Other fun things, Planning an Orlando trip
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Orlando Science Center

Orlando Science Center alligators

Too bad the Orlando Science Center doesn’t have a different name – Discovery World, perhaps, or Harry Potter’s Great Scientific Adventure. It could use a public relations boost. Kids actually learn something; they don’t realize they’ve learned something; it’s located in the heart of Orlando’s cultural park; and it doesn’t cost a lot of money. […] Read more...

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Is Tampa’s Busch Gardens worth a trip?

Busch Gardens Tampa kangaroo petting zoo

It’s tempting to ignore Busch Gardens Tampa Bay during a Central Florida vacation for three reasons: 1. It’s 1.5 hours from the Orlando area 2. It’s cheaper to buy another day at Disney or Universal 3. “I can see the same things in Orlando” Reason one is simple math, though it’s not an unpleasant drive […] Read more...

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Legoland Florida opens

Legoland Florida safari Lego hippo elephant

If you’re older than 12, you’re too old for Legoland, but it might be worth a trip anyway. The park opens to the public – it has a “soft opening” right now, which means invited guests and employees – on Oct. 15, 2011. This is not a first-hand account of the park, nor a review […] Read more...

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Gatorland

Gator Jumparoo alligator Gatorland Orlando

Gatorland may be the perfect small Orlando attraction. It’s convenient to Disney World and the other parks, big enough to make a few spare hours enjoyable, and pure Florida kitsch from entrance to exit. (The entrance is a giant concrete gator head.) And it features alligators  – lots and lots of alligators – that vacationers […] Read more...

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not

Lizard Man Ripley's Believe It Or Not Orlando

Orlando has its own Ripley’s Believe or Not “museum” along with 30 other locations worldwide. An admission price of $20 for adults (check for coupons in store handouts and ask about discounts) makes it a nice way to kill about two hours. If nothing else, it’s interesting and a good side trip for a vacation […] Read more...

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Fishing in Florida

Florida Orlando fishing stream

Florida has almost every fishing environment known to man, from small streams to on-the-ocean trophy hunts. To find an ideal spot in the Orlando area or a nearby ocean – Cocoa Beach is about a 55-minute drive – refer to the state’s newest visitor website, FishingCapital.com. The state can’t say one city is better than […] Read more...

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Holy Land Experience

Orlando Holy Land Experience Jesus cross crucifixion

Holy Land Experience makes some people uncomfortable, both devout Christian as well as un- or iffy-believer. Religion – a solemn view of salvation, sacrifice, and supreme powers – doesn’t fit easily into a city with singing country bears and wizards named Harry. Believers wonder: Is it a sacrilege to take a serious subject and turn […] Read more...

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LEGOLAND arrives fall 2011

LEGOLAND – a huge draw to families with younger kids – arrives in Central Florida in October 2011 if everything goes as planned. The company that owns it, Merlin Entertainments, has a strong track record of success with four existing Legolands in the world and two other ones planned. (“Legoland” will be printed in lower […] Read more...

Other fun things, Travel Guide, Universal Studios/Sea World
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Discovery Cove

September 2011: Is it a water park, a get-in-the-water version of Sea World, or both? For guests willing to spend almost $300 per person (or  as low as $140 if traveling in slow season and pre-booking), Discovery Cove creates the illusion of a tropical paradise where visitors can swim with peaceful (usually) sea creatures. It’s […] Read more...

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

August 2011: Located a little over an hour from Disney, Kenney Space Center attracts science fans and visitors who consider it the one true Central Florida attraction. The Visitor Complex disappoints visitors who compare it to the theme parks, but it’s overwhelming when allowed to stand on its own. While most exhibits fall into the […] Read more...