When we think of Orlando, we think of those iconic theme parks, but the city is known for so much more. Spend all your time in lines for rides and you’ll miss out on a fascinating history and captivating ecotourism. Whether you’re visiting for business or vacation, there are plenty of things to see and do in Orlando that will enrich your trip.
In terms of getting around, transportation is both affordable and relatively easy to navigate. Orlando is a driver-friendly city, but if you’re not renting a car, there are a few options: the LYNX Bus, Sun Rail Train, and the I-Ride Trolley. If you’re heading straight to a theme park, there are designated theme park shuttles available to take you there right from the airport.
When you want to see more that the area has to offer, the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve is a great place to start. It’s a bit of a drive, but this 110,000-acre preserve is a natural masterpiece of Central Florida, teeming with flora and fauna—including beautiful butterflies and birds—and wonderful hiking trails. If there are golfers in your party, Orlando is a lauded location for the sport. Grab your bag and hit the green for a fun 18 holes at one of Orlando’s many courses.
What you may not know about in Orlando is its art and history museums. Stop by the Orlando Museum of Art and peruse exhibits of contemporary American art and sculptures. See live gators at the Orlando Science Center. Take a trip back in time almost 12,000 years and explore local and regional history at the Orange County Regional History Center.