Central Florida Attractions
A WORLD OF ORCHIDS Thousands of rare and exotic flowering orchids from around the globe on exhibit daily in an indoor tropical garden setting. Relaxing, enjoyable, educational. FREE daily guided tours/Saturday lectures, group rates, retail sales. 2501 Old Lake Wilson Road, Kissimmee, FL 34747 (407)396-1887
ADVENTURE ISLAND Tampa Bay’s only water park, features water play areas, a championship volleyball complex, outdoor cafes, picnic and sunbathing areas. Guests can conquer speed slides, float along on a rambling river or take advantage of 12 beautiful white sand volleyball courts. Open March through October; call (813)987-5660 for details.
BLACK HILLS PASSION PLAY In Lake Wales, one of America's longest-running stage productions. Cast of 250 recreates last seven days in life of Christ. In large outdoor amphitheatre, this premier attraction is in its 42nd season, February-March-April. Information: Lake Wales Amphitheatre, P.O. Box 71, Lake Wales, FL 33859 (813)676-1495
BOK TOWER GARDENS
Visit this magnificent garden and historic carillon tower now a
National Historic Landmark. Daily carillon recitals; visitor centre;
cafe; gift shop; picnic area.
BUSCH GARDENS, TAMPA BAY Guests of all ages have a variety of experiences exploring this 300-acre family entertainment park. The most popular attraction on Florida’s west coast. Visitors experience a unique combination of thrilling rides, zoological habitats and live entertainment. Open 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. (extended in summer and selected holidays). (813)987-5082
BUCCANEER BAY Florida’s only natural spring waterpark
featuring the Thunderbolt and Pirates Revenge speed flumes, Lazy River tube
ride, children’s play area, white sandy beaches, volleyball and picnic areas.
Located adjacent to Weeki Wachee Spring, 45 minutes north of Tampa on US 19.
$10.95; children 3-10, $9.95; 3 and under, free (800) 678-9335
CHURCH STREET STATION Historic downtown Orlando's complete entertainment complex featuring Rosie O'Grady's, Phineas Phogg's, The Orchid Garden Ballroom, the Cheyenne Saloon and Opera House plus plenty of dining and shopping. Open 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. year round. 129 W. Church St., Orlando, FL 32801 407/422-2434 Currently closed and awaiting renovation (March 2003)
CYPRESS GARDENS Botanical theme park featuring world-famous tropical gardens; exciting water ski shows; an outdoor wildlife sculpture series; "Wings of Wonder," the Butterfly Conservatory; educational birds of prey and gardening programs; a Russian acrobatic show and more! Open 365 days a year; one hour southwest of Orlando off U.S. 27 near Winter Haven. (941) 324-2111.
DISCOVERY COVE Located in Orlando, Discovery Cove, provides the perfect back drop for memorable family vacations. Everyone can experience the thrills of interacting with amazing animals, swim and play with dolphins and snorkelling through a coral reef, all in a tropical setting with no crowds and no lines. Reservations and information are available by calling toll-free (877) 4-DISCOVERY.
DISNEY WORLD (WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT) Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot®, Disney-MGM Studios, resort hotels and Fort Wilderness Campground, 5 championship golf courses, Typhoon Lagoon, Pleasure Island, River Country, Discovery Island and Disney Village Marketplace. Open daily. P.O. Box 10,000, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 Information: (407)824-4321; Hotel Reservations (407)W-DISNEY.
Well sign-posted highways guide you the various Disney Parks
Our grandson Tom loved meeting Mickey
EUROPA SEAKRUZ 6-hour day or evening cruises featuring
full meal, live entertainment, dancing, games and Las Vegas style casino.
SeaKruz sails from John’s Pass Village, Madeira Beach; Palm Grove Marina, Ft.
Myers Beach; and Truman Annex, Key West. Sales office: 150-153rd Ave., Suite
202, Madeira Beach, FL 33708 Reservations/information (800)688-PLAY.
