Nearby Locations and Distance from Orlando International Airport

Spending long hours at the airport can be an exhausting experience, especially when you have to deal with layovers or delayed/canceled flights. From sightseeing or shopping to grab a bite, there are many things that people can do in Orlando (specifically near MCO) to spend time. So, if you have a flight scheduled later in the day, or you have a little time in the city and looking for things at a short distance from Orlando International Airport, then this blog is for you. We have curated a list of a few must-visit places that include theme parks, gardens, and museums in Orlando that you can cover without venturing too far.

Must-see Spots and places to visit near Orlando Airport

Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure

16.8 miles from Orlando International Airport

Universal Orlando Resort is a massive theme park that has a never-ending mix of fun rides, entertaining exhibitions, and other exciting sections. Each park island features different themes such as Jurassic Park, the Lost Continent, Toon Lagoon, Seuss landing, and Marvel Comic Superhero Island.

US Astronaut Hall of Fame

49.8 miles from Orlando International Airport

It is a captivating museum that honors the men and women who have contributed their time and effort to teach us about space. It provides great insights into an astronaut’s responsibilities. The museum also features the original space capsules of Apollo, Gemini, and Mercury. If you are intrigued about what an astronaut's job encapsulates, you must visit this place.

Winter Park’s Scenic Boat Tour

15.6 miles from Orlando International Airport

Just a few minutes away from downtown Orlando, this boat tour will take you to the quiet and manmade surroundings of Lake Osceola. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this 45-min boat ride will leave you in a tranquil state of mind.

Kennedy Space Center

43.1 miles from Orlando International Airport

Visit the Kennedy Space Center and take a glimpse into America's legendary space program. From various tours and exhibitions, one can closely experience space missions of the past, present, and future. The space center also offers a look into the working environment of a real space exploration facility.

Walt Disney World Resort

16.8 miles from Orlando International Airport

With Disney Hollywood Studios, experience what it's like to be on the set of a motion picture or television show. In addition to the studio, one can also enjoy two popular rides (The Tower of Terror and Rock n’ Roller Coaster) in this theme park.


12.9 miles from Orlando International Airport

It is actually a hidden gem near MCO, which is recently revamped. The theme park features many walking trails, places to eat, a zip line, a kid’s water park, and a play area.

Magic Kingdom Park

27.5 miles from Orlando International Airport

This theme is inclusive of Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Adventureland, and Liberty Square, among many other lands. Here children can safari in an American jungle, have a conversation with Donald Duck, and embark on adventures that existed hundreds of years ago. This place is a must-visit.

SeaWorld Orlando

13.3 miles from Orlando International Airport

Take a ride on a 15-story high roller coaster, enjoy shows (like the Circus of the sea), or see other animal attractions. There are a lot of activities that you can do here and choose from a variety of tours to see.

In addition to the above-mentioned spots, you can also choose from Airport Lake Park, Cypress Gardens, Lake Kissimmee State Park, West Orange Trail, or Florida Aquarium among many other things to explore instead of waiting at the airport for your flight. You can even go shopping or indulge yourself in trying out some local cuisine.