Orlando: the theme park capital of the world. Orlando as a holiday destination is sometimes dismissed as having nothing to offer but theme parks. The likes of Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld tend to get all the attention these days, driving the sale of best priced Orlando Flex tickets, but if you look a little deeper you can find a whole range of other attractions to enjoy in the area. Whether you’re after a cultural experience or a relaxing natural break, the city has plenty of options available, and this blog takes a look at a few great ‘alternative Orlando attractions’.
Located on North Mills Avenue, on the corner of Loch Haven Park, is the impressive Orlando Museum of Art. The centre features a rotating set of exhibitions, ranging from pre-Columbian to African art, along with special one-off exhibits. The museum is often overlooked but provides an excellent afternoon out for anyone staying in the city. If you fancy visiting, the museum is open Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday-Sunday noon-4pm, with tickets costing just $8 for adults and $5 for children.
Fun Spot Action Park
The traditional theme park experience can be hard to find these days, but if you’re a fan of Ferris wheels and bumper cars, the Fun Spot Action Park makes for an excellent day out. This popular attraction is located on Del Verde Way, provides a great alternative to the majority of theme parks in the region, and is ideal for anyone on a budget. Highlights include the 101-foot high Ferris wheel, the tri-level go-kart track and an impressive amusement arcade. The park is currently undergoing expansion too, the completion of which will see a traditional wooden rollercoaster added to its line up later this year. Fun Spot is open from 10am to midnight throughout the main holiday seasons and visitors have the choice to either pay per ride or buy armbands for unlimited access. The armbands are available at $35 for adults and $25 for children.
If you’re hoping to find a little greenery, the Leu Gardens make for a great destination at which to relax in a beautiful setting. The gardens are open all year round, from 9am — 5pm, and visitors are able to enjoy over 50 acres packed with a dizzying array of plants. From the bamboo groves and wetland gardens to the stunning floral clock, there’s something for everyone here and plenty of space to unwind in. If you’re looking to find out a little more about the gardens, there’s also the Leu House Museum on the site. The gardens are located just outside downtown Orlando and tickets cost $10 for adults and $3 for children.
The Orlando Science Centre
The Orlando Science Centre is a fantastic choice for anyone seeking a fascinating day out, offering up interactive experiences and educational displays. Visitors to the Orlando Science Centre are presented with a wide variety of permanent exhibitions, from the wonders of the NatureWorks, packed full of information about the local environment, through to the simulation room and its interactive displays. The centre is also well known for its temporary exhibitions, with the current ‘Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination’ exhibit proving to be a popular draw. Opening hours are from 10am – 5pm all week round with special night time openings from 5pm — 9pm on Friday and Saturday; tickets costs $27 for adults or $20 for the under 11’s.
This is just a small taste of the many excellent alternative attractions in the region. We didn’t even touch on the animal parks like Gatorland and Discovery Cove, but hopefully this list has encouraged you to take another look at Orlando and all it has to offer.