There are many things to do in the Orlando, Florida area besides visit amusement parks. If you’re willing to travel a bit, the cities of Winter Park and Kissimmee have several interesting activities. However, the city of Orlando itself can’t be counted out, as it is home to many spas, museums, and other things. Here are four fun (and relaxing) places that are worth spending some time at.
– Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Orlando Odditorium, 8201 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
From the crooked looking building (which was designed to look as though it was falling into a sinkhole) to the displays inside, there is plenty of weirdness afoot in the Odditorium. The 16 galleries within this museum dedicated to Ripley’s Believe it or Not! range from the historic to the strange. A section of the Berlin Wall, wax figures, a shrunken head and a copy of the Mona Lisa replicated on a piece of burnt toast are just a few examples. There is a fee to get into the Odditorium, and it is child-friendly, although adults will have some fun examining the exhibits as well.
– Blue Harmony Spa, 14651 Chelonia Parkway, Orlando, FL 32821
There’s nothing like a quick trip to a relaxing spa, even when you’re already on vacation. The Blue Harmony Spa is located within the Wyndham Grand Hotel and Resort and is a member of the Wyndham Rewards Program. However, the spa is open to non-hotel guests as well. Some of the many treatments offered include indigo stone massages, signature blue purity facials, waxes, manicure, pedicures, and even toning body treatments. Reservations are required, and packages are available so that you can spend an entire day being pampered.
– Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, 445 North Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
Located right outside of Orlando in nearby Winter Park, Florida, the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art features many works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, creator of the iconic Tiffany Lamp. In fact, this museum is the largest collection of Tiffany’s works in the world. It has everything from the Tiffany Chapel, which was created for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, to items from Tiffany’s former home, Laurel Hall. Other exhibits include a large amount of antique children’s books, items from William Morris’ Arts and Crafts movement, and paintings, stained glass windows, and numerous other objects from the turn of the century.
– Chocolate Kingdom, 2858 Florida Plaza Boulevard, Kissimmee, FL 34746
Located a short drive away from Orlando, the city of Kissimmee is home to the Chocolate Kingdom. Not only does the Chocolate Kingdom create and sell a number of sugary treats, but they offer a tour of their factory as well. A real-life Willie Wonka factory, the Chocolate Kingdom Interactive Tour has a Mystical River of Chocolate, a Cacao Tree Greenhouse, and, most importantly, chocolate! The Chocolate Kingdom is for small kids and “big kids” (i.e. adults) alike.
The four activities listed here are an example of some of the many things to do in the Orlando, Florida area. Whether you prefer a relaxing spa day or a trip to see how chocolate is made, there is something here for you. As you can see, there are plenty of other activities in Orlando besides the amusement parks.