When you vacation at either my Butterfly or Crystal vacation rentals by owner you will be in the Kissimmee/Orlando area (click on the mapquest logo to see the area where you'd be staying). There are a large number of vacation activities available, in addition to Disney, you might also be interested in knowing about.
While the magic of Disney World is very important to many who come to the Kissimmee/Orlando area, the area is by no means limited to Disney World! In 1971 when Disney World opened its first park, Magic Kingdom, most people did not imagine Orlando would change from a sleepy orange and cattle farming community to the most visited tourist destination in the world. While Disney World is still often the first tourist attraction many think of, now with it’s four theme parks, a dozen smaller attractions, two nightclub districts, tens of thousands of hotel rooms, timeshare holdings, scores of eateries, and two cruise ships that operate out of Miami, there are those who have come to know there is a lot more to see and do that is not related to the mouse.
In addition to Universal Orlando and SeaWorld, which offer four more theme parks, there is the rest of the Orlando/Kissimmee area that by itself offers at least another 120 attractions and a mountain of restaurants. And don’t forget, there are numerous surrounding area day-trip attractions, such as Busch Gardens in nearby Tampa, and a lot, lot more.
Despite the growth in after-hours venues, Kissimmee/Orlando remains a place that among other things caters to tourists, including families, kids and couples. Just about every restaurant in town has a children's menu. But, no matter your age, with or without kids, in this city, visitors are the real VIPs. From the time you get off your plane or drive into town, you know that this is a fun place to visit. Even the billboards and signage are entertaining!
With all that Kissimmee/Orlando have to offer, a week is just not enough time to visit all of the parks, attractions and surrounding area places of interest. If you want to pack in all that you can, I recommend you plan your trip – decide what you really, really want to see, so you’re not disappointed! If on the other hand you are a laid back type that is coming to my Butterfly or Crystal resort vacation rental, say for an off-season romantic get away and will decide where to go on the spur of the moment, these ideas can also be of assistance to you.
Outlet and flee market shopping opportunities, places to go, things to see in and around Orlando Florida. My goal on this and associated pages is to provide you with a large amount of helpful information that could help you plan your vacation. I've created this grouping for your convenience. Just click on whatever topics of information you are interested in reading.
Whatever you want to do while staying at my Butterfly or Crystal resort vacation rental by owner, you have plenty of choices. But, no matter where you go or what you do, be sure to wear your sunscreen and drink lots of water. Florida’s sun can give you a serious burn if you are not protected. Those crazy hats being sold are great for protection!
This rodeo takes place every February at the newly constructed indoor Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park. It is located just north of the intersection of Florida route 192 and Bill Beck Blvd, which is a bit east toward St. Cloud from Wall Mart and main street (Orange Blossom Trail.) This rodeo event is on the nationally sanctioned circuit for Rodeo riders. A number of other events are held here throughout the year, e.g., Lipizzaner Stallions, concerts. If interested, check the arena's calendar at Silver Spurs Arena.
A NOTE on their website says they're still open, but not holding the Friday night rodeos. The Kissimmee rodeos took place every Friday night. It is located near the intersection of Hoagland Blvd and International drive, sort of near Sea World.
You can get a bit of a taste of the swamps and lakes of Florida by taking an airboat ride in Kissimmee without having to take a day's travel to the Everglades. Click on the airboat to open a link to their website.
Glades Adventures is about a 40-minute drive from my properties and offers guests a thrilling 1-hour journey through the magnificent ecosystem at the headwaters of the everglades aboard Six Passenger 500hp High Performance Airboats. This is quite a contrast to the more common, crowded 18-30 passenger "barge type" boats. Our small air boats are able to access the hard to reach areas that the larger boats cannot. With Glades Adventures Six Passenger seating format, seating is limited, so reservations are recommended.
Home to thousands of alligators and crocodiles. This half-day adventure includes three educational shows: Gator Wrestling, Gator Jumparoo and Snakes of Florida.
A variety of helicopter rides are
offered covering different areas of
Kissimmee and Disney. They vary in
length and price.
A World of Orchids (407) 396-1887
State-of-the-art, air-conditioned, tropical rain forest garden showcases thousands of rare and exotic flowering orchids from around the globe.
Green Meadows Petting Farm (407) 846-0770
Hayrides, 300 farm animals, and much more! Kids love it!
This is located in a 90,000-square-foot facility, billed as the world's largest indoor equestrian arena (capacity about 1,200), that also houses 50 prized horses. Diners will see a fast-paced cavalcade of equestrian showmanship. Special effects include fire, dry ice (fog) and state-of-the-art lights. Horse-lover or not, it's hard not to be impressed with the precision exhibited inside the arena.
Gangland Chicago circa 1931 is the setting for this speakeasy cabaret. Patrons knock three times and give the secret password before entering this underworld of song-and-dance guys and dolls. Entertainment includes light opera, jazz, blues, musical comedy, tango and tap dancing. This show is best suited for adults and older children because of its theme.
Medieval Times (800) 229-8300
Fine food and a spectacular dinner show! Step back in time to an exciting evening of quality, family entertainment based upon the glory of the Middle Ages. Guests experience spectacular pageantry, dramatic horsemanship, tournament games, breathtaking swordplay and romance while feasting on a four-course meal served in true medieval pre-silverware fashion. The experience culminates in an authentic jousting tournament between the six brave knights of the realm. Cheer them on as they fight to the finish!
This features one of the area's most impressive dinner show sets (built inside an old B-movie studio). Patrons dine "aboard" a buccaneer ship, amidst swashbuckler races, aerial acrobatics, sword fights and indoor pyrotechnics. Pirate's Dinner Adventure is a dinner show that puts you and your family right in the middle of all of the swashbuckling action.
Enjoy a day of discovery and science fun for everyone!
Ripley's Believe It Or Not (407) 363-4418
See the amazing discoveries of worldwide explorer Robert Ripley. More than 200 oddities and exhibits have been gathered from around the world.
Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows (407) 363-1985 or (800) 393-1985
Mystery and Suspense - A stylish English drawing room is the backdrop for murder, intrigue and comedy, presented by a rotating cast. There are nine alternating show themes -- including "Lord Mansfield's Fox Hunt Banquet" and "The Reunion" -- staged in two theaters, all designed with engaging plots and plentiful clues that aid would-be Sherlocks and Agathas in solving the dastardly crimes.
Typhoon Lagoon (407) 824-4321
Disney's twisting tides, roaring rapids and wonderful waterways.
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