Air Force Space &
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 &
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.
(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.
- 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
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
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.
Melbourne (>hour from Orlando)- (321)254-WILD or (321)254-9453
- You have to see their train! 8825 N. Wickham Rd.
- 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
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..
(407) 849-2020 - Site of the famed Citrus Bowl football
game, it also hosts concerts and UCF's Golden Knights
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
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
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
River Cruises Co.Halifax
- St. Petersburg - Greyhound Dog Racing
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's indoor interactive theme park at Downtown
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
629-1088 - A cabaret style movie theatre with wine, beer,
soda, tea, dining optional. Home of the Florida Film Festival.
Florida Aquarium, the-
Tampa (90 minutes from Orlando) - (813)273-4000 - A world-class
aquarium with excellent exhibits. 701 Channelside Dr., Tampa
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
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.
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
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.
- 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
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
Riding Stable - Kissimmee
- (407) 847-4343, 3705 S. Poinciana Blvd. 34758
John's Pass - Rent wave-runners and
see the other great tourist related activities at John's
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
- Orlando (on International Drive) and Kissimmee (on 192)
- (407) 396-4800 - One of the longest go-cart tracks in
America "almost 1 mile long".
Lowry Park Zoo-
Tampa (90 minutes from Orlando) - A world-class zoo. 7530
North Blvd. Tampa, FL 33604-4700
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!
More on Magical Midway with
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!
Museum of American Folk ArtMixon
- Tour citrus groves.
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).
-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
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.
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
Universal's City Walk
- 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
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
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.
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).
- 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
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
Rodeo at Kissimmee
(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.
at Disney World Speedway and Daytona International Speedway
- 1(800)BE-PETTY - Drive or ride along in real racing cars.
- (800)423-7401 or (407) 321-5091 - Lunch & dinner cruises
on the beautiful St. Johns River, air-conditioned. At the
Ruth Eckerd Hall(Clearwater)
- This performance hall pulls in the biggest names in entertainment.
Longwood - (407) 831-1600 - Live greyhound racing 6 nights
a week. Also simulcast wagering on thoroughbred horse and
Sarasota Florida's Cultural Coast-
a website covering the cultural things to do in
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
- just 90 minutes to two hours drive from Orlando,
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,
the Museum of Fine Arts, the St. Petersburg Museum
of History, Great Expectations
(a hands-on interactive museum),
Museum & Educational Center,and
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
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
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
(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.
Disney's Contemporary Resort)
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
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.
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
Show Queen Cruises-
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.
Shell World Seashell
Museum & Gift Shop-
Kissimmee - 888-9-SHELLS or 407-396-9000 -
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
thouroughbred horse racing.
Petersburg - Home of the Major League Baseball team the
Tampa Bay Rays.
University of Central Florida's orlando complex featuring
popular stage plays.
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
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.
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.