Things to Do Around Orlando Other Than Theme Parks

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When most people begin to plan a trip to Central Florida, they usually associate the area with theme park vacations. While planning a vacation to Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando is an incredible way to make memories for the whole family, there are many other things to do in Central Flordia outside of the parks.

Using a travel agent is the best way to make the most of your vacation and we always reccomend Key to the World Travel. They can help you plan everything from the moment you decide to take a vacation, to the moment you return home from your trip.

Whether you are planning a day or two outside of the parks, or an entire vacation, we have some great suggestions of places to visit and things to do. Central Florida is the perfect place to escape reality.  Fabulous weather, delicious cuisine, and attractions to appeal to any and all visitors! You can explore your cultural side with museums or cultivate your tan on the beach or a cruise. Follow along below to see some of our suggestions!

Discovery Cove

Escape To Orlando’s Paradise. Enjoy The Beach, Swim w/ Dolphins, and Feed Tropical Birds. All-Inclusive Experience Where Your Family Can Unwind, Explore, Learn, & Create Memories! Walk the Ocean Floor. World-Class Resorts. Snorkel With Exotic Fish. A unique all-inclusive day resort where you and your family will experience exciting animal encounters in a breathtaking tropical atmosphere. … Relax in the large resort pool and swim along a tropical river. Snorkel with tropical fish and rays in The Grand Reef®.

We suggest booking this with your travel agent, there are so many different packages and offerings. To book direct, you can see all they have to offer HERE.

WonderWorks Orlando:

WonderWorks, a science focused indoor amusement park, combines education and entertainment. With over 100 hands-on exhibits – there is something unique and challenging for all ages. Feel the power of 84mph hurricane–force winds in the Hurricane Shack. Make huge, life–sized bubbles in the Bubble Lab. Get the NASA treatment in our Astronaut Training Gyro and experience zero gravity. Nail it by lying on the death–defying Bed of Nails.

After you’ve explored the exhibits, venture up to the basement where you’ll find action-packed entertainment for all ages! Climb through obstacles three stories above the ground in the glow-in-the-dark Indoor Ropes Course, compete against opponents and battle in our in a fast-paced, black-lit Laser-Tag arena and experience a whirlwind adventure in our 4D XD Motion Theater!

Tickets start at $34/adult and $24.99/child under 12

*All visitors and residents in Orange County are required to wear face coverings in public with the only exception being when you are eating, drinking or exercising.

Madame Tussauds Orlando:

WMadame Tussauds is world-renowned for their super-realistic wax figures feauting celebrities from across the globe. Madame Tussauds Orlando is a pop culture overload! You can hop a yacht with Pitbull, step back in time with Neil Armstrong, meet sports legends, save the world with the Justice League, and so much more!

Pose with for masked selfies with such famous “people” as Kung Fu Panda, Jimmy Fallon, Pitbull, Scarlett Johansson, Brad Pitt, Michael Jackson, Shrek, and many more. While photos are not allowed in some Orlando attractions, Madame Tussauds encourages them! This is a self-guided attraction so take your time visiting with your favorites stars.

SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando

Escape into Florida’s only 360-degree underwater tunnel, come face to fin with sharks and a rescued sea turtle, touch a sticky anemone, and explore over 9 breathtaking exhibits. No flippers required. You can spend your day exploring the Indian Ocean, looking at a wall of jellyfish, playing in the coastal rock pit pool, take part in feeding the sealife, and explore EVERYTHING under our ocean without without even getting wet! Watch as fish, sharks, turtles, and eels swim above, beneath, and all around you. Make sure to say hello to Chely, our rescued green sea turtle, while you are exploring!

Tickets start at $31.99

Paddleboard Orlando

For those who live and breath stand up paddleboarding, or the newbie looking to learn, Paddleboard Orlando has something for you. They specialize in teaching first timers how to Stand Up Paddleboard and offer paddleboard rentals, private paddleboard parties, corporate “board” meetings, and paddleboard adventure trips!

They have boards from 9’-14” ft to suit 50 lbs-350 lbs for everyone to learn to paddleboard.

For more information contact your travel agent or click HERE

Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures

UNIQUELY THE BEST airboat tour in Florida for 25 years! Cruise the swamps by day, sunset or night on an airboat with an expert who knows the wetlands like the back of their hand seeing wildlife in plentiful measure. View our gator pond for an up-close and personal view of Florida’s favorite reptiles. Safe for all ages Native American Village: Native American heritage is brought to life through techniques such as cooking, tool making, weapons and more. Various presentations are shared with our guests for a captivating display of their indigenous lifestyle.

