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Aug 012015
 

Visit Orlando Magical Dining MonthIn celebration of the 10th anniversary of Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining, they have lined up more fine dining restaurants than ever before. Magical Dining Month is your chance to experience some of Central Florida’s best restaurants for an affordable price. Starting with a special preview week Aug. 24 and running through Sept. 30, guests can select from more than 70 participating restaurants — including eight new venues – to enjoy three-course dinners for $33.

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining showcases much of the culinary landscape that has brought Orlando national acclaim in the past year. There is no better time for Foodies to enjoy Orlando, named one of 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2015 by Wine Enthusiast magazine, as well as one of The New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in the world in 2015.

In a year that’s brought major new dining and entertainment venues to Orlando, several new restaurants are part of this year’s line-up:

  • Txokos Basque Kitchen at East End Market, a neighborhood market and food hub, takes inspiration from the cuisine of Northern Spain.
  • Ravello at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort focuses on authentic Italian recipes.
  • Southern classics get a contemporary spin at Soco in Thornton Park.
  • American Q at the B Resort brings together barbeque styles from the Carolinas, Kansas City and Latin America.

In its 10th year, Magical Dining brings back many of our area’s most popular restaurants, along with exciting new additions:

  • Convention Area– Urban Tide* (Hyatt Regency Orlando), The Capital Grille, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, A Land Remembered (Rosen Shingle Creek)
  • Disney/Lake Buena Vista– Black Fire Bull*, deep blu Seafood Grille (Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort), NINE18 (The Villas at Grand Cypress), Todd English’s Bluezoo (Walt Disney World Dolphin)
  • Downtown– Artisan’s Table*, The Boheme, Citrus, Kasa Restaurant & Bar, Maxine’s on Shine
  • Restaurant Row– Big Fin Seafood Kitchen, Bistro CloClo, Christini’s Ristorante Italiano*, Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood Restaurant, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Ocean Prime, Stefano’s Grill
  • Universal/CityWalk– Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, Island’s Dining Room, The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel*, Mama Della’s Ristorante
  • Winter Park and North– Luma on Park, Mitchell’s Fish Market, Chez Vincent, Hamilton’s Kitchen, Rangetsu Japanese Restaurant and Bar, Ruth’s Chris Steak House (Winter Park and Lake Mary)

*First year in Magical Dining

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining will benefit ELEVATE Orlando in 2015, with $1 from every meal donated to the local charity. ELEVATE Orlando meets the complex needs of urban youth by providing both character education and life skills training to help to move students from poverty to self-sufficiency. Last year, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining raised a record $111,604 for the Foundation for Foster Children.

Jul 312015
 

Orlando SummerSummer in Central Florida brings free or cheap kids’ movies, free days at museums and a chance for kids to bowl free. All of the summer things to do in Orlando we’ve listed below are free or under $10 each (approximately). And if it’s in the budget, we’ve added in water parks that are offering special Florida Resident discounts. Whether you are looking to cool off at the Central Florida springs or chill out ice skating at RDV Sportsplex, we have plenty of ideas for a fun and inexpensive summer in Orlando.

Here are 32 free or cheap things for kids to do in Orlando this summer:

MOVIES

  • Free outdoor movies. Round up the crew for a cozy evening of family-friendly flicks under the stars. There are many free movie options in Orlando throughout the year. Movieola at Lake Eola offers a free family-friendly outdoor movie on the last Friday of the month through August.
  • Free and cheap summer movies at the theater. There’s nothing better than an air-conditioned theater with a family-friendly flick on the big screen, especially if it’s free or just a $1.
    • Cinemark’s Summer Movie Clubhouse: Every Tuesday or Wednesday (depending on the individual theater) at 10 a.m. through Aug. 14. $1 at select locations.
    • Cobb Theatres’ Summer Kids Shows: Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. through Aug. 1. free, all locations (mostly in the Southeastern United States).
    • Regal Cinemas’ Summer Movie Express: Every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. through Aug. 7, $1, select locations.
    • Garden Theatre’s Milk Money Movies: Tuesdays at 10 a.m. through July 2015, $2 admission includes a kid’s sized popcorn and juice.

