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The Orlando Experience - not just theme parks
Apart from the most amazing theme parks in the world, what else does Orlando have to offer? Well of course further afield there are the everglades in Miami, Miami itself, The Kennedy Space Center, fabulous beaches on both the East and West coast and the Daytona races.
But back to Orlando. The world's largest sky coaster is located in Old Town Kissimmee which stands 300feet tall. (I dare you)! Plus an amusement centre with a ferris wheel, carousel and bumper cars also Grimms Haunted House, a wax museum and the creepy Tower of London experience.
Restaurant shows are a favourite with tourists. Dine while you are entertained with some wonderful shows like, The Arabian Nights, a magnificent show of Arabian horses and superb riders. The Pirate Adventure and Medieval Knights experience. There is also a Mystery and Imagination show in which you can participate in solving a murder whilst dining. Plus all the other dining restaurants such as The Diner’s authentic American 1950’s style diner and great family restaurants such as Bob Perkins, where they specialise in American pies with more calories than you could normally eat in a week.
Shopping outside of the malls is best experienced in Kissimmee which offers plenty of fantastic gift shops plus outlet malls and a new Target superstore, not forgetting of course 24 hour shopping at Walmart. But if big malls are your thing, then the Mall at Millenia is the best there is with the Florida Mall offering slightly less expensive shopping. For discount shopping there are three great places to go for factory outlet shopping. There is the Prime Outlets at the end of International Drive, Premium outlets at Lake Buena Vista, Pointe Orlando half way up International Drive and Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores.
Days out are catered for as well such as Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park and the Clermont National Park. Feed Crocodiles and alligators at Gatorland and have a go on the Boggy Creek air boat rides. There is an area called Winter Garden which is like an English Country area in Surrey which offers pavement cafes, unique little shops and sedate boating on the lake Osceola (you can be nosey and spot some of the mega mansions of the rich and famous and there is plenty of interesting plant and bird life too).
If you are a culture vulture, there is the Orlando Science Center or the Orlando Museum of Art.
So if theme parks are not your thing, don’t give Orlando a miss, try all the other things there are to do there.
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