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Florida trip advice needed.
July 16, 2012 | Self

Posted on 07/16/2012 7:20:14 PM PDT by enduserindy

I am taking the family to Florida soon and need help. I have 3 kids from 9-13 going. I know we have 2 days at Disney but what to do with the rest of my time? About 3 days down there. Thanks for any help.


TOPICS: Outdoors; Travel; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: florida; vacation
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1 posted on 07/16/2012 7:20:23 PM PDT by enduserindy
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To: enduserindy

Correction - about 3 more days down there after Disney.


2 posted on 07/16/2012 7:21:50 PM PDT by enduserindy (Conservative Dead Head)
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To: enduserindy

There are hurricanes, floods and alligators there, just so you know.


3 posted on 07/16/2012 7:22:04 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: enduserindy

Space Center


4 posted on 07/16/2012 7:22:33 PM PDT by mazda77 ("Defeating the Totalitarian Lie" By: Hilmar von Campe. Everybody should read it.)
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To: enduserindy

go to space center.


5 posted on 07/16/2012 7:24:01 PM PDT by biggredd1
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To: enduserindy

I co-sign the space center, about an hour from Orlando, spend 4-5 hours and back.


6 posted on 07/16/2012 7:24:48 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: enduserindy

Go to the beach! We like the Gulf better than the Atlantic, but Daytona Beach is a very popular place to be.


7 posted on 07/16/2012 7:25:09 PM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: enduserindy

Universal is good, but not sure if you want to spend the money for two parks. They have lots of smaller places on International Drive.. indoor skydiving, fun ‘n wheels, etc, maybe try tripadvisor.com?


8 posted on 07/16/2012 7:25:14 PM PDT by aynrandfreak (Being a Democrat means never having to say you're sorry)
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To: enduserindy
Space Center

Yep.

KSC or Busch Gardens, Tampa

9 posted on 07/16/2012 7:25:38 PM PDT by dread78645 (Evolution. A doomed theory since 1859.)
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To: enduserindy
http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/
10 posted on 07/16/2012 7:25:45 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: enduserindy

There is plenty to see in the Orlando area.
Or you could go to Daytona to the beach, about an hour away.


11 posted on 07/16/2012 7:26:06 PM PDT by opbuzz (Right way, wrong way, Marine way)
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To: enduserindy

Go to the Keys.


12 posted on 07/16/2012 7:26:33 PM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: enduserindy

Find someone selling boiled peanuts and buy some.


13 posted on 07/16/2012 7:26:45 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: enduserindy

Disney, of course. Just because you have to. EPCOT is terrible. In the same area, Gator World was very memorable, if it’s still there.
But the best... Tour Kennedy Space Center / Cape Canaveral. Unforgettable.


14 posted on 07/16/2012 7:26:45 PM PDT by Rio (Tempis fugit.)
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To: mazda77

Beat me to it!

If the Space Center is not your thing, go west to Tampa. I like the waterfront and of course “The Bounty” from the MGM movie is moored there.

Then there are all the other amusement parks. But, after Disney, most are sort of a let down.


15 posted on 07/16/2012 7:31:36 PM PDT by ProfoundBabe ("Every real thought on every real subject knocks the wind out of somebody or other." - OW Holmes)
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To: enduserindy
3 kids from 9-13

SEA WORLD! At least 1 of the days, but you can do two days there!

16 posted on 07/16/2012 7:33:12 PM PDT by defal33 ("I Am Andrew Breitbart")
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To: enduserindy

The Keys are gorgeous!


17 posted on 07/16/2012 7:33:19 PM PDT by nodumbblonde ("The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity." - Ayn Rand)
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To: enduserindy

With that age group, Islands of Adventure at Universal is a must.

Also, away from the tourist stuff, an airboat ride to see the REALLY big gators. This one os the real deal.

http://www.blackhammockairboatrides.com/location/

Owner’s father was FFL, so he grew up in lots of war zones, Aftrca, etc. Cool dude.


18 posted on 07/16/2012 7:33:43 PM PDT by MindBender26 (America can survive 4 years of Romney. She cannot survive another 4 years of an unfettered Obama!)
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To: enduserindy

There are Sea World and Universal in Orlando, the launch complex at Cape Canaveral and the nearby beaches on the east coast, and west along I-4, there are Legoland Florida in Winter Haven and the Fantasy of Flight aircraft museum in Polk City. Check their websites to gauge age suitability, location, and prices.


19 posted on 07/16/2012 7:33:43 PM PDT by Rockingham
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To: enduserindy

If your kids are girls, they’ll like to spend some time at the outlet malls in Orlando. Cruise up International blvd and check out the restaurants and the upside down building.

