At Northgate Lakes, we are especially lucky to have so much fun just a short drive from our apartments, one of the many perks of living in UCF apartments off campus. Our backyard is full of amusement parks and interesting sights both in Oviedo and the Orlando area. With options ranging from Universal Studios to Legoland, how do you choose the right adventure for you and your friends?

Universal Studios Florida

Universal Studios Florida has everything you could possibly want from amusement park—rides to shows, and everything in between. There are rides for the thrill seekers wanting to ride roller coasters or more laid-back rides and shows for families. There’s so much to see here that you can’t do it all in one day—get a multi-day ticket so you can spend the whole weekend! And don’t forget to check out the Universal CityWalk right outside of the park featuring the Hard Rock café, the Margaritaville restaurant, and many other nightlife options.

Disney World®

You’ve heard it before—every champion’s first stop after the Super Bowl is Disney World, and you have the benefit of living just down the road! Don’t miss out on any opportunity you have to see all of the magic that Disney World has to offer. You don’t have to be a kid to be amazed by Disney World; just be a kid at heart and ride as many rides as you can! Students, faculty, and staff at the University of Central Florida can purchased ticket at a significantly reduced rate in the Student Union, so start planning your trip.


When you were young, did you build with Legos? Even now, do you find all of the things you can create fascinating ? The Legoland 150-acre park has over 50 rides, shows, and attractions; a water park; and more Legos than you’ve ever imagined. You can design your own raft to float on the lazy river or explore the seven themed areas of Miniland USA. Either way, prepare to be impressed!

Young and old crowds flood to Orlando every year to see these and many other impressive parks and attractions, so take advantage of the close proximity of Northgate Lakes to Orlando!