50 Things to Do in Orlando, Florida Beyond Disney’s Parks
If you’re vacationing to Walt Disney World, there’s a good chance that’s all you’re doing. However, there’s a lot to do in Central Florida and Orlando outside of the Disney parks. This list takes a look at 50+ options for things to do near Walt Disney World, broken down in two categories: things at Walt Disney World that are outside of the parks, and things outside of Walt Disney World, completely.
The second half of this post consists of entirely non-Disney things to do in Central Florida. Many of these things we’ve done, while some remain on our bucket list. As we’ve been staying off-site more recently, we’ve begun to see Florida outside the parks. In so doing, we’ve realized just how many amazing things the state has to offer that we had missed out on during our past trips. We’ve started to spend time outside of Walt Disney World, but still not nearly enough.
Some of the Walt Disney World options we cover in our 1-Day No Parks Itinerary for Walt Disney World, and others are mentioned on our Free Things at Walt Disney World post. However, this time we wanted to present more options (there are several days’ worth of entertainment here, many of which are not free) without the constraints.
The current marketing might suggest otherwise with such an intense focus on the four main theme parks, but Walt Disney World is still the Vacation Kingdom of the World with myriad entertainment options outside of the parks. I don’t have any way of proving this (and I doubt you have any way of disproving it, so I guess we’re at an impasse!), but I think you could spend a few months at Walt Disney World without going to the parks, and still keeping things fresh. As far as vacation destinations go, that’s pretty impressive.
Here are some highlights–consider this a work in progress as we discover other possibilities (perhaps through your feedback?) and try to fill a full year outside of the parks! 😉
Electrical Water Pageant — A little light parade on Bay Lake outside the Magic Kingdom that runs as follows: 9 p.m. at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, 9:15 p.m. at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, 9:30 p.m. at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, 9:45 p.m. at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground, and 10 p.m. at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
Fireworks — The best place to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks is from the Ticket & Transportation Center, near the ferry entrance. The Halloween and Christmas party tickets are expensive, making this is a great way to watch those shows for free. The BoardWalk is a good spot to view Epcot’s IllumiNations fireworks, too.
Miniature Golf – Winter Summerland and Fantasia Gardens are themed miniature golf courses at Walt Disney World that each have 18 holes. Not that we are mini-golf aficionados or anything, but these are the two nicest courses we’ve ever seen, with fun Disney details and obstacles, and well-maintained courses. Admission here is included with some ticket and vacation packages, but even out of pocket it’s fairly inexpensive.
Golf – Disney’s Palm, Magnolia, and Lake Buena Vista gold courses are championship-caliber 18-hole courses. Oak Trail is a 9-hole course aimed at intermediate and beginner players. Get even more out of your day by taking advantage of their (surprisingly) reasonably-priced “Sunrise 9,” which includes 9 holes of golf plus breakfast and a beer.
Tennis Lessons – Several courts have clay and/or hard courts for tennis, lessons from a professional are actually available (for a fee, naturally) at the Grand Floridian.
Spa Day – From the priciest options at the Grand Floridian or Four Seasons, to more affordable options in the Wyndham, Hyatt, and other third party hotels, there are a surprising number of spa options available in and around Walt Disney World. (I guess a lot of people need some tension relief after a busy day in Magic Kingdom!)
Monorail Bar Crawl – For us, the monorail is a great “attraction,” and riding it around the resort loop is a relaxing and fun activity…and even more fun when you’re drunk! ‘Suit up’ or dress down for a crawl of the Magic Kingdom Deluxe Resort bars & lounges, riding the Highway in the Sky between stops.
Surrey Bike Rental – Explore your resort hotel with your group by pedaling your way around on a surrey bike. These are popular around the Crescent Lake Resorts (watch out for the big hill over by Yacht Club!), but several other resorts have them as well. They are especially useful for exploring spread out areas, like the Port Orleans resorts.
Go Running – Don’t have any friends? Explore your resort by foot instead of on a surrey bike. I prefer this option, especially in the pre-sunrise hours when the weather is cool and there’s a crisp dew in the air. Most resorts having dedicated running paths (my favorites are at the Poly/Grand Floridian and Caribbean Beach).
