6805 Visitors Circle Orlando, FL 32819 +1 407 903 1150
Located near International Drive, this is the closest you can get to skydiving, while still on the ground. Inside a huge simulator that looks more like a spacecraft than a building, visitors of all ages can experience skydiving in a wind tunnel or opt for the free-fall simulator. Either way, there's an experienced staff on hand to help calm your nerves, and there's plenty of padding in case you take a fall!
8501 International Drive Orlando, FL 32819 +1 407 352 7378
Hoist your jib and set your sails for this pitch and putt course, where playing putt-putt is a little like walking the plank. You'll find plenty of pirate references to amuse you, including shipwrecks and skulls with eye patches, but don't worry, Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf is strictly family fare. From its two separate courses to its complimentary leis, it's a tropical tee-off, as you escape cascading waterfalls and rubber swords. Don't forget to check out the snack bar on your way out, and you can't leave without a handful of free Pirate's Cove stickers, plastic doubloon rings and pirate flags.
Located on lovely Lake Bryan, just off State Road 535 and minutes from the theme parks and International Drive, Buena Vista Watersports is a perfect way to spend the day with some good, old-fashioned Florida fun. You can rent a jet-ski or a boat. Or you can try water-skiing; just slip in for a few hours of learning at Dave's Water-skiing School.
5925 Avenida Vista Marriott Grande Vista Orlando, FL 32821 +1 407 238 7677
When you have decided you have finished playing around and need help playing a round, consider a visit to Grande Vista Golf Club. Located on Marriott Grande Vista Resort property, this 35 acre golf course is set on a gorgeous location near the Florida Everglades and is surrounded by trees. Grande Vista Golf Club has a nine hole course, a putting course and practice grounds. The golf course encourages this game to be a family activity by offering specials for children 15 years old and younger who play after 3p with their parents. Private instruction is also available.
5551 Del Verde Way Orlando, FL 32819 +1 407 363 3867
All kids and many grownups love this place. It offers a 10,000-square-foot, two-story arcade filled with high-tech video games. Outside, you'll find time-tested rides like go-karts, bumper cars and bumper boats. The park's KidsSpot offers mild thrills appropriate for children ages 2-6. If all this activity leaves you hungry, eat at the on-site snack bar. Admission is free, but you do pay for each ride you take and each arcade game you play.
For an all-day getaway, consider a trip to this lovely spot. The park offers nearly 9000 acres of unspoiled Florida wilderness. Hike miles of trails along the scenic Econlockhatchee River and perhaps spot some of Florida's famous wildlife along the way. If you prefer more active recreation, consider making use of the preserve's off-road bicycling trails, fishing spots and horse trails. If you want to spend the night, the preserve does offer camping facilities (tents only). The park is located one mile west of SR 520 on Maxim, to Bancroft, South to Paddock, West to Dallas; follow signs.
2009 Lake Margaret Drive Orlando, FL 32806 +1 407 254 9820
Sometimes recreation means watching a movie, visiting a bar or kicking back with a good book in one of Orlando's lovely parks. But on those days when you just have to get moving, visit this fort. You'll find a public tennis center, Olympic-size swimming pool, and a volleyball court. Kids especially like the playground. If you expect all this activity will leave you hungry, pack a lunch. The park also offers picnic facilities.
9067 International Drive Orlando, FL 32819 +1 407 351 8800
WonderWorks bills itself as a museum "
"where science has gone crazy. This attraction will amuse both children and adults and they can pick up some quirky scientific information along the way. This bright, upside-down establishment offers more than 100 hands-on exhibits, including the Bridge of Fire walk-through (which simulates the power of 250,000 watts of electricity), a Mystery Lab and the Earthquake Experience simulation room. Visit for a quirky and educational experience.
8201 International Drive Orlando, FL 32819 +1 407 351 5803
Ripley's operates 35 oddity museums worldwide, and the experience of visiting one is a bit like devouring a pint of ice cream; you know it's not really good for you, but boy is it fun! The Orlando collection is housed in a Bavarian-style building, deliberately disproportioned to look like part of it has disappeared into one of Florida's infamous sinkholes. Inside, you'll find such oddities as a statue of a 1,069-pound man, torture devices from the Spanish Inquisition and a replica of a 1907 Rolls Royce built from more than a million matchsticks. Check website for further details.
5800 Water Play Way Orlando, FL 32821 +1 888 800 5447
Aquatica is a whimsical, one-of-a-kind waterpark that's only in Orlando and could only come from SeaWorld. There is one river where you float through an undersea world of colorful fish and another races you into rolling rapids. There are also slides that spin and soak you, and their incredible signature ride - two awesome, enclosed tube slides that send you speeding through a lively lagoon filled with playful, black and white Commerson's dolphins. Delight in the serene-to-extreme waters in the gigantic double wave pools and soak in the sun (or the cooling shade) on the white sand beach. Aquatica is where the fun is as endless as the sea itself.
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