900 East State Road 434 Winter Springs, FL 32708 +1 407 327 6597
The Hound Ground Park is located a few miles northeast of downtown Orlando in the beautiful town of Winter Springs. The park offers a place to take your four-legged friends for a good time and plenty of exercise, but two-legged visitors can have fun as well. The park offers a special "small dog" fenced-in area to allow the smallest of canines to feel free to run and play without being overwhelmed by larger dogs, and also offers acres of fields surrounded by fencing, shaded areas to get out of the heat of the summer, nice training spots and water facilities to keep your best friend cool on hot days.
404A West Cocoa Beach Causeway Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 +1 321 302 5663
321 Kiteboarding is located in Cocoa Beach, southeast of Orlando on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Choose from receiving lessons in Cocoa, Titusville or Melbourne areas in the shallow, calm waters of the Indian River or Banana River lagoon. All equipment required is supplied and lessons are offered for kiteboarding, kitesurfing, surfing and sailing for all ages and skill levels, including lessons for beginners, intermediate or advanced riders. Rentals are also available for hourly or daily rates for kayaks, paddleboats and boats. - Diane Dilov-Schultheis
212 South Washington Avenue Titusville, FL 32796 +1 321 267 1110
Found southeast of Orlando, Canaveral National Seashore is located on a barrier island on the east coast of the state, just a short distance north of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (NASA) and Cocoa. Get back to nature and discover a native Florida, including an untouched beach, lagoon and dunes that are home to numerous wildlife and plants. Activities offered in the park consist of camping, fishing, boating, swimming, surfing, canoeing, ranger-led programs, and hiking or walking on various trails, plus a self-guided scenic drive. Highlights include a historic statehouse, historical interpretive park, 24 miles of undeveloped beaches and over 100 archaeological sites. - Diane Dilov-Schultheis
205 Main Street Daytona Beach, FL 32119 +1 386 253 6034
Located northwest of the city of Orlando in Daytona Beach, Haunts of the Worlds Most Famous Beach Ghost Tours offers nightly walking tours to those that dare. Owned and operated by the certified ghost hunter, Dusty Smith, who is an active certified paranormal researcher plus the author of many books on the subject as well. Meet up with an informed guide that leads you on a stroll through the area and tells you the tales of many documented hauntings of the Pinewood Cemetery. The tour offers a mixture of both legends and science. The length runs anywhere from one to two hours and guest are encouraged to bring their cameras to catch sightings. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
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.
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