Out to Play — Places to Release Your Inner Child in Orlando

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Orlando’s attractions are no secret. The theme park capital of the world draws 87 million visitors annually. The theme parks make Orlando the best destination to rediscover your inner child. However, there’s a whole to Orlando. Disney is merely part of it. Here are some of the fun and interesting things that Orlando has to offer adult travelers.

Theme time

The theme parks aren’t just for kids. Fly into Orlando and you’re close to the many theme parks.  If you’re looking for fun thrills, visit not just Disney World, but Universal Studios and Sea World. Why not take a cheerful selfie with Mickey and Minnie?

Enjoy a guided tour of Disney’s Animal Kingdom where you can see lions, zebras, giraffes and elephants in their natural habitat. There’s a range of rides to go on, from the Pirates of the Caribbean to the Splash Mountain (be prepared to get a little wet!).


The Great Outdoors

If you want to a break from the crowds, why not go on a wildlife expedition to explore the flora and fauna of Florida by foot, bike or canoe?   A perfect location to get away from the tourist areas is the Apopka, located at the head of the Wekiva River.  Just an hour’s drive from most central Florida attractions, this beautiful attraction offers a natural setting to enjoy a picnic or take a swim in the cool spring. Kayakers and canoeists can paddle along the Wekiva River. There are also opportunities for camping, hiking and horseback riding.

Located at the heart of Downtown Orlando, Lake Eola Park is an ideal spot for couples.  Adults can stroll, hand in hand, along the sidewalk that circles the lake or paddle in one of the signature swan shape boats. At night the Linton E. Allen Memorial Fountain comes alive with choreographed show set to music.

On The Town

Orlando is really alive at night. The one hour Airboat Night Tour takes you on a boat ride across the swamp lands of Florida. You can enjoy the Florida night sky as the sun sets, and you can see the alligators as the glide across the water.  In sunny Orlando, the ICEBAR Orlando is the coolest nightspot for a night in the city. But bring a thermal coat: the bar is made of ice. Even the walls and furniture are made of ice. The lights, music and Antarctic feel set the tone for a pleasant evening, something that little bit different. Patrons are only allowed to stay for 45 minutes at a time as the temperatures dip so low inside.

Splashing Out

Orlando is home to two major shopping malls, the Mall at Millenia and the Florida Mall. At the upscale Mall at Millenia, you can a find high-end series of designer shops, including Tiffany, Gucci and Ferragamo. With more than 250 stores and restaurants, you could spend at least a day in the Florida Mall. If you fancy spending a little less, there are also a couple of outlet centers for bargain hunters who are looking for branded fashion and home products at discounted prices. Remember to bring a spare suitcase!

Orlando is a fun place for kids but can be just as fun for adult. Where else can adults discover the inner child in themselves so easily? Oh well, you’re only as old as you feel, so get out there and have some fun!

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