Best Orlando attractions for locals

Here in the City Beautiful, we’re fortunate to live where people vacation—and we love that! From the Florida sunshine to our world-class attractions, you’re sure to find an adventure.

But if you’re looking for some things to do for locals in Orlando, you won’t come up short! There are plenty of adventures in Florida off the beaten path. Here are some of our favorite things to do if you’re looking for weekend fun in Orlando.

  1. Explore the great outdoors

Orlando is close to tons of amazing parks—and not just theme parks! From paddling on a swan boat on Lake Eola to kayaking down the Wekiva River at Wekiwa Springs State Park or seeing manatees at Blue Springs State Park, there are plenty of opportunities to soak up the natural beauty of the area.


  1. Catch some rays

Grab a towel, sunscreen, and your favorite sunglasses and hit the beach! Orlando is lucky to be an hour from a beach in either direction. Head east to Daytona, New Smyrna or Cocoa beaches or hit the gorgeous Gulf to the west. Either way, locals know one of the best ways to spend a Florida weekend is with the waves in the background.

  1. Get to know our neighborhoods

You might never know it if you don’t venture away from the parks, but Orlando has tons of cute neighborhoods, all with their own personalities. Window shop (or real shop!) down Winter Park’s famous Park Avenue, take in the unique vibes of the Milk District or College Park and stop for a brew and a bite in Winter Garden. You can’t go wrong!

  1. Take in the magic of the theme parks

OK, we’ll be honest. Locals love the theme parks, too! In fact, many Orlando residents are proud annual passholders at either Disney or Universal—or both! From taking in annual festivals to hitting up new attractions, one of the best parts of living here is popping over to the parks for a quick visit.

  1. Have an adventure at Orlando Tree Trek!

If you’re looking for a real Florida experience, try a tree to tree adventure park! Tucked away in a pine tree forest near the tourism district, the aerial obstacle course at Orlando Tree Trek offers all the challenges you need for an amazing day. The rope park features 97 games and obstacles for those 7 and up, all high above the ground! At the end, you’ll have the chance to zipline Orlando like a true local with our twin giant ziplines. There’s nothing like the feeling of accomplishment when you complete the ropes course and experience a new, cool thing to do in your city.

Ready to experience an Orlando attraction like a local, or explore a new side of the City Beautiful? Give us a call at 407-390-9999 or visit to book your treetop trek today! We look forward to helping make your Orlando staycation magical.

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