five Much more Cool Points to do in Orlando (That are not the most important theme parks)- Element 4


I’ve been undertaking a tiny bit of an ongoing series on my weblog more than the final handful of years that we have been going to Orlando and I am back now with Element 4. I feel when people today feel of Orlando they automatically feel of Disney Globe and Universal, and with very good cause- they are such a massive aspect of the city and what it is has to present. But Orlando has so significantly extra than that. We are the hugest Disney fans, we enjoy Universal, but we couldn’t go to Orlando and do just these parks for the week. We like to uncover the other issues to do, the ones that maybe you do not know as significantly about.

To begin off with if you want to study my earlier posts in this series you can uncover them right here-

10 Cool Points to do in Orlando (That are not the most important theme parks)- Element One particular

10 Cool Points to do in Orlando (That are not the most important theme parks)- Element Two

five Much more Cool Points to do in Orlando (That are not the most important theme parks)- Element 3

So right now I am back with Element 4! I feel we could go to Orlando each and every single year for the rest of our lives and nonetheless not get about all there this is to do there. But right here are a handful of issues that we got up to on our current trip that are properly worth a pay a visit to.


De Leon Springs State Park


De Leon Springs State Park is about an hour away from Orlando but it is absolutely worth the trip if you want to get away from the craziness of Orlando and its theme parks. We initially located out about De Leon Springs from the Take a look at Orlando web site, and as we are massive fans of exploring and not just staying in 1 spot the entire time, we decided to give it a go.

De Leon Springs has lots of activities to retain you entertained for the day. There’s a 50 minute boat tour exactly where you can go by way of the State Park and then also the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, there’s miles of hiking, kayaking, a little ones playground, picnic locations and a nature trail. But most people today come for the swimming and the pancakes!

De Leon Springs has a massive outside pool which is just fantastic for a dip. The day we went ordinarily it was the initially drop of rain we had seasoned all vacation. On the way in the vehicle we had been tempted to turn about, but in the finish decided we would just go for some of these properly renowned pancakes. In the finish we decided that we would just go for it and swim in the rain. We had been the only ones in the pool (bar a hardcore elderly gentleman) and it was 1 of the finest experiences I have had- swimming in the rain in the terrific outdoors with my tiny people today. It was just so significantly enjoyable.

A lot of people today also head to De Leon Springs for the pancakes. There is an extremely one of a kind restaurant there named the Sugar Mill Restaurant which was 1 of the highlights of our trip, and judging by just how busy it was it appears that a lot of other people today come right here for this restaurant as well. You are offered a pancake mix and different distinct toppings and you can cook pancakes on a griddle in front of you, it was so significantly enjoyable and the kids loved it (extra importantly the pancakes had been scrumptious!).

I absolutely propose a trip right here if you fancy escaping Orlando for a tiny whilst and seeing what other components of Florida have to present.

Madam Tussauds

I ought to likely begin by saying that I wasn’t certain how significantly we had been all going to get from Madam Tussauds ahead of we visited. I had been to the London 1 several years ago (it could have changed now to be fair) and whilst it was very good enjoyable, I felt there had been superior issues we could have spent our dollars on. Nevertheless we had been kindly offered tickets to pay a visit to the Orlando 1 so we believed we may perhaps as properly give it a go. Our kids had been 7, five and two at the time of going to and we weren’t certain how significantly they would get from it, as of course they do not necessarily know the people today featured.

Nevertheless my initial assumptions couldn’t have been extra incorrect. We all had a superb expertise at Madam Tussauds Orlando, in reality I would likely go as far as to say that it was 1 of the favourite moments of our trip for my 5 year old daughter. Not only did they recognise a fair handful of of the wax function celebrities, it was also extremely interactive. There are lots of distinct photo props you can use, or outfits you can attempt on, and we had such very good enjoyable walking about and having immersed in the expertise. It was lots of enjoyable and I absolutely propose a trip right here.

Also I talked about ICON Orlando back in the initially post I did, but it is a terrific spot to hang out, have some meals (there’s more than 40 distinct meals locations) and commit the day.



