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Air Force Space & Missile Museum- Cape Canaveral - (321)853-3245 - This a U.S. Air Force museum at Cape Canaveral. The museum has an outdoor rocket garden with more than 55 missiles, an exhibit hall and a real launch control block house with giant blast doors. Calling before visiting is recommended. Very close to Cocoa Beach and the Kennedy Space Center.

Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Garden
- Winter Park - (407) 647-6294 - You will find works by Albin Polasek including his sculptures, art collected by him and a 3 acre sculpture garden.

Amazing Exotics- (352)821-1234 - This facility is home to many exotic animals which you can interact with. Hourly and half day tours are available. Reservations are required.

Aquatic Wonders Boat Tours - Kissimmee - (407) 846-2814 - Go on an eagle watch, look for alligators and more on gigantic Lake Tohopekaliga. 101 Lakeshore Blvd. Kissimmee FL, 34741

Atlantic Blue Water Charters Inc.
(off-shore fishing).

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Balloon Flights
- Hot air balloon flights. Typically they offer: sunrise flights, champagne breakfasts, hotel pickups, first flight certificates, FAA certified pilots, insurance, and photo opportunities. Their take-off sites vary with wind direction.

Bill's Airboat Adventures- Orlando - (407) 977-3214 - 1-1/2 hr. rides on the St. Johns River.

Blue Spring State Park
- Orange City - (904)775-3663 - At this State Park you will see endangered manatees (usually November to March) which can be literally at arms length. They swim in the beautiful springs and they water remains 72 degrees year-round. The manatees come to the warm spring water from the colder St. Johns river. Enjoy the natural beauty of so much crystal clear water welling up out of the earth. There is also an elevated wooden walkway through old palm/oak forest if you would like to see a part of natural Florida. 2100 West French Avenue, Orange City, Florida.

Bob Carr Performing Arts Center
- (407) 849-2020 - Home of the Orlando Opera Company, Southern Ballet Company and touring Broadway shows.

Brevard Zoo
- Melbourne (>hour from Orlando)- (321)254-WILD or (321)254-9453 - You have to see their train! 8825 N. Wickham Rd.

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Captain Memo's Pirate Cruise - Clearwater - (727)446-2587 - Set your course with the cool reggae island and steel band music throughout your pirate cruise. Every passenger will enjoy their choice of soft drinks, beer, wine or champagne, while searching for dolphins. A full service bar is also available. Reservations are recommended.

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
- Winter Park, near downtown Orlando- (407) 645-5311- the museum has recently completed (after 2 years) re-assembling an original exhibit from the Chicago Exhibition of 1893 which is a neo-byzantine style Tiffany art glass chapel. Other Tiffany art and art from the late 19th and early 20th centuries can also be found. From the Orlando/Kissimmee attractions area take I-4 to Exit 45 and turn right on Fairbanks Ave. East 2 miles to Park Ave. and make a left and stay on Park Ave. until you get to 445 Park Ave. N..

Citrus Bowl
- (407) 849-2020 - Site of the famed Citrus Bowl football game, it also hosts concerts and UCF's Golden Knights football team.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium


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Daytona Beach Area
- Aside from the features listed in our

Florida Beaches section, there are some other notable attractions of the Daytona area. It has many places to stay (for any budget) with greater than 300 establishments such as hotels, motels, RV parks and camping areas. See Daytona International Speedway where the famous Daytona 500 and the Pepsi 400 stock car races are held annually and the

Daytona USA motor sports attraction. Nearby is Mark Martin's (of racing fame)

Klassix Auto Museum (also described below). there is the Daytona Opry country music show with Nashville recording artist Charlie Floyd. they also havethe Museum of Arts and Sciences which includes a planetarium. there are other features of the Daytona Beach area which you can learn about by calling the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for more info at 1(800)854-1234 or visiting the Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitor's Bureau's internet site at http://www.daytonabeach.com

Daytona Beach River Cruises Co.Halifax River cruises.

