75 things to do in Orlando besides the theme parks

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Orlando is much more than Disney, Universal and Seaworld. With beautiful scenery, adventures aplenty and so much exploring to do, you will find out that there are lots of things to do in Orlando besides the theme parks

If you’re thinking of visiting Orlando but don’t know what else you can do, try the ideas in this list.

Attractions

1. Explore the Floridian forest

Be prepared to experience nature like never before with Forever Florida. Here you can zipline and horseback ride through the forest, explore with a trail buggy guided tour, and even be at one with nature by going camping surrounded by Florida’s stunning wildlife. You can find Forever Florida a 1-hour drive away from Orlando, and prices range from $20 for a trail buggy guided tour to $295 for horseback camping.

2. Go star-spotting

If you want to take a walk amongst the stars, the world famous Madame Tussauds is where you’ll find all the action! Fight crime with your favorite superhero, rub shoulders with TV stars and prepare for your starring role in a movie with Hollywood’s biggest actors. Located in Icon Park, admission to Madame Tussauds costs $28 for an adult and $23 for children age 3-12 years old. Visit from 10am-10pm daily.

3. Go back in time

Old Town is located in Kissimmee and it transports you decades back to a classic old Florida town. It boasts more than 60 unique shops and restaurants, plus free weekly entertainment and attractions. It has a brand new 86-foot-high ferris wheel, a family fun center and hosts world-famous car cruises. Check out our guide here. Old Town is open every day from 10am to 11pm.

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4. Uncover the secrets of the ocean

Go on an underwater adventure at the Sea Life Orlando Aquarium at Icon Park, and explore more than 5,000 aquatic species from three oceans of the world. Take a dive under the sea without getting wet on Florida’s only 360-degree tunnel, find out how an aquarium is run with a behind-the-scenes tour and meet Ted, the aquarium’s famous rescue sea turtle. Entrance costs $35 and the aquarium is open 10am to 9pm Monday to Sunday.

5. Explore new heights

The Wheel is Icon Park’s 400-ft-tall giant observation wheel offering the best views of Orlando: from downtown to the theme parks and Central Florida. The Wheel has 30 climate-controlled capsules where you can bring up to 15 people with you to enjoy the breathtaking sights. You have a choice of standard admission to The Wheel from $27.99, a combined Fly and Dine ticket from $32, or if you want celebrate a special occasion you can hire your own capsule from $185. You can visit The Wheel every day from 10am until 10pm.

6. Stay in a themed vacation home

Your fun doesn’t have to stop when you get home; with Top Villas you can stay in incredible villas that have themed bedrooms, and even games rooms! Reunion Resort 1600 has a whole bowling alley for you to hit the perfect strike, while Reunion Resort 9000 has the ultimate indoor playground. And when it’s time for bed, Reunion Resort 3500 has a cool colorful brick-themed room and Reunion Resort 2600 has Hawaiian and space-themed rooms, perfect for your adventurers.

7. Get your heart racing

Although this is a theme park, Fun Spot America is different: it’s the only family-owned and run amusement park. Located in Central Florida, it has exciting rides and attractions for the whole family, like go-karting, arcades, carousel, tea cups and many more! From 10am until midnight, you can go for a day from $44.95 or get a season pass for the year from $99.

Activities

8. Rent a Polaris Slingshot

Experience the ultimate joyride and rent a Polaris Slingshot for around $350 per day. You can ride and feel the Orlando breeze in your hair as you take to the open road in this 3-wheeled roadster. Be the center of attention and discover Central Florida like never before.

9. Take wakeboarding lessons

Head to Windermere and let Florida Ski School teach you how to wakeboard. Even if you’ve never done it before, you’ll be in good hands; from $90 per individual lesson their coaches teach beginner lessons, starting with dry land instructions, moving on to the boom bar, short rope and finally behind the boat. This is definitely one to try if you want to learn a new skill.

