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The Very Best "Non-Disney" Activities at Walt Disney World

Here’s the thing about a Disney vacation. You are on vacation. You don’t necessarily want to spend all of your time at the parks. Instead, you want to do some of the things that you’d do on an ordinary vacation, too. Maybe you’d like them with a special dose of Disney magic, though. Here are the six best recreational activities at Walt Disney World.

Spend a day on the lake

Image: DisneyBay Lake isn’t just for show. Sure, the breathtaking views of this natural body of water highlight any number of Disney landmarks. When The Walt Disney Company purchased the land here, they augmented Bay Lake by connecting it to the man-made Seven Seas Lagoon, creating a marvelous combination of natural and artificial waterways.

While you’re at Walt Disney World, you can explore all of these wonders. Head over to Disney’s Contemporary Resort and walk down the path beside the main outdoor pool, the Feature Pool. You’ll discover the Boat Nook Marina, a place where you can rent motorized boats. You can either take a boat out by yourself or with a partner, or you can rent a pontoon vessel for up to 10 guests. It’s the best way to appreciate the beauty of the lake. Rate information is available here.

Go horseback riding

Image: DisneyAdmit it. You just did a double-take at that one. The only people aware of this option at Walt Disney World are the ones that have spent a lot of time at Tri-Circle-D Ranch. It’s a section of The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. You see, the horses that strut down Main Street, U.S.A. have to live somewhere, and Disney has built a stable for them here.

At Tri-Circle-D Ranch, you can engage in all sorts of rustic activities, the kind that you’d expect to find during a dude ranch vacation, not one at Walt Disney World. This facility hosts lots of beautiful horses like Clydesdales, Appaloosas, and Arabians.

On these magnificent beasts, you can go for a horseback ride through the rustic facilities at Fort Wilderness, or you can take the lazier route with a horse-drawn carriage ride. And then you can tell all your friends about the amazing thing you did at Disney!

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