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Here, seven of the world's top ten theme parks are planted within a 10-mile radius of each other. If you're into furry characters and indoor rides, bank about a day for every park you wish to visit. It would also be a shame to spend a week in O-Town without venturing out to the historic Kennedy Space Center, golfing, or spending an afternoon at the pool. Families that don't want to kill themselves should pare their wish lists down to three or four days' worth of park-going (they should split their schedules between the Disney and non-Disney efforts, because they both have features worth recommending) and fill the remainder of their time with less grueling sights.

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Wet 'N Wild, Orlando

Purchased by Universal in 1998 as another jewel to add to its O-Town crown, Wet 'n Wild made its splash when it opened in 1977 and has since become the most...more

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Wekiwa Springs State Park, Apopka

Most Orlando visitors trek east or west to the state's coastal beaches if they are craving a water adventure. They would be better off at Wekiwa Springs, just a...more

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Villas of Grand Cypress, Orlando

Orlando is where some of golf's biggest names live: Tiger Woods, Annika Sorenstam, Nick Faldo, Ernie Els, and David Leadbetter all maintain bases here. For...more

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Universal Studios, Orlando

Universal Orlando emerged on Central Florida's theme-park scene back in 1990, but it's safe to say that the park's crowning moment came in June 2010 with the...more

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Seaworld Orlando, Orlando

Here, the pace is slower than at most amusement parks, because the focus is on wildlife and education instead of magic or thrills. Yes, there's the savage...more

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Magic Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista

When most first-time visitors imagine Walt Disney World, the place with the castle, the Hall of Presidents, and Space Mountain, they're thinking of the Magic...more

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Islands of Adventure, Orlando

Considered by aficionados to be the best-designed amusement park on earth, IOA's designers spared little expense. Its five themed areas (Marvel Super Hero...more

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Gatorland, Orlando

Before Disney gave the Central Florida backwoods a modicum of sophistication, Gatorland's oversized gator mouth entranceway, which debuted in the 1950s, was the...more

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Epcot, Lake Buena Vista

Although Walt Disney wanted Epcot to be a real experimental community, like the Biosphere, what eventually opened 16 years after his death was more akin to a...more

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Disney's Hollywood Studios, Lake Buena Vista

Opened in 1989 (in part to head off Universal Studios, which debuted the following year), Disney's third Florida park was intended to double as a functioning...more

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