Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” Orlando? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Orlando?”
Orlando, in the collective American consciousness, is more or less a synonym for Disney World. Sure, there’s a skyline we may have seen while returning from commercial breaks during Magic games, and we have a vague idea there’s an actual city there, but for a major American city it’s still a bit of an unknown. What few know is that Florida’s third-largest metro area, behind Miami and Tampa, is a burgeoning spot, full of creative people doing cool stuff with food, drinks and music. Delve a little past Disney, and see all the best stuff to do in Orlando, Fla.