What to do in Orlando during SmileCon

Host city offers variety of entertainment, from amusement parks to golf courses

Hole in one: Besides amusement parks, the Orlando, Florida, area is home to multiple golf courses, so SmileCon attendees can enjoy some time on the links. The meeting takes place Oct. 5-7. Photo courtesy of Visit Orlando.

SmileCon is heading to Orlando, Florida, where a magical time awaits attendees at Walt Disney World Resort and the countless other attractions that call the Theme Park Capital of the World home.

Dentists planning to attendany of the theme parks, whether Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando or the Legoland Florida Resort, should be sure to plan ahead by going to the SmileCon Visit Orlando page .

But Orlando offers even more than world-famous amusement parks.

"The host city for this year's SmileCon has something for everybody," said Bertram J. Hughes, D.M.D., 2023 chair of the ADA Committee on Local Arrangements. "In addition to exciting theme parks, the Orlando area has plenty of golf courses, restaurants, boutiques and other attractions to keep you and your guests entertained."

Read more below about the many places to explore during SmileCon, happening Oct. 5-7.

Hit the links

For those who prefer golfing to amusement park hopping, the Orlando area has an abundance of courses, including Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge and the Reunion Resort, which is the only club in the world to feature course designs by Mr. Palmer, Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus.

Night on the town

Unique dining and nightlife options are ready to greet SmileCon attendees along International Drive, or I-Drive, and its surrounding areas, which boast some of the best restaurants, bars and clubs in central Florida.

Shop till you drop

Orlando's premier shopping malls will give dentists plenty of options to treat themselves or find the perfect keepsakes for their loved ones back home. Locations include high-end retail malls, including The Mall at Millenia and The Florida Mall, and designer outlets, such as Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, Orlando International Premium Outlets and Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets.

Beyond 'the mouse'

While Disney World, Universal, SeaWorld and Legoland offer no shortage of excitement, there are even more attractions to explore in Orlando. Check out alligators at Gatorland, wax figures of celebrities at Madame Tussauds, majestic sea creatures at the Sea Life Orlando Aquarium and natural wonders at the Orlando Science Center.

To learn more or register for SmileCon, visit . Registration opens June 7.

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