For most travellers, Orlando conjures up images of theme parks and family holidays that are jam-packed with adrenaline-fuelled adventure. However, there is so much more to this magical city.

Located in the Orange County region of Florida, Orlando attracts more than 52 million tourists each year, who flock to this tropical paradise for a little bit of sunshine and a whole lot of fun.

Away from the theme parks, there is so much more for tourists to do, whether travelling with children, in a couple or with friends. Get out and about to explore more of this destination after booking cheap flights to Orlando.

Go outdoors

The city is packed full of unique outdoor sporting activities, which are perfect for thrillseekers. Here, you can fly an open-cockpit 1930s biplane and even ride an airboat through a swampy wilderness.

On the other hand, those looking for a more relaxing break can head out for a romantic stroll through one of Orlando’s gardens and parks, or enjoy a hot air balloon over the Central Florida treetops.

Read on for our guide on the things not to miss out on in this magical destination.

EcoSafaris at Forever Florida

Go on an incredible journey into the unknown with the EcoSafari at Forever Florida, a 4,700-acre eco-ranch and conservation area. This stunning landscape promises to be an unforgettable experience, where visitors can make the most of exciting zip lines, beautifully untamed wilderness, natural streams and cypress forests.

This is an experience for the whole family, where travellers can choose exactly how they want to take in their surroundings – whether by roller coaster, coach or cypress canopy cycle.

Spirit of the Swamp airboat rides

Get to grips with Florida’s unbelievable wildlife on an airboat ride with a difference. Boat captains promise to help you to get the best views of the breathtaking landscape, amazing wildlife, stunning scenery and much, much more – just don’t forget to bring your camera!

During this trip, passengers will take in the views from a small, six passenger boat, where they will glide through a natural paradise of swamps, marshes and incredible wildlife.

Located just 30 minutes from Orlando, this experience is perfect for those who are travelling with children and do not want the stresses of long journeys.

Hot air balloon flights

Take in the sights and sounds of this magical destination from a completely different viewpoint with a hot air balloon, a dream come true experience that will have you awestruck from the start.

With Bob’s Balloon Flights, visitors can personalise their trips and sip champagne as they see the scenic swamps and countryside near the Walt Disney World Resort.

Scuba and Manatee Snorkeling Tours

Dive into a whole new world with snorkeling encounters that will see you get up close and personal with the Florida manatee. This full-day excursion caters for small groups and provides all-inclusive drinks and snacks.