ORLANDO, Fla. – Even with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic affecting central Florida, some of the once busy tourist attractions and hot spots are slowly opening up again.
Granted, guests can expect additional security and social distancing measures everywhere, on top of reduced capacity and, in some cases, reduced working hours.
Disney Springs, City Walk, and Icon Park are among the places residents can revisit. However, as the entire state is moving in a phased manner, they will not operate as they were before the pandemic.
Of course, not all is open yet, which is why we’ll update this story as more places open their doors.
Check out the list of things that are open in Central Florida:
Treetop Trek: Brevard County’s Zipline Park is open at reduced hours. You must purchase an entrance ticket in advance and wear a mask upon arrival. Read more here.
Leu Gardens: This botanical garden in Audubon Park has not only stayed open, it has also been free for a few weeks. Guests can stroll through the flowers and trees from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Read more here.
Topgolf Orlando: Topgolf is open with some new changes. Employees wear masks, gloves and have to pass health checks. Partitions have been installed between the pens and the area is disinfected after each group. Read more here.
Wild Florida Drive-Thru Safari Park: Stay in your own vehicle as you cruise a winding path through an expansive pasture filled with deer, bison, water buffalo, and more. Book in advance as tickets are sold out. Read more here.
Fun Spot: The Orlando attraction’s location is again welcoming guests. Relocated seats on journeys and improved safety measures will be noticeable. The Kissimmee location will remain closed for the time being. Read more here.
Chocolate Kingdom: Chocoholics can take 45-minute tours of the 11,000-square-foot facility. The tours take place every hour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are used at 50%. Read more here.
The Wheel: Formerly known as the Orlando Eye, The Wheel will reopen on June 3rd and for now, each party will get their own private capsule. Read more here.
Madame Tussauds Orlando: Discover wax figures galore at this International Drive attraction. Adult tickets cost $ 20 if you buy online in advance. Read more here.
Sea Life Aquarium: The interactive Sea Life Aquarium is located in the wheelhouse across from Madame Tussauds. Markings are placed on the floor that guide guests through the attraction while maintaining social distance. Read more here.
Orlando Starflyer: The 450-foot swing ride on I-Drive is open. In a tweet, the attraction said it was following CDC guidelines. Read more here.
ICON Park: Many restaurants are starting to open, including Yard House, Tapa Toro, Tin Roof, and Sugar Factory. These are in addition to Madame Tussauds and Sea Life, which are also located in ICON Park. Read more here.
Island H2O Live !: The Central Florida water park is open with limited capacity. Guests are required to wear masks between trips, but for safety reasons they are not allowed to drive. Read more here.
Wall Crawl Orlando: Get some insta-worthy pictures on this interactive experience featuring sets painted by a variety of artists. Wall crawl limits capacity to 10 people per session and tickets must be purchased in advance. Read more here.
Old Town: The Kissimmee attraction is open daily from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Shops and restaurants are now 50% full. Read more here.
Disney Springs: While the theme parks are closed, Disney’s shopping and dining districts are open. Guests must pass a temperature test before being admitted. Read more here.
CityWalk by Universal: CityWalk was the first theme park-related property in central Florida. Select restaurants and shops accept guests, but expect temperature control and limited parking and opening times. Read more here.
Arcade Monsters: The Oviedo location, which offers retro games, food, and more, gently reopened on May 22nd to debut its expansion. Read more here.
Aloma Bowl Winter Park and Boardwalk Bowl: Both bowling alleys are open again, but guests must wear face covers and arrive in groups of no more than 10 people. The balls are cleaned and disinfected after each use and social distancing measures are taken. Read more here.
Central Florida Zoo: The zoo operates daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with limited capacity. Tickets must be purchased in advance and group size must be limited to 10 people or less. Read more here.
Brevard Zoo: Brevard Zoo recently reopened. All guests must wear masks and plan to bring a credit or debit card as cash is not accepted. Read more here.
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games: The go-kart race on Universal Boulevard has reopened with new hygiene and hygiene measures. The high ropes course is temporarily unavailable, but all other areas accept guests. Read more here.
Dinosaur World: The Dino Walk and Indoor Museum are open, but all practical activities are closed for the time being. Capacity in the park is limited. Read more here.
ICEBAR Orlando: Guests can cool off, have a drink and eat at this ice-themed I-Drive attraction. All areas are occupied to 25% and the guests need an entrance ticket. Read more here.
Machine Gun America: During the pandemic, guests can fire AK-47s, UZIs, and more. Masks are required. Read more here.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: The visitor complex reopened May 28th. Guests must pass a temperature test and wear a mask. The Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour is closed, but all other areas are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read more here.
Lakeridge Winery: There are currently no events or festivals, although guests can stroll through the vineyards at their own pace. The retail store is open and wine tastings are offered. Read more here.
K1 Speed: K1 Speed is open again with fully electric karts and an indoor track. Face covers are required for all, and karts and helmets are disinfected before each use. Read more here.
Epic Ax Throwing: The downtown Orlando location reopened May 21st. Reservations should be made in advance. Read more here.
Magical Midway: The Sling Shot and Starflyer’s home is open again with free parking and free entry. Read more here.
Margaritaville Resort Orlando: The entire resort, including Margaritaville Cottages and the boardwalk, has reopened with a few deals on offer to entice guests to book an overnight stay. Read more here.
WonderWorks Orlando: The I-Drive attraction will reopen May 29th. Social distancing is required and staff are required to wear masks, although guests are not required to. Read more here.
Nona Adventure Park: While the climbing tower is closed, the rest of the inflatable water park in Lake Nona is open. The opening times are from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Read more here.
Bok Tower Gardens: The extensive Lake Wales garden with its famous carillon opened on June 1st. Guests can now buy timed tickets. Read more here.
Orlando Museum of Art: OMA opens its doors to members only June 2-4, and welcomes the public again on June 9th. Read more here.
Polasek Museum: The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens reopened its sculpture garden on June 2nd and its indoor gallery on June 9th. Masks are required and capacity is limited. Read more here.
Urban Air Adventure Park: Before the park opens to the public on June 6, key employees and their families will be invited to a free game day on June 4. All you have to do is sign up online for a two-hour block day. Read more here.
While all of the above locations are open now or will be available in the coming days, we also know about a few things that will start again soon:
Universal Orlando: Starting June 5th, all three Universal Orlando theme parks will open. Masks and temperature tests are required for all guests. Read more here.
Disney World: Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom open on July 11th, followed by Epcot and Hollywood Studios on July 15th. Read more here.
SeaWorld Orlando: SeaWorld will reopen with Aquatica and Discovery Cove on June 11th. Read more here.
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