BOWLING
Kids can sign up to bowl free this summer through these two programs:

  • Summer Games Program at participating AMF Lanes through September 7. AMF allows kids to bowl three free games per day (Monday – Friday before 8 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday before 4 p.m.) at participating AMF Bowling Centers with a Summer Games Pass registration. Shoe rentals are not included. To sign up, click here to find a participating AMF bowling center near you.
  • Kids Bowl Free. The participating Orlando location is Colonial Lanes, 400 N. Primrose Drive, 407-894-0361. They are offering free bowling for kids through August 31, 2015.

ATTRACTIONS

  • Gatorland provides affordable-priced family fun with thousands of alligators, crocodiles, an aviary, breeding marsh with observation tower, petting zoo, nature walk, educational wildlife programs and more. Florida Residents can enjoy $9.50 admission for kids and $13.50 for adults this summer. You can also meet live alligators at Gator Spot on I-Drive for $6.
  • Fun Spot Attractions has more than 100 games, a multi-level go-kart track, 13 rides and more. Go-Kart and single ride tickets can be purchased for less than $10 each.
  • RDV Sportsplex Ice Den in Maitland is a family-friendly ice rink that is open for public skating seven days a week. Admission is $6.71 plus tax and $9.53 for Friday or Saturday night.
  • Indoor play areas. On rainy days, take your little kids to Gymboree in Orlando, Amaya Papaya in Casselberry or Lucky Monkey in Altamonte Springs.
  • Hawaiian Rumble Adventure Golf challenges golfers with a Hawaiian-themed course featuring a waterfall, volcano and musical fountain. The course costs $7.95 for kids and $9.95 for adults.
  • The LEGO Imagination Center lets kids explore their creativity by building with colorful bricks — and it’s free. Plus, on the first Tuesday of the month, the Lego Store offers a free Mini-Model Build. There’s a limit of one free mini-model set per child while supplies last, and the event is open to children ages 6-14.
  • Sing-a-long at Disney’s Fort Wilderness. Roast marshmallows in front of the campfire, meet Chip n’ Dale and cozy up for an outdoor movie at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. This experience is free to all Disney guests.
  • Disney’s BoardWalk, a quarter-mile of shops offering free live entertainment in the evenings.
  • Old Town Car Cruises. Hot rods, street rods, antiques and muscle cars roll down the street at Old Town in Kissimmee every Friday night starting at 4 p.m. There are also weekly car cruises on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

ARTS & CULTURE

  • Ride the SunRail for a fun tour of Orlando and it’s surrounding cities. Kids under 6 ride for free.
  •  Mennello Museum offers free admission to the galleries, craft stations and mini-tours for kids from noon to 2:30 p.m. every second Sunday of the month.
  • The Orange County Regional History Center offers a wide variety of creative exhibits and programs designed for children, including art stations and free family guides for exploring the museum. Tickets are $6 for kids and $9 for adults.
  • Free entry to Orlando museums. Take the kids on a cultural journey for free with the Museums On Us program. Just show your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card the first weekend of every month and you’ll get free admission to the Orlando Science Center, Orlando Museum of Art, Mennello Museum of American Art and Orange County Regional History Center.
  • The Orange County Library System hosts fun events, interactive presentations and free story time for various age groups from babies to 5 years old. Get your card.
  • Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading Program rewards kids (grades one through six) with a free book, after they’ve taken just eight literary adventures.

PARKS & NATURE

  • Central Florida Springs, Florida’s natural cooling system, is a fun place to visit year round. In the summer, take a dip in the refreshing water. In the winter, go on a picnic or a canoe trip. Admission is around $6 per person or $2 per person, depending on the park.
  • Bok Tower Gardens a picturesque park atop one of Florida’s tallest hills, is crowned with a Gothic bell tower that rings daily with carillon music. Guests can enjoy the tranquil and expansive gardens, museum and Pine Ridge Trail. Entry is $3 for kids and $10 for adults.
  • Big Tree Park in Sanford features 11 acres of natural vegetation, wetlands and is the home to a 2,000-year-old Bald Cypress Tree, “Lady Liberty.” Entry is free.
  • Leu Gardens offers free entry and a special story time event for little ones starting at 10 a.m. on the first Monday of the month. After story time, stroll through the lush gardens or bring a blanket to relax in the shade while the kids play. Regular ticket price is $2 for kids and $7 for adults.
  • Lake Eola Park is a 43-acre recreational area in the heart of downtown Orlando. The kids will love the large playground with activities for every age. Picnic along the shore, feed the resident swans and take a stroll around the lake.
  • Bike and nature trails. It’s free to journey through the trails of Central Florida: Seminole County trails, Orange County trails, Lake County trails and Volusia County trails.
  • The Beach. We might be in the middle of Florida, but the beach is still only a 45-minute drive away. Pack the car with toys, an umbrella and a cooler of snacks for a day trip to Cocoa or New Smyrna Beach.
  • Parks. Central Florida is home to many beautiful parks and recreational facilities. One of the easiest ways to find parks closet to you is to log on to Yelp to explore your options and read reviews. You can also search on Seminole or Orange counties’ websites.
  • Splash Pads. Cool off at one of Central Florida’s free (or small-fee) splash pads.
  • Black Hammock Adventures on Lake Jessup offers free live alligator and bird exhibits.