Water Parks – I don’t write enough posts about them, but I love Typhoon Lagoon (here’s our guide to it) and Blizzard Beach (read our guide to it). I’d go as far as to say that Typhoon Lagoon is the only park at Walt Disney World that still executes perfectly on its theme (and Blizzard Beach is still close behind). Both are must-dos, in my book. If I were a local, I think I could spend the better part of my summer in the Typhoon Lagoon wave pool and lazy river. Along those same lines…
Private Surfing – If you want more of a unique experience, try surfing at Typhoon Lagoon. There are lessons (for beginners) or private sessions (for experienced surfers) that are held prior to park opening. While pricey, these are very limited in size (12-25 people), so it’s an intimate experience.
Bass Fishing Excursions – If you’d rather spend your time on the water pulling animals out of it than being the animal in it, consider a 2-hour guided bass fishing trip. They depart from any of the resorts with a marina, and all tours include reels, bait, and beverages.
Disney Springs – This area has made significant strides as it has transformed from Downtown Disney to Disney Springs. After Pleasure Island closed, it was a place we ignored for several years, but that has all changed in the last couple of years. New restaurants like Morimoto Asia and The Boathouse are seriously good, and other venues like the Edison and Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar offer bona-fide nightlife options.
Parasailing – Ever since seeing publicity shots when I was a kid, I’ve wanted to go parasailing at Walt Disney World. Now, the idea of unique aerial photos has me even more intrigued. Waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing and personal watercraft rental are all also available at Disney’s Contemporary Resort via Sammy Duvall’s.
Art Classes — Disney’s Art of Animation Resort offers free drawing classes that are open to any Walt Disney World resort hotel guests. These classes currently occur at 11 am, 2 pm, and 5 pm.
Horseback Riding – If you are a fan of “doing things,” Fort Wilderness is a great resort for you. The next several entries on the list are all options available there. The first of these is horseback riding, available at the Tri-Circle-D Ranch. (You can also see a free little exhibit about horses there, pictured above.)
Fort Wilderness Archery Experience – File this under “things I can’t believe they still do.” Don’t get me wrong…it sounds like an awesome activity for kids, it just seems surprising that modern day Walt Disney World would still offer something like this. Then again, there are a lot of pleasant little surprises like this at Fort Wilderness.
Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-Along – A nightly campfire show at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground, and is the only free way of meeting the characters outside the parks (to our knowledge). Port Orleans Riverside and Animal Kingdom Lodge also have nightly campfires with storytellers, albeit no character.
Wilderness Back Trail Adventure – Continuing the list of “fun things to do that you might not know exist at Fort Wilderness” is this guided tour on a Segway X2 (that’s the off-road edition) through rough trails of the resort. Training comes first, presumably so you don’t Segway right into the lake or something.
Christmas Sleigh Rides – Yet another option at Fort Wilderness is a Christmas sleigh ride that offers excursions through the “unspoiled beauty of the woodlands” surrounding Fort Wilderness. Or, maybe you can elect to go through the unspoiled beauty of the RVs decked out in festive lights and campsites filled with majestic, inflatable Christmas decor. (Port Orleans also offers carriage rides, year-round.)
Boat Rides — Few things are as peaceful as a Friendship boat ride around Crescent Lake or a Sassagoula River Cruise from Old Key West to Disney Springs. While these are technically transportation (just like the monorail), they are a fun and relaxing way to see Walt Disney World by water…and get from point A to point B.
Pirate Cruises – There are several pirate cruise options departing from different exotic “Ports of Call” (read: Disney hotels), and they’re all for kids aged 4-12 (no adults) and offer an opportunity to search for treasure.
Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage – We assume no adults are allowed on the pirate cruises because they are so unbelievably cheesy that no one over the age of 8 could possibly enjoy them. A good alternative might be this fireworks cruise, which is themed to pirates and offers something more entertaining for the entire family.
IllumiNations Cruise – An alternative to that doing a private IllumiNations Cruise on a pontoon that accommodates up to 10 guests, plus a drive. The pontoon has a canopy, and drink holders…but no pirate entertainment, which is sort of a deal-breaker, in my opinion.
