I'm visiting Orlando with family and I'll be in the area for another week or so.
So far we've done a bunch of tourist trap type shit and I'm not really enjoying myself. My brother and I are in our 20s.
what are some fun things to do in the area that has as little crowds and tourists as possible.
>Also what's a good idea for new years eve?
Downtown Orlando is a major populated city dude. You find a restaurant/club with an event that looks good for you, whether a rooftop view, or great prix fixe menu for the night, pay now for the RSVP. The last Sunday paper would have been a good place to sort that out with ads for their night. Maybe you can google within the papers now or visit a restaurant page for info.
The best show in town will be Epcots fireworks of course, but yea, crowded. Downtown Orlando itself has clubs, concert venues, and so forth. Myself? I'm seeing Ralphie May over in Punta Gorda, FL which hsa a pre-party and after-party in a cute walkable historic district filled with lights $100/for all. Do you have a car? Orlando is rough without a car (as is all of Florida), so your choices get limited to suburbia, wherever your hotel/house happens to be located in the huge sprawling metropolis. If you're a drinker, maybe consider getting a cheap hotel near your plans, to walk/taxi to/from it for your brother and you, and use public transport the next day?
Daytime fun is kind of outdoorsy state parks/national parks, springs, museums, historical areas, and some of the older restaurants still in existence from way back. Again a car is needed to explore much, but youre within an hour from either coast.
It's Orlando, so every place you go that is worth a damn will have at least a few tourists. It's unavoidable.
In terms of theme parks, there is one somewhat relevant small park named Fun Spot America. It has two locations: Kissimmee (south of Orlando) and International Drive (in Orlando across the freeway from Universal). Go to the I-Drive one. Up until a few years ago it was a standard arcade/go-kart place, but it recently expanded to have actual rides, including two decent mid-sized roller coasters. Their wooden one is the only one of its kind in town.
The main benefits with Fun Spot is that it is cheaper than the heavyweight parks and tourists outside Florida don't know about it, so it tends to not be AS crowded. It's open later at night, as well.
No one visiting Orlando has the attention span necessary for a museum, so there aren't many there.
As far as restaurants go, the best ones tend to be inside the larger resort hotel properties. There's a lesser known Emeril Lagasse restaurant in the Universal Studios Royal Pacific Hotel called Tchoup Chop that's very good. There is also a sushi bar in the Swan Hotel on the Disney World property called Kimonos that is quite nice, as well.
>what are some fun things to do in the area that has as little crowds and tourists as possible.
Find a Korean Karioki bar and get fucked up, it's awesome and cheap for the most part plus the food is great
orlando science center
i had blast there on a field trip in 3rd grade, youll love it
i would disagree with the restaurant thing. unnecessarily expensive. foods good but paying for location, branding, and atmosphere. theres plenty of hole in the wall type places that are great, none of which i remember