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    Sea World Orlando

    by gwened Written Mar 6, 2014

    another site that we frequent a lot and finally found me a photo lol!
    sea world is like an aquarium but an active on display shows one, so its like a mix water park and attraction ride park. In Orlando Florida.

    Park open from 9am to 7pm, by bus see no 4 ,i came by car as I-4 West to exit 72 (Beachline Expressway/FL-528/Airport). Once on the Beachline, take the International Drive exit (exit #1). At traffic light, turn left. (You will be driving on International Drive.) At the second light, turn right onto Central Florida Parkway. The entrance to SeaWorld is on the right hand side of Central Florida Parkway.

    they have several pricing scheme better explained here
    http://seaworldparks.com/seaworld-orlando/book-online/tickets/mostpopulartourist/?source=OPT_pass_hours_tourist

    Shamu rides and killer whales , and sea lions shows were our favorites but there are several like
    http://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-orlando/attractions/?from=Top_Nav

    Inside dining ,the buffet was for us, and then we went outside the park
    http://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-orlando/dine-and-shop/dining/

    and plenty of shopping souvenirs
    http://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-orlando/dine-and-shop/shopping/

    one of the main parks of the Orlando area, so plan on seeing it; unique experience.

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    Marineland

    by gwened Written Feb 3, 2014

    This is the first marine park in Florida where Dolphins were brought in for observation and training. We used to lived about 40 mins from it up the coast along AIA. I am glad the park still going strong.
    the photos of old as when I used to lived there before 1995.I moved further South later on.

    how old well, founded as Marine Studios on ocean-side property just 18 miles south of St. Augustine, Florida, the facility opened on June 23, 1938.
    more on the story
    http://www.marineland.net/about_marineland.html

    admission ,hours, schedules and réservations are here
    http://www.marineland.net/dolphin_encounters.html

    It is an unique recherche center too,and very educational, if near don't missed it.

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    Seaquarium of Miami

    by gwened Updated Feb 2, 2014

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    a wonderful property for years there now an institution not to be missed while in town. I have been coming here since I was a teenager and that is a long time ago, then took my sons, and hope you do the same.

    great experience with the dolphins,and seals shows as well as the killer whales, our favorite shows.I have added some older photos

    Daily Admission Tickets
    General Admission $39.95
    Children (3 to 9) $29.95
    check prices in webpage for updates.
    Miami Seaquarium® is opened 365 days a year. Our park is open from 9:30 a.m. and closes at 6:00p.m. Box office closes at 4:30 p.m. each day. Daily admission includes a fun filled day of marine-life shows and exhibits on 38 beautiful acres overlooking the Miami skyline.

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    Miami Children's Museum

    by ArenJo Written Jan 19, 2014

    There is quite a bit for kid's to do, but we didn't find it to be as fun as other children's museums that we have tried.
    Also, if you have a children's museum membership anywhere else, you may get a discount here.
    This is close enough to where the cruise ships dock that you can see some which is cool.
    One bad thing is due to the location, traffic can get really slow at times.

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    Universal Studios

    by ArenJo Updated Jan 19, 2014

    For Islands of Adventure:
    Although I believe the Whizardly World and all that is in it is over-rated, the rest of the park is awesome. My son loves the Cat in the Hat ride as well as the High in the Sky Trolley. And adults seem to like those rides plenty as well. The only problem with this park is, besides that one area there isn't much for kids to do here. The "Stories you Will Hear" are great for kids and they get to meet the characters afterward. Also, the Christmastime plays like the Grinch are great. Even my 4 year old son was into it the whole time.

    For Universal Studios:
    I will agree that many of the rides here are similar and not much fun. However, the Mummy is awesome. This is also a great place for concerts throughout the year. And the annual pass is cheap compared to Disney. One tip I can offer, you can use those lockers next to the Mummy and Men in Black for a little longer than just the ride.

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    Ice Bar in Orlando

    by ArenJo Written Jan 19, 2014

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    Very cold, but they give you comfy winter clothing when you walk in the door. The admission price includes a few drinks. Afterward you can relax in a warm bar, but there doesn't tend to be anyone hanging out there.

