Orlando Area Tours and Attractions

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TOP SELLERS

 

 

Mt Dora

Canal Tour

Lunch

One featured group activity is a scenic canal boat tour out of Mt Dora.  Plan is a day trip on Saturday or Sunday to Mt Dora combining a chance to visit the city, cruise the Lake Dora canals, and have lunch at a popular local eatery. The City of Mount Dora is a charming, one-hundred plus year old historic village in the heart of Central Florida on the shores of beautiful Lake Dora in the Harris Chain of Lakes.  The canal tour includes providing a narrated Eco-tour into the unspoiled Dora Canal, through towering 2,000 year old cypress trees dripping with Spanish moss. Commonly seen on the canal are herons, ibis, egrets, anhingas birds, turtles and alligators. The tour continues onto one of the lakes in the Harris Chain, in search of bald eagles and osprey. The luxury all-weather pontoon boats provide a shaded, stable and dry platform to observe the beautiful surroundings.http://ci.mount-dora.fl.us/

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group has taken their indescribable live celebration of art, technology and music to a whole new level at Universal Orlando® Resort. Experience the wonder of Blue Man Group with incredible new performances, astounding new music, and an all-new stage. It's science, it's laughter, it's that creative urge you feel inside and want to explore. Become part of the new Blue Man Group show from the minute you step inside the doors of the Blue Man Group Theatre. Forget what you know—that was then, this is wow.

http://www.blueman.com/universal-orlando/about-the-show

Blue Springs State Park

 

Blue Spring State Park covers more than 2,600 acres, including the largest spring on the St. Johns River. Blue Spring is a designated Manatee Refuge and the winter home to a growing population of West Indian Manatees.
For centuries, the spring area was home to Native Americans. In 1766 it was visited by Colonial American botanist John Bartram, but it was not until 1856 that it was settled by Louis Thursby and his family. The Thursby house, built in 1872, remains standing. The spring´s crystal clear, 73 degree water can be enjoyed by swimmers, snorkelers, and certified scuba divers with a partner. The river is popular for fishing, canoeing, and boating. River boat tours are available; for reservations, call St. Johns River Cruises at (386) 917-0724. The park has plenty of picnic areas and a hiking trail.

http://www.floridastateparks.org/bluespring/aboutthepark.cfm

De Leon Springs State Park

 

About the Park

The Visitor Center features exhibits on the park's rich history and artifacts on display from the Mayaca. The swimming area is adjacent to a beautiful, shady picnic ground. Canoe, kayak and paddleboat rentals are available for a paddling tour of the spring and spring run. De Leon Springs flows into the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge where canoeists and kayakers can explore 18,000 acres of lakes, creeks and marshes. An all-terrain wheelchair and a standard wheelchair are provided for visitors who need assistance getting around the park, including the paved nature trail. 

The Old Spanish Sugar Mill

The Old Spanish Sugar Mill sits beside the spring named for the legendary explorer Ponce De Leon. Originally constructed in the 1830’s to crush sugar cane utilizing the power of the 16 – 18 million gallons of water flowing from the spring daily, the mill features a 30 foot undershot waterwheel. The mill was rebuilt around 1900. A chimney, which remains on the site, was part of the original sugar mill operation, and displays a 1931 DAR plaque proclaiming the date of 1570 as the year of mill construction. This was based on inaccurate information. The mill was destroyed twice over the years. It was destroyed during the Second Seminole War in 1835 and again during the Civil War in 1864 when the mill was being used to provide corn for the Confederate troops. Legend tells of mill stones being thrown into the spring although none have ever been recovered.

The Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill and Griddle House

In 1961 the mill was again scheduled for destruction. Just an old building to many, but Peter Schwarze felt quite differently. A fifth generation grist miller newly arrived in Florida. Peter saw treasure that must be saved. He arranged to lease and restore the mill, moved his wife and daughter to the “Fountain of Youth” and began once again grinding flour in the mill building. His gristmill was of his own design, an adjustable under runner mill with small French Buhr stones that were electrically powered. The setting was perfect and the restaurant and bakery utilizing his flours began. The Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill and Griddle House restaurant continues under family operation today. Customers sit at tables with electric griddles in the center and make their own pancakes right on the griddles. They are served two different types of homemade pancake batters, one containing stone-ground corn, wheat, rye, whole wheat and buckwheat flours and the other made from unbleached white flour.  Other standard breakfasts, salads, and sandwiches are also offered.

