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WOW Luxury Davenport 4 Bed Vacation Villa With Private Pool.
Situated in Davenport 10 minutes from Orlando this 4 bed villa with its own private pool and spa is a gem .
Of course you have all the major attractions and theme parks but there is still a lot to do in a climate that is so often balmy.
If you are planning to visit Florida with children its almost inevitable that the number one priority will be the theme parks, but even the most enthusiastic visitor to the theme parks will eventually want to try something else, if only for a day or two.So here are ideas or suggestions for alternatives.
After the theme parks Orlando is probably best known for its golf courses and has almost 200 of them. Of particular note are Champions Gate (5 minutes from Thousand Oaks Boulevard), Reunion (2 minutes nearer) and Celebration (about 10 miles away).With the exchange rate so favourable , it is impossible to visit Orlando without shopping 'til you drop. The Mall at Millenia in particular is recommended, it's the city's newest shopping centre and has the top three US department stores - Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales and Macy's - plus 150 other stores, restaurants and cafes.
Situated at 4200 Conroy Road, Orlando, just off I4 where 435 goes under I4.
After a hard day at the attractions why not try a peaceful walk along the banks of East Lake Tohopekaliga. Simply drive into down town Kissimmee and turn right off the High street. The lake is large with walks along its banks where you can fish or simply enjoy the tranquility of the evening. The lake by Thousand Oaks boulevard is over 40 acres and well stocked with fish or alternatively East Lake Tohopekaliga provides some good fishing.
Being an hours drive from the sea doesn't stop Orlando from being an excellent place for a swim. Discovery Cove is a collection of man-made lagoons surrounded by a sandy beach. Visitors can snorkel with schools of tropical fish in a coral reef, come within inches of barracuda and sharks safely behind acrylic screens or swim among rays. There is a fresh water pool and a tropical river that gently guides floating guests through the park.
If you have the time we recommend taking a day out to visit the west coast between St Petersburg and Fort Myers. There are many lovely beaches along this stretch and Bradenton in particular is recommended for lunch with some great restaurants which specialise in fresh fish.
Winter Park is the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon site-seeing and people watching. Boarding a boat for the hour long tour of Lake Osceola, your guide tells you the history of the sprawling mansions that line the banks of the three lakes. Why not also pay a visit to the Wine room on Park Avenue, a hybrid of upmarket off-licence, delicatessan and wine tasting centre. Its automated machines dispense more than 150 wines to taste, from 50p an ounce.
As you drive along the 192 you will see historic down town Kissimmee sign posted. Built along the shores of East Lake Tohope
Forget burgers and doughnuts - food in Orlando is surprisingly good. For a really special dining-out experience try Manuel's on 28th, a chic restaurant atop a city office block. With glass walls it was difficult to decide whether to gaze out at the city lights or drag out attention to our plates.
At Champions Gate is the Omni Hotel where you can get a very good meal or, for a reasonably priced meal why not try Manny's off I27 - about 15 miles south. Here you need to book a table it is so popular with the locals, but the ribs are to die for.
So enjoy the theme parks and endless attractions but also go visit somewhere a bit different and if you donít have time to do all these things then you may have to come back again and again and again!
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