While nothing says Orlando like its iconic theme parks, we hope you’ll also make some time to enjoy everything else this city has to offer. Take a trip to the beach, visit The Florida Aquarium, or even take a breathtaking balloon ride that will make you feel like you’re in a fairytale. Regardless of where you go, you’ll find that Orlando is as much magic outside of the parks as it is inside.
It would be a shame not to take advantage of the crashing waves and soaking up the sun while you burrow your toes in the sand. Located an hour drive from Orlando, take a trip to the coast to Cocoa Beach, one of the best beaches the Orlando area has to offer. You’ll be able to make this a full day excursion with all of the exciting activities the area has to offer. Play watersports, walk along the pier, check out the cute boutiques, and watch the sunset over waves. If you’re lucky, you might also see a rocket launch! That’s right—the Kennedy Space Center is a short distance from the beach, which means you can also pay a visit to this iconic location and take a tour. Your stay at Cocoa Beach will not disappoint!
You might be wondering what Orlando looks like outside of its bustling theme parks and adventures, which is why we recommend taking time to ride a hot air balloon that overlooks the entire city. Bring your selfie stick and take pictures in the sky as you ride along the soft Orlando breeze. View Orlando’s gorgeous everglade regions and enjoy its natural beauty from up high. Schedule a ride to watch the sunrise, see the swamps, view the orange groves, and so much more.
Of course, with so much sightseeing, you’ll likely work up an appetite. We recommend taking a trip to downtown Orlando and visiting Church Street, a fun and eclectic historic street to experience local dives and favorites. Have a bite to eat overlooking Eola Lake, try new cuisines, and explore Orlando’s city life. If you happen to visit during the evening, you might also enjoy exploring Orlando’s nightlife! Whatever you choose, there is plenty to experience during your stay.