Who says you can’t have a fun family vacation in Orlando without visiting an expensive theme park? Orlando has a lot more to offer including air boat tours, deep sea fishing excursions, and is also home to a number of beautiful parks, interesting museums, great local restaurants and shops, a handful of waterfront attractions, entertaining shows, and much more.
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 paddle boat is a fun way to take in the beautiful views around you.
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.
Visit the worlds largest collection of Tiffany Glass. This Winter Park museum happens to contain the largest collection of works by Louis Tiffany, a late 19th century designer famous for his impressive collection of lamps, pottery, paintings, and jewelry. Every piece is absolutely gorgeous; the small admission price enables everyone to see this impressive collection. Take a little break from the heat to visit this local gem; you will not be disappointing!
Spend the day exploring Downtown Disney! Downtown Disney is a dining, shopping, and entertainment destination similar to Universal City Walk, only with the added bonus of beautiful water views. Several popular theme restaurants (Rainforest Cafe, Planet Hollywood, & House of Blues) can be found here. In addition, a luxury bowling alley, souvenir shops, a luxury movie theater, and Cirque du Soleil shows can be added to your itinerary. Characters in Flight, a hot air balloon ride which travel 400 feet above Downtown Disney, is another unique activity to consider.