IHRSA Offbeat Orlando Travel Guide

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Orlando. The home of Mickey Mouse and painful humidity. Of course #IHRSA2016 is the main event this week, but the conference center is just the tip of Orlando’s iceberg of awesome attractions. Everyone knows about Disney World, but Orlando has so much more to offer if you step off the beaten path. Like a frozen bar or gator theme park!

While you can still get comped for “Client Entertainment Expenses,” here’s the Offbeat Orlando Travel Guide!

1. Gatorland


Holding the title of "Alligator Capital of the World” since 1949, a giant alligator mouth is the entrance to Gatorland, a 110 acres of wildlife preserve that’s home to thousands of alligators, crocodiles, and birds. You can check out the zip line, feeding shows, and their extremely rare white alligators, but the highlight of the park is the Gator Wrestlin’ Show, where you watch an adult fight an alligator for fun. Everyone is different, but  I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like gators so this is basically a slam-dunk networking destination.

2. Icebar


Have you ever wanted to be really cold while enduring hours of “World’s coolest bar!”-tier puns? Then the Icebar is the spot for you! Actually though, the bar does seem pretty neat. It’s the largest permanent ice bar in the world, with over 70 tons of carved ice. The sculptures constantly change, and even the drinking glasses are made out of ice. Consider bringing a client you’re attempting to woo here for some post-show fun, especially if they get sweaty easily.

3. Holy Land Experience

jlamb-c-t.jpgThe Holy Land Experience is a “living, biblical museum that takes you 7,000 miles away and 2,000 years back in time to the land of the Bible.” While the biggest attractions are a replica of Jesus’ tomb and a re-enactment of the crucifixion, there’s also mini golf, karaoke and a ‘Praise Dance-Off.’ This isn’t a small-time operation - a look at the park map reveals a sprawling 15-acre, legitimate theme park with a 2,000 seat auditorium, massive temple replicas and of course a gift shop.

4. Hard Knocks


Every parent who's forgotten their child's birthday and threw together a last-minute party knows that laser tag sucks. The guns don’t work, everyone looks like a dork and no one wants to be the 34-year-old who is secretly happy about beating the opposing team of small children.

Enter Hard Knocks: Laser Tag for Adults. Actually used by law enforcement for training, Hard Knocks uses real guns (that shoot infrared lasers), and realistic combat scenarios for you to try to survive. Yes, the guns in the picture are actually laser guns. You should check this out if your sales team has an extra afternoon once IHRSA is finished. In my personal experience, I’ve found that nothing brings a team of coworkers together like the rush of combat.

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