Orlando may be advertised as the House of Mouse, but it offers so much more besides Disney World. If you’re looking for a day full of adventure and excitement but want to skip the Disney crowds, look no further. We’ve got your guide to four awesome things to do in Orlando other than Disney World.
Get up close and personal with some of Florida’s most notorious residents at Gatorland. The park is touted as the Alligator Capital of the World and hosts over 2,000 American alligators, but it’s also home to a number of other animals, including bobcats, Florida panthers, and beautifully colored birds. More than just a gator park, Gatorland offers exciting experiences sure to thrill every member of your group. Climb aboard a monster vehicle with the Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure; become a trainer for a day and make friends with the park’s friendly reptiles; or view the park while soaring down a zip line. Gatorland actually has two zip lines: the Screamin’ Gator Zipline and the Gator Gauntlet, which is specifically designed for guests with mobility challenges.
For the thrill seeker who isn’t quite ready to jump out of a plane, iFLY Orlando is the perfect experience. This indoor skydiving attraction takes your love for adventure to new heights and is suitable for guests of all ages and mobility levels. Professional skydiving instructors will train and guide you through your high-flying adventure. Using virtual reality software, iFLY Orlando also allows you to take your indoor skydiving experience around the world or to an entirely new world with a How to Train Your Dragon VR experience.
Beat the summer heat at Orlando Watersports Complex, Central Florida’s first aquapark. This sports center offers several different classes and experiences to help you make the most of your next boating adventure. Standard and advanced cable pulling takes wakeboarders and water-skiers around a series of ramps and jumps so that they can get some serious air. A program is also available to teach less experienced riders the basics under the watchful eye of a skilled instructor. The water sports complex also has an inflatable aquapark and an obstacle course for younger adventure-seekers.
For a more relaxing night on the town, check out the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, located in the heart of downtown Orlando. Talented artists and performers from around the country find a home at this multi-level theater. A ballet performance of The Wizard of Oz; a traveling production of the hit Broadway musical A Chorus Line; and a live recording of the popular podcast My Brother, My Brother, and Me are just a few of the great events coming to the theater later this year. If you love the high-energy performances of Mickey and the gang but are looking for things to do in Orlando other than Disney World, this is the venue for you.
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