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5 Things to do in Orlando that are Not Theme Parks

There are many Orlando Tourist tips we could give if you are looking for things to do in Orlando that are not theme parks. We could go on and on, but our list would be exhausting! So, we’ve put together a few (we’ll post more later) that you may not have thought about, or are new to the area and haven’t done yet. Orlando offers so many things to do, however, we first must acknowledge what “put us on the map.”

Back in October of 1971, Disney World opened its gates to the public for the very first time, spurring an expansion in the Orlando area of tourist-friendly attractions that continues to this day. Suddenly, everyone knew where Orlando was! These attractions go beyond theme parks, and are (in most cases) much more affordable than a trip to Disney World, Universal Studios or SeaWorld. Here are 5 things to do in Orlando that go beyond the major theme park circuit.

Orlando Eye Sunset View

The Orlando Eye

Visiting the Orlando Eye offers guests a 360 view of Orlando, with an impressive mix of Florida landmarks and nature visible from the top. From the safety and comfort of an air-conditioned capsule, guests can see everything – from the Hogwarts castle at Universal Studios to Downtown Orlando on a clear day. If purchased online, tickets for adults start at $20, with tickets for kids between the ages of 3 and 12 starting at $15.



The Orlando area has a surprising amount of shopping options available to visitors. The Florida Mall is home to a range of shopping and dining locations, including Best Buy, Banana Republic, Gotcha Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, and Asian Chao. The Crayola Experience was recently unveiled on site, offering a great outlet for kids to play and learn. The Crayola Experience consists of several kid-friendly attractions, ranging from an indoor playground for children to burn off energy to a “Crayola Factory” where kids can learn how crayons are made. When purchased online, tickets for the Crayola Experience cost $16.99. If you’re looking to make some high-end fashion purchases and to get some bang for your buck at the same time, head over to the Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets, where you can shop at a range of high-end stores, including Coach, Armani, Hugo Boss, and Burberry.

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Phillips Center

For theater buffs or anyone looking to see a live performance, Dr. Phillips Center is a great venue in Downtown Orlando. For preforming arts enthusiasts, they run shows like Pippin, The Sound Of Music and Cinderella, but the performances are certainly not limited to musicals. While Musicals, Ballets, and Orchestras often occupy the stages, the Dr. Phillips Center also has some less conventional showings, like their Chefs at Dr. Phillips Center series, featuring Chefs like Ina Garten and Guy Fieri.

Water Parks

WetnWild_DiscoExteriorOne of the huge perks of visiting Orlando is the sunny and warm climate that is enjoyable year round. While most waterparks throughout the country have an off-season, that isn’t so in Orlando. Guests are just as welcome to enjoy state-of-the-art water parks in July as they are in October, or even February. There’s a wide range to choose from; Sea World’s Aquatica and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon offers a combination of family-friendly attractions and thrill rides, while Wet ‘n Wild offers a more traditional water park experience.

Air Boat Tours

airboatFor a unique experience that offers an up-close-and-personal look at Florida’s wildlife and environment, Marsh Land Adventures offers airboat tours. The tour takes guests through the Florida Everglades (Shingle Creek), where they have the chance to see alligators and other plant and wildlife that flourish in the swampy environment. While passengers are enjoying the ride and the view, airboat captains tell stories about the American Indians and early Florida settlers who were the first to make their homes in the swampy marshes of the sunshine state. Guests have the option to purchase tickets for a 60 minute, 90 minute, or 120 minute experience. They also offer a four-hour “photo adventure” in the Florida Everglades.

If you have favorite things to do in Orlando that are not theme parks, let us know! We can post it on our next list. Stay tuned.




Super Sunday is Planned, but What About Saturday?

The week of the Super Bowl can often leave small children feeling a bit forgotten. Too young for football parties, and most definitely not ready for the all-day hype, youngsters around Orlando have plenty of alternatives. The problem is, not many parents want to miss the Big Game. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Do something just for the kids on Saturday (or a few days leading up to Sunday) in exchange for your football day.

Orlando Science Center

If you have preschoolers, Dora the Explorer exhibit opened last Saturday at the Orlando Science Center and continues through May 25. This exhibit is on level 2 of the OSC and offers young children a chance to explore with their favorite television characters – Dora and Diego. While parents may have a party on their mind, your child can help Dora with a fiesta. Your child will learn problem-solving skills, develop math and language abilities, and gain a greater appreciation and awareness of Latin American culture. In order to be ready for the fiesta, your child will get to drive Tico’s car, build the walls of Rainbow Bridge, play drums and pretend to cook.

