Looking to venture beyond the theme parks? From fine dining to rustic nature, Orlando is a diverse city with endless opportunity. This list is here to give you a good starting point for discovering what the local side of Orlando has to offer.
With dozens of districts and countless bars, you won’t have a hard time finding a good place to toss a couple back. Hang out in an open air bar by Lake Ivanhoe, enjoy some fanciful cocktails in downtown Orlando, or dive into the craft beers at Redlight Redlight. For more, check out our post: Nightlife in Orlando
4) Professional Sports
If you can only spare one night, make your way to an Orlando City Soccer game. The inaugural season has the city in feverish excitement, and home games are hugely popular. Related: Picking the Best Seats for an Orlando City Soccer Match. If Basketball is more your style, our city proudly hosts the Orlando Magic.
Orlando’s food scene is on the up and up. For food truck action, head over to the Milk District on Tuesday nights for Tasty Tuesdays food truck rally. For sit down restaurants, check out Mills 50 for budget-friendly and culturally diverse cuisine, or Winter Park for fine dining. If you’re looking for a guided tour, check out our Walking Food Tour.
6) Airboat Rides
Big, loud, and fun, airboat rides are a thrilling way to see the swampy marshlands of ‘Old Florida.’ These tours are great for the kids, and allow you to check out wild Florida alligators from a safe distance.
Once again, the beautiful waterways of Orlando make kayak eco-tours a fantastic option. Explore the Winter Park Chain of Lakes, or get a little more adventurous with a kayak trip down the Little Econ.
Central Florida is FULL of fantastic golf courses. If you’re looking to go upscale, a few of our favorite courses include Bella Collina, Waldorf Astoria, and Shingle Creek. For something more budget friendly, check out Dubsdread, the Winter Park Country Club, or Ventura Country Club.
There’s a whole lot more where all of this came from and we’re always happy to help share our local knowledge. Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.