锘? In this day of everyone tightening their budgets vacations have taken a definite back row to other household needs but as the old adage goes Josh Robinson Jersey , all work and no play. More and more people are staying closer to home and seeking the best location to get the most bang for their buck. We here in Florida are fortunate to have one of the best places in the world to get the most for our hard earned shrinking dollar. Orlando has amusement parks, water parks, attractions such as dinner shows and a Ripleys Believe it or Not. There are hotels and restaurants on almost every corner and convention centers and sports venues all over the city. No wonder Orlando is known as a favorite vacation destination not only in America but worldwide. Ive lived in Florida for over 20 years and I can honestly say that Orlando is one of my favorite cities here, I do hate the traffic but thats the price you pay for a visit to the city.
When you think of Orlando the first thing that comes to mind is most likely amusement parks and with good reason Orlando probably has more per capita than any other city in the U.S. Of course we all know of the biggies Disneys Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center John Sullivan Jersey , Animal Kingdom and the recently renamed Hollywood Studio and did you also know that Disney has 2 water parks Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon perfect on our hot summer days. There is also a non Disney water park, Wet N Wild that is very popular with the locals.
Universal Studios also has two parks; their Universal Studio and Islands of Adventure and if youre a Harry Potter fan, as so many of us are, they are opening a new themed adventure The Wizarding World of Harry Potter sometime in 2010.
Both Disney and Universal have their own shopping, dining and entertainment venues other than their Parks. For Disney its called Downtown Disney John Randle Jersey , here they have the exciting Cirque du Soleil, a circusacrobaticmusical show thats fun for all ages. They also have the House of Blues where you can have diner then catch on of your favorite bands on the stage they have in a separate theater next door, oh and be sure to keep you receipt from dinner, it allows you to get first seating. Fultons Crab house is unique because the restaurant itself is an authentic replica of an old riverboat. Bongos Cuban Caf is a personal favorite where as the dinner hour is ending they move the tables to make room for dancing to the Latin bands that play there, Bongos is owned by the singer Gloria Estefan. If shopping is your thing Harley Davidson of Orlando has a shop here and there are many Disney themed places Joe Berger Jersey , as youd expect, to get that last minute trinket you forgot from one of the parks.
Not to be outdone by Disney, Universal has a place too, its called City Walk. We spent a New Years Eve there a couple of years ago and had a ball. Universals AQUOS Theater is home of the Blue Man Group, this visual musical show is unique because the men performing it never speak Jerick McKinnon Jersey , but that doesnt keep them from communicating with the audience, definitely a must see show. Some other big draws to City Walk are the Hard Rock Caf, Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville, the NASCAR Sports Grille and the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. They also have a row of night clubs where you can dance and party the night away to everything from Reggae at Bob Marleys place to Pat OBriens dueling piano bar where youre part of the act too.
If youd like to get away from the themed part of Orlando it has many dinner shows on its own several popular ones at Medieval Times, where they have live jousting and you cheer for the knight whose colored section youre sitting in Jeff Locke Jersey , oh you also get to get with your fingers there. Capones Dinner Theater is a musical dinner buffet set in Chicago circa 1920 something. Arabian Nights is also a crowd favorite which features the famous Arabian Horses and is a tale of fantasy and beauty. There are also unique restaurant there such as one of my favorites Caf Tu Tu Tango, her they have nightly entertainment featuring dancers and local artists exhibiting their work but what I love about it is the menu is all in appetizer form which encourages everyone to share, so be sure to go with someone you like.
If you decide you want to kick back and relax from the rush that is Orlando be sure to visit the closest beach to Orlando Cocoa Beach. Here youll find a great pier where you can fish drink, shop, eat Jarius Wright Jersey , play volleyball or just relax and watch the surfers. While in the area here be sure to stop by the Kennedy Space Center or visit Cape Canaveral where the Port of Canaveral is located. At the port you can watch a cruise or cargo ship coming or going or even get the rare treat we got one day as we watched a submarine surface and head into the port, you truly never know what youll see.
Forget a week, you could spend a month in Orlando and never see all there is to see or do everything there is to do, I guess youll just have to make plans to come back again, real soon. Author's Resource Box
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