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Soooo ... we’ve booked flights to Orlando!

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ohanabanana Sat 13-Jan-18 20:32:05

Going this summer- literally can’t wait!
Having trouble deciding what to do though. We have teen dc who are happy to give Disney a miss (we have had Disney world and Paris trips so lucky enough to say we’ve been there, done that). We did love Florida though but didn’t see much outside of Disney World last time! So we’re open to ideas about what to do! Universal will feature a lot in our itinerary but what else might we like? Open to suggestions!

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LIZS Sat 13-Jan-18 20:36:29

Space Center?

Funclesmuck Sat 13-Jan-18 20:38:01

Oooh when you going op? We are off early July and in the same boat!

FairyLightBlanket45 Sat 13-Jan-18 20:48:29

Kennedy Space Center.
Universal Studios has 2 parks- they are amazing fun for everyone! - both brilliant for teens and both generally require more than one visit to go on everything - we stayed in a universal hotel which gives you a Jump the Line pass.
Bush Gardens - about an hour away in Tampa Bay - great for rollercoasters! Worth the trip!
Seaworld - unless you have reasons against it (i.e strong feelings about the animals)
Disney World may be worth a visit for the water parks as they are amazing and age doesnt really matter - Aquatica Seaworld is an amazing water park so is Volcano Bay which is part of Universal. If you love flumes that is smile
Maybe look up gator parks if you want a theme park break? I remember holding a baby alligator when I was about 5 and crying my eyes out in fear!!!
Coco Bay I think is a nice beach area an hour away
Im very jealous right now smile

BeyondThePage Sat 13-Jan-18 20:51:27

Universal and the water parks will take up a lot of time!

Kennedy space centre is great for a long day out -

or Busch Gardens for some big coasters and animals.

A trip to the beach, Atlantic coast and wave to folks at home... Gulf coast and warmer waters... Dolphin watching

a trip to a country park - De Leon Springs is great - it has a natural spring, a river and a pancake house where you cook your own pancakes at the table.

Homosassa springs wildlife park over on the gulf coast to see manatees

We went to Wild Florida wildlife park/airboat ride - and booked a sloth experience where you got to feed and stroke a sloth, added on an airboat ride where we saw alligators/bald eagles/turtles etc and a trip round the little wildlife park too.

Then there are the malls with all sorts of shops and eateries.

There is also Gatorland which is ok, but looks a bit "old" now.

There are many cinemas - some of which have tables where you can eat - you could go to a drive in too.

Or a rodeo - take plenty of insect repellent

Or a sports game - basketball/baseball/american football.

or a concert/show - hard rock hotel, hard rock venue and a few other places in Orlando have concerts most weeks.

Celebration town is worth a visit - and an ice cream or two...

On top of all that if you want a little Disney bit you can go to Disney Springs - the shopping/eating/drinking area for free and to any of the hotels to have a look round/meal/cocktails.

How long have you got.... grin

AttilaTheMeerkat Sat 13-Jan-18 21:25:49

"Or a sports game - basketball/baseball/american football".

You may be able to catch a baseball game in summer (FL has two teams which are the Tampa Bay Rays and the Miami Marlins) but the other two sports seasons start later in the year.

somewhereovertherain Sun 14-Jan-18 08:29:59

Did the American football thing once never again 4 hours of 10 second bursts. Watching painting dry is more fun.

Baseball / Ice Hockey / Basketball all worth watching.

Know a few friends who’ve done a gator tour on an airboat into the glades.

dontcallmethatyoucunt Sun 14-Jan-18 09:04:28

The gator tour can be good. The 10,000 island bay boat ride too.

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