While a visit to Villas at Regal Palms is a great way to leave your worries behind, it often comes with a whole new set of issues thanks to the numerous activities to sample in the Orlando area. As you’re probably aware, there are more things to do than you can possibly fit into a limited schedule. The difficult part is deciding which ones to choose for your present vacation and which ones to save for next time.
We’re here to help. The following article will reduce the mindboggling array of choices to a manageable number and help you enjoy your visit to the fullest. It goes without saying that Disney and SeaWorld will be on your agenda, so instead of including it here, we have compiled a selection of under-the-radar choices that also come with a high fun quotient.
Blizzard Beach water park was created to represent a ski resort that has melted into a watery wonderland. Park visitors can zip down the slushy slopes of Mount Gushmore on one of the world’s tallest and fastest waterslides, float down a tranquil river and sunbathe on a white-sand beach.
Coco Key is a hidden gem among Orlando’s larger water parks. Half hotel-half water park, Coco Key has a huge toddler and kids’ pool with plenty of lounge chairs and shade. Two large slides offer fun for kids and adults, and there’s a splash zone for older kids.
Nothing can compare to the spectacular summer experience of swimming alongside dolphins, stingrays and tropical fish. This is just part of the experience at Discovery Cove. You can also hand-feed tropical birds in a free-flight aviary and relax on the pristine inland beaches.
Forever Florida, home to Florida Eco-Safaris, is a 4700-acre eco-ranch and wildlife conservation area boasting untamed wilderness, natural streams, wetlands and dense cypress forests. You’ll see an endless array of natural flora and fauna, including alligators, black bears, white-tail deer, nearly 200 species of birds and the endangered Florida panther.
Leu Gardens Movie Night
The beautiful botanicals at Leu Gardens are better appreciated under the stars in summer, when the average Orlando temperature is about 90 degrees. The first Friday of each month features a movie night where, for the price of admission to the gardens, you can enjoy a recent film. Bring a picnic basket.
While Orlando is the theme park capital of the world, Old Town in Kissimmee has managed to maintain the irresistible feel of a quaint village. Visitors can grab an ice cream cone, shop at one of 75 retail shops, or enjoy carnival rides. Friday and Saturday nights feature a classic automobile parade. Admission is free.
Orlando’s many lakes make paddleboarding a very popular water sport. The best time for a cruise in summer is either at sunrise or sunset. Paddleboard Orlando offers both options. Not only do those times of day make for great scenery, but you are also avoiding the severe summer Orlando heat.
Wekiwa Springs State Park
Wekiwa Springs State Park is the closest most people will ever get to the Fountain of Youth. Thirteen miles of trails were made for biking and hiking. The more adventurous can camp out at the park for a minimal fee. Canoe rentals are available onsite for paddling down the Wekiva River. Please note: there are no lifeguards on duty.