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Other things to do in Orlando

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Other things to do in Orlando

Hi all, hoping you can help. We are intersted in going to Orlando and doing things other then the parks. We live near Tampa and have done all the parks but never spent time exploring the other things in Orlando. We will be going to KSC for a day but need things to fill up 3 more days. I was thinking about maybe going to some of the hotel properties to eat or maybe catch a show. Is there such a thing. Any ideas for kids 5-13 would be appreciated.

Thanks Melissa

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1. Re: Other things to do in Orlando

You can do similar to what we did in March as follows with only the cost of dinner involved. Call and make reservations for dinner at one of the Magic Kingdom resort restaurants, then stay afterward to watch the Wishes fireworks show across the lagoon at Magic Kingdom.

We made reservations at Ohana in the Polynesian resort for a somewhat early dinner, parked at the resort parking lot for free on a visitor pass (usually 3 or 4 hours), then went down to the beach behind the resort and stayed to watch Wishes.

You can also do this for any of the restaurants at Contemporary or Grand Floridian too.

Another idea is the dinner shows outside the theme parks, like Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue at Fort Wilderness, Spirit of Aloha Dinner show at the Polynesian, or Mickey's Backyard Bar-Be-Que also at Ft. Wilderness.

There is also the "outside Disney" dinner shows like Medieval Times, Dixie Stampede, or Arabian Nights.

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2. Re: Other things to do in Orlando

Do you like doing outdoor things? Read the post about Wekiwa (Wekiva) Springs. It is a very nature/ outdoorsy thing to do just a little north of Orlando. I'll find the post about it and bump it to the top so you can read it.

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3. Re: Other things to do in Orlando

Check out my Go List "Orlando off of the tourist beaten path" if you want ideas for what to do besides theme park related things in the Orlando area.

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4. Re: Other things to do in Orlando

Living so close,I would assume you've seen Cirque du Soleil's 'La Nouba' at Downtown Disney.

If you haven't...it's a must!

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5. Re: Other things to do in Orlando

Take an airboat ride at Lake Toho off Boggy Creek Road, its the airport exit off of 417. Just go in the morning before the afternoon thunderstorms, and bring binoculars there is great natural wildlife to see especially the large American eagle and osprey population.

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6. Re: Other things to do in Orlando

There is the Orlando History Museum, Orlando Science Center(kids seem to like this), Leu Gardens, We have many parks, Wekiwa is a favorite. Very beautiful and quieted on the weekdays.

Resort wise, Gaylord Palms is pretty cool and sometimes they have special events going on.

I haven't been to the "Fun Spot" on Internation Drive for a while but hear that's fun. Also the Saturday night cruise at Old Town in Kissimmee.

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7. Re: Other things to do in Orlando

There used to be a riverboat trip "The Grand Romance" on the St John River, don't know if it still operates but it was a good day out.

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8. Re: Other things to do in Orlando

The Rivership Romance. I think its still going.

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9. Re: Other things to do in Orlando

Rivership Romance is still operating out of Sanford on the St. John's River.

Since you live in Tampa you should try Starlite Cruises in St. Pete or Clearwater. Similar to Rivership Romance luncheon cruises but nicer ships.

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