Families come to Orlando for the incredible theme parks, world-class water parks and amazing entertainment options, but there's a whole other world of things to do outside of the major parks. Whether you're looking for a half-day adventure between theme park days, or just want to experience something a little more quirky, Orlando has got you covered! Here are 5 Orlando attractions that are off the beaten path.
Go on an indoor adventure through this wacky upside-down building filled with crazy fun. Play and explore in more than 100 hands-on exhibits that challenge the mind and spark your imagination, like flying a NASA spacecraft or experiencing a 5.3 earthquake. Challenge your family to some friendly competition in the Laser Tag Arena, and take on the Indoor Ropes Challenge, where kids and adults alike can climb through a 3-story glow-in-the-dark course. WonderWorks offers an array of activities and games that are both fun and educational. Stay into the evening for dinner and a show when the Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show – Orlando's best kept secret – begins.
Andretti Indoor Karting and Games
Feel your adrenaline pumping as your zoom around the course in your state-of-the-art electric go-kart, featuring instant acceleration and perfect control speeding around hairpin turns. There are tracks for adults and bigger kids, as well as one designed for younger drivers (who are 48" or taller) at this indoor racing and entertainment complex. In addition to thrilling racetracks, Andretti also offers classic arcade and prize games, VR experiences, laser tag, bowling and even an XD dark ride with interactive laser blasters you use to battle zombies and more. Cool down between the excitement with some high-octane food and drinks from the Andretti Grill.
Madame Tussauds Orlando
The world-famous Madame Tussauds celebrity wax attraction lets you mingle with your favorite stars, located in the Icon Orlando 360 entertainment complex. From the biggest names in film, TV and music, to the most popular fictional characters around, Madame Tussauds allows you to immerse yourself in fully themed zones and explore unique interactive experiences. Get your camera ready, because you're going to want to take a lot of selfies. Help Superman lift a real helicopter, do your best superhero pose with Wonder Woman and soar with Batman atop the roofs of Gotham City in the all-new Justice League: A Call for Heroes, now open!
Kids of all ages love Crayola, and at the Crayola Experience families can explore their creativity together with dozens of hands-on activities and colorful fun. Kids can learn how crayons are made, melt a crayon into a wearable ring or racecar, create art using high-tech computers and so much more. One of the most popular activities is Drip Art, where kids can create swirly masterpieces using melted crayon wax. Plus, kids can climb and play at the Crayola playground while the grown-ups take a break at Cafe Crayola. Before leaving, everyone gets to name their very own crayon that will be printed to take home as a one-of-a-kind keepsake.
The Escape Company
Escape Rooms are all the rage these days - and nowhere does them better than Orlando! The Escape Company offers multiple puzzle rooms where you and your team have only 60 minutes to figure out the clues and break out before time runs out. Put your intellect, team-building skills and problem-solving abilities to the test in 5 different rooms. You can choose to solve a murder, board a pirate ship, enter an abandoned temple and more. Different games are available with varying difficulty levels. While children are allowed, the games are designed for ages 12 and up. (However, one of the rooms does involve mature content.)