If you feel like doing something a bit more active than sunbathing while you're at the beach, renting a kayak is a fun and easy option. We rented one at Port Charlotte Beach Park by calling It's Time! Kayak and Canoe rentals. Audrey (one of the owners) met us at the beach 30 minutes after we called. She was super nice, making sure we'd have a fun and safe ride by giving us some tips and offering baggies to keep our stuff dry. She suggested an itinerary that took us across Alligator Bay in Lewes Creek, where we got to paddle peacefully in the mangrove-made canals. We could see fish splashing right in front of the kayak, and we also spotted several different aquatic bird species. If you're lucky you might even get to see some daulphins! You can rent single or double kayaks for an hour ($20-$30), half a day ($30-$45), or a full day ($50-$65). Rentals are available 7 days a week, from sunrise to sunset!
It seems like no matter where you are in the Port Charlotte area, there's always a park or nature reserve nearby. In our case, the closest one to our house was the Port Charlotte Beach Park, and not a day went by that we didn't spend some time there, whether it was to go fishing on the pier, to read on the beach, watch the sunset, play tennis or go for a swim. With a population of less than 50,000 people, Port Charlotte isn't exactly a huge city, but it was still nice to have the opportunity of getting away from it all simply by walking down the street. Everyone we met at the park was chatty and friendly, which made it easy to see that there was a strong sense of community in the area and that permanent residents enjoy welcoming new comers.
Another city park we discovered during our second holiday in Port Charlotte was the Bayshore Live Oak Park. It doesn't offer beach access, however you can go for a walk or a bike ride on its large sidewalks, go fishing at the pier, let kids run around at the playground, and enjoy a family picnic. The small park is beautifully landscaped, and stretches between Bayshore Road and Charlotte Habor. A very nice alternative if you ever feel like doing something different than spending another day at the beach!
John Ringling was one of the seven brothers who created the famous Ringling Circus back in the 1880s. Thanks to this successful venture, he soon became one of the richest men in the world and, in the 1920s, he built a beautiful Venitian-style mansion in Sarasota, which he called Ca' d'Zan (House of John). He developed an interest in Italian Baroque paintings and grew quite a remarkable private collection, for which he built a lovely palace that now operates as the Ringling Museum of Art. In 1927, he also established the circus's winter quarters on the grounds next to his villa. Admission to the Ringling museum ($25) includes access to the art museum, to the villa, to the estate's beautifully landscaped grounds, and to the Circus Museum. Having read Sara Gruen's "Water for Elephants", I very much enjoyed seeing it all come to life during my visit to the museum, which includes lots of memorabilia and information about what circus life was all about 100 years ago.The villa and art museum were also fascinating - I especially enjoyed the special dress and glass exhibits. If you're not planning on spending much time in museums during your trip to Florida, let this place be the one exception!
Whether you want to go fishing or simply enjoy the calm, beautiful waters of Peace River and Charlotte Harbour, Holidaze Boat Rental has several types of boat that should fit your needs and budget. Whether you're looking for a kayak, a pontoon, a small fishing boat or.a faster deckboat, I thought that Holidaze Boat Rental was a safe, hassle-free place to rent from. The owners are very friendly and accommodating, they even offered us water and sunscreen for the ride. Rates are pretty reasonable - hourly rates, half-day rates and daily rates are available. We rented a pontoon and very much enjoyed exploring the canals in Punta Gorda, stopping here and there to drop a fishing line, and having the most wonderful picnic on board. It all made for a wonderful afternoon!
I caught the free shuttle service to both SeaWorld and Universal Studios.
All buses run on time and drop you outside the theme parks.
Don`t go mad and do the theme parks everyday you need time to chill out and relax.
Take the bus for $2 each way and visit the old town of Kissimmee with its gift shops.
Book on the Dine with Shamu it was well worth the money I paid and would do it again tomorrow.
Everyone in Orlando made my holiday one that I will remember for a long time to come.
Went back to Florida in January 2012 and did The Behind the Scenes With Clyde and Seymour who do the Sealion show it was brilliant and I had a great Birthday on this one.
I also visited Busch Gardens at Tampa Bay and went on Cheetah Hunt rollercoaster great fun.
When we lived here for about 9 years our beach was in Fort Lauderdale at Las Olas ,the party place, night and day and just straight east from us.
you have shopping, restos including one of our favorite French restaurant there La Bonne Crepe.Live music at night and many events throughout the year, see the webpage.
The shops and restos are upscale but well price so good for many and you will enjoy the real Florida living.
if in the area it is a must to visit the beach, and if young at heart come for the night great you will love it.
see Ybor city plenty for shopping, eating, drinking and activities.
You can still watch cigars being rolled in this district, which has been revived as a human-scaled, walking-friendly place for food and pop culture. And it's a place with Hispanic style in food, dress and language, and the legacy of shotgun shacks and social clubs of a barrio that once looked after its working class generously.
But Ybor comes more alive after sunset. It's one of Florida's great happening places, with its late-night clubs and first-rate restaurants, from Bernini and Laughing Cat to the original Columbia, celebrating the start of its second century.
you have parkings at Centro Ybor and Palm Avenue Garages.
A history close to my roots, the Cuban Club of Tampa
another of my favorite parks often combining the entry here for a glass of beer with a soccer/football match between my university and the local team,and then family time arrive too. A wonderful park indeed for the entire family
For those who dare, there's an ample amount of adrenaline-inducing roller coasters at Tampa's Busch Gardens.
