Family Travel Ideas in Orlando

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Home to the best theme parks in the nation; Orlando is a renowned vacation destination for thousands of families every year. There are numerous combinations of packaged deals including hotel and park passes-offered to visitors throughout the year.     
Most one-day ticket passes start at $63 for children, ages three to nine and $75 for ages ten and up. Passes usually include access to several different parks including water parks.  The four-day park pass is a great deal, starting at $71 per person. Be sure to set aside time to visit Seaworld, featuring a wide range of aqautic mammals and exotic fish, this park is an excitingly educational experience for everyone.
Another popular park is Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Attraction features include The Amazing Adventures of Spider Man and the Hulk roller coaster.  The original Universal Studios Florida theme park is a separate park and also considered to be quite popular for people of all ages-featuring Shrek in 4-D.  Tickets for both Universal parks start at $73 per person.            

For an “out of the park” experience, stop by Ripley’s Believe It or Not. This is a strange museum displaying even stranger artifacts and stories.  Adults and children find the wide variety of items-from ancient shrunken heads to cars built from matchsticks-to be quite amusing. The Ripley’s experience is self-guided and worth the trip.  Ticket prices start at $11.95 for children and $18.95 for adults.             

Regardless of the age group you are accompanied by, the Hard Rock Café is a meal must. With original movie and rock star paraphernalia dripping from the walls, one cannot help from enjoying the glitzy atmosphere.  The menu consists of moderately priced American favorites-from meaty burgers to hearty salad platters.
It’s almost impossible to sustain from the plethora of food offered throughout Orlando, especially if a majority of your time is spent in the parks-from the large turkey legs in the Magic Kingdom to the larger than life cotton candy fluffs.  Some fine dining is available at Emerils Restaurant in CityWalk. Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is also located in CityWalk and provides relaxing island style music on a nightly basis.  There is a cover charge of 5$ per person after 8 p.m. Be sure to save room for a funnel cake and enjoy the sights and gift shops located along the street.
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