Orlando, FL is known as the theme park capital of the world. Millions of people visit Central Florida every year to enjoy the theme parks (Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, LEGOLAND, and Busch Gardens in Tampa). While these alone make for a great vacation, if you want a break from the theme parks there are also other fun places in the city to visit.
Here are the top picks for things to do in Orlando
Bloggers Share Breathtaking Places From Around the World
While there are many beautiful places around the world, sometimes you visit a place that really takes your breath away. Without further ado, here are some of those breathtaking places. Thank you to all of the bloggers who participated!
Giza, Egypt from The Traveling Gals: “Seeing the Pyramids and Sphinx in person was an amazing experience we will never forget!”
Bora Bora – Toniya from The Travelling Panda: “Our trip to Bora Bora was something that completely took our breath away. The beauty of this small gem in such a vast ocean is just indescribable.”
Neuchwanstein, Bavaria – Amy from Sass and Shamrocks: “It may be over done but Schloss Neuchwanstein in Southern Bavaria took my breath away. Whether under a blanket of snow in Winter, the bright sun of Summer or in the stunning colors of Autumn the castle is surreal and utterly fairy tale like!”
While on a walk through Bayfront Park, I noticed a plaque recognizing Sarasota’s sister cities with a Ceremonial Tree Walk on March 17, 2003. Sarasota has 8 sister cities! The placard whose mission and objective reads “To Foster Peace and Understanding and to Develop Respect and Cooperation through Citizen Diplomacy” piqued my curiosity.
The Sister city program was developed by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956. His vision was to promote citizen diplomacy after having seen the severe hatred and after-effects of World War II. Sarasota got involved early on in 1963 by pairing up with its first sister city, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. This was part and parcel due to the local Hispanic heritage. Visits began and to commemorate the exchange to this day there is an Avenida Sarasota in Santo Domingo and the Plaza de Santo Domingo is located next Sarasota’s Municipal Auditorium. A relationship was maintained through the 1980s when Santo Domingo decided to partner with Miami and New York City instead. Sarasota declared them to have emeritus status and moved on over the years to its current 8 sisters.
The splendor of Florida can be found in its hundreds of barrier islands. Barrier Islands are long, thin sandy stretches of land that protect the coast from the full force of storm waves. Between the island and the mainland is a calm water body such as a bay. Florida has more barrier islands than any other state. They are idyllic places to enjoy the tropical sunshine.
Panhandle There are many barrier islands in the Florida panhandle and many are connected via bridge for easy access. Some are simply undeveloped sandy beaches. St. George Island boasts a state park and 22 miles of sandy beaches. Santa Rosa Island across from the Pensacola Bay is a 40 mile island of beaches which often has strong currents conducive to surfing!
In 2013 we had the pleasure of traveling to Vietnam and Cambodia. While in Cambodia we got to see some amazing cities like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap as well as rural villages. We go to experience Angkor Wat, the Killing Fields, and a monastery. There were also lots of beautiful statues and art work. Our trip was both adventurous and educational and we feel lucky to have had the opportunity to visit such an interesting and wonderful country. Here are some of our favorite pictures from that trip. After, check out our photos from Vietnam!
The Traveling Gals at Opening Night of Disney’s Animal Kingdom After Dark When we booked our Memorial Day weekend at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge last year, we had no idea how much extra magic we were in for! All three of us gals arrived just in time for opening night of Disney’s Animal Kingdom AFTER DARK! In… Read More
Disney Springs Town Center Post by Ashley The new area of Disney Springs called the Town Center finally opened and it is beautiful. This is the second new area to open at Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney). First was The Landings which features: The Boathouse, Jock Lindsay’s Hanger Bar, STK and Morimoto Asia. Now we… Read More
How to Stay Fit on Vacation When You Don’t Really Want To Work Out… Post by Kary One of the best parts of taking a vacation is stepping out of your everyday routine. For most of us, working out while on vacation is probably the last thing on your mind. Even though you know you should, you really… Read More
More Things To Do in Sarasota Post by Ashley This is a follow-up to our Top 3 Must-Do’s in Sarasota post! There are so many great things to do in this small city on the Suncoast. After you’ve hit the main areas in Sarasota, you definitely have to check out these other great places in… Read More
Thank you to Ali Swank at aligoesthedistance.com for this great post and pictures about her recent trip to Costa Rica! Ali is one of my friends I met in college and she is very much into living a healthy and active lifestyle and helping others do the same. Now she has her own personal training business and teaches fitness… Read More