DVC Tour – Not for those who have trouble saying “no” or are prone to impulse buys, but we found the Disney Vacation Club tour to be very enjoyable (~2 hour tour) and nothing like other high-pressure timeshare sales pitches. To be sure, you absolutely should read about the pros & cons of buying DVC before taking the plunge, but it’s a fun experience…and ends with free ice cream. (We should’ve led with the free ice cream bit–what matters besides that?!)
Restaurant Tours — The restaurants at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge offer free 30-minute tours focusing on the culinary selections and architecture.
Resort Tours — “The Wonders of Wilderness Lodge” tour is a free tour open to any Disney resort-hotel guest, and it details the inspiration of Wilderness Lodge and its many details. At present, tours are also offered of Animal Kingdom Lodge, BoardWalk, and perhaps other Deluxe Resorts(?). Check with your hotel front desk for times and availability.
Signature Dining – Some of Walt Disney World’s best restaurants are in the resort hotels, including Yachtsman Steakhouse and California Grill. If you really want to TREAT YO SELF, go all out and do Victoria & Albert’s. Totally worth the money for a special occasion.
Dine with an Imagineer – The more well-known version of this occurs at the Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios every day at lunch, but on select evenings, you can dine with an Imagineer at Citricos for dinner.
Afternoon Tea – The Garden View Lounge at the Grand Floridian offers a high-brow afternoon tea service. Sarah has been keen on doing this for a while, so it’s on our shortlist of things to do soon. For kids and less sophisticated adults, the Wonderland Tea Party and My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party are also options.
Character Dining – Want to knock out something you might otherwise spend time doing in the parks on one of your non-park days? Try a character breakfast (or dinner at some spots) in the hotels! Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary, ‘Ohana at the Polynesian, Cape May Cafe at Beach Club (our favorite), and 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian are all options.
Animal Viewing — Grab a seat on the balcony outside the lobby of Animal Kingdom Lodge or walk outside and watch the animals. Cast Members who are knowledgeable about various species can share information, and it’s a relaxing experience, especially around sunset.
Hula-tainment – The Spirit of Aloha at the Polynesian is one of two dinner show options at Walt Disney World. The other, Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is far more popular (and another show I loved growing up), but it seems like half this list is things at Fort Wilderness, so it gets second billing here.
Movies Under the Stars — Most Walt Disney World resort hotels hold an outdoor screening of a Disney film each night that is free to attend if you’re a hotel guest. Weekly schedules are available at the front desk of your hotel. Disney Vacation Club members can also rent DVDs from their resort for free. Not quite as unique of an experience as Movies Under the Stars, though.
Self-Guided Yuletide Tour – The “Self-Guided Yuletide Tour” is something we made up as a way to kill a morning before Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (and not waste a day of park admission!), and it has been quite popular with readers wanting to do the same.
BoardWalk Entertainment – Particularly on weekends and during busier times of year, the BoardWalk comes alive with jugglers, acrobats, and other entertainment. Stroll along the BoardWalk and enjoy this entertainment after dinner (a meal of fine cupcakes at BoardWalk Bakery is as good as it gets!).
Near Walt Disney World
Universal Orlando Resort – We’ve been visiting Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure with regularity for the past few years, and really enjoy both of these parks. Although we’ve yet to do it, Volcano Bay water park also looks pretty cool now that it’s gotten past its first-year hiccups. For first timers to Orlando, we’d (potentially) go as far as recommending either (or both) parks over a day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios until Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge construction is finished.
For more tips on visiting, read our Universal Orlando Trip Planning Guide. Other popular parks, including SeaWorld, Busch Gardens Tampa, and Legoland Florida don’t make the list because they don’t hold much interest for us, personally. (Although I’d love to revisit Busch Gardens, I’m interested in the Williamsburg version.) Also, it doesn’t make sense to have a list of things “outside the parks” include a ton of other theme parks.
Discovery Cove – With a more intimate experience than SeaWorld, Animal Kingdom, or just about anywhere else, for that matter, Discovery Cove is intriguing. Much of that intrigue is killed for us by the price (and I’d rather swim with manatees), but this remains a ‘someday’ item for us.
