See Discovery Cove, Skip Sea World:
Discovery Cove is a unique all-inclusive day resort where you can swim with dolphins, snorkel with tropical fish, hand-feed exotic birds, ride the currents of a tropical river (complete with underwater cave) or lounge on the beach. Breakfast and lunch are included but, with a 1,000-guest daily limit, big crowds and long lines are not. And don't worry SeaWorld fans: two-week unlimited admission to the park, as well as the Aquatica water park, comes standard. If you're seeking even wilder animal interactions, consider Gatorland, home to thousands of gators and crocs and featuring a breeding marsh with observation tower.
See the Museums, Skip the Theme Park:
Craving a little culture between rides? The 45-acre, oak-studded LochHaven Park is home to the Orlando Science Center and two art museums. The Orange County Regional Center traces Orlando's history, stretching back 12,000 years. And the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art sparkles, with the world's most comprehensive Tiffany collection.
See College Park, Skip Orlando:
Even if for the afternoon, consider visiting one of the many unique, vibrant neighborhoods that surround Orlando, like Winter Park, Thornton Park and Eatonville. At College Park, famous colleges inspire street names – Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth – and residents live in Key West-style bungalows. Take an art class at Metal Works Gallery or a cooking class at Truffles and Trifles. And you'll find the Jack Kerouac House, where the author wrote his famous "On the Road," along ClouserAve.
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