Your bucket list of what you want to do while visiting Orlando is probably pretty full right now, but do you think you have some room for a few more? We know that Disney World and Harry Potter are high on your list, but if you are looking to enjoy the full Orlando experience, we know of some places that are off the beaten path and will be less crowded and equally enjoyable. This guide to our favorite five underrated things to do in Orlando is designed to be incorporated into your already perfect vacation, so we hope you find the time!
Jack Kerouac House, 1418 Clouser Avenue
Even if you are not an avid reader, chances are you know of Jack Kerouac, the poet and author who appealed to those who marched to the beat of a different drummer and whose most famous book spoke about his travels throughout America. What most people do not know, however, is that he once lived and wrote right here in Orlando. The small cottage with the sea-colored front door, wide front porch, and bucolic setting is now an integral part of the Jack Kerouac legacy, hosting one special writer each year. Although it is not open to the public, the plaque out front notating it was his home is the perfect spot to take a selfie next to, should the mood strike! Feel the magic that still lingers, feeding your own desire to create, and pay homage to the man who spoke to the hearts of a new generation, the beat generation!
Tupperware Confidence Center, 14901 S Orange Blossom Trail
When we were growing up, road trips always involved at least one stop at something weird or quirky: the world’s largest frying pan, the “life-sized” statue of Paul Bunyan, and even at one time, the hollowed-out core of a giant sequoia turned into perhaps the first tiny home! These oddities are slowing disappearing from America’s landscape, but one of the unique things to do in Orlando is destined to live on forever and the Tupperware Confidence Center allows guest to get a peek into the history of that burping piece of plastic that changed the world one home party at a time! Explore the colorful history, and as you view the bowls, cups, and extra lids, be sure to ask about the reputed Tupperware casket that is hidden somewhere in the depths of this unique museum!
Randall Knife Museum, 4857 South Orange Blossom Trail
In another time and place, a pocket knife was a popular gift for young boys, helping them move along in their journey to become men, as the simple tool wasn’t just useful, it taught them about responsibility. Today we can’t help but look back at those days and wonder what they were thinking; you can’t possibly give a little boy a knife! Although we do not follow in that old tradition, the Randall Knife Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of the most popular knives, the Randall Knife. Still churning out thousands of highly desired knifes each year, the museum is located right next door to the factory and contains over 7,000 items, including the first one ever made. The most famous knife in the collection, however, may be the first knife in space, the one carried by astronauts in 1963.
Orlando Airboat Tours, 2830 Neptune Road in Kissimmee
The Florida Everglades offers wild and beautiful adventures when you sign up for an authentic Orlando Airboat Tour. You have seen the unique flatbottomed boats that are propelled by what looks like giant fans in the movies and on television, and your Orlando getaway is the perfect time to explore this unique mode of transportation! Offering tours that start at an hour or last as long as four hours on all days but Sundays, the airboat tours of the Everglades are the most underrated things to do in Orlando and perfectly Florida thing you will ever do in your life.
Gatorland, 14501 S Orange Blossom Trail
Not all Orlando theme parks have to be about the mouse; as a matter of fact, the mouse might want to stay far away from Gatorland, our top under the radar location on the list! Offering ziplines, night parties, and of course, a collection of over 2000 gators, they also allow crocodiles, wild cats, birds, snakes, and tortoises to make their home here, although they are in separate areas. Get closer than you ever imagined you would to the cold-blooded state reptile with their newest encounter, their Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure, or keep the fun on the mild side with Allie’s Barnyard Petting and Feeding area! This adventure is guaranteed to be the talk of your family for years to come.
Well, That Was a Full Day
Coming home to our Magnolia Villas vacation sanctuaries every day should revive and refresh you for another day of adventures. Reserve one of our vacation rentals in the Orlando area today!