It’s not surprising that Orlando is known primarily for theme parks, since it’s home to both Disney World and Universal Orlando, which have multiple massive amusement parks.
But there are plenty of things to do in Orlando besides theme parks, and considering the cost and crowds at places like Disney World, you may find that it’s a lot more peaceful to spend a few days or your Orlando vacation away from the parks. Theme parks, that is.
The seven parks below represent the best places to find things to do in Orlando besides theme parks, like taking a glass-bottom boat tour over a bright blue river or catching a showing of Shakespeare in the Park. Most parks are open year-round, though they may have limited hours during shoulder seasons (like November or March). Expect crowds nearly everywhere you go on weekends or during school vacations.