An alternative day out in Orlando…

I had a trip with work to Orlando last week, with two nights there and a lovely crew we planned an alternative day out to the usual shopping and theme parks that Orlando is associated with.  Don’t get me wrong, I love nothing more than shopping in America and Universal is one of my favourite theme parks but once you’ve done them it’s so nice to see what else this part of the world has to offer.  So, we hired a car through Alamo and picked it up from the airport.  Collecting our paperwork we were shown in the direction of the parking lot and told to pick a car from the style we had chosen, the keys were already in the ignition of the cars so we made our choice and jumped in!
It might not be everybody’s cup of tea but we headed to Orlando Gun Club to have a go on a shooting range.  This is something I had not done before and it was actually a lot of fun.  We were a bit apprehensive at first but we were looked after and had some tuition to start us off.  We chose our guns; bullets and targets were shown the ropes and then left to have a go ourselves.  It cost around $30 each including tuition.
Our next stop was Kissimmee, I had heard a lot about the area but never visited it.  I have to say Kissimmee is a lot smaller and sleepier than I expected it to be; it was so nice to see a different area of Florida.  We stopped off at the historic downtown area walked a short distance to the lakefront park and had a drink at the 3 Sisters Speakeasy bar.
We finished the day off with dinner at the Cheesecake Factory it is my favourite place to eat in America, and you guessed it they serve a lot of delicious cheesecake!  I had a seared tuna salad with a glass of wine, a tasty and tactical move so that I could fit in dessert!
Next time I visit I would love to go surfing at Cocoa Beach and take an air boat ride through the Everglades, I still have so much of Florida to explore!
If you have any other recommendations on things I should do in Florida I would love to hear them…



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  2. 1stpeaksteve
    January 28, 2015


    As for your surfing idea…depends on what time of year you get to Florida. Cocoa Beach is decent but not the best surf in the area. To the north has better surf. Volusia County (Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach) are the best. Ponce Inlet is very good.

    For Orlando or Central Florida…

    I would canoe Wekiwa Springs in the summer. You can swim in the springs. There are a lot of cool old towns north of Orlando such as Mt. Dora and Deland. Cool shops and what not. There is a lot more to do…depends on what you are into.

    P.S. loved your surfing vid. I have not surfed in Barbados in ages. Made me miss South Point and Maycocks as well as the meatier spots such as Duppies and Soup Bowl.

    1. nicoladunkinson
      January 31, 2015

      Thanks so much for all the Florida info Steve! I definitely want to surf next time I’m there, canoeing sounds cool too…
      Thanks for your comments on my surf vid I just love Barbados, there’s something about it isn’t there! 🙂

  3. 1stpeaksteve
    February 3, 2015

    I am sure you will enjoy surfing in Florida if you come in the warmer months because who would complain about losing the 5 mil!

    And yeah…Lots of great memories of Barbados. My last trip there was something else. I traded my clothes to some kids for some food! Ha ha! It was a last minute trip and I did not bring as much money as I should have. Can not skip out on a surf contest though!

    Have a great week!

    1. nicoladunkinson
      February 4, 2015

      Sounds like a right old adventure! Look forward to keeping up with your blog 🙂

      1. 1stpeaksteve
        February 4, 2015

        Thanks as I will do with yours! I think as of late, you are probably having a lot more adventures than I am. At least ones you want to have. Putting a big hole in your radiator in the middle of the night is not my idea of fun.

        Have a good week!

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