GATORLAND "Alligator Capital of the World”. Three exciting shows - Gator Jumparoo, Gator Wrestlin' and the Snakes of Florida. Ride Gatorland Express Railroad. Try gator ribs and gator nuggets at Pearl's Smokehouse. Open daily 8 a.m. till dusk. 14501 S. Orange Blossom Tr. (Hwy. 441) between Orlando and Kissimmee. (407)855-5496 or (800)393-JAWS
GREAT EXPLORATIONS, THE HANDS ON MUSEUM There's always something new at this fascinating "hands on" museum with a variety of exciting interactive exhibits: a 96-foot pitch black "Touch Tunnel", "Think Tank", "Phenomenal Arts", "Body Shop", "Explore Galore", unique museum store, changing exhibits. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mon. - Sat.; Noon - 5 p.m., Sun. 1120 4th St. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33701 (813)821-8992
GREEN MEADOWS FARM A "hands-on" two-hour guided tour of over 300 farm animals. Everyone milks a cow; pony rides for children; hayrides for all. Picnic area under "grandfather oaks". Seasonal events. Continuous tours: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., open till 5:30 p.m. Five miles south of Hwy. 192 on Poinciana Blvd., Kissimmee, FL 32742. (407)846-0770
HOMOSASSA SPRINGS STATE WILDLIFE PARK Walk underwater in the natural spring and meet our friendly manatees. Stroll nature trails and see and learn about Florida’s wildlife. Daily educational programs and Children’s Education Centre. Open 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Ticket counter closes at 4 p.m. Located on U.S. 19 in Homosassa Springs, FL 34448 (904)628-2311.
|The Magic Kingdom||Our grand-daughter Sophie with mum|
CENTRE SPACEPORT USA The official visitor
centre at Kennedy Space Centre, the world’s only launch and landing base of
America’s Space Shuttle. Two hour bus tours and three different IMAX movie
presentations available. Open everyday except Christmas. SPACEPORT USA, Mail
Code: TWRS, Kennedy Space Centre, FL 32899 (407)452-2121
DOLLY PARTON'S DIXIE STAMPEDE
KING HENRY'S FEAST For a taste of Merry Ol’ England, dine in King Henry VIII’s banquet hall! Entertainment features a sword swallower, fire blower, and aerial ballerina. Four-course dinner includes soup, salad, chicken, ribs, vegetables and dessert. Unlimited beer, wine, and Coca-Cola®. 8984 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819 (407)351-5151 Toll free (800)347-8181
MEDIEVAL LIFE Experience the life of 1,000 years past when entering the village of Raymondburg. Witness actual artefacts on a 1-hour tour of a 14 cottage Medieval Hamlet. Be Warned! As you enter the spine-tingling dungeon and torture chamber, you may never escape with your life!!! (407)239-8666 or (800)229-8300
MEDIEVAL TIMES DINNER AND TOURNAMENT Travel back to the days of yore at central Florida’s #1 dinner attraction, near Disney on Highway 192. Guests will feast on a regal banquet inside the 1,000 seat, 11th-century, European-style castle and cheer for daring knights on horseback competing in tournament games, sword fighting and jousting matches. (407)396-1518
MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & INDUSTRY (MOSI) Fun for “kids” 1 to 101! Over 400 “minds-on” activities-planetarium, space simulators, hurricane chamber, butterfly garden. More than you ever imagined. Coming in Spring 95 - Florida’s first IMAX® DOME Theatre and Star Trek®: Federation Science exhibit. 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33617 (813)987-6300
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RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! MUSEUM - ORLANDO Hundreds of
unbelievable exhibits and displays will entertain groups of all ages! A
wonderful, low-cost option in the heart of the tourist sector. 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
daily; suggested visit: 60-90 min. 8201 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
SALVADOR DALI MUSEUM One of Florida’s foremost cultural attractions and home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by the late Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali. Recommended by AAA. Great gift shop. Tours daily. Open 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily except Sun. and Mon. Noon - 5:30 p.m. 1000 Third Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 (813)823-3767.
SEAWORLD ORLANDO ADVENTURE PARK The world’s premiere marine adventure park with 200 acres of world-class shows, thrilling rides and unforgettable animal encounters. Experience new state-of-the-art rides such as "Kraken" and "Journey To Atlantis" twist, turn, and drench guests with unprecedented thrills, while amazing animal encounters include killer whales, dolphins, sea lions, stingrays and more. For information on show schedules, pricing and park hours please call (407)351-3600.
