It’s undeniable: Orlando consistently ranks among the world’s top tourist destinations. Every year, Orlando is flooded with visitors wanting to experience the myriad of both family-friendly and adult activities. From indoor to outdoor fun, Orlando has so much to offer, including a wide range of monetary expenses to suit any budget. Nicknamed “The City Beautiful”, Orlando is especially known for Disney and Universal Studios, but there are so many more things to do in Orlando besides the theme parks.

For example, if you seek adventure in a more urban environment, then the heart of downtown will allow you ride public transportation and walk to many immersive and uniquely themed dining options. And while the appeal of theme parks is strong in Orlando, there is a rich tapestry of events that can entertain just about anyone year after year. So read on for some fun activities that will allow you to immerse yourself in the exquisite culture and natural beauty of this busy city!

Family Friendly Activities

1. Orlando Science Center

 

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The Orlando Science Center is located in the heart of Orlando. It’s an interactive four-story building that houses fun for all ages. There are multiple exhibits, including some that rotate every season. In addition, there are live animals, live science demo presentations, and a fabulous gift shop that will get any child excited about science.

2. Topgolf Orlando

 

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This destination includes a climate-controlled area with music and an awesome food selection, which is just the thing for a hungry family. The scoring system is one that is similar to bowling and darts, so all members of the family can see their progress as they eat some yummy food. If you are more interested in watching a game, then enjoy the lounge.

3. Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament

 

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Experience a unique dining experience with royalty, medieval centric foods, and a real joust! This unique opportunity has varying levels of immersion and can include a meet and greet with the King and Queen. If you even want more immersion, upgrade to front row seats for the opportunity to participate in the show!

4. Crayola Experience

 

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This fun attraction has 26 hands-on activities, making it a great choice for younger audiences. This is great place for hands-on learning, especially creating multicolor figures. Children can even watch crayons melt into new shapes other than crayons!

5. SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

 

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This 360-degree underwater tunnel allows guests to see a wide arrange of fish, sharks, and rays. There is also a lovely maze and interactive area for younger guests. Another fun fact: every Tuesday, toddlers have the opportunity to have their own experience with special age-appropriate activities.

6. Boggy Creek Airboat Ride

 

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This 45 minute tour for six allows guests to glide over unseen parts of Florida at 40 mph. There are also nighttime tours available for guests that offer an entirely unique experience on the night creatures of swampy Florida. You can also have the option to dig into the 70 ft. mine to find some fossils left by sharks and alligators. Finally, guests can also immerse themselves in Native American Culture through cooking and tool-making.

7. Fun Spot Theme Parks

 

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With two locations in Orlando, these vast amusement parks offer unique experiences with their roller coasters, arcades, and food choices. Fun Spot also happens to be the home of Orlando’s only wooden roller coaster. Besides that, there are plenty of options for all ages, including a splash pad, bumper boats, and cabana rentals for relaxation.

8. Gatorland

 

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Guests will experience one of the largest collections of reptiles in one space and even have the opportunity to hold baby gators. There are also separate ticketed adventures for zip lining and off-road adventures. Other great options include a lovely and petting zoo and a splash pad to cool off from the Florida heat.

9. The Florida Mall

 

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This is Central Florida’s largest mall with over 250+ options for shopping, dining, and entertainment. This inclusive mall has all of your favorite stores with experiences that cater to just about anybody. There’s even valet at this mall to help you avoid the incredibly large and busy parking lot. Another handy fact: this mall is very close to the airport, which is perfect if you’re trying to catch a flight!

10. Ripley’s Believe It or Not

 

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It’s the unique (crooked) structure of this place that really entices guests to enter. However, this 10,000 sq. foot venue allows you to explore 16 exhibits and interact with all the quirks of this strange and unusual space. The ability for self-guided tours means you can stay as long as you like, but be careful: sometimes the spooky hosts might entice you to stay forever.

11. Wonderworks

 

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A massive interactive exhibit to entice the senses will encourage all sorts of inquisitiveness. With over 100 exhibits, lasers tag, a 3-story ropes course, and an XD 4D motion ride, this attraction is fun for all ages. This fun upside-down attraction will have you immersed for hours, leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime.

Adult Activities

12. Cocktails and Screams

 

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This unique bar caters to Halloween year-round, offering delectable drinks with a spooky decor. This setting is also perfect for guests to indulge in spooky trivia and take the most adorable pictures. The spot is especially well-known for throwing themed parties, like a “Thriller” dance off and Zombie parties. In fact, they pay homage to the Addams family every Wednesday with a costume contest!

13. Vault 5421

 

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One of the first bars inside of a comic book shop, this place allows guests to immerse themselves in the settings of some of their most beloved series. So enjoy this post-apocalyptic bar that serves craft beer and regularly has their employees dress up for all occasions. Every Saturday night is themed, where costumes and cosplay are encouraged.

14. Central Florida Ale Trail

 

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Visit a number of Central Florida breweries and receive a free growler. You can get a physical copy of a passport brochure and collect stamps for visiting every brewery listed on the trail. There are tours offered by bus that help can help you complete the trail in record time with either a group of your choosing or strangers.

15. Orlando Museum of Art… After Hours

 

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If you feel inclined to witness art in new and inspired ways, then visit the museum the 1st Thursday of every month and witness new exhibits based off monthly themes. This event also has drinks for purchases, and you can view a number of longstanding exhibits. However, much of the art is for sale, and artists are frequently even in attendance to answer any questions you may have about their art and process.

16. ICE BAR Orlando

 

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This unique bar is the only permanent ice bar in the world with over 70 tons of hand carved ice, making it a really memorable experience. The bar itself is kept at 22 degrees, and all guests are provided with a warm thermal parka and gloves. Once guests have their drinks, they can enjoy the ice lounge, listen to the incredible music, and gaze at the unique ice sculptures that decorate the space. It’s just the perfect place to visit when you want to escape the Florida sun!

17. Breakout Escape Rooms

The Ringmaster’s Den, Game of Espionage, and Zombie Roadhouse are three 60-minute escape rooms that will have you working together to break out of the room. You also have the option to create a party or work with strangers. And perhaps best of all, due to the central location of these escape rooms, you can enjoy food from some of Orlando’s top restaurants right after you make your grand escape!

Conclusion

In summary, it’s virtually impossible to get bored in this incredibly alive city. With so many different kinds of immersive experiences available, it’s easy to keep yourself completely entertained with the multitude of things to do in Orlando besides the theme parks. However, since everyone is drawn by different things, let us know which one of these YOU think is the most fun!