Orlando Beyond Disney

Just mention the word Florida and children are sent into a frenzy of Mickey Mouse related madness, but the Sunshine State has much more to offer!

While the delights of Florida are centered around the wonderful world of Disney, there is so much more to be seen and done.

Kennedy Space Center

If thrill rides and fizzy drinks prove too much effort, then a trip to Kennedy Space Center is a must. Situated on the east coast of Florida, about one hour’s drive from Orlando, the Centre is the gateway to space for the USA. From the fated Apollo 13 to the disastrous Challenger and to Neil Armstrong’s finest hour Florida has played host to some of the greatest and worst moments in history.

Not only is there a real size space shuttle named Saturn V to view, but visitors can also experience the feeling of launching on a Mission to Mars and even meet real astronauts. At Kennedy exploring space isn’t exclusive to astronauts. If that’s not enough to fill a day, budding explorers be on the lookout for the 500 species of animals surrounding the area.

Old Town, Kissimmee

Placed in the heart of the Kissimmee Old Town is a traditional area full of  1970s-style shops with a modern flair. Saturday night sees a collection of classic cars bask in their former glory, guaranteed to draw the crowds. Towering over 300ft the Skyscraper and Slingshot attractions can be seen for miles around. At $50 a go, these are a little pricy but are very much worth it. To be slung 365ft up in the air in nothing but a metal cage is one hell of an experience. Definitely worth a visit for those thrill-ride junkies.

Where to Shop in Orlando

Whether searching for the latest fashion or rummaging for those cheap bargains, Orlando’s shopping malls will more than meet everyone’s needs. The Florida Mall boasts 260 stores whilst the modern Mall of the Millenia has stores such as JCPenney, Macy’s, and even Build-a-Bear workshop all with friendly staff and affordable pricing. At the other end of the market is the Flea Market where bargains are readily available.

Places to Eat in Orlando

Orlando has some of the best eateries in the state. Outback Steakhouse has a mix of steaks and seafood, always served with a smile at cheap prices. The all-you-can-eat buffets dominate the market, Golden Corral serves a range of all food types all day long. It is definitely worth a visit. The Boston Lobster Feast offers unlimited Snow Crab Legs and Lobsters along with traditional food such as chicken and pasta.

But of course, There is Still Disney

A trip to Orlando just wouldn’t be complete without visiting Disney and Universal Studios. Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Magic Kingdom complete the four main parks, along with Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. All deserve a visit for their separate reasons.

The newly opened Wizarding World of Harry Potter is guaranteed to draw lots of crowds at Islands of Adventure, so expect big queues!

Florida has so much to do and see, so much happiness to give, it truly is the Sunshine State.

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