Orlando Zoos & aquariums

Our most recommended Orlando Zoos & aquariums

Orlando: The Wheel at ICON Park Observation Wheel + Options

1. Orlando: The Wheel at ICON Park Observation Wheel + Options

Admire aerial views of Orlando and beyond from the East Coast’s tallest observation wheel, The Wheel at ICON Park. Soar 400 feet (120 meters) into the sky in a clear capsule, taking in sweeping views of the city and central Florida landscape, including lakes, theme parks, and even the Atlantic coast on a clear day. Each capsule is equipped with an iPad that offers information about the sights and the surrounding environment. A great experience for all ages, the air-conditioned capsule offers exceptional views of Cape Canaveral, downtown Orlando, and Floridian landscapes. You can enjoy the city landscapes whenever suits your schedule during operating hours. Upgrade your experience to include dining experiences or activities If you select The Wheel and Starflyer bundle ticket, take a flight on the world's tallest swing ride, which stands at 450 feet (137 meters). This seated ride takes you up the giant tower and swings you at speeds of up to 45 miles (72 kilometers) per hour right alongside International Drive. Upgrade to the Icon Park Play Pass to access ICON Park attractions. With this option you will also receive admission tickets to the Museum of Illusions, the 7D Dark Ride Adventure, Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE Aquarium as well exclusive shopping and dining discounts.

SeaWorld Orlando: Park Admission Ticket

2. SeaWorld Orlando: Park Admission Ticket

Immerse yourself in wonder at SeaWorld Orlando, where the aquatic world comes to life like no place else. With the combo ticket options available, you can also enjoy the thrills of Aquatica Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa and Adventure Island. SeaWorld Connect with the ocean at SeaWorld, watching killer whales leap at the One Ocean show, racing like a ray on Manta the ride, entering the all-new thrilling, chilling adventure of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin and sharing an epic voyage with sea turtles at TurtleTrek. Experience the power and grace of killer whales in the awe-inspiring Shamu show One Ocean. Orcas jump skyward, dancing fountains dot the water, and a Splash Zone seat gives you submerged views of killer whales flapping their fins and drenching you with water. For fast thrills, the Manta flying roller coaster tilts you parallel to the ground and sends you headfirst on a twisting, plunging trip that starts with an inverted nosedive. At Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, you’ll glide past ethereal, icy sights on a trackless ride to a no-glass penguin exhibit, which gets you closer to the charming birds and lets you experience their ideal, frosty conditions. Aquatica Orlando From high-speed water slides and exhilarating wave pools, to tranquil beaches and the remarkable animal habitats that are the hallmark of SeaWorld, Aquatica Orlando, SeaWorld's Waterpark, delights all ages and interests. This one-of-a-kind park is home to some of the world's most thrilling water rides, featuring 38 slides, rivers and lagoons and 84,000 square feet of sparkling white, sandy beaches. Busch Gardens Tampa Take your family to Busch Gardens Tampa, a place where fun comes naturally. Everyone can enjoy the unparalleled mix of animal encounters, captivating shows, and thrilling rides. Race like a cheetah aboard Cheetah Hunt, or dive face down at 60 mph on Falcon's Fury, America's tallest freestanding drop tower. Adventure Island Treat your family to a tropical oasis, where the fun never sets. Enjoy thrilling rides, chilling slides and splashes to delight everyone. Swirl down the wild tubes of Caribbean Corkscrew, swoosh the 210-foot GulfScream descent or race to the finish on Riptide. Little ones will find adventure too at Fabian’s Funport, with fountains, splash zones and water slides perfect for pint-sized summer fun.

Orlando: SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

3. Orlando: SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

Experience a wave of underwater adventures with sea creatures from around the world at the Sea Life Orlando Aquarium. Come face-to-face, or rather, face-to-fin with thousands of fish, sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, and more. Prepare for a world of glittering scales, enormous tentacles, and rows of sharp teeth. Get ready to plunge deep into the oceans as you explore Florida’s only 360-degree ocean tunnel with sharks, sea turtles, eels, and tropical fish swimming over, under, and all around you.  Meet the friendly rescue sea turtles, Ted and Chely, and a curious pacific octopus. Touch real sea creatures at the coastal rock pool, a microhabitat full of incredible creatures. Pet a starfish or anemone. Swim with sharks in a 10-minute virtual reality experience, if option selected, and learn about the aquarium on the behind the scenes tour, a 35-minute guided tour of the aquarium’s backstage areas. See how aquarists take care of the thousands of sea creatures and feed some of the fish yourself.

