There is one big reason why most people love going to Orlando, Florida: theme parks. When you think of Orlando, typically attractions like Disney, Universal Studios, Sea World, and Wet n’ Wild are the first things that spring to mind.
However, there’s a lot more to Orlando than just theme parks. And, when most people visit the area and step outside those attractions, they find a city that is quite easy to fall in love with.
In this post, we’re going to explore some of the best things to see and do beyond the theme parks. So, if you’re headed to Orlando on vacation soon, remember to hit up some of these hot spots and not just spend all your time at the theme parks.
Orlando City Soccer Club
One of the newest additions to Orlando is the Major League Soccer team Orlando City Soccer Club. For a really great family experience, a fun game to watch, and a way to enjoy the Orlando weather at the Orange Bowl, it’s hard to beat.
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Love to kayak? Love to check out wildlife and nature? Well, then consider combining them at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. One of the best ways to really experience it is during a night time kayak tour of the bioluminescent lagoon at the park.
Morse Museum of American Art
This richly-colored landscape panel was originally the centerpiece of a ten-panel leaded-glass window for the Pittsburgh home of Richard B. Mellon (1858–1933). Mellon, a member of the influential banking family, built the sixty-room house in 1908–1909. The panel, six feet in height, depicts a bridge over water with lotus flowers. Poplar trees rise against a distant horizon. Dramatic and peaceful at once, the experience of the window in its original location at the top of a massive marble staircase must have been unforgettable. The house was demolished in 1940, and the window divided into separate sections. #art #design #landscape #water #tiffanystudios #louiscomforttiffany #tiffanywindow #morsemuseum
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In almost every big city across America there is one “must see” museum that visitors should visit. In Orlando, this is the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. The biggest attraction of this museum is their massive collection of Tiffany glass.
Harry P. Leu Botanical Gardens
Botanical gardens are some of the hidden gems in many cities across the country and the Harry P. Leu Botanical Garden is no exception. With over 50 acres of landing featuring over 1,000 types of flowers, it has walking trails and a butterfly garden.
Did you know that Orlando is home to over 150 golf courses? Is it any wonder that not only the Golf Channel, but also many professional PGA golfers as well? If you love to golf, then Orlando overs a ton of different options for you.
Here are a few courses:
Grand Cypress Resort: Golf Magazine called this course “Jack Nicklaus’ homage to the Old Course at St. Andrews,” so it’s no wonder it’s on many must play lists.
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Waldorf Astoria Club: One of the biggest draws of this course, designed by Rees Jones is that half the holes are surrounded by water.
Reunion Resort: There are actually three different courses at this resort, and all of them are worthy of a look for golfers who want solid play.
These are just a few of the top attractions in Orlando outside the theme parks. It’s really easy to see that there’s actually tons to do! What are some of your favorite things to do in Orlando? Let us know in the comments!