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8 of the Best Things to do Around Universal Studios

Many visitors often wonder what there is to do in Orlando outside of Universal Studios. Luckily for them, no place on earth has more (or better) theme parks all located in one area, other than Orlando.

In this page, we'll list out the best things to do around Universal Studios.

Table of Contents

  1. International Drive
  2. Disney Springs
  3. Magic Kingdom
  4. Animal Kingdom
  5. Disney's Hollywood Studios
  6. EPCOT
  7. SeaWorld Orlando
  8. Gatorland Orlando

1. International Drive

The first place on our list is none other than International Drive. Also known as "I-Drive", it is an area full of restaurants, bars and activities for both kids and adults.

It is only 8.5 miles away, and typically takes about 15 minutes to get there.

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It's a great environment to walk around in and hang out during the day or at night, as there's so much to do.

Some of the things that I-Drive offers include:

  • Mini Golfing
  • Top Golf
  • Go Kart Racing
  • Movie Theater
  • WonderWorks
  • Live Shows
  • Shopping

2. Disney Springs

Disney Springs is a themed retail, dining and entertainment center where guests can walk around go shopping, eat, or even watch movies.

Disney Springs is free for guests to enter, and what's great is that parking for guests is also free of charge.

disney springs entrance

Guests will be able to enter and walk around the entire area without having to spend any money.

However if you're in the mood to spend money, there are plenty of opportunities including:

  • AMC Dine in Theatre
  • Aerophile - The World Leader in Balloon Flight
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • Coca-Cola Polar Bear Photo Op Experience
  • The Edison Live Entertainment
  • Fall at Disney Springs
  • House of Blues Music Hall
  • Marketplace Carousel
  • Marketplace Train Express
  • Raglan Road Live Music
  • Splitsville Luxury Lanes
  • Vintage Amphicar
  • Waterview Par


Magic Kingdom is the park that appeals to everyone. Whether you're taking your kids to Disney, your family, your friends, or just your significant other, there's something that everyone can enjoy.

walt disney world statue

There are multiple thrilling rides, laid-back rides, shows, and even Disney characters that roam the park whom you can take a picture with.

Also, this is where the famous Cinderella castle is located!

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Animal Kingdom is another park that is perfect for all age groups, especially if you love animals.

animal kingdom safari giraffe


If the name wasn't a giveaway, this entire theme of this park is around animals (and bugs)!

This 500 acre park is the largest Disney park and home to over 1700 animals. Similarly to how Star Wars is associated with Hollywood Studios, Avatar is directly correlated to Animal Kingdom.

There are plenty of rides, safari tours, and sightseeing that is perfect for all ages.

Additionally the famous and giant Tree of Life is located here. This isn't an ordinary tree, as 400+ animals are carved on the tree.

Located in the center of the Animal Kingdom park, the iconic tree of life towers at 145 feet and can be seen from quite a distance away.

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Hollywood Studios is a fantastic park that is mostly tailored towards teenagers and adults.

star wars galaxys edge

They have a massive area dedicated to Star Wars, known as Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, but that's not all!

In this area, you can find one of the most popular Star Wars rides in Rise of the Resistance. 

Rise of the Resistance isn't your ordinary ride that you hop on, and it's over in under a minute. There's a walk-through portion, a dark ride portion, a simulator portion, and even includes a drop and a lift.

star wars rise of the resistance

Aside from the fan favorite Star Wars area, there's a lot of other activities to do.

On Sunset Boulevard, you can test your courage on the Tower of Terror, and even stop by Oga's Cantina to get delicious refreshing drinks.

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EPCOT is widely known as an adult park, due to some of the fan favorite offerings such as Drinking around the world.

The park is split into only 2 sections in Future World and World Showcase.

epcot future world

Future World is the portion of the park that focuses on innovation and technology. It details Walt's vision through unique architecture and design.

Here, you'll be able to find popular rides such as Test Track, Mission: Space, and The Seas With Nemo & Friends.

This portion of the park is exactly what it sounds like, as this area features different countries.

In each country, you'll find authentic food, drinks and even live experiences. They do a great job of providing guest with a real-life experience around the world.

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SeaWorld Orlando is one of the most unique parks in the world, as it is a theme park & a marine zoological park.

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From heart racing roller coasters, to amazing interactive shows, to feeding the smartest marine animals in the world, there's so much to do.

If you've never seen the power and athleticism of killer whales and dolphins, you're in for a huge surprise. 

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Despite the name, Gatorland also showcases a variety of entertaining activities including reptiles shows, a breeding marsh & bird rookery, swamp/nature walk, petting zoo, water park, gatorland zipline, and last but not least, crocodiles!

gatorland gators

It truly is one of the most underrated theme parks in Orlando.

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