4012 Central Florida Parkway At Ritz Carlton Orlando Grande lakes Orlando, FL 32837 +1 407 206 2400
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes has been designed by British Open Champion Greg Norman. Not a course that is typically found in Florida, the course is a combination of hard and easy. It is a very challenging course that uses every bit of the golfers abilities. The hazards of water, bunkers etc. have been placed so as to make it further demanding.
Ask any local in Orlando for Edge Concert Field and you would surely know how popular this magnificent venue is. This place hosts some of the biggest and much awaited events varying from theater, concerts to sports. Watch out for your favorite league in action or a world-renowned artist perform live. A must-visit on your Orlando trip, head here for thrilling and power-packed performances.
World-renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. crafted this 7,051-yard masterpiece, located in central Orlando near International Drive. At the Metrowest Golf Club, the thick cut of rough makes for narrow fairways and the medium-sized greens are lightning fast. Golf Digest once said Metrowest "has the best greens in the state." It's a must play, along with its sister course, Falcon's Fire! MetroWest has received worldwide recognition as hosts of the Oldsmobile Scramble National Finals and site of the 1997 and 2000 Senior PGA Tour Qualifier. Westerly's Restautantby the 18th hole serves amazing food. Check website for more details.
505 South French Avenue Sanford, FL 32771 +1 407 322 9696
Find Fun 2 Dive a short distance north of Orlando in the friendly town of Sanford. It offers customers a full-service scuba-snorkeling center as well as a chance to take part in a variety of water activities, such as swimming with manatees or becoming a certified diver. Choose from fun adventures including scuba classes, guided tours and snorkeling expeditions. A married pair of certified US Coast Guard captains owns this business, and Captain Joe has been diving for over 35 years in the Orlando region. Fun 2 Dive provides diving and snorkeling equipment for sale and rent as well. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
2100 W. French Avenue Orange City, FL 32763 +1 386 775 3663
Blue Spring State Park, located north of Orlando in Orange City, offers visitors a more relaxed and natural Florida setting away from the crowded, noisy attractions and theme parks of the area. Spend an afternoon or plan an overnight stay here in a cabin or at a campsite to take in all it has to offer. The park encompasses over 2,600 acres, features the St. Johns Rivers biggest spring plus is the winter home and designated refuge to a large number of manatees. Activities and services of Blue Spring State Park include boat tours, canoe and kayak rentals, hiking/nature trails, camping, picnicking, scuba diving, snorkeling, tubing, wildlife viewing, playground area as well as a visitors center and concessions. The park is open from 08:00 until sundown. Admission is USD6 per vehicle. - Diane Dilov-Schultheis
ZOOm Air Adventures can be found inside of the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens. It is located north of Orlando by beautiful Lake Monroe in Sanford. Choose from a number of package deals including various treetop adventures with or without Zoo admittance. There are three separate courses in various degrees of difficulty. Each one contains rope bridges, zip lines and a number of suspended platforms. ZOOm Air Adventures gives you a bird's eye view from the treetops and offers an exciting and challenging journey through the forest canopy. It has a special kid's course with height restrictions available. - Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Rock Springs Run State Reserve, found 30 miles north of Orlando in Sorrento, provides visitors a chance to experience Central Florida in its native setting. This reserve encompasses over 10,000 acres of wetlands and dry areas, plus natural waterways in the form of springs and a river that nearly surround the boundary of the reserve. Visitors can choose from several outdoor activities, such as bicycling, hiking, horseback riding (rentals and tours) plus canoeing and wildlife viewing. The park highlights consist of 17 miles of multi-use trails spread throughout and overnight lodging including cabins, equestrian campsites or canoe campsites. Admission is USD3 per vehicle. - Diane Dilov-Schultheis
628 Glen Cheek Drive Booth inside of Rusty's Seafood & Oyster Bar Port Canaveral, FL 32920 +1 321 212 8277
Cocoa Beach Parasail offers guests parasailing adventures over the Atlantic Ocean. Your adventure starts at the Sunrise Marina in Cape Canaveral, less than an hour's drive east of Orlando. Choose from either 500- or 800-foot flights that take you along the Space Coast. These offer spectacular views of the Kennedy Space Center, Jetty Park, Cocoa Beach, Cocoa Beach Pier, Ron Jon's Surf Shop, as well as possible sightings of the area's marine life, such as sea turtles, whales, sting rays and dolphins. Guest can remain completely dry during the adventure with takeoffs and landings directly from the boat, or they can opt for a gentle splash in the water. Reservations are required and adventures may be cancelled due to bad weather. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Obsession Charters is located in the Sunrise Marina in Cape Canaveral, less than an hour's drive east of Orlando and just minutes north of Cocoa Beach. Situated on the Atlantic Ocean, this is the place to go for unforgettable fishing adventures. Choose from a variety of packages featuring deep sea fishing trips or create your own adventure with a private charter. Deep sea fishing rates include half-day trips (11a to 5p) and full day trips (8a to 5p) for grouper, red snapper, amberjack, kingfish, cobia and sharks. Other options include nighttime shark trips (7p to 11p) and moonlight snapper trips (7p to 4a). -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
South Atlantic Avenue New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169 +1 386 424 2175
Find New Smyrna Beach on the east coast of Florida, northeast of the Orlando area and south of Daytona Beach. The city of New Smyrna Beach is known for its friendly "laid-back" coastal atmosphere and ideal location encircled by three bodies of water, but the beach is the town's top attraction. It offers 13 miles of pristine white sand, plenty of waves for surfing and a more low key atmosphere than many nearby Florida beaches. Activities/services available on the beach include special events, live entertainment, concessions, beach rentals, surf fishing, beachcombing, jet skiing, wind surfing, sailing, boat tours, shopping boutiques and gift shops plus eateries ranging from fast-food to gourmet dining. - Diane Dilov-Schultheis