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Busch Gardens
...Busch Gardens Africa. The park is home to 2700 animals and a variety of great rides. Your family will enjoy learning about African animals and riding thrilling coasters in this park.

Rides at Busch Gardens

Kumba is a well known roller coaster in this park. The name means roar in the language of the Congo in Africa. This is a steel coaster that is 143 feet tall. The coaster reaches top speeds of about sixty miles per hour. Kumba has multiple inversions throughout the ride. If you love roller coasters, you need to ride Kumba during your visit to this park...read more about Busch Gardens

Canaveral National Seashore
East of US 1 between New Smyrna and Titusville
Activities include bird watching, hiking trails, kayaking, swimming, camping, boating, fishing and wildlife viewing.

Cypress Gardens
There are thirty rides and five roller coasters in the park. This includes the Triple Hurricane wooden roller coaster. This is a short ride that is not too scary. It is the calmest coaster in the park and is perfect for your childs first experience on a real roller coaster. The Fiesta Express is another roller coaster that is good for kids.read more about Cypress Gardens

Daytona Beach is fast becoming recognized, not for its beaches and unsurpassed nightlife, but for the fun that it offers on the green. In fact, Daytona Beach is so interconnected with this sport, that it is rapidly becoming known as Florida's golf capital and is the new home of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), which recently moved their headquarters to Daytona from Texas. Boasting of more than 30 golf courses including 20 championship golf courses, one could view Daytona as a sea of green and a golfer's paradise.... read more about golfing in Daytona Beach »

Downtown Orlando - Lake Eola
Lake Eola is one of Orlando's more than 300 lakes and is surrounded by established residential areas and highrises ringing the downtown core. The park extends over 43 acres (17.2 hectares) and provides generous sidewalks around the lake on a 0.9 mile (1.4 km) loop around the water, which is enthusiastically used by walkers and joggers. The lake itself can be explored on paddle boats, and other facilities include a playground, a small outdoor cafe, gondola rides, and the Walt Disney Amphiteatre for special events.

Lake Eola is intricately connected with Orlando's history. Even the origin of the name Orlando may be connected to Lake Eola: the first European settlements in the Orlando area grew around an old army post: Fort Gatlin. According to one story, a U.S. soldier by the name of Orlando Reeves, was killed by an American Indian's arrow while on sentinel duty in what is today Lake Eola Park and may have given name to this town. Originally, Orlando had been called Jernigan after a Georgia settler, Aaron Jernigan, who settled in the area in 1843. The origin of the town's name Orlando is not certain, however: another popular story claims that a certain Judge Speer named the settlement after the Shakespeare Character "Orlando" in the play "As you Like it."

Be that as it may, the town was named "Orlando" in 1857 and was centered around the cotton and cattle industry. Demand for beef was fuelled by Cuba while cotton plantations thrived until the Civil War, which stole away the area's workforce, compounded by a devastating hurricane in 1873. "Orange fever" hit Central Florida in the 1870s, aided by the completion of the South Florida Railroad in 1880....read more about Lake Eola Orlando

Dunlawton Plantation Sugar Mill Ruins
West of Port Orange, 1 mile west of US 1 off Herbert Street on Sugar Mill Road
The Dunlawton Plantation Sugar Mill Ruins include the coquina and brick ruins of an 1830 sugar mill complex and an assortment of sugar processing equipment. This rare collection includes the gear mechanisms of the rolling sugar cane press, iron boiling kettles, steam furnace, and pistons. These were used in operating the press employed to process sugar, molasses, and rum. The sugar mill was destroyed in 1835 during the Second Seminole War. In 1846 attempts were made to reestablish sugar production at Dunlawton. The failure of this enterprise signified the end of sugarcane cultivation in the region.

Kennedy Space Center
The Kennedy Space Center is located near Cape Canaveral in Florida and is a great place to visit on your vacation because it is so close to other Florida attractions like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World and other fun attractions. Not to mention the Space Center is located close to Orlando on what is called the Space Coast. As well as being able to visit many attractions, you will also be able to relax and soak up the sun at the beach. The Kennedy Space Center is not only a fun and exciting place to visit for youngsters and adults, but is also incredibly educational and sheds light on the darkness and unknown of space.

When you visit the Kennedy Space Center you will expose yourself to the amazing world of space and the only Space Shuttle launch site in the entire world. ...read more about The Kennedy Space Center »

Magic Kingdom at Disney World
When people think of Disney World Florida, the Magic Kingdom immediately comes to mind. There is a good reason for this. The Magic Kingdom is the most famous of all amusement parks. It is located just outside the city of Orlando in Lake Buena Vista. There are a total of four parks at Disney World Florida, including Epcot, MGM and Animal Kingdom.

The Magic Kingdom opened in 1971. It has grown enormously since that time. The park opened with twenty three attractions to entertain guests. The park now has forty eight attractions. These are located in seven areas or lands within the park.

When you enter the park, you will find yourself on Main Street, USA...read more about Magic Kingdom at Disney World

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
(407) 267-1100
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, is located on one of Florida's many barrier islands. Evidence of the earliest inhabitants of the island can be seen today in the form of prehistoric shell middens (a large refuse heap containing shells, charcoal and food remains). Standing roughly fifty feet tall, Turtle Mound is one of the largest shell middens on the Florida coast. It is made up predominantly of oyster shells--the remains of a prehistoric civilization that existed five to six centuries before European contact. The mound was used by both later Indian groups and Spanish explorers as a lookout and navigational landmark during the 18th century. Turtle Mound can be reached by hiking trails which lead to the top of the ancient shell midden and provide excellent views of the Atlantic Ocean.

