Families enjoying the pool at the Reunion Resort Water Park

The Bear’s Den Resort Orlando Blog An Unforgettable End-of-Summer Bucket List: 10 Must-Do Activities in Orlando for guests at The Bear’s Den Resort

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As summer nears its end, Orlando, Florida, remains a vibrant destination teeming with exciting adventures and unforgettable experiences. Nestled in the heart of this magical city, The Bear’s Den Resort Orlando offers the perfect base for an end-of-summer getaway filled with thrilling activities. From theme parks to serene natural wonders, this bucket list highlights the top 10 things to do in Orlando before the summer season bids us farewell.

1. Discover the Magic of Walt Disney World:

No trip to Orlando is complete without a visit to the iconic Walt Disney World Resort. Immerse yourself in the magic of the Magic Kingdom, explore the future at Epcot, venture into the wild at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and experience Hollywood dreams at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. From classic attractions to new adventures, the enchantment of Disney World promises an unforgettable day for all ages.
Mother and daughters riding on the Thunder Mountain Railroad at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World
© Disney

2. Journey into Wizarding World at Universal Orlando Resort

Unleash your inner wizard as you step into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. Explore Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida and catch the Hogwarts Express to Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Experience thrilling rides, magical encounters, and enjoy delicious Butterbeer as you embrace the enchanting world of Harry Potter.
Universal Studios Hogwarts castle lit up at night
© Universal and Sarah Odien

3. Unwind at Reunion Water Park

For a relaxing day under the sun, Reunion boasts a fantastic water park that caters to both adults and kids. Float along the lazy river, make a splash in the pools, or brave the exhilarating water slides. Relax in a private cabana and savor refreshing drinks as you soak in the last rays of summer.
Couple relaxing in lounge chairs at the water park | Bear's Den Resort Orlando

4. Embrace Nature at Wekiwa Springs State Park

Escape the city’s hustle and bustle with a visit to Wekiwa Springs State Park. Located just a short drive from Bear’s Den Resort, this natural gem offers hiking trails, picturesque springs, and opportunities for kayaking and canoeing. Immerse yourself in Florida’s natural beauty, and if you’re lucky, you might even spot some local wildlife.
Woman snorkeling

5. Experience a Culinary Adventure at ICON Park

For a delicious and diverse culinary experience, head to ICON Park, a dining and entertainment complex just minutes away from Bear’s Den Resort. From global cuisines to mouthwatering desserts, ICON Park’s restaurants offer something for every palate. Savor your meal with a breathtaking view of The Wheel, a 400-foot-tall observation wheel that provides panoramic views of Orlando.
View of the Wheel at Icon Park in Orlando, Florida
© ICON Park

6. Explore WonderWorks

Located on International Drive, WonderWorks offers a unique hands-on experience for visitors of all ages. This upside-down building houses interactive exhibits, optical illusions, and thrilling rides that challenge your mind and captivate your senses. It’s the perfect place for a family-friendly adventure that combines entertainment and education.
WonderWorks Orlando exterior
© WonderWorks Orlando

7. Attend a Live Show at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Treat yourself to a night of culture and entertainment at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. This state-of-the-art venue hosts a wide array of performances, from Broadway shows to live concerts and ballets. Experience the magic of live theater and witness world-class performances in the heart of downtown Orlando.
Exterior of the Dr. Phillips Center of the Performing Arts
© Dr. Phillips Center of the Performing Arts

8. Shop 'til You Drop at The Mall at Millenia

Indulge in a shopping spree at The Mall at Millenia, a luxury shopping destination that caters to fashionistas and discerning shoppers alike. From high-end designer boutiques to popular brands, this upscale mall offers a world-class retail experience. Take advantage of end-of-summer sales and update your wardrobe with the latest trends.
Woman walking with shopping bags at the shopping mall.

9. Stroll Along Lake Eola Park

Experience a serene oasis in the heart of downtown Orlando at Lake Eola Park. Take a leisurely stroll around the picturesque lake, rent a swan-shaped paddleboat, or have a relaxing picnic amidst the lush greenery. The park also hosts various events and festivals, providing a delightful atmosphere for an end-of-summer escapade.
Great blue heron standing in the water

10. Catch a Sunset at Disney's BoardWalk

End your Orlando adventure with a stunning sunset view at Disney’s BoardWalk. Located near Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this lively waterfront promenade offers a nostalgic atmosphere reminiscent of Atlantic seaside towns of the past. Enjoy charming shops, delectable treats, and mesmerizing views of the sunset over Crescent Lake.
Father and son running on the boardwalk at Disney's Boardwalk Resort | Walt Disney World
As the summer days wane, Orlando, Florida, remains a haven of adventure and enchantment, offering endless opportunities for unforgettable experiences. At Bear’s Den Resort, the end-of-summer bucket list is brimming with thrilling theme park adventures, tranquil natural escapes, delectable culinary journeys, and more. Whether you’re seeking magical encounters or relaxing moments, this vibrant city promises a memorable end-of-summer getaway that you’ll cherish for years to come. So, pack your bags, head to The Bear’s Den Resort Orlando, and have a vacation you’ll never forget.

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