Beat the Heat this Summer at These Lesser-Known Attractions in Orlando

    There is more to Orlando than just Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld. When planning your next trip to Orlando, Florida, check out these under-the-radar spots that the whole family will enjoy. Plus, you might just save some money, beat the crowds and cool off during the summer months!


    Did you know that the Legoland in Florida is the largest one in the world? There is something for the whole family to enjoy. This Park is ideal for families with kids from age 2-12 and the waterpark is an added bonus for keeping guests cool during the hot summer months. There are over 50 rides to check out plus cool shows and attractions. There are many hotels near Legoland and the surrounding parks, making it an ideal side trip while visiting Orlando.

    I-Drive 360

    I-Drive 360 is Orlando’s new $200 million entertainment destination. Stay cool in the observation wheel while enjoying amazing views of the city from the Orlando Eye. Other attractions include: Sea Life Aquarium, Madame Tussauds and Arcade City. Dining options include family-friendly restaurants as well as fun nightlife spots such as Cowgirls Rockbar featuring a mechanical bull! There are a ton of hotels in Orlando to choose from near this new I-Drive complex.

    Blizzard Beach

    Snow in Orlando? Who knew! Blizzard Beach is the world’s only ski resort water park! This winter wonderland has chairlifts that take you up to Mount Gushmore where you can then take different waterslides down the mountain. Kids can enjoy the snow-castle fountain play area. Large families can enjoy Orlando vacation homes nearby all the snow-filled action.

    Wet ‘N Wild

    Wet ‘N Wild is located near Universal Studios, and offers some pretty intense and thrilling water slide options. The Bomb Bay slide is a straight down, six-story plunge! If speed isn’t your thing, then you can relax in the lazy river or surf lagoon. If you have a large family, you can choose from the many suites in Orlando nearby this fun water park.

    Frozen Attraction in Epcot

    Ok, so this isn’t open yet, but you better start planning for next summer! I’m pretty sure every kid in America wants to meet Anna and Elsa from the blockbuster hit ‘Frozen.’ Just get ready for the hit single to be stuck in your head for days afterwards: “Let it Go, Let it Goooooooo!” The Frozen ride and pavilion is set to open sometime in 2016. There are plenty of Orlando hotels near Disney to choose from when planning your upcoming stay.

    Even if you don’t make it to any of the above attractions to keep you cool, at least there are endless options of Orlando resorts that have amazing pools to beat the heat after a long day! Have you been to Orlando in the summertime? What would you add to the list?

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