10 Things To Do In Central Florida That Have Nothing To Do With The Theme Parks

Jessica DeLucia Orlando

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The reality is not all of us are theme park goers, and while Central Florida offers the best of the best when it comes to top theme parks, there is so much more to this busy and beautiful region. Whether you’re a first-timer to the area, a veteran traveler to the Sunshine State, or a current resident, you can enjoy fun in the sun and at a price that best suits you. We’re here to dive in and explore fantastic adventures separate from the major attractions, so grab a pen and paper and jot down what appeals to you most!

Gatorland

Also known as the gator capital of the world, Gatorland provides an experience for all visitors to enjoy, from Screamin’ Gator Zip Line and Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure to shows and behind-the-scenes tours. Expecting alligators only? Think again, as Gatorland is also home to other wildlife that inhabit their swamp.

Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park

It’s time to fly high! Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park is one challenging aerial obstacle course ready and willing to put you to the test, featuring zip lines, courses, suspension bridges, 50-feet up ladders and other exhilarating thrills. No matter what skill level you feel you’re at, they provide courses for all abilities. But for the thrill seekers, let’s see if you can make it to the Red Course.




Harry P. Leu Gardens

Here’s your opportunity to explore a 50-acre botanical oasis. Their mission at Harry P. Leu Gardens is to inspire all visitors to understand and appreciate plants, which can easily be achieved as each garden provides a fascinating, beautiful experience of such. New events are constantly in rotation; be sure to check what’s upcoming when in town!


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Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures

One of Orlando’s best airboat tours invites you to enjoy a choice of half hour, hour, private, sunset, OR nighttime exploration of the land! Tours are safe (U.S. Coast Guard Inspected airboat), educational, and filled with surprise and wonder. Each adventure is truly never the same!



Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Representing over 100 different species and home to more than 350 animals, Central Florida Zoo is a conservation resource providing exploration, education, and plenty of amusement. With so many exciting events, attractions and ways to get involved in making a difference, this surely is an experience for all.

 
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Revolution Adventures

Your biggest adventure may in fact reside here. As Central Florida’s #1 unique off-road attraction, found in 230 acres of countryside, Revolution Adventures offers self-driven motorized (ATVS, quads, 4-wheelers) fun as well as the non-motorized: Skeet Shooting, Target Archery, Trophy Bass Fishing, and plenty more. Prepare to get dirty and to learn some of the coolest skills to brag to friends & family.

Wild Florida

Shall it be the Everglades airboat tour, drive-thru safari park, or perhaps both? Or get a little WILD by exploring Wild Florida’s Alligator Park, home to more than 200 native and exotic animals such as lemurs, bobcats, two-toed sloths (#slothie time!) and others. This family-friendly attraction also includes a Petting Zoo for the kids, and other interactive experiences.

ICON Park

To complete a successful trip, one must make it a priority to visit ICON Park, a highly popular entertainment destination in Orlando packed with dining, shopping and attractions. A few well-known attractions include The Wheel at ICON Park, Madame Tussauds, StarFlyer, and SEA LIFE Aquarium. Once you’ve had enough play, be sure to grab some grub at restaurants such as Ole Red and Tin Roof (both known for live entertainment), Yard House, Uncle Julio’s, and more. Really, the possibilities are practically endless here.

 
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Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show

Located in WonderWorks Orlando, this hysterical dinner show is one seriously good time! As a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience, Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show provides, you guessed it, a meal plus plenty of *magical* jokes. As part of the crowd, one doesn’t just watch, they become part of the amusement with their non-stop audience participation.

Wekiwa Springs State Park

This 7,000 acre state park in Apopka, FL is located just minutes from Downtown Orlando and is no doubt a destination to add to your itinerary. Cool down and enjoy the natural water wonders (72 degrees year-round), settle down for a peaceful picnic or take a hike through the miles of trails that beg to be explored. As a long-running tourist attraction, it’s no wonder Wekiwa Springs State Park is revisited by so many; its beauty is enough to have anyone traveling back for more!

If you haven’t heard, we at Westgate Resorts offer some of the best attractions/amenities in Central Florida as well, including Treasure Cove Water Park AND the renowned Serenity Spa (located at Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa), the authentic Villa Italiano Chophouse AND Shipwreck Island Water Park (located at Westgate Town Center Resort), and plenty more. Click here to plan, book, and save on your next Orlando vacation today!