Category: Local Attractions

Blue Spring State Park

If you want a complete rest from the Parks then take a drive out to Blue Spring State Park it is about an 1.25hr drive from Kissimmee.

Cost around $4.00 to $10.00 per vehicle for up to 8 people. Blue Springs is a designated Manatee Refuge and the winter home to a growing population of West Indian Manatees. During Manatee season, which approximately runs from mid-November through March, several hundred Manatee can be viewed from the Park’s Boardwalks.

The springs crystal clear, 73-degree water can be enjoyed by swimmers, snorkelers, and certified scuba divers with a partner during our designated swimming season. Fishing, Canoeing and boating are also enjoyed along the St. John’s River. River boat tours are available; for reservations, call St. Johns River Cruises at (386) 917-0724. All water activities are suspended whilst the Manatees are present.

A self-guided tour inside The Historic Thursby house, built in 1872, can also be experienced. In addition the park has plenty of picnic areas as well as three covered pavilions.

The park reaches capacity in the summer swimming season and in the winter Manatee season.  It is recommended to arrive early to ensure entrance into the park.

Legoland

Legoland is aimed at kids of 2-12 years old, but is fun for all the family.  LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is a multi-day vacation destination in Winter Haven, Florida, just 45 minutes from Orlando and Tampa, that includes an interactive, 150-acre theme park with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, a world-famous botanical garden and the 5-acre LEGOLAND Water Park.

Heartlake City is an all-new theme park area inspired by the popular LEGO® Friends toy line. New for 2016 is “The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure,” a dazzling theatrical attraction that reunites the heroes of the blockbuster film in an original story appearing exclusively at LEGOLAND® theme parks and LEGOLAND® Discovery Centers.

The 12 ½-minute 3D film plays several times a day, with “4D” effects such as wind, water, fog and more bringing the action bursting off the screen and into the audience.

Just 45 minutes west of Orlando and a 45-minute drive east from Tampa, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort rests along the shores of Lake Eloise in the city of Winter Haven.

Busch Gardens

Busch Garden is an extraordinary African themed park. In one fantastic park it brings together a combination of rides, animals, and shows. The floorless dive coaster, SheiKra takes you 200 feet up, then you come 90 degrees straight down at speeds of up to 70 mph.

Busch Gardens has more roller coasters than any other park in Florida, although most of the parks are trying to catch up. There is the thrilling family roller coaster, Cheetah Chase, with it’ s crazy curves and hairpin turns as well as Montu one of the tallest and longest inverted roller coasters in the world. Screams from this park can be heard some way away!

However with your feet firmly on the ground you can take a self-guided tour around one of the beautiful animal habitats. Jungala, gives you the chance to come face-to-face with some of the world’ s most endangered animals, white tigers and orangutans, as well as two signature rides, including a zip line experience and a 3-storey family climbing area, this is a fabulous part of the park for all the family.

Be sure to take your time as you take a walk through Myombe Reserve because it is here you will see wonderful gorillas and playful chimpanzees in their lush, rainforest habitat. Everyone is invited to experience the stunning Broadway style show, KaTonga a musical celebration of animal folklore told through electrifying dance and puppetry. There is so much to explore and experience for visitors young or old.

Remember to leave yourself plenty of time to enjoy Busch Gardens. Busch Gardens is a big park with lots of attractions and activities to keep you entertained, to do the park justice and see absolutely everything you really need at least one if not two days, especially in peak season. Some people who have travelled from Orlando stay overnight at St Petersburg, Clearwater or the Tampa area so that they can return to Busch Gardens for a second day.

Kennedy Space Center

One of Florida’s most popular destinations, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex tells the epic story of the U.S. space program – from the first day through the present.

The 70-acre arena, a gateway to a working space center, takes visitors on a journey that’s both entertaining and educational, interactive and inspirational.

There are thousands of exciting things to explore. Visitors can stand nose-to-nose with the real Space Shuttle Atlantis and witness an actual rocket launch in person. Astronaut Encounter gives you the opportunity to meet a veteran astronaut in real life. The Apollo/Saturn V Center features an actual Saturn V moon rocket. There’s much more: 3D IMAX® space films, Exploration Space®: Explorers Wanted and many other interactive exhibits.

Only 45 minutes from Orlando, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. with closing times varying by season.

Universal Studios

Universal Orlando® Resort is more than a theme park. It’s an entire universe of action and thrills featuring TWO spectacular theme parks unlike anything else in Orlando.

Universal Studios Florida® Theme Park

Universal’s Islands of Adventure® Theme Park

You can also experience the wizarding world of Harry Potter explore Hogsmeade™ at Islands of Adventure, step inside Diagon Alley™ at Universal Studios and take a ride aboard the Hogwarts™ Express to travel between the two magical lands.

