When most people travel to Orlando the first thing that comes to mind is the variety of theme parks available; Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, and so much more. But, why not make your vacation to Orlando a little less predictable and experience the other wonders of the city? This guide will take you on a journey to the top things to do in Orlando that are not theme parks.
The first must-see attraction in our guide to exploring Orlando is the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum. From the moment you drive into the parking lot you will be intrigued because of the way the building sits in its location. The building, also referred to as an Odditorium (believe it or not), is built on a slant giving it the allusion that the whole structure is slipping into a sinkhole (clever, Orlando). Don’t confuse this building with the Wonderworks building which is also an odd structure that was built upside-down, another must-see while in Orlando. If you are not familiar with Ripley’s Believe It or Not, it is a franchise founded on bizarre events and unusual claims that make you second guess everything you’ve ever known. Once entering the 10,000 square foot Odditorium, you will be greeted by 16 different themed galleries that include 600 exhibits and artifacts that contain some of the most unusual collections. Some things you can expect to see while touring the building are unusual artwork, wax figures, a human shrunken head, and so much more when it comes to the world of weird. Experience this self-guided tour while you’re visiting Orlando to make this trip unlike any other!
If this is your first time in Orlando, then you absolutely must see the city from a bird’s eye view. Next up on our guide to touring this beautiful Florida city is the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, the tallest observation Ferris wheel on the East coast of the U.S. As you enter into your pod on the 400-foot-tall observation wheel, you will be lifted high above the world to discover the beautiful city of Orlando in all directions. From the top of the wheel, you will be greeted by the beautiful sights of downtown Orlando, lakes and landscapes, and all the other attractions that make this city great! The Orlando Eye has a variety of ticket options available such as a private capsule, a champagne experience, or just general admission for the whole family to enjoy. This is a truly wonderful experience that Florida has to offer and one that should not be missed.
When planning a trip to Florida, you have to experience every aspect of the culture, and this includes the wetlands. To make your Orlando trip complete, make sure you book a day at the Everglades with Boggy Creek Airboat Rides. Once you book a tour with Boggy Creek, get ready for a ride unlike any other along the canals of Central Florida. On your ride prepare to see all the wildlife that Orlando has to offer; birds, turtles, amphibians, fish, and alligators! Since opening up their airboat business back in 1994 with only one boat, the company has been spreading awareness and interest for the nature and wildlife of the Everglades. Boggy Creek has two different rides to choose from; a sunset tour or the scenic nature half hour tour both offering the perfect photo-op for your perfect trip to Orlando.
No trip is complete without a tour of the local brewery, and sampling some of the finest craft beer that your vacation destination has to offer. While visiting Florida, you will be greeted by Orlando Brewing: organic hand crafted beer since 2006. John Cheek gained ownership in 2004 with the help and partnership of Ed Canty, Gene Lohri, and Stan Richards. After a yearlong closing because of location issues, the partners came back in full swing, giving the people what they want; great beer! When revamping their company, the partners needed a feature that would make them stand out above the rest, and the way they accomplished this was by creating a brew that only used organic ingredients. Since driving their business in this direction, Orlando Brewing has become the only U.S.D.A. certified organic brewery South of Vermont and East of Colorado, dubbing them ‘Fresh from Florida.’ Tours of the brewery are available Monday through Saturday at 6pm and the taproom is loved by visitors as well as locals. With well over 20 different types of beers available, Orlando Brewing is a great destination to make this vacation stand out above all others.
Last on our guide of top things to do in Orlando is exploring the Kennedy Space Center and all the wonders the Universe has to offer. When planning your trip to the space center, there are a variety of experiences available to visitors such as astronaut training, a tour of the complex, or a special event at the center. The complex has done everything they can to ensure that no one misses a thing during their visit. By splitting up the center into Mission Zones, visitors can migrate through space by chronological era, ranging from the beginning of space all the way up to current missions. As you explore the Space Center, you will get a glimpse of all things to increase galaxy education. Tours such as Heroes & Legends, Race to the Moon, Nasa Now & Next, and so much more are the reasons guests leave the complex space in awe. Don’t miss out on your chance to explore the Universe while also exploring Orlando.
Now that you have the guide of all things great in Orlando, FL, it’s time to officially plan your trip and start exploring. Don’t leave Orlando without visiting one of these wonderful attractions to make your vacation complete!