It’s no wonder that Ponce De Leon came to Florida looking for the Fountain of Youth—the Sunshine State itself is like a treasure chest of hidden gems. If you're looking for unique and cool things to do and places to see in Orlando, there is certainly no shortage of options.

While you can literally dig for buried treasures at this crystal mine, or hunt for the perfect sand dollar at this beach, there a many places right in Orlando that even locals don’t know about!

Here are 7 of the strangest places in Orlando you never knew existed.

Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp

Hours: Mon–Sat 10a.m.–6p.m.; Sun 11:30a.m.–5p.m.

Location: Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp, 1112 Stevens St, Lake Helen, FL, USA

Why you need to go: About a 30-minute drive from Orlando, this tiny town is known as the “Psychic Capital of the World.’ Founded by George P. Colby, who was told by a spirit guide to travel to Florida, you can book a tour around the village, or visit one of the many mediums for your own reading.


Vault 5241

Hours: 5p.m. – 1a.m.

Location: 5421 International Drive, Orlando FL 32819

Why you need to go: Orlando’s very own wasteland bar is hidden inside the comic shop, Gods & Monsters. Cage dancing, specialty drinks, and lots of crazy events are always happening, so be sure to check up on their Facebook page to see the latest goings-on.


Ampichar Tours at The Boathouse

Hours: 10a.m. – 10p.m.

Location: 1620 E Buena Vista Drive Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830

Why you need to go: The Boathouse proudly boasts the only place in the world where you can ride in a vintage amphicar through land and sea! Guided by a certified captain, the tour takes you on a 25-minute watery jaunt around the lake at Disney Springs.


Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Hours: 10a.m. – 8p.m.

Location: 1000 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830-8403

Why you need to go: Did you know that Orlando has its own Mayan temple? And, like most things, its owned by Disney. The pool at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is a hidden gem, dominated by a 50-foot replica of a Mayan temple that swimmers can climb and rest on while exploring the rest of the Lost City of Cibola pool.


Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar

Hours: Noon – midnight

Location: 1560 East Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, 32830

Why you need to go: Located in an old underground rum runner tunnel, Enzo’s hideaway is a speakeasy-style restaurant and bar with a 1920’s vibe. Explore the secret tunnels that once housed less-than-legal goods, and enjoy a dinner for genuine Italian fare.


Jurassic World

Hours: 9a.m. – 10p.m.

Location: 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

Why you need to go: It’s easy to walk right past the Jurassic World attractions without ever realizing it’s even there. It’s very small part of the park, easily overshadowed by Harry Potter and other larger attractions. Currently, there is a river ride and some super fun photo-op spots, but the parks is currently getting a major overhaul with some awesome changes, so stay tuned for more updates!


The Holy Land Experience

Hours: 10a.m. – 6p.m.

Location: 4655 Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32811

Why you need to go: If you didn’t really believe your friends when they first told you this place existed, we wouldn’t hold it against you. This premise is a little strange. You can step into first-century Judea Jerusalem at the Holy Land Experience, just down the street from Orlando’s outlets. It’s a Christian theme park founded by a minister who was born Jewish and later converted to Christianity. On the opening day, The Jewish Defense League protested there, saying it was a ruse to convert Jews, but this has been denied by the owner.


From the odd to the awesome, Orlando is full of adventures to keep you busy.

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