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Orlando Beyond the Theme Parks

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | September 21, 2016

Orlando Beyond the Theme Parks

PHOTO: Wekiva Island is near Orlando. (courtesy Flickr.com/Ricardo Mangual

There is more to Orlando than just its fabulous theme parks and slowing down is possible — and unique. CNN’s Sarah Sekula discovers Orlando’s quieter side

“There comes a point during any Orlando vacation when it's high time to ditch the masses and venture away from the theme parks. When that moment comes, there are plenty of side excursions that deliver a change of pace, whether it's signing yourself up for a hammock massage or mastering the trapeze,” writes Sekula.

If your body is worn out from riding roller coasters, try Hammock therapy suggests Sekula. 

“The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, offers a 70-minute hammock massage at the rooftop eco garden that will have you smiling and perhaps even snoozing,” she suggests. 

Chilling out in a cabana is another option. 

“Comfy couch? Check. Adirondack chairs? Check. Coffee table? Check. A private cabana at Wekiva Island certainly has the creature comforts covered,” writes Sekula.

Wekiva Island is a recreational outpost along the Wekiva River in Longwood. There is wildlife spotting, canoeing and more — as well as the aforementioned cabanas.

When you are ready to get active again, Elite Road Bike Rentals has you covered. 

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“The 20-mile tour begins downtown and takes riders through Loch Haven Park, which is full of outdoor art and "The Mayor," a massive live oak tree that was around when the Constitution was signed. Instagram worthy, indeed,” says Sekula. 

There are also places to see bioluminescence and Broadway-caliber shows. To learn more about Orlando’s quieter side, read on here.

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