Orlando may be the home to Walt Disney World, but this modern city in Central Florida has a long list of other reasons to visit besides the magical theme parks.
From historical experiences, to outdoor fun and family restaurants, to world class golf courses and white sandy beaches, you are sure to find something everybody in your family can enjoy in Orlando. Be sure to visit the many attractions this city has to offer during your stay. You won’t be disappointed!
Here are our top 10 reasons to visit Orlando, Florida even if Disney isn’t on your list. Let us know in the comments below what we may have missed! We may include it in a future blog post for everyone to read about.
1. The Beautiful Beaches
The beaches near Orlando such as Cocoa beach, Daytona Beach, Clearwater and many others have amazing views and white sand with crystal clear waters. With all the entertainment available, you can have a day full of fun just by the beach.
2. The Arts
With a 7-mile “Cultural Corridor” that includes visual and performing arts, museums, parks, gardens and more Orlando is booming into a very cultural city. Spend a night at the Orlando Ballet or take trip to the Morse Museum, home of the world’s most inclusive collection of Tiffany glass and art.
3. The Luxury
This city is definitely known for its family-friendly activities and accommodations but it’s also a luxury destination with a lively nightlife scene, countless fine dining options and upscale shopping.
4. The Savings
Okay, so we just said the luxury is a great reason but don’t feel left out if you’re planning on staying within a budget! VisitOrlando.com features more than 120 free offers including free dining, free attraction admission and more — all worth smiling about. Download the Smile Card and keep some extra cash in your pocket.
5. The Historical Landmarks
Orlando has actually been on the map for more than 150 years. Explore Central Florida’s colorful past with a visit to The History Center, located in the city’s downtown.
6. The Outdoor Adventures
7. The Golf
There are 176 golf courses in Orlando within an hour’s drive of one another. GolfOrlando.com is a great resource for finding the course for you.
8. The Wild Life
If you want to experience Florida’s wildlife, Orlando is the place to be. You can go whale watching on the space coast or bird watching at the Meritt Island bird refuge and even swim with the Manatees in their crystal river.
9. The Shopping
To our fellow shopaholics, a vacation to Orlando will not be complete if shopping the city’s malls is not in your list. There are dozens of shopping malls, flea markets, and even more shopping available at the theme parks.
10. The Food
When visiting Orlando, try not to eat at the regular places that are found everywhere else. There are a lot of restaurants that only exist in Orlando and on top of that most of them offer discounts.