Best Tours for Orlando Visitors: From Inside Disney to Outside the Box

Whether you’re interested in a new way of visiting your favorite theme park or a fabulous departure from fabricated Florida, Orlando is overflowing with tour and excursion options both on and off the path. Close to Disney and its spoils, you can take a spin on a Segway and tour the streets and nature trails of Celebration, perhaps the Orlando metro’s most famous “planned community.” Closer to the parks, Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre offers myriad opportunity to play in and spray in the waters of WDW’s Seven Seas Lagoon – or even soar above it via parasail. And in the depths of Mother Africa, or at least Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s stunning facsimile, fans of the popular Kilimanjaro Safari ride can level it up with the three-hour Wild Africa Trek, where the animals are closer, the guides are personal and the meals are oft served in the company of a flamboyance (that’s the word for a group of flamingos). Outside of Mickey’s realm, the real Florida awaits in both natural and even paranormal forms. Wild Willy’s Airboats is a local favorite; passengers soar over beautiful Lake Tohopekaliga in St. Cloud. Downtown, haunting havens await. American Ghost Adventures offers a “Last Call Pub Crawl” along with tours in other locations, as well. Culture vultures curious about the new Dr. Phillips Center can even get a peek for free. Saturdays bring with them 45-minute Curiosity Tours that will leave attendees more eager than ever to score seats to its next stellar performance. 

Those more interested in culinary adventure travel than the high-adrenaline variety will enjoy this three-hour gourmet stroll around beautiful Winter Park. From vintage candy shops to upscale olive-oriented gourmet boutiques, Asian delicacies to...  Read More

Who ya gonna call? The ghostbusting crew at American Ghost Adventures have been leading the paranormally curious on various tours of Orlando since 2010 and often venture to outer-lying areas in Florida – such as Daytona, Mount Dora, Deland,...  Read More

The shiny-new, world-class Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is indeed a sight to behold. In the daytime its glittering façade showcases all that's exciting and growing here in Orlando and by night its beautiful, chameleon-like Wave...  Read More

Limo Cycle

All aboard the Limo Cycle, the "stretch" version of the traditionally two-wheeled favorite. This one is built for up to 15! An on-board sound system and storage for food and beverages mean you can nosh and imbibe while pedaling. Bring a birthday...  Read More

Disney's Animal Kingdom ®

This privately guided VIP experience brings guests behind the scenes – and even above them – in a "Disney-fied" version of a Kenya safari. Groups of up to 12 take a hike through the territory that makes up the Kilimanjaro Safari ride,...  Read More

Walt Disney World ®

Ever found yourself sailing over or perhaps across the Seven Seas Lagoon, headed for fun at the Magic Kingdom, and spied folks enjoying a sunny Orlando day on its sparkling waters? You may have thought it was a privilege reserved for guests at...  Read More

Looking for something different than the usual walking or trolley tour? Let ZE Tours introduce you to the Segway, a zippy mode of transport that's easy to learn and fun to do. Guides here will help newbies learn the ropes, then escort your group...  Read More

This local outfitter runs tours throughout Central Florida, even out to Merritt Island, but in-town excursions through the Winter Park chain of lakes take intrepid explorers straight through the majestic landscape and history of this lovely...  Read More

Looking for a different view of the City Beautiful? Paddleboard Orlando will give you waterborne perspective...vertically! And they're pros when it comes to first-time SUP'ers. Offering beginner lessons and peaceful, fun excursions on a wide...  Read More

Local are always talking up how cosmopolitan Orlando is. We're not denying it, but just outside the city sits acres of wetland wilderness so loaded down with wildlife – alligators, bald eagles, wading birds and more – you may spot more...  Read More


Meet A.D. Thompson

A.D. Thompson has spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and roughly 15 as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

A roller coaster enthusiast,...  More About A.D.

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