Things to do in Orlando besides Theme Parks
If you are planning a vacation in Orlando, there are plenty of indoor and outdoor activities that you can engage in. However, you need to determine your budget, preferences and research the different types of activities you can engage in. Here is a list of the indoor and outdoor activities that you can do when you visit Orlando:
Located in Dade City, Giraffe Ranch is about 47 acres and it is only about an hour from Walt Disney World. If you love giraffes, you can feed them and learn more about other species of animals. However, if you are to visit the ranch, you need to plan and book in advance because tours are offered by reservations only.
With more than 10 acres of land, Gatorland is among the oldest attractions in Orlando. Gatorland has numerous attractions including an aviary. A petting zoo, alligators and crocodiles, reptilian exhibitions, Florida panthers, etc. If you are out with your family, you can enjoy the observation tower, a Gator off-road adventure or a Gator zip line for more fun.
Safari Wilderness Ranch
This ranch is located about 45 minutes from Walt Disney World and it occupies about 20 acres of land. Even though the tours are offered via reservation only, when you visit the ranch you will enjoy watching grazing animals that are surrounded by bay trees and cypress domes. Eventually, you will learn a lot from the tour guides because they are quite knowledgeable and experienced.
Wild Florida and Gator Park
If you would like to go into the wilderness, this is an ideal choice. You will travel deep into 4,200 acres that have protected rivers, marshes, and swamps. In the wilderness, you will come across gators, birds, trees, plants, and eagles. If you would like to view the park using an airboat, you will have to pay an extra fee but you will have great fun and unforgettable experiences.
Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf
If you are looking for a miniature golf experience, you can visit Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf. Here, you will be offered two championship and 18 hole courses where you will have to putt your way via mountain caves, under waterfalls, and over footbridges. Additionally, if you are arranging a group event or a birthday party, this is a perfect venue.
Orlando Watersports Complex
Do you like watersports? In this water complex, you can engage in water skiing, wake surfing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding, and wakeskating. Besides being close to the Orlando International Airport, this complex is the home to the first Aquapark in central Florida where you can have fun on pathways and slides, interlocking climbing obstacles and inflatables. However, persons under the age of 18 years require parental waivers while children under 10 years undergo a mandatory 1-hour lesson.
Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens
The zoo is located about 20 minutes from downtown Orlando n Sanford. It has more than 23 acres of land with more than 5 animals. There is a reptile house, an insect zoo, a splash playground and a children’s area where you can feed or pet the animals.
America’s Escape Game
Located on International Drive, America’s Escape Game offers puzzles and riddles. You will have to select a team (9 people max.) to participate in the game. You will be locked in a room where you have to solve riddles and puzzles within an hour to escape. In case you would like to try different challenges, you can choose from 6 different experiences offered.
Breakout Escape Rooms
This is another type of an escape game and you have to play with a team. You can take your family, coworkers, friends to be a part of your team where you will have up to 60 minutes to escape. To escape, you need to find the hidden clues and secrets to locating the keys needed to escape.
Located at The Florida Mall, this is a family attraction with about 2 hands-on activities. Here, you will have to name and wrap your Crayola crayon so that you can learn how crayons are made in a live show. Covering two stories & 70,000 square feet, this is one of the indoor activities you should engage in while in Orlando.
Regardless of the type of weather, this indoor attraction offers electric race karts, 4 lane bowling alley, 3 pool tables, bar, restaurant and an I-Drive NASCAR that has an arcade with more than 60 games. Visit this arena to have unforgeable fun.
Ifly Orlando Indoor Skydiving
If you love skydiving and you don’t want to jump out of a plane or you are afraid to do it, this is a great place to start. With no parachutes and jumping, you will be floating on a cushion and you will have a lot of fun. You don’t have to worry about your safety because there is an experienced personal flight instructor to guide you and even children aged 3 years can participate.
Machine Gun America
Do you love guns, visit Machine Gun America to have the experience of your life. When you visit this indoor attraction you will have the chance to experience different types of guns even from WWII. You don’t have to be worried because safety is guaranteed and the staff are professional, trained and specialized to keep everyone safe.
Kings Dining and Entertainment
If you are looking to bowl, eat and lounge comfortably, this is the place you should visit. Kings Dining & Entertainment is located at Pointe Orlando and it features billiards, bocce balls, ping pong, 22 bowling lanes and 2 premium bars that serve innovative cocktails.
Besides being known as the Theme Park Capital of the World, Orlando offers both indoor and outdoor activities that attract people from all over the world. Furthermore, Orlando has great dining attractions that cater to everyone regardless of their budget, preferences or tastes.