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  • 10 Stops in Orlando to Visit After Your Trip to Disney or Universal Studios Orlando

    Rohana Monzon
    Rohana Monzon
    Last updated 17 Jun 2022
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    If you’re about to embark on the ultimate Orlando getaway, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a myriad of attractions in Orlando, Florida.

    With the sunny city being the Theme Park Capital of the World, Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando are undoubtedly the most popular tourist attractions in Orlando, Florida. But if you’re staying for a while, you can make the most out of it by visiting as many other destinations as you can!

    The Wheel at ICON Park

    Family enjoying at The Wheel at ICON Park
    The Wheel is a 400-foot-tall observation wheel, with air-conditioned capsules, where you’ll get fantastic views of Orlando! You can even see as far out as the Floridian theme parks and the Kennedy Space Center! You’ll also find a bunch of dining, shopping, and entertainment around the venue, making it a great attraction in Orlando, Florida for families.
    • How to get there: You can walk from International Drive or take a taxi from Orange County Convention Center, which is 1.3 miles away. 
    • Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday: 13:00-21:00; Friday-Saturday: 13:00-22:00

    Kennedy Space Center

    Kids having fun at Kennedy Space Center
    A must-visit attraction in Orlando, Florida is Kennedy Space Center, NASA’s most important base. Many historical aeronautic events happened within the compound, such as the launch of Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle, and more. You can also take a stroll at the Rocket Garden, a massive outdoor display that will acquaint you with missiles and space launch vehicles such as Saturn V. At the Visitor Complex, you’ll also see the Space Shuttle Atlantis, which gives further insight into NASA’s space exploration. Don’t miss out on witnessing actual rocket launch simulations at the Rocket Launching Center!
    • How to get there: You can avail of the round trip transfers from your hotel that is inclusive of your Klook pass
    • Opening hours: 9:00-17:00

    Island H20 Water Park

    A group of friends having a fun time at Island H20 Water Park
    Have a splashing good time at Island H20 Water Park, one of Central Florida’s newest, most innovative water parks! Aside from adrenaline-pumping rides, including Live Streaming, a trap-door slide with a heart-stopping vertical drop. Hashtag Heights is a boomerang thrill ride you can share with your besties. For both rides, you’ll even get a video recording to relive the moment and share with people!
    You’ll also find interactive games where you can earn points to get discounts on food and merch, making it a unique attraction in Orlando, Florida. You also can’t miss a ride on the Profile Plunge, a waterslide where you and your friends ride a raft down a slide with many twists and turns!
    • How to get there:
      •  By car: from I-4 West, take Exit 64 and merge onto 192 West, then turn Left onto Inspiration Drive
      • By car: from I-4 East to Four Corners, take Exit 6 from FL 429 North. Continue to 192 East and turn right to Inspiration Drive
      • By car: from 429 South, take Exit 6 and turn left onto 92 East, then take a right turn to Inspiration Drive
    • Opening hours: 10:30-17:00

    Wild Florida

    A group aboard a boat exploring Wild Florida
    Wild Florida is an attraction in Orlando, Florida, that offers a true Floridian experience: alligators galore and tours on swampy waters! After all, Gators are considered the stars of Florida. They also have a Gator and Wildlife Park that also showcases lemurs, sloths, and monster alligators. The animal shows where you can see gators up close are definitely a must!
    • How to get there: Take a taxi or drive until the end of Lake Cypress Road
    • Opening hours: 09:00-18:00 - Monday to Saturday

    Swimming with Manatees

    Manatees swimming together
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    Be a mermaid for a day and swim with the Manatees, a.k.a the gentle giants! Get up close with these friendly marine mammals in their natural habitat, then enjoy lunch at the American-style diner afterward. And get this, you can also have roundtrip transfers from Orlando, Kissimmee, or Disney areas — less worrying about commute, more enjoying time with the manatees!
    • How to get there: Roundtrip transfers
    • Opening hours: 7:00-18:00