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Jul 292015
 

Back to school shoppingIf you have back-to-school shopping to do, shop during the tax-free days to save. Florida suspends sales taxes for 10 days this year!

Legislation was passed to create a 10-day sales tax holiday that will begin at 12:01 a.m., Friday, August 7, 2015, and end at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, August 16, 2015. During this period, no Florida sales tax or local option tax will be collected on sales of clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $100 or less per item, on certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item, and on the first $750 of the sales price for computers and certain computer-related accessories when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.

Jul 242015
 

Four Seasons OrlandoOrlando’s unique cool pools are the perfect way to enjoy a sunny day by making a splash or lounging in luxury at the newest additions to Orlando’s pool inventory with the retro-themed Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort or the luxe poolside amenities at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort. Lazy rivers, waterfalls, real sand beaches, zero-entry and adults-only pools are just some of the features available for fun-seeking visitors.

Newest Places to Make a Splash

  • The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort features a family pool overlooking Florida’s natural settings, offering a gradually sloping “beach entry.” Guests can listen to their favorite tunes on the underwater audio system, lazy river and “Explorer Island” splash zone or enjoy the adults-only pool.
  • Those in search of retro-themed fun will love Universal’s Cabana Bay Univeral's Cabana Bay Beach ResortBeach Resort courtyard pool. In addition to the new lazy river featuring water cannons, spouts and waterfalls; this pool offers a white sand beach, iconic diver tower waterslide, kids play area and cabanas available to rent for ultimate relaxation.
  • Newly renovated and stretching over half an acre, the main pool at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress offers vibrant fun for the whole family. New features include a Waterslide Tower Pavilion, Water Jet Splash Zone, rope bridge and an expansive wraparound sundeck. For simple sun-drenched relaxation, guests can float around in the crystal-clear water or enjoy the sandy beach of private Lake Windsong.

Themed Resort Pools

  • At the Nickelodeon Suites Resort, the whole family will enjoy the two Nickelodeon Suites Resortinteractive water park areas, The Lagoon and The Oasis. The Lagoon is a large courtyard featuring a zero-depth entry pool that is anchored by a four-story interactive water tower outfitted with seven slides and flumes, climbing nets and a 400-gallon dump tank that spouts out water at random. The area also houses a netted basketball court and a nine-hole miniature golf course. The Oasis contains an Olympic-sized pool, a multi-level interactive water tower, a shaded play area for kids, pop jets, splash zone and sand play area.
  • The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge bring rustic charm to the heart of Orlando. Surrounded by towering pine trees and boulders, guests can delight in the enchanting Silver Creek Springs Pool, feel a rush on the waterslide, take a dip in the whirlpool spas, and be excited by the nearby Fire Rock Geyser. For a more peaceful paddle, swimmers can retreat to the serenity of the Hidden Springs Pool.

Aquatic Adventures

  • When timeless elegance meets old fashioned charm, the product is the carefree amusement of Disney’s Boardwalk Villas. This waterfront resort hotel features Luna Park, the main water area which takes visitors to an antique carnival where they can take a ride down the 200-foot-long Keister Coaster water slide.
  • Located off of International Drive, the CoCo Key Hotel and Water CoCo KeyResort combines a tropical hotel setting with a whimsical water park. Featuring thrilling slides, splash-tastic play areas and relaxing pools, CoCo Key’s 62,000-square-foot water park offers families aquatic fun in a safe and friendly environment. Day passes for guests not staying at the hotel cost just $22.95 (Monday – Thursday) or $26.95 (Friday – Sunday) per person.

