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Things to Do Away from the Theme Parks

Here at White Rose Villas we love to spend time at our wonderful Central Florida theme parks, the magic is always there! However, away from the parks, there are many other fun, exciting and enjoyable things to do in this beautiful part of the World. How about swimming with Manatees, kayaking or visiting one of the glorious white sand beaches Florida is rightly renowned for?
We thought you may appreciate some ideas we’ve come up with for you to enjoy some time away from the parks; we’ve tried them ourselves so rest assured you won’t be wasting time on your well-earned vacation!

GO TO THE BEACH
Orlando is ideally located within easy reach of both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Clearwater/St. Petes on the Gulf (West) coast is within a 2 hour drive, and Clearwater proudly boasts the title of America’s favourite beach; perfect for a day trip or even longer, with loads of great places to stay, eat and drink. Head a short drive South and you’ll hit Treasure Island where you’ll find the fabulous John’s Pass, with its great Marina and huge selection of bars, restaurants and shopping to suit all tastes. A little further on and you’ll hit St. Petes Beach, another great spot for beach lovers.
On the Atlantic (East) coast, even closer than the Gulf, you’ll delight in the many attractions of Cocoa Beach, its pier and great surfing. Further North is the World famous Speedway at Daytona Beach where you can drive on the beach and visit the huge number of local attractions. If you’re a motorcycle fan, visit during Bike Week and you’ll be in motorbike heaven!

DISCOVER CELEBRATION
This unique little Disney-designed town is an absolute must to visit. It’s crammed with wonderful shops and eateries on a picturesque lake which you can walk around, or hire a bike and explore the many paths through the woods. It’s everyone’s idea of perfect small-town America, and is easily reached just a short drive from any of our rental homes.

SPLASH AROUND AT ISLAND H20 LIVE
Close to the 192 at Kissimmee you’ll find one of Central Florida’s newest and most technologically advanced water parks. From exhilerating drop slides to relaxing wave pools and dive-in movies, there are more than 20 unique experiences to enjoy; you’ll love it, we did!

EXPLORE BOK TOWER GARDENS
These tranquil botanical gardens are truly a hidden gem; strolling through them is a most delightful and peaceful experience. Read one of our owners blogs on their day visit to Bok Tower gardens. https://whiterosepropertymanagerflorida.com/2020/05/28/a-visit-to-bok-tower-gardens-by-ruth-moriarty/

HAVE A SURREAL EXPERIENCE AT THE DALI MUSEUM
For any lovers of surrealism this place is a must visit! Located in St. Petersburg, the museum houses one of the largest Dali collections in the world; it certainly lived up to expectations for a unique look into the weird and wonderful mind of Salvador Dali.

GATOR SPOTTING ON AN AIRBOAT RIDE
There are many airboat rides to choose from around the Orlando area; one of our favourites is Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures. You can take a ride and discover the headwaters to the Everglades, South of Orlando, whizzing along and discovering the fascinating wildlife the area offers. For the best chance of seeing ‘gators it’s best to visit early in the morning in hot weather, or later in the day if cooler.

SWIM WITH MANATEES AND GO KAYAKING
Swimming and snorkelling with Manatees in the Crystal River/Homosassa area is a fantastic experience! You’ll find many tours available, offering loads of adventure, excitement and education. While you’re there why not rent a kayak and explore to your heart’s content? Closer to your home you can also find kayak adventures at beautiful Shingle Creek.

THRILLSEEKERS DELIGHT
Visit Clermont’s Revolutions Off Road where you can experience Florida’s great outdoors riding ATV’s, shooting, fishing or trying your hand at archery.

BALLOON OR HELICOPTER RIDES; SEE IT ALL FROM ABOVE
See Orlando from the air on a hot-air balloon ride; we loved Orlando Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Ride with Orlando Balloon Rides! For a different lofty experience try flying over the sights in a chopper with Air Force Fun Helicopter Tours. It’s a great and fabulously exciting way to see Orlando’s incredible sights.

These are just a few of the many great experiences awaiting you if you want to really make the most of your trip to Florida. However, if you just want to chill out by the pool and relax in the glorious Florida sunshine, you can do that too; you’re on vacation!

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