September 4, 2020/in Florida
What’s the point of going on vacation if you aren’t looking to experience something new? If you’re in the market for a memorable vacation, we’ve got a few suggestions for you.
Orlando, in Florida, is an incredible city filled with unique people, places, and things to do.. CuddlyNest can set you up with the best vacation rentals in Orlando. Browse through our discount rentals and decide which is the best option for you.
Once you’re settled in, we’ve found five different attractions that may pique your interest if you’re looking to have a truly special vacation experience. With so many unique things to do, Orlando is a must-visit place if you’re looking to have a great time in a city known for theme parks, it’s amazing downtown, and warm climate. So read on and find out more about what this amazing city has to offer, and let us know if there’s anything we missed!
There’s something especially Floridian about an amusement park focusing exclusively on alligators. The state is something of a joke due to how it’s filled with bizarre crimes and dangerous animals, and the theme park Gatorland has totally embraced the latter stereotype. Definitely a unique thing to experience, Gatorland is fun for all ages and will get you up close and personal with one of the world’s most amazing creatures.
Upon arriving at Gatorland through the park’s alligator mouth-shaped entrance, park-goers can view alligators in their natural habitat, travel on the Screaming’ Gator Zipline, or even watch an alligator wrestling session — when the sport is in season, of course. If all else fails, at least you’ll be able to pet a baby alligator. If you’re looking for some memorable things to do in Orlando, definitely don’t skip this incredible park.
Famous for being a building built upside down, Wonderworks is touted as an “amusement park for the mind.” Half-amusement park, half-museum, this strange place focuses on interactive and engaging exhibits that are meant to spark critical and creative thinking skills. Curious about the types of exhibits? Examples include lying on a bed of 3500 nails, climbing into a replica space capsule, and experiencing 71 MPH hurricane winds.
Not too keen on vacationing in Orlando? Wonderworks has since built other locations in other major cities, though the Orlando location is the original spot. You can still visit Wonderworks if you happen to book a CuddlyNest vacation rental in Syracuse, New York, or Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. However, if you do end up looking for things to do by Orlando, then don’t miss out on this crazy experience that will leave you wondering “What did I just experience?”
Carmine Oddities Boutique
No vacation is complete without a few souvenirs. Why not bring something back home that you truly couldn’t get anywhere but Orlando? The Carmine Oddities Boutique is absolutely one of the most memorable and interesting things to do in Orlando, and we guarantee you won’t forget your experience here.
When you first enter Carmine Oddities Boutique, you’re likely to be greeted by a taxidermy goat in period clothing, sitting cross-legged on the floor. While this may seem strange, you’ll find that it is one of the less unusual things you’ll encounter during your time here. This is a common theme within the small North Orlando boutique. If you aren’t looking to take home something this bizarre, feel free to look through their collection of weird antiques, fake eyes, medical oddities, and unsettling furniture. This captivating little shop is definitely one of the oddest things to do in Orlando, and you won’t want to pass up on the opportunity to check it out on your next visit.
Even if you don’t buy anything at Carmine, it’s definitely worth looking around.
Fans of weird online stories and ghostly tales will find something interesting in River Country. Once part of Disney World as its first waterpark attraction, River Country is now completely abandoned and decrepit.
There are actually groups of people who make a hobby of exploring abandoned amusement parks, and River Country is one of the most well known. The park is very dilapidated and rotting, and the land boundaries have begun to blur with local swamps. Disney isn’t happy when tourists try to sneak in, but even driving around the outskirts is something to see. Sadly, a new hotel – Reflections, A Disney Lakeside Lodge – is currently being constructed and is set to open in 2022. This means that the time for unbridled adventuring might be over, but we highly recommend checking it out if you’re interested in the spooky myths and legends that have been built around this place for years.
Do you live in Orlando or have you been before? Tell us about other off the beaten path destinations in this amazing city! We hope you learned a thing or two about some of the strange attractions Orlando has to offer, and we’ve love to hear more from you!
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