Orlando beyond the theme parks

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A guest post by Natasha from eatsleepshoottravel.com

Orlando is home to the world famous Disney parks, however a large number of visitors never step outside to explore the rest of what Florida has to offer. With world class beaches, museums and great family friendly attractions that won’t break the bank why not venture a little further.

1. Get out of this world

No visit to Florida would be complete without a trip out to Visit NASA’s launch headquarters at Kennedy Space Centre located on Florida’s “space coast” less than an hour’s drive from Orlando’s international drive. Visit the astronaut’s hall of fame, see a rocket launch or learn all about all about man’s first historic walk on the moon. You can even do some training in their amazing space flight simulators. One day tickets from $40 (3-11) or $50 (12+). www.kennedyspacecenter.com

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2. Get your Magic on

Mickey’s not the only one to spread a bit of magic in Orlando, October to June is basketball season in the USA. Head down to Amway Centre to see Orlando’s impressive NBA team. Tickets from $14 in the nosebleeds to $60, the first game of the season kicks off against the Dallas Mavericks on the 5th October 2017. Check out the website for more info.

3. Ultimate Universal

Movie fans can get behind the scenes of their favourite movies at universal studios, with three parks to choose from , Universal is suitable for all ages. From Suess Landing for the under 5’s to Harry Potter for the tweens and the brand new Volcano Bay water park there are thrills and spills a plenty to be had here. Tickets: child $227 Adult $279 for a 2 days / 3 park hopper ticket.


4. Visit an old master

One for culture vultures, tucked away in the heart of St Petersburg is the Dali Museum, housing one of the most comprehensive collection of Salvador Dali’s work outside of Europe. With over 2,000 works of art, eight of the eighteen master works that Dali produced are displayed here in St Petersburg, including oils, water colours, sketches and sculptures. Tickets: under 5’s free, child from $10, adult $24. Late night discounted entry after 5pm on Thursdays ,Child $8 Adults $10. www.thedali.org

Dali Museum

Dali Museum

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5. Have a luxe beach day

Enjoy a day at the beach like no other, join a local beach club and you could be hanging out in your own cabana for two watching the waves of one of Florida’s best beaches in St Petersburg. With entry including a number of activities from mini golf, pedal boats, water sports and the giant “High Tide” beach slide to ensure the kids entertained, it leaves plenty of time for some well deserved parental lounging. Tradewinds day pass is $45 per person (under 3’s free) including parking, a hooded cabana, free beach activities and pool access. 


6. WonderWorks

WonderWorks is an indoor amusement park for the mind, with 35,000 square feet of “edu-tainment. Perfect for a rainy day, Wonderworks combines education and entertainment with more than 100 hands on exhibits that challenge the mind and spark the imagination. Inside you’ll find six wonder zones for loads of family fun, through innovation, entertainment and affordability. Suitable for all ages, tickets from $23.99 child $29.99 adults. www.wonderworksonline.com

7. Out of Control dinner show

Magician Tony Brent is entertaining families with his interactive, entertaining and hilariously funny one man magic show. This one-of-a-kind entertainment experience with non-stop audience participation is suitable for all the family. The dinner includes unlimited fresh pizza, salad, beer, wine, soda and dessert. With two shows nightly at 6pm & 8pm. Children & seniors $19.99, adults $29.99.

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No Car ? No problem !!

Don’t have a hire car ? Check out established local tour guide Florida Dolphin Tours, who run a number of tours daily with local pick up points in and around the Orlando area.

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