Best Things to Do While in Orlando for the 2023 APIC Conference

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Are you attending the 2023 APIC Conference in Orlando, Florida, from June 26-28? Check out this list to see the best things to do while you’re in town!

Orlando, Florida Skyline  (Adobe Stock by SeanPavonePhoto 75247167)

Orlando, Florida Skyline

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Orlando, Florida, is a vibrant city located in the central part of the state. It is known for its world-class theme parks, beautiful weather, and diverse entertainment options. If you're attending the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Conference from June 26 to 28, you might wonder about the activities available once the daily sessions conclude. What additional options are there for you to explore and enjoy? Orlando offers a mix of family-friendly entertainment, outdoor activities, cultural attractions, and a vibrant atmosphere that appeals to visitors from around the world.

As a native Floridian, I am well-versed in all things Orlando. I am excited to attend APIC this year, only an hour away from home! If you have additional days or hours to spare in Orlando, don't hesitate to explore any of these thrilling activities.

  • Theme Parks: Orlando is often called the "Theme Park Capital of the World" due to its numerous world-famous amusement parks. Walt Disney World Resort, which includes the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom, is one of the most popular attractions in Orlando. Universal Orlando Resort is another major destination, featuring Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. APIC’S opening reception—Lights! Camera! APIC! –will be at Universal Studios Florida this year. The reception is open to all conference attendees and will give them access to the park from 6 PM to 9 PM on Sunday, June 25, 2023.
  • Water Parks: Orlando is home to several popular water parks that offer refreshing fun and entertainment for visitors of all ages. These water parks include Disney's Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, Universal's Volcano Bay, and SeaWorld's Aquatica. Whether you're seeking thrilling slides, relaxing pools, or interactive play areas, Orlando's water parks have something to offer for everyone.
  • Disney Springs and Universal's CityWalk are popular entertainment and dining districts in Orlando, offering visitors a wide range of experiences. Dining Springs has over 60 dining options with a wide range of cuisine, unique shopping experiences such as The LEGO Store, bowling, and a movie theater. The district also features the Cirque du Soleil show "Drawn to Life," a captivating performance combining acrobatics, music, and Disney storytelling. Located at the Universal Orlando Resort, CityWalk is a vibrant entertainment district adjacent to the theme parks. It is known for its lively nightlife with live music at the Hard Rock, the Blue Man Group, several bars, lounges, and more.
  • ICON Park: ICON Park is a popular entertainment complex. It offers a diverse range of attractions, dining options, and entertainment experiences, such as a massive observation wheel standing at 400 feet, several attractions, and the SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium. ICON Park is conveniently situated on International Drive, close to the convention center where APIC takes place!
  • Outdoor Activities: Orlando has beautiful weather year-round, making it ideal for outdoor activities. You can enjoy boating, fishing, and water sports in numerous lakes. The city also has several golf courses, nature trails, and parks for hiking, biking, and picnicking.
  • Shopping and Dining: Orlando is home to a wide range of shopping options. The Mall at Millenia and the Florida Mall are two of the largest shopping centers in the city, offering a variety of high-end and mainstream retailers. Additionally, Orlando has an excellent dining scene with diverse cuisines, ranging from international flavors to local seafood and Southern-inspired dishes. Orlando has entertaining dinner shows that combine live performances, delicious meals, and immersive experiences. These dinner shows include Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, The Outta Control Magic Comedy Show, and more.
  • Sports: Orlando has professional sports teams that attract sports enthusiasts. The Orlando Magic, an NBA basketball team, plays their home games at the Amway Center. The city is also home to Orlando City, SC, a Major League Soccer team, and the Orlando Pride, a professional women's soccer team.
  • Nearby beaches and Kennedy Space Center: If you are from out of state and looking for a tropical getaway, Cocoa Beach is a beautiful coastal city located about an hour's drive east of Orlando. It is known for its pristine sandy beaches, water sports, and laid-back atmosphere. The Kennedy Space Center is located near Cocoa Beach and is the premier visitor complex for space exploration and NASA history. Visitors can explore space exhibits, tours and interact with astronauts.

We wish you a delightful experience in the sunny city of Orlando!

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