 

 

 

OTHER ATTACTIONS

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The Barn Antiques

The Barn Antiques, established 1969, is a large, family-run antique shop in rural Central Florida, about one hour from the class hotel. We sell a wide variety of items, most of them dating from the early 19th through early 20th centuries. We are proud to keep two spacious showrooms, an extensive area for stained glass, and an all new area featuring unusual outdoor items such as antique chimney pots and iron gates.  Since The Barn was founded, it has expanded within the family to include a variety of shops.

The Barn has long been a landmark in the Central Florida area. If you've never come to see us, you can read about our history and our stores here. During regular trips abroad, we hand-pick the best pieces for the showrooms from our wide network of well-established contacts. Along with our extensive local buying, this lets us always have on hand a fresh selection of the highest quality, most affordably priced antiques - big and small - to be found.

http://www.barnantiques.biz/

Daytona International Speedway

Venture behind-the-scenes and discover what makes Daytona International Speedway the World Center of Racing. On the approximately 90-minute All Access Tour you can explore areas such as the Drivers Meeting Room, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Garages, Gatorade Victory Lane and the Houston Lawing Press Box seven stories above the Speedway. Embark on an exciting, guided tour through the historical sites of Daytona International Speedway. This tour brings to life how local beaches, businesses, and families shaped NASCAR into the fastest growing spectator sport in the world. From state-of-the-art facilities and unprecedented safety features to the everyday items we buy, NASCAR has helped shape it all. During your field trip to the “World Center of Racing”, get an up-close view of the daunting 31-degree banking in the turns, an exclusive look inside the NASCAR garages and tech inspection stations, take in the entire 2.5-mile Superspeedway from the Houston Lawing Press Box high atop the front stretch grandstands and celebrate in Gatorade Victory Lane!

http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/Tours/Tours.aspx

Disney World

Walt Disney World is both the largest vacation resort in the world and most visited theme park resort in the world. At over 25,000 acres, the massive property features four world-renowned theme parks, twenty-four on-site resorts, two water parks, four mini-golf courses in two locations, an interactive/video game park, a shopping and nighttime entertainment area, and 5 professional golf courses and outdoor recreation. 

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/  

Gatorland

Gatorland features 3,000 gators and 89 crocodiles, as well as a number of bird and snake exhibits.

http://www.gatorland.com/

 

 

Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue

Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is an old-fashioned dinner show that includes foot-stompin' music, nostalgic comedy and an all-you-care-to-eat dinner at Pioneer Hall in Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Get ready for good, ol' country fun!A long-time family favorite, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is hosted in a rustic dance hall, with rousing Wild West dancing, singing, and zany vaudeville comedy. You never know what to expect from the high-spirited Claire de Lune, Johnny Ringo, Dolly Drew, Six Bits Slocum, Flora Long and Jim Handy.As the Pioneer Hall Players perform skits and early song standards, equally sassy Cast Members serve your countrified feast. Between laughs, chow down on pails of all-you-care-to-eat American favorites like fried chicken, smoked BBQ pork ribs, seasonal vegetable, baked beans, fresh baked corn bread and strawberry shortcake. Unlimited draft beer, wine, sangria and soft drinks are included for Guests 21 years of age or older (proper ID required). Celebrations are acknowledged in the show.As the performance rounds out, you may be asked to join in the finale—a musical tribute to Davy Crockett. Your inner bumpkin just might emerge.Bring your whole clan of kin folk and join the frolicking fun of this folksy extravaganza.

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/cabins-at-fort-wilderness-resort/hoop-dee-doo-musical-revue/

Kennedy Space Center

Orlando vacations aren't complete without a trip to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Just east of the most popular Orlando attractions and theme parks, NASA's launch headquarters is the only place on Earth where you can tour launch areas, meet a veteran astronaut, see giant rockets, train in spaceflight simulators, and even view a launch.

