Published: November 8, 2013 at 3:55 PMWell, there's Gatorland.
Published: November 8, 2013 at 4:58 PMMy family and I visited Florida for the first time last year. In addition to 5+ days at WDW and 2 days at IOA/USF we also visited the Gulf Coast, the Everglades, the Keys including a day in Key West, and a couple of art museums we had read about in the guidebooks.
So there was a theme park week, followed by a nature/culture week. It was a perfect balance, although we a) exhausted ourselves completely doing eight straight days of theme parking, and b) would have loved to have had another full week to...yep, you guessed it...do more theme parking.
We're all a bunch of addicts, aren't we?
Published: November 8, 2013 at 5:28 PMI do stuff on I Drive (the Pirates dinner theatre is fun!) but that's it. I'd like to do the other stuff but it never works out. Heck, I've still never done Sea World because I don't want to give a day away from Disney and Universal.
Published: November 8, 2013 at 10:16 PMMe and my family went down to Florida to watch some Phillies spring training games a few years ago. Since the games are in Clearwater we just had to visit Busch Gardens Tampa. We loved it but unfortunately Cheetah Hunt was still being built while we were there. Oh well!
Published: November 8, 2013 at 11:51 PMI've never been to Florida, but when I get a chance to visit Busch Gardens, Legoland, and the Kennedy Space Center are all on my to-do list (along with 5-6 days at WDW, 2 at Universal, a day at SeaWorld, and one or two other things). As Busch Gardens would be my top choice, it gets my vote (although I would hate to miss the Kennedy Space Center as well...I'd probably pick it over SeaWorld). I wouldn't bother with the beach since I'm not a beach person and I already live in California.
Published: November 9, 2013 at 9:27 AMWe usually need 3 days or R&R after our Orlando stay. Fort Myers Beach, Sarasota, Clearwater Beach.. I let my wife decide. Sea World, Discovery Cove and Busch Gardens are always an option, but the beach is on the list no matter what,
Published: November 11, 2013 at 6:21 AMA very overlooked classic attraction is Weechi Wachi an it's under the sea mermaids. It ia legendary and still manages to dazzle today. The entire springs are beautiful. I would love to see you do a feature story on this still wonderous Old Florida attraction!
Published: November 11, 2013 at 8:44 AMThe times that I have traveled to Orlando with family we have never ventured out of that area; we always plan to but never get around to it. Aside from the theme parks and water parks in Orlando we spend a lot of time on I-Drive. Places we’ve visited are: Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, WonderWorks, Fun Spot America, Titanic Exhibition, Downtown Disney, DisneyQuest, CityWalk and we took a helicopter tour over Orlando once.
We’re planning a trip to Orlando for 2015, visiting a couple of beaches will be top priority for this upcoming trip.
Published: November 11, 2013 at 2:29 PMHaving family in the Orlando area, we like visiting Blue Springs State Park in the Orange City area. The manatees come up the St. John River to winter there.