10. Fly in a real combat aircraft

If you’ve ever wanted to fly on a fighter jet, this is your chance! Make the hour and a half trip from Orlando to Tampa, where you’ll board an L-39 Albatros and jet above the Gulf of Mexico. You won’t need any flight experience to get on board – a flight instructor will be with you at all times, making “G” manoeuvres and basic acrobatics. Prices start at $2,499 for a 30-minutes jet flight.

11. Conquer the African jungle

Congo River Golf is Orlando’s award winning miniature golf experience. Located all around the city, you can bring the whole family to experience tropical rainforests, tranquil waterfalls and mysterious caves in this challenging course. As if that’s not enough, you can even feed their live alligators! A game around its 18-hole course cost $12.25 per adult and $10.95 per child age 9 years-old and under.

12. Increase your adrenaline jet skiing

Get your heart pumping and hire a jet ski from Extreme Jet Ski of Orlando. Located 4 miles from Disney, this place lets you take a ride across the lake for an amazing adventure. Hire rates start at around $55.

13. Hit an epic shot

Located at Universal CityWalk Orlando, the Hollywood Drive-In Golf is Orlando’s premiere miniature golf experience with vintage sci-fi and horror movie themes. It has two family-friendly courses, and you can putt through the open mouth of a giant space worm, under a giant spider and around an enormous alien robot. You can play from 9am until 2am on the 18-hole course for $16.99 or on the 36-hole course for $30.98.

14. Speed your way into victory

Visit the fastest indoor go-kart track in Central Florida at I-Drive NASCAR. Open from 12pm until 11pm, the track has 8 turns, 3 hairpins, 1 chicane and “The Senna S”, and each race is 8 minutes long. After channeling your inner racer, relax and grab something to eat at the trackside restaurant The Grandstand, serving all-American grub and draft beer. Prices vary depending on the type of race you want to take on; they start from $16.99 for a junior race, and up to $35.99 for a race, play and eat ticket.

15. Solve impossible games

For a fully immersive and innovative escape game experience, look no further: Lockbusters Escape Game tests your problem-solving skills and takes you on five unique challenges that you must solve in 60 minutes, such as the Pirate Adventure, Bank Heist and The Collector. Located on International Drive, Lockbusters Escape Game is open Tuesday to Thursday from 1pm until 10pm, Friday 1pm until 11pm, and Saturday 12.30pm until 11.30pm.

16. Eat and have fun

The Main Event Entertainment complex on International Drive is your top destination for dining and entertainment, with state-of-the-art bowling, billiards, interactive and virtual video games, high ropes adventure courses and multi-level virtual laser tag. You also have a dining choice that covers everything from fast and casual to chef-inspired dishes. Opening hours on Mondays are 10am-12am, Tuesdays to Thursdays and Sundays are 10am-11pm, and Fridays & Saturdays are 10am-1am.

17. Learn to paddleboard

Have you ever wanted to paddleboard? Paddleboard Orlando offers paddle classes for beginners, as well as rentals and tours at Winter Park, Butler and Conway, showing you the most beautiful water Central Florida has to offer.

18. Take on a tall challenge

For the thrill seeker in you, Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park in Kissimmee offers 97 unique challenges to push you to your limit! Their elevated outdoor obstacle courses feature Tarzan swings, hanging nets and a giant 425-foot zip line! They offer courses for all abilities and ages. Tickets cost $54.95 for adults, $39.95 for kids age 9-11 years-old, and $32.95 for kids age 7-8 years-old.

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Sightseeing

19. Explore Orlando by water



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If you want to explore Orlando by water then you must take an airboat tour on its lakes. Wild Florida Airboats takes you through an animal park where you can watch an alligator-handling show before taking a boat trip through the Everglades, while Spirit of the Swamp Airboat Rides takes you through the marshes and swamps on an alligator-spotting tour!

