Orlando is a great vacation destination, but most people only ever think of going to Orlando for Disney World. However, the city offers a ton of great things for travelers to do besides just hitting theme parks. So whether you want to explore a great new city or are looking for activities to mix in with your Disney World vacation, here’s a list of fun things to do in Orlando besides hitting the theme park.
If you are looking for an incredible wildlife encounter, considering snorkeling with the giant manatee. No matter your skill level, you can enjoy meeting this sweet animal up close and personal. Tours are daily and include all the gear you need.
Everglades Airboat Tour:
There are a ton of great airboat touring companies in the Orlando area that will take you out into the everglades. You can see alligators, go fishing, or just sit back and enjoy the unique flora of these wetlands. Tours can run all day, a few hours, or even overnight, depending on what you’d like to do. They are extremely affordable and a fun experience no matter your interests.
Harry P. Leu offers 50 acres of tropical plants and wildlife. You can learn about some of the local wildlife like palms, cycads, and philodendrons, and see some exotic tropical plants from all over the world. They also offer a variety of educational classes, so make sure before you head out, you check their calendar of events to see if there is something that piques your interest.
From affordable favorites like GAP, Forever 21, and PacSun to high-end couture like Fendi, Prada, and Chanel, the Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets has it all! No matter what you are looking for you, you can find it at this massive shopping center–for a discount! So make sure when you are packing you leave a little room in your luggage for all the great finds you’ll score at this local outlet mall.
If you or your children are biology nuts, SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology is fun, educational experience for all. Featuring the skeletons of vertebrates from all over the world, you can learn about the diversity of bone structures. There’s a ton to see at the museum and plenty of great information about bones that will make you go “wow, I never knew that!” Passes are extremely affordable and well worth it for everything you’ll learn.
The internationally famous house of wax has a location in Orlando to visit. Was statues of your favorite celebrities are so realistic, you’ll feel like you are meeting the actual person. Take pictures with all the famous celebrities that will make your friends and family take a second look. It’s kitschy fun that everyone will love!
So if you are planning on booking a trip to Orlando, check out some of these great attractions outside of Disney World. You’ll have so much fun, you’ll want to visit Orlando every year!