Derby Lane - St. Petersburg - Greyhound Dog Racing

Dinosaur World- Plant City (one hour from Orlando) - (813) 717-9865 - Over 100 life-size dinosaurs in a sub-tropical forest setting. Exit 10 of I-4, 5145 Harvey Tew Road, Plant City, FL 33565

Disney Quest
- Disney's indoor interactive theme park at Downtown Disney.

Dolphin Encounter Cruise - Gulf

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Eaglerider Motorcycle Rental- Orlando - 1(888)500-0055 or (407) 316-8687. Renting exclusively Harley Davidsons, with nine models to choose from including: Bad Boy, Dyna Low Rider, Electra Glide, Fat Boy, Heritage Softail Classic, Road King, Softail Custom, Sportster and Heritage Springer. 527 W. Miller Street, Orlando, FL 32805

Enzian orlando - (407) 629-1088 - A cabaret style movie theatre with wine, beer, soda, tea, dining optional. Home of the Florida Film Festival.

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Florida Aquarium, the- Tampa (90 minutes from Orlando) - (813)273-4000 - A world-class aquarium with excellent exhibits. 701 Channelside Dr., Tampa FL.

floridacamping.comis a great site for state-wide camping info run by the Florida Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds.

Florida Coastal Cruises, Inc.
(near Daytona Beach) offers scenic Cruises on the Indian River (no ocean travel) where you may see manatees, dolphins, other natural wonders and Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse .

Florida State Parks- Aside from some of the parks highlighted elsewhere on this page, also consider checking out Homosassa Springs, Caladesi Island State Park, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida Caverns State Park and Rainbow Springs State Park.

Forever Florida
- St. Cloud -1(888)957-9794 or (407) 957-9794 - 4700 acre nature preserve with a "Cracker Coach" which is an elevated vehicle that you ride 10 ft. off of the ground. They have a petting zoo, pony rides and horseback tours too.

Fun Spot America Theme Parks
- Orlando - (407) 363-3867 - 4 multi-level go cart tracks, bumper cars, bumper boats, ferris wheel, "Paratrooper". Also has kiddie rides: Cadet Track, Swings, Panda Ride, Tea Cups and the Kiddie Train. They also have an arcade with video games, air hockey, skee ball, and a snack bar.

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Henry B. Plant Museum
- Tampa - (813)254-1891 - 401 West JFK Blvd. - This museum is housed in an interesting building with silver colored roofs reminiscent of Russian style or Hershey's Kisses.

the Holy Land Experience
- (407)872-2272 - When you pass through the Jerusalem City Gate at The Holy Land Experience, you will travel back in time to an ancient land that is 2000 years old and 7000 miles away! On your journey, you will discover a new world of information and understanding; be inspired through biblical stories, music, and dance; and become immersed in a land that still impacts the life you live in many ways. Holy Land Experience Tickets

Horse World Riding Stable
- Kissimmee - (407) 847-4343, 3705 S. Poinciana Blvd. 34758

Hubbards Marina
- John's Pass - Rent wave-runners and see the other great tourist related activities at John's Pass.

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John's Pass - This quaint turn-of-the-century fishing village is Pinellas County's #1 tourist attraction. Over one hundred merchants inhabit the Village with unique retail shopping, a variety of restaurants, the local fishing fleet, cruise lines, boat rentals, parasailing and jet skiing. The beach is a short stroll away. Conveniently located near St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa and a just a short drive from Orlando.

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KARTWORLD
- Orlando (on International Drive) and Kissimmee (on 192) - (407) 396-4800 - One of the longest go-cart tracks in America "almost 1 mile long".

