Orlando in Florida is probably best known for its theme parks. There are dozens of them and all are globally famous – from Walt Disney World to Universal they’re nothing short of a dream destination for big, and little kids, everywhere.
Orlando sees a whopping 60 million visitors each year – yes really – so, of course, those coming to the Sunshine State expect nothing less than glorious weather, a warm welcome, great food and plenty of things to do.
But what if you want to experience something other than the rollercoasters and shows, cartoon characters and spell-binding entertainment? What if, gulp, there are other things you could do that doesn’t involve queuing for hours, or encountering large swathes of people?
Dealchecker have put together this handy infographic which gives several options for kids and adults some amazing things to do in Orlando – including the catching a basketball game with Orlando Magic, enjoying a swan boat ride in Lake Eola or taking a dinner cruise from Clearwater Harbor.
However, if you’re still looking for more inspiration on different activities and attractions that appeal to the whole family beside the theme parks, here are some more ideas:
• Lisa from Travel Loving Family suggests that it’s important to give yourself a theme park break, and a visit to International Drive is a must. Check out all the attractions and shops there including Pirate’s Grove Adventure Golf and the odd but fascinating museum Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
• You could discover the natural beauty of Tibet Butler Nature Preserve – which offers a large expanse of wilderness within an urban jungle. There are walking trails for all ages as well as a nature centre where visitors can discover what wildlife resides there as well as a butterfly garden.
• The Orlando Eye will afford you some breathtaking views of Florida in all directions, including Orlando’s skyline and on a clear day, views of Cape Canaveral on the east coast. The iconic 400-foot tall observation wheel is suitable for all ages.
• If you love the outdoors, then a visit to Winter Park is a must, which has an abundance of parks – over 70 of them – as well as activities and festivals, all home to various events, festivals and celebrations throughout the year. There are plenty of lakes and hidden canals to discover, as well as scenic boat tours.
• Carrie from Flying With A Baby has a plethora of ideas that move away from Disney including the Crayola Experience in the Florida Mall. It has 26 interactive creative activities in a space larger than an NFL football pitch!
• Dinosaur World is the perfect place for little ones – with over 150 lifesized models as well as fossil dig areas and a boneyard. Plus, plenty of vegetation to admire as well as shade pathways to stroll.
Have you got any more to add?
*This post was written in collaboration with Dealchecker