Though Orlando is dubbed the “Theme Park Capital of the World,” it’s not all about Disney. O-Town is primarily known for the international destinations of Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort, but it also has other attractions that deliver the same adrenaline rush as rides.
This vibrant Florida city is teeming with places that offer something for every traveler. There are adventure and action parks for the adventurous and nature destinations for the nature lover. Here are some charming attractions (besides Disney World) that explain why Orlando is one of the most visited in the United States.
Adventure parks for adrenaline junkies
Orlando isn’t just about Disney, as there are adventure parks in the city that will satisfy even the most demanding. Packed with activities designed to arouse and ignite sensations, the following destinations are the go-to destination for limitless experiences.
Adventure Park Nona
This place is perfect for families who want to have activities that can be enjoyed by both adults and children. It features an aqua park with an obstacle course, a wakeboarding area and a climbing tower. With these activities, the place is worthwhile for parties, camps and group events.
Find out the prices of some packages from Nona, which is open every day from 12:00 to 18:00
- Water Parks Day Pass: $79
- Full Day Beginner Wakeboard Package: $60
- Two-hour climbing tower session: $46
Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park
This Kissimmee attraction is a must for those who need to fill the adrenaline rush while enjoying views of the greens. It offers zip lines, high ropes courses and obstacle courses for all ages, so the young and young at heart can enjoy every moment.
Check out the prices of Tree Trek packages, open daily from 8am to 1pm
- Adults (from 12 years): $56.95
- Juniors (9-11): $44.95
- Children (6-8): $34.95
- Night ascent (from 9): $48.95
An action park for the adventurous
There’s never a dull moment at Dezerland Park, Florida’s largest indoor attraction. This indoor paradise is fun because it offers guests all the action everyone needs. From an intense karting session and a game of bowling to a relaxing stroll in a car museum, this place is the place to be.
Here are some attractions and their prices:
- Karting: $17.95 (cadet); $24.95 (each)
- Bowling: $19.95 (30 minutes); $36.95 (60 minutes); $52.95 (90 minutes)
- Museum entrance: $24.95 (adult); $16.95 (4-12)
- trampoline park: $13.95 (30 minutes); $18.95 (60 minutes); $29.95 (Day Pass)
Orlando Eco Parks for nature lovers
Orlando blooms with natural beauty, something travelers will see when visiting one of the city’s alluring eco-destinations. Due to the subtropical climate, Florida abounds with wildlife wonders, some of which can be experienced in the Orlando wetlands.
This nature reserve tops the city’s list of natural destinations. Dubbed the “Alligator Capital of the World,” Gatorland means business when it comes to these magnificent reptiles. Tourists will not only see alligators here, but also wild cats, crocodiles (yes, this reptile is different from alligators), snakes, turtles and birds.
This growl paradise isn’t just about watching, Gatorland also offers wildlife adventures:
- A “close encounter” with the alligators by visiting a breeding swamp. Costs $10.
- A tour that takes tourists through the swamp to watch the alligators in the dark of night. Costs $24.99.
- A trainer-for-a-day program that lets curious guests experience the joy of caring for animals. Costs $129.99.
- Animal shows and zip lines are part of the day pass ($32.99 for adults; $22.99 for children).
Lakes are plentiful in Orlando, so navigating the waterways is a perfect way to end the day. Tourists can get stuck while an airboat cruises through the wetlands, or use a paddle on a kayak. Whatever the ride, it’s a wild one.
Here are some water adventures that everyone can try:
- Tours with Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures (starting at $30 for adults) or with Spirit of the Swamp for a minimum of $49.95 (adults).
- Cruise along Shingle Creek for $15 from the Ritz-Carlton or take a scenic cruise down the always beautiful Winter Park Chain of Lakes ($16 for adults).
Hiking trails and springs in Orlando
For the more active tourist, the city is not afraid to showcase outdoor spots such as trails perfect for hiking and biking, or the natural springs for bird watchers and anglers. Whatever the hobby, Orlando is the place to be.
Here are some spots for those who want to work up a sweat:
- Open until sunset, the 22 mile West Orange Trail welcomes bikers, horse riders and even skaters.
- Hikers will enjoy the trekking Disney Wilderness Preserve as it is home to rare birds, various plants and even the Florida panther.
- That Blue Spring State Park is the perfect place to see manatees, the ideal companions for water adventures.
- hose on Rock Springs should not be missed as it is the perfect way to end the day.
- That Wekiwa Springs State Park offers a wide range of activities such as biking, camping, hiking and snorkeling.
- For bird watchers who North shore of Lake Apopka should be on the bucket list. More than 300 bird species have been recorded here and there are pretty butterflies too.
Orlando is blessed and rich, no wonder it’s called The City Beautiful. Indoors or outdoors, day or night, it offers exciting experiences and thrilling moments for everyone. When visiting, everyone should keep their eyes peeled for wonder and surprises – smiles come naturally. That’s the Orlando magic.
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