I was lucky to grow up with a grandmother who owned a mobile home in a senior's resort in Florida. As a child, I loved visiting her there, but knew I drove her friends crazy with my splashing, loud "Marco-Polo's", and grand jumps into the pool. My grandma would often dare me to "accidentally" bump into them during their daily aqua- aerobics. It was fun until Gladys "accidentally" clocked me one day.
Aside from pools and harassing the elderly, my childhood Floridan interests also included the Orlando area's theme parks and beaches. My only dislike was being dragged to shopping malls night after night. As an adult, my thoughts on Orlando have changed: 1) I no longer find joy in bothering others and 2) I enjoy trips to giant Target super centers way too much.
This post is a collection from over the years of my favourite things to do in Orlando.
1. Melbourne Beach I love Melbourne Beach and exploring the town of Melbourne
2. Coca Beach This beach has it all: shops, ice cream, food and views! It is also very close to the Kennedy Space Center, so I was able to fit both stops into one day.
3. The Kennedy Space Center: While here, I couldn't believe I was in a place where rockets actually launch! This center was inspiring, educational and fun!
4. Disney World Check out this post for some stories and pictures from my latest trip
5. Gatorland: Super scary. I wouldn't be hanging around if I was that crane. Just realizing that I paid to hang around in there...
6. Camp Holly I had a fantastic but terrifying day riding this boat around a gator swamp at Camp Holly. This post compares the Gatorland to Camp Holly.
7. Universal Studios I had such a great day here and my favourite attractions were Jaws and Jurassic Park. I need to get back for Harry Potter!
8. Busch Gardens This was one of my favourite day trips to make when I was that young, obnoxious child. I likely complained and asked "When are we going to get there?" the entire drive to Tampa.
On my most recent stay in Florida, I rented a home off of the nicest people in the world, Sarah and Ken. They were so helpful in planning or trip and genuinely wanted us to have a good time. And I mean that literally. Their home was decorated with signs like this:
Upon arriving, I read the signs and immediately responded "I know" and "Well I thought you'd never ask!" These two have an amazing blog about everything Orlando and if you're in the area, you should definitely check it out!
My name is Sara and I love finding new things to do in a new city. This website is an attempt to share the things that excite me in a new place through stories, photos, lists, travel tips and tricks.