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Old 04-27-2013, 09:14 PM   #1
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Cheap Non-Park Day?

I need some activity ideas to spend a fun day in the Orlando area WITHOUT visiting a major theme park. We will have 4 adults and 3 kids, ages 5, 3, and 1.5. We're staying at Wyndham Reunion resort for a weekend (Thurs-Sun) and plan to spend Friday & Saturday at the resort pool/waterpark which I'm sure the kids will love. We check out Sunday so can't really hang out at the resort. Any ideas?
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Old 04-27-2013, 09:52 PM   #2
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shopping (not buying), state parks,
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:28 PM   #3
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Any particular state parks? It doesn't have to be free, just not major theme-park prices.
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:41 PM   #4
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Florida has several

these are in central florida
http://www.floridastateparks.org/fin...ct-central.cfm

I like Lake Louisa
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:55 PM   #5
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here the site
http://www.floridastateparks.org/lakelouisa/default.cfm

it is about 30 minutes from wdw - might be less.

others seem to like this one

http://www.floridastateparks.org/wek...gs/default.cfm
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:02 PM   #6
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Disney's mini-golf places, they're much cooler than you're typical mini-golf place

the dine-in movie theater (okay that one's more $ but you were going to eat anyway, right?)

We did four days once and didn't get bored at all, but we did spend most of the time in the pools. My kids liked Fantasia Gardens so much that two days later we did Winter Summerland.
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:31 AM   #7
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visit Gaylord Palms
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oh and did i mention.....shopping
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:55 AM   #8
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Your cheapest option would be the state parks, I expect. If you enjoy trip reports, there are some on this thread where people visit offsite attractions:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2968484

I know Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina's trip reports linked from there both have (non-Disney) mini golf reviews (I think she got halfprice coupons from LivingSocial; she says somewhere in the reports), and she also goes to Gatorland.

But how cheap do you mean by "cheap"? My kids got a kick out of FunSpot last time we were out, which is cheap compared to a one day theme park ticket but a long ways from free:

http://www.funspotattractions.com/pages/pricing.php

Depending on your kids, you also might enjoy Downtown Disney or Boardwalk. They're both glorified outdoor malls, but Boardwalk has entertainment weekend afternoons (and some weekdays), magicians and jugglers kind of stuff, while Downtown Disney has the play area and displays by the Lego store (free), a tiny carousel and equally tiny train ride (which cost, but IIRR it's just a dollar or two), squirty fountains to play in, and the boat ride from one end to the other (and to some resorts). There's more going on at Downtown Disney in the evenings but it's also a lot noisier and more crowded.

My kids enjoyed that sort of thing at those ages, but they also got that they wouldn't get to buy anything/had a set amount they could spend. Might not be much fun with kids who're used to getting "stuff" when they go to the store!

My first choice would be Leu Gardens, which is huge and has lots of places for kids to explore. My kids at those ages would have loved it -- and they would have spent most of their time there examining lizards, butterflies, and bugs. But there are also things like an unpaved path that leads you to a guy made out of pots, and multiple bridges over a stream, and a floral clock that some kids will enjoy. I haven't seen it all, but it does not, to my knowledge, have a child's garden or play area.

http://www.leugardens.org/plan/
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:34 PM   #9
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Downtown Disney

Has some shows and its fun just to walk around and look at the stuff.
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Old 04-28-2013, 03:10 PM   #10
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Disney's mini-golf places, they're much cooler than you're typical mini-golf place

the dine-in movie theater (okay that one's more $ but you were going to eat anyway, right?)

We did four days once and didn't get bored at all, but we did spend most of the time in the pools. My kids liked Fantasia Gardens so much that two days later we did Winter Summerland.
What/where is the dine in movie theatre, sounds like fun
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Old 04-28-2013, 03:19 PM   #11
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What/where is the dine in movie theatre, sounds like fun
It is the AMC theater at DTD Westside. You could spend a full day shopping, eating, and seeing a movie at DTD/AMC Dine In theater. As others have said, there is a lot to do and see there.
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Old 04-28-2013, 03:46 PM   #12
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head over to 192 and go to Old Towne--Tons of shops to wander in and out of...Kidi rides for the little--Go carts for the older 'kids'...Like Flea Markets? 3-4 places along 192 to go to--Mini golf place also. Hit up Boggy Creek air boat rides for a real adventure.. There is Gator World also..this is thier 50 year anniversary. Not sure when you are going but check out Silver Spurs arena may be a Rodeo or Horse going on there (on 192)

Like airplanes--Head out west on I4 to Fantasy of Flight and tour there or go to Dino World kids will have good time there. Both near Polk City...Not far from Disney.

There is always the outlet shopping places...Look for discount offers/coupons in advance.
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:05 PM   #13
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Thank you all for the suggestions!!
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:34 AM   #14
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These 2 get great reviews and are nearby!

