Okay I’m sure if you’re like me, you are blinded by the idea of OMGDISNEYWORLD when heading to Orlando but I know there are also people who are not huge fans of theme parks. I mean trying to chase down Disney characters, buying all the pins, eating all the food, and wanting to be a princess (um, major thanks to Expedia.ca for making me feel like a princess!) isn’t for everyone. So here’s a list of fun things to do in Orlando that does not involve our friend Mickey Mouse.
Explore the City by Foot
Of course, I had to go running in Orlando and would recommend it! So Orlando is not really a walking city (unfortunately) but I insist on wandering by foot because that is how Jen and I found IHOP and was able to get cheesecake pancake 😉 Here’s a link to a running route in Orlando that lets you run past multiple lakes! Not a runner? Check out the Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve for a pretty scenic walk!
Gatorland offers an up close experience with the creatures that Florida’s known for – thousands of alligators and crocodiles! You can even take a zip line ride over the park and look down on the alligator marsh (hold on tight 😉 haha)! You can even be a trainer for a day and get up close and personal with them!
Orlando Watersports Complex
Do things like wakeboarding, wakeskating, kneeboarding, waterskiing interest you? Then the Orlando Waterports Complex is up your alley! Want something more relaxing? They also have stand up padding boarding and SUP yoga!
Image from OWC
“This once top-secret laboratory was located in the Bermuda triangle. An experiment gone awry lifted the laboratory carrying it to International Drive in Orlando, Florida where it landed upside down. Luckily all of the exhibits remained intact and available for guests to explore.” Um, yes please? A place to have fun and learn! They’re like a science centre with more than 100 hands on exhibits that “challenge the mind and spark the imagination.”
Visit a Museum
If I didn’t enjoy history, I would not have done my undergrad in it! One of my favourite places to visit while traveling are museums! Here’s a list of a couple that I think are pretty cool in Orlando: The Orange County Regional History Center, Titanic The Artifact Exhibition, and Orlando Museum of Art.
Still looking for something to do?
Here’s my list of 10 things to do in/near Orlando for FREE!
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