Before setting sail from or MSC cruises out of port Canaveral, plan to explore one or more Orlando area attractions. Situated about an hour from the port, this city’s popularity helped it to be the 4th most visited city in the country in 2022. If you’re unsure which attractions to visit, here’s a list of the four best things to do in and around Orlando ahead of a cruise.
4. Slither Over to Gatorland
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Affordable and perfect for a half day’s worth of fun, Gatorland may be the ideal attraction for people with very limited time in Orlando. Get an up-close look at thousands of animals from alligators to birds by seeing them in their swampy habitats or watch as handlers present these creatures in daily live shows. One perennial favorite is the albino alligator with a body covered in pale scales.
With a splash pad for kids and a 1,200-foot zipline for thrill seekers, this specialized zoo is a favorite family destination. There’s also a trainer-for-a-day program that lets guests learn about feeding and caring for these dangerous creatures.
3. Savor the Beauty of Cirque du Soleil
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It’s not every day that you’re near a theater where you can watch the gravity-defying wonders of a Cirque du Soleil show. On the outside, the theater reminds you of a giant circus tent. Inside, La Nouba incorporates bright colors and plenty of action to entertain even the smallest audience members.
From clowns that delight children to BMX bike riders who keep adults on the edge of their seats, this show is a must-see for families and couples before they go for a cruise from Cape Canaveral.
2. Waltz Through Walt Disney World
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Any discussion of Orlando attractions must include Walt Disney World. From engaging rides in the Magic Kingdom to cultural exhibits and shows at Epcot, this multi-park property showcases the most recognizable Disney characters and movies. Though you may think Disney is primarily geared toward children, it’s actually a beloved attraction for adults of all ages.
Snag the best deal when you buy a “park hopper” multi-day pass. Make the most of your Disney visit by staying at one of the many Walt Disney World Resorts.
1. Blast Through Universal Studios Orlando
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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventures is the centerpiece of this property. Guests experience thrill rides, live entertainment, and sets that let you see what it’s like to be in some of your favorite movies. The authenticity of the experience gets a boost from actual film crews that work in and around the park shooting scenes for movies and television shows.
Like Disney, this property features multiple parks and gives the best daily prices to those who purchase tickets for more than one day to access the entire property. There is also a wide range of hotels near this attraction.
Besides these engaging attractions in Orlando, there are a number of places in Port Canaveral to see before your cruise. Leave time to explore the Kennedy Space Center, the Astronaut Hall of Fame, and the beautiful beaches of the Space Coast.