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Lowry Park Zoo- Tampa (90 minutes from Orlando) - A world-class zoo. 7530 North Blvd. Tampa, FL 33604-4700

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Magical Midway
- Orlando - (407)370-5353 - Magical Midway features two elevated go-kart tracks, a fast track, thrill rides and a collection of classic midway rides. Experience the Space Blast Tower; hold on to your seat as you lift off at over 3 G’s to a height of 180 feet. Make a splash with our squirting bumper boats, bump your friends and family in the bumper cars, spin on the Tornado and much more!
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Malibu Grand Prix
- Orlando - (407) 351-7093 - Malibu's Indy-style race cars have been claimed to be the fastest go-carts in Orlando, however there is much more to this action park. Batting cages, miniature golf and a large arcade fill the bill at this lively pit-stop!

Menello Museum of American Folk ArtMixon Fruit Farms(Bradenton) - Tour citrus groves.

Mote Aquarium
- Sarasota - (941) 388-2451 - At Mote Marine Laboratory, this aquarium houses local marine life and is geared for tourists, even though it is the site of a world famous marine biology research lab. 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy. Sarasota, 24236

Mount Dora Cannonball
(352)-735-4667 theMount Dora Cannonball steam excursion train is located at 150 W 3rd Ave. in Mount Dora off of Hwy 441 (about 25 miles from Orlando).

MurderWatch Mystery Dinner theatre(407) -850-9555 - "Escape the ordinary! Prepare yourself for an evening of mystery and intrigue. In its 11th year, this award winning show sells out quickly because it involves YOU in an evening of hilarious, mysterious events offering you the opportunity to conduct your own personal investigation. This fun filled evening includes an All You Can Eat Prime Rib Buffet, and is complemented with fresh fish and chicken entres, a fabulous salad bar and desserts to "die" for. Special Kids Buffet available. the FACTS: Inside the Grosvenor Resort's Baskervilles Restaurant, every Saturday evening at 6pm and 9pm. $34.95 per adult; $10.95 per child. For reservations, call 407-827-6534."

Museum of African American Art
- Tampa - (813)272-2466 - 1308 N. Marion St.

Museum of Arts and Sciences, the
- Daytona Beach - (386) USA-ARTS - Featuring the Rood Family Collection of Americana, see classic railroad cars, Coca-Cola memorabilia, race cars, antique quilts, hundreds of teddy bears and more.

Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI)
- Tampa (90 minutes east of Orlando) - 1(800)995-MOSI (6674) or (813)987-6000 - A world-class science museum. 4801 E. Fowler Ave. Tampa FL, 33617-2017

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NBA Cityat Universal's City Walk

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Old Town - Kissimmee - (407) 396-1964 - A park with shops, restaurants, and rides like: the Giant Ferris Wheel, rotating swings, Wind-Storm Roller Coaster, tea-cups, merry-go-round, go carts and more. they state that you should "Hang out & enjoy the famous Saturday Night Cruise..." with "...up to 800 classic cars as they cruise the street of Old Town". We've been by there a few times and if you are a car buff, you'll see some excellent vehicles. We've also seen live oldies singing entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings. If you get there early enough, they have 25 cent Pepsi-Cola's in bottles at the General Store which sells "souvenirs from the 50's, 60's and 70's" which for the most part are reproductions. We saw a store specializing in British goods, a store that specialized in Irish goods, a salt-water taffy (no, there's no ocean water in it) store making the confection in front of many gazing eyes (with free samples) amongst many other shops. Open 365 days a year, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Exit 25A, 1 mile East of I-4 on Highway 192, Kissimmee FL, look for the ferris wheel.

Orlando Convention Center/Visitor's Bureau
- (407) 363-5800


Orlando Jai-Alai and Race Book- Fern Park - (407) 339-6221 - Jai-Alai is a sport played between people upon which other people gamble. there's also thoroughbred horse racing. 6405 S. Hwy 17-92, Fern Park FL.

Orlando Museum of Art - (407) 896-4231 - they have a broad spectrum of art genres on display. there is also a museum shop. 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, from the attractions area take I-4 to Exit 43 (Princeton Ave.) right on Princeton and bear right until you get to N. Mills Ave., then follow the signs.

