Anthing interesting to do in Orlando other than the usual Disney and Film sets

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Found 7th May 2009
Hi all, we are off to Florida in a couple of weeks time and I was wondering if there was anything else to do there rather than the usual Disneyland and film sets. I have heard that Tampa Bay is supposed to be nice but not too sure how close to Orlando that is. Any ideas for something different would be greatly appreciated!!!

Many thanks.

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boggy creek airboat rides. Go and see the crocs

Busch Gardens is in Tampa, A awesome day out, took me and the GF two days!

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Best time I've had was going to the Amway Arena in Orlando (easy to get to, just off I-4).

Saw an Orlando Magic home game (NBA Basketball).

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Superb night. :thumbsup:

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Woooowwww!!!! Now i am really excited about going!!!!!

Thanks everyone!!
:thumbsup:

Twotellys;5148214

http://discoverycove.com/DCO2/best thing i have ever done on holiday



+1 absolutely loved it there, Memories that will stay forever! couldn't recommend it enough!:thumbsup:

Universal Studios is a great day too.

Need anything else to do let me know i went last year for 2 weeks and planned everything before i went. Out of two weeks we had 2 hours in the hotel pool which was on the last day and for the sake of it!

Absolutely brilliant place, Will definately be going back there!

old town part of kissimee have an old car rally every week not sure what day it is

its every weekend i just looked it up

we had a great time in florida

id love to go back

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Twotellys;5148214

http://discoverycove.com/DCO2/best thing i have ever done on holiday



Ahh beat me to it :roll:

Best and most amazing thing every, pay the extra to swim with the dolphins, its a fantastic experience you will never forget :-D

I'm going soon and looking forward to the Space center..you should go there

When you going? I'm going 6th June with the missus 2nd time in 3 years :-) love the place

If you've got a spare half day don't forget to go and visit the Kennedy space centre it's amazing

And think were gonna visit Miami for a day this time not too far I don't think

gatorland

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kmac;5148270

+1 absolutely loved it there, Memories that will stay forever! couldn't … +1 absolutely loved it there, Memories that will stay forever! couldn't recommend it enough!:thumbsup:Universal Studios is a great day too.Need anything else to do let me know i went last year for 2 weeks and planned everything before i went. Out of two weeks we had 2 hours in the hotel pool which was on the last day and for the sake of it!Absolutely brilliant place, Will definately be going back there!


Any links to things then let me know cos I have to plan the holiday then show the hubby what we are doing!!!!

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mark halsall;5148408

When you going? I'm going 6th June with the missus 2nd time in 3 years … When you going? I'm going 6th June with the missus 2nd time in 3 years :-) love the place If you've got a spare half day don't forget to go and visit the Kennedy space centre it's amazing


Funnily enough that is the one place that my hubby said he definately had to do!!!!

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mark halsall;5148408

When you going? I'm going 6th June with the missus 2nd time in 3 years … When you going? I'm going 6th June with the missus 2nd time in 3 years :-) love the place If you've got a spare half day don't forget to go and visit the Kennedy space centre it's amazingAnd think were gonna visit Miami for a day this time not too far I don't think


Going 19th May - 8th June!!! Cant wait!!! Soooooooo excited now after reading everyones posts!!!!

We have been going to Florida for the last 14 years, and know the Orlando and Tampa Bay area well. It depends on what sort of things you are interested in and how far you want to travel in terms of journey time. If you can post these details, I will reply with what I think may be suitable.

My hubby is from Tampa and that's where we spend a good deal of time...

Tampa has gorgeous beaches being right on the Gulf of Mexico, especially the Clearwater/St Pete areas and the weather there is gorgeous. People who visit Tampa generally do so for the beaches and Busch Gardens, a huge adventure place with massive rollercoasters etc.

The weather in Orlando/Tampa of course is smokin hot and humid. Enjoy it! x x

ClarityofMind;5148592

My hubby is from Tampa and that's where we spend a good deal of … My hubby is from Tampa and that's where we spend a good deal of time...Tampa has gorgeous beaches being right on the Gulf of Mexico, especially the Clearwater/St Pete areas and the weather there is gorgeous. People who visit Tampa generally do so for the beaches and Busch Gardens, a huge adventure place with massive rollercoasters etc. The weather in Orlando/Tampa of course is smokin hot and humid. Enjoy it! x x



We did Clear Waters & Busch Gardens when we went!:thumbsup:

kmac;5148669

We did Clear Waters & Busch Gardens when we went!:thumbsup:



gorgeous there, I can't wait to go back.

sorry too many "gorgeous"'s... I must be tired lol

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musicmanuk;5148539

We have been going to Florida for the last 14 years, and know the Orlando … We have been going to Florida for the last 14 years, and know the Orlando and Tampa Bay area well. It depends on what sort of things you are interested in and how far you want to travel in terms of journey time. If you can post these details, I will reply with what I think may be suitable.



