Yes, the reason most of us head to Orlando with our families, friends, loved ones and significant others is usually on account of experiencing the parks. And of course, when we talk of parks in relation to Orlando, we’re not talking swings and slides and reading a good book in your deck chair.
We’re talking Disney, Universal, Legoland, SeaWorld and all the other added parks that make the region the theme park capital of the world.
However, whilst these figure prominently and, well, more or less dominate the Orlando attractions landscape, don’t be misled into thinking that they’re the only thing in town. In fact, take a moment to look beyond anything to do with anthropomorphic mice or lightning scarred wizards and you might find a number of alternative attractions to grab your interest, tickle your fancy and generally show you a good time.
IFLY Sky Diving
Fancy the feeling of soaring through the air but not quite up to jumping out of plane? Based on International Drive iFly offers you the chance to hop in a wind tunnel and experience the sensation of freefalling as a you hover in mid-air, thanks to a 1000hp cushion of air. A pure adrenaline rush without need of a parachute or spare pair of undies, this is a great way to thumb your nose at gravity for a while. More information can be found on the site: https://orlando.iflyworld.com/
The Orlando Eye
Not going into too much detail here as we mentioned it in one of recent blog posts, here. Suffice to say though that this American cousin of the London Eye (also from Merlin Entertainment) is a major new landmark on the Orlando skyline. Towering 400 ft above the Idrive 360 complex this is set to be a big attraction for visitors to Orlando for years to come.
There are simply loads of options when it comes to mini golf in Orlando and represents one of the most popular ways for families to spend some quality, if a little bit competitive, time together away from the queues of the next cartoon themed rollercoaster at the big Orlando attractions. There are 2 mini-golf centres on the Walt Disney resort (away from the theme parks themselves so you don’t need a park ticket to visit) – the 2 18-hole courses at Fantasia Mini Golf near the Swan Hotel and another 2 at the Winter Summerland next to Blizzard Beach. With options at Universal as well as a plethora of simply beautifully designed and great fun options along International Drive (Congo River & Pirates Cove to name 2) and over in the Kissimmee area, there’s no shortage of pitting your putting (or putting your pitting?) skills against ultra-competitive off-spring!
Zora Neale Hurston Museum of Fine Arts
Opened in 1990 the Hurston is a museum showcasing exhibits and literature from some of the best artists of African descent who have had an impact on American culture and history. A change of pace from other attractions in the Orlando area, the museum is named after the pre-eminent African-American writer Zora Neale Hurston, who lived in central Florida for much of her life. With regular exhibits from artists old and new, as well as a rich collection of African-American literature, many from Neale Hurston herself, this is a chance to immerse yourself in a creative, culturally significant portion of American art and one of a number of Orlando attractions for a more refined taste.
You’re never far from a tee or green in Orlando. With over 170 golf courses in Central Florida it really is a golfers paradise. Suited to golfers of all abilities from Tiger to Tigger there’s a course for golf tourists and serious players alike. From the Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Club, the world class resort which plays host to the annual Arnold Palmer Invitational tournament, to the stunning Grand Cypress resort, the popular Orange Lakes courses and, indeed, the championship courses over at Disney – you’re simply spoilt for choice, meaning you’ll need to keep going back for more.