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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
From $12.00
 
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

Weather Tips (25)

Hurricanes

Hurricane's are a very real danger here. In late August, and early September we were hit on 3 weekends in a row. To give you an idea of the damage, it is now January and some people still have blue tarps on their roofs waiting for repairs. There are also still many signs and downed trees. Take the warnings seriously. (I must admit, the first storm occured just after I had surgery and I slept right through it. The next morning I drove through my complex and the amount of downed trees and power lines was amazing.

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shohman
Jan 01, 2005

Cover Up Or Burn Up

It never ceases to amaze me the amount of people that refuse to put on suncream and opt for nothing or even baby oil or cooking oil in the naieve belief that it will help them tan quicker. It will not, it will only make you burn and then peel quicker.

A high factor sunscreen is always a good idea, a healthy white skin is far more attractive than burnt, peeling red skin.

When buying the sunscreen make sure that it doesn`t have water or agua as an ingredient, it evaporates in the heat and doesn`t help you at all.

I would also recommend a hat, long sleeve shirt and sunglasses as well to help protect you from the suns harmful rays.

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DUNK67
Sep 04, 2004

Watch out for lightning

Florida, having two coasts with different air temperatures, often get thunderstorms. If a thunderstorm is in your area, be cautious of lightning. There were several fatal lightning strikes during our trip in 2004.

If you see lightning nearby, determine if you need to follow the 30-30 rule: if the lightning is followed by thunder in less than 30 seconds, seek shelter until 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder.

For more information on lightning safety, visit the National Weather Service web site.

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kaipow
Sep 02, 2004

Hurricanes

Hurricanes may blow through Orlando. Luckily we missed Hurricane Charley in 2004, but we did see the damage it caused.

Check for hurricane warnings from the National Hurricane Center before you go.

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Sep 02, 2004
 
 
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Hurricane Season

If you are planning a trip to Central Florida during Hurricane season, be sure to keep an eye on the weather in the tropics. I have lived in Central Florida for nearly 20 years and never thought we'd ever be hit very hard by a hurricane, but Hurricane Charlie gave Orlando, Kissimmee, and the surrounding areas a serious spanking. Today it is 6 days after the storm hit and there are still lines for gas, stores are still closed, and people are still without power. Nearly half of the traffic lights are still out and there are a lot of detours because roads are still blocked by fallen trees. I would hate to try to vacation in this!

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CulturalCompetence
Aug 18, 2004

Dangers...(cont'd)

And let's not forget mighty mother nature with her bolts of lightning! Florida is known for its severe thunderstorms and the fact that lightning can eminate from a seemingly clear sky. This is the lightning capitol of the United States so your odds of getting hit are greater here! If you are outdoors and a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, seek shelter indoors. Even inside a car is good. But whatever you do, DO NOT stand under a tree or any type of non-enclosed shelter. A direct or even a close strike will get you as well. You'd be better off laying flat on the open ground making yourself the lowest target around.

So, with these things in mind, enjoy the great outdoors here in Florida!

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BlueCollar
Oct 18, 2002

Dehydration! Drink lots of...

Dehydration! Drink lots of fluids! If you are going to be outside and it's in the 90's- I would recommend carrying a back pack with at least 2 liters of water. It may be a lot to carry, but 1 person can drink all that during the heat of the day. Also remember! A 24oz bottle of water inside the parks is an amazing rip-off at $2.50 a bottle!!!

matt34747
Sep 08, 2002

A lot of the European travel...

A lot of the European travel agencies book people in cheap hotels in the most dangerous parts of the city. Don't stay in a hotel that has a W. 50 or West Colonial address or a South Orange Blossom Trail address. Also, please remember to wear sun screen with at least an SPF factor of 15 BEFORE you step outside. Believe me, even with this total block you will get a tan and cook. Remember, Orlando is on the 28th degree parallel, while all european cities (like Amsterdam is on the 57th) are at least 15 degrees north in latitude. Translation, the sun feels hotter here and you will burn faster. And don't forget that bug spray or Avon Skin-So-Soft, you will be eaten alive after sundown, otherwise.

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Aug 25, 2002
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OK..so there are a few things...

OK..so there are a few things to watch out for..but gator attacks are very rare...HONEST;-)
*JUST A NOTE ABOUT WEATHER...much of the criticism of Florida comes from people up north that get their vacations in July and August and head down here and suffer accordingly.. I ASSURE you..it IS hot! At least 95F daily. I LIKE hot weather but I STILL try to get outa here July/August/September(the hottest month) every year. As common knowlege as it is...Disney Worlds peak time of the year is still Jun-Aug when hundreds of thousands of hopefull tourists come down and gripe/complain and literally pass out in droves. RETHINK the summer trip to Florida...unless you LOVE high heat and humidity.

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Michael_D
Aug 24, 2002

DON'T COME TO FLORIDA DURING...

DON'T COME TO FLORIDA DURING SUMMER TIME!

You have to content with the horrible summer HEAT (sometimes reaching 40 degrees Celcius and above), queueing up for ALL theme park rides (at least one hour minimum) and queueing up to eat at 90% of the WDW restaurants and eateries. I think after my Florida experience, I swore off visiting places where there are CROWDS for at least 2 years!!! I mean, I was even having nightmares about queueing up for a while. That's bad, isn't it??? :-((

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Krystynn
Aug 24, 2002

It gets rather hot here in...

It gets rather hot here in Florida so bring water and suntan lotion with a high SPF. I you go to a park, be prepared to walk a lot. Bring broken in shoes and drink water constantly. A Disney character was suffering from heat exaustion one and the person fell down so a few people had to bring him indoors. So make sure you have money to buy water.

Psychokiwi
Aug 24, 2002

Hurricanes

Hurricane Charley was SERIOUS! This is what is left of Dennis' dock...I can't believe the bench is still there! There was a fairly large roof...

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Aug 18, 2004

Things to Do Near Orlando

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Orange County Regional History Center

the orange county regional history center is located in the old 1927 orange county courthouse in downtown orlando. the history center has exhibits on the central florida history on four floors in...
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Lake Eola

Lake Eola Park is one of those places to visit if you wish to relax. There is a path around the circumference of the lake and is nearly 1 mile in length. We visited midweek and in the winter which is...
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Thornton Park

Thornton Park is Orlando’s first stylishly renewed historic district, full of shops and restaurants at the edge of downtown. Panera Bread (407/481-1060) The Coffee House of Thornton Park...
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Citrus Bowl

Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium 1610 W. Church Street Orlando, FL 32805 Originally constructed in 1936, with seating for 8,900 people. The first annual bowl game was held in 1947, for the benefit of the...
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Science Center

The Orlando Science Center in Loch Haven Park is an excellent alternative to the usual theme parks in Orlando. The OSC itself is a huge 5 story building filled with fun exhibits, They even offer...
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Leu Gardens

Henry P. Leu Gardens Looking for a sedate escape from the theme parks? Not far from downtown Orlando, the Henry P. Leu Gardens offers a serene and scenic departure from the typical Orlando vacation....
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