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Trip List by kei16

Orlando Without the Theme Parks

Mar 2, 2008  Orlando native
4.5 of 5 stars based on 2 votes

Places to go in the metro Orlando area besides the theme parks

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Orlando, De Leon Springs, Maitland
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Culture, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Students, Budget travelers, Active/adventure, Tourists, Pet owners
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Dandelion Communitea Cafe
    Dandelion Communitea Cafe, Orlando

    A vegetarian/vegan restaurant with unique choices. The staff is friendly and the food is healthy.

  • 2. Cafe Tu Tu Tango
    Cafe Tu Tu Tango, Orlando

    This restaurant serves tapas and offers a variety of artists and performers every night. It's a fun atmosphere with great staff!

  • 3. Langford Park

    Langford Park is a park in the downtown Orlando area. It has a tiny tots playground, a "big kids" playground (not in the same area), picnic benches, gazebo, and lots of grassy spaces for kids to run around, play football, fly a kite. This isn't a super park, but if you are looking for a quiet park in the downtown area-it's Langford Park.

  • 4. Lake Eola Park
    Lake Eola Park, Orlando

    Lake Eola is a fun place to walk around and people watch. Twice a year they have art festivals at Lake Eola. Don't miss the swans. There are swan paddle boats that you can rent and paddle around the lake. It's romantic or can be fun for the family.

  • 5. Old Spanish Sugar Mill
    Old Spanish Sugar Mill, De Leon Springs, Florida

    This is one of my favorite places in all of Central Florida. It's about an hour and a half away from Orlando. You can order pancake batter and toppings to go in your batter (like blueberries, chocolate chips) and then you cook your pancakes right on your table. After you're done at the restaurant swim in the Springs (a nice cool temp all year) or rent a canoe.

  • 6. SAK Comedy Lab
    SAK Comedy Lab, Orlando

    No many how many times I go to Sak's it is always hilarious! It's cheap entertainment that's perfect for anyone ages 10-100. The comedy is clean and the actors interact with the crowd and in the beginning of the show they toss out free candy. They also sell cheap eats like popcorn and soft drinks. Don't miss it!

  • 7. Enzian Theater
    Eden Bar, Maitland, Florida

    This theater shows independent films and also serves food. It's about 1/2 hour away from the attractions. If you are looking to see an independent film in Orlando this is the place to go. Also once a month they show movies in the park. It's a fun experience-you bring your own dinner or snacks and they show a movie for free. Check their website for times and movie of the month.