Relaxing Retreats

  • Visitors can bask in rays of serenity in the calming waters at the Alfond Inna new boutique hotel in the heart of Winter Park. The rooftop pool is 60 feet in length, surrounded by lush planting, marble and pergolas for shade.
  • Guests looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Orlando’s theme parks Waldorf Astoria Orlandoand attractions will find Waldorf Astoria Orlando’s sparkling blue pools to be the perfect antidote. The elegant oasis of contemporary luxury is sure to provide visitors with true, indulgent relaxation. The serene outdoor environment offers poolside service, private cabanas, and a Jacuzzi. For little ones, the zero entry pool is the ideal cool down.
Jul 202015
 

Orlando Fall EventsWhen summer days begin to slowly drift away, Orlando quickly turns up the heat on a packed events schedule. One of America’s top food festivals serves up culinary adventures. Orlando is home to more nights of haunted thrills than any other destination. And dazzling light displays, glorious parades and supercharged fireworks punctuate one of the most memorable times of the year to visit.

Orlando’s Food & Wine Festivals

Nationally, Orlando has emerged as a prominent culinary destination. Home to five semifinalists in the 2014 James Beard Awards, the city has been named one of 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2015 by Wine Enthusiast magazine, as well as one of the New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2015. Food-lovers can get the most out of their time in Orlando by timing their visits to these renowned food & wine festivals:

  • At the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (Sept. 25 – Nov. 16) at the Walt Disney World Resort, guests can sip, sample and savor treasures from some of the world’s most famous wineries and celebrated chefs as they circle World Showcase. New delicacies include Pepper Bacon Mac ‘n Cheese at the Farm Fresh Marketplace and refreshing sips like the Scottish Citrus Thistle at the Scotland Marketplace.
  • Food & Wine Weekends at Waldorf Astoria Orlando (late September – mid November) celebrates fine wine and culinary arts. Taking place on a series of weekends, the events include a variety of chef created menus and pairings.
  • The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic (Oct. 30 – 31) features wines from around the world and a variety of culinary dishes prepared by award-winning chefs. Educational seminars range from wine blending to crafting Brazil’s most famous cocktail, the Caipirinha.
  • Guests dine on haute cuisine without burning through their budget during the 10th year of Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, when Central Florida’s top restaurants feature three-course, prix fixe dinner menus for $33 during of the entire month of September. Joining the lineup of this year’s participating venues is Txokos Basque Kitchen and Italian restaurant Ravello at the new Four Seasons at Walt Disney World Resort.

Halloween Capital of the World

Halloween celebrations in Orlando are like nowhere else in the world, with more than 80 individual events during the six weeks leading up to Oct. 31.

  • At Walt Disney World Resort during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (Sept. 15 – Nov. 1), guests can trick-or-treat throughout the Magic Kingdom, catch the “Boo-to-You” Halloween parade or Disney Villains Castle Show and stay for the bewitching “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks.
  • SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular (Oct. 3 – 31) at SeaWorld Orlando invites youngsters to trick-or-treat among friendly sea witches, octopuses, mermaids and pumpkin fish in an underwater “fantasia.” Cookie decorating and candy galore make this a sweet Halloween event for families to splash into.
  • Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights (Sept. 18 – Nov. 1) at Universal Orlando Resort allows guests to face their deepest fears in themed haunted houses, “scare zones” and mazes inspired by critically-acclaimed movies and television series. This year’s terrors include Freddy vs Jason and Jack the Clown, with big name (and big scare) additions still to be announced.

Holidays at Orlando’s Theme Parks

Orlando, the theme park capital of the world, celebrates the most magical time of year with balmy weather, special events and spirited live entertainment, creating an unforgettable and festive setting for a winter getaway, snow boots and mittens not required.

