The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is the perfect place for a fun day outside of Orlando (Photo: Clearwater Marine Aquarium)

There is no doubt about it - Orlando is home to some pretty exciting attractions. But it’s not the only place to enjoy some thrills, adventures and fun. Nearby are several must-visit attractions. Here are the top 5:

Kennedy Space Center
Blast off to fun at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL. Here you can take a deep dive into the U.S.’s space journey and learn more about NASA’a early space programs, check out historic launch sites, witness the impressive size and scale of the Saturn V moon rocket, meet an astronaut and much more.

Everglades and Miami Adventure by Grayline
If the idea of vacationing in Miami brings images of exotic excursions and unique wildlife than you need to try the Everglades and Miami Adventure by Grayline. This adventurous tour lets you enjoy the wildlife and city of Miami in one thrilling day. You’ll enjoy an open air-boat ride where you’ll get to see baby alligators and even hold a baby alligator and so much more. 

ZooTampa at Lowry Park
Over in Tampa is the popular ZooTampa at Lowry Park. Featured among the “Top 25 Zoos in the U.S.” by TripAdvisor and “10 Best Zoos in the U.S.” by Trekaroo, ZooTampa is a must-see no matter where you live. The entire family will love touring the 56-acre park full of 1,500 different animals including stingrays, giraffes, Florida panthers, bald eagles, white rhinos and many more.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium
You’ll find some amazing aquatic creatures in Clearwater at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. In fact, you’ll get to see Winter and Hope, stars of the hit movies Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2. In addition, there are many other rescued marine animals that call the aquarium home like sea turtles, stingrays, sharks, otters and more. There are also several interactive activities like behind the scenes tours and animal encounters.

For the ultimate outdoor adventure, head to Bradenton, FL and check out Treeumph! This outdoor adventure park takes guests through elevated obstacle courses that are both challenging and fun. There are several different courses to choose from, many of which are suitable for younger kids. As you maneuver through the course you’ll get to take in some gorgeous views of nature.