So you’ve found yourself alone in Orlando and you’re feeling a little overwhelmed? Fear not, we’ve found the top ten ideal activities to do as a solo traveler. Whether you want to immerse yourself in a mystery dinner party, set sail on the Titanic, soar high above the clouds, speed across waterways or get up close and personal with animals, Orlando will certainly keep you busy. The only problem is that, like us, you’ll want to do all of these activities. Make the most out of your time in Orlando and book one of these unique experiences today. Read on for the best things to do in Orlando, Florida, when you’re traveling alone.
Ever wondered what it would be like to see Manatees in their natural environment? Well, now is your chance to find out. On this guided cruise, you can spend the whole day discovering more about these harmless majestic beasts. The day begins with a relaxing 1.5-hour boat ride on the Crystal River where you can enjoy some swimming and snorkeling. The river is also home to one of the world’s largest populations of endangered West Indian manatees. You’ll then be whisked away on an exciting airboat tour on the Homosassa River before hitting dry land at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Not only will you be able to see manatees here, but also a whole host of other amazing animals from bears to alligators.
Crystal River Snorkeling, Everglades Airboat, Homosassa Tour
Duration: 12 hours
Disney World is one of those locations where the magic never stops! Even if you are traveling alone, you can never go wrong with spending a day or more at Disney World. With rollercoasters, amusement rides, and games along with all of your favorite Disney characters, you won’t feel lonely while visiting the park on your own! If you want to see all you can see and do all you can do at the multiple Disney parks in Orlando, make sure to get a park hopper pass so that you have unlimited same-day or multi-day entries for all the Disney parks.
Walt Disney World Park Hopper, Water Park Fun and More Ticket in Orlando
With a multitude of rollercoasters and attractions, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure are perfect for chest-pounding adrenaline and adventure! If you are a die-hard fan of the Harry Potter series, your only course of action must be visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Start your adventure at Platform 9 ¾ and get whisked away on the Hogwarts Express to experience all that Hogwarts Castles, Hogsmead, and other famous locations have to offer! Make sure to try a butterbeer while you are there and also let a wand pick you as its wizard. Some wands are even specially outfitted so that you can perform spells around the park with surprising results! Make sure you get your tickets in advance so you can avoid the ticket lines.
Universal Orlando Resort Tickets: US & Canada Residents
4. Take a walk through Harry P. Leu Gardens
Situated just north of downtown Orlando and along Lake Rowena is Harry P. Leu Gardens. A 50-acre (20.2-hectare) botanical garden with over 15,000 temperate and tropical plants, this beautiful location might take up a good portion of your afternoon! Expect to spend at least two hours exploring it. A visit on Tuesday through Saturday during the morning offers the opportunity to take a 25-minute guided tour of Leu House Museum starting at 10am, with the last entry at 12:30pm. Make sure to visit these beautiful gardens while you are in Orlando and see all of the beautiful tropical plants that Harry P. Leu Gardens showcases!
Harry P. Leu Gardens
Address: 1920 North Forest Avenue, Orlando, FL
Website: Harry P. Leu Gardens
Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)
Price: 10 USD (Adults); 5 USD (children, ages 4 - 17)
5. Visit the animals at Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
Located on the southeast outskirts of Orlando is Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge, a wildlife rehabilitation center that focuses on the four Rs: rescue, raise, rehabilitate, and release. This center features over 30 species of wild animals. Some animals end up calling the refuge home while others only pass through before being returned to the wild. If you are a nature lover who cares about conservation, make sure to visit and see some of the permanent residents including owls, foxes, lemurs, and bobcats, among others, as well as their transient residents from around central Florida!
Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge
Address: 10525 Clapp Simms Duda Rd. Orlando, FL 32832
Website: Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge
Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 9am - 4pm (closed on Mon)
Price: 5 USD (donation)
This full-day sightseeing bus and boat cruise is an ideal way to learn more about the history of Orlando. You’ll begin the tour at the stunningly beautiful Lake Eola before heading to the self-proclaimed ‘Venice of America’, officially called the Winter Park. Here you’ll join a one-hour scenic cruise on which you can see the many canals and cobbled streets. With a quick stop to the infamous Park Avenue, you’ll have time to pick up some souvenirs before traveling through the Disney’s Celebration Town. A fun-filled, packed day awaits!
