Orlando, Florida may be best known for Walt Disney World and the large number of resort hotels but for those of you who enjoy a little more road trip weirdness, here are 6 offbeat locations you might enjoy.
1) Gatorland Watch a gator wrestling show or ride the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line over the alligator breeding marsh with a hundred and thirty hungry alligators watching you from below. There is also a nighttime feeding tour available. Admission: Adults $26.99, Children (age 3-12) $18.99 Hours: Open daily from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Address: 14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL.
2) World of Chocolate Museum View a chocolate Mount Rushmore or 24 more sculptures made out of pure milk chocolate. Afterwards, you can soothe your inevitable chocolate cravings with a slice of chocolate cake in the cafe or take home a selection of fine chocolates from the gift shop. Admission: $16.95 + Tax, Children over 4 years $12.95 + Tax Hours: Open daily from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Address: 11701 International Drive, Orlando, FL.
3) Gods & Monsters Opening in June 2015, Gods & Monsters is set to be one of the largest (19,000-square-foot) comic book and collectible toy stores in the world. This store is sure to be a hit with any comic book collectors or sci-fi geeks in your group.Address: Located in the Artegon Marketplace at 5250 International Drive, Orlando, FL
4) Take a Ghost Tour Not as scary as it sounds, ghost tours are a great way to learn a little about the history of a city. American Ghost Adventures offers a two hour nighttime tour of downtown Orlando that will give you a very different view of the city. Admission: Adults $30, Children (ages 6-12) $20.
5) WonderWorks Orlando has an average of 233 sunny days a year, but if you are left stuck wondering what to do with the kids on a rainy day, WonderWorks is a good choice. Housed in what looks like an upside down building, WonderWorks is popular with adults and kids alike. There are over 100 science based exhibits and displays, with most being interactive and hands on. There is also an indoor rope obstacle course, a lazer tag arena, and the 4D XD Motion Theater. Hours: Open daily from 9:00 AM to Midnight. Admission: Prices start at $26.99+ tax for adults and $20.99+ tax for children. Address: 9067 International Drive, Orlando, FL.
6) Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp A 34 mile drive from Orlando but only inches away from the spirit world, lies the small community of Cassadaga, Florida. Established in 1894 as a spiritualist camp, the community is known as “The Psychic Capital of the World”. Tourists and Truth Seekers come from all over the world to avail of psychic readings, attend a seance, or to have their aura photographed. Be sure to stop at the bookstore across the street from the Cassadaga Hotel. Aside from a large selection of books on spiritualist and metaphysical topics, there is a bulletin board that lists many of the events and classes taking place that week. Depending on when you visit, you might take a yoga class or attend a lecture on how to photograph spirit orbs.
This article was written as part of the #HipmunkCityLove Project.