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Travel Tuesday: Orlando things to do

So I figured that for Travel Tuesday this week I would switch gears and talk about something a little closer to home.  I have lived in Central Florida basically all my life, and a total of ten years in Orlando. Because of this I feel like I have a decent grasp on the area and have lots of suggestions as to off the beaten path and budget friendly options. Here are a few of my favorites things to do in and around town. Check back next week for my favorite restaurants and bars.

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I may be a little biased, but SAK Comedy Lab is a great place to see some local improv. With shows five nights a week there is always something going on. SAK is located in downtown Orlando so it is a great place to have dinner, see a show, and have a drink. Most shows are family friendly so feel free to bring everyone. Tip: Check Groupon for specials.

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Growing up in Brevard County, Kennedy Space Center has always been a favorite. At half the cost of Disney it is a great deal and a relaxing way to spend the day. Although I would not call the center a theme park, there are attractions and one ride-like simulator. Ticket price includes a bus ride to the Saturn VI Center where you see a Saturn VI rocket like the one that went to the moon. One of the newer exhibits is the retired Shuttle Atlantis. This in itself is worth the trip and is an awe-inspiring experience like no other for both NASA fans and casual observers. A few years ago I had the honor of chaperoning a overnight trip to KSC where I was able to sleep UNDER the shuttle. The whole thing was an amazing experience. BONUS: the drive in is a great place to see alligators in the wild.

One of my biggest tips for visitors wanting a taste of Disney is to visit Disney Springs. If you are traveling on a budget and can’t spend much time at Disney, (and I don’t blame you) Spend a day at Disney Springs. Parking is easy and free and there is free entertainment throughout the park. We settle in at Dockside Margaritas for a frozen Orange Grove Rum Runner and enjoy the live music. We also enjoy the music at Raglan Road for an Irish flare. Live entertainment is also found by the food trucks and the stage. Looking for the entertainment schedule? Find it here. Another option at the Springs is the new Star Wars VR experience. Charlie did it and enjoyed it, but it is on the pricy side.   Although the food and drinks are at Disney prices you can plan ahead by viewing menus and prices here. We love Blaze Pizza for a cheap meal. Feel free to stroll around the springs and check out the shops. I love window shopping and Uniqlo is a great place to pick up reasonably priced clothing and disney themed apparel.  Lastly, there is a bowling alley and a movie theater available as well.  Like I said, you can spend the day here and enjoy it as much as a day at disney at a fraction of the cost. This post is also reminding me I should go back…

Florida has tons of cool attractions but some of my favorite things to do are away from town. We love to canoe and kayak down at Wekiva springs to get away from it all. This is a great, budget friendly trip and is great for all ages. We love to pack a lunch and make a day of it. There is also swimming, hiking, and wildlife viewing available in the park free of charge. If you are looking for a way to spend a day away from the crowds the springs is the place to go. Aim for a weekday as the park can get busy on weekends during summer.

Have a favorite Orlando spot? Tell me on the comments ❤️



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