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Central Florida may be the theme park capital of the world, but it’s possible to find fun things to do in Orlando that don’t involve these major attractions. Orlando offers plenty of family-friendly excitement and a chance to get out and explore the rest of The City Beautiful.

    1. Crayola Experience

The Crayola Experience at The Florida Mall invites kids of all ages to take part in creative play. At the interactive exhibits, you can experiment with 4D coloring, learn how Crayola makes crayons and name your own crayon. With more than 70,000 square feet packed with fun, the whole family can find something enjoyable to do.

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  • Gatorland

 

Walk through the alligator-mouth entrance at Gatorland and prepare for a wild reptilian encounter. This is the only place in town where you can observe alligators, crocodiles and Florida panthers and then watch the classic Gator Wrestling Show. The attraction also has a petting zoo and splash pad for younger guests.

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  • ICON Orlando

 

On ICON Orlando, you get a bird’s-eye view of the city, its theme parks and the surrounding land. Each enclosed capsule has air conditioning, so you stay comfortable as you rise 400 feet into the air on this giant Ferris wheel.

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  • iFLY Orlando Indoor Skydiving

 

At iFLY, children as young as three can experience the thrill of skydiving without jumping out of a plane. Each visit includes a training session, flight time and an air show performed by the instructors.

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  • Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament

 

Just minutes from the Walt Disney World Resort, Kissimmee’s Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament takes guests on a journey back in time. Enjoy a full four-course meal while watching knights joust on horseback and falcons taking flight.

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  • Old Town

 

At Old Town in Kissimmee, you can take a step back in time as you and the family stroll along the main street. This outdoor attraction has an assortment of restaurants and shops along with carnival rides and games, including a Ferris wheel and arcade center.

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  • Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park

 

Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park offers a different kind of thrill. Set in a natural pine forest, the aerial obstacle course takes you through ropes, nets, swinging logs and more. There are five courses available, including one designed specifically for children.

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  • Orlando Watersports Complex

 

There’s no beach in Orlando, but the Orlando Watersports Complex near the airport provides plenty of water fun. The OWC Aquapark’s floating obstacles include climbing towers, monkey bars and a rodeo slide for the whole family. They also offer other water activities, such as paddleboarding, tubing and cable training.

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  • WonderWorks

 

Located on International Drive, WonderWorks is home to more than 100 interactive exhibits. You can also challenge the kids to a game of laser tag, join them in the three-story ropes test or laugh with them on the 4D motion ride.

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As you put together your Orlando vacation, plan some time outside the theme parks. You can start by checking out all of the things to do in Orlando near your vacation rental.