Experience more on your Orlando, Florida vacation with a daytrip to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, where the sky isn't the limit - it's just the beginning

Short of becoming an astronaut, there’s no better way to get a glimpse of Kennedy Space Center than on the Kennedy Space Center Tour (KSC Tour). Take a NASA bus for a drive-by view of the space shuttle launch pad and then experience the historic Apollo 8 launch and marvel at a massive 363-foot-long Saturn V moon rocket at the Apollo/Saturn V Center.

The KSC Tour is included with admission and departs every 15 minutes from the Visitor Complex. The tour is self-guided, allowing guests to get off the bus and spend as much time as desired at each location.

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/home/index.html#.VCBg2GOHBFs

Leu Gardens

Each garden in this 50-acre botanical oasis just minutes from downtown Orlando is designed to inspire visitors to appreciate and understand plants.

http://www.leugardens.org/

Lone Cabbage Fish Camp & Air Boat Rides

 

Glide thru the grassy marsh of the ST. Johns River & Lake Poinsett at speeds of up to 45 M.P.H. As the boat slows down to an idle you will have several photo opportunities to take photos  of our local wildlife, such as alligators, eagles, and several species of wading birds by the hundreds, and visit a natural cypress swamp.

http://www.twisterairboatrides.com/

Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS)

Daytona

The Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS) is the primary art, science and history museum in Central Florida. Located on a 90-acre Florida nature preserve, the 100,000 square foot facility is host to over 30,000 objects including the finest collection of American art in the Southeast, one of the most significant collections of Cuban art outside of Cuba, a Chinese art collection, Florida's prehistoric Giant Ground Sloth, a large Coca-Cola®and Americana collection, a rare Napoleonic Collection and our new Visible Storage Building. The MOAS collection also includes a wealth of historic paintings and African artifacts. The museum’s auditorium, planetarium, and Charles and Linda Williams Children's Museum make for a truly interactive experience.

http://www.moas.org/main.cfm

Orange County Regional History Center

The Orange County Regional History Center, housed in a restored historic 1927 courthouse in downtown Orlando, showcases the vast collections of the Historical Society of Central Florida. Three floors of permanent exhibits showcase 12,000 years of Florida history. The museum, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate and AAM accredited museum, also presents nationally important limited-run exhibitions.

http://thehistorycenter.org/

Orlando Ballet

Orlando Ballet is fast becoming the little company that could.  With only 26 company dancers and 5 paid apprentices this marvelous company has an international flavor (with dancers from the United States, Japan, Korea, Brazil and Cuba), and the ambition to tackle Balanchine and Twyla Tharp.  The company performs classics like Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and of course the Nutcracker, and mixes it up with contemporary works by artistic director Bruce Marks, Twyla Tharp and others.  If you happen to be in town when the ballet is performing, it is worth the price of the ticket to watch this company in action.  The ballet season runs from October to May.  For the current season schedule check out their web site www.orlandoballet.org.

Orlando Balloon Rides

Take off on a 3 to 4 hour fun-filled balloon adventure, leaving one hour before sunrise. Enjoy a tranquil hour floating above the sights and attractions of the Orlando area. Flights leave from any of our 25 different locations in the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort area but we check in every morning at the Radisson Resort Orlando -Celebration in Kissimmee. Once airborne the pilot will point out the spectacular sights from the theme parks to the orange groves, forest, and swamps that have been untouched for thousands of years. Complimentary Champagne Toast after flight and full breakfast.

http://www.orlandoballoonrides.com/

Orlando Museum of Art

Founded in 1924, the Orlando Museum of Art is a 501(c)(3) educational institution whose mission reflects the continued growth of Florida, ardent community support for the arts and the OMA’s role as a leading cultural institution in the region.