20. Kick back and take in the artistic atmosphere

The Audubon Park Garden District is a stylish suburb known for its hip shopping area, coffee shops, beer bars and bakeries. You can stop here to relax, shop and even admire its residential streets lined with well-maintained 1920s and mid-century homes.

21. Discover Orlando’s best kept secret

Located 30 minutes from Orlando, Bok Tower Gardens is one of Florida’s best-kept secrets – perfect if you’re looking for peace and tranquility. Expect 700 acres of citrus groves, woodland gardens, endangered plants and nearly 50 acres of gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.

22. Enjoy local art

Take in art from local and international artists at the City Arts Factory, the largest collective of art galleries in Downtown Orlando. Exhibitions are rotated monthly and there’s free admission Tuesdays to Saturdays.

23. Admire exceptional architecture

Also known as the Old Orlando Railroad Depot, Church Street Station is a beautiful historical event venue, home to some of Orlando’s top restaurants, bars as well as live entertainment and events. Don’t forget to take your camera, this building is definitely one to remember.

24. Take a tour of the city 

Gray Line Orlando takes you on tours of the city, wherever you want to go. If you’re in the mood for all things space, you can take a Kennedy Space Center tour, or if you want to explore Orlando, there are plenty of tours to suit your needs. Prices and timings vary depending on which tour you want to take.

25. Relax among beautiful gardens

One of Orlando’s most beautiful and popular gardens, the Harry P. Leu Gardens are home to an amazing 50-acre botanical oasis. You can bring the family to enjoy picnics, movie nights and story time sessions among the stunning seasonal blooms. The gardens are open daily from 9am to 5pm.

26. Hike among nature

If you want to be at one with nature and fancy a hike, visit the Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve in Windermere. The park is a big, beautiful nature center that offers you a wilderness sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of Orlando. The walks are gentle, which means you can bring your kids too!

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Unusual things to do

27. Meet a famous dolphin

For those who want to go beyond a typical aquarium experience, Clearwater Marine Aquarium is the place for you. At a 2-hours’ drive away from Orlando, this immersive experience engages you in animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, educational presentations and many more. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is mostly famous for its most notable resident, Winter the dolphin – the inspiration and star of the films Dolphin Tale. General admission to the aquarium is $24.84 for adults and $19.95 for children ages 3-12 years-old. From September until May opening hours are 10am to 6pm, and May until September the aquarium operates extended hours of 10am until 8pm.

28. Skydive indoors

Experience the thrill of skydiving without actually jumping out of a plane at iFly Orlando There’s no age limit, so you can bring anyone from your kids to your grandparents to fly indoors. All sessions include training from a trained flight instructor before you take off. iFly flights start from $69.95 and are available Mondays to Thursdays from 9am until 9pm, Fridays from 9am until 10pm, Saturdays from 8.30am until 10pm and Sundays from 8.30am until 9pm.

29. Watch a rocket launch

You cannot miss Florida’s gateway to space: the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex! Although the center is an hour’s drive away from Orlando, for those who love space you’ll be able to not only get up close to a real space shuttle, discover NASA’s space pioneers and learn about its missions, but you’ll also be able to watch a live rocket launch! Admission starts at $52 for adults and $42 for children ages 3-11 years-old. The center is open 9am to 6pm, but launches vary in times and dates.

30. Explore the curious world of the weird and wonderful

Have fun with the family and discover the oddities of Ripley’s Believe It or Not. This is the best spot for family fun if you’re into the bizarre, mysterious and weird. You’ll find the world’s tallest man, shrunken heads, a vampire killing kit and mind-boggling visual illusions, all inside a tilted mansion. The Odditorium is open daily from 9am until 1am, and tours are usually 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Tickets cost $18.99 for adults and $12.99 for children 3-11 years-old.

31. Learn about the anatomy of animals

Central Florida’s largest natural history museum, Skeletons: Museum of Osteology will awaken your inner paleontologist. Visit here 7 days a week from 10am to 10pm for a one-of-a-kind educational adventure – learn about the inner framework of over 500 animals from all over the world, from penguins and wolves to dolphins and elephants. Admission cost $19.99 for adults and $12.99 for children 3-11 years-old; children under 3 get in for free.

