While Disney World, Seaworld, Universal Studios and various other theme parks are the major draws of Orlando, there’s are a number of other activities and attractions that promise tremendous fun to the holidaymakers arriving in the city. Check out below some of the exciting things to do in Orlando besides theme parks.
Spend a day at Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens
The city is home to several great outdoors; and Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, about 20 minutes from downtown Orlando is one of its pretty delights! Nestled in lush, tropical foliage, this place is home to 23 acres of native gardens with a lot for visitors to explore. You can visit here with your family and take long nature walks for a peaceful time. Wildlife lovers can spot over 500 animals here and can discover an incredible wildlife at an insect zoo, a reptile house and a zoom air adventure park. Besides, there is a splash playground and a children’s area where kids can feed animals.
Take boggy creek airboat rides at Florida Everglades
Situated in Kissimmee near Walt Disney World, Florida Everglades is a river of grass comprising a massive network of forests, prairies and wetlands flowing from near Kissimmee all the way down to Florida Bay. Visitors can take a unique airboat tour here that takes them through a wide range of exotic wildlife and several untouched areas. Whisking across the water at speeds up to 45 mph while passing through the walls of tall grass is a wonderful experience these airboats offer. You can also take night expeditions that last for an hour for a more exciting experience.
Go shopping at Universal CityWalk
A true paradise for shoppers and entertainment seekers, Universal CityWalk is one of the major draws of Orlando. You can have a relaxing day or night out here with your family and friends while discovering an array of fashion stores, restaurants and entertainment spots. The place is renowned for offering a more practical memento like apparel or art pieces. Fossil, Fresh Produce, Hart and Huntington Tattoo Company and P!Q are some of the major stores here. Besides, you can explore here some incredible mini-golf courses and exciting nightlife.
Enjoy epic bird eye views of Orlando from ICON Park
Situated on International Drive and a part of the I-360 complex, ICON Orlando is a 400 feet tall giant observation wheel in Orlando presenting the best of Orlando skyline. Visitors can have a great time here enjoying incredible bird eye views of downtown Orlando and may also get a chance to see Cape Canaveral to the East on a clear day. Moreover, with over 40 world-class restaurants, funky bars, boutique shops and amazing attractions, it is an ideal place to ride, dine, drink and discover.
Kayak or Canoe the Wekiva River
Situated just north of Orlando, Wekiwa River is the most scenic attraction in Central Florida appealing to nature and adventure lovers from all around. Visitors love to rent a canoe or kayak here and spend a beautiful day discovering the rich wilderness of Florida. The kayak or canoe tour lasts for around 4 hours and includes a shuttle back to the parking space at the end of the river. Besides, Wekiwa Springs State Park located on the river, is a true nature paradise with thirteen miles of trails and plenty of picnic spaces ensuring an ideal family time.