Since its inception, the Museum’s purpose has been to enrich the cultural life of Florida by providing excellence in the visual arts. To meet this objective, the Museum has dedicated itself to collecting, preserving and interpreting notable works of art; to presenting exhibitions of local, regional, national and international significance; to developing first-rate educational programs; and to presenting creative and inclusive programs to reach every segment of a diverse community.

http://www.omart.org/pages/about

Orlando Science Center

From the time you arrive at the Orlando Science Center, you are immersed in cool science, like walking across the glass bridge into the 3-story open lobby.

http://www.osc.org/

Orlando Shakespeare Theater

With Shakespeare as our standard and inspiration, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater produces bold professional theater, develops new plays, and provides innovative educational experiences that enrich our community.

http://www.orlandoshakes.org/

Renninger’s Antique Mall

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Historic Mt Dora, FL

Located on 117 acres of scenic, rolling land in beautiful Lake County, the heart of Central Florida; amid spreading oaks, garlands of Spanish moss waving gently from their branches, you will find Renninger's Twin Markets in Mt. Dora. Two large buildings and a number of open air shopping areas house a wide variety of dealers from produce stands, clothing shops, and oddity vendors, to high quality antiques and collectibles.

 

The City of Mount Dora is a charming, one-hundred plus year old historic village in the heart of Central Florida on the shores of beautiful Lake Dora in the Harris Chain of Lakes. The historic downtown offers a wide array of shopping, dining, lodging, activities, wellness and entertainment... there's something for every taste.

http://ci.mount-dora.fl.us/

http://oldsite.renningers.com/dora/dorahome.htm

 

 

 

 

SeaWorld

The awe-inspiring power and beauty of the sea is everywhere at SeaWorld Orlando. Get up-close to all of its mesmerizing creatures – gentle manatees, graceful dolphins, playful penguins, fascinating sharks and so much more. From the tiniest starfish to the ocean’s biggest star, Shamu, SeaWorld is alive with the ocean’s wonders. Connect with the sea underwater and connect with the air on coaster adventures where you’ll brave watery beasts and feel like a flying ray.  The sea is a stage, where dolphins dance on water, whales swim in the sky, and spectacle and color are around every turn. Here, borders are erased and the possibilities are boundless.

http://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-orlando/

Titanic the Experience

Redesigned in January 2012 by RMS Titanic, Inc., Titanic The Experience is a blockbuster Orlando attraction located on 7324 International Drive near Universal Studios, Sea World and Walt Disney World. Become a passenger and travel back in time to 100 years ago, where authentic artifacts and interactive storytellers in period costume allow you to visit the unforgettable sights, sounds, and emotions of most famous Ship ever to set sail, Titanic.

This 17 gallery tour includes full scale room re-creations where you visit Titanic's Grand Staircase, First Class Parlor Suite, Boilers, Captain's Bridge and Promenade Deck offering a haunting, emotional connection to lives abruptly ended or forever altered.

In addition, you will now view more than 400 unique pieces of memorabilia and 100 artifacts recovered from the wreck site of Titanic- 21 of which have recently completed conservation and are on display for the first time. These celebrated pieces include a 3-ton portion of the Ship's hull, the Captain's wheel and personal belongings from Titanic's passengers and crew.

http://www.premierexhibitions.com/exhibitions/3/41/titanic-artifact-exhibition/titanic-artifact-exhibition-orlando

Universal CityWalk

Universal CityWalk is a 30-acre nighttime entertainment complex offering some of the hottest, most recognizable entertainment experiences in the world with dozens of clubs, restaurants and shops.

https://www.universalorlando.com/Nightlife/Citywalk-Nightlife.aspx

Universal Studios

This vast complex houses two theme parks (Universal Studios, for movie rides, and Islands of Adventure, for thrills), an entertainment/nightlife complex (CityWalk) and a variety of hotels. You can buy passes for admission to the parks or just visit the bars, restaurants and stores on the CityWalk.

https://www.universalorlando.com/

Universal's Islands of Adventure

Universal's Islands of Adventure features some of the most innovative rides and attractions ever made on seven spectacularly themed islands: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, The Lost Continent, Seuss Landing and Port of Entry.

https://www.universalorlando.com/Amusement_Parks/Islands_of_Adventure/islands_of_adventure.aspx

Winter Park, FL

The Orange County city of Winter Park, situated north of Orlando and about 15-20 minutes from the class hotel, was once considered a winter resort. Today, the arts- and culture-filled city includes Rollins College and the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of Natural Art. Winter Park also is a nature lover's destination. Here you will find more than 70 parks, all home to various events, festivals and celebrations throughout the year – and available to anyone looking for a place to sit in the shade and enjoy a beautiful Central Florida day.

http://cityofwinterpark.org/