Imagine a place where you and your family can swim with dolphins, wade with mysterious rays, snorkel among thousands of tropical fish, and safely come eye-to-eye with sharks and barracuda! Where plunging through a majestic waterfall allows you to hand-feed exotic birds in a towering free-flight aviary. Where you can marvel at sight, sound and touch while bonding with these incredible animals. Where you can relax on pristine beaches and enjoy an all-inclusive day of discovery. Redefine your vacation experience with a getaway of personalized service never before encountered in Orlando. Discovery Cove: a day of adventure and a lifetime of memories!
6351 International Golf Club Road Orlando, FL 32821 +1 407 239 6909
Renowned golf course architect Steve Smyers has designed one of Central Florida's most dynamic new golf courses. With credits including three mainstays on GolfWeek's 100 Greatest Modern Courses list, Smyers, together with player consultant Nick Faldo has created a thinking person's golf course. From its lakes and tall pines, through its oaks and palms to its Tif Eagle greens, the features and contours at Grande Pines make shot selection as important a consideration as any other aspect of your game. With each magnificent hole at Marriott's Grande Pines Golf Club, the decision is yours. The more conservative player can always take the safer route. The bolder competitor can challenge the hazards and obstacles and be greatly rewarded. The contoured, rolling fairways will accept most tee shots, and the well-bunkered, multi-tiered greens will reward accuracy on approach shots. This golf course will challenge the best in each player. Check the website for timings and prices.
9800 International Drive Orlando, FL 32819 +1 407 685 9800
There's lots on offer for the business traveler in the bustling city of Orlando. Whether you want to attend events or hold your own, The Orange County Convention Center is the perfect choice. Ideal for trade shows, conventions, meetings and fairs, it meets all the needs of the business traveler. Equipped with the most modern facilities, its service is also of the highest quality. The center boasts of lecture rooms, an auditorium, a business center as well as dining rooms. It has a unique program for encouraging its employees to perform well. A guest who receives outstanding service may reward the employee with a courtesy coin. Every quarter, those employees who have earned a certain amount of coins, can win several prizes. Most impressive though is the fact that not a dime of tax payers' money has been used for this government-run state-of-the-art center.
One of the first theme parks to open in Orlando, SeaWorld has been operating here for more than 30 years. The 200 acres of attractions and animal shows make this a perennial favorite with Florida visitors. Many new attractions and rides have been added to the original fun including a laser-fireworks-water extravaganza and high-tech thrill rides. The park also hosts a number of family-friendly events, including February's Bud & BBQ Fest. See website for latest info.
6805 Visitors Circle Orlando, FL 32819 +1 407 903 1150
Located near International Drive, this is the closest you can get to skydiving, while still on the ground. Inside a huge simulator that looks more like a spacecraft than a building, visitors of all ages can experience skydiving in a wind tunnel or opt for the free-fall simulator. Either way, there's an experienced staff on hand to help calm your nerves, and there's plenty of padding in case you take a fall!
8501 International Drive Orlando, FL 32819 +1 407 352 7378
Hoist your jib and set your sails for this pitch and putt course, where playing putt-putt is a little like walking the plank. You'll find plenty of pirate references to amuse you, including shipwrecks and skulls with eye patches, but don't worry, Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf is strictly family fare. From its two separate courses to its complimentary leis, it's a tropical tee-off, as you escape cascading waterfalls and rubber swords. Don't forget to check out the snack bar on your way out, and you can't leave without a handful of free Pirate's Cove stickers, plastic doubloon rings and pirate flags.
Located on lovely Lake Bryan, just off State Road 535 and minutes from the theme parks and International Drive, Buena Vista Watersports is a perfect way to spend the day with some good, old-fashioned Florida fun. You can rent a jet-ski or a boat. Or you can try water-skiing; just slip in for a few hours of learning at Dave's Water-skiing School.
5925 Avenida Vista Marriott Grande Vista Orlando, FL 32821 +1 407 238 7677
When you have decided you have finished playing around and need help playing a round, consider a visit to Grande Vista Golf Club. Located on Marriott Grande Vista Resort property, this 35 acre golf course is set on a gorgeous location near the Florida Everglades and is surrounded by trees. Grande Vista Golf Club has a nine hole course, a putting course and practice grounds. The golf course encourages this game to be a family activity by offering specials for children 15 years old and younger who play after 3p with their parents. Private instruction is also available.
5551 Del Verde Way Orlando, FL 32819 +1 407 363 3867
All kids and many grownups love this place. It offers a 10,000-square-foot, two-story arcade filled with high-tech video games. Outside, you'll find time-tested rides like go-karts, bumper cars and bumper boats. The park's KidsSpot offers mild thrills appropriate for children ages 2-6. If all this activity leaves you hungry, eat at the on-site snack bar. Admission is free, but you do pay for each ride you take and each arcade game you play.
For an all-day getaway, consider a trip to this lovely spot. The park offers nearly 9000 acres of unspoiled Florida wilderness. Hike miles of trails along the scenic Econlockhatchee River and perhaps spot some of Florida's famous wildlife along the way. If you prefer more active recreation, consider making use of the preserve's off-road bicycling trails, fishing spots and horse trails. If you want to spend the night, the preserve does offer camping facilities (tents only). The park is located one mile west of SR 520 on Maxim, to Bancroft, South to Paddock, West to Dallas; follow signs.
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