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    Old area of St. Augustine

    by ArenJo Written Jan 19, 2014

    Very cool to see an old town right in Florida. Definitely worth a stop if you are nearby.
    I would skip the carriage ride though. We had to keep waiting around for one because apparently they only work when they feel like it. Then we got charged more than we were quoted. And it wasn't relaxing or sweet at all. We wanted something romantic, instead we got a driver that wouldn't shut up and the smell of horse poop.
    We tried the Mexican food place next door to the old fort. It was ok, but nothing special.

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    Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine

    by ArenJo Written Jan 19, 2014

    The grounds are beautiful and the views from the top are great. The whole family enjoyed it. A 70 year old, 50 year old, 25 year old, and 4 year old. Also, if you have any senior citizens with you, let them buy the tickets. If I remember right, he spent about $10 and it got all of us in.

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    St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum

    by ArenJo Written Jan 19, 2014

    The "real" cannon was just a button you push and then it lights up and makes a noise. The Disney show was just a little dark room with a bad story line. Some of the historic items were cool, but not nearly worth the money spent. Also, the museum was too packed, not that there were that many people. It is just that there wasn't much room to move around. Also of note, some of the items allowed you to touch them, like the treasure chest. Some people might think that is neat, but I kind of hate that over time this will ruin these historic items. The gift shop was also overpriced.

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    The Florida Aquarium in Tampa

    by ArenJo Written Jan 19, 2014

    Since we just went to the Lowry zoo the day before, we already seen a lot of these animals and we walked through the aquarium pretty quickly. The outside was nice for the kids to play for hours. However, I feel the place was way overpriced. And the special tours were definitely way overpriced. I spent over $100 to spend time with penguins and it really wasn't anywhere near being worth it. Plus, they counted wrong and some people that paid for the tour didn't get to go on it.

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    Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

    by ArenJo Written Jan 19, 2014

    The fact that I had a membership at another zoo in Florida and got in half price was just another perk. The birds that fly overhead at certain hours of the day were amazing to watch. There were many areas here for kids to run lose and burn off some energy. The animal exhibits were awesome and very interactive. And the rides really added to the fun with my son. He loved the log ride. The safari ride was the best I have ever ridden, although the wait was horrendous (about an hour). The rest of the rides pretty consistently had no lines. My 4 years old son still talks about it and wants to go back. If you would like a locker, there are some right next to the log ride.

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    LegoLand -awesome for young kids

    by ArenJo Updated Jan 19, 2014

    Fabulous rides throughout the whole park for all the kids in the family UNLESS they are under 36". They are real picky about that.
    The Pirate Ship / ski show is awesome. The fireman's show kind of sucks and is boring.

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    Green Meadows

    by ArenJo Written Jan 19, 2014

    Personally I think they charge WAY too much money. You just get added to a huge tour group wherever they are at and you keep following it around until you get back where it started. It is not personal at all. The play areas are ok. There is one indoor play area that is real nice for the kids that I don't think many people know about. The train ride was good. The hay rack ride was ok, but fairly uncomfortable and just drove over the areas where we all already walked. My son did like climbing on the tractors and the fire truck after we let the tour group.

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    Brevard Zoo in Viera, FL

    by ArenJo Written Jan 19, 2014

    The kid's area is awesome, they have a water play area, a slide, a fort, and an indoor sandbox, indoor area to be a pretend veterinarian, a petting zoo. The whole zoo is very interactive. You can feed sting rays, deer, giraffe, etc. There is also an excellent train ride. Anyone that says you can't see the animals apparently doesn't know that you should go to the zoo early if you want to see them. The train is something you should try to do early, otherwise those animals will definitely go into hiding. We usually do all the animal sighting first, then go to the kid's area at the end of the day.

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    Coco Key Water Park in Orlando

    by ArenJo Written Jan 19, 2014

    There are so many water slides here for all ages and no way for kids to get out without their parents knowing. Sadly I seen a lot of parents here slapping life vests on their kids and letting them run wild without watching them. Please don't expect the life guards and other parents to do your job. My son LOVED it here. One problem was that my 19 year old niece just wanted to watch and they made her pay full price to get in with her street clothes. Part of the water park was inside, part outside which means it is great for all weather. Great prices whether you stay in the hotel or not. Watch out for theft. We did rent a locker but left wet swim shorts out and they got stolen. The restaurants there aren't very good at all and wouldn't take the coupons I had for there.

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