We dont mind travelling as we have the use of a car whilst there. I would say anything up to 3hrs away.......is that a good enough distance or am i thinking too short!! any info would be greatly received. Many thanks. :thumbsup:

Have a look at [url]www.thedibb.co.uk[/url] for all the info you need for a vists to Orlando

If you really just want to avoid all the usual crap like Universal and other playparks, then try and hire a car and go and see the Gulf coast - Clearwater/Tampa etc - on the Gulf Coast you can see Dolphins in their natural habitat and not where they're held in captivity in the likes of Discovery Cove.

Tampa/Clearwater are only around a 2 hour drive.

moob;5149189

If you really just want to avoid all the usual crap like Universal and … If you really just want to avoid all the usual crap like Universal and other playparks, then try and hire a car and go and see the Gulf coast - Clearwater/Tampa etc - on the Gulf Coast you can see Dolphins in their natural habitat and not where they're held in captivity in the likes of Discovery Cove.Tampa/Clearwater are only around a 2 hour drive.



Yes we can watch Dolphins swimming out in the bay from our windows. It so makes me laugh that they always swim towards me and swim AWAY from my husband lol They're gorgeous how they push the fish up ahead of them onto the beach.. I guess it's how they hunt.

ClarityofMind;5149237

Yes we can watch Dolphins swimming out in the bay from our windows. It so … Yes we can watch Dolphins swimming out in the bay from our windows. It so makes me laugh that they always swim towards me and swim AWAY from my husband lol They're gorgeous how they push the fish up ahead of them onto the beach.. I guess it's how they hunt.



I've done the whole let's swim with dolphins thing in Mexico, where at least they were held in a large pen in the middle of the ocean, but I do object to these parks that keep them in what amounts to a giant swimming pool.

Seeing them in their natural habitat can't be equalled. We stayed in St Pete's Beach, and went for a swim one night before dinner, just as the sun was setting. As we were happily bobbing about in the water, a school of dolphins swam past, back and forth for around an hour. It was breathtaking, and something everyone who has the chance to experience should go for.

There really is so much more to Florida than Orlando, folk who make the 8 hour plus trip should explore it more, it's very rewarding.

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moob;5149275

I've done the whole let's swim with dolphins thing in Mexico, where at … I've done the whole let's swim with dolphins thing in Mexico, where at least they were held in a large pen in the middle of the ocean, but I do object to these parks that keep them in what amounts to a giant swimming pool. Seeing them in their natural habitat can't be equalled. We stayed in St Pete's Beach, and went for a swim one night before dinner, just as the sun was setting. As we were happily bobbing about in the water, a school of dolphins swam past, back and forth for around an hour. It was breathtaking, and something everyone who has the chance to experience should go for.There really is so much more to Florida than Orlando, folk who make the 8 hour plus trip should explore it more, it's very rewarding.



Ohhhh this sounds like paradise!! Seeing dolphins naturally in the sea whilst you are swimming must be some sight!!! I am gonna have to do that me thinks!!!!!

Gulf Coast was amazing, I've stayed at Sirata Resort, St. Pete Beach, twice, and would return tomorrow.
sirata.com/
Also stayed at Treasure Island, another amazing stretch at St.Pete Beach.
Enjoyed the Beach, and town at Sarasota too.
All worth a visit in my opinion.

Nice contrast to the International Drive / Disney / Orlando areas.

the sedge;5148280

old town part of kissimee have an old car rally every week not sure what … old town part of kissimee have an old car rally every week not sure what day it isits every weekend i just looked it upwe had a great time in florida id love to go back



they also have a bike one every week and it is amazing some of the bikes are worth more than houses:thumbsup:

We took an hours drive to Clearwater beach for a relaxing day after all the madness of queing for days of rides. That was really lovely.

I've heard that Busch Gardens is the place to go for adults who like big rides - i.e. ME! But I was at Disney with my kids. Still had loads of fun though.

We also went to Sea WOrld where was a big ride called The Kracken. That was really good - but it is far too expensive to get in there.

Have fun on your holiday! I wish I could go back right NOW.

kazzer67;5148449

Going 19th May - 8th June!!! Cant wait!!! Soooooooo excited now after … Going 19th May - 8th June!!! Cant wait!!! Soooooooo excited now after reading everyones posts!!!!



Have a lovely holiday hon x x

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ClarityofMind;5150544

Have a lovely holiday hon x x



Will do!!

Thanks to everyone for all their posts, I have now completely overwhelmed hubby with talk of what to do and where to go!! Lets hope he is still overwhelmed when it comes to paying for everything. The stunned look on his face is priceless!!! :thumbsup:;-)

kazzer67;5150651

Will do!! Thanks to everyone for all their posts, I have now completely … Will do!! Thanks to everyone for all their posts, I have now completely overwhelmed hubby with talk of what to do and where to go!! Lets hope he is still overwhelmed when it comes to paying for everything. The stunned look on his face is priceless!!! :thumbsup:;-)



lol, I can just imagine that!
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