32. Have a magical day out

Located in Old Town, The Great Magic Hall takes you beyond a magic show, where you become part of the magic. This unique experience brings magic’s history, characters, styles and effects to you, as well as magicians showcasing magic’s classic mysteries. Shows are put on 3 times a day and tickets cost $15.

33. Look inside the world’s most famous ship

Step inside a recreation of the Titanic’s interiors where you’ll be able to see the recovered items from the ship. The exhibition is housed on International Drive and you’ll find full-scale imitations of the grand staircase, a first-class parlor suite, the boilers and the promenade deck, as well as a 3-ton section of the ship’s hull. You can visit Sunday to Thursday from 10am to 8pm, and Friday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm. Tickets are $21.95 per adult and $15.75 for children ages 5-11; admission is free for under 4s.

34. Visit an upside-down mansion

One of the top things to do in Orlando is WonderWorks, an indoor amusement park inside an upside-down mansion located on International Drive. You will learn and be entertained between six wonder zones where you’ll find out about natural disasters, physical challenges, light and sound, space discovery, imagination and art! Admission to WonderWorks are $33.99 for adults and $24.99 for children 4-12 years-old every day from 9am until midnight.

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At night

35. Take a bioluminescent evening kayaking tour

One of the best after-dark activities in Orlando is a bioluminescent kayaking tour. Make your night extra magical by gliding through a stunning light display of luminous sea life. You can even do the tour in a see-through kayak for a truly unforgettable experience. The tour costs $55 for a person 8 years-old and above for a 1.5 hour tour.

36. Take a look inside the mafia world

Get transported back to the mysterious world of 1931 gangland Chicago at Capone’s Dinner & Show. Shrouded in secrecy, you’ll arrive at the location in south Orlando, knock 3 times on the door, give the password and take in a fabulous show featuring singing, dancing and gangster action, with plenty of opportunities to win prizes! And let’s not forget the fantastic Italian-American buffet. You can go see the matinee show at 1pm or the late show at 8pm for $69.99 for adults and $45.99 for children 4-12 years-old.

37. See the sights from above with a helicopter night tour

Take a fantastic tour of Orlando at night and see the city like never before. Your flights can take from 15 to 40 minutes and you can expect to see The Wheel, Downtown Orlando and even the theme parks’ nightly fireworks show.

38. Watch a gig at a famous venue

House of Blues at Disney’s Springs is one of the most famous nightlife venues in the US. If you want to unwind and watch a live concert, this is the place to be. You can catch everything from EDM and pop to acoustic artists and thrash metal (as well as blues, of course) inside this impressively huge venue. House of Blues is usually open Sunday to Thursday from 11.30am to 11pm, and Friday & Saturday from 11.30am to 1am if you want to get something to eat and drink; concerts vary on dates, times and ticket prices.

39. Throw a bowling party

Head to Kings Dining & Entertainment on International Drive for an evening of fun and delicious food. Here you can dine, play and party all under one a 30,000 sq ft roof, with its speciality being bowling and serving an American menu of burgers, wings and sliders. Kings is open Sunday to Thursday from 12pm to 12am, and Friday & Saturday 12pm to 2am.

40. Watch a real medieval duel

Medieval Times Dinner Show takes you back into a time of knights and feasts, where you’ll watch a live 2-hour medieval jousting tournament with real weapons and dine on a 4-course meal of roasted chicken, corn and potatoes. Shows are put on twice daily and the price of general admission is $64.95 for adults and $36.95 for children 12 years-old and under.

41. Catch a family-friendly theater show 

The Mad Cow Theatre presents compelling works of theatre for the whole family. You can enjoy both classic and contemporary plays from the best of American and World literature. Prices and times are dependent on shows.

