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Let’s face it — Orlando is scorching hot most of the year. If you’re over walking around the theme parks, there’s not much you’ll want to do in the middle of the day when it’s 100 degrees outside. A popular activity to consider is heading over to a water park. Wet n’ Wild, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon and Aquatica are some of Orlando’s best water parks that are fun for families and people of all ages.
If you’ve ruled out all theme parks, check out Orlando’s famous International Drive. There you will find great activities such as Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Wonder Works and Pointe Orlando. If you’re looking for a great museum, the Orlando Science Center is full of exciting activities for kids and adults. Or head over to the Orlando Museum of Art, where you’ll see beautiful displays of award-winning artwork from Central Florida artists.
While the theme parks get most of the attention when it comes to activities in Orlando, Disney and Universal are also home to two incredible Las Vegas style shows that shouldn't be missed.
First up is La Nouba by Cirque du Soliel, which is found at Downtown Disney. Inside the theater - which resembles a circus tent - acrobats from around the world put on an amazing display of strength, coordination, and agility. The show will keep you on the edge of your seat, and with so much activity happening onstage at once, there isn't a bad one in the house. Just be sure to book tickets early, as the show is extremely popular and is dark on Sundays and Mondays.
Over at Universal, you'll find the Orlando outpost for the Blue Man Group. Where La Nouba will keep you riveted with feats of strength and skill, Blue Man Group will have you laughing most of the night. The show is a comic display of music and art, combined with an interactive experience for the audience. The young and young at heart will be entertained from start to finish, but be warned: You will get wet!
Theme parks and kitschy International Drive attractions may be what put Orlando on the map, but they really are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of things to do in the Orlando area. In the fall, winter, and early spring months, cooler temperatures make exploring state parks—via kayak or hiking trail—an ideal activity. One of my favorites is Wekiwa Springs State Park, a pristine preserve located 30 minutes north of downtown Orlando. Rent a canoe or kayak and head out onto the river where you’re sure to see alligators, turtles, and maybe an otter or two. For another authentic Florida wilderness experience, pay a visit to Forever Florida, a 4,700-acre eco-ranch and wildlife conservation area where you can experience everything from safaris to zip-lining to overnight horseback adventures. Of course, not all those activities will be fun when the temperatures hit scorching status. On those days, consider checking out the Orlando Science Center. Between the engaging permanent and visiting exhibitions and the films screened on either the CineDome or newly unveiled Digital Adventure Theater, your brood can stay busy indoors for most of the day.