Bioluminescent Kayak Tours – Tired of waiting in line for Pandora’s N’avi River Journey? There’s already a bioluminescent boat ride in Central Florida. These nighttime kayak tours through Indian River Lagoon sound really fascinating (and potentially gorgeous) to us.
Madame Tussauds Orlando – This one definitely is not for everyone. I’ll admit that I don’t really “get” the appeal of this place, but cannot deny that I know others who have had a blast here. I also cannot deny the quality of the work. Each Madame Tussauds wax figure is truly a work of art, involving teams of professional artists and sculptors who spend months on extensive research. From that perspective, I have to give props to Madame Tussauds, even if I have no desire to go back. Your mileage may vary.
Orlando Magic Game – I remember becoming a fair-weather fan of the Magic as a child in the 90s as Shaq-mania swept Florida during our vacations. I had largely forgotten about that until recently watching ESPN 30 for 30’s “This Magic Moment” (highly recommended for Disney fans, even those who don’t like the NBA–it’s streaming on Netflix).
Dinosaur World – We recently lamented the lackluster showing of dinosaurs in Walt Disney World and other theme parks. Dinosaur World Florida doesn’t do much to reverse that trend, but it is a neat low-budget place to explore and wander through a forested park.
Coca-Cola Orlando Eye – The butt of jokes when it first opened for its views of nothing in particular, the Orlando Eye “observation wheel” is nonetheless the tallest observation wheel on the East Coast of the United States.
Disney Character Warehouse Outlets – I cannot stand outlet malls (95%+ sucker customers into thinking they are getting deals on inferior products), but the Disney Character Warehouse outlets are an exception to this in that they are actual clearance centers for items that didn’t sell in the parks at a significant discount. Some of the merchandise is there for a reason, but there are some real gems to be found, too. For reasons unknown, Derek Burgan does a monthly report on the Disney outlets that offers a glimpse of the good, bad, and ugly sold at these outlets.
Zipline – I’ve never gone ziplining, and although I’m really intrigued by the experience, I’m also worried of a “that was it?” feeling afterwards. Forever Florida’s zipline “course” that combines multiple lines along with sky bridges seems like a good way around that feeling.
Airboat on Lake Tohopekalgia – If it’s my time to go, I want it to happen during a quintessential FloridaMan experience: while my toothless airboat guide fights a gator over a can of Busch Light. This has been something I’ve wanted to do for a while–as crazy as it might seem, it also sounds pretty exhilarating.
Disney’s Vero Beach Resort – We did our first stay at Vero Beach in January 2018, and absolutely fell in love with this tranquil seaside resort. It has all of the charm and character of the resorts built during the Disney Decade (think BoardWalk or Beach Club) plus the actual beach. It’s a real winner.
Kennedy Space Center – I was hardly deprived as a kid, as we regularly visited National Parks and Walt Disney World, but one thing I always wanted to do–but never did–was Space Camp. A recent visit to the Space Shuttle Endeavour reminded me that we still haven’t seen Kennedy Space Center as adults, which seems borderline criminal given how much we are in Florida.
Wekiwa Springs State Park – From birding to hiking 13 miles of trails to swimming in a 72-degree spring to wildlife viewing, it seems like Wekiwa Springs checks off several boxes in showcasing the natural world of Florida. After seeing so much of the developed side of things, I’m curious to see more of this.
We headed to Blue Spring State Park since it’s about half the distance of Crystal River, and we were floored by what we saw. It was a chilly day, which is the prime time for manatee-watching as the sea cows seek warmth in spring water, and there were 308 manatees counted that day. Above is the video we posted of them on our non-Disney Facebook page for TravelCaffeine.com.
With Crystal River being fairly remote (nearly 2 hours) from Walt Disney World, it’s about the farthest spot on our list of things we want to see and do in Central Florida. There are a lot of things worthwhile things to do in Florida that we’ve left off the list. For example, I still haven’t done Everglades National Park (4 hours from WDW), Dry Tortugas National Park, or Biscayne National Park. Visiting the Florida Keys would also be high on my list. And, of course, going on a Skunk Ape Hunting Expedition is something on everyone’s bucket list…right?!
