Skip to comments.Florida trip advice needed.
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.
Correction - about 3 more days down there after Disney.
There are hurricanes, floods and alligators there, just so you know.
go to space center.
I co-sign the space center, about an hour from Orlando, spend 4-5 hours and back.
Go to the beach! We like the Gulf better than the Atlantic, but Daytona Beach is a very popular place to be.
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?
KSC or Busch Gardens, Tampa
There is plenty to see in the Orlando area.
Or you could go to Daytona to the beach, about an hour away.
Go to the Keys.
Find someone selling boiled peanuts and buy some.
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.
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.
SEA WORLD! At least 1 of the days, but you can do two days there!
The Keys are gorgeous!
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.
Owner’s father was FFL, so he grew up in lots of war zones, Aftrca, etc. Cool dude.
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.
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.
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