Blue Spring State Park
2100 W French Ave
Orange City, FL 32763-9501
(386) 775-3663
www.floridastateparks.org/bluespring
Pack up a picnic basket with lots of goodies, bring the kids, suits and towels and head on over to Blue Spring State Park in the summertime for a wonderful family adventure.
Blue Spring is the largest spring feeding into the St.Johns River. The beautiful spring is also a designated manatee refuge during the cooler winter months. The spring stays a constant 72 degrees throughout the year, and the manatees gather in the spring to keep warm as the temperature outside drops. During the cooler months, there are no boats, tubes, or snorkeling allowed to provide a safe haven for the manatees.
During the summer, this park is very popular, and fills up to capacity on the weekends, so get here early! We viewed the campground area, and it was very nice. They have 51 sites,with water, picnic tables, grills, 27 of which also have electricity. They also have 6, two bedroom cabins! I found that the campground was located in a pine scrub forest, and the sites were very private and well spaced. I am looking forward to camping there soon.
Bryan loved to swim in the springs. They have stairs leading down into the cool, clear, pristine spring water. We saw people snorkeling, tubing, kayaking, canoeing, scuba diving, and swimming.
The color of the water is beautiful, the whole area is so picturesque. There is a boardwalk all the way down to the boil where the water comes up from the aquifer then all the way back up to the playground and the picnic area with a playground.
After the swim, we went for a nature walk, played on the jungle gym, and then went on a narrated wildlife eco tour!
The boat tour was two hours long, and took us up the St. Johns River. We learned all about the native plants and animals as we traveled, from our Florida Wildlife Tour Guide. We saw deer, alligators, ibis, a cormorant, turtles, osprey, and more! This was so much fun for both of us, I know you will enjoy it too.
The company is called St. John River Boat Tours, they have 2 tours per day 10am and 1pm. You can reserve your boat tour at: 407.330.1612, or 386.917.0724. www.sjrivercruises.com You can also charter one of their boats for weddings, or special events!
We had a wonderful day here at Blue Spring State Park, and hope to come back here soon to go camping!

Wekiwa Springs State Park
1800 Wekiwa Circle
Apopka, Florida 32712
Phone: (407) 884 2008
www.floridastateparks.org/WekiwaSprings
Heaven is green and it's name is Wekiwa Springs! This lush natural sanctuary is the perfect natural swimming hole. With cool 72 degree spring water all year long, it is refreshing and pure, pumping out 42 million gallons of natural spring water every day!
Wandering through 13 miles of trails, you can imagine just what the Timucuan Indians saw in this tropical paradise. You might get the chance to see a blue heron, ibis, turtles, cormorant, aningha, deer, wild boar, or even an alligator sunning on the shore of the river.
Stairs lead down to the swimming area that is surrounded by a rock ledge with seating for easy access on all sides. It is protected from alligators, snakes and other critters by a safety net barrier by the bridge, which screens out and discourages wildlife to enter the swimming area.
The boardwalk leads to the canoe and kayak rental stand provided by Nature Adventures. They provide everything you need for a 2 hour or more eco tour on the Wekiva River.
Here is their website http://canoewekiva.com/
Call for prices and reservations. phone: 407-880-4110 email: Email HereWe checked out the camping area, too. It is very nice, and VERY affordable!
They have 60 campsites. Each campsite has water, electricity, in-ground fire circle with a grill and a picnic table. They are very private, with wooden split fencing surrounding each site. The fencing would be great to dry towels or lean bikes, or tie down a rain fly. There are two restroom facilities with hot showers!
They even have 2 primitive campsites, called Otter Camp, and Big Buck Camp, that are only accessible by canoe or kayak for a very unique camping adventure.
All reservations for campsites except for next day reservations can be made by calling Reserve America, at (800) 326-3521. Next day reservations can be made by calling the park at (407) 884-2008
We love this place and will be back again to camp!
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You can get really cheap tix. for the ecobuggy ride at world of citrus here
http://www.halfoffdepot.com/orlando/all/adventure

Code EXTRA51 gets an extra 51% off the listed price today. I bought tix. last week when they were an extra 50% off. Cost $17.50 for our 5 tix!
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May 2006-1st family trip to WDW! Loved Windsor Hills! Total cost including airfare, condo. rental at WH, park tix and rental car =$1800
Nov. 13-22 2007-2nd trip to WDW with Baby Hartley #3-it's a boy!!! Total cost including airfare, condo. rental at WH, park tix and rental car =$2200
May 2009- 3 nights in a 2 bedroom at SSR and then our 1st Disney cruise on the Magic! Total cost for 2 Cat. 12's -upgraded to Cat. 10's=$2900

June 11-20 2010- Our super cheap, surprising the kids, 1st time driving, celebrating Ryan's 3rd birthday trip! Total cost=$950
Nov.12-22, 2010 Took our in-laws along for their 1st trip ever! Stayed at Indian Creek and had a blast!
Oct.10-15, 2011 Crazy Columbus Crowds(did YES program) & cruised on the Dream Oct. 16-20
Oct. 19-29, 2012 Our trip re-do w/the in-laws, swam w/ the manatees & drove home through Sandy!
June 21-30, 2013 Celebrating our 17th anniversary!
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