Here are some of the best non-theme park activities. Be sure to take a break from the parks and explore what Kissimmee has to offer.
Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures
2001 East Southport Road Kissimmee, FL 34746
UNIQUELY THE BEST airboat tour in Florida for 25 years! Cruise the swamps by day, sunset or night on an airboat with an expert who knows the wetlands like the back of their hand seeing wildlife in plentiful measure. View our gator pond for an up-close and personal view of Florida’s favorite reptiles. Safe for all ages
Native American Village: Native American heritage is brought to life through techniques such as cooking, tool making, weapons and more. Various presentations are shared with our guests for a captivating display of their indigenous lifestyle.
GO MINING! You will feel like a true miner discovering various gems, shells, shark/alligator teeth and rare fossils in our 70-foot mine!
Rent family friendly all-terrain bicycles and explore the 32-acre historic park and stop at the old swamp shack to take a memorable family photo. Dine at our unforgettable lakeside BBQ restaurant with indoor or outdoor dining.
Bok Tower Gardens
1151 Tower Boulevard Lake Wales, FL 33853
Discover the real Florida and nature at its finest in a place where time stands still and a sense of peace and tranquillity prevail. Located about 30 minutes from Orlando, Bok Tower Gardens is one of Florida’s first attractions and best kept secrets. Voted Florida’s “Best Garden,” the National Historic Landmark is a truly extraordinary place unlike any other.
Nearly 50 acres of gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. surround Pinewood Estate, a 20-room, Mediterranean-style 1930s winter retreat, and the 205-foot art deco and neo-Gothic Singing Tower. The pink marble and coquina stone architectural treasure houses one of the world’s finest carillons. The 60 bells ring every half hour and during daily concerts at 1 and 3 p.m.
Visitors will also enjoy several new garden experiences with Hammock Hollow children’s garden offering nearly three acres of natural discovery including a refreshing water play area. Adjacent to the children’s garden is the Outdoor Kitchen and Edible Garden offering a bounty of seasonal produce. The Wild Garden encourages visitors to discover four distinctive Florida ecologies with lush native plantings, a boardwalk, wildlife pond and bog.
Acres of ferns, palms, oaks and pines create a year-round backdrop of a thousand shades of green for the seasonal bursts of azaleas, camellias and magnolia blooms.
Dedicated in 1929 as a gift of gratitude from Dutch immigrant Edward Bok, a humanitarian, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and world peace advocate, Bok Tower Gardens remains a true American treasure. Today there are nearly 700 acres of citrus groves, woodland gardens, nature trails, conservation lands and endangered plants where visitors can explore breath-taking sights around every corner.
A “must-see” Florida attraction in Orlando’s backyard, Bok Tower Gardens is located just 10 miles from LEGOLAND Florida.
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
3755 West Seminole Boulevard Sanford, FL 32771
- Nestled in lush tropical foliage
- Over 500 animals
- 23 acres of native gardens
- Insect Zoo and Reptile House
- Children’s zoo with animals you can feed & pet
- ZOOm Air Aerial Adventures
- Splash playground
- Live animal encounters
- Many educational opportunities and demonstrations
You can also explore the Wayne M. Densch Discovery Center featuring an interactive gallery, two traditional classrooms, and the second largest meeting space in Seminole County or your attendees can enjoy your function immersed in our natural surroundings at the Rainforest Pavilion.
The Zoo is located just off I-4, exit 104 on the shores of Lake Monroe. With something for everyone, the adventures are endless!
Crystal River Watersports
On Florida’s west coast, opt for a three-hour “Swimming With Manatees” tour or a 90-minute “Eco Tour,” with the chance to see otters, dolphins, wild pigs, gators and, of course, manatees. This attraction also offers SCUBA training and fresh-water dive tours.
38650 Mickler Road Dade City, FL 33523
Have you ever fed a giraffe? Have you ever smelled their grassy breath? These are memories that will last a lifetime. At Giraffe Ranch, you’ll experience first hand, the lives of giraffe and other species from around the world living under huge live oaks and open grasslands in a setting that is right out of Africa.
Giraffe Ranch is not a zoo or theme park. It is a hands-on real working game farm and wildlife preserve where animals have room to roam. There are no crowds and no lines. Here you will enjoy a natural adventure! Our knowledgeable and experienced guides will tour you through the ranch and introduce you to zebra, ostrich, warthog, pygmy hippopotamus, rhinoceros, and large herds of deer and antelope.
Tours are offered daily at 11am and 2pm and are BY RESERVATION ONLY.
You must call to book a tour at (813) 482-3400 or visit girafferanch.com for more information!