Orlando: Drive-Thru Safari Park at Wild Florida

4. Orlando: Drive-Thru Safari Park at Wild Florida

Discover the exotic animal species and native wildlife of the Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park. Drive your vehicle through on a self-guided tour through the open areas of the park. See more than 100 exotic animals and native Florida wildlife like white-tailed deer, bison, cracker cows, zebras, watusi, and oryx. Check out a massive pond inside the park dedicated exclusively as a home for some alligators. Stop and hand-feed the incredible giraffes for a once in a lifetime experience.

Orlando: Madame Tussauds and SEA LIFE Aquarium Combo Ticket

5. Orlando: Madame Tussauds and SEA LIFE Aquarium Combo Ticket

Get the best of both Madame Tussauds Orlando and the Sea Life Aquarium with this combo ticket. Get up close and personal with thousands of species of fish at the aquarium and even more up close to impressive wax replicas of famous celebrities at Madame Tussauds Plunge deep into the ocean to explore Florida’s only 360-degree ocean tunnel and so much more. Touch friendly sea stars and sea anemones in the coastal rock pool. Meet Ted, the rescued loggerhead sea turtle and Orlando’s Most-Loved Animal, and feel the unique texture of a sea anemone or starfish. After you get your fishy fill, save the world with all the Justice League superheroes. Join Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on his action movie set and feel fabulous with Ariana Grande. Take selfies with the hottest A-listers.

Orlando: Central Florida Zoo Skip-the-Line Ticket

6. Orlando: Central Florida Zoo Skip-the-Line Ticket

Skip the purchase lines with this admission ticket to Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens at Sanford. Come prepared to immediately start enjoying the animals, attractions, and eateries without the fuss of in-person ticket buying and long wait times. Learn about different animals from all over the world as you watch species such as bald eagles, leopards, bears, giraffes, alpacas, monkeys, porcupines, otters, mongooses, and more thriving in beautifully natural outdoor habitats along shaded pathways. Experience other enriching activities such as giraffe feeding, rhino encounter, and keeper chats, or indulge in some fun adventures such as searching for butterflies and caterpillars in the gardens or exploring the Herpetarium to see reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates from around the world. Cool off from the Florida heat with an enjoyable time at the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground or take a break at one of the various places to eat and drink.

Orlando: Gatorland Skip-the-Line Ticket

7. Orlando: Gatorland Skip-the-Line Ticket

For more than 60 years Gatorland, Orlando has been creating special memories for millions of visitors through its famous gator mouth entrance. Located between Orlando and Kissimmee on the South Orange Blossom Trail, the park is one of Central Florida's classic attractions, providing a natural alternative to the larger theme parks of today. Founded by the late Owen Godwin in 1949, and still privately owned by his family today, Gatorland is a 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve that combines Old Florida charm with exciting entertainment. This full-day admission ticket provides instant access to the many attractions of what is known internationally as the "Alligator Capital of the World." Showcasing thousands of alligators and crocodiles, including 4 extremely rare leucistic white alligators, inside the park you will also have access to the free-flight aviary, petting zoo, one-of-a-kind animal shows, and alligator breeding marsh. Go to the Gator Jumparoo Show for thrills and chills, as some of the largest alligators in the world jump 4 to 5 feet out of the water to retrieve food. Marvel at the Gator Wrestlin' Show in a shaded 800-seat stadium, and watch awestruck as gator wranglers catch a 6-8 foot alligator by hand before climb onto the snapping animal's back to point out survival features.

Orlando: Aquatica Water Park Admission Ticket

8. Orlando: Aquatica Water Park Admission Ticket

From high-speed water slides and exhilarating wave pools, to tranquil beaches, Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark in Orlando, delights all ages. You’ll find 59-acres of water-filled fun, with everything from up-close animal encounters to thrilling rides and 80,000 square-feet of white sand beaches available. If you're looking to kick back and relax, look no further. While the family takes thrilling spills on body slides and raft rides, you can take a moment to relax on some of Aquatica's more laid back attractions. Enjoy lazy rivers, beaches and more at Aquatica. We know planning a day for your littlest adventurers can be a challenge, so we’ve pulled together a list of kid-friendly attractions that your little ones are sure to love. Whether your family includes tiny tykes or independent adventurers, you're sure to find play areas fit for the whole family.

