Beyond Disney – “Off the Beaten Path” Ways Your Family Can Enjoy Orlando

Orlando and Disney go together like PB&J. True, Disney World is one of the biggest, and most popular, attractions in Orlando, Florida. Yet, there’s quite a bit more to Orlando than Disney World. In fact, there are plenty more attractions in Orlando that still fly under the radar of many tourists/visitors.

If you’re in the market for a warm, excitement-filled destination for your next family vacation, business event, graduation gift, a place to come out of hibernation in, then let us propose Orlando as the ideal destination. To help support our suggestion, here are some of our favorite Orlando attractions other than Disney World.

6 Must-Try Orlando Attractions Beyond Disney

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Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve

Man-made attractions are wonderful, but the natural beauty of Orlando is even more spectacular! Spend a day exploring the many trails of the beautiful and peaceful Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve. Shade, views of the Lake Tibet-Butler, and the calming effect of nature combine to make this nature preserve one of the most serene attractions in Orlando.

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Gatorland: The Alligator Capital of The World

Wrestle a gator, become a gator trainer for a day or zip line over hundreds of gators watching below. All that, and more, can be experienced at the iconic Gatorland. As indicated by the name, Gatorland is literally a land of gators. Featuring crocodiles from all over the world such as Nile and Cuban, as well as an entire alligator breeding marsh. Let’s just say this is one of the most unique and thrilling attractions Orlando has to offer.

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Coca-Cola Orlando Eye

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There are Ferris wheels, and then there’s the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye. At an impressive 400 feet tall, the Orlando Eye provides astounding views of central Florida, the Orlando skyline, and even Cape Canaveral to the east.

 

Congo River Golf

Miniature golf, on a whole new level. We’re talking mini-golf where you can feed live gators, wander through caves, play video games, and much more. Congo River Golf offers a really cool mini-golf course, as well as a plethora of other activities. It’s the sort of attraction where you can spend a half, or even full, day.

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Paddle a Swan Boat at Lake Eola

In the heart of downtown Orlando, you’ll find Lake Eola. The park features an array of activities, but by far the most iconic and fun is renting one of the swan paddle boats. Each boat is swan shaped, and holds up to five people and can be rented for $15 per half hour. A unique and fun way to explore downtown Orlando.

ICEBAR Orlando

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Literally, the largest permanent ice bar in the world, ICEBAR Orlando is a (21+) one-of-a-kind experience. Featuring over 70 tons of hand-carved ice, it’s truly a winter wonderland and one that can be enjoyed inside the warmth of thermal coats and gloves, with a beverage in hand. This is a great attraction if you aren’t traveling with kids, or if you have a date night penciled into your family getaway.

We’re definitely not saying you should skip Disney World, after all, it is the “happiest place on Earth.” But we are saying that there are plenty more Orlando attractions besides Disney World. All the attractions listed offer a glimpse of Orlando through a different lens, and each will leave you with lifelong memories. Yet, above all else, we recommend taking the time to relax throughout your Orlando stay. With a plethora of luxurious resorts, Orlando is a vacation destination for good reason.

Few experiences are more relaxing than staying at an all-suite resort, which is exactly the experience you can have at The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando, the newest all-suite luxury resort in Orlando. Each suite comes with a kitchen, common room, and wash & dryer for your convenience and comfort. The resort itself is equipped with a multitude of amenities including a pool, spa, river, and dining. Take your Orlando getaway to the next level at The Grove Resort & Spa, accepting reservations today!

 

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