The first time visitor to Orlando often thinks that their entertainment options are pretty limited: Disney, Disney, Universal, Disney, and . . . yep, Disney. While Universal Studios and the Disney World theme parks are the main draws in the area, there are many other exciting options around. Let’s take a look at some of the most overlooked options for 1st time visitors.

1.         Gatorland

Without a doubt, a day at Gatorland is one of the most unique things you can do in Orlando. Tickets are less than $20 per person and it gives guests a chance to meet alligators in an up close and personal – yet totally safe – environment. Don’t miss the gift shop, where you can pick up some gator jerky.


2.         Sea World

Shamu is waiting for you at Sea World, the world class aquatic park. One of the hugest draws of this spot is that you’ll get a full theme park experience, complete with thrill rides, but without the lines you’ll find at other spots in Orlando.

3.         Wet N’ Wild

Disney has a few water parks of its own, but Wet N’ Wild has been voted by the Travel Channel as one of the Top 10 water parks in the entire country. You may initially be put off by the $45 admission price, but the good news is that it gives you access for an entire year! If you plan to spend more than a few days in Orlando, then be sure to stop by this cool spot with a wave pool, amazing water slides, and a cozy lazy river.


4.         Ripley’s Believe it Or Not

For a relaxing, low-pressure day, check out some of the oddities at Orlando’s Ripley’s Believe it or Not Odditorium. For less than $20 per person you can check out truly bizarre artifacts and learn all sorts of kooky history from all over the world. It’s easy to spend hours in this museum, and even longer as you shop for unique souvenirs in their gift shop.

While we all love the Disney and Universal theme parks, the off the beaten path options on this list are a great way to break up your time when you visit the beautiful Orlando area.

If this is your first time coming to Orlando, we would love to assist you in planning your vacation, please check out more great Orlando vacation ideas in our planning help section.