The city of Orlando, or “The City Beautiful” as it is popularly referred to, is a famous travel destination in the United States. Most people who visit come for Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom and the Universal Studios Park in central Florida; however, there’s more to Orlando, Florida than just the theme parks. 🎡 Where are the best places to take photos in Orlando?
From beautiful parks to lovely beaches, Orlando has many places for great photo ops. Next time you’re in town, check out one — or all — of the fun places we’ve listed below! 🌊
1. Park Avenue
Want to get photos with a variety of backdrops? Then Park Avenue is your ticket!
The street is a local secret and is popular for the murals as well as the variety of options it offers visitors and locals alike. Some of Park Avenue’s eclectic backdrops include acclaimed eateries, scenic parks, a boat tour, shopping arenas and some of the finest museums in the city. 🌳
2. Lake Eola Park
Having a nice time out at a park in Orlando may be predictable, but who makes the rules on these things? Not us. And that’s why we recommend Lake Eola Park for your next photo op.
The public park, located in the heart of Downtown Orlando, has a sidewalk that circles the lake 0.9 miles in length. It is also a 19-minute walk to Dickson Azalea Park, another fantastic spot. (Talk about feeding two birds with one seed, are we right?🤔)
There are many attractions at the park including the paddleboat experience at the lake, the beautiful amphitheatre 🎭 and some amazing local restaurants. Lake Eola Park is great for engagement sessions and even better as a wedding venue — keep your eyes peeled for brides and grooms!
3. Cocoa Beach
If you enjoy nature, then Cocoa Beach is your best photo spot in Orlando, Florida. 🏖
The family-friendly beach is located about an hour from the airport and offers endless options to have a great time while taking that gorgeous pic for Insta. Enjoy a nice beach day soaking all that good Vitamin D or do some golfing, some fishing and some sightseeing at museums and historical sites. And that’s not all! If you’re into wildlife, you can get an eco-tour adventure on a kayak or an airboat to see the wildlife. ⛵️
And of course, all of these activities offer you the opportunity to get that Instagram-worthy shot at a great spot whether it’s with your partner, your family, or by yourself!.
4. Disney’s Boardwalk Resort
Some people think that the boardwalk is the most underrated attraction at Walt Disney World and we think they’re not far from the truth. This resort, located near Epcot, offers a picturesque and charming scene from a Mid-Atlantic seaside village often likened to Coney Island. 🏰
The best thing about it? It’s also absolutely free. You do not need a ticket to access the Disney Boardwalk. And even better, you get various photo spots to get your pictures, from whimsical cake stores to panoramic stores. 🍰 This location is a perfect place to take the best photos in Orlando. While Flytographer shoots are no longer permitted at the Disney Boardwalk, it’s still our favourite place to snap a selfie!
5. Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa
Have you seen the Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa located in the Walt Disney World? Well, we think this beautiful place is simply picture perfect.
Inspired by a historic New York retreat in the 1800s famous for its horse racing, 🐎 this Victorian-style hotel is charming and houses various studios, villas, pools and a spa.
Upcoming nuptials? This space is ideal for engagement photos and also serves as a wedding venue, so you know it’s a gorgeous location. 💍
6. Pinewood Estate
Ensconced in the heart of the Bok Tower Gardens is an exquisite mansion with lovely greenery that takes guests on a time travel to the 1930s. This beautiful estate, originally called El Retiro (Spanish for retreat), has twenty rooms and was built for Charles Austin Buck, a steel executive back in the day.
Fun fact: Buck was a big horticulturist who insisted that the house be designed around the gardens and not the other way around.💐This single decision has made it a historic location and it is available on tour for visitors and popular with bloggers for its lovely lush garden and fantastic architectural design.
7. New Smyrna Beach
The New Smyrna Beach immerses some of our favourite things in one of the best places to take photos in Orlando: white sandy beaches, arts, culture and even more! ☀️ Located in the northeast of Orlando, this beautiful beach is popular amongst tourists and bloggers. It offers guests the option to visit cafes, dinners and beautiful opportunities for people who love the outdoors.
Apart from the immense tourism opportunity, this location is popular amongst lovers. It is a great photo spot for engagement photos and even better for weddings.
8. Rose Garden at Rowena Gardens
More gardens? You bet! If you’re looking for lots of greenery and nature, then the Rose Garden situated at Lake Rowena sounds like what you’re looking for. 🌹
This 50-acre garden is large and offers tourists the opportunity to interact with the environment while getting that Instagram photo. Visitors get to wade through lots of oaks, palm trees and much more greenery. Within this neighbourhood, there are other lovely attractions including the Harry P. Leu Gardens, Lake Baldwin and Baldwin Park.
9. Maitland Art Centre
Love the arts? Then the Maitland Art Center is calling 📞and all you have to do is answer. This historic location in Orlando was founded in 1937 by American architect and artist, André Smith. The art center currently plays host to contemporary exhibitions, residency programs and art programming staying true to its original plan as an art colony.
Something not a lot of people don’t know about this place is that it is one of the few surviving examples of fantasy architecture in the Southeast. For this reason, it was named the first National Historic Landmark in the four-county area of Central Florida. (All we hear are more reasons why you should get a photo with the amazing backdrop at this great photo spot!)
10. Winter Park
Last but not least is the popular Winter Park situated about 20 minutes northeast of downtown Orlando. This street is well known for its extensive tree canopy, first-class shopping experiences, world-class museums and for everyone looking to get the best photos – lots and lots of jaw-dropping locations for that great picture.
There are over fifteen sites of interest located in the park including various museums, parks and even a scenic boat tour if the warm Atlantic waters are calling your name. What’s better than one great photo? Capturing your memories the whole way with photos at every stop! 📸
Like many locations on this list, this is great for everyone looking to take that iconic Instagrammable shot as well as lovers looking for the perfect spot for their engagement session.
Best Places to Take Photos in Orlando
Just when you think that you know all of the amazing photo spots in this beautiful city, there are more attractions to check off on your Orlando bucket list. Other honourable mentions include the lovely grounds of Rollins College, the iconic Tom Fruin’s Glass House, and of course, the quintessential Orlando Postcard Mural photo. 📸
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