Erin De Santiago a RoamRight Blog Author

Non-Disney Guide to Orlando

There is more to do in Orlando than just Disney. Check out these ideas for alternatives.

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If you have your sights set on vacationing in Orlando, but do not want to spend the entire time at Walt Disney World, the city offers a number of interesting adventures and activities that won’t remind you of the “house of mouse”. Here’s a look at some of the cool non-Disney adventures that await you in Orlando, Florida.

Go Golfing

Golf enthusiasts know that the Orlando area is actually a golfer’s paradise with some of the most prestigious tournaments taking place there. Containing well over 150 golf courses, it’s absolutely possible to plan an entire golf-centric holiday in the Orlando area. (Be sure to consider an Active travel insurance plan from RoamRight. With higher benefit limits, your golf clubs will be protected when they travel.)

Get Wet

With airboats, fishing expeditions, speedboat rentals, and eco-kayak adventures, many travelers take advantage of the abundant water-related activities in Orlando.  Airboat rides are highly recommended as visitors can experience the best of the Everglades as you glide along the wetlands in search of alligators, turtles, and exotic birds.

Go on a Safari

Yes, you read that right. You can go on a safari in Orlando that is distinctly different from what you will find at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. Forever Florida is a 4,700 acre eco-ranch and wildlife conservation area that treats visitors to a variety of adventures. Try ziplining, explore the wetlands, go on a horseback safari or relax in a coach-style safari. Forever Florida encompasses nine different Florida ecosystems and is home to a number of animals like alligators, black bears, whitetaildeerand the endangered Florida Panther.

Visit a Museum

Orlando is home to a number of museums, including some pretty interesting options. Look for art and history museums, including one dedicated to the Vietnam War, the Corporal Larry E Smedley National Vietnam War Museum, Inc. One of the most unique options in Orlando is the Tupperware Brands Confidence Center where visitors can learn about Tupperware Brands’ legacy and even shop at the Company Store. 

Visit Gatorland

If you haven’t had enough of the gators in Florida, head over to Gatorland for everything and anything alligators. Venture into a private breeding marsh, try your hand at gator wrestling, be a trainer for the day or zipline over the alligator habitats and breeding marsh! Be sure to check out the spooky nighttime adventures like “Night Shine” that takes you deep into the breeding marsh with nothing more than hot dogs and a flashlight.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Entertain the family with a visit to Orlando’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium where you will find a 7-legged sheep and a 25-foot Jimi Hendrix mural made from 8,500 playing cards. Other cool exhibits include a shrunken human head, rare T-Rex foot and lower leg fossil, and for the pop-culture fans, a portrait of Beyoncé made entirely from candy!

Rebounderz Orlando

Rebounderz Orlando is a 24,000 square-foot family entertainment center that is absolutely impressive. Look for a huge trampoline jumper with rebounding floors and walls or head into a massive foam pit that sits five feet off the ground with the trampoline suspended two feet off the ground.  Rebounderz is great for birthday parties and outings if you are planning a group trip to Orlando.

What non-Disney activities in Orlando top your list?

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About the Author

Erin De Santiago

Erin De Santiago, a RoamRight Blog Author Erin is a travel and food writer who currently splits her time between the Netherlands and Belize. She's traveled to 60+ countries on 5 continents with a passion for culinary travel, luxury hotels, and all things Disney. Her writing has appeared in numerous online outlets including Gadling, BootsnAll, CNN, Art of Backpacking, TravBuddy, CBS, and more. She was the major author of Belize's official visitor magazine, Destination Belize 2013; wrote the official AFAR Guide to Belize; and is also AFAR Magazine's local Belize expert.. In addition to writing for other publications, Erin maintains several blogs, Our Tasty Travels, No Checked Bags, Pooh's Travels, and the brand new Caye To Belize. Follow Erin on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.

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