Orlando Speed World & New Smyrna Raceway- up close racing, exciting and loud! (bring your ear-plugs, although you'll be the only one wearing them, but who cares, at least your ears won't be ringing, and if it's good enough for pros it's good enough for you).

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Paintball World - Orlando - (407) 648-8404 - Where you can shoot paintballs on a 30 acre site. Large parties/groups welcome. 5 minutes from International Drive. 3445 Vineland Rd., Orlando

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Reptile World Serpentarium
- St. Cloud - (407) 892-6905 - the names says it all; they feature snakes and reptiles including venomous snakes from around the world, gila monsters, alligators and more. Take I-4 to East Hwy 192, 20 miles, when the road narrows to two lanes start looking because they will be 1/2 mile from there on the left.

Rodeo at Kissimmee Sports Arena- (407) 933-0020 - Every Friday at 8 p.m. you can see bareback riding, saddled bronco riding, calf roping, bull riding and barrel racing. they have covered bleachers and a saloon with country music on Fridays, 8 p.m. - 2 a.m.. Take Highway 192 to Hoagland Blvd. (not far after marker 15) follow signs to the Kissimmee Sports Arena.

Richard Petty Driving Experience
- at Disney World Speedway and Daytona International Speedway - 1(800)BE-PETTY - Drive or ride along in real racing cars.

Rivership Romance - Sanford - (800)423-7401 or (407) 321-5091 - Lunch & dinner cruises on the beautiful St. Johns River, air-conditioned. At the Sanford Marina.

Ruth Eckerd Hall
(Clearwater) - This performance hall pulls in the biggest names in entertainment.

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Sanford/Orlando Kennel Club- Longwood - (407) 831-1600 - Live greyhound racing 6 nights a week. Also simulcast wagering on thoroughbred horse and harness racing.

Sarasota Florida's Cultural Coast
- a website covering the cultural things to do in Sarasota.

Showcase of Citrus, the
- 15 minutes from Disney (in Clermont) is where they have the Wildcat Super Truck (it's VERY BIG) where you get a tour of an active citrus grove and ranch with which includes dry land, wooded areas and marshes with a chance to see alligators and other wildlife. You can also buy (and pick within season) citrus and buy many various Florida gifts. 5010 Hwy 27 Clermont, FL, 34711(800) 224-8787

St. Petersburg - just 90 minutes to two hours drive from Orlando, is "the Pier", a five story building, which looks like an inverted partial pyramid, with shops inside it at the end of a well constructed pier. Downtown St. Petersburg also offers other museums, which are: the Museum of Fine Arts, the St. Petersburg Museum of History, Great Expectations (a hands-on interactive museum), Holocaust Memorial Museum & Educational Center,and the

Florida International Museum(which is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution) goes all-out on single themed exhibits; their current exhibit through October 22, 2000 is called "Presidents and First Ladies on TIME, on loan from the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian, it's a collection of 35 original pieces of cover art from TIME Magazine. Also see their permanent exhibit, the Kennedy Collection, the collection of hundreds of personal items once owned by the Kennedy family. there are also dozens of bistros and sidewalk cafes, art galleries and more. Don't miss driving over the

Sunshine Skyway Bridge
(there is a small toll of $1 southbound), and get a breath-taking view from this stunningly picturesque cable stayed bridge (opened in 1991) to the south of downtown, on I-275. Also, the beaches in this area are some of the best in the U.S.A. You also won't want to miss the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary,where they take in injured birds from the area and nurse them back to health. their aviary is neat; it's on Redington Shores Beach, and it's free, but donations are accepted. John's Pass Village is over at Madeira beach (and described on our beaches page). You can get more info on the area by visiting St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention & Visitors Bureau's site. Take I-4 to I-275 south to St. Petersburg.

