What comes to mind when you think of Orlando, Florida?

Do you think of Universal Studios, SeaWorld, or Disney World?

Orlando is widely known for its theme parks and year-round balmy weather. What many don’t know is that the city is home to a rich art and culture scene, several museums, science centers, and shopping malls.

In this article, we’ve compiled some of the best activities you can do in Central Florida.

 

1. Stroll around the Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve.

Tibet-Butler Preserve provides 3.6 miles of well-kept hiking trails for family fun.

It is the perfect spot for a relaxing and shady walk through a quiet preserve, away from the crowds and intense heat of the afternoon sun.

Adding to the relaxing and peaceful views of Lake Tibet-Butler, the small nature preserve is home to beautiful wetlands and flatwoods, and to some wildlife. It’s common to see bald eagles, bobcats, and gopher tortoises, setting up a perfect opportunity for beautiful pictures.

 

2. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner at one of the fun-themed restaurants.

Both Universal City Walk and Downtown Disney are home to several fun theme restaurants. Universal City Walk offers options like NBA City, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Hard Rock Café, and Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville.

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Downtown Disney is home to options such as Raglan Road Irish Pub, Rainforest Café, House of Blues, and Planet Hollywood.

Regardless of what you choose, you can be sure to get a night full of entertainment with fun music, excellent service, and great quality food.

 

3. See a show.

There is a show to fit every budget and personality.

Some of the options include the Sleuths Mystery Dinner Theatre, Blue Man Group, Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, and the Outer Control Magic Dinner Show at Wonderworks.

 

4. Stroll around beautifully landscaped gardens.

Escape from the traffic and congestion of Central Florida by visiting its large variety of parks available at Harry P. Leu Gardens. It offers 50 acres of botanical gardens for those looking for peace and quiet.

Another option that is loved by many is Winter Park. It is home to a variety of attractive parks, including Mead Botanical Gardens and Kraft Azalea Gardens known for bird watching and gorgeous lake views.

 

5. Enjoy bowling at Splitsville Luxury Lanes.

Splitsville Luxury Lanes is a combination of a bowling alley infused with fine dining and city nightlife. It’s located at Disney Springs West Side.

It offers 40,000 square feet of fun across two stories, with twenty lanes of bowling, state-of-the-art-kitchens serving unique dishes and snacks, and an outdoor patio.

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During the weekend, you can bowl for $20 per person for an hours worth of bowling. Additionally, for only $12 per adult, you can enjoy unlimited bowling from open-12:30 pm, courtesy of the Early Bird special.

 

6. Explore downtown Winter Park.

Downtown Winter Park is the ultimate family getaway with access to local parks and family-friendly activities. It is approximately 2 miles west of Winter Park Ski Resort. It’s a perfect spot for boutique shops, festivals, and restaurants.

Be sure to check out Keke’s Breakfast, Ethos Vegan Kitchen, and Prato if you’re looking for great restaurants.

If you enjoy festivals, Caribbean Health Summit, Back To School Music Fest, IQ Gastronomic Festival, and Curry Fest are all recommended.

 

7. See alligators in their natural habitats.

While you’re in Central Florida, watching alligators on a narrated airboat ride is certainly a fun activity. It’s a unique experience that is only available in a handful of states.

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There are numerous airboat companies that offer this service. Thanks to its close proximity to Orlando, Wild Willy is an excellent choice. It not only offers affordable rates but a beautiful setting on Lake Tohopekaliga.

 

8. Enjoy a ferry ride at Ferris Wheel.

Standing at 400 foot tall, Ferris Wheel is the largest Ferry on the East Coast. It offers an excellent way to enjoy the diverse scenery Orlando has to offer with its natural landscapes, theme parks, and scenic city vistas.

 

9. Explore Downtown Disney.

Downtown Disney offers a dining, entertaining, and shopping destination with beautiful water views.

You can find popular themed restaurants such as House of Blues, Planet Hollywood, and Rainforest Café here.

Additionally, Cirque du Soleil, luxury movie theatres, souvenir shops, and bowling alleys can be added to your itinerary.

 

10. Bike along the Lake Baldwin Trail.

The Lake Baldwin is a 12-foot wide multi-use trail that circles Lake Baldwin in Orlando Florida. It’s home to a handful of parks, stores, dining restaurants, beautiful homes, and landscaping.

The park features a two- and a half mile trail around the lake, perfect for walking or biking.

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Baldwin Park is a perfect getaway away from the crowds and traffic of Central Florida.

 

11. Golf at Pirate’s Cove.

This is one of Orlando’s most renowned sites. It’s located in Crossroads directly across from the main entrance to Disney World’s Hotel Plaza Blvd.

The entertaining courses feature tropical landscaping, waterfalls, and a pirate ship.

 

 

There you have it. 11 amazing activities to do in Central Florida. It’s no wonder that this city is such a popular location for real estate investments.

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