Orlando, FL

How to have the time of your life in Florida

Debbie Centeno

More than just Disney

I live in Florida–precisely Orlando! One of the top destinations for families, couples, lone travelers, and everyone in between. So, what is there to do in Florida besides Disney World? Most everyone, when they hear Florida, thinks about Disney World and Mickey Mouse. And that’s great, but there are tons of things to do in Florida other than Disney World.

Kennedy Space Center

For starters, the Kennedy Space Center in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers tours and attractions relating back to the beginning of space exploration until today. Do you want to know what it feels like to be an astronaut or be up close and personal to a spacecraft? This is your opportunity to experience it. Visit Kennedy Space Center and book your visit.

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Kennedy Space Center- photo by Miguel Lopez

Enjoy wine tasting?

Would you enjoy wine tasting in a real vineyard? We have that too! Lakeridge Winery, in 19239 U.S. 27 North, Clermont; is home to 127-acres of grapevines and Florida’s largest premium winery. Lakeridge Winery opened its doors in 1989 and offers winery tours and wine tasting. For tours and wine, tasting times, visit Lakeridge Winery.

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Lakeridge Winery- photo by Lakeridge Winery

Beaches, beaches, and more beaches

Cocoa Beach, Daytona Beach, St. Pete, St. Augustine, Vero Beach, Port Canaveral, New Smyrna, Sanibel Island, Clearwater-too many to mention them all. Wherever you visit in Florida, either on the east, south, or west coast, you will most likely encounter a beach nearby or as far as only a 2-hour drive!

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Florida Beaches- photo by Manuel Centeno

Relax in Leu Gardens

Relax in a garden in the city. Harry P. Leu Gardens in 1920 N. Forest avenue in Orlando, is a 50-acre botanical garden for all those nature lovers visiting Orlando. It opens daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You’ll find a wide range of tropical plants, butterflies, fruit and vegetable gardens, and museums too. Learn about the bees and buy local honey during their Honey Bee Days. Or go on a hunt for Fairy Doors. You will definitely feel relaxed after this experience.

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Leu Gardens- photo by author

Sights and Landmarks

Visit Orlando’s International Drive where you will find the famous Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum. Test your mind at WonderWorks Indoor Amusement Park. Interact with your favorite celebrity at the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Ride the newest ICON Orlando 360 for a splendid 400 ft prime view of the city. Or try your luck escaping from one of the many Escape Room games in Orlando! And these are just a few of them.

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Madame Tussauds Wax Museum- photo by Jacqueline Marie

Shop, Eat, and Drink!

You can’t miss Church Street in Downtown Orlando with its trendy shops, bars, restaurants, hotels, and nightly entertainment. Disney Springs on Buena Vista Dr. has the best of the best in restaurants, shops, and daily entertainment. Visit the Orlando Science Center on E. Princeton Street and discover the latest in science and technology. Or just stop by Old Town on Irlo Bronson Highway for some old-time fun.

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Old Town in Kissimmee, Florida- photo by Jacqueline Marie

Adventures and Thrill Rides

Ready for thrills and adventure? If you prefer parks, there is no shortage of those. Orlando is home to Sea World, Universal Studios, Legoland in Winter Haven, Busch Gardens in Tampa, and of course, Disney World!

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Thrill rides- photo by Stas Knop from Pexels

Yes, as you can see, there is a lot more to do in Orlando and others which I haven’t mentioned. You just need the time and energy to go through it all. What’s your favorite place in Orlando?

Originally published at https://travelerwows.com/ on May 26, 2020

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My writing journey began as a way to cope with grief. I realized I enjoyed writing and began a blog, Debbie’s Reflection (https://debbiesreflection.com). I also enjoy traveling. Therefore, as a traveler, I began another blog, Traveler Wows (https://travelerwows.com), in which I share tips on places, landmarks, and reviews on airlines, hotels, and restaurants. Thank you for joining me on my writing journey.

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