TITANIC ~ THE EXHIBITION The world’s first permanent Titanic attraction, features full-scale room re-creations, including her world-famous Grand Staircase. Also included are over 200 artifacts, movie memorabilia and live interactive interpretations by storytellers in period costumes. Open 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. daily; located in the Mercado Shopping Village, 8445 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819; (407) 248-1166, or toll free, 877-410-1912.
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA Thrill to 400+ acres of incredible rides, shows and attractions at the #1 movie studio and theme park in the world! Experience Back To The Future…The Ride, the E.T. Adventure®, Kongfrontation®, and JAWS®! Daily 9 a.m. Located at I-4 and FL Turnpike, Orlando, FL 32819 (407)363-8000.
U.S. ASTRONAUT HALL OF FAME Visit nation’s only facility
dedicated to telling stories of America’s space heroes. Experience astronaut
adventure first hand. Take a trip into the future aboard full-scale orbiter
mock-up, be whirled in a centrifuge, and more! Daily, except Christmas from 9
a.m. - 5 p.m. West of Kennedy Space Centre. (407)269-6100
WEEKI WACHEE SPRING The “City of Mermaids”, features a live underwater production of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid”. Other attractions include the Wilderness River Cruise, exotic and birds-of-prey shows and the animal forest petting zoo. Located 45 min. north of Tampa on U.S. 19 (800)678-9335
WET ´N WILD Experience the nation’s best-attended water park! Treat the kids to our elaborate children’s playground featuring mini-versions of our most popular rides. Experience the new SURGE - the longest, fastest, multi-passenger water ride in the southeast! Open year-round. 6200 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 (407)351-1800
Useful Central Florida Links
Heritage Park, (Largo)
St. Petersburg Museum of History, (St. Petersburg)
Museum of Science and Industry, (Tampa)
Gulf Coast World of Science, (Sarasota)
Blues Ship Café, (Tampa)
E.G. Simmons Regional Park, (Ruskin)
Big Red Balloon by Fantasy Flight Inc., (Tampa)
Boatyard Village, (Clearwater)
Children's Museum of Tampa, (Tampa)
Science Center of Pinellas, (St. Petersburg)
Canoe Escape, (Tampa)
Bellm's Cars and Music, (Sarasota)
Old Hyde Park Village, (Tampa)
South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium, (Bradenton)
Sunken Gardens, (St Petersburg)
Lowry Park State Zoo, (Tampa)
Dade Battlefield State Historic Site, (Bushnell)
Bobby's Seminole Indian Vlg, (Tampa)
Empress Cruise Lines, (St. Petersburg)
Gator Jungle Alligator Farm, (Plant City)
Empress Cruise Lines, (Clearwater)
Coral Sea Aquarium, (Tarpon Springs)
St Petersburg Pier, (St Petersburg)
Mote Marine Science Aquarium, ( Sarasota)
Crystal River State Archaeological Site, (Crystal River)
Pier Aquarium, (St. Petersburg)
John's Pass, ( Madeira Beach)
Celebration Station, (Tampa)
SunCoast Seabird Sanctuary, (Indian Shores)
Caladesi Island, (Clearwater)
Captain Anderson Dinner Boat, (St. Petersburg)
Fantasy of Flight, (Polk City)
Florida Aquarium, (Tampa)
Florida Strawberry Festival, (Plant City)
Sarasota Jungle Gardens, (Sarasota)
Artsiphartsi - Gallery of Fine Contemporary Craft, (Tampa)
Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, (Tampa)
Gamble Plantation, (Tampa)
Jai-Alai Fronton of Tampa, (Tampa)
Tampa Bay Downs, (Oldsmar)
Discover Kayaking, (Clearwater)
Clearwater Marine Center, (Clearwater)
Hillsborough River State Park, (Thonontosassa)
Selby Botanical Gardens, (Sarasota)
Florida International Museum, (St. Petersburg)
The Pier, (St. Petersburg)
Florida Holocaust Museum, (St Petersburg)