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Anything else you’d recommend doing outside of the parks at Walt Disney World or in nearby Central Florida? Anything you would recommend not doing? Do you agree or disagree with our tips? Share any questions, tips, or additional thoughts you have in the comments!
We are planning a trip to Florida in May. We will be heading to the airport from Sanibel Island and want to meet some friends for a quick visit, lunch and maybe some sight-seeing before heading to the airport for a mid-afternoon flight. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
What location is the click bait? The bridge with th water beneath it?
Great article as always we are driving down to WDW from Ontario next week and we added a few days at the end of our trip to stay at Vero Beach. This will be our first time at Vero any suggestions or tips?
We also did the manatee swim at Crystal river, awesome morning!
We did stay out there overnight as our boat ride started at 7am.
The gulf coast beaches are also a great way to spend a day or two.
My wife and I swam with the manatees at Crystal River in 2010 for our ten-year anniversary, then spent three days in Ybor City in Tampa. You need to swim with the manatees! Unlike most of those swims with captive dolphins, they are wild, but they are curious and friendly creatures who like to have their bellies scratched. It’s amazing. We went in September when it’s not too cold, so there were less manatees, but we got up close and personal with two adults and a baby. One played with a group of snorkelers for a solid fifteen minutes in a crystal clear spring. Magnificent.
And while in Tampa you can go eat at The Columbia (owned by the same family since 1905), catch a Flamenco show during dinner, then, if you’re lucky like we were, have a beer with the dancers at the Tampa Bay Brewing Company a couple blocks away. There’s also a historical marker right outside the Columbia that says Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders passed through!
Great list! I’d also add Gatorland. Totally old school Florida. Inexpensive and fascinating.
Would definitely recommend considering Discovery Cove!
We were at Disney over Thanksgiving one year celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and I thought the parks would be insane, so on the day after Thanksgiving we did the day at Discovery Cove.
As were celebrating having not hurt each other over 30 years we splurged on a cabana, the swim with the dolphin piece and the underwater walk. (I personally flipped out with the helmet on my head), but my husband and kids absolutely loved that part.
They only sell a limited amount of tickets and I felt like we practically had the place to ourselves. Empty chairs, not crowded for activities, etc.
The other part that made the cost worthwhile was it is all inclusive in that you get breakfast, lunch and snacks and drinks all day long. For adults there are adult beverages available as well.
When you compare this full day, even with adding on some of the extras, I feel is much cheaper than a lot of the tours we have taken at Disney.
I too really would like to do Discovery Cove someday. It is expensive, but one silver lining is that it also includes 14 day admission to your choice of Sea World or their Water Park, Aquatica. Or for +/- $25 more, you can visit Sea World, Aquatica, AND Busch Gardens Tampa for two weeks, with parking included.
I also recently discovered that there is a Go Orlando Card that can include Sea World, Legoland and the Merlin attractions, the Fun Spots, and Gatorland, maybe others listed as well.
Tom and Sarah – you absolutely have to go to Crystal River one of these days. I grew up there (live in Lake Tahoe now) and it is a great place to see manatees up close. Feb is a great time! Go paddle boarding to see them! Stuff to do: Eat yummy seafood at the Freezer in Homosassa or Pecks in Ozello. Drinks at the bar at Plantation Inn (you can stay there too.) Rent paddle boards at Aardvarks. Definitely worth a trip there, spend the night and then go further up the coast to Cedar Key or back to Orlando. We’re heading back to Florida in November 2018 for both Disney and Thanksgiving at my sister’s house in Crystal River! Have fun.
We plan a WDW trip Feb28
Leaving WDW to take a leisurely drive up coast back to SC
Is first week in March still good time to see Manatees. Would love to swim with Manatees. We checked trip advisor and saw 53 tours listed.
We are used to Disney type service. Any suggestions on Manatee tours: swims of excellent quality?? Thanks.
My wife and I went with Capt Mike’s in 2010 and had a great time. Very knowledgeable guide. And we saw quite a few on the heat of early September, so you should be good in March.
There are so many options listed for these Manatee adventures.
For us it may be that once in a lifetime ” bucket list” type of adventure.
So I am researching for the best authentic experience !!
We will check it out!!