14501 South Orange Blossom Tra Orlando, FL 32837
At 110-acres, Gatorland provides affordable-priced family fun with:
- Thousands of alligators & crocodiles to see
- An aviary
- Breeding marsh with observation tower
- Florida panthers
- Petting zoo
- Nature walk
- Bobcat Bayou
- Gator Gully Splash Pad
- Award-winning gift shop
One-of-a-kind reptilian shows including Alligators: Legends of the Swamp, Gator Jumparoo and the Up-close Encounters Show
Take a ride on the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line! Then take the Gatorland Express train and then head on over to Gator Gully Splash Park where kids of all ages can enjoy a good ol’ fashion squirtfest!
Don’t miss the rare white alligators on display at Gatorland’s White Gator Swamp. Featuring four of the world’s largest white leucistic alligators known to roam the planet, these giant Ivory colored reptiles are each ten to twelve feet in length and weigh over 800 pounds.
Don’t forget to arrive early and upgrade your day with one wild ride on the all new Stompin Gator Off Road Adventure! Buggy rides available for purchase at Gatorland’s front gate admissions. Limited availability.
Hollywood Drive-In Golf at Universal CityWalk
6000 Universal Boulevard Orlando, FL 32819
Come experience Central Florida’s newest and most outrageously themed miniature golf – Hollywood Drive-In Golf at Universal CityWalk Orlando!
The two all-new, state-of-the-art 18-hole courses are unlike any other miniature golf experience. Inspired by the 1950’s era, guests enter a classic drive-in theater box office area where they select either a “single feature” (18-holes) or “double feature” (36-holes) with a choice of two family friendly courses, “The Haunting of Ghostly Greens” and “Invaders From Planet Putt.”
Based on vintage horror flicks and “little green men” science fiction films, guests putt through elaborate movie-style scenes, passing through a cemetery, under a giant spider, around an enormous alien robot, through the mouth of a giant space worm, and into the basement lab of a towering haunted house.
Cutting-edge interactive elements and special effects immerse guests further into the “double feature,” and neon edge-lighting allows play during the day, night, and late night.
Kissimmee Swamp Tours
4500 Joe Overstreet Road Kenansville, FL 34739
Kissimmee Swamp Tours is a unique and different adventure from anything you will ever experience. We are not just a quick airboat ride through the lakes and rivers in town like most other airboat rides out there.
5-star rated on Trip Advisor 5 years in a row
Trip Advisor Hall of Fame
Voted one of the “10 Best Family Attractions Outside of Disney” by Trip Flip
Kissimmee Swamp Tours is an amazing, exciting and informative 60 or 90 minute airboat ride through the untouched and pristine headwaters of the Florida Everglades.
Orlando Balloon Rides
5010 US-27Clermont, FL 34714
Another Non-Theme Park activity includes Orlando Balloon Rides allow visitors to view Florida from a truly unique perspective. Floating gently across the Orlando Skyline, passengers can enjoy the world’s oldest and safest form of flight and check something truly memorable off their bucket list. Daily flights offer breathtaking scenes as the sun rises over “the City Beautiful”. Ascend into the skies and enjoy glorious bird’s-eye views of Florida’s natural preserves, beautiful resorts, eye-catching attractions, and landmarks as you gently float in the early morning sun.
Your adventure begins shortly before sunrise at our welcome center just a short distance from the Walt Disney World Resort. From here a short journey to our launch site followed by a safety briefing while the crew starts the inflation process and your balloon takes shape before your eyes ultimately standing more than 10 stories tall.
Then you join the pilot in the basket for lift-off. Our FAA certified pilots will point out landmarks and points of interest as well as share stories from their vast Florida experience during the approximately one hour flight. Each flight is totally unique as the route and landing site are completely dependent on the wind strength and direction. No two flights are ever the same.
Once on the ground, share in the oldest of ballooning traditions, a champagne toast, and revel in the peace, tranquility and beauty that you never knew existed.
Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park
7625 Sinclair Road Kissimmee, FL 34747
If a challenging and unforgettable outdoor experience is what you’re after, Orlando Tree Trek is the place for you! This hidden gem is located just a few minutes from Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Kissimmee, Florida.
Orlando Tree Trek is a unique adventure you will be hard pressed to find elsewhere. Ziplining, climbing, running and jumping come together to create an incredible obstacle course! Climbers navigate their way through a maze of obstacles to truly test their limits and to have some FUN! Duration is 2.5-3 hours. The Park employs state of the art safety equipment and all games are securely suspended on specially designed poles set in a lush pine forest.
With challenges for all skill (and bravery) levels and trained guides to help you navigate, this adrenaline-pumping adventure is the perfect outdoor activity for everyone from ages 7+.
