Orlando is ranked as one of the top family vacation destinations in the world, Orlando and its many theme parks and other tourist attractions are just one reason to visit.  Others include museums, art galleries, and the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center downtown, which plays host to everything from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra to touring Broadway-quality theatrical productions. Locally produced theater can be found in venues ranging from the Orlando Shakespeare Theater at Loch Haven Park to the smaller Pointe Performing Arts Center, located at a shopping complex on the touristy International Drive.

Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba has a permanent home at Downtown Disney, while the Blue Man Group has a custom-built theater at Universal Orlando's CityWalk.

Orlando has a varied and thriving local music scene. Some local musicians who have graduated to international stardom include Matchbox 20, NSync, and Mandy Moore. From downtown bars to nationally known venues like House of Blues at Downtown Disney and Hard Rock Live at Universal Orlando CityWalk, there's no shortage of places to see live music in Orlando.

The city also hosts many large cultural events including the Florida Film Festival, the Florida Music Festival, the Orlando International Fringe Festival, the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, and Disney's Festival of the Masters art fest. During the spring and fall, chances are there will be an ethnic, food or music festival happening somewhere in Orlando on a weekend.

Due to the large Hispanic community in the area, there are Latin-inspired festivals held several times throughout the year, usually at Lake Eola Park downtown or Kissimmee's Heritage Park.

Sports are big in Orlando; home teams include the Orlando Magic (NBA basketball), Orlando Predators (American-style arena football) and Orlando City (soccer). The area is also part of Major League Baseball's spring training circuit, playing host to the Atlanta Braves (at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports) and Houston Astros (Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee). The annual Silver Spurs Rodeo in Kissimmee is also a big draw, as well as a nod to Orlando's history of cattle ranching.

Finally, foodies will find plenty to love about Orlando. The area is home to restaurants owned by noted chefs Emeril Lagasse, Todd English, Donna Scala, and Roy Yamaguchi. The annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival celebrates a world-wide menu every fall. Fans of the gourmet food truck trend will find dozens of them throughout the city, and organized weekly gatherings in locations downtown and around the city, complete with live entertainment. Not the old trucks serving up hot coffee and cold sandwiches, this new breed of food truck serves up meals like duck tacos, sushi, and BBQ fresh out of the smoker.