Experience the Magic of Orlando

Orlando, Florida is the land where dreams come true. From the enchanting parks at Walt Disney World Resort to the hot Florida sun, you can’t go wrong with your vacation to Orlando.

Situated in the heart of the action, Red Lion Hotel Orlando is located on 16 spectacularly landscaped acres and features three pools, two fitness centers and comfortable accommodations. We make it easy for you to visit Disney World’s theme parks by offering free shuttles, as well as the opportunity to purchase tickets in our lobby. Plus, check out our Disney Package.

There are many things to see and taste in the “theme park capital of the world.” So pack your bags, prepare for warm weather and let’s dive into all things Orlando.


Eat: Morning, Noon and Night


Sweet! By Holly – 711 N. Alafaya Trail

Who doesn’t want a delicious cupcake in the morning to start things off right? Run by a three-time champion of Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars,” Sweet! By Holly offers over 50 mouth-watering varieties of cupcakes with delicious vegan and gluten free options available.

Se7en Bites – 617 N. Primrose Dr.

Specializing in Southern foods with a twist, Se7en Bites is sure to impress. From classic biscuits and gravy to a fried green tomato and pimento cheese breakfast sandwich, and homemade lavender lemonade to iced coffee, this place is bringing in rave reviews. A must try in the Orlando area.

The Donut King – 3716 Howell Branch Rd.

The Donut King offers a wide variety of fresh hand-made donuts. Open 24/7, you’ll be able to get your favorite donut (or two… or three) at every hour of the day. Some of the more interesting choices are sour patch kids, mint and fruity pebbles, plus a large array of sugary fillings. The Donut King also offers up bagels, breakfast sandwiches and more!


4 Rivers Smokehouse – 400 S. Orange Ave.

Wow! We wish we had a 4 Rivers Smokehouse next-door. This divine smokehouse offers cafeteria-style service but a masterpiece of Southern flavor and charm. Guests can get classics: pulled pork, brisket, smoked chicken and more, with sides like mac & cheese, sweet potato casserole and collard greens.

The Metro Diner – 985 N. State Road 434

The Metro Diner offers daily breakfast, lunch and dinner options served all day long. This local foodie experience was featured on the beloved TV show “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives,” serving up comfort food with a flair.

Hash House A Go Go – 5350 International Dr.

Serving up “twisted farm food,” Hash House A Go Go is an Orlando favorite. Their food is giant but their taste is even greater. Try out the Hash House Traditions: Sage Fried Chicken and Waffles or Chicken Pot Pie. If that’s too filling, Hash House delivers on Big O’ Salad selections.


Credit: @whoisbtip at Rocco’s Tacos

Rocco’s Tacos – 7468 W. Sand Lake Rd.
Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar offers authentic Mexican dishes in a fun, casual environment. Sample up to 425 varieties of tequila while you get guacamole prepared fresh table-side. Each taco comes on a hand-made corn tortilla with your pick of protein. Also on the menu are specialty tacos like “The Korean,” which comes with Hoisin BBQ beef, kimchi, cilantro and smoky peanut salsa cacahuate.

Morimoto Asia – Marketplace, 1600 Buena Vista Dr.

Owned by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Morimoto Asia is a local treasure. Experience pan-Asian cuisine like ramen, dim sum, and lobster chow fun. They also create works of art with their sushi rolls.

The Cowfish – City Walk at Universal Orlando 6000 Universal Blvd. #700

The Cowfish marries two totally separate foods – the classic hamburger and beloved sushi. Diners can get a sushi hamburger or sushi made with hamburger ingredients, aka Burgushi. If that doesn’t float your boat, regular hamburger and sushi options are available, but equally delicious.


Attractions: New and Different

The Orlando Eye is the largest observation wheel on the East Coast, standing at 400 feet tall. Guests can explore a breathtaking 360-degree view of Orlando. Tip: Buying your ticket online saves you 25% automatically.

Need a day out of the sun or a nice evening out? Catch a show at Dr. Phillips Center, located a few minutes north of the Red Lion Hotel Orlando. From ballet to opera and theater, the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts has it all.

Escape the crowds and enter the African landscapes at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.Recently recognized as one of the top theme parks in the world, you’ll be sure to enjoy six adrenaline-pumping roller coasters, live entertainment, kid-friendly attractions, and one of the largest zoos in America.