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.
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.
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!
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.
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! 🙂
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!!
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.
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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Do you have a trip to Orlando planned soon?
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