Things to do near Disney in the central Florida area

Our vacation villa near Disney World is perfectly placed to enjoy many exciting activities in Central Florida. We recommend that you don't try to do too much! You can always come back for another visit!

We provide information about most of these attractions as well as some others in the villa. Enjoy planning your vacation now or leave it until you get there!

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Theme Parks

This has to be the theme park capital of the world! You will find something for everyone young and old.

Disney World Florida. Here you will find information about Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and MGM Studios.
 

Sea World is a marine adventure park offering thrill rides alongside excellent marine exhibits including dolphins and the world famous killer whale 'Shamu'.

 
Discovery Cove

Information about Discovery Cove, a fantastic experience where you can swim with Dolphins! We recommend you book well in advance as this is very popular.

Universal theme parks

Information on the two Universal theme parks, Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida. Islands of Adventure has some amazing rides that will appeal to thrill seekers whilst Universal Studios offers some great movie experiences.

Information on the Busch Gardens theme park in Tampa Bay. This is about an hours drive from our villa and well worth a visit. It offers some excellent thrill rides and a well established zoo.


Water Parks:

There are some excellent water parks providing a relaxing alternative to the theme parks. These can often get busy later in the day so we recommend arriving soon after they open.

Blizzard Beach water park

A Disney Water park. Of the two Disney water parks Blizzard Beach will appeal to those looking for faster more thrilling water slides.
 

Typhoon Lagoon water park

Another Disney Water park. Typhoon Lagoon offers more relaxing water rides.
 


Golf, Leisure and Entertainment:
 
Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney offers a range of shops, restaurants and entertainment including Cirque du Soleil and the AMC Theatres 24 screen cinema. Parking here is free. Its well worth a visit but we have found the restaurants to be very busy on Saturday evenings during the 'high season'. You should probably call ahead for reservations or arrive early.

Universal Cityalk

The Universal CityWalk offers shops, restaurants and entertainment including the Universal Cineplex - 20 Screen State Of The Art Movie Theater. You have to pay for parking but you can combine it with your visit to either of the Universal theme parks for no extra cost.

Golf in the Orlando area

An excellent site providing information on a lot of the near-by golf courses. Lookout for courses in the Davenport, Haines City, Lake Buena Vista and Kissimmee areas. There are maps available so you can check out drive times.

Kennedy Space Center

An easy 1.5 hour drive on the East coast is the Kennedy Space Center. The link is to the visitor complex web site but there is a great NASA web site at: www.ksc.nasa.gov

West Coast beaches

An easy 1.5 hour drive on the West coast there are some fantastic beaches.


Shopping:

There are some excellent shopping opportunities in the local area.

Festival Bay

Huge sprawling outlet shopping mall

Lake Buena Vista Premium Outlet Shopping

More great outlet shopping.  It includes shops such as the Disney outlet, Ralph Lauren, Reebok, Timberland, Liz Claiborn shoes, Guess, Dockers, Levis, Universal outlet, Banana Republic, Nike and OshKosh.


Something different:

Had enough excitement? Looking for a theme park alternative? Unwind and get back to reality.

Lake Lousia State Park

Lake Louisa State Park. A wonderful park alongside Lake Louisa and home to the famous Gopher Tortoise. Highly recommended and easy to find on Highway 27 12 miles North of Florida Pines.

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