The Orlando Eye is also something pretty spectacular to do outside of the Theme Parks. And if you buy online you get a great deal. The Orlando Eye, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and Sea LIFE Aquarium. My husband and I went in January 2016 and we fell in love with Aquarium. It’s also a nice alternative for some indoor activities for when it’s raining.
Kayaking when the bio luminescence is “on” is cool . I have only seen it once in August, while fishing on the Gulf Coast. When you accidentally splash water on you as you paddle, you have little dots and rivulets of liquid light on your clothing . Glowing bow waves from the kayaks help you identify others in the dark . And if you’re in a shallow area where the fish are feeding, you have the cool sight of seeing luminescent wakes suddenly appear as larger fish chase their smaller prey.
For something unusual and loads of fun, the resort hotel at Animal Kingdom has night vision goggles you can borrow/rent for a short amount of time, to check out the wild animals during the night hours. The adults enjoyed these as much as the kids!
We tried Gatorland for our un-DisneyParks day. First visit in nearly 30 years of WDW-ing. We’re not sure why we waited so long. Decent entertainment, lots of “wild” life, reasonably priced. A bit on the campy with several revenue generating extras, but all in good fun. Overall an enjoyable day. Avoid the weekends. Plenty of parking. Lots of discounts available. Still family owned. … a pleasant surprise.
Our family LOVES Gatorland! Another favorite is the Turtle Hospital in Marathon. Educational and soooo entertaining!
I always recommend (for a certain type of person) the Car Crawl in Kissimmee on a Friday and Saturday night.
Its a real experience & there are some amazing classic vehicles to be seen. And 15 minutes from The World if you are staying there.
However, last time we went the surrounding shops seemed to have become a little lacklustre. There used to be all sorts of classic Coke/Pepsi items, 50’s memorabilia etc, a lot of the shops seemed to be clearing out.
Oh there’s also a haunted house there. Whats not to love! 🙂
(And go and line dance with my beehive crew near the live band!)
I’d definitely recommend visiting Busch Gardens Williamsburg. I have an annual pass and It’s basically the World Showcase with roller coasters.
Unlike most “theme parks” in the Mid-Atlantic area, they actually put a lot of effort into the theming of their lands. A lot of the rides are still only superficially themed, but there’s a few great ones like the flume/dark ride hybrid Escape from Pompeii.
It’s not big enough to be worth a cross-country trip on it’s own, but there’s a lot of historic sites nearby, like Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown.
I have really fond memories of Busch Gardens Williamsburg from when I was a child, but I haven’t been there in maybe 15 years. I remember it as a lush place…almost like a theme park in a forest.
I’ve heard more recent reports of maintenance and attention to detail sliding, but I’d still like to return.
Yeah, it’s still quite lush and they always used to win “Most Beautiful Theme Park” back when it was still a thing.
Unfortunately, you’re right that maintenance has gotten worse. They’re part of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, which has been having serious budget problems since Blackfish.
Discovery Cove spoiled it for us for any dolphin swim anywhere else. Splurge and rent a cabana and get concierge service that is out of this world. It may seem pricey but all food & beverage (alcohol too) is included plus there is usually a deal that includes admission to Sea World & a water park at no extra charge. There is limited admission to Discovery Cove so the crowds, if any, are very manageable.
Great list! I’d add Theme Park Connection (fun store with tons of Disney merch from years past) and the West Orange Bike trail (15-20 north of the parks by Lake Apopka, with bike rentals along the trail).
When I update this, Theme Park Connection will definitely make the list. It’s a place I’ve wanted to visit, and others have recommended it, as well.
Good list Tom! We have piles of fun at the water parks and prefer Typhoon Lagoon of the two. Once or twice I’ve mentioned Cape Canaveral National Seashore on forums. Really a great and untamed beach experience. You can access the south end of the park just above the Kennedy Space Center. That and Cocoa beach are a lot of fun for the kids and gets us out of the Disney bubble.
Cape Canaveral National Seashore is something else I’ll definitely add when I update the list. Thanks!
Great list – it would take a lifetime of trips to see all that I think! I’d add light plane rides over Orlando. We did one on our last trip, it was amazing seeing the parks from above (such a unique angle) and our pilot even let my husband fly the plane for a bit, which he loved!