At both Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure every member of the family can share unforgettable experiences together. You can have the ultimate adventure, enjoy fun with your kids, rejuvenate yourself, have a romantic dinner, challenge yourself on incredible theme park rides, and relax by the pool in a beautiful Florida setting

Walt Disney World

Comprising of 4 theme parks, 2 waterparks, Disney Springs, ESPN World of Sport and the many resorts and smaller attractions that make up Walt Disney World this is the place to be in Central Florida.

Magic Kingdom

This park is normally the first that anyone thinks of when they think of Disney.  A world of fantasy and make believe Disney’s Magic Kingdom is where dreams come alive no matter your age.  With its spectacular center piece of Cinderella Castle surrounded by seven lands, parades, night shows and fireworks this park is a must.

Epcot

With its iconic Golf ball landmark which is actually an attraction EPCOT stands for “Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow”, is an exciting theme park with a variety of attractions to entertain all ages and interests.  It has strong focus on educational and environmental messages within its attractions.  Surrounding echo lake you can take a stroll around the word, visiting the xx countries with themed shops and attractions.  To complete the day why not watch the firework and laser show Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.

Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios, previously known as Disney MGM Studios opened May 1st 1989 and is Disney’s version of Hollywood! It is a combination of a theme park and a working TV and film production studio.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios has a great combination of film sets, rides and spectacular shows, including the “not to be missed” Fantasmic! In fact some of Disney’s most popular thrill rides, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and The Tower of Terror are to be found here.

As part of Disney’s spectacular Christmas celebrations the incredible Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights are switched on each evening for guests to wander around. They are truly amazing and Disney even manages to get it to snow!

Animal Kingdom 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom has a focus on nature and conservation, combining rides with animal viewing opportunities.    The center piece of this park in the Tree of Life with is 145ft high, covered in animal carvings.  As you walk though this unique park travel though the Himalayas in Asia to continental Africa.

Water Parks

Water Parks Typhoon Lagoon & Blizzard Beach are a great day out from the parks, themed slides, pools and lazy rivers make for a cooling but exciting day.

Disney Springs

The 29th September 2015 saw the official renaming of the former Downtown Disney to Disney Springs.

A massive expansion project has been undertaken at Downtown Disney, which is scheduled to be completed in 2016. Disney Springs, will offer guests a new parking deck with an array of 150 shopping, entertainment & dining venues.

Drawing inspiration from Florida’s waterfront towns and natural beauty, Disney Springs treats guests to a one-of-a-kind Disney experience amid beautiful open-air promenades, flowing springs and waterfront charm.

Disney Springs will include four interconnected neighborhoods: The Landing, Marketplace, West Side and Town Center.

New to Disney Springs is The Landing, home to unique shopping locations and memorable dining experiences, including the recently opened Morimoto Asia and Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar.

West Side

West Side showcases top-notch restaurants, a 24-screen AMC Pleasure Island movie theater, and other uncommon shops. Here you’ll also find the exquisite Cirque du Soleil La Nouba live entertainment show and the recently opened NBA Experience, which offers a range of dining, retail and interactive opportunities. Splitsville, a bowling alley/eatery stays lively through the day and into the evening and late night.

Marketplace

The Marketplace provides an appealing place to take a break from Disney Theme Parks and Water Parks especially if you’re in search of Disney merchandise. Check out the LEGO store or lose yourself searching for Disney merchandise in the expanded World of Disney Store. For more of a respite, relax with a Margarita at the recently renovated Dockside Bar, whilst enjoying the waterfront view.

The Landing

Enjoy a brand new mix of shopping and dining experiences at The Landing formerly known as Pleasure Island. Restaurants The Boathouse, Jock Lindsay’s Hangar Bar and Morimoto Asia have recently opened joining the ever popular Raglan Road Irish Pub & Bar and Paradiso 37. There are many shopping outlets here, such as Curl by Sammy Duval and Orlando Harley-Davidson.

Town Center

The Town Center area is still being completed, but will offer a mixture and dining and retail outlets as well as a promenade for guests to relax on.

Entertainment

Entertainment at Disney Springs takes place throughout the day and into the night with a wide array of acrobatic artistry, art, theater, music and even an indoor interactive theme park.

Amphicars

Located in The Landing area, next to the BOATHOUSE restaurant, guests can treat themselves to an all new ‘unique experience’ with a tour around the lake in one of the beautifully restored ‘Amphicars’. The 20 minute trip along with it’s own Captain costs $125 for up to three people and operates daily from 10am until 10pm.

Dining

Dining at Disney Springs includes quick-service restaurants that serve fast snacks, as well as numerous specialized eateries that offer regional, ethnic and elegant fare. Many restaurants offer panoramic views of Buena Vista Lagoon; others provide live entertainment.

Shopping

Shopping at Disney Springs means finding everything from magnets to music to Disney character merchandise in the world’s largest Disney store. Participate in pin trading, pick out some apparel or perhaps get a princess makeover at the unique Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Coming soon are famous retail names such as Pandora, UGG, Zara, L’Occitane en Provence, Edward Beiner, Tommy Bahama, UNIQLO and Lilly Pulitzer.