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For kids

42. Bounce around on trampolines

Kids love AirHeads Trampoline Arena, where they have 107 trampolines to enjoy. Not only can they jump around to their heart’s content, they can also play Trampoline Basketball and Air Dodgeball! Times vary depending on the time of the year and prices start from $14.99.

43. Go on a wild ride

For an all-out-fun experience, you can visit one of Orlando’s most unique entertainment destinations, Andretti Indoor Karting & Games. You and the kids will not know where to start, with tons of things to do like karting, ziplining, laser tag, bowling and plenty of arcade games. The center is open Sunday to Thursday 9am to 12pm, and Friday and Saturday 9am to 1am.

44. Interact with animals

If you want the kids to be more in touch with nature, take them to Brevard Zoo. There are over 900 animals from around the world for them to discover, and if they’re feeling adventurous they can also touch a rhino, hop with kangaroos and even kayak next to a giraffe! It’s a zoo like no other. The zoo is open daily from 9.30am to 5pm and general admission costs $19.70 for adults and $14.70 for children age 3-11 years-old.

45. Indulge yourself on a chocolate adventure

Make like Charlie and take a tour of Chocolate Kingdom: Factory Adventure Tour – a real-life Chocolate Factory! Kids will learn all about how chocolate is made; from a bean into a bar, with their personal chocolate tour guide, a handsome prince and his dragon sidekick. They’ll be taking you through the Cacao Tree Greenhouse, the Chocolate Museum and the Mystical River of Chocolate! You’ll also have the opportunity to customize your own chocolate bar. The 45-minute tour costs $16.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids age 4-12 years old, and it’s open Monday to Sunday from 10.30am to 6pm.

46. Paint the town red

For a family fun day, head to Crayola Experience: you’ll have adventures exploring art and technology in the Activity Studio making colorful craft, and Color Magic making your art come to life in an augmented reality experience. The facility is open Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 8pm; it’s recommended spending 3-4 hours there as the place is bigger than an NFL football field! General admission for everyone ages 3 and above is $24.99.

47. Take a safari trek

A little over an hour away from Orlando is Giraffe Ranch Farm Tours. You and your kids can experience intimate safari expeditions across 47 acres of rolling countryside, where you will learn about native and exotic animals. This hands-on, interactive experience will let you feed a giraffe, get close to a pygmy hippo and even pet a camel. The farm is open daily from 10am to 4pm and pricing varies depending on the type of tour.

48. Learn to clown around

If your family wants to learn a new skill, why not visit Orlando Circus School at the Visitors Circle? You can participate in unique classes and activities like learning the flying trapeze! The lessons start with basic tricks such as swinging, and then progressing into impressive tricks and catches. Prices start at $25, but vary depending on the classes that you want to take.

49. Play ball

Visit the WhirlyDome on International Drive for a unique game of WhirlyBall – a mix of basketball, hockey and jai-alai played while riding a bumper car! Inside the WhirlyDome you can also play arcade games and laser tag with your crew. The WhirlyDome is open Tuesday to Thursday from 4pm to 10pm, Friday from 4pm to 12pm, Saturday from 11am to 12am and Sunday 11am to 10pm. The price for a game of WhirlyBall is $8 per person.

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For adults

50. Watch the Blue Man Group



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For time away from the kids, you could go to a Blue Man Group show at Universal Orlando Resort. It’s a multi-sensory experience with comedy, theater, concert and a dance party all in one. It’s sure to captivate you! Ticket prices start from $60.

51. Shop ’til you drop

Fancy upgrading your closet? Head to Central Florida’s largest shopping center, The Florida Mall. You will have a choice of more than 250 retail, dining and entertainment options, including outlets like Guess and Abercrombie & Fitch.

