Are you done with Theme Parks? Here's some alternatives
When visiting Orlando, it's mainly about seeing the mouse of Walt Disney World. However, to some, Disney and Universal can get tiring and expensive. Florida has other fun adventures that showcase what treasures it holds.
Alligators are one of the well-known reptiles in Florida, and if you want to get a close, safe encounter with them, the best places are swamp tours and Gatorland. Boggy Creek Adventures takes you on a 40 mph sunset tour in the Florida Everglades seeing various exotic swamp creatures and alligators in their natural habitat. Gatorland gives you an up-close experience in feeding, getting photos and walkaways that are just feet from the water.
For a bit more relaxed experience of nature, visit the Bok Tower Gardens. It's made up of 700 acres of nature trails and citrus groves. The tower attracts crowds with carillon bell recitals with birdsong from adjacent bird sanctuary's. It was recently named as one of the best botanical gardens in North America. You can bring a picnic and enjoy the scent of the oranges.
If shopping is more your style than imagine 1.8 million square feet of high-end luxury to discounted designer brands at The Florida Mall, just ten minutes from Orlando International Airport, many recent renovations have been, and some new stores are coming in. Kids love pretzels, and you can get fresh Auntie Anne's to keep them occupied as you shop through Macy's Abercrombie and Quicksilver. They'll even enjoy The Crayola Experience, which is one of only two in the world.
Food is the voice of many, and there is some restaurant on every corner in Orlando. When you come and visit, Keke's breakfast is an 'American diner' that's a favorite with locals. Only 10 minutes from Universal on DoctorPhillips Boulevard, you can come in for some stuffed French toast and other classic breakfasts. If seafood is more your style for a nice dinner, then the Boathouse that overlooks Lake Buena Vista in Disney Springs is perfect. While enjoying a lobster meal, you can look at some real dreamboats - converted Amphi-cars from the 30s, 40s, 50s. Less than 4,000 were made in the 1960s and today there 10 of the remaining few today.
Now if you want to have some razzle-dazzle, the Cabana Bay Beach Resort near Universal send you to the 1960s with colorful Cadillacs. Inside, midcentury-inspired furniture designs in orange and electric blue. The hotel names like Thunderbird and Starlight include family suites that sleep up to six. Sandy-Beach effects, water-slide pool, an in-house bowling alley, add to the dazzle of the place.
Companies such as Google, Facebook, and LEGO HQ have a colorful, playful interior style. The B Resort and Spa located in the Disney Springs area has a world-class restaurant. And at $95 a night, its close to mall and restaurant areas. Best for a two-person trip who'd prefer a break from all Mouse things.