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Things for Seniors to do in the Orlando Area

Discussion in 'US - Florida Timesharing' started by riverdees05, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. riverdees05

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    Woud like recommendations on things for Seniors to do in the Orlando Area. There are four of us and we are planning to go to Disney one day, but that will be enough for us old folks.
     
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    Three days was plenty for us, know what you mean. If its a winter month visit, I recommend a day trip to a park to see manatees.

    https://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/...ture/places-to-see-swim-florida-manatees.html

    I think Blue Spring is closest to Orlando. Its the one we visited because we were on the way to Daytona Beach anyway to visit family. Three sisters is to the west near the gulf coast.


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    First off, just how senior? By some measures I am a senior (my local pharmacy keeps foisting the damn discount on me!), and am quite happy to go to Disney or Universal (or both) all week long. As a matter of fact, if your touring style is slowing down, more shorter days at the parks makes much more sense than one longer exhausting day. If you are only going for one day, you will likely only be able to do one of the four Disney parks.

    After that, the question is what does your group of seniors enjoy?

    If you are staying at a resort, there is relaxing by the pool, and many resorts now offer pickle-ball which is very popular. Orlando is a great shopping and dining destination. The theatrical dining experiences can be fun. A road trip to the beach can be great, you are about an hour away from both the left and right coasts of Florida.

    There are a ton of "B" attractions as well. Gatorland, Holy Land Experience, visit an orchard, take an airboat ride on the everglades. Seaworld has lots of viewing attractions; not as thrill ride oriented as many of the other parks.

    When we go we always swear we will do a couple of down days at the resort, but that almost never happens. There is so much to do in Orlando/Central FL that we are always saying "darn we should have gone to..." on the long drive home as we plan for the next trip.

    ETA: +1 on Blue Springs. A great attraction in the winter.
     
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    If your a resident of FL do you get a Disney discount
     
  5. Jan M.

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    When are you coming to Florida, how long will you be here and where are you staying? Also which of the Disney Parks are you planning to visit?

    Bok Gardens and Bell Tower

    Bok Tower Gardens is a contemplative garden, and bird sanctuary located north of Lake Wales, Florida, United States. It consists of a 250-acre garden, the 205-foot tall Singing Tower with its carillon bells, Pine Ridge Trail, Pinewood Estate, and a visitor center.

    Address: 1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales, FL 33853
     
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    I agree with Jan about Bok Tower. We spent a very enjoyable day there a couple of years ago. The carillon concert was great (check their website for dates & times). We also toured the house, Pinewood Estate, on the property.

    When we stay in the Orlando/Kissimmee area we like to walk around the shops of Old Town on US192 east of I-4. There are cruise (old car) nights on Wed., Fri., & Saturdays. Between Old Town & I-4 on the south side of US192 is the planned Disney community of Celebration. There are some very nice homes in the community and a cute 'downtown' area with nice shops and cafes where you can sit with a coffee (or something stronger) in the shade by the water.

    We also enjoy driving over to the old original part of Kissimmee and the Lakefront Park (201 Lakeview Dr.,Kissimmee). The whole downtown area there has been, or is in the process of being, renovated. There is lots of parking at the waterfront park or next door in the American Legion parking lot. We always finish up there for a cold one!


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    There's plenty of stuff at Disney for wimps (like me), regardless of age.
    ... as attested by the number of disabled scooters rolling around.
    But Seaworld is also senior friendly... Google is your friend.
     
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    It's a bit of a drive, but we totally enjoyed touring Kennedy Space Center.
     
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    We are in our early 70s and will be there the middle of February for a week.
     
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    Of the 4 Disney parks, I recommend EPCOT. It's more 'adult' and has some great restaurants. You can see manatees there, up close and personal, along with dolphins, sharks, etc. Spend some time on a Disney web site to read through the menus and decide which restaurant you like, then make your reservations ASAP as these places book early. People start making reservations at 6 months out! Also, if any rides appeal to you, (Soarin' is very popular) book your Fast Passes ASAP. Don't bother getting a Fast Pass for Spaceship Earth - there are lines in the AM, but later in the day the lines are very short. If you are interested in gardening, take the boat ride "Living with the Land" in the lower level of the Land building near the entrance to Soarin'. The fireworks at 9:00 are a great show.

    https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/destinations/epcot/
     
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