2014 Orlando Bowl Guide: Part 2 - What to do

So your team has made it to the big bowl game in Orlando? Congratulations! Now you die-hard fans heading to our hometown are posed with a tough question: What do you do while you’re in Orlando?

Lucky for you, we have prepared a little something to ease that trip planning burden. Read on for a quick list of what to do in Orlando during the bowl games: Related: Where to stay during the Bowl Games

Get Local's Favorite Waterpark, Wet 'n Wild

Get Local's Favorite Waterpark, Wet 'n Wild

Theme Parks
We know you are going to spend one day at the theme parks, so go ahead, enjoy yourself, you might even see your team there visiting!

Grab Lunch with Your Football Team 
The Russell Athletic Bowl and the Buffalo Wild Wings host a Kickoff Luncheon every year that gives the fans and both teams a chance to have food and fun together for their bowl experience. Hosted by ESPN and ABC broadcasters, this event pairs a member of your football team to sit down and eat with you at your table all while participating in games and fun contests. 

Get Local's own, Mike Black, with a nice Mahi caught offshore

Get Local's own, Mike Black, with a nice Mahi caught offshore

Enjoy the outdoors 
Most likely, if you are following your college football team down to Florida for the bowl game, you are coming from a place that is much colder and possibly covered in more snow than Florida’s average temperature of 75-degrees and sunny weather in December and January. Since the next time you are going to be able to walk outside in shorts back home might be 3 months from now, we highly suggest you get outdoors and enjoy the great things Central Florida offers.

Trey Dyer enjoying a beautiful Florida sunset from atop his paddleboard

  • Take a fishing charter: whether you want to bass fish, offshore fish, fly fish or flats fish, Get Local offers fishing charters with the best local captains in Central Florida and winter time can be an awesome time to catch some of the best trophy game fish in the world.

  • Enjoy the Springs: Throughout Central Florida, year-round 72-degree crystal clear waters flow. These springs allow you to stay warm while still enjoying Florida’s waters.  Scuba diving the springs and exploring underwater caverns are two of our personal favorites. You can also watch manatees at Blue Spring State Park or go tubing at Kelly Park. The activities are endless.

  • Go to the Beach: There are not many places in the U.S. that you can go to the beach in December and January. Florida is one of them. On the east coast, Cocoa Beach is about an hour drive on the state road 528 from Downtown Orlando and New Smyrna Beach is about the same taking Interstate 4. The beaches of Florida give you so many wintertime options, whether it’s taking your first surfing lesson, fishing, kayaking or just sun tanning.

  • Take an Airboat Tour: Get up close and personal with wildlife with one of the Get Local airboat tours. With each tour comes free admittance to the Wild Florida nature park with incredible animals such as sloths, giant gators, exotic birds and much more.

  • Standup Paddleboarding (SUP): One of the most popular activities among Orlando locals, paddleboarding the many lakes of Orlando is a great way to spend an afternoon.

SNAP! is characteristic of the best art in Orlando (Photo Credit: SNAP!)

Check out the Local Arts
Known mostly by the Orlando locals, the arts scene in Central Florida is growing everyday and is home to some extremely unique arts opportunities. The new Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center is spectacular and may possibly the best performance venue in the nation. Galleries such as SNAP!  Is offering an innovative and breathtaking approach to what the limits of art are. Museums around Central Florida are home to some great exhibits as well and feature great local works.

Get Local and friends enjoying a little afternoon cornhole in Orlando

Tailgate the Bowl
This one is pretty self-explanatory. It’s the last game of the season, so get up early, fire up the grill, bust out the adult beverages. This is your last chance for the next 8 months to tailgate, so do it the right way! If you really want to do something special for your last tailgate, buy your tickets for the Kuykendall Gardner Hospitality Pavilion, a climate controlled massive party tent with premium food and entertainment just steps away from the Citrus Bowl entrance. Click here for the Russell Athletic Bowl and here for the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

Enjoy Orlando

Orlando is top the destination for bowl games, with more outdoor, entertainment and dining options easily available than any other city in the country. If you really want to maximize your Central Florida experience, book a myself or our owner Mike Black as a local guide, we will not only ensure you receive the best local knowledge, but we will also ensure you receive the best customer service and bang for your buck.