We recognize Orlando for its theme parks, with Walt Disney World being the chief claim for the city’s global fame.
But an Orlando holiday has much more to it than the exhilarating park fun. And trust us when we say that this another side is even more intriguing and more enticing.
A short drive from the buzzing theme parks and world-class malls take you to a network of canals and rivers, untamed nature parks and preserves, lush green hills, serene lakes, and beautiful beaches – all parading the nature in its sublime form. Exploring the splendid Orlando outdoors is now fast becoming a major draw for tourists from far and wide. So, go delve into the region’s marvelous ecosystem, after having your fill of fun and adventures in Orlando theme parks. Below are some wonderful options for you!
Guide Eco-tour to Econ River
Explore incredible natural beauty with a guided kayak tour in Econ River. While voyaging through the tropical river in a motorboat or kayak, you get to experience stunning natural vistas and a unique serene side of Orlando. It is also a chance to spot many native species including alligators, bald eagles and more.
Explore Springs Near Orlando
Within an hour’s drive from Orlando are several pristine natural springs, which are an irresistible lure for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. From snorkelling and swimming to kayaking and cliff jumping, visitors are in for loads of fun and adventures. Head to the Wekiwa Springs State Park if you want to indulge in untouched wild vistas and some family-friendly fun. The Blue Spring State Park is where you can spot and even play with manatees (during cooler months). With free-flowing natural springs, Kelly Park is a popular spot for tubing.
Little Big Econ State Forest – For Trekking and Cycling
Fondly billed as Snow Hill, the forest is loved for offering wonderful opportunities for trekking, biking, and camping. Pedal your way through this lush, untamed jungles to explore a bewildering wilderness and get connected to the mother nature. The Econlockhatchee River, a notable feature of the Econ State Forest, is a haven for bird-watching and fishing enthusiasts.
Giraffe Ranch in Dade City
If you’re here with family, a visit to Giraffe Ranch in Dade City would enthrall you no end. The place is about 45 minutes north of Tampa, so it would be a long drive from Orlando. But its scenic landscapes and an opportunity to see and feed the gentle giraffes with your hand make it worth your time and money.
History and Art
Orlando’s awesome museums and galleries, promise you mesmeric experiences galore. Some offer a peek into the city’s the intriguing past, some let you delve into its amazing arts and culture, while some take you on a fun journey through Orlando’s eventful evolution.
Orlando Museum of Art
A superb institution of creativity and intellectuality, Orlando Museum of Art was founded in 1924 and is now a popular attraction for art buffs in Orlando. It exhibits a thought-provoking collection of over 2400 art objects, created by many notable local and international artists. One of the highlights is the Art of the Ancient Americas collection, which is believed to be one of the finest of its kind in the USA.
Orlando Science Centre
Explore an array of interactive exhibitions, enjoy live programme and a 3D movie, and experience skywatching in the observatory – a visit here is sure to ignite the curiosity and exploration of your entire family.