We went to Florida last summer and I still haven’t gotten around to writing all the posts I planned to! I’ve written about Disney and Universal, the obvious ones, but there are plenty of other things to do in Orlando that aren’t Disney or theme parks.
If you’re heading to Orlando and don’t want to get too overloaded with Disney here are some things you could do…
There are loads of great places to shop in Orlando. Firstly you have to visit The Florida Mall, I have never seen a shopping centre so big in my life. You could probably spend 2 weeks here! It has every shop you can think of, including the ones you’ve seen on TV and in magazines like Macy’s and Sears. There’s also loads of restaurants, M&Ms World, and a few soft play areas with sofas where Dad and kids can sit while you shop!
The outlets are also well worth a visit if you like designer clothes and accessories. I’m still kicking myself for not buying a Michael Kors handbag that was “only” £200!
When you’re not eating at the theme parks there are so many choices around Orlando. We enjoyed pancakes for breakfast in Dennys and iHop on International Drive, and ate enough shrimp to feed a small town at Red Lobster.
We also had pizza, pasta, steak, Mexican, Chinese and so much more – there’s nothing you can’t get in Orlando! Of course it’d be rude not to try Taco Bell, Wendys, Baskin Robins and all those other famous American chains.
On International Drive there are some great themed crazy golf courses including pirate and rainforest ones. They’re open really late so it’s a great way to pass some time after dinner if the kids still aren’t tired!
The Crayola Experience
Located inside The Florida Mall, the Crayola Experience is a really fun attraction with loads of hands-on activities for kids. As well as typical colouring fun there’s also digital colouring, soft play and modelling. The Crayola store is amazing, everything is laid out in colour and you could spend hours just in there!
When in America you have to see a film! We went to the cinema in Disney Springs to see The Secret Life Of Pets which was great fun. The cinema was huge and the seats were as comfy as a sofa. You can even eat dinner while you watch the film! There’ also a cinema in Universal, and I’m sure there are plenty of others around Orlando.
We drove past a few times but didn’t get time to go on the Orlando Eye, it looks fab though and worth a visit if you do have time.
From the top you can see views of downtown Orlando and the theme parks, it’s a great way to see the whole of Orlando.
There are tons of other things to do in Orlando – really you need a month there to see and do everything!
Have you been to Orlando? What else did you get up to apart from the theme parks? If you’re thinking about going to Orlando on holiday what are you looking forward to?