10 Fun-filled Orlando Adventures You Probably Never Heard Of

The Encore Resort Blog
July 1, 2023
July 1, 2023

Orlando, Florida, is known for its world-famous theme parks and beloved attractions. However, beyond the well-known adventures, there are hidden gems and lesser-known activities that offer unique and exciting experiences. If you’re seeking something different during your visit to Orlando, here are some less common yet super fun things to do.

1. Explore The Orlando Eye AKA The Wheel at Icon Park

Family riding on the Wheel at ICON Park in Orlando, Florida
© ICON Park
Rise above the city and enjoy breathtaking views from The Orlando Eye, a giant, gleaming Ferris wheel located on International Drive. Step into one of the air-conditioned capsules and witness the panoramic vistas of Orlando’s skyline, including iconic landmarks like Universal Studios Florida and Walt Disney World Resort. The observation wheel operates both during the day and at night, providing stunning perspectives of the city.

2. Unleash Your Creativity at The Glass Knife

Get artistic and participate in a cake decorating class at The Glass Knife. This charming bakery offers workshops where you can learn the art of cake decorating from skilled pastry chefs. Channel your inner artist as you create edible masterpieces, and indulge in delicious treats while you’re at it.
Beautiful naked cake topped with buttercream flowers from the Glass Knife in Winter Park, Florida
Ⓒ The Glass Knife

3. Take a Helicopter Tour

Aerial view of the Wheel at ICON Park in Orlando, Florida
Ⓒ ICON Park
For a bird’s-eye view of Orlando’s beauty, consider taking a helicopter tour. Several tour operators offer exhilarating helicopter rides that take you soaring over the city’s iconic landmarks, lush landscapes, and shimmering lakes. Capture breathtaking aerial photographs and make memories that will last a lifetime.

4. Enjoy a Scenic Boat Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of the theme parks and embark on a scenic boat tour. Explore the picturesque lakes and waterways surrounding Orlando, such as Winter Park’s Chain of Lakes or Lake Tohopekaliga. Relax as you cruise through serene waters, spot wildlife, and learn about the region’s rich history from knowledgeable guides.
Great blue heron standing in the water

5. Discover The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

Stained glass, Tiffany-style light fixture
Step into a world of beauty and art at The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. This lesser-known gem houses an extensive collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s works, including stained glass windows, lamps, jewelry, and pottery. Immerse yourself in the stunning artistry and craftsmanship of this renowned American artist.

6. Go Indoor Skydiving

Experience the thrill of skydiving without the stress of a plane at iFly Orlando. Indoor skydiving provides a safe and controlled environment where you can float on a cushion of air. Feel the adrenaline rush as you soar high above the ground, defying gravity and enjoying a unique adventure.
Woman who is indoor skydiving at iFly in Orlando, Florida
Ⓒ iFly

7. Visit The Orlando Science Center

Woman performing a science experiment at the Orlando Science Center
Ⓒ Orlando Science Center
Expand your knowledge and engage in hands-on learning at The Orlando Science Center. This interactive museum features exhibits on topics ranging from astronomy and physics to nature and technology. Participate in interactive experiments, explore the planetarium, and marvel at the wonders of the natural world.

8. Explore the Exotic at Gatorland

For a unique animal encounter, visit Gatorland, a lesser-known attraction that showcases Florida’s native wildlife. Get up close and personal with alligators, crocodiles, and various reptiles during thrilling shows and interactive experiences. Embark on a swamp walk or zip-line adventure for an unforgettable day of adventure and discovery.
Florida alligator.

9. Enjoy Live Entertainment at SAK Comedy Lab

Group participating in an improv comedy class at SAK Comedy Lab in Orlando, Florida
Ⓒ SAK Comedy Lab
Laugh your heart out at SAK Comedy Lab, Orlando’s premier improv comedy club. Watch talented performers create hilarious scenes and sketches based on audience suggestions. Sit back, relax, and let the comedic genius of the improvisers entertain you with their quick wit and humor.

10. Go Retro at Player 1 Video Game Bar

Step back in time and indulge in nostalgia at Player 1 Video Game Bar. This retro gaming bar offers a wide selection of classic arcade games and more. It is a great place to play games with friends or go on a date. Plus, the selection of beer and wine is top-tier and frequently changes.
Cocktail set at the bar next to a famous video game sword at Player 1 Video Game Bar in Orlando, Florida
Ⓒ Player 1 Video Game Bar
We hope this list has inspired you to try something new on your next Orlando vacation. Ready to book? Visit encorereunion.com to plan your next vacation now!
Max Luna drawing a picture of his teddy bear

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