Large theme parks draw millions of visitors to Orlando, Florida every year. Yet, the city offers so many opportunities to create fantastic memories in its downtown area. Downtown Orlando is brimming with amazing activities for the whole family that are more budget-friendly and less crowded than the more well-known spots. You can go speed racing, body flying or ziplining, track ghosts and stroll among swans. On your next trip to Orlando, skip the big parks and head for downtown.

01The Wheel at ICON Park

Orlando Eye ride experience.The Wheel at ICON Park Orlando is a 400-foot-tall giant observation wheel in International Drive area

You can’t help but notice the 400-foot tall Wheel at ICON Park in downtown Orlando. Formerly known as the Coca Cola Orlando Eye, this rotating observatory seats up to 15 people in its 30 climate-controlled capsules. You get to see the best of Orlando from a 360-degree bird’s-eye view for about 20 minutes. While you rise above the city, you can enjoy a gourmet meal and drinks.