. Although Orlando city is known for its theme parks, it actually offers more than this. The theme parks are undoubtedly popular, but this come at a price. First, you will have to contend with long lines of people who want to visit. Second, the price is a bit on the high side. Third, the crowds of people make it impossible to get some quiet moments. There are different ways in which you can enjoy your stay in Orlando, and this guide provides a few tips.
You can either take a walking tour at the Jungle Adventures or enjoy cruising through alligator habitat. This is a wildlife sanctuary that covers some twenty acres, which focuses on eco-tourism. Experience wildlife at close range, which will give you an experience you can never get on television. Besides personalized educational tours, you will have the opportunity to enjoy kayaking, air-boat rides and horseback rides.
Another place where you can enjoy wildlife is the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, an area of 220 square miles. There are shaded boardwalks where you can take walking tours. Alternatively, you can take a seven-mile driving tour. This is where you will find most of federally endangered species throughout the United States. There are different festivals and special events held here all year round.
Get narrated nature trips by taking St. Johns River Cruises. Enjoy beautiful scenes and some special meals on board the triple-decked Rivership Romance, which is 100 feet long. If you love dancing, you will also get the opportunity to enjoy it here.
The Harry P. Leu Gardens will help you have some relaxing moments as you take an afternoon walk along the flower-lined, meandering paths. Ancient trees provide scenic beauty and refreshing shade. This is where you will find the largest collection of camellias and roses in the South. You can take a guided tour of the homestead museum, Leu House Museum, which is a farmhouse from the nineteenth century that has been restored.
Visit the Singing Tower at the Bok Tower Gardens, which is 205 feet high. The tower houses a sanctuary whose center has 57 bronze bells. It is set between winding pathways and reflecting pools. In 1929, a Dutch immigrant called Edward W. Bok dedicated this tower to the Americans.
There are numerous public green-way trails in the city, among which are the West Orange Trail, Cady Way Trail and the Little Econ Greenway Trail. They give you a perfect opportunity to ride, roller blade or jog. The trails have water fountains and benches at rest stops.
At the Center for Birds of Prey, you will see some endangered bird species in a jungle-like setting. It is a rescue center for many injured birds that treats more than 8,000 owls, kites, falcons, hawks, vultures and eagles.
Rain does not necessarily mean the end of exploration. Spend a rainy day touring the Orlando Museum of Art.