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Things To Do In Orlando Besides Disney

Locals and tourists alike know that there is so much more to Orlando than just Mickey Mouse and Harry Potter. If you know where to look, there are some amazing adventures to be had, and unique experiences that you can’t get anywhere else. Plus, it’ll likely cost way less than a single day at the parks; so get ready for an adventure, here are 6 things to do in Orlando that aren’t Disney or Universal.

Wine Tasting And Tours At Lakeridge Winery

Price: Free

When: Open daily

Address: 19239 US-27, Clermont, FL 34715

Why You Need To Go: You can check out these complimentary tours and tastings seven days a week, starting at 10:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:00 a.m. on Sundays. Last tours are offered at approximately 3:45 p.m. every day and run every 30 minutes. During the summertime, you can even participate in grape stomping!

Check Out the Halloween Bar

When: 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Address: 39 W Pine St, Orlando, FL 32801

Why You Need To Go: Halloween-lovers can celebrate their favorite holiday year-round at this Halloween-themed bar in downtown Orlando. Wednesdays are Addams Family Night (obviously), and they always have awesome events going on throughout the month.

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Stargaze

Price: Free

When: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec 12, 2019

Address: 274 Cranes Roost Blvd, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

Why You Need To Go: Take advantage of this opportunity to stargaze with professional equipment for free with the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium staff as they visit different locations around Central Florida during the months of October through March when stargazing is optimal.

Visit Orlando’s Stained Glass House

Price: Free

When: All hours

Address: 13615 Sachs Avenue, Orlando, FL 32827

Why You Need To Go: Made completely from reclaimed materials, artist Tom Fruin creates beautifully illuminated installments of this art piece all over the world. The house is lit from within and open the public, you can even walk inside!

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Play Mario Kart at a Gaming Bar

When: 6 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Address: 875 Woodbury Road #108, Orlando, FL 32828

Why You Need To Go: Cloak and Blaster is the ultimate nerd oasis, with menu references to all kinds of movies and games, with the bottom level set up to look like an old-school fantasy pub, and the top-level equipped with consoles to play your favorite video games.

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Ride in a Monster Truck and Pick Oranges at a Citrus Grove

Price: $1

When: Open daily

Address: 5010 US Highway 27 Clermont, FL 34714

Why You Need To Go: Showcase of Citrus is a theme park all on its own. It's an entire day of adventuring, touring the property in giant monster trucks, viewing the exotic animals on the farm, and of course, picking your own citrus!

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If you're looking for more unique Florida experiences, check out this wolf sanctuary where you can get up close and touch the wolves, or the newly reopened Green Eggs and Ham cafe in Universal.

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