Orlando Science Center

“Dora & Diego — Let’s Explore” is included with regular admission. Attraction tickets to the Orlando Science Center are $19 ($13 for ages 3-11). They include access to all of the museum’s exhibits, giant-screen and 3-D educational films, one Hollywood feature-length film, and other programming. For more information, call 407-514-2000 or go to OSC.org.

A Celebration of Harry Potter

If your children are a little older, plan to attend A Celebration of Harry Potter, which takes place this weekend, Jan. 30 through Feb. 1. There will be all kinds of muggles at Universal Orlando Resort. The Wizarding event includes dueling demonstrations, behind-the-scenes discussions, question/answer sessions and autograph sessions with special guests. Characters that will be in attendace include Michael Gambon (Dumbledore), Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid), James and Oliver Phelps (the Weasley twins) and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood).

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Remember that Florida residents can get discounts on theme park tickets, as well as hotels on the property and nearby if they only ask and have the appropriate identification. Unfortunately the Exclusive Event Package is already sold out.

Still Need to Burn Some Energy?

Many other special events are going on this weekend. On Saturday at Mead Gardens, the Lady Track Shack 5k will be held at 7:30 a.m. This is a great event for the females in your family. A great benefit too with proceeds going to Florida Hospital.

If you enjoy fundraising events, just up the road from Mead Gardens & the OSC in Maitland is the Maitland Women’s Club. Here you can enjoy an Antiques & Collectible Show on Saturday from 8am to 3pm. Parking and admission is free.

While 171 million people are watching the Super Bowl on TV on Sunday, hopefully your children will be content to sit and watch with you after exhausting themselves with these other fun things to do in Orlando. Even if your team doesn’t win, you’ll still look like a winner to your family. Do something fun this weekend – other than enjoying the big game.

Fun Spot’s Birthday Deal

Fun Spot Orlando

If your schedule on Saturday, June 14 is free, and you want to have some fun, head over to one of two Fun Spot America locations in Central Florida. This Orlando attraction and Kissimmee attraction will be celebrating its 16th birthday, and numerous deals and plans have been made. It’s sure to be a HUGE crowd!

Theme Park Specials

If you purchase tickets online (www.fun-spot.com), or arrive between 10:00 a.m. and noon, you can purchase an unlimited armband for only $16 (regularly $40) for up to 6 guests. The first 1,600 guests that enter either location will receive a free Fun Spot T-shirt, bag, sunglasses and other giveaway items. Free entertainment will also be included. Scheduled to appear are magicians, stilt walkers, face painters and more. Specially priced souvenir glasses will be available for $4 that include unlimited refills during the birthday celebration. Sky Coaster flights are not included in the ride armband, but are available for purchase – you guessed it – for $16, and you can ride until 7:00 p.m.

“The Amazing Race” Reality Auditions

In addition to the birthday celebration, CBS will also be holding auditions for the reality series “The Amazing Race.” Auditions are from noon until 5:00 p.m. If you are a Fun Spot annual pass holder, you can get in front of the line for the auditions! Producers are looking for contestants based upon having the following traits:

  • Strong-willed
  • Outgoing
  • Adventurous
  • Physically and mentally adept
  • Adaptable to new environments
  • Interesting lifestyles, backgrounds and personalities

Other qualifications are required as well. Fun Spot makes for a great location to display these characteristics!

Fun Spot Attraction

Fun Spot is a fun one-day attraction. “It’s huge!” The successful slogan is promoted in their television commercials. Rides for all ages, free wi-fi, parking and many other amenities make this a fun thing to do in Orlando or Kissimmee. To read more, see our Fun Spot listing, or go to their website at www.fun-spot.com. Fun Spot Orlando is located at 5700 Fun Spot Way, Orlando, FL 32819, 407-363-3867. Kissimmee’s location is at 2850 Florida Plaza Blvd., Kissimmee, FL 34746, 407-397-2509.

