This post is part of the Hipmunk #CityLove project.
While Orlando is most famous for Disney World and other theme parks and skipping a visit to these may sound unthinkable, there’s no reason to despair if they’re simply not your idea of a fun time. Here’s your mini-guide to get started on top things to do in Orlando other than theme parks. From eco-tours, a little art appreciation to a brewery tour, Orlando can be interesting even without stepping into Mickey’s world. These sights are easy to reach from most hotels in Orlando.
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Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
Visit the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art to see the world’s most extensive collection of works by famous artist Louis Comfort Tiffany (1849-1933). Other than his signature style jewelry, you’ll also see paintings, pottery, stained-glass, lamps and other architectural masterpieces such as the famed Tiffany Chapel, built for the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. Other exhibits include pieces from the mid 19th to 20th centuries.
The museum also regularly hosts various events and exhibitions featuring live music, films, documentaries and historic art collections. The entrance fee of $5 is definitely worth it.
Wekiwa Springs State Park
If you like nature and the idea of spending time enjoying the great outdoors sounds like fun, then you’ll love the Wekiwa Springs State Park. Just an hour’s drive away from most theme parks, the park by the Wekiwa River, offers fantastic hiking, cycling and horse-riding trails, as well as opportunities to kayak or canoe, or simply cool off in the springs. Take along your picnic basket and make a day out of it or explore the camping options within the park.
Harry P. Leu Botanical Gardens
The Leu Gardens are a pleasant oasis within the city and an excellent way to spend a morning or afternoon appreciating the various tree and plant species housed here. These include azaleas, bromeliads, philodendrons, camphor trees, elms and oaks, among many others. Also within the grounds is the Leu House Museum, a restored 19th century home that served as the residence of the founder Harry P. Leu and his wife Mary Jane. Take the 2 hour guided tour of the gardens and the museum to get the most out of your visit.
This 24,000 square feet fitness park features an indoor trampoline area that guarantees a super fun time, whether you visit solo or with someone. Jumpers can join trampoline based fitness activities, play dodge ball or basketball, practice freestyle jumps, jump into a foam pit or learn how to improve their trampoline skills. Rebounderz offers the best of enjoying a few hours in the city and getting fit while doing it.
Orlando Brewing Company
From Monday – Saturday at 6.00pm, take a free tour at the Orlando Brewing Company, a seven-year-old brewery that brews organic beer. All of their ingredients are organic and grown without the use of insecticides or genetic engineering or modification. They’re proud of being the only U.S.D.A certified organic brewery south of Vermont and east of Colorado.
Have you explored Orlando outside of theme parks? What would you add to this list?