Feel the wind in your hair as you cruise through Florida’s Everglades at speeds up to 45 mph, experience an equine fairy tale come to life or frolic amid a prehistoric playground. With so many exciting options, Orlando is filled with little-known gems sure to dazzle your whole family.
An incredible dinner show like no other, Arabian Nights blends expert horsemanship, glamorous costumes, 65 horse stars, 35 incredible performers, and a sumptuous meal into an experience unique to Orlando. Highlights of the show include dancing Arabian horses, bareback riding, chariot races, trick riding and even square dancing on horseback — all presented over 20 horse-themed acts woven together with a romantic story that will amaze and entertain.
Located just 35 minutes from Orlando’s attractions, Boggy Creek Airboat Rides offers breathtaking tours of Lake Tohopekaliga, headwaters to the Florida Everglades. During this adventuresome ride, you’ll explore natural wetlands, cypress trees, and wildlife such as alligators, turtles and exotic birds in their natural habitat.
Have a close encounter with majestic beluga whales, dive with over 30 sharks, feed playful dolphins, or learn about SeaWorld® Orlando’s animal rescue, rehabilitation and release program. With more than 10 tours and programs to choose from, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at marine life conservation efforts, and turn your vacation into a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience. For more information, call toll-free at 800-327-2424.
For an action-packed activity found only in Orlando, attend an Orlando Sharks professional soccer game. Part of the Major Indoor Soccer League, the Sharks play an exciting style of soccer known for high scores and fast-paced play, complete with music, cheerleaders and a fun-filled night of entertainment.
Explore Orlando’s fascinating history with the Orange County Regional History Center’s new permanent exhibit, Destination Florida: Tourism Before Disney. Visitors will see how Orlando has grown from an Indian settlement to a small town surrounded by citrus groves and cattle ranches to today’s tourism wonderland. Step inside a replica tepee from Wigwam Village, an Orlando motel and popular tourist destination in the 1950s, or sit inside a replica Model T modified into a “tin-can camper” for an audiovisual trip on the roads tourists traveled before the advent of interstate highways. General admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors ages 60 and over, and $6 for children ages 5–12. For more information, call 407-836-8500.
Using knowledge to entertain through engaging interactive exhibits, giant-screen films and live programming, the Orlando Science Center will delight and amaze your whole family, no matter their ages. You can discover re-creations of six Florida habitats at the NatureWorks exhibit, uncover “fossils” in the dig pit at the DinoDigs exhibit, experience hurricane-force winds in the TechWorks exhibit’s Hurricane Simulator and so much more. General admission is $21 for adults, $18 for children 13–17 and free for children ages two and under. For more information, call 407-514-2000.
A stunning art deco aviation museum, Fantasy of Flight is home to more than 40 rare and vintage aircrafts, a variety of guided tours and the Compass Rose diner. Tour the Tuskegee Airmen exhibit and learn about a compelling piece of American history, witness a daily aerial demonstration of vintage aircraft, and take your vacation to new heights when you fly in a real hot air balloon or ride in an open-cockpit vintage bi-plane.