Remarkable Places to Go Around Orlando That Aren’t Theme Parks

It is a well-known fact that Orlando, Florida is the hotbed of theme and amusement parks, but Orlando is certainly much more. And with visitors from all over the world pouring into the city for conventions, those that are there for business might not be into all that amusement parks have to offer. So although you can find out a great deal about the best theme parks in Orlando on our site, in this article we will talk of some of the other numerous opportunities available.

First, a few words about the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC): located just 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport, it is located in the heart of the amusement park area of Orlando on International Drive. There are more than 32000 hotel rooms in the vicinity that are directly accessible to the I-RIDE Trolley Service, which is International Drive’s own transportation system. The OCCC is the second largest meeting and convention facility in the country and is located at the hub of what Orlando has to offer.

1. Kennedy Space Center. It’s just 45 minutes east of Orlando and is easily accessible from Florida’s Central Interstate highways. You can book round-trip transportation through tour operators from select Orlando hotels and plaza locations. There are several things you can do here related to the space program, as they have made it very vacation traveler-friendly.

2. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Getting ranked 50 out of 155 attractions in Orlando from TripAdvisor, it is located just off International Drive. Here they celebrate the fascinating to the bazaar with 16 unique galleries of odd artifacts and displays from around the world.

3. Orlando Magic NBA Basketball. If you love sports or just want an enjoyable night watching a game worked around some time on Church Street, this can be a lot of fun. Considering how difficult traffic on Interstate 4 can be, I was impressed at how fast we could get into and out of the arena, which is located in downtown Orlando but handy to parking.

4. Leu Botanical Gardens. Ranked 20 out of a total of 155 attractions in Orlando, this is a peaceful retreat from the hectic Orlando pace. It is almost 50 acres of lakes and landscaped grounds set within 200 year old oaks.

5. Cirque du Soleil La Nouba. This had a 19 rank by TripAdvisor, it is located on the end of Downtown Disney. The performances are quite stunning, and it is really a visual spectacular. It is the story of two worlds clashing: the brightly colored circus people and the dark urbanites. It is a one-of-a-kind show.

6. Shopping. Orlando has an incredible variety of shopping, but to shop for bargains at high-end stores, the Orlando Premium Outlets on Vineland Road not far from International Drive is the place to go. Savings of from 25% to 65% can be had every day at 150 different stores including Armani, Ferragamo, Lauren and many more well-known names. The mall is set in an open air Mediterranean style, so even when it’s busy, which is most of the time, it doesn’t seem crowded.

Obviously this short article only touches on a few of the many attractions in this great area. We hope this gives you a look at a few you might have overlooked.