Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Did you know Orlando is brimming with excellent visitor attractions without a roller
coaster in sight. Orlando has a wide range of sights, places to eat with many of these available along International Drive where it is possible to park the car and take a stroll. Although it wasn't always this full of attractions, it has been pulling in visitors for many years and its popularity does not seem to be diminishing.

It is a great place to visit even if you only have shopping on your mind as the Orlando area is full of beautiful shopping malls, restaurants and shops of every type.

The Central Florida Zoo opened back 1975 and was owned by the Sanford Fire Department prior to that. Now the zoo is home to over 400 animals, has a charity status, and is dedicated to the preservation of all exotic animals.

You may have heard of the name Tiffany's, but did you know in 1942 the Morse Museum in Winter Park started displaying the collections of Louis Tiffany. For aficionados of Tiffany art, this is the place to visit with the largest display anywhere in the
world, including jewelry, paintings, glass, pottery and ornaments.

The Orlando Science Center is another of the major attractions. Its four-story center is the biggest of its kind in the Southeast; offering 10 exhibit halls that allow visitors everything from the Florida swamplands to the dry plains of Mars. The International Trolley and Train Museum has 14 trains running simultaneously in mountains,wilderness and urban areas; including three waterfalls that use 12,000 gallons of water per hour.

If you have seen the Titanic-ship of Dreams film then you will enjoy the exhibition along International Drive that tells the story using large sets and depictions from the ship as a background. Away from all the hustle is the wonderful Lake Eola Park in the heart of downtown; it has beautiful sidewalks in over 40 acres where it is
possible to spend a few peaceful hours.

Not all theme parks in Orlando are based purely on rides, as the fantastic SeaWorld will attest. If you want rides then you have the Disney resort theme parks and Universal studios. Whatever you want from a vacation, Orlando can supply.

Information provided by: Deborah Klinger