Plan on spending the day – Exhibits abound: Dolphin Nursery, Turtle Point, Stingray Lagoon, Shamu
Upclose, Penquin Encounter, Manatee Rescue, Pacific Point Preserve – Rides, Shows, Guided Tours, Seasonal Events,
Restaurants, and much much more! Open Year-round
7007 SeaWorld Drive, Kissimee
Bok Tower Gardens
Known for its oak-shaded walkways, carillon tower and panaramic hilltop view…It is also one of
two state centers for propagating rare Florida plants. (The other is the Fairchild Tropical Gardens in Miami)
Look for the endangered plant garden along a circular path behind the visitor center. There are also
educational displays on the unique scrub and sandhill habitats, gopher tortoise in scrub ecology and discussions
on why it is important to save rare species.
1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales
Call for details: 863-676-1408
44 sq. miles of Enchanted Kingdoms, World Class Resorts, fun-filled Family Recreation,
and endless magic, including 4 Theme Parks, 2 Water Parks, 4 Championship Golf Courses, and over 20 Resorts.
Call for details: 407-939-7679
Family Theme Park geared to parents and primarily school age children, but enough for the pre-schoolers
especially if accompanied by parents or older children. Themed rides, Character breakfasts, etc.
1000 Universal Studios Plaza&, Kissimmee
Call for details:407-363-8000
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Take center stage as the star of your own Hollywood adventure.
From rock ‘n’ roll fantasy to Broadway-style stage spectaculars. Kissimee / Orlando
Call for details: 407-939-5277 ~ Overnight Lodging
A 150-acre family theme park located in Winter Haven, just 1 hour 45 minutes from downtown Sarasota.
The Park offers interactive attractions, family rides, shows, restaurants, shopping and beautiful landscape
specifically geared for families with children ages 2 to 12.
1339 Helena Road, Winter Haven
Call for details:877-350-5346
Featured in HGTV “Most Extreme Homes in America” the castle is home and working studio to renowned
Artist, Howard Solomon. The entire estate encompasses 70 acres of natural beauty, gardens and nature trails and the
castle is full of amazing sculptures and artifacts recycled from rubbish or broken machinery.
4533 Solomon Road – Ona, Fl
Call for Details: 863-494-6077
A primate "biopark" where monkeys are free to roam as visitors observe and feed from
screened walkways. Scheduled presentations feature Mei the signing Orangutan and King the finger painting gorilla.
Watch Monkeys dive at the swimming hole and get in touch with nature in a re-created Amazonian Rainforest.
14805 S.W. 216 Street – Miami
Call for details: 305-235-1611
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Kids as young as 3 can experience skydiving in a wind tunnel. Older sibilings, parents, and
grandparents can as well!
6805 Visitors Circle, kissimee
cALL: 407-903-1150 or 800-754-3861
100 exhibits including an earthquake simulator, bubble lab, magic show, laser tag, virtual sports,
and dinner show. Put yourself inside a gigantic bubble that you created, land the Discovery space shuttle, pilot
the F14 & F18 fighter jets, and lie on a bed of nails.
Open 9:00 am to Midnight, daily
9067 International Drive, Kissimee
Call for details: 407-351-8800
The second largest indoor skateboard facility in the world. This is the place to come to practice your
skateboarding and extreme skating skills on a bewildering array of ramps, jumps, and chutes, ranging from beginner to
professional level. An elevated walkway affords easy viewing and makes a visit to Vans a fun excursion even for those
who would never think of attempting the wild stunts going on below.
5220 International Drive, Kissimmee
Call for details:407-351-3881 ~ Overnight Lodging
One-of-a-kind, protected habitat for man and beast where adventures lurk around
every corner! Internationally known as the Alligator Capital of the World, Gatorland’s 110-acre theme park and
nature conservatory is located in Central Florida at the head of the Florida Everglades. Once you have experienced
Gatorland, it will be hard to believe that it began in 1949 as a roadside attraction!
14501 South Orange Blossom Trail, Kissimee
Call for details: 800-393-5297
Kennedy Space Center
Visit Kennedy Space Center and discover the home of America’s space program. NASA’s launch headquarters is the only place on Earth where you can tour launch areas, meet a veteran astronaut, see giant rockets, train in spaceflight simulators, and even view a launch.
SR 405, Titusville
Call for details:888-838-8915
Discovery Cove is where you can immerse yourself in adventure everywhere you turn and forget about your cares for the day. All you need to focus on is discovery — interacting with dolphins, birds, fish and rays in an all-inclusive setting. Attendance is limited to 1,000 guests per day at this reservations-only adventure, setting it apart from the other Orlando attractions.
6000 Discovery Cove Way, Kissimee
Call for details: 877-557-7404
Museum of Science & Industry
Plan to spend a minimum of 4 hours at the Children’s Science Center, the IMAX Dome Theatre, Disasterville, MaxFlight Simulator and hurricane force winds.
4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa
Call for details: 813-987-6000
The first park of its kind in the Western Hemisphere and the largest butterfly park in the world.
Thousands of specialized plants have been propagated to feed caterpillars with flowering specimens to provide nectar
not only for butterflies but, hummingbirds, Lorikeets and many other tropical birds.
3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek, Call for details: 954-977-4400
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