We have been visiting Las Olas every summer since 1990. It's a special place. No doubt about it. Another TripAdvisor member recently asked for advice on what to do and where to eat, etc. I thought I would share my reply with the rest of you to give you an idea of what to expect if/when you visit. I promise I am not affiliated with Las Olas other than being a once-a-year visitor. Here goes...
For a quick lunch, Da Kine Diego's just a few blocks south of Las Olas. Locals eat at any of the many restaurants ( e.g., Sun On The Beach) that pepper the road along route A1A.
Seafood is the mainstay of the region. We've been all over the place and rarely been disappointed. Just pick one of the top ones in TripAdvisor for either Cocoa Beach, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach or Satellite Beach.
Of course, Disney, Universal Studios and Sea World are just an hour or so away. Our family has enjoyed Capone's dinner theatre for a fun night out in Orlando.
But, if you want to stay local, then consider the following:
- walking the beach at night to go looking for sea turtles and collect shells
- when low tide occurs, walking out in the Atlantic to explore the coral reef just 100 feet offshore
- kayak tours where you are likely to encounter manatee
- getting up before sunrise to watch a real life painting unfold
- visiting Sebastian Inlet (the small museum there provides a unique history of the region)
- getting a boogie board to go ride in the surf (best place to do that is to drive south to Patrick Air Force Base beaches...the last public beach parking lot on Patrick AFB on route A1A before you enter Cocoa Beach...they have a boardwalk and showers to rinse off)
- karaoke night at Las Olas...I'm not big on karaoke... But it always turns out to be a fun time
- if space flight is your thing, the guided tour of the Kennedy Space Center is interesting...but I personally wouldn't make it a priority because I've been there done that...probably more interesting for first-timers...even so, I would consider it a rainy day activity
- the zoo is a really nice one
- a trip up the road to Ron Jon's in Cocoa Beach is a must for an hour or so of buying soveneir t-shirts, hats, flip flops, or other beach garb
- if you're into flea markets, there's a good one on the weekend that you can ask the front desk about
- if there is a photographer in your midst, come prepared to take hundreds of photos...sunrises, subnsets, pelicans, manatee, beachs, sea oats, sand and sea, beach people
If you're ever at a loss for ideas, check with the front desk. The are always ready with great suggestions for things to do.
After we check in, we typically head up route A1A north a few blocks to visit the grocery store, Publix, to stock up on groceries for the week. That way we can buy most of what we plan to eat for the week and maximize our time on the property.
Finally, if you are not intentional, and get caught up in trying to maximize the opportunities that abound in the region, you might overlook the best thing. The single most enjoyable, therapeutic, attractive, invigorating and wonderful thing about Las Olas is the rhythm of the ocean that constantly rushes up on the beach throughout your stay. It beckons you to unplug, relax and enter into a week of rest, connecting with loved ones and just being. So, my final thought is that even if you miss any or all of the attractions I've mentioned, your stay at Las Olas in and of itself will do you a world of good. It's true.
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