Things to do in Orlando Besides Theme Parks

It’s vacation time! Last year, 72 million tourists visited Orlando, Florida. While the city is known as the “theme park capital of the world”, there are so many things to do in Orlando besides theme parks and I’m going to share some of my favorites.

Wyndham Orlando Resort on International Drive

But first, let’s get settled in our home away from home. For me, it’s the Wyndham Orlando Resort on International Drive

Wyndham Orlando Resort on International Drive
Wyndham Orlando Resort on International Drive

You can never go wrong with a Wyndham. This one is amazing for so many reasons, including the spacious family suites. My kids LOVED the bunkbeds that came in our family suite. They even had their own TV in their little private space that was a hit.

Wyndham Orlando Resort on International Drive
Wyndham Orlando Resort on International Drive

With a great fitness center, outdoor pools, hot tub, and an amazing on-site restaurant called Gatorville, this place is a must. The lobby is a great place for drinks at the bar and a quick game (or two) of Connect Four. 

Wyndham Orlando Resort on International Drive
Wyndham Orlando Resort on International Drive
Wyndham Orlando Resort on International Drive
Wyndham Orlando Resort on International Drive
Things to do in Orlando Besides Theme Parks
Wyndham Orlando Resort on International Drive

And International Drive? It’s one stop shopping for just about everything you could possibly want or need on vacation. Want to go beyond International Drive? The Wyndham Orlando Resort offers a shuttle to area attractions.

Things to do in Orlando Besides Theme Parks

So, what are some of those attractions? Let’s get to it! First, we will start with some great non-theme park attractions that are a stone throw away from the Wyndham Orlando Resort.

Icon Orlando 360

As an ICON Orlando 360 partner hotel, Wyndham Orlando Resort guests get exclusive rates for the East Coast’s largest observation wheel. I’m not a fan of heights, so when I was covering this amazing attraction for Lifetime TV, I decided to stay on the ground and send up my husband and daughter. They loved it. 

Fun Fact: People get married 400 feet in the air!

Things to do in Orlando Besides Theme Parks
Things to do in Orlando Besides Theme Parks

SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

This is at the base of the observation wheel, so again, location! My kids had so much fun here. 

The best part? In the many tanks throughout the aquarium, there are holes, or bubbles, that little ones can sneak in and make them feel like hey are actually in the the tank with the amazing sea creatures.

We were able to see staff feeding turtles and stingrays, touch some creatures in a pool, and my kids had a blast making their rounds to the different dive stations to collect stamps on what is like a scavenger hunt to receive a prize at the end of our trip. 

Things to do in Orlando Besides Theme Parks

Deck the Seas is an event featuring none other than Scuba Claus during the month of December! Along with festive decor, little elves can meet Scuba Claus himself and his elves to discover if they are on the naughty or nice list this year. 

Want in on the fun? Join in the Pacific Ocean Habitat twice daily at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. for a special storytime reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

WonderWorks

You will not see a cooler, more interesting building than this one. That’s because it’s upside down. I first visited years ago and had to come back after having a couple of kids because learning does not get more fun than this.

The Bubble Lab was a hit with the kids (and the adults if I’m being honest.) We got to lay down on a bed of nails, then find out why it didn’t hurt by Professor Wonder in his interactive art gallery. 

Things to do in Orlando Besides Theme Parks

The kids had a blast with Dig-It (an interactive sandbox), WonderBrite (a HUGE LiteBrite), and so much more art, music, and science fun!

We wrapped up the night by attending the Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show. This was so much fun because you can never go wrong with a funny guy performing magic tricks, but what made it even cooler was the involvement of everyone in the audience. My husband got on stage to participate in a magic trick. 6-year-old Julianna did. I even did! 

The Sugar Factory

The milkshakes. That’s it. A picture says a million words… but let me say more.

Things to do in Orlando Besides Theme Parks
Things to do in Orlando Besides Theme Parks

It’s a good think I’m not incredibly close to a Sugar Factory on a regular basis because I would be in trouble. Not only is the food amazing, but the milkshakes and other desserts?! Oh. My. Goodness!

The Crayola Experience

Because Julianna is obsessed with anything and everything art, we had to swing by The Crayola Experience to see what it was all about… and we almost never made it past the first exhibit.

Things to do in Orlando Besides Theme Parks
Things to do in Orlando Besides Theme Parks

This is where we made and named our own crayons. When the names are endless, so is the crayon making! Then, we learned how Crayola makes their crayons. (Yes, there is a reason why they’re the best.)

After lots more fun art exhibits and projects, we couldn’t pass up the getting a thing or two in the gift shop.

Things to do at Wyndham Orlando
Wyndham Orlando Resort on International Drive

After all that fun, it’s nice to go back to the Wyndham Orlando Resort to unwind, relax, plan the next day out and about in Orlando, or get ready to head home.

Now, if you do want to stop by one of the many theme parks in the theme park capital of the world, you know we are a Disney loving family, right? I have attended the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration a time or two before and have written a few Disney blogs right here on Christina All Day. To see a few, click here.

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I'm a blogger, media specialist, and most importantly... mother of two! I operate my own business, Media Maven, specializing in media relations, video production, writing, blogging, and event & on-air hosting.

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