New Smyrna Beach Historic District
Along the west bank of the North Indian River in the city of New Smyrna
The New Smyrna Beach Historic District, situated along the west bank of the North Indian River in the city of New Smyrna, encompasses the site of a failed British colonial settlement from the 1760s. Attempts were made to settle the site during the second Spanish colonial period (1784-1821), mostly by immigrants from the United States. Between 1800 and 1809, approximately 400 people moved to the area. Stone ruins located in Old Fort Park are believed to be from this era. After the United States acquired Florida in 1821, settlement increased until the Second Seminole War (1835-1842), when nearly every settlement along the coast of Florida south of St. Augustine was destroyed. The townsite of New Smyrna remained essentially uninhabited until the end of the Civil War. The arrival of promoter Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway in 1892 induced development as New Smyrna Beach became a summer and winter resort. Its principal economic resources were citrus production, commercial fishing, and tourism. The 1920s marked Florida's boom period--the boom was short lived, however, as Florida entered an era of depression in 1926, several years before the rest of the country. Buildings with architectural styles such as Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Bungalow, Beaux Arts and Mediterranean Revival, are all represented in the district.

State Parks near Central Florida Lakes
The state park system in Florida is one of the largest in the country. There are over twenty that are not far from the downtown Orlando area. Many are located near large lakes as well. Some of the closest parks to the downtown area include: Wekiwa Springs State Park and Tosohatchee State Reserve...read more

Orlando Area Attractions
Gatorland is a 110-acre wildlife preserve and theme park that first opened its doors in 1949. Despite suffering a massive fire in November 2006, Gatorland has already reopened and today features fascinating live shows such as the world-famous Gator Jumparoo and Jungle Crocs of the World, as well as reptile habitats, nature walk, boardwalk, aviary, petting zoo, train ride and much more. Known as "The Alligator Capital of the World," Gatorland is located at 14501 South Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando and open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Another classic roadside attraction, Jungle Adventures, first opened in the 1960s as Gator Jungle. A 20-acre wildlife sanctuary, Jungle Adventures offers live wildlife shows, animal habitats, a Native American Village and jungle cruise. Open daily from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM, Jungle Adventures lies approximately 17 miles East of Orlando in the town of Christmas at 26205 East State Road 50...read more »

Located near the intersection of the I-4 and the Bee Line Expressway, SeaWorld Orlando is a fun combination of amusement park, aquarium and beer garden. SeaWorld is excellent family entertainment, and though a little pricey - more than a Disney park - some of that money does go to very good cause. The SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team is one of the best in the country. And if you're the sort of person who likes leaping dolphins, sliding sea lions and crashing whales, you're going to have an incredible time

Some rides include:...read more »

St. Petersburg Museums
Home to six stunning museums, this city prides itself on its contribution to the arts. The Salvador Dali Museum has been opened since 1982 and is the world's most comprehensive museum on the late 20th century surrealist's paintings. Enjoy some of the largest Dali paintings in the world!

Great Explorations Hand on Museum, is a place where you not only look at art, but you touch it. Imaginations come alive just by walking through the facility and exploring. There are lots of exhibits and shows to get your mind and fingers moving!...read more about St. Petersburg Museums

Tampa Bay Aquarium
Probably the most spectacular gallery at the Aquarium is the Coral Reefs Gallery. An artificial reef housed in a 500,000 gallon tank displays an intriguing diversity of inhabitants, among them squirrel-fish, angelfish, butterfly fish and flame-fish. We pause in front of the 14 foot high panoramic window and I am startled as a diver in a wetsuit and flippers emerges from behind a reef and waves to us, his cleaning tools in hand. "Another volunteer," explains Linda. "One of sixty or more who donate their time and effort to work at the aquarium year round." She pauses and chuckles. "In fact a few months ago, a couple of our volunteers divers opted to get married in that tank. As they were exchanging their vows, a moray eel swam right between them. The next day the newspapers printed the photograph, with the caption: "That's A-Moray!" .... read more about the Tampa Bay Aquarium - click here

Wells Built Museum
The origins of the Wells Built Museum date back to a prominent local African physician by the name of Dr. William Monroe Wells who started building the Well's Built Hotel in 1926 to provide lodging to African Americans during an era of segregation when accommodations were not available to them in other areas of Central Florida.

Next door to the Wells' Built was once the South Street Casino, a performance hall, which featured musicians that traveled the 'Chitlin Circuit' performing for audiences all over the country. The hotel opened with three storefronts on the first floor and hotel rooms on the second floor. ....read more about Wells Built Museum

Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour
The Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour, founded in 1938 and located just 15 minutes north of downtown Orlando, is one of these lovely side trips that combine beautiful scenery, a bit of local history, some close-up exposure to local wildlife and vegetation with a relaxing outing in a slow-moving 18-passenger pontoon boat, all complete with expert (and sometimes humorous) narration provided by the boat's captain.

The tour takes you through 3 lakes: Lake Osceola, Lage Virginia and Lake Maitland. On this gorgeous day, with brilliantly blue skies, the boat whisked us past hundreds of beautiful water-front estates, many of which were originally built in the 1920s and originally sold for $20,000, while fetching between $500,000 and several million in today's booming Central Florida real estate market. Even boathouses are worth between $30,000 and $40,000....read more about Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour