties of up to 8 people. $35/person. (2 miles)

If you don’t get enough science inside the convention hall, this amusement park features more than 100 hands-on science exhibits in six zones, including natural disasters and physical challenges. $34/adult, $25/child. (1.7 miles)

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
Self-guided tours of objects and displays from the Titanic or a guided tour with an actor portraying an individual linked to the Titanic. Interesting for all ages. $22/adult, $15.75/child. (2.5 miles)

Pointe Orlando
This outdoor shopping center includes a movie theater, restaurants, live entertainment and other activities for adults and children. (1 mile) Freedom Flyer Coaster Fun Spot America Orlando Freedom Flyer CoasterAaron Clausen


This theme park is on International Drive, close to the convention center. It has multiple exhibits, aquatic shows and thrill rides. This is a full-day activity. $80. (3 miles)

This water park is across the street from SeaWorld on International Drive. It has multiple slides and wave pools. This is a full-day activity. $40. (2 miles) Taumata Racer Drops of Taumata Racer in Aquatica, FloridaBrian Marshall


Orlando Magic
host the Atlanta Hawks for Classic Night and Fan Appreciation Night, 7 p.m., April 5, at Amway Center. $18 and up. (11 miles)

Orlando City Soccer Club host the Colorado Rapids, 7:30 pm, April 6, at Camping World Stadium. $23 and up. (10 miles)

Shopping malls

The Florida Mall
This large enclosed mall features many department stores, smaller stores and a food court. (6 miles)

The Mall at Millenia
This indoor mall includes department stores, high-end designer stores, smaller stores and a food court. (6.2 miles)

Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets
This large outdoor outlet mall contains multiple stores as well as a food court. (5.5 miles)

Orlando International Premium Outlets
Another large outdoor outlet mall with many stores and a food court. (4.5 miles)


Universal Orland Resort (4 miles)

CityWalk: This location features mini-golf, clubs, a movie theater, and many gift shops and dining opportunities. It directly connects to the theme parks. There is a $25/day parking fee for park visitors.

Universal Studios: This movie- and TV-based theme park has multiple rides, restaurants and shows. This is a full-day activity. $114/adult, $109/child.

Islands of Adventure: This theme park has multiple rides, restaurants and shows. This is a full-day activity. $114/adult, $109/child.

Volcano Bay: This water park has a surf pool, an artificial volcano and multiple slides. This is a full-day activity. $80/adult, $75/child. Universal Studios Universal StudiosBob Linsdell

Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World (7 miles)

Disney Springs: This location features multiple restaurants, shops, shows and other activities such as a movie theater and bowling alley.

Magic Kingdom: This theme park contains multiple areas, each with a unique theme, as well as dining, shows and rides. This is a full-day activity. ($109 age 10 and up)

Animal Kingdom: This theme park is continent based and features animals, rides, dining and shows. This is a full-day activity. ($109 age 10 and up)

Epcot: This theme park is a world showcase featuring food, drinks and performances representative of regions of the world. This is a full-day activity. ($109 age 10 and up)

Hollywood Studios: This theme park is mostly movie-based, featuring rides, shows and dining. This is a full-day activity. ($109 age 10 and up)

Blizzard Beach/Typhoon Lagoon: These water parks feature lazy rivers, slides and wave pools. ($65 age 10 and up)

Winter Summerland/Fantasia Gardens: These 18-hole themed mini-golf courses are located at the Disney World and Epcot resorts. ($14 age 10 and up) Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Disney’s Typhoon LagoonChad Sparkes