Vacation in Orlando, Florida!

Our Top Things to do in the area recommendations

You know the top ones for Orlando, we have a list of other, fabulous places to go, see and experience in the area, that you may not know of.  Have a look around as we have included photos, videos, information and links.

1. Kelly Park/Rock Springs

Kelly Park features a free-flowing natural spring that’s 68 degrees F. year around.  It’s a favorite park for tubing, swimming, snorkeling, canoeing/kayaking, wildlife viewing. 

The park fills quickly on summer weekends and closes when it reaches maximum capacity, so plan to arrive early. A favorite activity is floating or “tubing” the spring run. Bring your own tube or rent tubes from the private places located just outside the park.   Park admission fee: $3 per vehicle, $5 per vehicle (3-8 people), and $1 for each additional person.  Summer hours: 8am-8pm, winter hours: 8am-6pm.

400 E. Kelly Park Rd, Apopka, FL 32712, 407-254-1906 (to check on entry availability)

2. Safari Wilderness

Embark on an unforgettable expedition into Florida’s Green Swamp. Hop up on a camel or safari vehicle to see more than 400 species of animals including elands, zebra and ring-tailed lemurs…

If you have always dreamed of taking the family on an African Safari, but just didn’t have room in the budget, here is your chance! Safary Wilderness is conveniently located just 6 miles north of I-4 between Orlando and Tampa, and was recently voted by Fodor’s Travel as one of the 10 best safaris in US! You will see wildlife herds in huge natural landscapes, get spectacular close-up encounters with Scimitar-horned oryx, zebra, camels, nilgai, kudu, watusi cattle and much more! 

 

3. Frank Lloyd Wright architecture

Whether you are an architectual aficionado, history buff or just a lover of interesting sights, you won’t regret exploring this world-renowned collection of 13 structures at Florida Southern College. 

Florida Southern College is a National Historic Landmark and a home to Child of the Sun, the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. Wright fans know just how big of a deal the campus is.  

The college was able to convince one of the most thought after architects of the time (during Great Depression and WWII) to draw plans for their school.  The school’s principal lived by the saying “You never know if you don’t ask”, and when you are a school, you pay workers with your greatest commodity: tuition. 

4. Ridge Island Groves

Enjoy fresh juice, oranges, orange ice cream and a grove tour with “You Pick” citrus at this family owned and operated farm in Haines City. They have citrus groves, blueberries, peaches, a citrus packing plant, 8-10 varieties of fruit, a hydroponic garden, chickens and a gift shop. 

5. Visit one or all downtown farmers markets

If you are looking for fresh, local food, hand-made items and just a nice stroll around, this location and the list of other cool markets should be on your to do list when you are staying with us.  Downtown Lakeland, every Saturday, 8am-2pm is transformed into a “Curb Market”, that’s teeming with talented artisans, fresh produce, plants and delicious food. Stop by  to shop and to grab a bite to eat!

Other farmers markets to consider: 

Main Street Bartow farmers market: Wednesday weekly

Haines City farmers market: Wednesday weekly

Dixieland Twilight farmers market: Wednesday weekly

Winter Heaven farmers market: Thursday weekly

South Lakeland: 1st Saturday of the month

Lake Wales farmers market: 2nd and 4th Saturday

Highland City community market: 3rd Saturday

Winter Heaven market: 2nd and 4th Saturday

6. Silver Moon Drive In Movie Theater

How about a movie under the stars and warm weather?  Yes! This drive-in theater opened in 1948 (!) They are playing the current movies and have a great snack bar. Bonus : on Saturdays and Sundays, theater grounds are transformed into the Swap Shop, a bustling market where anything can be bought and sold. 

The theater has 2 screens, playing first-run movies. Each screen has a double feature, 7 nights a week. You will enjoy listening to the movie through your FM car radio. Come early and pick out your favorite spot!

7. Bok Tower Gardens

This contemplative garden and bird sanctuary is spread over 250 acres of beautiful trees, flowers, ponds and just amazing nature.   

Visit the gardens, observe The Singing Tower and listen to majestic Carillon play 30 min. bell concerts each day at 1pm and 3pm, stop by the reflection pool, and wonder the trails for a quiet reflection. Visit the Pinewood Estate, children can play at the hammock hollow children’s garden, visit outdoor kitchen and edible garden and much more!

8. PicassoZ Art Cafe

Grab your group and head over this creative outlet for fun making of pottery, glass fusion and fused glass jewelry.

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