Ten Unusual and Unique Activities at Walt Disney World

For many people, a trip to Walt Disney World is a jam-packed time trying to meet every character, ride every ride, and see every show. But what happens if you want something outside the theme park experience?

Here are 10 activities you probably didn't know about at Walt Disney World:

Horseback Riding
At the Circle-D Ranch at Disney's Fort Wilderness resort, you can visit the stables to see the ponies that accompany Cinderella's carriage or get a more hands-on approach by riding one yourself. Pony rides, horseback trail rides, carriage rides and wagon rides are all available for an additional fee.

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Fishing Excursions
Few activities are more relaxing than spending some time fishing. For a casual catch-and-release fishing experience, casting-rod gear can be rented from Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort. If you're looking for a fishing experience that hearkens back to an earlier age, cane-pole fishing is available at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside resort. To take the fishing experience up a notch, guided bass fishing boat excursions are available at several resorts around Walt Disney World property for an additional fee.

Swim with the Sharks or Dive with the Dolphins
If you seek adventure under the water, Walt Disney World offers several exciting excursions. At The Living Seas pavilion in Epcot, the Dolphins in Depth experience lets you get up close and personal with the dolphins by sitting in on a training session and interacting with dolphins in waist-deep water. For SCUBA-certified individuals, the DiveQuest experience gives you the opportunity to swim with dolphins, sharks, sea turtles, and more. There is also an Epcot Seas Aqua Tour that allows you to explore the massive indoor aquarium with an assisted snorkeling system. Each of the Epcot tours requires admission to Epcot and come at an additional charge. Over at Typhoon Lagoon you can get in the Shark Reef to snorkel with sharks. Snorkel and mask rental are included with your water park admission. For an additional fee, a supplied-air snorkeling system is also available.

Archery Training
Thanks to popularity of movies like Brave and The Hunger Games series, archery is becoming increasingly popular. At Disney's Fort Wilderness resort, for an additional fee, archery guides help guests ages 7 and up learn how to use a compound bow and have more than an hour of target practice. Advanced reservations are suggested as the class size is limited to 10 people for each 90-minute session.

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Surfing Lessons
Ever wanted to hang 10 in your own private ocean? Surfing programs at the Typhoon Lagoon water park are the next best thing. Whether you need a lesson to learn how to stand up on a board for the first time or want to catch a wave with world-class surf in the world's largest outdoor wave pool, special classes are offered before the park opens and after it closes for an additional fee.

Parasailing, Wakeboarding and Waterskiing
Years before the construction of Walt Disney World the local lakes of this Central Florida area were a popular destination for tourists. This tradition continues with Sammy Duvall's Watersports Centre at Disney's Contemporary Resort. For additional fees, activities such as parasailing, tubing, wake boarding, water skiing and personal watercraft rentals are fun options for a hot Florida day.

Greenhouse Tour
One of the highlights of The Land pavilion in Epcot is a boat ride that travels through several greenhouses featuring exotic plants from around the world. For a more up-close view of work of the greenhouse, the Behind the Seeds tour is available for a nominal fee. Learn about various forms of experimental planting techniques, including hydroponics, aquaponics and methods to grow record-producing "tomato trees" and Mickey-shaped pumpkins and cucumbers.

Amphicar Rides
The surprise seeing these vintage cars driven into the water is only surpassed by amazement watching them float and "drive" around the waters at Disney Springs. With fewer than 4,000 amphicars built in the 1960s, the collection of nine amphicars at The BOATHOUSE at Disney Springs is impressive to see. Twenty-minute guided tours with your own amphicar Captain are available daily (weather permitting) for an additional fee.

Golf Lessons
The Walt Disney World resort is home to multiple distinctive golf courses, including the Palm, Oak Trail and Magnolia courses at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, the Lake Buena Vista golf course at the Disney Springs resort area and Tranquilo Golf Club at the Four Seasons Orlando resort. If your golf game could use some improvement, one-on-one lessons from PGA professionals, including a coaching session, video review and personalized feedback, are available for an additional fee.

Luxury Bowling
Dubbed "America's Coolest Bowling Alleys", the lanes at Splitsville at Disney Springs live up to their name as luxury lanes. With upscale dining and live music in addition to state-of-the-art bowling lanes (including automatic bumper bowling available), Splitsville provides fun for all ages and every skill level.

Julia Mascardo is a freelance writer living the dream of being a neighbor to Walt Disney World. She is a frequent contributor to TouringPlans.com and has written several travel and tourism books.