Experiencing Orlando Without The Theme Parks

//Experiencing Orlando Without The Theme Parks

Orlando is the ideal family travel destination, with its variety of theme parks and kid-centric attractions, but that’s only on the surface. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find adventure, relaxation and entertainment for all ages.

Lake Buena Vista Resort Village and Spa

I checked into Lake Buena Vista Resort Village and Spa, a staySky property in the heart of tourist Orlando. Their multi-building property has a variety of suites that fit everyone’s accommodation needs, from the big family vacation to the friend-getaway. On site, there are three-dining options along with pirate-themed pool and Reflections Full Service Salon & Spa. My two-bedroom suite featured two baths, a full kitchen, washer-dryer, living room, dining room, balcony and a soaker tub in the master bedroom; everything you could possibly need and more in your Orlando accommodations.

Reflections Spa

After checking in, I opted for a Tropical Island Massage at Reflections Spa to kick-off my vacation. The RMT provided an amazing massage that prepared my body for the significant amount of walking I had on my travel itinerary. The massage was capped off with tea in the Quiet Zone featuring a fish tank with colourful tropical fish.

Capone’s Dinner & Show 

Later that evening, I had reservations for Capone’s Dinner & Show. This vaudeville-style show is an experience the performers take very seriously, rarely breaking character. The serving staff’s brash humour must be enjoyed with ‘no harm intended’ to gain the full experience at Capone’s. Consider the dinner a bonus, as it’s the show that makes a visit to Capone’s worth your while.

Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards

If you have a rental car, you’ll want to drive out to Clermont, about a half-hour from Orlando to visit Florida’s largest winery, Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards. Their 127-acre estate is a pioneer in the development of table and sparkling wines from muscadine and hybrid grapes. For visitors, Lakeridge offers complimentary tours and tastings, educating them on their growing, harvesting and fermenting processes.

Reunion Resort

The next morning was an early tee-time at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, on their infamous Palmer Course, designed by the golf-legend himself, Arnold Palmer. There’s a few holes on their course that test your skills as a golfer, but the serene atmosphere puts the relaxation back into your vacation. The par 5 on 15 was my most memorable experience, teeing off before the water, landing in the middle of the fairway to par the hole. Reward yourself at the clubhouse with lunch at The Clubhouse Grille where fellow golfers, members and resort guest alike enjoy hot eats and cold beverages.

Revolution Off Road

As much as I love the how relaxing my vacation had been, I’m 100% an adrenaline junkie which is why I booked some time at Revolution Off Road in Clermont. This outdoor adventure park has ATVs, dune buggies, a mucky duck amphibian ride, archery, clay shooting and many more activities on their 220 acres of land. I took to the ATV trails of sand and dirt, leaving my heart racing and my clothes dusty with no regrets.

2017-05-17T13:52:16+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments