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Think Theme Parks is all Orlando Offers? Think Again!

Heading to Orlando?  Many people visit Orlando to explore the many Orlando theme parks, but there is a lot more to Orlando than just Mickey Mouse and Shamu. 

Take a look at some of the other things to do in Orlando, and you might be surprised at what you find.
  • Forever Florida:  This eco-attraction is home to Florida EcoSafaris that take guests into the heart of the real Florida.  Explore the 4700 acres of conservation area at Forever Florida galloping on horseback, flying through the skies on a zipline or on a guided coach safari.  Best of all this attraction packs a real value, with a safari trek starting at only $28. 
  • Gatorland:  Everyone knows Florida is famous for its gators, so what better way to experience Florida than to get up-close to this iconic creature.  At Gatorland, there are 110 acres to explore teeming with alligators and crocodiles.  The Gator Wrestling Show is a one-of-a-kind experience you have to see to believe and you’ll also want to feed the gators during your visit.  Strangely enough, the gators love hot dogs.  Be sure to buy a bag at the park and watch the feeding frenzy!
  • Downtown Disney: Okay, it might have Disney in the name but this entertainment hotspot is a different destination that caters to not only kids, but adults. At Downtown Disney, you’ll find an AMC Movie Theater boasting 24 screens, and some of the screening rooms even feature a dining option. This takes dinner and movie to a whole new level. Cirque di Soleil La Nouba is a unique and intriguing show that will captivate your attention, and if you’re seeking a music show check out the House of Blues. They consistently feature popular touring music acts. I recently caught a Colbie Caillat performance there and was impressed by the venue, the prices and the atmosphere.
  • Kennedy Space Center: This attraction may be a bit outside of Orlando’s orbit, but it is definitely worth the trek. Located about an hour’s drive east of Orlando, Kennedy Space Center covers 219 square miles. There is a lot to see and do here, but I recommend taking one of the bus tours from the visitor’s center to the Apollo/Saturn V Center. At the Apollo/Saturn V Center, you can climb the LC39 observation gantry overlooking the two main shuttle launch pads. It’s a historical sight to say the least and gives you an entirely new perspective of shuttle launches. For even more out-of-this-world insight, have lunch with an astronaut at Kennedy Space Center. It is included with their space pass admission.
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