    Madame Tussauds Orlando

    Visitors posing for photos with different wax figures
    Photo Credit: @madametussaudsusa on Instagram
    Another can’t-miss attraction in Orlando, Florida is Madame Tussauds, home to numerous life-like wax figures of your favorite celebrities, superheroes, musicians, and other pop culture icons. Don’t miss out on posing with the presidents of the US, singers like Taylor Swift and JLo, and comic book heroes like Batman and Captain America! It’s the closest thing to meeting and taking a selfie with these global icons!
    • How to get there: You can walk from International Drive or take a taxi from Orange County Convention Center, which is 1.3 miles away.
    • Opening hours: 11:00-18:00 Monday to Friday 11:00-19:00 Saturday and Sunday

    West Orange Trail

    Girl posing for a photo while on her bike on West Orange Trail
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    One of the best places to visit in Orlando for free is the West Orange Trail, a 22-mile paved trail where you can go biking, running, skateboarding, and even horseback riding! There is no need to bring your bike, as rentals are available. Along the trail, you’ll find Oakland Nature Preserve, a 150-acre forest preserve, as well as a butterfly garden at the Tildenville outpost. Another great stop is Winter Garden, home of Plant Street Market where you can refill with snacks like burgers, pizzas, donuts, and more!
    • How to get there: When driving, take the I-4 Route 50 or West Colonial Drive and head west. After a mile, turn right on US 441 and go north 11.5 miles to Route 435. Then turn right and look for the trailhead 2.25 miles ahead. 
    • Opening hours: Sunrise to sunset


    People posing for a photo while carrying alligators
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    If there’s anything Florida loves, it’s Gators! Gatorland is home to around 3,000 gators and crocs in all shapes and sizes. It has also been a leader in alligator safety education in Florida since 1949. Keep your eyes peeled for the extremely rare and eye-catching white leucistic alligators! You can also watch out for the shows that showcase the park’s daredevils and gator experts facing the giant reptiles and learn about their amazing defense mechanisms.
    • How to get there: You can the bus that directly takes you to Gatorland (it is run by Lynx Central Florida Transport
    • Opening hours: 10:00-17:00

    Nona Adventure Park

    Visitors at Nona Adventure Park
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    Want to beat the heat of Florida’s climate? Head to Nona Adventure Park at the lovely Lake Nona, a center for watersports and other fun activities. There’s an inflatable-filled aqua park, cable parks, 60 climbing towers, rope courses, and more. Give yourself a challenge and try wakeboarding if you like watersports, or see if you can conquer the climbing towers!
    • How to get there: From Orlando International Airport, drive south along Access Road and turn right at Publix Supermarket. Keep driving along Lake Nona Boulevard until you reach Medical City Drive and turn right. Turn left at Laureate Boulevard until you reach Kellog Avenue where you’ll turn right. From here, drive straight ahead. 
    • Opening hours: 12:00-19:00

    Orlando Museum of Art

    Visitors looking at different art pieces at Orlando Museum of Art
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    Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) is one of the State’s centers for arts and culture, which holds art exhibits and educational programs for adults and kids. The museum houses 10-12 exhibitions from different featured artists throughout the year. As of the moment you can view the Heroes & Monsters exhibit, which features the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, The Thaddeus Mumford Jr., and more! Another exhibit to watch out for is the Florida Prize in Contemporary Art, which features the work of ten up-and-coming progressive artists from all over the state. 
    OMA also has educational programs for your little ones and not-so-little ones in Grades 1-12, like the Summer Art Camp, to provide outlets for creative expressions and kickstart their journey towards art.
    Klook Tip: You can also get FREE admission to this attraction in Orlando, Florida, on select days of the year.
    • How to get there: Take bus routes 102 and 125 or take the SUNRAIL train. 
    • Opening hours: 10:00-16:00 Tuesdays to Fridays, 12:00-16:00 Saturday to Sunday
    Now that you know ten of the best stops in Orlando, we hope that you’ll have the best time doing the most fulfilling activities during your trip to the Sunshine State!

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