Whether you’re a local, or, an avid visitor to Orlando, chances are you are well aware of Florida’s unpredictable weather. It could be raining one minute and hot and humid the next, with cooler temperatures appearing late into the night. With such drastic changes occurring to Florida’s weather almost daily, it can help to have a backup plan handy, in the event that things don’t go quite as expected. Of course, there is plenty to do in Orlando, and whether you’re looking for an alternative experience inside or outside, you’re bound to find something fun for the whole family while on vacation. With that said, should you be in need of a way to get away from Orlando’s weather, we have you covered with 5 ways to escape Orlando’s weather and still enjoy your vacation, whether it be hot, rainy, or cold outside.
1. The Florida Mall
Located just minutes from the Orlando International Airport, this massive 1.7 million square-foot shopping mall is Orlando’s largest shopping center, and features one-of-a-kind shopping, dining, attraction experiences in the Orlando-area. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a day full of play with your little ones at the Crayola Experience, or you’re interested in checking out the Disney Store, M&M World, or Build-a-Bear Workshop, there’s no shortage of family experiences to be had at the Florida Mall. While you’re experiencing many of the unique experiences at The Florida Mall, don’t forget to stop for fuel at one of the mall’s several dining experiences, including: Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant, la Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe, Churromania, and more! Yes, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at The Florida Mall, and because of this, we recommend you plan a half, or, full day for your Florida Mall visit. As they say – time flies when you’re having fun!
2. BOWLING AT SPLITSVILLE LUXURY LANES
Conveniently located seconds away from the Orange Garage Parking at Disney Springs on Walt Disney World Resort property, Splitsville Luxury Lanes is a 50’s soft-themed bowling alley, with two separate levels packed with bowling lanes for maximum occupancy. Each bowling lane comes with a menu offering quality food at a Disney price. In addition, each lane is equipped with televisions overhead, allowing guests to watch their favorite sporting show or event. The cost for a lane at Splitsville varies depending on the time of day, and the amount of time in which you are allowed to bowl is determined by the size of your party.
3. TOPGOLF ORLANDO
Located on Universal Blvd. just down the street from Universal Orlando Resort, Topgolf is a multi-level entertainment destination that offers fun, food, and music for all ages; no golfing experience required! Each golf bay allows up to 6 guests to play at a time, and is climate controlled for year-round comfort. HDTV’s are in every golf bay with the added functionality of allowing guests to change the channel to their desired sports show or game. Dining is a must when visiting Topgolf Orlando, with a wide variety of familiar foods, in addition to a unique twist added to each item that fully compliments each meal, thanks to an experienced executive chef and a talented team. Play time is pay by the hour, so be sure to carve out an hour or two during your day to make the most of your time at this attraction.
4. ANDRETTI INDOOR KARTING AND GAMES – ORLANDO
Located on Universal Boulevard and sharing a parking lot with TopGolf Orlando, Andretti Indoor Karting and Games offers many of the same experiences I-Drive NASCAR Indoor Kart Racing offers, with a few differences and additions. For starters, Andretti offers three separate indoor tracks for drivers of all ages and experiences to race on. Track 1 is a road-course style single level track for beginners, while track 2 is a slightly faster, elevated and scenic track for those looking for a bit of a challenge above track 1. Track 3 is Andretti’s most intense go-kart track, with multiple elevation changes, banked curves, and long straightaways for those looking to put the pedal to the medal. Similar to NASCAR, if go-kart racing is not for everyone in your party, there is plenty more to see, do, and experience during your visit to Andretti Indoor Karting and Games. From arcade games and a bowling alley, to laser tag, a ropes course, and a virtual reality experience – not to mention food and drinks aplenty – there’s no shortage of fun to be had while visiting Andretti’s on Universal Boulevard.
5. MADAME TUSSAUDS ORLANDO
Ever wanted to grab a selfie with Ryan Gosling or Selena Gomez? I mean, who wouldn’t, am I right? Admittedly, this can be a difficult feat to accomplish out in the real world, but that’s where Madame Tussauds Orlando saves the day! Impress your friends with a photo next to your favorite A-List movie star, or travel back in time and stand face-to-face with some of history’s most influential leaders, including Walt Disney. Ever wondered what it’s like to stand face-to-waist with Shaquille O’Neal? Experience all of this and more with a visit to Madame Tussauds Orlando, located on International Drive at Icon Park Orlando.
Whether you’re a local, or, an avid visitor to Orlando, chances are you are well aware of Florida’s unpredictable weather. It could be raining one minute and hot and humid the next, with cooler temperatures appearing late into the night. Of course, there is plenty to do in Orlando, and whether you’re looking for an alternative experience inside or outside, you’re bound to find something fun for the whole family while on vacation. This list just scratches the surface of all that Orlando has to offer while you’re on vacation, and for more information on other exciting attractions to experience in the Central Florida area, be sure to check out other Tracker Tips specifically tailored to many different requests over the past few months.