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Children's Corner
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 Kissimmee Lanes
4140 West Vine Street, Kissimmee Fl34742
(407) 846-8844
www.kissimmeelanes.amfcenters.com
Hours: Daily 9:00 to midnight (2:00 a.m. on weekends) 
Location: East of Medieval Times on US 192
This is a friendly neighborhood place that draws a lot of tourists to its 32 lanes. There is a full snack bar and a bar to slake that deeper thirst. The web site often has dollars-off coupons for both bowling and food. 
   
  Aiguille Rock Climbing Center

999 Charles StreetLongwood 32750
(407) 332-1430
www.aiguille.com 
   
  Fun Spot

Find the big ferris wheel on International Drive and you've found Fun Spot! Family go-karting has been taken to new extremes here, with 4 different tracks all challenging drivers in different ways. Racing up and over and around and around with your derriere inches from the ground is a lot of fun! If you desire some contact there are also bumper cars and bumper boats and of course a huge video arcade! Smaller children have their own mini adventures on 7 rides and it's fair to say that all ages will thoroughly enjoy their visit.

5551 DelVerde Way, Orlando 32819 (407) 363-3867www.fun-spot.com

Old Town 5770 West Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee34746

(407) 396-4888 www.old-town.com 
   
   Kartworld
4708 West Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee 34746
(407) 396-4800
   
  Orlando Watersports Complex
8615 Florida Rock Road,Orlando 32824
(407) 251-3100
www.orlandowatersports.com

 

The Orlando Water sports Complex is a unique water sports park designed for wake boarding, wake skating and waterskiing. Only 7 years old, OWC has quickly become the premiere locale for riders of all levels. From beginning riders just wanting to try the sport for recreation, to the professional wake boarders and skiers from all over the world, OWC caters to all.  
   
   Ice Factory of Central Florida

2221 Partin Settlement Road, Kissimmee 34744
(407) 933-4259 www.icefactory.com
   
  Grande  Lakes Adventure Course
- EXCITING, FUN, AND UNFORGETTABLE!

WHAT IS IT?The Grande Lakes Adventure Course consists of two exciting high wire experiences, the Discovery Courseand Exploration Course, which offer over 35 unique aerial walkways ranging from 15-feet to 50-feet in the air. Each course allows you to move at your own pace and stay in the air the entire time. Once your ready to descend back to the ground you can ZIP, SWING or take the stairs. We recommend the ZIP and Swing!

   
karyn smith   Fort Christmas Historical Museum and Park
Visit the full size replica of Fort Christmas. Seven restored historical homes preserve the 'Cracker' architecture of East Orange County.

On December 25, 1837, a force of 2,000 U.S. Army Soldiers and Alabama Volunteers arrived near this spot to construct a fort which was aptly named, Fort Christmas. This fort was only one of over 200 forts built during the Second Seminole Indian War, 1835 - 1842. The fort houses exhibits and a video presentation on the Seminole Indian Wars.

  

St. Cloud Lakefront Park

1104 Lakeshore Blvd. 
St. Cloud, FL 34769 
407-957-7243

St. Cloud’s Lakefront Park is located along beautiful Lake Tohopekaliga and offers a bike path and grass walking path from Mississippi to Louisiana Avenue, banquet hall for up to 210 people, playground, splash pad, family picnic pavilions, sand beach, volleyball court, picnic tables, 143-slip marina, boat ramp, fishing pier and a performing arts pavilion. 
   
   Central Florida Zoo
No matter what your age, you will find a relaxing, entertaining, and educational experience for children-of-all-ages at the Central Florida Zoo. You can watch towering elephants, catch a glimpse of zoo babies, search for the elusive cheetah, jump like a kangaroo, and listen to the song of the kookaburra. Or if you dare, meet some of the world’s most venomous reptiles in the Herpetarium. You can explore the creepy crawling Insect Zoo and if you feel like a spin, ride the rails with Champ the Train or jump on our animal carousel.

3755 NW Highway 17-92, Sanford 32771

Phone: 407-323-4450
Website: http://www.centralfloridazoo.org

   
   Watch Your Car Go Backwards 
One of Florida's best-known free attractions is Spook Hill, in Lake Wales. Located on North Wales Drive (Fifth Street) just a few blocks from the National Historic District, this mystery of nature attracts many thousands of visitors each year.

Children and adults get a thrill as the family car rolls uphill while in neutral, tugged by invisible forces which defy the laws of gravity.  

