Beyond Or­lando

Where Orlando - - The Guide -

BOK TOWER GAR­DENS ‒ Na­tional His­toric Land­mark sits on penin­su­lar Florida’s high­est point and fea­tures Olm­sted-de­signed land­scaped gar­dens crowned with a ma­jes­tic bell tower that plays mu­sic by the hour. A lovely chil­dren’s gar­den and play area is now on site. Open daily and hol­i­days. Ad­mis­sion $18 adults; $8 chil­dren. www.bok­tow­er­gar­dens.org. 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales, 863.676.1408.

BUSCH GAR­DENS TAMPA BAY‒ From eight ex­treme roller coast­ers to up- close an­i­mal en­coun­ters, this park fea­tures thrill rides and world-wide ad­ven­ture with stops in Egypt, Aus­tralia and the Serengeti. Best bets are Chee­tah Hunt, SheiKra and the new Fal­con’s Fury. www.buschgar­dens.com. 10165 N. McKin­ley Drive, Tampa, 888.800.5447.

CLEAR­WA­TER MARINE AQUAR­IUM ‒ Come see Win­ter, the star of the hit movie, “Dol­phin Tale!” She calls this place home, along with sea tur­tles, ot­ters, stingrays and sharks. Don’t miss the eco boat tour and the be­hind the scenes tour. www. seewin­ter.com. 249 Wind­ward Pas­sage, Clear­wa­ter, 727.441.1790.

DAY­TONA IN­TER­NA­TIONAL SPEED­WAY‒ Take a daily tour of the World Cen­ter of Racing with the famed track and pit road, Driv­ers Meet­ing Room, Sprint Cup garages, Ga­torade Vic­tory Lane and press box. www.day­ton­ain­ter­na­tion­al­speed­way.com. 1801 W. In­ter­na­tional Speed­way Blvd., Day­tona Beach, 800.PIT.SHOP.

KENNEDY SPACE CEN­TER VIS­I­TOR COM­PLEX‒ One of Florida’s most- pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions, Kennedy Space Cen­ter Vis­i­tor Com­plex tells the epic story of the U.S. space pro­gram. Open daily. www.kennedys­pace­cen­ter.com. Kennedy Space Cen­ter, SR 405, 321.449.4444.

ST. AU­GUS­TINE, PONTE VEDRA AND THE BEACHES VCB ‒ Rep­re­sent­ing St. Au­gus­tine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches, just a two-hour drive from Or­lando, the St. Johns County Vis­i­tor and Con­ven­tion Bureau pro­vides free travel re­sources for leisure and busi­ness trav­el­ers. Stop by the vis­i­tor cen­ter for maps, brochures and coupons or browse the web­site for a va­ri­ety of in­for­ma­tion, from spe­cial events to lodg­ing. www.flori­dashis­toric­coast.com. 29 Old Mis­sion Ave., St. Au­gus­tine, 800.653.2489.

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