Orlando: Madame Tussauds

9. Orlando: Madame Tussauds

Fame, fantasy, and fun are available for everyone at Madame Tussauds Orlando. Soar to save the day with the Justice League superheroes. Take that one small step on the moon with Neil Armstrong. Talk it up on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Only at Madame Tussauds Orlando can you take all the selfies you want, arm in arm with the celebrities, and make your Florida fantasies come to life. Your day with superstars will be fantastic when you shoot hoops with Shaq, feel like a pop star with Ariana Grande, and party on Miami’s hottest yacht with Pitbull. Head to the world’s greatest wax museum located at ICON Park in the heart of International Drive. Rich in history 250+ years in the making, experience the enchantment of Madame Tussauds Orlando when you and your clan carve out time to save the day. Walk down the red carpet and make memories that will last a lifetime. Are you ready to activate the powers of the trident with Aquaman? Can you lift a helicopter with Superman? Wonder Woman wants you to strike a pose and the Flash is ready to snap some pics next to you. The Bat Signal is activated and you and your crew are needed to show the Caped Crusader what it means to have some real fun. Nowhere else can you put an arm around the president and share it with the world. Go ahead, step onto the green with Tiger Woods and score the winning goal with Neymar Da Silva Santos Jr. Today you’re the big star and the world's icons are waiting to give you a standing ovation. All of Orlando’s magic heightens when you meet out-of-this-world icons who are smiling because you’re here. Ready to save E.T.? Hop on your bike and help the little friend go home. Party with pop stars and belt out your best tune with Bad Bunny, Beyoncé’, Maluma, and Justin Bieber. This is the only place you’ll get front-of-the-line access to the stars without waiting in general admission. Get glamorous and dine with Audrey Hepburn on the iconic set of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Dare to step into the ring versus Muhammad Ali. And, show your moves to megastars, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jennifer Lopez, and Zendaya. They can’t wait to work it with you. Florida fun isn’t complete without making your fantasies with the icons of today and yesterday intimately irreplaceable. Frolic with fun, roll up your sleeves, and get snapping those selfies. Time at Madame Tussauds is fantastical, VIP, red carpet fun like never before. Choose the combo ticket option and include a visit to SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, home to thousands of sea creatures and located in the same building at ICON Park.

Orlando: Wild Florida Park Entrance & Alligator Show

10. Orlando: Wild Florida Park Entrance & Alligator Show

Wild Florida’s Wildlife Park gives visitors the opportunity to observe and interact with some of the state’s native land-dwelling animals, and various species of tropical birds as well. On this 1-hour admission, you’ll see zebra, watusi, deer, water buffalo, emu, wild boar, zebu, and monster alligators! Visit the tropical bird aviary, see a live alligator demonstration, walk along the 500-foot sightseeing dock, and have a look in the gift shop. Experience the Hawk Swamp boardwalk that will take you through a pristine Florida cypress swamp ecosystem. Try the delicious barbeque with smoked ribs, chicken, pulled pork, fried alligator, and even frog legs. Individuals and groups of all sizes are welcome. Just a short drive from Orlando, the Disney area, Kissimmee, the Space Coast, and the Orlando International Airport, Wild Florida offers the best of Orlando’s most sought-after activities: airboat rides, alligators and wildlife. 

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What people are saying about Orlando

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 14 reviews

I always enjoy time at Sea World!! Being around all of those wonderful creatures makes me feel so at peace! I wish the dolphin and orca experiences could be a little longer. But I know there are rules to be followed.

We had a great experience at Wild Florida. Lots of wonderful animals to watch at your own pace as you drive through the park. We highly recommend this park. Nice break from all the crowds in Orlando and Disney !!

No line to board the wheel! You get your own private viewing cab and the scenery is out of this world!

For the size it is great!! My grand daughters (ages 3 &4) had a blast!!

The gator show was cool for the kids. We saw tons of gators and birds.