999 Charles Street Longwood, FL 32750 +1 407 332 1430
Although it may be a little out of the way for travelers staying on International Drive or at the theme parks, this climbing center is well worth the trip. Located off S.R. 434 in Longwood, it features over 6,500 square feet of climbing surfaces suitable for all ages. A giant warehouse, Aiguille (it means needle in French) is filled with multi-colored climbing surfaces shaped like arcs, cliffs, domes and plateaus. It also offers summer camps for kids, unique birthday party packages, climbing classes and even an opportunity to earn Boy Scout Merit Badges.
7761 West US Highway 192 Kissimmee, FL 34747 +1 407 396 7536
Located on Highway 192 in bustling Kissimmee, this golf gear and gift shop lives up to its name. You'll spot it easily: it's difficult to miss a waterfall flowing at more than 20,000 gallons per minute. But that's just the beginning. Choose from two championship, 18-hole miniature golf courses to suit your tee-off tastes. And after you tally up your impressive golf score, stop into the gift shop, featuring a full line of Mickey Mouse and Florida T-shirts at reasonable prices. Golfed out? Shopped out? How about a double scoop of Haagen Dazs ice cream from the snack bar at Bonanza Golf & Gifts?
211 East First Street Sanford, FL 32771 +1 407 323 2774
A quiet, charming village, Winter Park is popular with artists, whose work is displayed in a number of tucked away galleries. Jeanine Taylor Folk Art is a particularly interesting gallery which has a loyal crowd of fans attracted by the colors, character and simplicity of the artwork. Here you'll find some fine examples of the work of self-taught artists from Florida and other Southeastern states, including such notables as Kurt Zimmerman, Ruby C. Williams, Sarah Rakes and Woodie Long. A gift gallery offering other kinds of artwork, including stationery and sculpture, adds to the allure.
19239 U.S. 27 North Clermont, FL 34715 +1 800 768 9463
Believe it or not, Florida actually does have vineyards that produce wines that have been winning awards in national and international competitions. One of those is right here in Central Florida, where a vineyard is tucked away in sleepy Clermont. In operation for more than a decade, Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards grows and sells award-winning red, white and blush wines. Daily tours explain the business of winemaking, and the winery also sponsors a number of wine-tasting events throughout the year.
One of 13 lakes connected by the Palatlakaha River, Lake Louisa sits in a 4,000-plus-acre park that also contains the Green Swamp. The environment offers a variety of nature activities like swimming, hiking, bird-watching, picnicking, fishing and canoing. You can also take part in the nature-study events offered. Wildlife is abundant, so keep your eyes open during your travels. If you own a horse, you're welcome to bring it along; the park boasts a number of equestrian trails. Opens everyday at 8a.
If you're in the mood for a romantic meal, consider a day trip aboard this 110-foot, three-deck cruise ship. Seated window-side, you'll dine on seafood, lasagna, prime rib and other goodies as you enjoy terrific views of the St. John's River. American River Cruises offers a variety of cruises, ranging from a three-hour lunch excursion to a moonlight dinner and dance cruise.
1101 Audubon Way Maitland, FL 32751 +1 407 644 0190
Over the last 21 years, this animal-rehabilitation center has treated and released more than 7,000 birds of prey, including eagles, hawks, vultures and owls. To learn more about these creatures, come by for a visit to Audubon Center for Birds of Prey. Twenty-two species are on view, including the famous bald eagles. The animals here cannot be returned to the wild, mostly because of health reasons. The center also hosts an adopt-a-wild-bird program.
Situated on Florida's highest peninsular point, Bok Tower Gardens is a 205-foot tower boasting 57 bells that play in concert every day. The tower itself stands in graceful watch over 200 acres of woodland gardens, offering a variety of tropical plants and the opportunity to view some central Florida wildlife. Explore the Longleaf Pine/Turkey Oak Habitat and enjoy a nearly mile-long trail along which you can see endangered plant life. With 20 rooms, the property's Pinewood Estate is considered one of the state's finest examples of Mediterranean Revival architecture.
Housing more than 400 animals and offering several community-based conservation and education programs, Brevard Zoo is a good bet for the whole family. It's divided into four distinct areas. Latin America, Native Florida and Australia feature the flora and fauna of those regions. View jaguars, anteaters, alligators and other animals. The Paws-On Activity Center provides interactive entertainment geared toward children, including a petting zoo.
Guests visiting Lake Kissimmee State Park will enjoy fishing, picnicking, camping and bird watching, as well as 13 miles of winding hiking trails. Fish for bass, catfish or other fish, or relax in one of 60 campsites. With over 200 species of birds and 50 species of plants, this park offers great outdoor relaxation. All campsites offers electric and water hookups. Opens everyday at 8a,
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