Sammy Duvall's Watersports Centre(at Disney's Contemporary Resort)

Sarasota Jungle Gardens - (941)355-5305 - with gardens and variety of creatures. they also have bird and reptile shows, and a shell museum. A gift shop and cafe are on the premises. 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota Florida, 34234

Scenic Boat Tour
- Winter Park - (407) 644-4056 - A one hour boat tour through Winter Park lakes which are interconnected by canals. From the main attractions area take I-4 to Exit 45, right on Fairbanks Ave. to 3rd light, left onto Orlando Ave. to 1st light, Morse Blvd. East to the end. Go right to the waterfront.

Sea Screamer- Clearwater - Claims to be the "world's largest speed boat" and it looks pretty cool too!

Selby Botanical Gardens, Marie
- Sarasota - (941)366-5731 - 811 S. Palm Ave.

Seminole Indian Casino
(Tampa)

Show Queen Cruises- Gulf

Skydive Space Center
- Titusville (near Kennedy Space Center) - (800)267-0016 or 312-267-0016 - Tandem skydiving with certified instructors from 13,500 ft. Free fall for 50 seconds at 120 m.p.h.. Videos and still photos available. See Kennedy Space Center from above! Take 408 to I-95 North to Exit 80, then go East for 1.3 miles, then left on N. Williams Ave. to Arthur Dunn Air Park, 476 N. Williams Ave. Titusville.

Shell World Seashell Museum & Gift Shop
- Kissimmee - 888-9-SHELLS or 407-396-9000 - FREE- More store than museum, but yes, there is an actual museum in a separate room, tiny as it is, with ocean sounds playing, in the back of this 12,000 ft. shop with a large variety of interesting looking shells (if shells can be interesting). there's a V.W. bug completely covered in shells out front. Many of the free coupon guides available in hotel lobbies have a coupon for Shell World to get a free seashell neclace or key ring or sand dollar. 4727 W. Hwy. 192, near Marker 13

Starlite Cruises
(Gulf)

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Tampa Downs- thouroughbred horse racing.

Tropicana Field - St. Petersburg - Home of the Major League Baseball team the Tampa Bay Rays.

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UCF Orlando- University of Central Florida's orlando complex featuring popular stage plays.

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Warbird Adventures- Kissimmee - (407) 870-7366 - Fly in real vintage aircraft. 233 N. Hoagland Blvd. Kissimmee FL.

Weeki Wachee Springs Water Park TM -Approximately 45 minutes drive north of Tampa. See mermaid shows, a Wilderness River Cruise, a mermaid museum, swim in Weeki Wachee springs, giant water slides, snorkel and scuba diving, canoe trips and more!

Wekiva (a.k.a. Wekiwa) Springs State Park
- Orange & Seminole Counties - (407) 884-2008 - A 7000 acre park with natural springs pumping out 42 million gallons of 72 degree water per day. Believe it or not, this is one of Floridas top attractions. You can camp, hike, bike and swim. Many local people swim here. the water in the lake surrounding the springs seemed a little too inhabited by organisms for my taste (and the "no-see-ums", a spring/summer, biting, flying nuisance insect, weren't so nice either) so we went for a walk nearby into a surprisingly wonderful primeval forest on an elevated wooden walkway. I've been to other Florida parks, but I've never seen such an ancient looking spot. Maybe the micro-climate of the nearby springs has helped preserve an island of foliage from an ancient period. the parks flora changes considerably as you go from one part to another, so you can get a sense of the diversity of plants in central Florida. You will find in this park a time-machine to a pre-historic Florida, amongst many other things. there is a small admission fee to the park. From Orlando, take I-4 east to the Longwood exit (in good moving traffic the exit is about 15-20 minutes from downtown Orlando.) Turn left at the bottom of the ramp onto SR 434, follow the signs to Wekiva Springs Road and make a right, then go approx. 4 miles to the park which will be on the right hand side.

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Ybor City(in the heart of Tampa)- this former cigar-making center is now the popular epicenter of the Tampa reGon's nightlife. Very many locals jam the roads on their way to this place from Wednesday to Saturday for its clubs and restaurants.

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