If you are taking your family to the Orlando vacation resorts, then be prepared for a busy time at the parks, although you can always take a break and visit one of the many other interesting attractions. Orlando city has a wide range of sights, places to eat with many of these available along International Drive where it is possible to park the car and take a stroll. Although it wasn’t always this full of attractions, it has been pulling in visitors for many years and its popularity does not seem to be diminishing.
As one of the most tourist centered cities in the world, Orlando a great deal to offer including large shopping malls, restaurants of every type, night clubs, bars and many specialist shops. An Orlando vacation has far more to offer than this short article can possibly hope to highlight so only a few of the more unusual attractions and places to see are brought to your attention.
Central Florida Zoological Park is one of the major reasons to visit as the zoo is home to more than 400 animals that started out as just a collection in the Sanford Fire Department. It is actually a privately owned charitable group dedicated to the protection of exotic animals plus species that are native to Florida but also offers informative and child-friendly classes and events.
Back in 1942, the Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park started exhibiting the world’s most extensive collection of the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany. The collection is the most comprehensive anywhere with Tiffany jewelry, art glass, ornaments, pottery, paintings and leaded glass.
No adult, despite any thoughts to the opposite, could go to any of the Orlando vacation resorts and find nothing of interest as the range of attractions for both the young and old is huge. Orlando vacations offer evening entertainment that’s no less interesting with family venues such Pirates Adventure, Medieval Feast to more adult themes such as Disney’s Downtown Pleasure Island open until the early hours.
If you are more technology and science minded then a trip to the Orlando Science Center will be a must as is a huge complex incorporating 10 halls with exhibitions everything from the Florida Everglades to the plains of Mars. Then there is the International Trolley and Train Museum where you can see toy trains from the 1920s; plus take a ride in a California Victorian-style half open/half closed trolley car.
For something a little different there’s the Titanic Exhibition which tells the story of the ill fated Ocean Liner performed by a character from the ship; the displays contain some original salvaged items and at times the tour is very moving. Away from all the hustle is the wonderful Lake Eola Park in the heart of downtown; it has beautiful sidewalks in over forty acres where it is possible to spend a few peaceful hours.
Of course how could anyone possibly visit any Orlando vacation resorts without a visit to at least one theme park, of which Disney has four, not including the water parks. Universal has its own versions including Seaworld. If you are on your first vacation in Orlando, try to visit all the major attractions first because it is almost certain you will return again next year.
May 13 2008 01:17 pm | Vacations