  • Walt Disney World Resort offers an array of holiday fun (Nov. – Jan.), including a transformation of Cinderella Castle into a glistening ice palace at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party; a ‘Frozen’ Sing-Along Celebration’ and the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios; or the Candlelight Processional at Epcot.
  • Universal Orlando Resort invites guests (Dec. 4 – Jan. 2) to the Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios, where the streets are filled every evening with the same larger-than-life balloons seen in Macy’s famous Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Meanwhile, at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, families will light up with holiday cheer as Grinchmas comes to life throughout Seuss Landing.
  • Waves of holiday spirit splash over the park during SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration (Nov. 21 – Dec. 31). Here in a wintery, watery wonderland, guests of all ages will enjoy stunning live shows inspired by the natural world, and journey to the North Pole on THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience.
  • LEGOLAND Florida Resort offers families one-of-a-kind photo opportunities with a life-sized LEGO Model Santa Claus or 30-foot-tall LEGO Christmas tree during Christmas Bricktacular, select dates in December.

Seasonal Shopper’s Paradise

A favorite Orlando activity, shopping sales have launched both the Mall at Millenia and Orlando Premium Outlets into the 10 highest sales-generating shopping locations in the U.S. for 2014, according to Fortune Magazine. The destination’s diverse shopping options include unique boutiques, theme park retailers, as well as 12 malls and outlet centers.

  • As one of the city’s most luxurious shopping locations, Fashion Week at the Mall at Millenia (Sep. 17- 24) is a not-to-be-missed event for fashionistas, including in-store activities, runway shows, guest appearances and more. Less than a month later, the trendy area of Winter Park, hosts Park Avenue Fashion Week (Oct. 11-17).
  • For those visitors looking for fantastic deals, Black Friday is the best time to shop. The day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 29), many stores, malls and even Orlando’s outlets open early or stay open late to offer extreme discounts. Retail highlights include The Mall at Millenia, offering over 150 high end stores; The Florida Mall, the area’s largest shopping experience; and the Orlando Premium Outlets, two world-class outlet centers.

Orlando’s Cultural Side

Currently in the process of a renaissance, Downtown Orlando is making room for art, music, sports and more as the cultural hub of the destination. From new venues to returning festivals, a whole new side of Orlando comes alive this fall and winter season.

  • With the completion of the Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium renovations, the new, state-of-the-art facility serves as a sports center, concert venue and beyond. Currently, it is the temporary home of the Orlando City Lions, the city’s first professional soccer team. Guests can catch one of the lively home games through the end of October. The venue is also one of nation’s few neutral stadiums for college football, with three bowl games, and dubbed “The College Football Capital of the World,” by the Orlando Sentinel.
  • The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Artsthe new multi-theater home for Broadway productions and Orlando Ballet, welcomes several electrifying shows in the heart of downtown including “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” (Nov. 10 – 15) and “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” (Dec. 8 – 13).
  • Art and culture lovers can catch one of the many art and craft festivals of the season, like the Winter Park Autumn Art Festival (Oct. 10 -11). These events feature work by outstanding Florida artists, live entertainment and food provided by local restaurants.
  • The Orlando Film Festival (Oct. 21 – 25) includes events in and around the heart of Orlando, where patrons enjoy great films in exciting venues while experiencing Orlando’s downtown lifestyle.
  • Winter Park Concours d’Elegance (Nov. 13 – 15) is one of the most highly-regarded, judged exotic car shows in the United States, featuring more than 120 rare automobiles on display and an exotic car parade.
Jun 232015
 

Thumbnail for 21230During the summer, parents are always looking for ways to keep the kids entertained on a budget. And, on a hot day, there’s nothing better than an air-conditioned theater with a family-friendly flick on the big screen, especially if it’s free or just $1.

  • Cinemark’s Summer Movie Clubhouse: Every Tuesday or Wednesday (depending on the individual theater) at 10 a.m. through Aug. 14. $1 at select locations.
  • Cobb Theatres’ Summer Kids Shows: Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. through Aug. 1. Free.
  • Regal Cinemas’ Summer Movie Express: Every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. through Aug. 7, $1, select locations.
  • Garden Theatre’s Milk Money Movies: Tuesdays at 10 a.m. through July 2015, $2 admission includes a kid’s sized popcorn and juice. Located in Winter Garden.
  • Paragon Theaters: Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. through Aug. 21. Free. Location in Daytona Beach, Ocean Walk.
Jun 182015
 

Daytona Beach BandshellThere isn’t a better place to spend your summer nights than on the beach with friends and family. Every Friday and Saturday evening this summer, the Daytona Beach Bandshell turns up the volume with a free concerts. Most of the performances start at 7 p.m. and most are free, but check the schedule before making your plans. Plus, every Saturday night from Memorial weekend to Labor Day, you can also enjoy fireworks over the Atlantic Ocean.

