Smaller Attractions in Orlando Less than Half the Cost!

Orlando has the highest density of themed attractions than any where else in the world. Yesterday I covered the large theme parks while today I will tell you about some of the Orlando areas smaller attraction options.

Gatorland is the oldest attraction in the Orlando area. It’s a great way to spend half a day with the family. It’s mostly a unique zoo with the highlight being all those gators. They have daily wild life shows and a train ride small kids will love. Located just noth of Kissimmee.

WonderWorks and Ripley’s Believe it or not are both located in the International Drive Resort Area and are similar in one respect they both amaze with oddities. They are both 2 to 3 hour experiences.

Fun Spot has locations through out the Orlando metro area and offer more of a carnival style of park. It’s very reasonable you can control how much the kids can spend by buying ticket plans and give the kids their tickets and $5.00 and they will have a blast.

Old Town in Kissimmee has a Friday night car show with no charge yes that’s right it’s free! There is a Fun Spot located at Old Town along with shopping and dining. It’s a fun place to check out and have an inexpensive day or evening.

Evening attractions abound in Orlando mainly Dinner Shows and the very costly shows La Noubba and Blue Man Group. Capone’s Dinner & Show is definitly the best value of the Orlando Dinner Shows as we discount our tickets to the general public rather than to ticket resellers. By eliminating the middle man we can offer a delicious dinner buffet and included beverages such as Bud Light, wine and cocktails for a discounted rate (coupon on web site of only $24.99 you get your moneys worth before the show even begins!

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Best Places for Tourists to Shop in Orlando

There are a ridiculous number of places for tourists to shop in Orlando. Unfortunately I can’t cover them all, so I’ll tell you my two favorites in two categories.

Shop in Orlando Malls

This one is easy. My top choice is Florida Mall. It’s the largest in the region and has many stores that aren’t available in other area malls such as Nordstrom’s. There is a great variety of choices from low-end Sears and J.C. Penney to mid- and high-end retailers. A little north of Florida Mall on Sand Lake Road is one of my favorite bargain stores Old Time Pottery. They offer a huge variety of household items at really low prices. You do have to hunt, however.

My second choice is the Mall at Millenia which is a beautiful mall with great dining options available as well. This mall is a high-end mall and much smaller than Florida Mall. The area around it offers numerous additional shopping and dining options. Rack Room Shoes located to the east of the Super Target is a real find if you’re looking for shoes. Their prices are reasonable and the selection is incredible (they carry a lot of shoes in ‘wide’ for men which is great for me).

Shop in Orlando at the Mall at Millenia

Orlando Outlet Shopping

Another category is outlet shopping. I’ll be honest, this one is very tough to pick a favorite. The Premium Outlets in Lake Buena Vista and off of International Drive are the best in the area. They do have a lot of the same stores but they each have stores unique to Orlando.

Other Orlando Shopping Options

I’m not going to rate any flea markets, be it tourist or local, because I refuse to shop at them. Since others do like them, you can find one of the best lists of flea markets here.

If you prefer to experience a small-town market, check out the Winter Park farmer’s market. Browse the nearby shops on Park Avenue. The area is truly delightful.

Want to know some of my other favorite places to shop? Read about them here…

I hope this information was helpful in planning where to shop in Orlando.  For additional information, including locations and hours of our area malls and outlet stores, please visit our Mall Shopping Directory and our Outlet Shopping Directory. If you need further information or have tips to share of your own, contact us!