Groups can explore the country’s No. 1 meetings destination in comfort with 10 unique sightseeing tours and transportation options in Orlando.
There’s much to discover in a wide-ranging destination like Orlando — and thanks to tour operators and transportation providers throughout the area, meeting planners can make sure their group sees it all in comfort and style. Featuring options by bus, boat, bike and train, here are 10 of the most unique ways to tour theme parks, attractions, hidden gems and natural wonders the next time you meet in Orlando.
Orlando Bus Tours
1. Florida Dolphin Tours & Transportation
With more than 23 years of experience and partnership with City Sightseeing Tours, Florida Dolphin Tours & Transportation is a name you can trust when it comes to touring Orlando and other points of interest throughout Central Florida. One of their most popular packages is an eight-hour “City of Orlando” tour that focuses on areas away from the theme parks, including downtown Orlando and Winter Park, priced at $49 per person.
They also offer express shuttles to Walt Disney World® Resort and Universal Orlando® Resort, with pickup and drop-off locations throughout the International Drive area, plus shopping excursions, dolphin swim tours, trips to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Florida’s east coast, and more. Shuttle services start at $8 per guest, and pricing for other tours varies by package. Furthermore, all of this operator’s vehicles are available for hire.
2. Gray Line of Orlando & Gator Tours of Orlando
Founded as Gator Tours of Orlando in 1993, this company’s expertise and impeccable service attracted the attention of global tour operator Gray Line, which became an official partner in 2006. They offer Orlando tours starting at $69 per passenger, as well as daily trips to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, beach and boat tours, eco tours, and fun evening activities. Group and charter packages are also available.
3. I-Ride Trolley
Between attractions, dining, shopping and entertainment, your group could easily spend all of its free time exploring Orlando’s International Drive area — especially when you let the I-Ride Trolley do the driving! More transportation than tour, this service runs throughout our main convention district from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily. It’s also highly affordable, with a one-day pass priced at just $5 and deep discounts on multiday passes.
4. Hop On! Central Florida Brew Tours
Beer-lovers won’t want to miss this option, which ferries up to 12 passengers to some of the most popular microbreweries in the Orlando area. Hop On! offers a trio of four-hour routes, each priced at $37.99 per passenger, that visit four different breweries, including those in downtown Orlando, Winter Park and Seminole County. Private tours are also available, as is a “Ticket and Pregame” package for Orlando City Soccer Club home games.
Orlando Boat Tours
5. Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour
Known for acclaimed dining and shopping, a high concentration of museums and galleries, and tree-lined, cobblestoned streets, Winter Park is one of Central Florida’s most gorgeous communities — but you can only see half of its beauty by land. Priced at just $14 for adults, the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour will take your attendees “behind the scenes” for a breathtaking, relaxing look at the city’s pristine waterways, as well as the multimillion-dollar mansions that dot the shorelines.
6. Airboat & Kayak Tours
Your group can explore the headwaters of the Florida Everglades and other beautiful Central Florida waterways with airboat tour operators throughout the area. In Orlando, they include Airboat Rides at Midway, and Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures, Kissimmee Swamp Tours, Spirit of the Swamp Airboat Rides, and Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park all operate out of Kissimmee close to Walt Disney World.
For a slower-paced water adventure where your meeting attendees can really take in the scenery (and get a workout while they’re at it), opt for a kayak tour with Central Florida Nature Adventures and other local operators.
Orlando Bike Tours
7. SwampBike Pub Crawl
Put the pedal to the metal with SwampBike Pub Crawl, a one-of-a-kind pedicab service that tours popular watering holes in and around Orlando’s convention district. What makes it stand out is that six of the SwampBike’s 15 passenger seats are equipped with working pedals, so your group won’t have to skip leg day while enjoying some of the best adult beverages in Orlando. Lasting approximately two hours, public tours cost $20 per person, and private tours are available for $250.
8. Redi Pedi Cab Company
Part of International Drive’s landscape since 2006, this pedicab operator offers three different, one-hour excursions, which respectively focus on I-Drive’s most famous landmarks, historic selfie locations, and the best places to play Pokémon Go. All three cost $59.99 plus gratuity, with a maximum of two passengers per pedicab.
Orlando Train Tours
9. Royal Palm Railway Experience
Located in Tavares, about 50 minutes north of downtown Orlando, Royal Palm offers scenic day excursions to nearby Mount Dora and Eustis, recreating the experience of 1950s rail travel along the way. They also operate The Polar Express Train Ride during the holidays, as well as the Rails & Ales Brew Train. Pricing starts as low as $9.97 per passenger for the regular routes. Group packages are available, too.
Orlando’s commuter rail service is a fun, easy and affordable way to tour Orlando and Central Florida. Running from Poinciana in the south, about 20 minutes from Walt Disney World, to DeBary in the north, about 30 minutes from downtown Orlando, SunRail usually operates Monday through Friday, although limited weekend service is offered during major events. Southbound service is available from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., with northbound trains running from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. One-way tickets start at $2 per passenger, and round-trip tickets can be had for as little as $3.75.
Cover image courtesy Florida Dolphin Tours & Transportation.