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Other Attractions In Florida

Florida has much more to offer than just the major theme parks. Here we have got together some other quality attractions to give you some other ideas for days away from the parks.

Handy Tip - Why not try out the 'Go Orlando Card' they are fantastic value and you get to visit many places you may otherwise not try. We have written a short article about our Go Orlando Card experiences here.


Tubing at Kelly Park - click to enlarge

More tubing at Kelly Park - click to enlarge

Getting your tubes into the park can be fun

Tubing at Kelly Park

If you are looking for tubing experience on a lazy river, and don’t fancy any of the big water parks in Orlando, why not try Kelly Park Rock Springs, a 40 minute drive from our villa, in Apopka? Entrance is only $1 per person!

The Orange County park is built around one of the Apopka area’s crystal clear springs. Rock Springs bubbles up from a cleft in a rock and, instead of spreading out into a pool, becomes a swiftly running stream that quickly slows to a meander. The activity of choice here, and the major reason for the park’s obvious popularity, is riding down the stream in an inner tube or on a float. Being that the water source is a natural spring, the water is crystal clear and cool, but not too cold. The depth varies between 2 to 4 feet deep, so it is possible to walk in the river, although you have to watch out for rocks and weed.

About two thirds of the way down, the river widens out into a series of pools, surrounded by grassy areas to sunbathe and picnic. Here you can swim and snorkel, or just continue on your way on your tube. The whole tubing trip takes about 25 minutes.

The park area by the lazy river has an excellently maintained system of boardwalks, so it is easy to get out, make your way to the start, and go down again.

Directions:
Kelly Park is located in Northwest Orange County. From 441 (Orange Blossom Trail) in Apopka travel North on Park Avenue (Rock Springs Road) 6 miles to Kelly Park Road. Turn Right on Kelly Park Road, curve to the left and entrance is on the right.

Kelly Park, 400 East Kelly Park Road, Apopka, FL 32712
Phone - 407-889-4179


Lakeridge Winery

Lakeridge Winery

Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards opened its doors in February 1989 in Clermont, Florida and sits on a 127-acre estate in gently rolling countryside just a 25 minute drive from our villa. This area was once the center of the State's grape industry. After years of phenomenal growth, Lakeridge ranks as Florida 's largest premium winery, and remains a pioneer in the development of table and sparkling wines from muscadine and hybrid grapes.

More than 110,000 people are expected to visit the winery annually, enjoying its extensive tasting room, festivals and gift shop. With an overall production of over 80,000 cases, that’s over 960,000 bottles. Lakeridge Wines are sold under the Lakeridge and Lakeridge Reserve brands wines at the winery and at major supermarkets and wine shops throughout Florida . Together, these labels have won more than 700 awards for excellence in winemaking.

Complimentary Winery tours and wine tasting are offered 7 days a week; Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Historic Bok Sanctuary

The focal point of the Bok Tower Gardens is the Bok Singing Tower, an incredible 205’ tall. It includes a 60-bell carillon and is made of pink and gray marble. Recitals are heard daily at 3 p.m. with clock music on the half-hour starting at 10 a.m. The Tower itself is closed to the public, but visitors may enjoy permanent exhibits in the Education and Visitor Center depicting the interior of the Tower as well as the carillon instrument.

The gardens leading up to the magnificent Tower are captivating as well as serene. The Bok Tower Gardens is well worth a visit and you’ll learn as much detail as you wish about architecture, the blooming gardens, and the carillon. It is also the site for many weddings. Special events are ongoing, year-round, and include special breathtaking flower displays, carillon recitals, storytelling festival, New Year’s celebration, and more.

The Pine Ridge Preserve offers a one-mile trail where visitors may enjoy the rare plants and animals of Florida's ancient sandhill, as well as the more common longleaf pines and turkey oaks. Window By the Pond nature observatory gives a glimpse of daily life in a freshwater pond.

Free general admission with the Go Orlando Card

Silver Springs Nature Park

Silver Springs Nature Park is a 350-acre theme park, located at the headwaters of the Silver River, which is the largest artesian spring formation in the world. Just as it has for centuries, the spring pumps out 550 million gallons of sparkling-clear spring water every day. Surrounding the springs is a wonderful display of animals and nature unlike anyplace else in the world. The park’s unique blend of history, natural resources and wildlife is a fun and wonderful hands-on experience for everyone. Located just 90 miles north of Orlando, Silver Springs Nature Park has beautiful grounds for walking, where you can enjoy seeing some of Florida’s wildlife in their natural habitat, such as alligators, endangered bears and panthers. There are glass-bottomed boat rides, a petting zoo, concerts and other special events at the park, as well as education programs that offer a wealth of opportunities for children of all ages. In addition, Silver Springs Nature Park has a variety of rides and exhibits for the whole family, all set in a gorgeous, natural environment.

