After a few exhausting days chasing cartoon characters and waiting in long lines for themed rides and shows, relax and explore some of Orlando's other sites to see and attractions. Easily one of the most popular tourist traps in the nation, Orlando has much more to see than theme parks within theme parks. With its ample offering of cultural venues, museums, gardens, unusual theme parks, live music, quality local eating establishments and extraordinary activities, Orlando is so much more than the sum of its two big-name parks, Universal Studios and Disney World. MuseumsTake a theme park break and educate yourself at one of Orlando's many museums. Flout your love of art and enjoy beautiful stained-glass works by Louis Comfort Tiffany at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum, Earl Cunningham's paintings at the Menello Museum of Folk Art and American art from prehistoric times to the present at Orlando Museum of Art. Tour the International Train Trolley Museum to experience an extravagant model train set with toy trains dating from the 1920s to the present and the elaborate landscapes in miniature that house them. Embrace your inner history buff and pay your respects to Orlando's pre-Disney history at the Orange County Regional History Center. Gardens and Green SpacesOrlando is known as "The City Beautiful" for a reason. With its year-round mild climate, more than 300 lakes and rivers, lush green spaces, parks, preserves and natural areas, Orlando is a nature-lover's paradise. Harry P. Leu Gardens is one such green area, with more than 50 acres of well-manicured gardens. Orlando's numerous green areas are a great place for a scenic walk or run. At Lake Eola, a shady alternative to the hot sun in downtown Orlando with a waterfront amphitheater and children's playground, sprint around the lake, cool down and then reward yourself with a relaxing lie-down on the lawn. The 'Other' Theme ParksWhile most of Orlando's visitors choose to visit the massive Disney and Universal theme parks at some point during their stay, there are some notable alternatives for the Orlando trailblazer. Without roller coasters or fancy rides, Gatorland is just that, a place to see lots of alligators. As much as possible, skip the park's train and guided areas and get your exercise while you explore. Run by a nonprofit Christian organization, the Holy Land Experience is designed to look like Jerusalem in 33 AD. Employees wear historically inspired robes and sell Middle Eastern edibles like mint tea, tabbouleh and falafel as well as Holy Land-themed souvenirs such as carved wooden camels, religiously themed clothing, bibles and other religious texts. Restaurants with 'Real' FoodStay away from themed restaurants, chains and other family-oriented establishments full of tired and screaming children and mass-produced frozen fare and head to downtown favorite HUE, where chefs serve up traditional American fare with a global twist, or reserve a table for two at Le Coq au Vin, where the menu of traditional French and European dishes changes seasonally and many local farm fresh ingredients are used. For a reasonably priced meal at an Orlando institution, don't miss the authentic cooking and exceptional service at Little Saigon. The restaurant's menu is even on display at the Orange County Historical Center. Public ParksGet away from the hustle and bustle of the big theme parks and visit Orlando and nearby state parks. Slather on your sunscreen, and put on some comfortable shoes, grab Fido and head to Downey Park for some quality time with your pet. There's two areas, one for small dogs and another for larger dogs. Exercise yourself and your pup and then cool off in doggie water fountains. Play some sports for free at the separate human-only part of Downey Park, Delaney Park in Orlando proper or at nearby Red Bug Lake Park. Go early and get rid of excess calories before your picnic lunch by canoeing, fishing, plating tennis, racquetball, basketball, volleyball, football or swimming. Bikers shouldn't miss the three-mile bike trail at Turkey Lake Park. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. LIVESTRONG is a registered trademark of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. Moreover, we do not select every advertiser or advertisement that appears on the web site-many of the advertisements are served by third party advertising companies.