7 Things to Do Around Orlando Besides Disney World

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1. Outlet Shopping

Orlando boasts some of the best outlet shopping in the country. Take, for example, Orlando International Premium Outlets, which is Florida’s largest shopping outlet. The shopping mall welcomes 17 million visitors each year and features over 180 brands, including Tory Burch, Neiman Marcus, Ted Baker, and Nike. And there’s never a need to wait for a sale. At an outlet mall like Orlando International, savings of 25-65 percent can be enjoyed each and every day.

2. Orlando Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

One of the best ways to see Orlando is from high in the sky. On this scenic hot air balloon ride, watch the sunrise while your pilot points out the city’s many sights, from Walt Disney World to the deep-green forests and swamps of the Everglades. After the flight, you’ll get a celebration toast with champagne or a mimosa.

3. The Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve

To see Florida’s beautiful natural wonders, take a hike through Orlando’s Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve. The 440-acre preserve is home to views of wetlands and flatwoods and can be enjoyed as a quick stroll or a half-day outing. Prepare, too, to see some wonderful wildlife, such as bobcats and bald eagles.

4. Orlando Museum of Art

Founded in 1924 by a group of art enthusiasts, The Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) boasts a collection of over 2,400 artworks, including paintings by Georgia O’Keefe and Robert Henri. In addition to striking exhibitions of both classical and contemporary art, OMA presents classes and lectures for adults and children alike.

5. Kennedy Space Center

The Kennedy Space Center, which since 1968 has been NASA’s primary launch center, is under an hour drive from Orlando, in Cape Canaveral, FL. The center allows visitors to view launches and also features a state-of-the-art exhibition center for full-day tours. Best of all, on special visitor days, children are invited to meet the astronauts themselves.

6. Harry P. Leu Gardens

Located just minutes from Orlando, Leu Gardens is a 50-acre park of botanical delights. Stroll through trails shaded by 200-year-old oaks and surrounded by camellias, perennials, and hibiscus flowers.

7. Daytona Speedway

Just an hour outside downtown Orlando, the Daytona Speedway is home to NASCAR’s most prestigious race, The Daytona 500. But the speedway, which was built in 1959, is also available for tours year-round. While on the tour, you’ll get to see the Motorsports Hall of Fame and take a behind-the-scenes look at the race track.