GO MINING! You will feel like a true miner discovering various gems, shells, shark/alligator teeth and rare fossils in our 70-foot mine!  Rent family friendly all-terrain bicycles and explore the 32-acre historic park and stop at the old swamp shack to take a memorable family photo. Dine at our unforgettable lakeside BBQ restaurant with indoor or outdoor dining.

Tickets start at $29

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

The Zoo is home to more than 350 animals, representing over 100 species from the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Visitor favorites include our North American river otters, giraffe, greater one-horned Indian rhinoceros, Florida black bears, cougar, and Amur leopard.

  • Nestled in lush tropical foliage
  • Over 500 animals
  • 23 acres of native gardens
  • Insect Zoo and Reptile House
  • Children’s zoo with animals you can feed & pet
  • ZOOm Air Aerial Adventures
  • Splash playground
  • Live animal encounters
  • Many educational opportunities and demonstrations

Tickets start at $19.50/adults and $13.75/children


Situated on more than 100 acres, one of Orlando’s oldest attractions provides affordably priced family fun. See thousands of alligators and crocodiles, along with an aviary, a breeding marsh with observation tower, Florida panthers, a petting zoo, and a splash pad for younger visitors. The park also offers one-of-a-kind reptilian exhibitions, including the Gator Wrestlin’ Show, Gator Jumparoo and special up-close encounters. Last but not least, get even more thrills from your visit with the separate-ticketed Screamin’ Gator Zip Line and Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure.

Tickets start at $29.99/Adult and $19.99

Orlando Balloon Rides

Orlando Balloon Rides invites you to view Florida as you’ve never seen before! Get carried away in a Hot Air Balloon adventure and experience something you’ve not done before. Our sunrise flights are scheduled seven days a week, 365 days a year, weather permitting. We meet 1 hour prior to sunrise and then travel to one of our many launch sites. Inflation takes about 20 minutes and then we are airborne!

The flight is approximately 1 hour and we will ascend anywhere from tree tops to several thousand feet high. Once you’re airborne, the pilot will point out spectacular sites of this area, from theme parks to the Orange groves and forests, to swamps absolutely untouched for thousands of years. Our flying area has many wonderful things to see.

After landing, a traditional champagne toast is held to celebrate your wonderful adventure. Non-alcoholic beverages are also available. We will then return to the Showcase of Citrus. Most importantly, we are a fully licensed and insured business. Our pilots are all FAA certified, highly experienced and are full-time professionals.

Pricing starting at $169

Crayola Experience

Enjoy a full day of creative play and colorful fun with more than two dozen hands-on activities at this family-friendly attraction, located at The Florida Mall®. Covering two stories and 70,000 square feet, Crayola Experience invites you to name and wrap your own Crayola crayon, and learn how crayons are made in a fun live show. You can also sculpt colorful creations at the Crayola Model Magic compound, watch as your digital art comes to life on a huge interactive wall, and melt crayons down into shapes.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Head to Florida’s east coast, about an hour from downtown Orlando, to explore the past, present and future of space travel without ever leaving earth. Admission nets you the chance to see Space Shuttle Atlantis and the Saturn V moon rocket, plus a wealth of other artifacts, replicas and displays, but the fun doesn’t stop there. You can also experience Heroes & Legend, an immersive experience where the stories of NASA’s pioneering astronauts come to life, plus other features.

Icon Park

ICON Park is a full an entertainment complex featuring fun and games for the whole family. You can spend your day exploring over 40 amazing restaurants, funky bars, boutique shops and amusement park rides. Whatever your interests or favorite ways to have fun, ICON Park is the place for you. From the top of the Observation wheel, you can see Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, not to mention the plethora of nature reserves and lakes. You can take the 20-minute ride by yourself, with friends, or in a private capsule with up to 10.

For more information click HERE

Exotic Animal Experience

Exotic Animal Experience, a privately-owned facility stretching over 7 acres, is a magical place. You don’t just see animals; you pet and hold them too. Instead of looking at them behind bars and glass, you enjoy up-close and personal interaction with everything from sloths to sheep, kangaroos, and more. This exotic animal zoo in Orlando, FL, is home to many diverse species, all indigenous to different countries, including:

  • African Pygmy Goat
  • Black Nose Sheep
  • Dromedary Camel
  • Fainting Goat
  • Greater Galago
  • Kangaroo
  • Kinkajou
  • Lemurs
  • Muntjac Deer
  • Owl Monkey
  • Prehensile Tailed Porcupine
  • Sloth
  • Wallaby
  • Zebra

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