The Park features:
- A modern, 3000 square foot Welcome Center
- Picnic table seating for 100 guests
- In-house catering
- Free Parking
- 4 adult obstacle courses + 425ft giant zip line
- 2 separate kid courses designed for ages 7 & 8
- State of the art safety equipment for each climber
- Pre-climbing safety instructions and guided practice course included
- Group pricing for 10 + climbers
- Full Park Buyouts
4000 State Road 33 Clermont, FL 34714
This off-road adventure park is set in 230 acres of Florida countryside close to all the major attractions. This unique venue offers you an opportunity to drive ATVs, Side-by-Side Buggies, Clay shooting, Archery, Bass Fishing on a private lake or drive one of the Mucky Ducks through trails and over water. All safety equipment and guides are available for your experience. Whether novice or seasoned outdoor expert you will find something to set your pulse racing as you enjoy the varied tracks and trails. Reservations are required so no waiting in long lines to enjoy your adventure.
Perfect for small or large groups, corporate functions or team building exercises. Some age restrictions apply for driving activities.
Spirit of the Swamp Airboat Rides
2830 Neptune Road Kissimmee, FL 34744
Orlando’s Highest Rated Airboat Ride Company. Just imagine it… like something you’ve only seen on TV and in the movies: beautiful scenery, amazing wildlife, including Florida’s most famous resident – the Alligator, stunning birds and wild critters of all types. Add in lots and lots of family fun… and the result: Spirit of the Swamp Airboat Rides!
Make sure to take an exciting air boat ride on your Florida vacation! Our Captains make sure you get the best views of the breath taking Florida outdoors, stunning scenery, amazing wildlife, and more. Picture yourself gliding through a beautiful natural paradise of swamps, marshes and incredible wildlife – just a short 30 minute ride from Orlando. Our passengers give us 5-star reviews, telling us their swamp ride was the highlight of their Orlando vacation!
Even the kids say our airboat ride beats the theme parks! Here are the top reasons our passengers chose Spirit of the Swamp for their exciting airboat adventure:
Small, 6 passenger airboat. Yep, this is the #1 reason… who wants to be stuck in the middle seat of a big boat?
- Private airboat rides. Our passengers love having the boat all to themselves
- Fun for all Ages. Tots, teens, adults and seniors all agree that our swamp tour was the highlight of their vacation!
- High-tech headsets. Microphones let you talk with each other and the captain the entire trip.
- Extraordinarily mad, crazy, fanatical customer service
‘Nuff said! We try to accommodate as many “last minute” reservations as we can, but if you want the absolute best airboat ride in Florida, please make a reservation a few days in advance. (Due to the popularity of our private airboat rides, advance reservations are required.
Wild Florida Airboats, Gator Park & Drive-thru Safari
3301 Lake Cypress Road Kenansville, FL 34739
Orlando’s Only Airboat Tour, Gator Park and Drive-thru Safari Adventure!
Just 45 mins from the Disney area, we offer beautiful airboat rides, exciting gator park tours and a breathtaking drive-thru safari. At Wild Florida you can ride, walk or drive through the adventure of your choice! Travel deep into the protected swamps, marshes and rivers that make up the Headwaters of the Everglades aboard an airboat tour. Get an in depth look at the gators, birds, eagles, trees and plants as you glide through endless miles of beautiful wilderness. See for yourself how good it feels to be in the middle of nowhere and what Florida looked like 1,000 years ago!
Next, drive your own car through our Safari Park! This self-guided tour allows guests to see more than 100 exotic animals and native Florida wildlife like white-tailed deer, bison, cracker cows, zebras, watusi, and oryx, to name a few. Check out a massive pond inside the park dedicated exclusively as a home for all “nuisance” alligators, trapped by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s SNAP program. Stop and hand feed our incredible giraffes for a once in a lifetime experience.
Included in the price of your airboat or drive-thru safari tours, explore our amazing gator park full tropical birds, lemurs, crocodiles, petting zoo, albino gators, sloths, Crusher the monster alligator and much more. With over 200 native and exotic animals, there is something for everyone! Discover the Hawk Swamp boardwalk through a pristine Florida cypress swamp ecosystem. Don’t forget to try our delicious barbecue restaurant with smoked chicken, pulled pork, and even fried alligator!
Scenic Boat Tour – Winter Park
312 East Morse Boulevard Winter Park, FL 32789
- Relaxing, narrated, one-hour cruise through the lakes and canals of historic Winter Park. The only ‘true’ way to see the beauty of Winter Park.
- View the following on your tour:
- Rollins College
- Kraft Azalea Gardens
- Isle of Sicily
Post written by Michael