52. Hit Orlando’s Downtown clubs

Enjoy Orlando after hours in one of its many bars and nightclubs. For a more laid-back atmosphere, you could visit Wall Street Plaza, which offers a local experience with lively bars and restaurants. Head to Aero Rooftop Bar & Lounge for an outdoor nightclub vibe, or One80 Skytop Lounge for a stylish night with unrivalled views.

53. Try every beer around Orlando

Want to taste the best brews in Orlando? Hop On! Brewery Tours take you on a flavorful tour of breweries across North, South, East, West and Downtown Orlando, including Bowigens Beer Company, Castle Church Brewing, Broken Cauldron Taproom, Deadly Sins Brewing and Suncreek Brewery. Prices are $38 per tour.

54. Go see the Orlando Ballet

Visit the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts to catch a show by the Orlando Ballet. If you go in December you’re sure to see their stunning performance of The Nutcracker. Shows vary depending on the season.

55. Laugh the night away

Laugh your way into the late hours at Orlando Improv Comedy Club, where you’ll not only catch the best names in stand-up comedy, but you’ll also be able to check out rising stars and open mic nights every Wednesday. Prices vary depending on the acts.

56. Cheer on a basketball game

Head to the Amway Center to watch local heroes, Orlando Magic. If you like basketball, you’ll enjoy cheering on this legendary team. You might even catch a game with one of your favorite NBA teams.

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For free

57. See a thousand-year-old tree

Hike, eat and admire the numerous trees that Big Tree Park has to offer. Start with a short stroll along the boardwalk, taking in the forestation – one of the trees here is more than a thousand years old! The park is open 7 days a week from 8am until sunset.

58. Step inside Celebration

Visit Celebration Town Center for a relaxing shopping trip. The town boasts traditional shops and boutiques, as well as restaurants, all situated on the promenade that overlooks a beautiful lake.

59. Watch a movie and toast marshmallows with classic Disney characters

Located at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, you can join a completely free campfire celebration with Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long, where you can roast marshmallows, sing songs and pose for photos with the friendly characters. Afterwards, you will be treated to a classic Disney movie under the stars. The sing-a-long is held daily from 8pm.

60. Learn about art

Visit Cornell’s Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College to add a touch of culture to your day. You can expect to see examples of ancient art, artifacts, contemporary art, rotating exhibitions and ongoing programs. This teaching museum is the only place in the Orlando area that contains the European Old Master paintings. The museum is open Tuesday from 10am to 7pm, Wednesday to Friday from 10am to 4pm, and Saturday and Sunday noon until 5pm; it’s closed on Mondays and major holidays.

61. Discover new experiences

If you’re in the mood for an eclectic mix of unique shops, one-of-a-kind restaurants and lively entertainment head to Disney Springs. Here you’ll find gifts like scented candles, delicious food from all over the world, live entertainment and beautiful sights such as the Riverboat Square and Waterview Park.

62. Watch great entertainment

Looking for a fantastic evening of entertainment? Visit Disney’s BoardWalk. This quarter-mile promenade is free to enter and park, and it will transport you to a turn-of-the-century Atlantic City. This district has plenty of dining and recreation options, but you can also catch free evening entertainment like fire eaters and comedians! The boardwalk opens every day from 6.30am to 2am.

63. Take a spooky tour

For a spooky experience, join a Greenwood Cemetery Moonlight Walking Tour that will take you on a historical walk around the cemetery. Guides will take you to visit 100 graves of notable people in Orlando’s history. These tours happen every month and you must register online before coming along.

64. Discover Winter Park’s secret garden

Kraft Azalea Garden is a stunning 5-acre secret garden ideal to recharge your batteries. The park overlooks Lake Maitland and has a beautiful dock leading to it so you can take a look at the full expanse. There are also plenty of benches and grass for you to sit, lay and relax. You can visit from 8am to 7pm.

65. Have a busy day outdoors

Lake Eola Park is not just your regular park – there are so many things to do that you won’t know what to do first! From 6am to 12am daily, you can rent a swan-shaped paddle boat, have a picnic, take the kids to one of their two playgrounds, or join in on their many events taking place throughout the day.

