Sometimes you need a study break

Luckily, Orlando is home to lots of fun, inspiring and exciting things to see and do. Take advantage of the weather and spend the day at an amusement park. Eat your way around the world without ever leaving town. Or feed your brain and soul with science, art and music. Check out some popular activities below to get started on experiencing the best of Orlando.

The theme park capital of the world

People call Orlando that because its home to so many exciting theme parks. Here are a few that are popular with UCF students and fun-lovers from around the world.

UCF Homecoming parade

Walt Disney World Resort Orlando

This is actually four theme parks (and two water parks) all in one place. Yeah, your friends probably won’t need much convincing to go with you. And plan on coming back—one day here just isn’t enough.

  • Magic Kingdom Park: Go on dozens of rides and say hi to Disney characters.
  • Epcot: It’s like a trip around the world, under the sea and into outer space.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: All about Star Wars, Pixar and other famous movies and television experiences.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park: The place to see exotic animals and Broadway-style shows.
Universal Studios Globe

Universal Orlando

Love movies and television? This giant set of theme parks is for you. Thrilling rides, cool shows and interactive attractions are just part of the fun.

  • Universal’s Islands of Adventure: Rides and shows based on comic books and other imaginative stories.
  • Universal Studios Florida: Jump right into the action with rides inspired by Transformers, Despicable Me and other Universal Pictures movies.
  • Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Two theme parks dedicated to everyone’s favorite magician? Yes and yes.
  • Universal’s Volcano Bay: Cool off at this water park full of fun rides in a tropical island atmosphere.

International fun in Orlando

Orlando is home to people from around the globe. So whether you want a taste of home or want to appreciate other cultures, fun is close by to UCF. Some areas that international students love include:

Little Saigon

This hip and youthful part of Orlando is where to get delicious pho soup and strong Vietnamese coffee. You can also enjoy tasty Thai, Chinese and Korean favorites in this part of town. Little Saigon is also where you’ll find Asian travel agencies, martial arts studios, music and video stores and even a karaoke bar.

Little Brazil

Orlando has long been popular with Brazilian tourists. As more and more Brazilians decided to move to the United States, they chose the International Drive part of Orlando. Don’t worry, even if you don’t have Brazilian roots you can still enjoy all the great shopping, fun resorts and restaurants serving authentic feijoada (black bean and meat stew).

Epcot World Showcase

(at Walt Disney World Orlando)

Don’t have time to visit Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America between classes? Visiting this part of Epcot at Walt Disney World Orlando is like touring 11 countries in one day. Sample German food, watch Chinese acrobats perform and browse Mexican folk art—no passport needed.

Other popular things to do

Lake Eola

Small lake and park in downtown Orlando with boat rentals, events, live performances and more.

Kennedy Space Center

Get the astronaut experience at this attraction dedicated to NASA and outer space travel.

Orlando Science Center

Science museum full of hands-on exhibits related to engineering, chemistry, outer space and dinosaurs.

Orlando Museum of Art

African, American and modern art collections, plus visiting exhibitions from around the world.

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

The place to go for musicals, plays, classical music, ballet, opera, comedy and other live performances.

Orlando City SC

We call the sport “soccer,” but cheering on this major league football team is fun no matter how you say it.

Get to know local culture

Your Global UCF program includes the College Strategies for Success course. It focuses on academic and professional growth, plus fun and exciting cultural experiences. For instance, visiting a theme park or attending a UCF basketball game with other international students.