Forbes magazine posted the top alternatives to Orlando theme parks. Here are some excerpts:
1 – Winter (Park) Wonderland. Sunday farmers markets make a great alternative to the theme park fare of fat, sugar and salt at overblown prices.
2 – Go (see the) gators! WCypress Lake Airboat Tours ($45/35 adult/child) gets you up close and personal – from a safe distance, of course – with some of Florida’s famous alligators in their natural habitat.
3 – What’s SUP, dude? Lessons and tours depart from the lakefront Dinky Dock Park in Winter Park and cost from $35 for 90 minutes. From here, a SUP is ideal for navigating the network of lushly wooded canals leading to more lakes, in case you decide you need a refreshing dunk.
4 – Catch a game. Greater Orlando’s only major league sports team, the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball League, plays at the Amway Center in downtown Orlando
5 – Party with the hipsters. In the blocks around Lake Eola, just northeast of the Amway Center, the South Eola and Thornton Park neighborhoods are a business district by day, but by night the energy runs from low-key buzz to full-on rager, with speakeasys, cocktail bars, dance clubs and a color-changing fountain in the lake. Hanson’s Shoe Repair, Courtesy Bar and Stardust Lounge serve something they definitely don’t have at Disney World.And for a show with your drinks, the Abbey is a club and live comedy and music space with Off-Broadway touring shows and bands like Foster the People. The current show isSpank, a “Fifty Shades” parody.