10 of the Best Things to Do in Orlando North Beyond Theme Parks

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Orlando North, Seminole County. All opinions are 100% mine.

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While you might come to Orlando for the theme parks, there is so much more to do. Don’t miss these fun things to do in Orlando North, Seminole County beyond the theme parks.

When we lived in North Carolina and traveled to Florida for vacation, we spent all of our time in the theme parks. Sure we saw all the brochures in the rest areas of things to do in the area, but we didn’t know how far anything was or if the activities were really kid-friendly.

We missed out on so much!

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One of the things we love to do when we move to new areas is to act like a tourist. That’s exactly what we did last weekend when we explored Orlando North, Seminole County. I am so glad that we did!

Orlando North’s natural springs, beautiful parks, and scenic waterways offer countless ways to explore and enjoy the unspoiled beauty of Central Florida. Did you know the Orlando Sentinel names Orlando North one of the region’s hottest food scenes? It offers affordable dining options with plenty for foodies and beer lovers to enjoy. Orlando North is only about 45 minutes away from popular theme parks and completely worth the drive. 10 of the Best Things to Do in Orlando North Beyond Theme Parks 5

Fun Things To Do in Orlando North

Whether you are looking for family-friendly nature and outdoors activities, local food and beverage, or local craft beer and cider, Orlando North delivers a culinary experience you are sure to love.

1. Canoe Down Wekiva River

Wekiwa Springs canoe launch in Orlando North

Grab your life vest and rent a canoe or kayak at Wekiwa Springs State Park. The water is crystal clear and the area is lush and green. It’s the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of the workweek and reconnect with nature and your family.

2. Visit the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens

10 of the Best Things to Do in Orlando North Beyond Theme Parks 6 The Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens is home to over 350 animals representing over 100 species throughout the world. It also plays an active role in both local and global conservation efforts. Come listen to a Keeper Chat or check the calendar of events for the next Storytime at the Zoo and other community activities.

3. Grab a Bite to Eat at Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café German Restaurant

Lunch or dinner at Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café won’t disappoint. They have a wide variety of sausages and schnitzel that will satisfy the pickiest of eaters. There is plenty to choose from for those who need a vegetarian and gluten-free menu too!

4. Swim or Snorkel in Wekiwa Springs

10 of the Best Things to Do in Orlando North Beyond Theme Parks 7 Even when the temperature drops in Florida, the crystal-clear Wekiwa Springs is the perfect place to visit as the water is a refreshing 72 degrees year-round. This second-magnitude spring expels 43 million gallons (163 million liters) of water a day. The swimming area at the spring is just over a half-acre in size with an average depth of four feet.

5. Check Out The Imperial at Washburn Imports – Furniture Store by Day and Bar by Night

During the day, escape the ordinary and discover a new world of distinctive, high-quality imports, moderately priced at Washburn Imports in the middle of downtown Sanford. After Washburn Imports closes, come back as Washburn Imports transforms in The Imperial, serving only the finest beers, wines, and cocktails.

6. Zipline Through the Trees with Seminole Aerial Adventures

See the world from a different perspective with Seminole Serial Adventures. Navigate through trees and obstacles that will challenge your body and mind. With ropes courses for both children and adults, this is perfect for families to spend intentional time together and face challenges together. 10 of the Best Things to Do in Orlando North Beyond Theme Parks 8

7. Cool Off at the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground

Visiting Florida during the hot season? Don’t miss the opportunity to cool off at the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground. With water features including an octopus, lobster, sea turtle, raining trees and a bucket dump, it’s the perfect place for kids of all ages to splash around on those hot summer days. Plus, it is included in your regular Central Florida Zoo admission! Note that if the temperature is lower than 60 degrees Fahrenheit, the splash ground will be closed.

8. Bring a Picnic Lunch at Wekiwa Springs State Park

10 of the Best Things to Do in Orlando North Beyond Theme Parks 9 The grassy hill by Wekiwa Springs is the perfect place to have a picnic lunch or relax and take in the beauty of the area. Take a hike or bring the kids and play on the playground. Bring your camera and take advantage of the vast landscape at Wekiwa.

9. See Alligators on An Airboat Tour

Guests who book a tour with Black Hammock Adventures can expect to encounter alligators, turtles of all sizes and thousands of species of birdlife, including the majestic Bald Eagle. The airboat tour is on Lake Jesup, the most alligator populated lake in the country. Only at Black Hammock Adventures can you stop at their Live Gator Exhibit, enjoy a meal at their restaurant and grab a drink at the Lazy Gator Bar. Check their website for online specials. 10 of the Best Things to Do in Orlando North Beyond Theme Parks 10

10. Take a Stroll Through Historic Downtown Sanford

Downtown Sanford is a fun area to walk around and take in all the sites and smells. Stop in and grab a coffee at Palate Coffee Brewery before heading into the local boutiques and art galleries. Grab lunch at the Smiling Bison, shop at Washburn Imports and Magpie’s Modern General, create your own custom sign at Board & Brush, and book a spa treatment at Antidote Apothecary & Spa. Who says you need theme parks to have a wild time? Orlando North offers so many outdoor adventures and things to do – at a fraction of the cost! There’s something for everyone in Orlando North.


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