Odd, Fun and Free Orlando Event

On Saturday, October 12, Ripley’s Orlando will host the second annual Oddtoberfest from noon to 5:00 p.m. This special event is FREE to the public, and everyone is invited to attend. What is Oddtoberfest? It is one day of fright, fun and festivities, when paying homage and celebrating the unusual is, believe it or not, a lot of FUN!

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: This event is FREE! If you have children, this is a great way to enjoy the afternoon. It is not often you are able to visit the Orlando area and bring your children to something this much fun, at little to no cost. Be sure to purchase tickets if you want to tour the Odditorium before/during/after the event.

Beebs and Her Money MakersLive music will be performed throughout the afternoon by Beebs and Her Money Makers. If you missed them at the Vans Warped Tour, come see them perform for free. The Orlando Odditorium served as their location while shooting the video hit Jumpin,’ and are as close to being Ripley’s house band as you can get. They’ll rock the festivities which will include plenty of other live entertainment.

If you enjoy karate, or you have little ones currently enrolled in karate classes, you’ll not want to miss Sensei Mike Reeves and his Over the Edge Team. Qubits catDuring this free Orlando event, they will display their amazing karate skills and break bricks and boards.  Watch him attempt to break a few world records too! Maybe your kids are into Qubits, or like to build things. The founder of Qubits, Mark Burginger will build a 13-foot tall tower made entirely from Qubits toy pieces. If ABC’s Shark Tank featured them, you know it’s going to be great!

Trevor Dreher trick-ropingTrevor Dreher will be displaying his world-class trick roping talents at this free Orlando event. You don’t see that every day! Nor do you see an amazing vehicle from Parker Brothers Concepts – the famous Green Machine – every day. This is certainly not a kids toy. Powered by a motorcycle engine, this adult size vehicle is powerful and fun to experience.

Other fun events include face painting, bounce house and a temporary tattoo artist. Oddtoberfest is held in the parking lot at Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium located at 8201 International Drive. The event will take place rain or shine, so plan to attend Saturday, Oct. 12. Guests who want to tour the Odditorium will be required to purchase tickets. For more information, visit www.ripleys.com/orlando.

Have an odd Saturday of fun and enjoy Oddtoberfest!

About Ripley Entertainment
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com) family of worldwide attractions, the global leader in location-based entertainment.  More than 12 million people visit its 90-plus attractions in 10 countries each year.  In addition to its 32 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

Fun Things to Do in Orlando that Will Amuse You

Employment is considered to be an essential part of one’s life. It is a way of earning a living to sustain basic needs. Typically, a month-long work corresponds to salary. Salary, if translated to something tangible, will provide an individual a purchasing power called money. Without such valuable piece of paper, a person cannot buy necessities and luxuries he wants to acquire.

Additionally, enjoyment is also vital to satisfy a person. It’s an element of life that should be nurtured while a person is too busy with his job. It balances the positive and negative vibes that are gained from being workaholic. To relax and unwind, it is highly suggested to have a break somewhere that will offer pleasurable things to do, like in Orlando, Florida. This place known as “The City Beautiful” has a lot to offer when it comes to pleasure. Fun things to do in Orlando start from going to amusement parks.

There are a lot of fun things to do in Orlando. This city is also known as “The Theme Park Capital of the World,” hence, famous theme parks are located here. The most recognized recreational area is the Walt Disney World Resort, or simply known as Disney World. Most celebrated Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse and company; Disney princesses including Belle, Cinderella, and Snow White; and those featured in movies can be found here as mascots or memorabilia. Other attractions such as Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Downtown Disney showcase live performances.

Aside from visiting the renowned Disney World, there are other fun things to do in Orlando that will surely make you happy. For instance, Universal Studios Escape or simply named as Universal Studios presents movie and television attractions. Aside from movie sets, there are also rides and shows that have reached more than 40 units. Moreover, it is also the venue of film and television studio for actors, directors, and other members of the production team. In addition, it has an area called the CityWalk where your whole family and friends can dine, shop, and party. With such features, this theme park is considered to be the “No. 1 Movie Studio and Theme Park in the World.”

Furthermore, fun things to do in Orlando can also be experienced from nature-inspired theme parks such as Sea World, Busch Gardens, and Silver Springs. Sea World Florida, a marine-like park that is recognized internationally, exhibits entertaining sea creatures such as dolphins and stingrays that perform various circus acts like acrobatics. This is also a place for education, research, and conservation that preserves and protects the sea creatures.