Free general admission with the Go Orlando Card

Kissimmee - Travel to a world of excitement from high atop giant waterfalls and rocky summits to the depths of mysterious caves. Traverse tropical rainforests, jump over splashing river rapids, and laugh your way through the exciting courses. Great fun for all the family.

Feed the gators - Ready for adventure? Then grab a pole, our exclusive gator feeding experience will leave you in awe of natural Florida!

Free one round of golf from 10:00 am–7:00 pm with the Go Orlando Card

Forever Florida offers a fascinating look at wild Florida. Forever Florida's 3,200 acres of pristine Florida wilderness and the 1,500 acre Crescent J Ranch, a working cattle ranch, are authentic Florida at its best. Visitors of all ages can experience a Florida pioneer's life and leave the Sunshine State with a whole new perspective.

Families and fun-loving people are invited to discover Old Florida. Spend a fun-filled day enjoying Eco-Safaris, horseback safaris, nature trails, pony rides, a petting zoo, and just relaxing and rocking on the veranda. Country-dine for brunch or lunch in the beautiful, one-of-a-kind Cypress Restaurant or outside on the Heron Deck.

Free Eco-Safari Tour. 25% savings on all horseback riding activities with the Go Orlando Card (Reservations Recommended)

Gatorland is a 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve, combining Old Florida charm with exciting new exhibits and entertainment.

The park opened as a roadside attraction in 1949 and today, it provides affordable family fun with thousands of alligators, crocodiles, aviary, breeding marsh with observation tower, petting zoo, nature walk, educational wildlife programs, gift shop, Florida's best train-ride, restaurant, and much more. One-of-a-kind reptilian shows include: the Gator Wrestlin' Show, Gator Jumparoo, Jungle Crocs of the World, and Up-close Encounters.

Free entry including train ride and gator chow (food for the alligators) with the Go Orlando Card

At Fun Spot Action Park, the focus is on safe, clean family fun. Five acres of attractions include four multi-level go-kart tracks, thirteen rides including the Kid Spot for pre-schoolers, and more than 120 arcade games in two different locations. Go-kart fans will love the world famous yellow Quad Helix track with its four corkscrews, multiple levels of overpasses and underpasses, and patented 25-degree banked descending curve. The exhilarating blue Conquest track has a triple level corkscrew that elevates riders for the breathtaking "Florida Ski Jump" descent hill.

In Kid Spot, the under-seven crowd loves the beautiful Americana Carousel, breezy Kiddie Swings, bell ringing El Paso Train, and twirling Teacups. Bigger visitors are delighted by the 100-foot high ferris wheel, bumper cars and boats, and the Free Fall Spring Ride.

Free full day pass (armband) to outside attractions and unlimited upstairs arcade games with the Go Orlando Card.

The weird and wacky Ripley's Believe It or Not! "Odditorium" looks like it's falling into a Florida sinkhole, but if you think the building looks bizarre, wait until you see what's inside.

Hundreds of fascinating, outrageous, and interactive exhibits entertain the entire family. Explore an unbelievable variety of artifacts, exhibits and displays in 16 unique galleries that pay tribute to the odd and bizarre. Marvel at the collection of weird and unusual relics and rare treasures. The Odditorium showcases an actual human shrunken head, an exciting dinosaur exhibit, an Egyptian mummy, a tribute to Robert Wadlow--the World's Tallest Man, a two-headed calf, an interactive illusions gallery, a 10-foot section of the Berlin Wall, and a Rolls Royce made from more than one million match sticks. Cameras and camcorders are welcome on your self-guided, self-paced tour.

Free general admission with the Go Orlando Card

Step back in time at Titanic - The Experience. Stroll through full-scale recreations of Titanic's most famous rooms, including her grand staircase and first class parlor suite. Exceptional actors in period costume portray famous Titanic notables such as Captain Smith and Molly Brown, sharing stories of her passengers and crew during your hour-long guided journey aboard the most famous ship in history. Walk out on the ship's promenade deck and feel the chill of the cold Atlantic air as you gaze at the stars.

