Out of the Box Orlando: 5 Fun Adventures Outside the Theme Parks

While a visit to the happiest place on Earth and mingling with Mickey Mouse is high on every Orlando visitor’s must-do list, there is a wealth of other fun activities outside the theme parks. From golfing with the gators to living the life of a pirate, there’s something for every family. If you’re looking to fill up a free day in Orlando, we’ve got you covered with 5 fun family adventures.

5 Fun Things to do in Orlando Outside the Theme Parks

1. Golf with the gators
At Orlando’s Gator Golf Adventure Park, the 18-hole mini golf course winds around a lagoon teeming with over 200 alligators. As you make your way around the course, you’ll also encounter a variety of animal exhibits. Gator shows and even gator wrestling round out the reptilian fun at this most unique miniature golf course.

2. See Orlando from a whole new perspective
Air Florida Helicopter Charters offers one of the most unique views of Orlando by far: from the comfort of a helicopter, over 1,000 feet in the air. You’ll soar high into the Florida skies in an expertly piloted helicopter. We recommend Tour #7, a 30-mile trip over Orlando’s prized theme parks. You’ll fly above Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Wet & Wild Water Park, Downtown Disney, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Sports Complex, Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Blizzard Beach Water Park, Sea World, Discovery Cove, Aquatica Water Park and more.

3. Swing with the pros
Looking for the best golf school experience in the world and the results that come with it? The renowned David Leadbetter Golf Academy offers hourly, full and half-day instructional programs, all taught by leading, certified instructors. Many of the small group classes (4:1 student to teacher ratio) are taught by former pros. Classes can be tailored for beginners and pros, adults and kids. You’ll cover the mental, physical and mechanical aspects of the swing.

4. Step into the fast lane 
I-DRIVE NASCAR is where racing dreams are born. Drive an electric kart at a speed of up to 45 miles per hour on the half-mile indoor track and see if you can outrace your other family members. A four-lane bowling café and arcade complete with 60 state-of-the-art games also offer hours of family fun.

5. Yo-Ho! Living la vida pirate
Step aboard a replicated 18th-century Spanish galleon and get ready to live the pirate life at the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure. Anchored in a 300,000-gallon indoor lagoon with night sky lighting, the ship is commandeered by a cast of a dozen actors, singers and stunt performers. Expect plenty of action-packed exploits, cannon blasts and pyrotechnics as the evil Captain Sebastian the Black leads his crew of renegades (and you!) on a swashbuckling adventure.

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Photo courtesy of Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

5 Fun Things to do in Orlando with Kids Outside the Theme Parks

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, Amy B. 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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