Gatorland was a initially for us on our current pay a visit to to Orlando and it was 1 we would absolutely repeat once more ought to we ever be fortunate sufficient to go back. Gatorland is dubbed ‘The Alligator Capital of the World’ and it is simple to see why- there are alligators everywhere. No trip to Orlando is total without the need of understanding a tiny extra about the most popular Florida residents. Gatorland has hundreds of alligators and crocodiles, from tiny babies up to 14 foot monsters. But it is extra than just a Gator Park, it has animal shows, other species to see, it is Stompin Gator Off-Road Adventure and it is Screaming Gator Zip Line.

However when we went I wasn’t feeling as well properly so I do not really feel we created the most of our day, but we nonetheless had a terrific time. Our favourite aspect was absolutely the zip line- you fly more than 1200 feet of ziplines above alligators swimming about in the water beneath you. Even my 5 year old had a go and  I couldn’t think how brave she was. It was so significantly enjoyable and I would enjoy to do it once more.

I feel you could strategy to commit a entire day at Gatorland if you took it simple and spent a lot of time wandering about/obtaining a break for lunch and so forth. But also you can equally go and see most of what you want to see in a handful of hours. We loved it and would absolutely propose a pay a visit to. You wouldn’t think it but alligators are essentially extremely fascinating to find out extra about.



Lake Eola

If you are hunting for a relaxing afternoon away from the craziness of the theme parks but want to nonetheless be in Orlando itself, you cannot go far incorrect with Lake Eola. Situated in Downtown Orlando, Lake Eola Park is a public park which is good to stroll about, with the centre piece getting the lake itself exactly where you can employ a swan boat to take out for an hour or so. There’s also an amphitheater which shows a lot of shows, music and concerts, as properly as lots of wildlife and fairly flowers as you wander about.

Nearby there are lots of nearby restaurants to grab a bite to consume. We ate at a terrific pizza spot named Anthony’s in nearby Thornton Park, which was casual and a good spot to sit and watch the planet go by on their outdoors patio. Lake Eola is a beautiful spot to commit the morning or afternoon, we have been a couple of occasions whilst we had been waiting to go to the airport for our flight back in the evening.

Universal’s Citywalk

Even even though I stated this wasn’t about the most important theme parks,  I did mention Disney Springs in my final weblog post in this series. So it is only correct to mention Universal’s version- Citywalk. It was our initially suitable pay a visit to to Citywalk (other than walking by way of to get to Universal Studios) this trip and we weren’t disappointed. A great deal equivalent to Disney Springs but on a smaller sized scale, Citywalk has an abundance of restaurants, shops, entertainment and extra.

There is an array of eateries, such as Really hard Rock Cafe which we ate in and was quite good with a lively atmosphere, as properly as extra swift meals alternatives as well such as Starbucks. You merely can not go to Citywalk and not get a Voodoo Donut– their strapline is ‘Good issues come in pink boxes’ and they absolutely are not incorrect. They had been scrumptious and lots of enjoyable.

Even if you are not coming to either of the two Universal theme parks on your trip, I absolutely propose a trip to Citywalk. It is a terrific spot to grab some lunch or dinner (or 1 of their several sweet alternatives), and just chill out and people today watch for a bit. Also do not overlook to have your photo taken subsequent to the popular Universal globe.


Try to remember to verify out my earlier posts in this series too…

10 Cool Points to do in Orlando (That are not the most important theme parks)- Element One particular

10 Cool Points to do in Orlando (That are not the most important theme parks)- Element Two

five Much more Cool Points to do in Orlando (That are not the most important theme parks)- Element 3


NB: Thanks to Visit Orlando for operating with us on organizing our vacation to Orlando, we have a terrific partnership with them from more than the years. All words, pictures, videos and opinions are totally my personal and they haven’t asked me to create about something- all content material has been decided by me. For a couple of attractions (Gatorland and Madam Tussauds) we had been kindly offered press tickets. You can adhere to Take a look at Orlando over on twitter, instagram and Facebook, plus download their wonderful app to enable you strategy your trip here. 



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