The 17-room, 15,000-square-foot attraction showcases over 200 artifacts and historical treasures from collectors around the world. The extensive Underwater Room displays an 8-foot replica of Titanic as she appears on the bottom of the Atlantic today, with exciting, never-before-seen video images of the 2000 Titanic expedition on display. Don't miss the extensive movie memorabilia room featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet's costumes from James Cameron's blockbuster movie.

Free general admission with the Go Orlando Card

Orlando's only upside-down attraction, WonderWorks is an amusement park for the mind featuring over one hundred interactive exhibits for people of all ages. Be blown away by 65 mile-per-hour hurricane force winds, get shaken by a simulated 5.3 degree earthquake, virtually swim with sharks, be elevated on a bed of 3,500 nails, make a 3-D impression of your entire body, measure the speed of your pitch to a famous baseball player, design and ride your own roller coaster moving 360 degrees in any direction, and engage in a one-on-one game of virtual basketball with a seven-foot player. Your imagination can run wild at WonderWorks.

Free general admission and 20% savings on The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show with the Go Orlando Card

Kids love the critters at Green Meadows Farm. A two-hour guided farm tour gives everyone a chance to touch the pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, donkeys, and more. At Green Meadows Farm, the goal is to teach children and adults about farm animals in a country environment while everyone has fun. Every visitor has an opportunity to try their hand at milking a cow. Hayrides, pony rides, and an express train ride keep even the littlest visitors entertained for hours. Grown-ups will enjoy the peace and quiet of shady tree canopies in this country setting off the beaten path.

Free admission with the Go Orlando Card

Dinosaur World

Visit more than 150 life-sized dinosaurs in an exciting outdoor museum setting. The scientifically accurate dinosaur models are set in Florida's lush natural landscape, accompanied by information that explains what each species was called and how it lived.

The most popular activity for kids at Dinosaur World is the fossil dig, where they can hunt for fossils and take home three pieces of the ancient past. Even the youngest future paleontologists will have fun uncovering a life-size stegosaurus skeleton in the Boneyard. Explore the Caves to find a subterranean picnic area, dinosaur movie cave, and other educational exhibits.

Free general admission with the Go Orlando Card

Kennedy Space Center invites you to embark on Mankind's Ultimate Journey and discover a truly uplifting Florida vacation. Just 45 minutes from Orlando is NASA's launch headquarters, located on a huge island wildlife refuge eight times the size of Manhattan.

Each year, millions of visitors from across the world make the trek to this hub of technology and discovery, where many of mankind's greatest accomplishments take place. At Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, you get the unique chance to tour NASA's launch and landing facilities. Experience interactive simulators, live shows, and jaw-dropping encounters with massive rockets and have the opportunity to meet a real member of NASA's Astronaut Corps.

Free Maximum Access Admission with the Go Orlando Card

The Sea Thriller offers a one hour and forty-five minute high-speed, sightseeing and dolphin surfing cruise. Enjoy a narrated cruise past the elegant homes along inland waterways and then head out into the Gulf of Mexico for a high speed ride along the beaches. Dolphins love to swim the tremendous wake created by the Sea Thriller speedboat, effortlessly riding or "body surfing" and jumping this rolling wall of water. Dolphin sightings are guaranteed or your next trip is free.

Free trip with the Go Orlando Card

The Holy Land Experience is an inspiring, full day of discovery that takes you 2000 years back in time to the world of the Bible. It brings to life ancient Israel as a unique, thriving world filled with fascinating exhibits and venues. Learn about the Wilderness Tabernacle and the Great Temple; discover the amazing history of the Bible; explore the city of Jerusalem in miniature; see re-enactments of Jesus' ministry, His life, death, and resurrection; and feel the power and passion of our original musical productions. With so much to do, people of all ages will love Orlando's most inspiring destination!

Experience the Real Central Florida Everglades. Glide through the wetlands viewing Florida's native wildlife. Start with a leisurely idle down our natural canal and experience the excitement of viewing exotic birds, turtles and the Florida alligator in their own natural environment. Fly like the wind into the swamps experiencing the awesome feel of the airboat ride traveling at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. Boggy Creek Airboat Rides - where you can exprience the beautiful Central Florida Everglades.

