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30 Things To Do in Orlando Besides Major Theme Parks

August 29, 2019 Hanny 3 min read 13 Comments

When tourists make trips to Central Florida, it’s usually to go to the major theme parks such as Disney, Universal and Seaworld, but there are many great things to do in Orlando aside from the major theme parks.

So if you are planning a trip to Orlando, Florida, but want to stay within a budget or would like to do something aside from theme parks, then check out this list of 30 things to do in Orlando.


30 Things to do in Orlando

1. Madame Tussauds – Take photos with wax figures that look identical to the celebrities you admire.


30 Things to do in Orlando

2. Sea Life – Central Florida’s very own aquarium! With plenty of interactive activities.


30 Things to do in Orlando

3. The Wheel at Icon Park – if you’re looking for the best view of Orlando, The wheel is the best spot for that.


30 Things to do in Orlando

4. Fort Christmas Historical Park – if you like forts, nature and history, this a great place to visit!


5. Old Town – shopping, restaurants and live music, this is what you’ll find in Old Town.

6. Wonder WorksThis attraction has 100+ hands-on science exhibits.


30 Things to do in Orlando

7. Kennedy Space Center – If you want to learn about Space, this is the place.


30 Things to do in Orlando

8. Orlando Balloon Rides – if you’re looking to go on a hot air balloon, I recommend Orlando Balloon Rides.


30 Things to do in Orlando

9. Safari Wilderness RanchTake a Safari and feed the animals.


10. Showcase of Citrus Monster Truck Safari – This tour includes getting on a monster truck and exploring the area.

11. Capone’s Dinner and Show– Dinner theater with a 30’s gangland theme plus a delicious buffet.

12. IFLY Orlando – Not a fan of the outdoors, but want an adventure? Go skydiving at this indoor facility.

13. Epic Axe Throwing – Get a group of friends and try your hand at Axe Throwing!

14. Medieval Times & Tournament – Watch knights joust as you enjoy some delicious medieval dinner.

15. Kayak at Blue Springs State Park – Orlando is full out State Parks, but this park is one of the best for Kayaking.


16. Bok Tower Gardens – Beautiful Gardens known for their “singing” tower, which plays the carillon bells several times a day.

17. Harry P. Leu Gardens – A wonderful 50-acre botanical garden.

18. Mead Botanical Gardens – A tranquil space with an array of flowering gardens and wildlife habitats.


19. Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens – A historic site with a museum and sculptures by Albin Polasek.


20. Orlando Science Center – Science center with hands-on exhibits and planetarium shows.


21. The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art – Beautiful Museum with the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany.

22. Orlando Museum of Art – Art Museum with incredible art.


23. Titanic: The Artifacts Exhibition – Learn about the Titanic in this wonderful exhibition.

24. Orange County Regional History Center – a 5-story museum focused on the history of Central Florida.

25. Presidents Hall of Fame – Museum dedicated to the U.S. Presidents and their families.

26. Chocolate Museum & Cafe – Learn everything there is to know about chocolate and take their tour to see some impressive sculptures made out of chocolate.


30 Things to do in Orlando

27. Hop on! Central Florida Brew Tours – Hop on! And take a tour of different breweries, all while enjoying a variety of beer.


30 Things to do in Orlando

28. Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards – Take a free tour and enjoy some free wine tasting at this beautiful Vineyard.

29. Orlando City Tours – Take a tour of Orlando and see what else there is to do aside from the Theme Parks.

30. Apopka Wildlife Drive – Take a self tour in your own vehicle and watch all the wildlife in its own environment.

There are plenty of places in Orlando to visit and will hopefully be posting more of these places. So stay tuned!


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  • Faye September 4, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    I have to admit that a day at a theme park when you’re on holiday sounds so boring to me! It’s great to see so many alternatives – i love the sound of Old Town 🙂 x

    • Hanny September 4, 2019 at 10:46 pm

      Awesome! Yes I do know a few who think the same, which is why I wanted to create a post about other things people can do in Central Florida aside from Disney Old Town is great, lots to do, see and try.

  • Tammy Miller September 18, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Nice photos. I have never been to Orlando before. I would definitely like to see the Gardens and the Safari if I visit one day.

    • Hanny September 18, 2019 at 10:13 am

      Yes you definitely should! The Safari is a wonderful adventure!!

  • Ash September 18, 2019 at 10:28 am

    This so so helpful! I’m going to Orlando in February!

    • Hanny September 18, 2019 at 10:29 am

      Awesome!!! I hope you enjoy your time in this wonderful city

  • Tamra September 18, 2019 at 11:57 am

    This is a great post! I do tend to only think about theme parks when I think of Orlando. Your post makes me want to take a visit down there soon!

    • Hanny September 18, 2019 at 12:12 pm

      Awesome!! And thanks There’s definitely so much more to Orlando than theme parks

  • Anthony @ Green Mochila September 19, 2019 at 3:09 am

    An indispensable post for whoever plans a visit to Orlando! The links to each attraction make it easy to get additional information. Good job putting all these tips together!
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    • Hanny September 19, 2019 at 8:07 am

      Thank you!

  • Dean Cloud November 8, 2019 at 4:47 am

    Thanks a ton for this article! I am planning to visit Florida probably after 2 months but was very confused about the places to visit. I have 2 kids so I have to keep them in mind before deciding the place. This article make my mind clear so it will be a happy journey for us.

    • Hanny November 8, 2019 at 8:32 am

      Awesome!! Glad you found this post helpful! I’ll have more coming up on Orlando, so stay tuned!

  • Shelly aka girlylifestylerealtor July 16, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    This is such a helpful guide! I can’t wait to checkout some of these great places in Orlando.

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