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Orlando Helicopter Tour from International Drive Area
"Flying in the comfort of an air-conditioned professionally piloted helicopter there are 6 different itineraries to choose from one for every budget and all time constraints. See the Itinerary for more details.For those wanting to get a taste of touring by helicopter enjoy an introductory flight over the parks of SeaWorld including Discovery Cove and Aquatica. If you are looking for a little more adventure a SeaWorld/Universal Helicopter Tour includes both of these famous Orlando theme parks. On the Disney Re Animal Kingdom Epcot
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I-RIDE Trolley Unlimited Ride Pass
"Book a 7-day or 14-day Unlimited Ride Pass and enjoy convenient transport to top attractions in Orlando. Travel along two I-RIDE Trolley routes: the Main Line and the Green Line. (Please click on the 'View Additional Info' tab below to see the two different trolley routes.)The Main Line trave with 85 convenient stops arriving approximately every 20 minutes. The Green Line begins and ends on International Drive but primarily travels along Universal Boulevard with 22 convenient stops arriving approximately every 30 minutes.Perhaps plan a visit to Wet 'n Wild Orlando a water park with world-class rides. SeaWorld® Orlando
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City Tour of Orlando
"Lake EolaFirst stop is the iconic Lake Eola. Discover the story behind the city landmark and why it's now considered the city's centerpiece.Leu GardensA 50 acre botanical oasis that is sure to inspire. Known as Orlando’s best kept secret; with a stop for a private boat tour through the canals and waters on Winter Park Chain of Lakes. Or opt to stay on land for extra time to experience the charm of Winter Park with their outdoor cafés and bistros alongside upscale boutiques and specialty shops. Everyone will have time to shop and dine before departure.""""Orlando is often called the ""Theme Park Capital of the World"" however there is so much more to explore just around the corner from the mouse house. From Orlando's humble beginnings as a cattle town to the modern day city adorned with art galleries come along and discover how Orlando earned its name
From $79.00

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new smyrna beach

new smyrna beach is located about 70 miles northeast of orlando. new smyrna is one of the few beaches you can drive on in florida. in my opinion new smyrna beach is much nicer than the more famous daytona beach to the north. just south of new smyrna on US A1A is the northern entrance to the cape canaveral national seashore which offers about six miles of unspoiled beaches. see my new smyrna pages for more information.

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Mar 29, 2012


I go to ther Melbourne, FL area for great beaches. There are only five major hotels on miles of beach with mostly houses and condominiums. This area is very residential.

I've been going to this beach area for about a dozen years!

See my Melbourne, Florida page!!

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Feb 24, 2010

playalinda beach

located in the cape canaveral national seashore just north of the kennedy space center is playalinda beach. this unspoiled beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the east coast of florida. on the road to the beach there are numerous wildlife viewing areas and a hiking trail. see my titusville florida pages for more information.

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Dec 22, 2007

Surfing on Cocoa Beach

From Orlando Resorts in Oragen County, Cocoa Beach is a day outing worth experiencing. As the waves curl and spill over onto shore, they have a brown color, thus the reference to 'cocoa' is apt. The beach is expansive, all the way from Cape Canaveral, which can be seen from anywhere on the beach, looking north. Looking souch, the beach archs and can be seen extending many miles. Only at one place, the beach access at the patio pubs, was the beach crowded. This was during spring break, and college students were sprawled tanning, with other groups of students and locals on the patio pub watching.

With camcorder in hand, I walked out on the pier later to film surfers who gathered in the early evening. Ron Jon's surf shop is the local name and place to buy your long board and water gear.

Mar 17, 2006
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Cocoa Beach

Sometimes referred to as the "Space Coast", this is one of the closest beaches to Orlando. The best way to approach it is via the same tollway that brings you from I-4 to the airport. It is a relatively quick drive to the east before you come to a causeway and you are entering the beach areas. There is typically a nominal fee for parking. Some beaches offer showers to wash yourself after a swim. You can also rent boogie boards or umbrelles in some areas. Probably, the best time to go to the beach is in the morning when it is less likely to rain than in the afternoon. There are also plenty of hotel rooms and dining opportunities in this area.

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Feb 26, 2005

Playalinda Beach

Just plain beach on the east coast in the Canaveral National Seashore. Located just north of the Kennedy Space Center. No concessions or other tacky tourist stuff. Bathroom facilities available. Be sure to bring your own refreshemtns/water/food and sunscreen. Be aware that the area north of Parking Area 13 is a long established clothing optional area.

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Jan 02, 2005

Cocoa Beach

Hey, I know you came for the themeparks.
But Orlando has some great beaches too.
We went to Cocoa Beach area and it was great to get away from the tourist crowds and theme parks for a breath of fresh sea air.Of course we came during a weekday morning (when American kids are in school) for less crowds.
SO many shells and free fun. Relaxtion at last!

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Oct 26, 2004

Take a break from the theme parks

Most don't realize that Cocoa Beach is just a 50 minute drive from the theme parks. It's a wonderful break from standing in lines and has plenty of space to take a breather from the crowds. Excellent, fresh seafood can be found in any one of the numerous beachside restraunts. I highly recommend Rusty's in Cape Canaveral at the north side of Cocoa right where the toll road hits A1A. This restraunt on the dock underwent a change about 2 years ago and no longer features hooters type waitresses so it's now more family friendly with excellent prices. Oh, and don't forget to stop in Ron John's Surfshop.

Apr 05, 2004
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Spend a day at the best beach!

Ok, you've spent hot, sweaty days at the parks, the kids are tired and cranky and you just want a cold beer. Do what the locals do - come to New Smyrna!

New Smryna Beach is small, uncrowded but with lots to offer. Great beach, that's never really crowded. I prefer the beaches in the south part of town because you can't drive on 'em (hate to dodge cars while playing frisbee)

The water is usually smooth enough so that even a tiny toddler can do some safe wading. But, waves big enough for surfing (ok, laugh about our waves, you guys in California - we don't have to wear wetsuits!)

There are some antique shops in the main part of town and some beachy/touristy shops down by the water (at the end of the north causeway).

About that cold beer. On AIA, beachside, there's a terrific, casual restaurant called Chases on the Beach. Voted consistenly "best burger on the beach", you can sit on a deck on the beach, eating or drinking while the kids enjoy the pool or the sandlot. After the cold beer, you can talk a walk straight from the restaurant onto the beach. If you decide to take a dip you can rinse off under the outdoor shower, rather than having to ride home with that "sandy, salty" thing going.

Every time I go to New Smyrna I'm torn - should I eat at JBs or Chases? Not that there aren't a lot of other good restaurants....

My choice: Stop at Chase's for a cold drink and walk on the beach, then head on south the couple of miles to JB's for the oysters - then back to Chase's for a burger.

No crowds. No traffic. No waiting in line. Give the parks a break and spend a day at the beach!

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May 25, 2003

cocoa beach

cocoa beach is about sixty miles east of orlando on the atlantic ocean. along with the beach there are numerous attractions for the tourist. see my cocoa beach pages for more information.

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Dec 22, 2007

Watch the locals surf

Cocoa Beach, was a nice local beach. No tourist traps there. It costs $3.00 in tolls to get there from Orlando and is very close to Kennedy so could be made into a Whole day trip.

Nov 06, 2003

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Orange County Regional History Center

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Thornton Park

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Citrus Bowl

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Science Center

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Leu Gardens

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