Orlando City Sightseeing Tours
Duration: 7 hours
If you’re looking for a ‘wet’ and 'wild’ adventure then this exciting airboat ride sounds like a perfect match. This boat ride can last for up to 30 or 60 minutes, depending on your preference, with cruises through the mossy cypress swamps in Southern Orlando. Your onboard guide and navigator will help you discover local wildlife such as watchful alligators, turtles, birds and many creatures on the lush shoreline. You’ll race across the water surface at speeds of up to 45 mph (72 kph) so be prepared to get a bit wet!
30-Minute Airboat Ride near Orlando
Duration: 30 minutes
At WonderWorks Orlando, you can explore over 100 exciting exhibitions such as the earthquake cafe, anti-gravity chamber, a glow-in-the-dark-ropes course or even Orlando’s only upside-down amusement park! WonderWorks is where you can find the scientific, kooky and downright obscure. Your tour will give you access to all 100 exhibits which you can explore at your own pace. If you wish, you can upgrade to include the 90-minute comedic Outta Control Dinner Show.
Duration: 5 hours
This is one for the early-risers or those of you who want to make the most out of the day. This flight begins one hour before sunrise to make sure that you get the best views (don’t forget to pack your camera). The one-hour flight will take you over beautiful surroundings such as forests, orange groves and the many waterways of Central Florida. After your feet touch the ground you can enjoy a Champagne or Mimosa toast with snacks, and receive your very own flight certificate. Just remember to keep your eyes open and see if you can spot Walt Disney World!
Orlando Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Ride
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Looking for a tour that you can brag about to all of your friends? Then look no further than the Orlando Helicopter Tour. Take to the skies on one of six different tour options. You could choose to fly over SeaWorld, Universal Studios, Walt Disney World or even go celebrity spotting, alongside other tours on offer. The highlight of the Orlando helicopter flight takes you over the city’s main attractions and theme parks so you can see everything from a once-in-a-lifetime bird’s eye view. It is worth noting that all of the tours are a wot-person minimum rate, so if you’re going alone you’ll be charged for the full price of two people. This difference will be charged when you check in, unless you can pal up with another solo traveller like yourself for this ride.
Orlando Helicopter Tour from International Drive Area
Duration: 5 to 25 minutes
Time to move from ‘flight-y’ to 'fancy’ now with an immersive three-hour Titanic-themed dinner gala experience which re-enacts the events of the historic night of April 14 and 15. You’ll enjoy an interactive show, a delicious three-course meal, and a guided tour of Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition Galleries. The event will begin with a cocktail soiree before taking your seat in first class to participate in one of the infamous Titanic dinner parties. During your meal, you’ll be able to interact with famous guests who have all come together with you, to celebrate the retirement of the Legendary Captain Edward John Smith.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition Dinner Gala
Duration: 3 hours
This unique and educational experience is a fully immersive biblical atmosphere where you can journey back in time. This living museum combines the sights and sounds of the biblical world in an award-winning event. Live performances happen throughout the day in a state-of-the-art auditorium. You can even test your own biblical knowledge in the live game show ‘Bible Busters.’ Be sure not to miss The Scriptorium Museum which houses the impressive Van Kampen Collection.
The Holy Land Experience Admission Tickets
Duration: 3 to 8 hours
Another one for the animal lovers, this time, of the four-legged kind. At a stunning 4,700-acre (1902 hectares) conservation area, you can enjoy a 1.5 hour guided horseback ride which traverses the same historic trails that the Native Americans rode in the 16th century. You’ll learn about the local habitats of alligators, white-tailed deer, black bears and nearly 200 species of birds. Each horse is matched to the guest, so even first-time riders are welcome.
Horseback Adventure at Forever Florida Eco-Reserve
Duration: 90 minutes
Consider yourself a bit of an ace detective? Well, now it’s time to see just how perceptive you really are with this ‘whodunnit’ style interactive two-course dinner party. This part-scripted-part-improvised event is fantastic fun and includes unlimited drinks. There are a number of different themes on offer, but each one offers comedy and mystery so whether you choose the Lord Mansfield’s Foxhunt Banquet, G.K.’s 80th Birthday, The Reunion or one of the other fantastic themes, you’ll be guaranteed a good time. Plus, you never know, you may be chosen to play a cameo role!
Sleuth's Mystery Dinner Show, Orlando
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
A blast for solo-travelers
Whoever said that traveling solo is boring obviously hasn’t discovered this article. Traveling alone is a great way to meet new people and we know that you’ll have an absolute blast taking part in any (or all) of these amazing activities. So, get booking and look forward to a fantastic time.
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