Orlando has enough to keep any family busy for weeks on end, however, during your Orlando visit, you may want to explore a few other exciting Florida destinations that are excellent daytrips from your Orlando base.
Just 55 miles east of Orlando is Florida's Space Coast. Home to NASA and Kennedy Space Center
, this day trip is packed with adventure and history. The Kennedy Space Center offers an excellent look into the history of the space program and an opportunity to experience a launch for yourself in their Shuttle Launch Experience simulation attraction. Check the daily schedule before you go, on many days the Space Center offers the Astronaut Encounter which allows you to hear a real astronaut talk about his space adventures and ask him questions at a meet and greet.
Even though the Space Shuttle program has ended, NASA still launches rockets and satellites. Check their website to see if a launch is scheduled during your time in Florida and don't miss this unforgettable experience.
Just South of the Space Center is Cocoa Beach. Not only can you watch cruise ships enter and exit the port at this beach, it is also home to the "One of a Kind" Ron Jon Surf Shop
. Open 24 hours a day, Ron Jon offers visitors the opportunity to visit one of just 10 Ron Jon Surf Shops in the country.
If you are feeling ambitious, a 90 mile trip to Daytona Beach
has plenty to offer. Daytona is one of the few locations where you can still drive on the beach. A centerpiece of this beach is the Daytona International Speedway. Tours of the track are offered during non-race days.
Wish you could combine theme park fun with some of Florida's unique nature? Visit Silver Springs
, just 90 minutes north of Orlando. Built around seven natural springs that pump out 550 million gallons of crystal clear water each day, Silver Springs spotlights Florida's natural wonders. Take a ride on Silver Spring's famous glass bottom boats to view the beauty under the water and explore some of Florida's history as well. In addition, Silver Springs offers rides, shows, a playland and, of course, shopping.
Orlando's central location makes it the perfect Florida vacation spot. Visit Orlando and explore Florida!