June in Orlando

June in Orlando

Summer is in full swing in the city of Orlando, FL. The family vacation capital of Disney World is just one facet of the fun and excitement of central Florida. Beat the hot weather heat with a day trip to any of the nearby Florida beaches or natural springs. Located on both sides of the state, travelers can choose between the Atlantic or Gulf coast for their sun splashing fun.

New Smyrna

flickr image by RyanSMcKee

On the eastside, drive to Cocoa Beach or New Smyrna for small town beachfront life with plenty of local dives. If you head west, visit Clearwater or the beaches in St. Petersburg. There are also several natural springs in the Orlando area to choose from. Tube down the creek at Rock Springs Run under the natural Florida canopy or take a dive in the bone chilling waters of Blue Springs State Park.

Blue Springs State Park

Several changes in recent years have brought Downtown Orlando to what it is today. Once a sleepy city with little life has transformed into a hip and young city with hopping venues any night of the week. Pub-crawl through Church St, Wall St. or Orange Avenue for great bars, music venues, and local restaurants. For daytime downtown fun rent a paddleboat swan on Lake Eola. All of the Orlando urbanites would agree it is the icon of the city and a great afternoon out.

Lake Eola

flickr image by Martin Lopatka

The downtown development board has recently hired mobile segway guides to assist travelers with any questions or concerns, so hail a segway for more information. Other great areas to tour downtown are Thornton Park, Lake Eola Heights, and College Park. Each community has a unique feel with outdoor cafes, historic homes, and plenty of pubs for the choosing.  The city has recently opened the new Amway Arena, home to the NBA’s Orlando Magic, if you’re in town for the season, grab tickets online and root on the home team. For a fun day trip for the whole family visit the Orlando Science Center and watch one of their featured films on the IMAX screen.

Orlando Museum of Art

flickr image by inazakira

The Orlando Museum of Art and the Florida Natural History museum are also great venues with activities for children or adults. For a tourist twist on nightlife visit the open-air developments of Downtown Disney, Universal City Walk, or Pointe Orlando, all boast unique restaurants, bars, and world-class entertainment. Of course everyone associates the city with Walt Disney World and the Magic Kingdom, but remember there are several other theme parks just next door.Islands of Adventure is a great option for older guests who love a thrill. IOA, as it is known by the locals will get your heart pounding with wicked roller coasters and rides.

Universal Studio Orlando

flickr image by Bob Linsdell

Universal’s other park, Universal Studios recently opened the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, see the great Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry then sip on butterbeer in Hogsmeade. SeaWorld also offers families and friends a great day at a park, catch the Shamu show, touch a stingray, and ride the Cracken roller coaster. Don’t forget Orlando also has several water parks in the area, choose from Blizzard Beach, Aquatica, Typhoon Lagoon, or Wet N’ Wild. All offer great rides, slides, and summer fun. The word is out – Orlando is the spot for your summer vacation destination. 

SeaWorld Orlando

flickr image by Chris Benseler

Date posted: 9th May, 2015

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