17 Fun Things to do in Orlando Besides Theme Parks
4. Take a scenic boat tour in charming Winter Park
Winter Park, a quaint town located just 20 minutes from Orlando, is one of the most scenic small towns in America. One of the top attractions in town is the Scenic Boat Tour, a daily 1 hour narrated tour through the Winter Park Chain of Lakes. This leisurely ride lets you feast your eyes on some spectacular local scenery, including views of extravagant waterfront mansions, lush greenery, and plenty of wildlife.
5. Enjoy a fun night out at Universal City Walk
Universal City Walk is the premier entertainment destination in Orlando. It’s a great place to visit whether or not you spend the day at Universal Studios. Here you can have hours of fun without stepping foot into the park. Theme restaurants include Hard Rock Cafe, Jimmy Buffet’s Margartaville, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, and more. Aside from dining, entertainment options include seeing Blue Man Group, watching a movie in the luxury IMAX theater, mini-golf, and a handful of bars and nightclubs including City Walk’s Rising Star, a unique karaoke bar where you sing alongside a live band.
6. Rent a paddleboat at Lake Eola Park
Lake Eola park in downtown Orlando is a great escape from the hectic theme park crowds. A refreshing 1/2 mile stroll around the landscaped grounds is sure to rejuvenate both your body and mind. Plenty of plant life and birds make this walk a pleasant nature experience. Great views of the Orlando skyline too! A leisurely ride in a paddleboat is a fun way to take in the beautiful views around you.
7. Enjoy a round of mini-golf at Pirate’s Cove
Orlando’s premier mini golf course is about the best you will ever find. Two scenic 18 hole courses through a shady, pirate themed adventure provides the perfect temporary escape from the afternoon heat.
The entertaining courses feature a pirate ship, waterfalls, and plenty of tropical landscaping. Despite being located on busy International Drive, the course is surprisingly quiet. Rates are affordable too (only $12.50 per adult and $11.50 per child). Be sure to check your hotel lobby for a $1 off coupon!
8. Enjoy the local scene at a coffee shop
Both Orlando and Winter Park are home to a number of fantastic local coffeehouses. Skip the common coffee chains in favor of an eclectic local choice like Sleeping Moon Cafe in Winter Park. This charming local gem features great service, great artwork, live events, and a cozy setting. You can really relax and enjoy the quiet for a while in a place like this!
9. Take a bike ride along the Lake Baldwin Trail
Baldwin Park is a newer, upscale area just a few miles from downtown Orlando. Here you will find beautiful homes and landscaping, lots of stores and dining, and a handful of nice parks. Lake Baldwin park features a 2 and a half mile trail around the lake, perfect for bike riding or walking in the early morning hours before it gets too hot.
This area is perfect for the fitness buff; flat, quiet, and never too crowded. It’s nice to have a great place in Orlando to take a relaxing walk away from the traffic and crowds. Whether you feel like biking a few times around or just taking a simple walk, you will leave recharged and in a better mood.