Treasure Island, Madeira Beach in Clearwater area is good. You can rent a wave runner and take the kids for rides in the inter-coastal waterway. The beaches are nice. A parasailing ride will be something they always remember.


20 posted on 07/16/2012 7:33:57 PM PDT by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: ProfoundBabe

I agree w/those who say KSC & TPA bay area; include Sanibel if you go West.


21 posted on 07/16/2012 7:35:10 PM PDT by Ace's Dad (Reagan ELF; when the Gipper stood up to the USSR, once again.)
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To: nodumbblonde

if you take 3 kids ages 9-13 to the Keys i hope you are ready to do a lot of explaining.


22 posted on 07/16/2012 7:35:49 PM PDT by The_Sword_of_Groo (My world view is accurately expressed in the lyrics of " The Fightin' Side of Me")
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To: enduserindy

For history: St. Augustine - oldest city in the US
For entertainment: Universal Studios, SeaWorld, the Space Center (check online for a launch!)
For Excitement: check out an airboat ride, a gator park, or a multitude of other adventure things.
Question... Why only two day at Disney? We spend a week there and still don’t see it all.


23 posted on 07/16/2012 7:36:01 PM PDT by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: enduserindy
LEGOLAND® Florida
24 posted on 07/16/2012 7:37:01 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: enduserindy

#1 Buy a good “Insiders guide to WDW” type book. Check the reviews because I don’t know of a good one now. It will pay for itself in time saved. On a vacation, time = money. Look through the book and prioritize what each person wants to do. Get one which describes every ride. WDW will overwhelm you otherwise.
2. Go to Trip Advisor and check out what else you want to do in the area.
3. Draw up a budget and track it each day.
4. Make an itinerary to help remind you what you had planned on doing and see how close you stick to it.
5. Only you and your family knows what they want to do.


25 posted on 07/16/2012 7:37:18 PM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: enduserindy

Check out the Holyland Experience...great experience for you and family!

http://www.holylandexperience.com/


26 posted on 07/16/2012 7:37:31 PM PDT by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: enduserindy

beach!!!!!!Sanibel, Captiva, even Jacksonville............beach it baby!


27 posted on 07/16/2012 7:37:40 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: enduserindy
Rio is right (see post 14)

The Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral aren't far away - save the travel distance, you won't be disappointed.

Another thing - I hate bugs, and the further south you go in Florida the bigger the swarms of gnats and other pesky flying critters you will encounter. LOL

At least, that was what I experienced - and forget the 'keys' - it just isn't worth it. I spent three months down there and it was awful!

28 posted on 07/16/2012 7:38:06 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: enduserindy

It’s a bit of a hike, but St. Augustine has the Alligator Farm and lots of history, shops, and restaurants.(oldest city in America)


29 posted on 07/16/2012 7:38:31 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: enduserindy

Is this a driving vacation?

There are many aviation museums to choose from: http://www.aero-web.org/museums/fl.htm

If you do happen to head up toward the panhandle, stop off in Pensacola to visit the National Museum of Naval Aviation. Head a little further to Mobile, Al and visit the USS Alabama: http://www.ussalabama.com/

From Mobile, you drive back north along I-65 and stop off in Huntsville, AL to see the US Space & Rocket Center there. http://rocketcenter.com/


30 posted on 07/16/2012 7:38:46 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: enduserindy
I live in Florida and people here have been raving about how much fun their kids have at Legoland http://florida.legoland.com/en/Park-Map/Park-Map/
31 posted on 07/16/2012 7:39:32 PM PDT by Teflonic
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To: enduserindy
thirty years ago i'd say goto Sarasota but i don't know now...
32 posted on 07/16/2012 7:40:17 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: enduserindy

Try New Smyrna Beach instead of Daytona. 27th Ave. Park has free parking and is the beginning of the no-drive portion of the beach. More family oriented than Daytona IMHO.


33 posted on 07/16/2012 7:41:53 PM PDT by Mrs.FuzzyG
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To: enduserindy

Shark fishing.

You got three days of bait.


34 posted on 07/16/2012 7:43:18 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo

There are plenty of sights to see besides Key West.

However, maybe because during the summer there are lots fewer people, I didn’t see any outrageous or offensive behaviour. I had my teen daughter with me and we had a fantastic time.


