When people think of Orlando, they think of Disney, but there’s actually many other attractions worth a visit when in town…
For starters, do you want to get up close and personal with alligators? Then take a 24 HRS Taxi ride to Gatorland, located at 14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail. In this 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve, they’ve got over 2,000 alligators, including two giant white ones– two of only 12 white ones known to exist in the world today.
Another popular tourist attraction in Orlando is SeaWorld, which is a combination of both theme park and aquarium. Located at the intersection of Interstate 4 and FL 528 (the Bee Line Expressway), SeaWorld is where you can go to see dolphins, sea lions, sharks, penguins and more. Want to get wet? Soar down speedy rapids on the park’s “Infinity Falls” ride.
Want to see Orlando from high above in a 400-foot high observation wheel? ICON Orlando, located in the popular I-Drive resort area, features air-conditioned capsules with 360-degree views of the city. This is definitely not your grandmother’s Ferris Wheel.
For kids, you might want to go to the Crayola Experience, which is attached to Orlando’s Florida Mall. Kids can create crayon jewelry, make melted crayon artwork, take a pic with the world’s largest crayon and much more. Or take kids to WonderWorks, an indoor amusement park museum where the ceiling is the floor. They’ve got laser tag, a ropes challenge, a simulator ride and other fun stuff. WonderWorks is located at 9067 International Drive.
A Step Back in Time
There are many unique things to see and do in Orlando… like taking a trip back in time to ancient Jerusalem at the Holy Land Experience at 4655 Vineland Road. See dinosaurs at the Orlando Science Center at 777 E. Princeton Street. Visit an African savannah at the Safari Wilderness Ranch where you can kayak through a man-made lake, or, better yet, take an open-sided jeep safari. See zebras, water buffalo and other animals up close. Safari Wilderness Ranch is located at 10850 Moore Road in Lakeland.
Finally, there’s CityWalk, the downtown of Universal Studios where you’ll find stores, restaurants, bars and live entertainment all in a walkable setting. Lots of people take 24 HRS Taxi service to CityWalk, especially at night when it’s the place to go for nightlife in Orlando.