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. 

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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

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

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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

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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



Up, up and away in a beautiful balloon! Orlando Balloon Rides' flights depart daily " weather permitting, of course " with participants meeting up for early-morning lift offs into the bright, blue yonder. Depending on conditions, your...  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


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Amy Drew has spent nearly three decades as a professional writer and roughly half her life as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

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