A Day at Leu Gardens
We discovered the Harry P. Leu Gardens in a guidebook. No one we know had ever visited this Orlando attraction but it sounded like something we might both enjoy on a quiet day so we decided to visit and we were certainly glad we did. We were very imp...
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Historic Bok Santuary - Gardens – BellTower – Estate
The Historic Bok Sanctuary with its magnificent Tower and gardens is one of Polk Counties best kept secrets. Having visited the Orlando area over 18 times this is the first time we had heard of this place! The sanctuary is situated on one of ...
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See orlando by Helicopter
There can be little doubt that the best way to get a feel for a place is from the air and a helicopter is the ideal way to do it. There are a number of Helicopter companies operating in the Orlando area. There are two operators on Irlo Bronson Memori...
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"Are we nearly there yet?"
This is something that always makes our family laugh when we recall the story. It happened on our first trip to Orlando in Aug. 2004, we had been there about a week and had decided to give the parks a rest and do a days shopping. It was a glo...
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A Hot Air Balloon Adventure
Often the best way to see an area is from the air, a hot air balloon provides the ideal way to do this. Unlike a light aircraft or helicopter a balloon flies relatively slowly and not far above the ground. This provides an ideal viewing platform from...
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Swimming with Manatees
Moving away from Orlando and the Theme parks one of the most fulfilling things you can do is to swim with the Manatees, that’s assuming of course that you are confident in the water. You don’t actually have to swim with them, you can just observe the...
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Gaylord Palms – Don’t be afraid to go!
One of the most imposing buildings viewed from Interstate 4, situated near Junction 65, must be Gaylord Palms. This magnificent hotel and conference centre was a huge success from the very start. We drove past this building many times, not re...
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Water Skiing at Sammy Duvall's
There is new water ski park at WDW Contemporary Resort, I have had friends who have just done a water ski experience, they had a professional ski boat and driver, (tuition is available for the ‘never ever’ skier) and thoroughly enjoyed it. Yo...
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Gatorland - A Relaxing Alternative to the Parks!
If you’re sick of the parks would like to get a taste of the real Florida, go to Gatorland! We went in May, and what a great place it is! Much more than just alligators, the property is over 100 acres. We started off walking on the boardwalk, where w...
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Crazy Golf
During every holiday we have ever had – from Bridlington to Florida (oh excluding Hong Kong) we have always played crazy golf with the kids. It has always been a fun way for all of the family to participate, although I have to say hubby does take it ...
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A Day at the Beach (Sometimes you need a break from Mickey!!)
Florida boasts 663 miles of beaches and our favourite is Anna Maria Island on the Gulf coast. It takes about 2 hours to drive there from Orlando so we usually leave about 8am and set off home when the sun goes down (spectacular sunsets! ). Th...
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Sea Screamer at Clearwater
We drove to Clearwater on our last visit to Florida as I saw advertised on the Forum for a boat called the sea screamer. I called first to make a reservation but was told that the quay office opened at 10. 00 am and it was first come first serve. ...
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Swimming with Dolphins at Marineland Conservation, Florida
Marineland is situated on Oceanshore Blvd, St Augustine, Florida and promises to be an exciting adventure well worth a trip for all the family. We were a Family of six, but only four wanted to swim with the Dolphins, next it was the big decis...
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Lakeridge Winery
On our last trip we fancied doing something different one afternoon so had a drive to the Lakeridge Winery near Clermont. It is about a 25 minute drive up H27 from its junction with the 192 and although you are still on a main highway you go through ...
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Orlando Magic v Philadelphia 76ers
During our annual family holiday to Florida last year we decided to go to a basket ball game. Our son Daniel chose the game and on Saturday 15th April we went to the TD Waterhouse Centre to see Orlando Magic v Philadelphia 76ers. In previous years we...
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Boggy Creek Airboat Rides-8
Although a little out from the central area where most people stay about a 30-minute drive and not far from Orlando International Airport, Boggy Creek Airboat Rides are well worth a visit. You would probably be better phoning to make an appointment d...
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Orange Blossom Balloons
On our first visit to Orlando, we decided to combine a long held dream to fly in hot air balloon with the opportunity to get off the normal tourist beat and see some of the areas more natural assets from a different perspective. Our children who were...
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Not your typical adrenalin junkie
I’m not your typical adrenalin junkie. When I visit the fantastic theme parks in central Florida, I don’t rush to the thrill rides and buzz with anticipation as I wait my turn. I’m more likely to hover around, checking out whichever roller coaster my...
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Bok Sanctuary
One of the most relaxing ‘chill out’ afternoons you can spend in Central Florida is at Historic Bok Sanctuary. Whenever we want to unwind and get away from all the hustle and bustle of the theme parks for a change, we drive down Highway 27 towards La...
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Hot Air Ballooning
The idea of floating over the Florida countryside was not one that appealed to us, but having two sons who enjoy anything exhilarating, and not taking no for an answer, they booked and paid for a flight in a hot air balloon. Not one to waste money we...
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