Walt Disney World… Epcot Center… Universal Studios… Sea World.
These names evoke precious family memories for millions of people across both America and the world. They are some of the most popular themed attractions in the Unites States and, for many tourists, they are the reasons why Orlando is continuously named one of the hottest vacation destinations worldwide.
However, if you are looking for more exciting attractions in central Florida – ones that may not get the publicity of the mega parks – then let these be options for your luxury Orlando vacation.
Orlando’s Hidden Entertainment Gems
- Kennedy Space Center (Cape Canaveral) – Many do not consider Cape Kennedy to be an Orlando attraction, but due to its close proximity (45 minutes east), it can easily be added to a unique Orlando vacation. At the Kennedy Space Center you’ll see pieces of NASA’s historic past while you take a tour that includes glimpses into the future of space travel. The Kennedy Space Center was one of the first venues in America to host IMAX technology and continues to feature IMAX films today.
- What is Florida without Gators? Gatorland (and we don’t mean The Swamp at the University of Florida) is known as the “Alligator Capital of the World.” Located within 20 minutes from Disney, Gatorland offers a trainer-for-the-day activity that can only be described as exhilarating. If you have ever been fascinated by alligators (and have chomped on the Animal Planet specials for years), Gatorland’s night tours and adventure hours may be a highlight of your stay in Orlando.
- If the intense summer heat of Florida is tiring your family out quicker than expected, take a break at Wet’n Wild Water Park. Wet’n Wild is Florida’s best water parks and kids of all ages enjoy its bigger-than-life slides, wave pools, and relaxation areas.
- Located near Orlando, the wetlands of Florida host Boggy Creek where you can see alligators in their natural habitat, You can take an airboat tour or just watch the alligators go about their days.
- Central Florida is the heart of Florida’s nature and wildlife attractions and the home to Ocala National Forest (90 minutes from Orlando). With 608 square miles preserved for your woodsy pleasure, the forest offers mountain biking trails, fishing, horseback riding, and ATV excursions. Ocala National Forest also offers gorgeous natural springs that can soothe the most tense traveler.
- Florida is the Sunshine State, after all. While many do not consider Orlando a beach vacation, you are within ninety minutes from beaches on both Florida coasts. On the Atlantic coast, visit New Smyrna Beach, Cocoa Beach and Daytona Beach. For a white sandy trip to the Gulf coast, visit Hernando Beach, Clearwater Beach, and St. Petersburg.
The luxury Orlando vacation itinerary doesn’t just have to include mouse ears and whales. Florida has so much more to offer and we want you to make the most of your stay. So take time to look at the lesser-known locations. Your memories will be vast, diverse, and vital to your favorite family vacations.