Location: 1300 N. Fort Christmas Road Orlando, FL Tel:407-568-4149

   
  Ripley's Believe  It Or Not

The Orlando Odditorium appears to be sinking into one of Florida's infamous sinkholes. For over 40 years, Robert Ripley-- the modern Marco Polo and the real-life Indiana Jones-- traveled the world collecting the unbelievable, the inexplicable, the one-of-a-kind. All of it amazing and much of it extremely amusing. His collection is housed in over 27 museums in 10 countries. Each museum’s collection is 90% unique and different. As Ripley’s ghost says ..."Come in... look around... and see if you Believe It or Not!®"

Phone:1 407 351-5803 Web Site:http://www.ripleysorlando.com

   
  

Boggy Creek Airboat Rides

2001 E. Southport Rd. 
Kissimmee, FL 34746 
407-344-9550

Discover territory that remains unaltered by man in the wilderness of the Central Florida Everglades. World famous attraction opened in 1994 and has been visited by over a million passengers. We are the closest airboat tour to attractions. Reservations are not needed for the exciting, unforgettable ½ hour ride or 45 minute VIP tour. The fascinating one hour night tour needs reservations. Our tours are educational, handicap accessible and safe for all ages. Traveling into the swamp is not the time for choosing just any airboat ride but the most trusted, experienced, respected and Florida’s Official Airboats! Visit our gift shop

   
 zip orlando Zip Orlando
Zip Orlando is a dynamic adventure and is right here in Kissimmee, just minutes from all the big attractions. We have the largest tour with over 4,500 feet of ziplines, the most aerial bridges with 350 feet in total...and the best experience!
http://www.ziporlando.com
   
   
  

Turkey Lake Park

It's amazing that this park, more commonly known as Turkey Lake, is so close to the theme parks and yet feels so far away. It is by far one of the best parks in the Orlando area.

The location is beautiful and offers picnic areas, disc golf, hiking trails, a bike path, and shaded areas. Three large children's playgrounds offer hours of fun for kids of all ages. Swimming is available in a pool overlooking the lake.

If you ask anyone "in the know" where to take your kids fishing, the answer is almost always Turkey Lake Park. The lake is stocked with bass and other species of fish, so little ones have an easy time making their first "catch." Bring your own poles, or rent equipment at the Bait Shop, which is open Thu-Sun, 7am-11am, and has almost everything you need... the exception, believe it or not, being live bait - you'll have to bring that on your own. While kids don't need a license to fish, anyone over 16 needs to obtain a fishing license. Most bait-and-tackle shops and sports retailers (like Wal-Mart, K-Mart, and Sports Authority) sell licenses.

Across the park, an “all children’s” playground offers an enormous wood and car-tire wonderland that will offer little ones hours of exploration and fun. Shaded gazebos nearby keep Mom and Dad out of the sun. No eating here, however, as food draws rats and other not-so-welcome wildlife. Next door is a “Cracker” farm featuring an authentic 100-year-old barn, to give kids an idea of what pioneer Florida looked and felt like.

(407) 299-5581, (407) 299-5594
www.cityoforlando.net/fpr


Wekiwa Springs State Park

Located at the headwaters of the Wekiva River, the beautiful vistas within this park offer a glimpse of what Central Florida looked like when Timucuan Indians fished and hunted these lands. Just one hour from most central Florida attractions, Wekiwa Springs offers visitors the opportunity to relax in a natural setting, enjoy a picnic, or take a swim in the cool spring. Canoeists and kayakers can paddle along the Wekiva River and Rock Springs Run. Thirteen miles of trails provide opportunities for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. Options for camping include a full facility campground and primitive camping areas. Canoe and kayak rentals are available. For information about rentals, call (407) 884 4311.

Admission Fees

Vehicles with 2 to 8 people..........$5.00 Single Occupant Vehicles.............$3.0

 

Blue Spring State Park

http://www.floridastateparks.org/bluespring/

Manatee

The largest spring on the St. Johns River, Blue Spring is a designated Manatee Refuge and the winter home (mid-November through March) to a growing population of West Indian Manatees. For centuries, the spring area was home for Native Americans. In 1766 it was visited by Colonial American botanist John Bartram, but it wasn't until 1856 that it was settled by Louis Thursby and his family. The Thursby house,built in 1872, remains standing. The spring´s crystal clear, 73 degree water can be enjoyed by swimmers, snorkelers, and certified scuba divers with a partner. Swimming or diving with the manatees is not permitted; this rule is strictly enforced. The river is popular for fishing, canoeing, and boating. River boat tours are available; for reservations, call St. Johns River Cruises at (386) 917-0724. The park has plenty of picnic areas and a hiking trail. For overnight stays, air-conditioned cabins, a full-facility campground, and primitive campsites are available.