35 posted on 07/16/2012 7:43:22 PM PDT by nodumbblonde ("The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity." - Ayn Rand)
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I agree that the Keys are very nice, but it’s really hot south of Miami right now; plus, from Orlando that’s a lot of driving - a good 5 hours one way from Orlando with kids. KSC would be a nice and near trip down memory lane for the adults, and may provide a bit of fun & inspiration for the kids... (BTW, I live in the Orlando area B^)


36 posted on 07/16/2012 7:43:34 PM PDT by nomodem
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To: enduserindy

Universal Studios, Seaworld and Cape Canaveral, my kids absolutely loved the Saturn V.

And Universal has the Harry Potter land now.


37 posted on 07/16/2012 7:44:36 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (Going mobile, posts will be brief. No spellcheck for the grammar nazis.)
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To: enduserindy

Myakka State Park near Sarasota is a great place for an airboat ride to see alligators. You can also rent canoes and go out on the lake - but keep your distance from the gators. I believe you can also rent bikes and ride the roads in the park if you aren’t bringing your own.

Actually, Sarasota is a nice family place (only been there in winter, so don’t know situation in summer). Beautiful beaches and picnic parks.


38 posted on 07/16/2012 7:45:53 PM PDT by randita (Either the politicians fix our fiscal insanity, or the markets will.)
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To: defal33

Swimming with the dolphins was such a great experience that we sent the whole family (19) for a day which includes that and other close encounters with many varied and wonderful creatures. Just don’t know how to find a better experience for your youngsters and YOU. Just wait until you feel the powerful bodies they have....Wow!


39 posted on 07/16/2012 7:46:38 PM PDT by jennings2004 ("Just give Granny a pill...." Obama's healthcare = Death panel)
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To: enduserindy

This area was relaxing when we opted out of the Bahamas for Florida:
http://www.longboatkey.org/


40 posted on 07/16/2012 7:49:39 PM PDT by Bronzy (No more RINOS)
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To: enduserindy

Are you saying you have a total of 3 days, with 2 days allotted to Disney?

I disagree with Rio & Ron — EPCOT is great for that age. Or Animal Kingdom. Of the 4 Disney parks, I’d probably skip the Studio (Hollywood, or whatever they call it now). With one day remaining, I’d do Sea World.


41 posted on 07/16/2012 7:51:06 PM PDT by workerbee (June 28, 2012 -- 9/11 From Within)
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To: enduserindy

Spend a day at Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach (both Disney) to unwind. Also spend a day at Cape Canaveral. Take the cheapest tour, it is as good as the more expensive ones.


42 posted on 07/16/2012 7:51:36 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: Wpin

After going to Downtown Disney my kids wanted to go to the Holyland Experience in hindsight.


43 posted on 07/16/2012 7:51:48 PM PDT by Bosco (Remember how you felt on September 11?)
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To: nomodem

Sorry, I’m posting from a 100+ degree zone so the high 80s didn’t seem that bad. :-/

We tried to cram too much in last time so next time around, I would make the drive, spend the night kicking back on the beach in Key Largo and make the rest of the drive to Key West the next day.

I think it’s something everyone should see once, anyway. :-)


44 posted on 07/16/2012 7:53:58 PM PDT by nodumbblonde ("The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity." - Ayn Rand)
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To: enduserindy

Sanibel Island.


45 posted on 07/16/2012 7:55:27 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: enduserindy

The Space Center, then Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach.


46 posted on 07/16/2012 7:56:01 PM PDT by LuvFreeRepublic ( (#withNewt))
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To: enduserindy

Swimming with the mantees at Crystal River is the most amazing thing you’ll do there. Tops Disney even for the kids. We still talk about doing that ten years later. Can not tell you how utterly amazing the experience is.


47 posted on 07/16/2012 7:57:10 PM PDT by bgill
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To: enduserindy

I hope you have a good time in FL

As an alternative next time, consider the MS Gulf Coast.

A lot more bang for your buck. These are not mine. I just live nearby. They are very nice.

http://www.vrbo.com/259771

http://www.vrbo.com/207707


48 posted on 07/16/2012 7:57:32 PM PDT by logitech (Who's here so vile, that will not love his country? If any speak, for him I have offended)
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To: jennings2004

Seconding the swim with the dolphins experience at Discovery Cove @ Sea World. My wife and I did it in May and they have added sea otters to the park since we have been there. I highly recommend it.


49 posted on 07/16/2012 7:57:43 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: defal33

Agreed. Sea World is a good deal. Every time I’ve been, I paid once, and got back in for free the next two days (except parking, of course). And if you purchase your tickets online, you can get a discount by entering a company code. I just keep entering company names (e.g. Verizon) until I get a rate I like. And if you’re military, they treat you right.


50 posted on 07/16/2012 7:58:11 PM PDT by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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