Orlando, Florida, is known for its world-class theme parks. But what about those days when you want to get away and try something new? Delight your senses and challenge your mind with a visit to one of these unique Orlando attractions.
Kennedy Space Center
The Kennedy Space Center is the primary launching point in the United States for human spaceflight. Located just outside Orlando in the town of Cape Canaveral, the Kennedy Space Center has a visitor complex where families and solo travelers can hop on a bus tour of the Launch Control Center, visit the Astronaut Hall of Fame, and have lunch with an astronaut. Be sure to book in advance at this popular attraction, but don’t miss the chance to get up close and personal with NASA’s past and future.
Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art (also known as “the Morse”) is home to the largest collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Take an afternoon to wander through the Morse looking at exquisite examples of Tiffany’s stained glass, jewelry, pottery, paintings, and his chapel interior from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. A short video at the beginning of the exhibit will help orient you to Tiffany’s life and works.
Stop by the information desk to inquire about a docent-led tour. While you’re at the museum, don’t forget about the other impressive pieces of American Art on display, including a collection of 19th century American landscapes and a collection of art nouveau pieces from America and Europe.
Lake Eola Park
No Orlando itinerary would be complete without a visit to Lake Eola Park. While Orlando has grown through the years from a citrus-growing community to an exciting tourist destination, Lake Eola Park has retained its historic charm. Rent an elegant long-necked swan boat and paddle around the lake or feed the live swans and ducks on the waterfront.
A 0.9-mile paved trail hugs the edge of Lake Eola, making it perfect for a walk or jog. Restaurants and coffee shops surround the park, and the blooming gardens are lovely spot from which to admire the Orlando skyline. Lake Eola is also home to the Walt Disney Amphitheater, which hosts community events and concerts year-round.
Orlando Science Center
The Orlando Science Center is the ideal place to escape the elements and stretch your brain. Four floors of exhibits educate and entertain kids and adults alike. A few favorite spots inside the Orlando Science Center include the dinosaur exhibit, observatory, and a Cinedome showing multiple films each day.
Be sure to check out the Mindbender Mansion, where you’ll be challenged to complete mind-twisting puzzles and full-body group puzzles. Be sure to budget your time accordingly, as you may want to stay longer than you planned!
When you’re ready for a break from theme parks and are looking to explore some of the heart of Orlando, Florida, add one or more of these unique experiences to your travel itinerary. Challenge your mind, stretch your legs, expand your horizon, and look to the stars at these Orlando attractions.