Orlando – Beyond the Theme Parks

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If you’re traveling to Orlando, Florida, you might think that your only options for fun are all the major theme parks—Disney, Busch Gardens, and Universal Studios. However, there’s more to this iconic city than just theme parks. If you’re looking for cheap airport or city parking while you’re in Orlando, feel free to take a look at the options offered by On Air Parking.

Brevard Zoo

Perfect for single visitors, couple travelers, or families alike, Brevard Zoo offers a wide variety of entertainment. It’s open from 9:30am to 5pm, with last admission at 3:30pm. You can feed giraffes, kayak through Expedition Africa, and so much more, including Treetop Trek, which is a zipline. If you do have small kiddos along with you, bring bathing suits and swim diapers, because the Paws On section of the zoo includes a shallow water play area. Parking at the zoo is free, and they do have a limited number of RV and bus parking available on a first-come, first-serve basis. General Admission tickets vary in price depending on when you’re visiting, so be sure to check out their online ticket reservations when figuring out your travel dates. Please note that children three and under do not require a ticket, but children four and up do require a ticket. You can also become a member of the zoo for an annual fee, if you anticipate visiting often.

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens has the best of both worlds—gorgeous plants and stunning animals. They include amphibians, invertebrates, birds, mammals, reptiles, giraffes, and even rhinoceros encounters. There’s also a Barnyard Buddies Petting Zoo, perfect for kiddos and adults alike, along with the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground. You can also visit the botanical gardens, which include a Butterfly Garden, Health and Wellness Garden, Spines, Thorns, and Prickles Garden, Bromeliad Collection, Fern Collection, and more. You can browse their full collection online. They’re open from 9am to 4pm for admission. Adults are $20.05–$22.95, seniors (age 65+) are $16.95–$18.95, children ages 3–12 are $14.95–$16.95, and children two and under enter free. Please note, these prices are for single-day tickets. Ticket costs fluctuate when you pay at the gate for admission.

Rock Springs at Kelly Park

Rock Springs at Kelly Park is perfect for a single or a couple exploring the natural wonders of Orlando. They’re open during the summer from 8am to 8pm, and winter is 8am to 6pm. The waterfront and nature trails close daily, an hour prior to the closing time. Fees are $3 per vehicle for 1–2 people; $5 per vehicle for 3–8 people; and $1 for each additional person, walk-ins, motorcycles, and bikes. There are no pets and no alcohol permitted on-site. Some of the activities at Rock Springs include kayaking, canoeing, and paddle board launching, which follow the same fees as admission ($3/1–2 people; $5/3-8 people; $1 for each additional person). Launching hours are between 8am and 12pm; guests must return no later than 5pm. You can also tube here, which is on a free-flowing natural spring that sits at sixty-eight degrees Fahrenheit year-round. There’s also a full-service concession, picnic pavilions, and even a playground. Tube rentals are available from vendors outside the park, and guests are permitted to bring their own pool noodles and floats, but they must be less than five feet in length or width. The swimming area closes one hour prior to the park closing.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not

If you’re looking for a wild adventure, look no further than Ripley’s Believe It or Not. You can look at hundreds of rare and unusual artifacts, and even get hands-on with unbelievable interactives, all at this one location. This location includes an Odditorium and a Mirror Maze. This space covers 10,000 square feet, and the Odditorium looks like it’s falling into a Florida sinkhole. There are sixteen unique galleries, which pay homage to the odd and strange. These tours are self-guided and self-paced, so you can stand and look at whatever you please, for however long you please. Tickets for Ripley’s and the Mirror Maze are $39.99 for adults (ages 12+), $27.99 for children (ages 3-11), and you can also get a collection book for $3.

As you can see, there’s so much to do in Orlando, FL, that surpasses just the theme parks. You can find things to do as a solo adventurer, as a couple traveling together, or even as a family. Keep in mind that On Air Parking has your back with cheap, comprehensive parking all across the United States. You can reach customer service from 10am to 7pm ET by calling 888-487-2754 (or you can even text them at 424-532-8940). You can also reach customer service by emailing hello@noson.io