66. Catch a film alfresco

Pack up your blankets and a picnic and head to Central Park in Winter Park for Popcorn Flicks in the Park. On the second Thursday of every month, Enzian theater puts on a completely free screening of family friendly movies for everyone to enjoy, so don’t miss out.

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Cheap things to do

67. Learn about African heritage and culture

Visit Orlando’s largest collection of rare African bronze sculptures in the world at the Bronze Kingdom African Art Gallery. Discover the continent and celebrate African culture by exploring over 2,000 one-of-a-kind art pieces from Nigeria, Cameroon, Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal and The Democratic Republic of The Congo. General admission cost $5 and opening times are Monday to Thursday 10am to 8pm, Friday and Saturday 10am to 9pm and Sunday 11am to 6pm.

68. Make a splash at Central Florida springs

Cool off at one of Central Florida’s natural springs, where you can swim, snorkel and canoe around some beautiful bodies of water. Blue Spring State Park is a 30-minute car ride away from Orlando and a designated Manatee Refuge in winter, so if you come at that time you might spot a few. The park is open daily from 8am until sundown and charges a fee of $6 per vehicle. Or you could also visit Kelly Park/Rock Springs Run for a fun tubing experience! It’s open 8am to 8pm in summer and 8am to 6pm in winter, and park admission is $3 per vehicle with 1-2 people and $5 per vehicle with 3-8 people.

69. Watch a film

Enzian is a non-profit arthouse cinema. It’s perfect if you are on a budget and want to do something indoors. The movie theater shows everything from the classics to family friendly cartoons to live theater and blockbuster hits. If you visit at the right time, you can also attend its many festivals, such as the Florida Film Festival and Reel Representation. Tickets are usually $12 for general admission and $10 for students, seniors and military.

70. Get launched 390-feet above ground

Located on International Drive, Magical Midway is packed full of thrilling rides! Home to one of the largest arcades in Orlando, you can also expect two wooden elevated go-kart tracks, bumper cars, a high swing ride and the Sling Shot, where you will be catapulted 390-feet above ground at the force of 3-5 Gs! Entry to Magical Midway is free every day from 12pm to 12am, but prices apply for rides.

71. Go see a child-friendly play

Take the kids to the Orlando Repertory Theatre, where they put on entertaining and educational plays for a younger audience. Expect to see shows such as Seussical The Musical and Shrek The Musical Jr. Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $15 for children between 3-17 years-old; admission is free for children under 3 years old.

72. Explore the mysteries of the universe

Take a hands-on approach to science at the Orlando Science Center. You and your family can explore the wonders of space in Our Planet, observe science in motion in Kinetic Zone, learn about prehistoric predators in DinoDigs, enjoy live programming and 3D and giant-screen films and more, all included in general admission! The Science Center is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily with extended hours in the summer. Tickets are $21 for adults and $15 for children ages 2-11.

73. Have an evening full of laughs

If you’re up for some laughs, head to SAK Comedy Lab, Orlando’s best-rated live improv comedy club. Some of the best American comedy writers and performers have passed through here and you will not want to miss the next generation of comedic talent. Ticket prices vary depending on the show.

74. Ride around historical towns

Take a bicycle tour of Central Florida’s historical towns with West Orange Trail Bikes and Blades, where you will explore fast paced roads, trails and leisure towns. Prices for the tour start at $8 but vary depending on the length and type of tour that you want to take.

75. Enjoy the sights and culture of Winter Park

Located 20 minutes away from Orlando, the city of Winter Park is known for its generous outdoor spaces. Try Central Park, an 11-acre park with stunning fountains and a beautiful rose garden, or Lake Osceola, where you can start a scenic boat tour across Winter Park’s chain of lakes. The city also boasts galleries like Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, displaying the work of internationally acclaimed Czech sculptor Albin Polasek, and a botanical garden.

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