7 Family-Friendly Orlando Attractions Outside of Theme Parks

When people think of Orlando attractions, they almost instantly think of one of the many theme parks that dominate the area — whether that’s Disney, Universal Studios, SeaWorld or LEGOland. However, there is so much more to the Orlando area than theme parks. You can easily immerse yourself in the beautiful nature in Central Florida or spend time exploring the far reaches of space in Cape Canaveral. Orlando attractions are endless but here are a few suggestions of things to do when you’re tired of the theme park scene.

Family-Friendly Activities to do in Orlando

1. Pirate’s Cove
Pirate’s Cove is the original adventure golf course and a family favorite in Orlando. The golf course brings to life the legends of pirates through pirate ships, dungeons, waterfalls and more. The pirate theme keeps the golf course fun and exciting for everyone. It’s a fun date night as well as a fun family activity.

2. Orlando Eye
The Orlando Eye is a 400-foot tall observation wheel overlooking Central Florida. From the top, you can see Orlando’s skyline, theme parks and, depending on the weather, Cape Canaveral.

3. Boat tour of Winter Park
Winter Park is a charming town located just outside of Orlando. Its focus on maintaining art and culture make the town itself worth a visit. However, the best way to explore the area is a through a scenic boat tour. The tour takes visitors through three lakes and two canals to show off the beautiful flora and fauna Florida offers. You may even spot some Florida wild life, including Bald Eagles. Tours leave hourly from 10 am to 4 pm.

4. Green Meadows Petting Farm
Green Meadows Petting Farm is a perfect alternative to theme parks when traveling with kids. The farm aims to educate young guests through a hands-on experience. On the guided tour, visitors learn about animals ranging from pigs, cows, and sheep to turkeys, ducks, geese and Elmer — the Asian water buffalo on the property. Pony rides, train rides, and tractor-drawn hayrides are also available for the kids. Be sure to pack a lunch to take advantage of the picnic area.

5. Titanic Artifact Exhibition
If you’re a fan of the movie or love history in general, the Titanic Artifact Exhibition is a must-visit while you’re in Orlando. The interactive museum offers 17 galleries including “Little Big Piece,” the second largest piece recovered from the Titanic, and full-scale re-creations of the Grand Staircase, First Class Cabin and Verandah Cafe. Hour-long tours are led by trained actors portraying Titanic notables.

6. Wild Florida
Take an exhilarating ride through the Everglades in one of Wild Florida’s airboats. Take in the scenic wildlife and stunning views. After your ride, you can meander through the animal exhibits and see zebras, sloths, serval’s and more.

7. Kennedy Space Center
The Kennedy Space Center is located just outside of Orlando in Cape Canaveral and is definitely worth a visit. The visitor complex is separated into several different Mission Zones based on the chronological time line with tours and attractions in each area. It starts with the pioneers of NASA in Heroes & Legends and also includes NASA Now and Next.

Whether you love nature, adventure or space, there’s something in Orlando for you.

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7 Family-Friendly Orlando Attractions

Know Before You Go

  • If you’re visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort, be sure to pack adequate walking shoes. The resort is close in size to San Francisco!
  • At Universal Orlando™, the general parking is $25.
  • International Drive is known as the tourist center of the city – you’ll be close to trendy restaurants, bars, and sightseeing activities.

This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Jordyn C. Are you interested in traveling to Orlando? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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