Gwazi, the Southeast's largest and fastest double wooden roller coaster, is definitely one to experience. The Python has a 70-foot plunge and the Scorpion a 360-degree loop. Considered one of the world's best roller coasters, the Kumba sends the innocent rider through a rush of weightlessness. Finally, Montu, one of the tallest and longest inverted roller coasters in the world, achieves a G-force of more than 3.85, according to the Busch Gardens Web site.
A memorable experience indeed. To buy tickets here
well so much written on it,while living in Florida for 18 years I came here at least 20 times, from teen years to father who brought his kids. And then guest friends and family visiting, and in between going to concerts here, wild parties indeed.
I let you do the reading in VT. Just some notes ;there are very few experiences available to us everyday mortals that offer the dizzying heights, speed thrills and Top Gun maneuvers of roller coasters -- without a great deal of risk. From bone-rattling wooden giants to high-tech steel serpents, these rides inspire equal parts joy and terror, making us laugh and cry with equal intensity.
The newer Animal Kingdom, open just when I left the area and now there is an even newer show call Expedition Everest, sending park guests on a mildly wild runaway-train ride through simulated Himalayas, the lair of the mysterious and dangerous Yeti.
The park is now the parks, love them all thus. info on buying tickets
and find your park hours here
parking is now 14 USDollars per day.
HEre is full directions to the parks
well its Florida you know and we do have alligators, so this is my kids park and my son's too. Its great for the nature of you...
In the 1930s, Gatorland founder Owen Godwin, however, gambled that out-of-state visitors would pay to see the exotic lizardlike creatures. Godwin moved his humble backyard show to a 16-acre site in Kissimmee in 1947, joining the lineup of mom-and-pop attractions that were a staple of Florida before Disney World changed the landscape. During the years, the attraction added acreage and shows and went through several name changes, finally settling on Gatorland in 1954.
Crocodilians have always enjoyed the starring roles in Gatorland's entertainment lineup, but the park has other attractions, too: alligator breeding pens, nurseries and rearing ponds, a petting zoo, a miniature train tour and a restaurant featuring gator ribs and deep-fried gator nuggets. In the aviary, visitors can buy a cup of nectar and let colorful lorikeets perch on their shoulders
A great family park
Lots written on it here but after living in Florida for 18 years and going here and there concerts and all, it remains my favorite park at them all. Universal studios
The Incredible Hulk Coaster welcomes you to an incredible journey through Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure. Kind of scary when you first see it, the Hulk is a high-speed launchpad to the sky, soaring 150 feet.
The coaster rolls at 67 mph through seven inversions (that's upside down) and through two subterranean trenches (that's below ground!). And the Hulk is tame compared to the Islands' other major ride, The Dueling Dragons -- a pair of twisting and turning inverted coasters that actually duel -- as in your head passing within inches of heads on the other coaster at 55 mph. Not for the faint of heart.
There are certainly many theme-park choices in the Orlando area, and most of us have seen them all, or at least think we have. But if you haven't been to Islands of Adventure yet, it's worth another visit. The park is divided into five "Island" themes.
parking is 15 USD now,and all rates can be found at official site
Earnest Hemingway house is very nice,and full of history. Hemingway lived in the house from 1931 to '40 and again from '51 to '61.
That sense of calm still resides in the house where the author wrote such works as To Have and Have Not, The Snows of Kilimanjaro and For Whom the Bell Tolls.
wonder works in Orlando international drive by Pointe shopping center is great, just like an earthquake lol!
Walk into Wonder Works and you'll think your world has been turned upside down --literally. The most striking feature of this structure is the way the building appears to have been uprooted and then landed on its head. There are lots of great things for families to do. Wonder Works tries to combine science with entertainment. There are more than a hundred exhibits for kids young and old to get their hands on.
Guests can feel what it's like to be standing in the middle of an earthquake or brave the winds of a hurricane. Virtual reality is a reality at Wonder Works. There are exhibits that put you right in the middle of the action. Guests use their flight skills at Shuttle Landers to take the controls of a spacecraft and land it somewhat safely on an airstrip. Then you can put your engineering skills to work as you design your own roller coaster and ride it at the WonderCoaster.
All indoors !!! admissions adults, $18.95; seniors and children, 4-–12, $12.95.
ne of our family's favorite and those still do go, this is heaven in the sunshine State of Florida, if you are looking for a beach, this is it. Contantly rated one of the best beaches in the USA by Dr Beach.
Fort DeSoto is dog-friendly park, near St. Petersburg, is spread over 900 acres on five interconnected islands and has seven miles of waterfront, a campground, nature trails, boat ramp, fishing piers and the ruins of a fort built during the Spanish-American War. Besides the beach, the park has a Spanish-American-era fort.
There are 233 campsites, with 85 sites set aside on one island for tents only. All sites have water and electrical hookup (max. 30 amp service), picnic table, and a charcoal grill. Pets are permitted in only one of the three camping areas.
5 USdollars parking fee.
the keys is prime for that, I used to go out on family boat from islamorada. THe pennenkamp is nice, with glassbottom boats, protected park. you have Bahia honda down near arriving Key West, very nice too.
then you have Marathon, and Big Pine Key has an aquatic reserve that boats take you out on trips diving and snorkeling. Its really nice.
This is where my family still goes there as live not far, Robbie's marina
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