Orlando is the Mecca for anyone who loves amusement parks. Whether you are a Disney fan, a Harry Potter fan, or just want to spend some time with the whales and dolphins, then Orlando is the place for you. Sometimes after several days of amusement park fun one has to wonder, “What else is there to do in Orlando?”
I know of some people who see Orlando as a great shopping destination. If you are a fan of outlet malls then you have landed in the right place. The Orlando Premium Outlets and the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores are two stops to add to your list.Premium Outlets by Miosotis jade via wikimedia commons
If you like shopping malls in general you will want to visit The Florida Mall and Mall at Millenia. If you have a sweet tooth you will want to hit International Drive and stop in at the World of Chocolate Museum and Café. Traffic can be a bit congested on International Drive, but that does not mean you should shy away completely. There are a number of other spots you may find as a distraction from your hours at the parks.
While on your shopping spree you will want to visits the Shoppes of West Church Street. Shopping and eating are just two of the activities available in this area of Orlando.
You will probably visit Disney Village at some point during your stay. While there you might just take in a show at the Cirque du Soleil. This show is not to be confused with a trip to the circus. You will be mesmerized by the array of talented performers. Perhaps the nicest part may be being able to sit and relax for 90 minutes.
If you have access to an automobile and don’t mind a little drive you are about an hour and a half drive from the Kennedy Space Center. You will be able to take a most enjoyable tour and learn a lot about our space program and the people who made it happen.
Speaking of a short drive, there is always Daytona Beach and a day of sun and fun in the Atlantic Ocean. It is pretty much a straight shot on Interstate 4 from Orlando to Daytona Beach and the drive should take you about an hour.Daytona Beach by ILA-boy via wikimedia commons
If you are looking for something a bit more adventurous you might like to take a balloon ride with the folks at Orlando Balloon Rides. Still needing a little more action? Then the Aktion Parks in Orlando should be your next stop. Aktion Parks is a watersports park designed for wakeboarding, wakeskating, wakesurfing, kneeboarding and waterskiing.
Perhaps you might enjoy something a little more sedate. You can take a trip to Orlando’s suburb of Winter Park. Winter Park was established in the late 19th century as a winter resort community for wealthy northern business magnates who needed a dose of Florida sunshine.Charles Hosmer Morse Museum by Lenard J DeFrancisci via wikimedia commons
You will find Rollins College in Winter Park. Rollins College is the oldest four year college in the state. You may want to visit the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art to view the largest collection of Tiffany glass.
Another pleasant way to spend an afternoon away from the amusement parks is to take a boat tour of Winter Park. You will spend a restful hour or so on a pontoon boat touring the canals connecting the lakes in Winter Park. You will be surprised at the number of lakes hidden in the Winter Park area.
I have only touched on a few of the things you can do away from the amusement parks of Orlando. I hope on your next visit to the area you will take advantage of some of the things away from the parks.
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