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Seven Things to do in Orlando

Orlando, Florida is well-known as a home to the world’s top theme parks. However, this city offers a great selection of unique outdoor recreation adventures and active vacation experiences that will get your blood pumping and boost your spirits. From soaring through the air to gliding through the water, you’ll find plenty of outdoor adventures in Orlando, Florida.

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Moreover, Orlando’s diverse landscape offers splendid vistas of lakes, rivers, natural springs, and lush forests. I would love to see more of Florida, and saw a post with 10 Unique Things to do in Jacksonville that has me planning a trip to northern Florida soon.

1. Orlando Balloon Rides

Orlando Balloon Rides will take you on a unique adventure high above the grounds. An h our-long flight thousands of feet above the treetops will provide a spectacular opportunity to enjoy sites around Orlando from orange groves to theme parks.

 Be sure to bring close-toed shoes and a light sweater, as it can get a bit chilly up there in the air. We went on a sunrise flight. The early morning wake up call was worth watching the sun rise from the balloon. Definitely a bucket list experience.

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2. iFLY Orlando

Orlando’s indoor skydiving center has a new location on International Drive. You’ll have an exceptional opportunity to safely float on a column of air in a 1,000 hp high vertical wind tunnel. You don’t need to have any jumping or parachute experience. And if you like this kind of adventure, yet fear to jump from a plane, iFLY Orlando is a great destination to experience free falling.

This was hands down the best experience! I have always wanted to do sky diving, so this was the safe and super fun version of that. They teach you the right form and how to do some cool tricks. There is an instructor there the whole time making sure you don’t get hurt and to show you the ropes. Josh and I really enjoyed this and would 100% do it again!

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A special thanks to Josh for joining me on this trip and taking my photos.

3. ICON Orlando Observation Wheel

The ICON Orlando Observation Wheel is an iconic 400-foot tall observation wheel that provides spectacular views of Central Florida in all directions within 30 fully enclosed, air-conditioned glass capsules.

I actually went here a few years ago with my mom and we both enjoyed it. This time Josh and I went in the evening and it was equally as spectacular.

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4. SEA LIFE Aquarium & Madame Tussauds

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Madame Tussauds, the world’s most famous celebrity wax attraction. Bursting with fun and a brand new, interactive experience, Madame Tussauds is a really fun place to spend some time if you are a celebrity buff. Where else can you take a selfie with T-Swift?!?

SEA LIFE Orlando offers sensational underwater adventures with species from the oceans of the world. You’ll have a unique opportunity to be face to face with more than 5,000 sea creatures such as colorful fish, jellyfish, sharks, and turtles while walking through 360-degree ocean tunnel.

The 360-degree ocean tunnel was my favourite part. We also loved seeing the sting rays and I got to touch a star fish! 🙂

You may also like Hot Air Ballooning in Orlando, My Trip to Orlando, or What to See and Do in the Quebec Maritime Region.

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5. Orlando StarFlyer

Don’t miss Orlando StarFlyer, the world’s tallest swing ride attraction standing 450 feet high above the ground. The colossal swing attraction opened this summer and Josh and I absolutely loved it! We went on it twice…but be prepared because it goes fast!!

Normally I don’t do well on things that spin around but I was fine on this. Yeah!!

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6. Get Up and Go Kayaking

If you’re up for a unique experience of exploring the crystal clear waters of Rock Springs, a clear kayak from Get Up and Go is the best way to do it (Get Up and Go Kayaking is the only company in Florida to use clear kayaks). The clear boats act as a huge magnifying glass, so you’ll have no trouble to catch a glimpse of fish and otters as they swim by. 

Kayaking options range from early morning adventures into the sparkly Rock Springs (this is what we did), to bioluminescent kayak tours and sunset excursions through Winter Park’s Venetian style canals. Next trip I want to do the bioluminescent tour. If you follow my travels you know that I saw bioluminescents in Norway by chance.

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7. Boggy Creek Airboat Rides

Boggy Creek Airboat Rides offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the scenic views of the wildlife and cypress trees while gliding through Florida wetlands at speeds up to 50 mph (80 kilometers per hour). You will have an opportunity to take a glimpse of alligators, turtles, snakes, osprey, and eagles while gliding through wetlands.

It was the best weather when we went on this airboat and we really enjoyed it. The area is so unique and there is so much to see.

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You can watch my Trip to Orlando vlog below or on YouTube for better quality.

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14 Comments

  1. Sami Mast wrote:

    I love Orlando! Such a fun place to travel to! I’ve done airboat tours in New Orleans and had a blast, would love to do one on my next trip to Orlando!

    xo
    Sami
    The Classic Brunette

    Posted 9.25.18 Reply
  2. Deborah wrote:

    I’ve only been to Orlando once and I had a good time! I really should go again!

    Posted 9.26.18 Reply
  3. JP Thomas wrote:

    I love that you include things to do other than Disney! 🙂

    Posted 9.26.18 Reply
  4. Cassie Benz wrote:

    Those clear kayaks are so cool! I’m amazed at how blue the water is, so beautiful!

    Posted 9.26.18 Reply
  5. I’ve only visited the theme parks in Orlando but it seems like there’s a ton of other amazing stuff! Would love to stray away from Disney/Universal next time I’m down there.
    -Emily
    https://norepeatsorhesitations.com/2018/09/26/ohii-beauty-review/

    Posted 9.26.18 Reply
  6. ahh yasss! so much to do in orlando! a lot of my friends love ifly but i haven’t been yet!

    Posted 9.27.18 Reply
  7. I saw clear kayaks being advertised in Hawaii recently — that looks like SO much fun!!

    Posted 9.27.18 Reply
  8. Tara Liston Fuller wrote:

    the clear kayaks looks so beautiful! what a fun trip!

    Posted 9.27.18 Reply
  9. Alix Maza wrote:

    We wanted to go glass bottom kayaking in the Philippines, but it wouldn’t stop raining! It looks like so much fun.

    Posted 9.27.18 Reply
  10. I love Orlando so much. I wish I could visit more often! I’ve only gone a couple oftimes, but this makes me want to plan more trips. You got to do so many fun and unique things!

    Posted 9.28.18 Reply
  11. Julie Hood wrote:

    That clear kayak thing is insane!!!! Love it!

    Posted 10.1.18 Reply
  12. Ahh looks like so much fun! Orlando is on one of the top spots in my travel bucket list because of the theme parks, but it’s nice to see that there’s so much more to do there! I love the idea of going on a balloon ride, and I love going to indoor aquariums where ever I go, so SEA LIFE looks amazing!

    Posted 10.2.18 Reply
  13. Jenna wrote:

    I remember going to Orlando a ton when I was a kid for family vacations! We always went to the beach and Universal Studios!

    Posted 10.3.18 Reply
  14. Paige Rankin wrote:

    Orlando is such a fun place. Those kayaking views are amazing!!
    xoxo, Paige
    http://www.midwesterncharmblog.com

    Posted 10.3.18 Reply
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