Places to amble when you need a break from the Parks

My friend is visiting Orlando with her brother’s family in October and asked me for some recommended places to amble on days between Park days – nice places to stroll and have some lunch or tea.

My reply wasImageImage definitely Celebration, The Boardwalk, Downtown Disney – if you want a day that is more lazy but still has things to amuse the children as there are some great restaurants including Rainforest and a T Rex (Dinosaur version of Rainforest).  We do love Bok Tower Gardens – might be a bit boring for kids although Caitlin enjoyed it when we went and the cafe does a simple but delicious lunch/tea.  Also – they might have their ‘Spooky Trail’ on which is worth watching out for.  Other places to consider – Mount Dora – lots of little shops, nice places to eat and if you combine it with sundown magical sunsets, Lake Louisa State Park – you could take a picnic, you might see wildlife – tortoises, deer, armadillos and it costs $6 for the car to go in, Blue Springs State Park – there is a St John’s River Cruise and also if you get a chilly morning head there to see the manatees – take a picnic $6 to get in, Winter Park – lots of restaurants, a scenic boat ride where the rich people live and a great chocolatier!. Finally, not an amble but a good half day trip out – consider Boggy Creek Airboat ride – it is good fun, you will see Alligators and it is an ‘easy’ day which can be combined with a BBQ by the pool to finish the day off.

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