Other Activities

golf

Linda’s Retreat is just minutes away from some of the best golf in central Florida. It is located in Champion’s Gate which has 2 18-hole golf courses designed by Greg Norman. There are several other courses as well, but this is the closest and one of the most notable.

ocean/surfing/bodyboarding

Cocoa Beach is the closest beach and is also home to Ron John’s surf shop. It is a place to play, relax, body board or even try your hand at surfing. It is right next to Cape Canaveral so if there is a rocket launch you can make a beach day out of it and see a launch as well. My favorite beach is Daytona Beach which is not much further than Cocoa Beach. If you want to go to the gulf side (it typically has smaller waves, but nicer sand) then Clearwater beach is the best beach. It is considered one of the best beaches in the world and is about an hour and a half drive away to make a great day trip at the beach. Surfing reports are available here for all beaches. Here they are for individual beaches:

Cocoa Beach

Daytona Beach

ClearWater Beach

manatee swim

A one of a kind experience in Central Florida is being able to swim with manatees. These gentle creatures move so gracefully and are a marvel to swim with. These animals are endangered so it is one of the only places you can swim with these amazing creatures. I recommend the Crystal Lodge Dive Center, they offer a great product at a great price.

deep sea fishing

I haven’t had a chance to check out the fishing scene, the wife isn’t too keen on fishing, but you can go to either Daytona, or Tampa and do some deep sea fishing.

Rocket Launches and Kennedy Space Center

A very educational visit is the Kennedy Space Center. It has the astronaut hall of fame, and one of the retired space shuttles. It is a unique place to visit and have experiences you can’t get anywhere else. They do have some of the best places to watch a rocket launch, but you do need to get reservations and a special ticket. I think it is a better deal to find a place across from Kennedy Space Center. We have watched launches from Shilo’s Steak and Seafood and it was amazing. If you just want to see a rocket launch you can see it and also make a beach day out of it at Cocoa or Daytona Beach.

Sporting Events

There are a myriad of Sports around the Orlando area, you have the Orlando Magic (NBA), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL), Tampa Bay Rays (MLB), Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL). If you are a die hard fan you could even do Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL) about 2.5 hours away, or the Miami Dolphins (NFL) & Miami Marlins (MLB) which is about 4 hours away.

Daytona International Speedway

With how epic Daytona International Speedway is I figured this deserved it’s own heading. These are truly massive events, especially to see the Daytona 500. With Daytona Beach being 1 and a half hours away it is easy to make a quick trip and see a race at Daytona International Speedway.

Cruises

With Port Canaveral and Tampa so close this is a perfect spot to check out Orlando before or after a cruise. You could even do the port of Miami or Fort Lauder-dale, but you would need to plan for about a 4 hour drive to/from the port. Visiting theme parks is the perfect pre-cruise activity

Orlando Night Life

There is also plenty to do in Orlando to have fun. from Cirque du Soleil to a comedy club and house of blues. If you want more Disney flare (but don’t want to pay a park ticket) you can go to Disney Springs. Here are some of the top places to visit for the night life in Orlando