If you’re a frequent visitor to Orlando and have grown tired of the latest Disney this and the newest Universal that, make a break from the usual and take a walk on the wild side. Or go to the source and grab a handful of the sunshine state’s favorite fruit. Or enjoy a lovely, leisurely afternoon in nature among acres of trees and hundreds birds at one of central Florida’s most life-affirming venues. The following three attractions are enticing alternatives to Orlando’s copious theme parks.
Take a walk on the wild side at Gatorland!
Gatorland features thousands of alligators and crocodiles over 100 acres, an aviary, breeding marsh with observation tower, petting zoo, nature walk, award-winning gift shop and one-of-a-kind reptilian shows including the Gator Wrestlin’ Show, Gator Jumparoo and the Up-close Encounters Show.
Take a ride on the Gatorland Express train and then head on over to Gator Gully Splash Park where kids of all ages can enjoy a good ol’ fashion squirtfest!
Don’t miss the new rare white alligators on display for a limited engagement at Gatorland’s newest exhibit, White Gator Swamp. Featuring four of the world’s largest white leucistic alligators known to roam the planet, these giant ivory-colored reptiles are each ten to twelve feet in length and weigh over 800 pounds. Their piercing blue eyes are believed to have the ability to command good fortune to those lucky enough to make eye contact with the azure-eyed beauties!
Looking for some adventure this weekend? Then head over to Gatorland Orlando and get to experience some of Florida’s coolest and wildest creatures!
Showcase of Citrus is 100 percent pure Florida fun!
We call know the benefits of Vitamin C, so be sure to visit the Showcase of Citrus on your visit to the Villas at Regal Palms. Just eight miles north of VRP on Highway 27, this family-owned and operated estate cultivates more than 70 varieties of citrus. While you’re there you can sample the 100 percent natural orange juice slushy – world famous, we’re told – and the equally feted Creamsicle.
Showcase of Citrus is a remarkably versatile attraction, offering the world’s largest 4×4 adventure, fruit picking, wine tasting, and shopping in its Old Time Farm Store & Market.
Best of all, entry is absolutely free and pure, 100 percent Florida fun.
Get back to nature with a day at Bok Tower Gardens on your next visit.
Bok Tower Gardens has been welcoming visitors to its lush sanctuary since 1929. Located in nearby Lake Wales, this historic landmark is open every day of the year and boasts wonderful scenery and architecture, including the famous Singing Tower.
Designed by architect Milton B. Medary and crafted by Lee Lawrie, the ornate 205-foot Tower houses one of the world’s finest carillon. Concerts from the 60-bell carillon at 1 and 3 p.m. fill the Gardens daily. Exploring Bok Tower Gardens is soothing diversion from the ordinary and offers ideal backdrops for family picnics, dining in the café, or any kind of event. You’ll also enjoy bird watching among acres of trees and numerous photo opportunities while you’re hiking along the trails.
Looking for different to do on your next visit? Then head over to Bok Tower Gardens and experience another side of Orlando.
You can enjoy these enticing attractions at generously discounted prices when you book an Orlando getaway with Vacation Now. We have an innovative approach to vacationing where resorts work with us on wholesale pricing so we can offer you deep discounts on their behalf. In some cases you won’t have to pay anything except a refundable deposit. We get discounted rates through direct agreements with our resort destinations, including the Villas at Regal Palms in Davenport, Fla., near Orlando.
The Villas at Regal Palms are the exclusive three- and four-bedroom townhomes within the Regal Palms Resort. Of the nearly 600 units on property, the Villas account for a small percentage of the total. They are noted for their spaciousness, amenities and tastefully-appointed décor. The 1,679-square foot Monarch and 1,376-square foot Colonnade both have full kitchens, granite countertops, wood flooring and stainless steel appliances in addition to full-size washer-dryers, flat screen TVs and outdoor terraces. The Villas can easily accommodate large travel parties and provide all the comforts of home.