Annual Manual 2013
Parks, gardens, rides and adventures in the Orlando area
Published: April 12, 2013
5705 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, St. Cloud
Founded in 1972 as a research facility for the production of venom, this working snake farm opened to tourists in 1976. If you like watching deadly snakes get milked, this is really your only option in Central Florida. Admission: $8.75.
Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour
312 E. Morse Blvd., Winter Park
Take a 12-mile pontoon boat tour on three lakes and two canals winding through the city. You’ll skim by Rollins College to see how the other half lives. Tours leave hourly. Admission: $12 adults.
Boing! Jump Center
532 S. Econ Circle, Oviedo
The jump center contains 13,000 feet of giant trampolines. Play Boing! dodgeball, bounce on a trampoline half-pipe or hold your birthday party in a trampoline room. If you’re not into the organized activities, just show up for open jump. Admission: $12 for the first hour.
Blue Man Group
Aquos Theatre, CityWalk at Universal Orlando
What does Orlando have in common with Boston, New York, Las Vegas and Berlin? Blue Man Group, that experimental theater/comedy routine performed by three guys painted blue from head to toe. It’s comical, it’s loud, it’s a spectacle at times, and it’s always good fun. The Orlando show is a family-friendly affair, though super-young kids might find the loud percussion, flashing lights and other elements of surprise a little startling. Admission: $69.
Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba
Downtown Disney, 1478 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista
It’s a circus, it’s an acrobatic adventure, it’s a magic show and more. Orlando’s Cirque troupe is everything you’ve come to expect from this Canadian band of performers. It’s colorful, it’s lively, it’s occasionally breathtaking – and just like everything else in the Disney family, it’s suitable entertainment for the whole family. Admission: $61.
Congo River Mini Golf
various locations around Orlando
You’re in Central Florida – how could you pass up the opportunity to play miniature golf on a course that’s also home to alligators you can feed, an arcade, a faux African safari and more. Answer: You can’t. Fun for everyone. Except the gators. Admission: $11.99.
5145 Harvey Tew Road, Plant City
More than 150 life-size outdoor models of dinosaurs rule over a fossil dig, museum and lots of paleontological-themed activities. Admission: $14.95 adults.
Walt Disney World Resort
1780 E. Lake Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista
Parents, here’s something you’ll want to know: Downtown Disney is on the Walt Disney World campus, it’s got Disney-related decor that changes with the seasons and it’s got fun stuff for kids to look at, including cool stores and restaurants that’ll make them think they’re actually at Disney. Best part: Admission to Downtown Disney is completely free. Open daily.
Green Meadows Petting Farm
1368 S. Poinciana Blvd., Kissimmee
Get your shoes dirty with 300 farm animals, petting them and learning how to do a variety of farm tasks. Admission: $23.
Holy Land Experience
4655 Vineland Road
Stories from the Bible reenacted in a high-tech mock-up of ancient Jerusalem. You can even witness a simulated crucifixion, which is held daily at the park. Admission: $40 for adults.
Pinocchio’s Marionette Theater
451 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs
A full-time marionette theater offering daily shows great for kids ages 3 through 10, but still good, clean fun for kids of all ages. Showtimes vary, call or visit the website for more information. Admission: $5.