Most Orlando locals look at the theme parks as they would an unruly neighbor: it's big and loud, but it keeps a nice lawn (and they secretly love them). Central Florida's many theme parks can become overpowering for even the most enthusiastic visitor, and that's when an excursion into the "other" Orlando—the one the locals know and love—is in order.
There are ample opportunities for day trips. If the outdoors is your thing, you can swim or canoe at Wekiwa Springs State Park or one of the area's many other sparkling springs, where the water remains a refreshing 72°F no matter how hot the day. Alternatively, you can hike, horseback ride, canoe, and camp in the Ocala National Forest.
If museums are your thing, charming Winter Park has the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art with its huge collection of Tiffany glass. While in Winter Park, you can indulge in some high-end shopping and dining on Park Avenue or take a leisurely boat tour of the lakefront homes.
Got kids to educate and entertain? Check out WonderWorks or the Orlando Science Center, where you can view live gators and turtles. Even more live gators (some as long as 14 feet) can be viewed or fed (or even eaten) at Gatorland, just south of Orlando.
Do the kids prefer rockets and astronauts? Don't miss a day trip to Kennedy Space Center, where you can tour a rocket forest, sit in a space capsule, or see a space shuttle up close.
Kissimmee is a 19th-century cattle town south of Orlando that proudly hangs on to its roots with a twice-yearly rodeo where real cowboys ride bulls and rope cattle. The town sits on Lake Tohopekaliga, a favorite spot for airboat rides or fishing trips.
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Walt Disney World Theme Park Base Ticket will give you the opportunity to discover the magic of Walt Disney World in Orldando! With this pass you will have a access to one park a day, including Magic Kingdom, Epcot , Disney's Hollywood Studios or Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Get the NBA Orlando Magic Tickets on your next vacations in Orlando and attend an unforgettable high-level basketball game at the Amway Center!
At SeaWorld, you can get close to and interact with a variety of marine animals, including seals, sea lions and even sharks! You can also enjoy the spectacular live show, “Believe,” starring Shamu and see dolphin programs and other amazing live performances.
Come and have the experience of a lifetime at Universal Theme Parks Orlando™, FL when you visit Universal Orlando™ Resort. Complete with two awe-inspiring theme parks, fantastic nightlife, and an endless array of activities, it is a perfect place for an unforgettable day out in Orlando with your family.
The LEGOLAND® Florida family theme park is perfect for the young and the young at heart. You and your children will have the opportunity to discover how Lego blocks are produced, enjoy great entertainment and explore a variety of Lego kingdoms.
Visit Discovery Cove Orlando to enjoy the convenience of an All Inclusive program as well as beautiful surroundings and exciting encounters with various sea creatures and exotic birds. This incredible park is made up of lagoons, tropical reefs, rivers, cascading pools and white sandy beaches.
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