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11 Unexpected Things To Do On Your Next Orlando Vacation

Once you've explored all the theme parks, check out these other grand excursions you can hit up when you Visit Orlando!

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1. Paddle through the Headwater to the Everglades.

Rent a kayak and explore on your own or take a guided tour through the gorgeous waters of Shingle Creek. Either way, there's a lot of beauty to see.
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Rent a kayak and explore on your own or take a guided tour through the gorgeous waters of Shingle Creek. Either way, there's a lot of beauty to see.

2. Try something new at East End Market.

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This neighbourhood market is a culinary hub that features a ton of fresh, locally produced foods. Central Florida's top food entrepreneurs, artists, and chefs are all showcased here!

3. Explore the city by bike.

There's plenty of time to cycle in Orlando! Whether you're joining the city's annual Bike to Work Day or getting involved with a local monthly ride group, biking is a great way to see the city and meet some local folks! If you're riding downtown, West Orange Trail truly a unique experience not to be missed.
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There's plenty of time to cycle in Orlando! Whether you're joining the city's annual Bike to Work Day or getting involved with a local monthly ride group, biking is a great way to see the city and meet some local folks! If you're riding downtown, West Orange Trail truly a unique experience not to be missed.

4. Become one with nature at one of Orlando's many beautiful gardens.

Check out Leu Gardens, which encompasses 50 gorgeous acres in downtown Orlando.
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Check out Leu Gardens, which encompasses 50 gorgeous acres in downtown Orlando.

5. Overlook all of Central Florida from the Orlando Eye.

Up, up, and away! Take in all the magical sights from high in the sky.
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Up, up, and away! Take in all the magical sights from high in the sky.

6. Get your pizza on at Prato.

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Try some eclectic pizzas right in Winter Park, like the Widowmaker with fennel sausage and farm egg, pictured left. This Italian-inspired joint is a local favourite and offers a contemporary, rustic atmosphere and year-round patio seating.

7. Check something off your bucket list.

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Soar through the clouds when you go hang gliding at Wallaby Ranch!

8. Take in a performance.

Dr. Philips Center for the Performing Arts is host to plays, operas, comedy, and even the Orlando Phiharmonic. There's certainly no shortage of culture here!
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Dr. Philips Center for the Performing Arts is host to plays, operas, comedy, and even the Orlando Phiharmonic. There's certainly no shortage of culture here!

9. Cool off at a natural spring.

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At Wekiwa Springs State Park, you can stay for the day, enjoy a picnic, catch some rays (or some fish), and even ride a horse!

10. Fill your mouth with flavour at Urbain 40.

You won't forget your visit to this eclectic American brasserie and lounge. Come enjoy the live music while their duck confit and roman gnocchi melts in your mouth. Yummmm!
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You won't forget your visit to this eclectic American brasserie and lounge. Come enjoy the live music while their duck confit and roman gnocchi melts in your mouth. Yummmm!

11. Check out a wildlife preserve.

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Stop at Orlando Wetlands Park, where you may encounter more than 220 species of birds and 63 species of butterflies.

Gather the family and make the most of your next Orlando Vacation!