Small Central Florida theme parks are hidden gems
Tourist-trap Orlando is renowned for its plethora of Florida-themed gift shops, family-friendly attractions and, of course, Disney World.
But if you're not about spending tons of money, sweating for hours at a time waiting in lines or constantly dodging small children at the go-to parks, you have other options in the Central Florida area.
The Central Florida Future compiled a brief list of some lesser-known gems you may want to check out the next time you're looking for something to do.
Fun Spot America – 5700 Fun Spot Way, Orlando and 2850 Florida Plaza Blvd., Kissimmee
With locations in Orlando and Kissimmee, Fun Spot America offers multiple roller coasters and thrill rides at both locations.
The Orlando location has recently added a wooden roller coaster and Sky Diner.
Single-day passes can be purchased at a discount from the SGA Ticket Center for $30, and annual passes can be purchased at fun-spot.com for $89.95.
The Holy Land Experience– 4655 Vineland Road, Orlando
This nonprofit, Christian theme park and museum brings guests back in time to experience the land of the Bible, with replicas of historical biblical landmarks such as the Garden of Eden and the town of Bethlehem.
On Sundays at 10:30 a.m., ACTS Fellowship Church makes its home inside the park's Temple building.
For hours and ticket information, visit www.holylandexperience.com.
Old Town USA – 5770 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee
Old Town is a walking district featuring multiple shops and restaurants. It is most notable for its collection of antique cars, weekly classic car cruises and car shows.
Other features include go-karts, a haunted house, carnival rides and an arcade.
For pricing, visit www.myoldtownusa.com.
Daytona Lagoon – 601 Earl Street, Daytona Beach
Located in the heart of Daytona Beach, Daytona Lagoon features a large water park, go-karts, mini golf, laser tag, an arcade and a rock wall.
Open seasonally from March to October, it also hosts birthday parties and offers special group discounts.
To see prices and find coupons, visit www.daytonalagoon.com.
Kennedy Space Center – Cape Canaveral
The Kennedy Space Center is a space fanatic's dream, offering everything from a shuttle launch experience and IMAX 3D films to a space hall of fame and the chance to meet an astronaut.
Guests can also stand face-to-face with the space shuttle Atlantis and view shuttle launches.
For tickets and tour information, visit www.kennedyspacecenter.com.
Wonder Works – 9067 International Drive, Orlando
Wonder Works, in an iconic upside-down house, offers more than 100 interactive exhibits.
Here, guests have the opportunity to experience simulations of natural disasters, lie on a bed of nails, jump around on a giant piano and ride customizable wonder coasters.
For pricing, combos and ticket information, visit www.wonderworksonline.com/orlando.
LEGOLAND Florida – 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven
LEGOLAND has theme parks in five other locations around the world, and Florida's is the largest of the bunch.
LEGOLAND has more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, along with a botanical garden and water park.
For pricing and pass information, visit florida.legoland.com.