Instead of heading to Disney World or Universal Studios like most Orlando visitors, check out other Orlando attractions which are more affordable. BBOnline presents a hand-picked list for your enjoyment.
1. Daytona Beach Cocoa Beach
Cruising along Daytona Beach is a popular pastime and has made the beach world-famous. It's a wide and flat beach lined with condominiums and hotels. Some places don't allow cars, such as the half-mile strip of sand on both sides of the pier. Bicycles, chairs, boogie boards, surfboards and umbrellas are available for rent. You may even be in time for an exciting car race or glimpse a dolphin.
2. Cocoa Beach
The drive to Cocoa Beach is a straight easy drive on the State Road 528, a toll road. You'll find free parking lots here and a relaxed atmosphere. There are hotels on this beach too, but they're set off by beautiful sand dunes and greenery and the restaurants serve inexpensive food. Both beaches are about an hour's drive away on the east coast of Orlando, perfect for a day trip from your Weirsdale Bed and Breakfast.
14501 South Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, Florida 32837
You can't escape the alligators in Florida, the "Alligator Capital of the World." They're everywhere; even in the shops where you can touch a baby gator. Gatorland, a 110-acre park, it's packed with alligators, crocodiles, giant turtles, reptiles and birds. There's a petting zoo, airboat and birding tours, educational programs, exciting reptile shows and more. You could be trainer for day, and work closely with "dangerous animals." The park is four hours from Orlando.
4. Boggy Creek
Kissimmee, Florida 34744
Or you can head closer by (just 30 minutes from Universal Studios) to see alligators and other wildlife in the famous Florida everglades. The scenic Boggy Creek is another irresistible Orlando attraction. Take the airboat tour through wetlands and swamps and see turtles, alligators and exotic birds in their natural habitat. Get close to Cyclopean Cypress trees.
5. Arabian Nights Dinner Show
Other Orlando attractions worth checking out are the dinner shows. The popular Arabian Nights Theatre, close to Disney World on 6225 Bronson Highway in Kissimmee, features Arabian horses and fantastic costumes along with great dining.
See genies, Scheherazade, the tale weaver, daring acts, dancing on horseback, chariot racing and more. The show is held inside the Palace of Horses where there is a gigantic equestrian arena where more than 14 breeds of horses are trained.
6. Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show
There's the highly recommended Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show on International Drive in Orlando that invites you to solve a mystery over dinner and offers unlimited beverages. You just might be called in to join the cast. Every night there's a different show and being seated at a table with strangers allows you to meet new people. Try the key lime pie and chocolate cake.
7. The Pirates Dinner Show
The Pirates Dinner Show on Carrier Drive, just minutes from Universal Studios, is enjoyed by kids as well as adults. You may even become a swashbuckling pirate yourself during this show performed on a replica of an 18th-century Spanish galleon with the night sky lighting. You'll be watching it all aboard another ship. An experience you won't want to miss during your Weirsdale Inn stay.