– located adjacent to Kissimmee Old Town, is an entertainment and shopping complex. The park is designed as a circular walkway around the lagoon featuring the world’s tallest skycoaster. There are also multi-level go-kart tracks, the Arcade and Kiddie Area and the Rockstar Coaster. Entry is free, the rides are payable
features exhibits and displays, historic spacecraft and memorabilia, shows, two IMAX theaters and a range of bus tours of the spaceport. “Space Shuttle Atlantis” is home to the real Space Shuttle Atlantis orbiter and the Shuttle Launch Experience, a simulated ride into space. The visitor complex also has daily presentations from a veteran NASA astronaut. A bus tour, included with admission, encompasses the separate Apollo/Saturn V Center. There are often launches of commercial satellites and details of the schedule for these are available on the NASA website.
– a shopping, dining and entertainment area next to the Universal theme parks. Entry is currently free and parking after 6pm is also free, although there is talk that this might change. Please check in advance
State Parks near Orlando
Florida may be known for its theme parks, but the state parks in the Orlando area also offer affordable family fun with a fresh, natural twist.
There are seven state parks within 50 miles of Orlando and they offer an abundance of activities. They’re open from 8am to sunset every day of the year, giving plenty of time to explore everything the whole family wants to see.
- Canoe or kayak on the Wekiwa River
- Go hiking and biking
- Enjoy horseback riding
- There are 13 miles of trails and even a cool spring for swimming.
- Swim or snorkel in the 73 degrees Fahrenheit / 23 degrees Celsius, crystal-clear waters of Blue Spring State Park
- Enjoy the manatee refuge with the giants congregating in large numbers from November to March
- Take a boat ride where you can sometimes spot eagles, manatees and alligators
- Enjoy breakfast or lunch in the Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant where you can make your own pancakes on the built-in griddles on each table
- Picnic amid beautiful scenery
- Hike, fish and learn about Native American history or bring a cool box, have a barbecue and enjoy the playground
- Go canoeing, kayaking or fishing on Lake Louisa
- Enjoy the thrill of geo-seeking
- Go horseback riding on the equestrian trail
- Enjoy cycling on 27 miles of paved and unpaved routes. Bikes available for rent
- Bring a picnic to savour in restful surroundings
- Admire a multitude of local wildlife
- Enjoy 25 miles of hiking trails amid lakes and rolling hills
- Marvel at one of the largest living oak trees in Florida
- Take a boat tour on Lake Griffin and the Dead River marsh
- Enjoy its canopied trees and pleasant facilities
- Enjoy hiking and photography in a 30,000 acre wildlife management area
- Admire the remarkable flora and fauna including rare orchids, eagles, deer, turkey, bobcats and the largest cypress forest in Florida
- Fish, hunt and ride horses