Free airboat ride with the Go Orlando Card

DAYTONA USA

DAYTONA USA is a 60,000-square-foot interactive motorsports attraction that is the world-class showplace to soak in the history of America's fastest sport! From the heart-pounding thunder of bumper-to-bumper competition on the historic high banks of Daytona International Speedway, to the high octane thrills and spills of high-tech motion simulators - catch all the energy and non-stop excitement of DAYTONA USA, The Ultimate Motorsports Attraction.

Free admission with the Go Orlando Card

At Fantasy of Flight you will experience the fun and adventure of flight at the World's Greatest Aviation Attraction. This stunning art deco facility is home to over 40 rare and vintage aircraft many of which have been restored to flyable condition. But that is just the beginning - there are a variety of guided tours including visits to the working restoration and maintenance areas. You can climb inside the cockpit of a Corsair fighter for a battle over the Pacific and then take a spin on our stae-of-the-art hang glide simulator in our Fun with Flight area. If you are looking for a real experience, real fun, and real takeaway - something the entire family can enjoy, Fantasy of Flight is An Attraction on a Higher Plane.

Horse World Stables

Welcome to Our Stables: A good horse beneath you. A blue sky above. And hundreds of acres to explore with good folks who like you. No stress! No phones! Just the creaking of saddle leather and the smell of clean fresh air. That's the beauty of a visit to Horse World Stables, just south of Orlando in the Walt Disney World Resort area. Time you can spend entirely on a horse or just sitting under a big oak tree and listening to the sounds of a working ranch or browse through our gift shop. We have it all! Group therapy, if you want to spoil it by getting scientific. But better known around here as a heckuva good time. If you're already chomping at the bit for a trail riding adventure, then by all means take a short drive out to the quiet, peaceful country. Relax, away from the crowds and long lines and experience what it was like when life was simple!

Behind the forbidden castle walls resides a legion of darkness and nightmares. Filled with haunted corridors and endless hallways, we dare you to enter Skull Kingdom where you will find yourself lost in a twisted world of fright and fun you won't forget!

Skull Kingdom offers shows for all ages-our night show is very intense for adults, however, we also have special guided tours for children during daytime hours.

Welcome to Orange Blossom Balloons! We provide the most exciting Hot Air Balloon Rides in Orlando, Florida 7 days a week every morning at sunrise. Our program begins at 6 am with a pre-flight briefing, We then board our vehicles and head off to one of our 25 launch sites (Depending on the wind direction).

All passengers are invited to join in the inflation process as your balloon comes to life. We will fly for one hour. Your Pilot will point out all the spectacular sites of our area. After your flight we will celebrate with the traditional Champagne toast and head back for an all you can eat breakfast buffet. At breakfast, each passenger will be awarded a first flight certificate.

Train Land International

See the world recreated in miniature at Train Land International, just what the conductor ordered for train enthusiasts young and old. The museum has one of the nation’s largest indoor G-gauge layouts (with tiny tracks only 1.75 inches wide), and you can see scale-model Aristocraft, LGB, USA, and Bachman locomotives pulling fourteen continuously operating trains through a vast wonderland of forests, farmland, cities, and mountainous wilderness. It’s quite a sight to watch the trains barely miss one another as they emerge from one of the thirty-two underground tunnels, cross one of the twenty-four bridges, or round a curve and switch onto a new track. Don’t leave without hopping on the trolley that takes you for a ride through the outdoor gardens.

Address : 8990 International Drive, Orlando (near Wonderworks)

Free admission and free trolley ride and 10% savings in the gift shop with the Go Orlando Card

Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour

Enjoy a relaxing one-hour narrated cruise through twelve miles of Winter Park’s tranquil lakes and canals. Every tour guarantees plenty of swaying palms, towering cypress trees, lush ferns, and flourishing sub-tropical flowers. Float by the Kraft Azalea Gardens, Isle of Sicily, opulent private homes, and exquisite estates sprawling along the shores. You might see cranes swooping waterside to snag a large fish or a lazy alligator lounging on a nearby bank. The occasional water skier or racing shell from nearby Rollins College glides past.

The Scenic Boat Tour dock is at the east end of Morse Boulevard on Lake Osceola, less than 5 minutes from Park Avenue, Central Florida’s popular upscale shopping district.

Free boat tour with the Go Orlando Card

 

 

 

 

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