This scenic amphitheater is located in Oceanfront Park on the north end of the Boardwalk amusement area and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. It hosts regular free concerts for the residents of Daytona Beach and its visitors. For more information, call the Daytona Beach Cultural Services Division at 386-671-8250.

Jun 132015
 

Catch a family-friendly flick for the cost of milk money – just $2. Garden Theatre’s Milk Money Movies features kids’ favorites on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. from June – July, 2015. Admission includes a snack pack with a kids’ sized popcorn and juice.

June 16: Paddington
June 23: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
June 30: Penguins of Madagascar
July 7: Turbo
July 14: Epic
July 21: Rio 2
July 28: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Garden Theatre
160 West Plant Street
Winter Garden, Florida 34787
407-877-GDRN (4736)

Jun 122015
 

GatorlandGatorland is one of those must-see, unique Florida attractions. Chomp down on a limited time Florida Resident deal of 50% off admission. Now through August 31, 2015, admission is just $13.50 for Florida Residents ($9.50 for kids).

The 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve, combines “Old Florida” charm with exciting new exhibits and entertainment.  The park opened as a roadside attraction in 1949.  Today, it provides affordable-priced family fun with thousands of alligators, crocodiles, an aviary, breeding marsh with observation tower, petting zoo, nature walk, educational wildlife programs and more.

14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32837
800-393-5297

May 202015
 

Blue Spring_Suzanne-RidenourThis summer, take advantage of Florida’s natural cooling system – the local Central Florida springs. With water temperatures in the low 70s, a dip in the springs is incredibly refreshing. A day at the springs is also cheap with entry starting at $2 for a Florida State Park. For an inexpensive fun day in the sun, check out one of these springs.

 

Rainbow SpringsRainbow Springs
$2 per person at the headsprings entrance and $5 per vehicle, up to eight people, at the tube entrance. Children under six years old are free.

19158 S.W. 81st Place Road
Dunnellon, FL
(352) 465-8555

Blue Spring
$6 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

2100 W. French Avenue
Orange City, FL
(386) 775-3663

Wekiwa SpringsWekiva Springs State Park
$6 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

1800 Wekiwa Circle
Apopka, FL
(407) 884-2008

De Leon Springs
$6 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

601 Ponce de Leon Boulevard
De Leon Springs, FL
(386) 985-4212

Rock Springs RunRock-Springs-Run
$3 per vehicle. Use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 8 people per vehicle.

30601 CR 433
Sorrento, FL
(407) 884-2008

Wekiva Island
Entry is $1 per person on the weekends and free on the weekdays.

1014 Miami Springs Road
Longwood, FL 32779
(407) 862-1500

May 192015
 

Aquatica Orlando Water ParkSeaWorld Orlando’s Water Park, Aquatica, is offering hot deals for Florida Residents to cool off this spring and summer.

Weekday Ticket – $28
Visit Aquatica during the week for the biggest savings with entry priced at just $28 (savings of $29). Purchase this pass in advance, and then it’s valid for one weekday admission within a year of the date of purchase.

Orlando Any Day Ticket – $47
The Aquatica Orlando Any Day Ticket lets you enjoy one visit to Aquatica any time within one year of purchase. Must be purchased in advance. With this pass, you will save $10.

Aquatica Annual Pass – $108
With a Florida Resident Aquatica Annual Pass, you’ll receive unlimited admission to Aquatica’s Water Park without date restrictions for one entire year. The pass also grants you complimentary parking, discounts on food, beverages and more. The cost is $108, but if you plan to visit a few times throughout the warmer months, it’s worth it.

Whether it’s tiny tots splashing around in Kata’s Kookaburra Cove, teens sliding down Taumauta Racer or adults relaxing on the laid-back beaches, guests can enjoy Aquatica on the cheap, all year long. Aquatica Orlando is the type of waterpark experience that could only come from SeaWorld. Aquatica mixes animal experiences, waters from serene to extreme, high-speed waterslide thrills and wide, sandy beaches to create a day of non-stop fun.