Orlando is, of course, most famous as being the home of a certain mouse, but there is so much more to explore in Orlando. Whether you chose to keep your adventures close to Orlando or you are up for a short drive, the area offers something for everyone.
Just a short drive from Oak Plantation Resort
is historic downtown Winter Garden
. A walk down Plant Street will take you back in time to a slower pace. Rent a bicycle and take a relaxing ride to check out the historic buildings in this area which was added to the US Register of Historic Places in 1996. You'll find shopping, restaurants and performing arts in this hidden gem.
For a little more adventure, spend an afternoon and evening at the nearby Old Town Amusement Park
in Kissimmee. Old Town features carnival-style rides, but their draw goes much deeper than that. On Friday evenings you can catch their weekly Friday Nite Car Cruise with vehicles from 1973 - 1987. The Saturday Nite Cruise features cars from 1972 and older. Bring your own classic vehicle or check out the more than 300 cars in the parade of cars. Registration for each Cruise begins at 1pm on their respective days. Old Town also offers the classic A & W All American Food Restaurant where you can order a root beer float before heading to the Cruise. When the Sun goes down and the Old Town lights come on, you'll feel like you are a kid again at this fun classic amusement park.
If a visit to Florida isn't complete without a day at the beach, Florida's beaches are as close as a one-hour drive. Orlando's closest beaches are Daytona Beach and Cocoa Beach
. If you make the trip to Cocoa Beach, you will also want to visit the Kennedy Space Center and see the now historic space shuttle launch pads.
The Central Florida Zoo
in Orlando may not get much attention while surrounded by high-flying amusement parks, but this zoo is well worth your time. With more than 400 animals, a splash park, ZOOm Air Adventure Park and Animal Adventures Children's Zoo this is a day well spent. The Central Florida Zoo even features an insect zoo!
If you don't get your fill of alligators at the Zoo, visit Gatorland
in Orlando. The "gator capital of the world" offers family and educational activities as well as a menu of adventure tours for the serious thrill seeker.
Orlando is filled with activities to meet every vacation expectation.
Whatever you choose to do in Orlando, your stay at the Oak Plantation Resort will put you right in the middle of the fun.