Vote of the week: Where else do you visit in Florida?
Written by Robert Niles
We are wrapping up the final edits on our Theme Park Insider Orlando guidebook, which should be available on Amazon.com by the end of the month. (Add it to your Christmas lists!) The book includes a section on some of the top attractions outside the Orlando area that theme park fans often include on their Florida vacations, such as Busch Gardens Tampa, Legoland Florida, the Kennedy Space Center, or the beach.Tweet
Many theme park fans include a side trip to Busch Gardens in Tampa on their Orlando vacations. Photo by Joe Keenen.
Which of those is your family's top choice for a vacation destination, outside of Orlando? Or do you not venture beyond Orange and Osceola counties when you visit Florida?
Busch Gardens offers a superior collection of roller coasters and thrill rides for theme park fans who are wanting more physical thrills in addition to visiting the Orlando-area theme parks. Legoland offers a more focused alternative for families with elementary-aged kids, who might feel a bit squished in the crowds of so many older kids and adults at the other parks. KSC offers grand history and a window into the science of spaceflight that Disney's Epcot only suggests. And the beach is, well, the beach — an often-tranquil getaway from the sensory overload of a modern theme park.
It's an hour or so in the car, each way, to these destinations, but many families enjoy the alternative when they're visiting the Orlando area. What about your family?
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