10 Things To Do In Orlando Besides Disney World

5/23/2017

Let’s face it. Disney World is Orlando’s golden child. If Orlando were a family, Disney World would be the cool older sister that graduated from an Ivy league law school who your parents can’t stop talking about at family dinner. Well guess what, Mom and Dad? It’s time for your other children to shine!

Look, if you haven’t been to Orlando before, then we insist that you stop by Disney World or Universal Studios while you’re there. There’s a reason that these are some of the top-rated vacation destinations in the world. But while you’re in the area, you might as well check out these 10 local attractions. After all, you came all this way, and Orlando is full of gems that can’t be missed!

  1. Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum: Famous for realistic wax sculptures of all your favorite celebrities, this is the only place in Orlando where you can take pictures with Taylor Swift, Ryan Gosling, and Johnny Depp all in one day – unless you get super lucky and manage to find the real people in public!

  2. Swim with manatees: You heard that right. From Orlando, you can swim with the cinnamon rolls of the ocean (that’s not their scientific name, but it should be). Manatees are the gentle giants of the sea, and this will surely be an experience you’ll never forget.

  3. Explore the Everglades in an airboat: Just like you’ve seen in the movies! Zip around the Everglades on a guided airboat tour, and search for alligators hiding in the reeds! *Don’t worry, this isn’t the same water we just suggested swimming with manatees in.

  4. Visit the Harry P. Leu Botanical Gardens: When you hear the name Harry P. in association with Orlando, you might think of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. However, this Harry P. was not a magical wizard, but a botany wizard! These botanical gardens are sure to keep your family entertained during a relaxing stroll.

  5. Have a hauntingly good time on a Ghost Tour: If you’re looking for some fun after dark, you could head to a night club. But why do that when you can go on a ghost tour? Orlando offers several historic ghost tours around the city, where you can visit and enter the city’s most haunted buildings.

  6. Catch a comedy show: Orlando is home to an array of famous comedy clubs. Whether you’re looking to see a famous comedian, or want to discover some new talent, Orlando is the place to be. Check out schedules of local comedy clubs before your stay!

  7. Look at some skeletons: No, this isn’t another plug for a ghost tour. If you’re in Orlando, you have to stop by Skeletons: Museum of Osteology to see hundreds of perfectly preserved skeletons from all over the world. From human skeletons to that of a two-headed calf, this museum is sure to answer all of your bone-deep questions.

  8. Bargain hunt at Fleaworld: No, this isn’t a place that’ll make your dog itch. This is the largest flea market in America. Stop by the hundreds of air-conditioned booths to search for hidden treasures!

  9. Universal City Walk: This is the best place in Orlando for all kinds of entertainment – and you don’t have to visit a theme park to stop by! From themed restaurants like Bubba Gump’s and Hard Rock Cafe, to catching street performers or playing mini-golf, the options are endless.

  10. Relax by the pool: Sometimes when you’re on vacation, the best thing to do is, well, nothing at all. Enjoy the day lounging by the pool at your Vacation Pool Home. You’ll have more space than a hotel for less money, and you won’t have to share your pool with strangers. Now that’s actual relaxation! Whether you’re having an action packed vacation and heading to Disney World or Universal Studios, or you’re trying to escape the crowd a bit, we have a conveniently located home available for you. Contact us today to find out more about our rentals.