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Ideas for weekend after Orlando Business Trip?

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Ideas for weekend after Orlando Business Trip?

I'm trying to decide how to spend Friday night/ Saturday and Sunday Morning after a business trip to Orlando at the beginning of March. Considering going to east coast (Merrit Island) or west for manatees. I could really use some ideas/ guidance. I don't want to do the theme parks and I don't want to drive more than 2 hours.

I enjoy wildlife (and other) photography. Originally, I was thinking manatees, but am thinking that the only way to really do that is by snorkeling, which doesn't sound like a lot of fun alone. I don't want to spend a fortune on a hotel, but don't mind paying for guided boat or other tours or activities.

All input appreciated. thanks.

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1. Re: Ideas for weekend after Orlando Business Trip?

A good half-day trip would be be to Blue Spring State Park to see some manatees in their natural habitat.

floridastateparks.org/bluespring/default.cfm

This is a preview of what you may see. www.savethemanatee.org/savethemanateecam.html

A good overnight trip would be to St. Augustine, two hours to the northeast up I-4 & I-95. here are a few links:

orlandosentinel.com/travel/…

orlandosentinel.com/travel/destinations/flor…

http://www.staugustine.com/visit/

http://www.visitflorida.com/St_Augustine

http://www.getaway4florida.com/

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2. Re: Ideas for weekend after Orlando Business Trip?

Thanks! Blue Spring is on my short list. Have you been to Merritt Island?

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3. Re: Ideas for weekend after Orlando Business Trip?

If you decide on Merritt Island you will want to stay in Cocoa Beach. You can visit the Merritt Island wildlife preserve, take a guided kayak or canoe trip there or there are a couple of dolphin /wildlife watching tours there too I believe. You might see some manatee around the locks at Port Canaveral and possibly on the dolphin tour. Check out the Cocoa Beach forums for more info. A nice scenic drive in Merritt Island is to take Tropical trail along the waterfront. Beautiful homes and scenic drive. Cocoa Village has little shops, restaurants, etc and is somewhat historical.

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4. Re: Ideas for weekend after Orlando Business Trip?

I've seen the Vieira watershed mentioned as a great place to see wildlife and take photos. Is access controlled at all? (i.e. can I get in at day break?) Any safety concerns other than alligators?

Thoughts?

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5. Re: Ideas for weekend after Orlando Business Trip?

This is great information, by the way! Thanks.

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