Post # 1
So this whole honeymoon thing has been one big compromise, I think. Fiance said he wanted to go to Florida, I said if I go to Florida again I want to go to see Harry Potter at Universal. So we found a vacation rental home in Kissimmee. I’m pretty darn excited that we got this house for $700 for 6 nights, it has a private pool and hot tub. I won’t have to worry about fighting someone for a pool side chair or running into little children at a stateside hotel.
But now my concern is filling up our time with stuff to do and places to eat. Here’s the schedule I have so far:
Saturday – arrive at airport, get rental car, find Wal-mart to get beer and pool float, maybe dinner 🙂 FLOAT-that’s all
Sunday – Nothing?
Monday – Beach Trip – need suggestions on where to go. We aren’t opposed to driving an hour or so if there is plenty to do, like a boardwalk or shopping
Wednesday – Universal Studios
Thursday – Nothing?
Friday – Pack up and leave
He’s not big on Disney, so we don’t really want to visit any of the other parks. We’ve done the Everglades/Alligator Boat Rides before. I looked into Off-Road Revolution (ATV rental), and Fiance said it was too expensive, he also showed no interest when I mentioned we could swim with the manatees. 🙂 So…any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Post # 3
@uwishuknew: Hi there! I live close to Orlando and drive to Kissimee all the time. Other than the theme parks- there’s the Titanic Experience, Boston Lobster is in Kissimee/Orlando and they have an awesome all you can eat seafood buffet, Arabian Nights is there, Medieval Times dinner show is there, Pirates Dinner Show is there, Ripley’s is there, there’s the 192 flea market in Kissimee, miniature golf is in Kissimee, Old Town is in Kissimee with tons of things to do and eat/see (car shows on the weekends) Gaylord Palms is in Kissimee and they sometimes do shows. There are helicopter rides in Kissimee. Capones Dinner Show is also in Kissimee. It’s like an old Mobster type deal with people in costumes etc.
As far as the beach- Cocoa Beach from either 192 or 528 is the closest beach from Kissimee/Orlando and is a great beach! You can head to the Cocoa Beach Pier, there’s dinner, live bands, an arcade, full bars, etc. There’s also the gambling ships off of Port Canaveral and the Indian River Queen http://www.indianriverqueen.com/ is nice wheeled paddle boat that does dinner and night cruises for something romantic to do 🙂
Here’s a link to visit Kissimee http://www.visitkissimmee.com/leisure/
Hope these give you ideas for a nice honeymoon!
Post # 4
@uwishuknew: Central Florida has lots of fun stuff to do!
Universal CityWalk has great restaurants and bars. Pointe Orlando is another great destination for dining.
Visit Celebration – it’s the town that Disney owns and it’s really cute.
Cocoa Beach is nice, but Clearwater Beach is AMAZING. It’s further, but worth the drive to see the gulf coast.
Universal – Islands of Adventure is the best (IMO), especially for grown ups 🙂 Plus you’ll get to see Harry Potter!
I’m a native of Central Florida and Kissimmee always reminded me of Vegas lol Lots of lights, shops and restaurants 🙂
If you give me more of an idea as to what your interests are I can give you LOTS of suggestions!
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2014 - The Millennium Center
My fiancé and I have a timeshare at Orange Lake so we go to Kissimee every year! I agree with mrs.t to check out Old Towne. They just remodeled it and I hear it’s nice! CityWalk at Universal is fun to go to at night. It has a lot of night clubs, restaurants, and bars. If you like shopping there’s a BUNCH of really awesome outlets! Let’s see, this sounds weird, but the world’s fanciest McDonald’s is in Orlando. Like tablecloths, candles, the whole nine yards. Haha! Have you bought your Universal tickets yet? If you havent, I would consider getting at least 2 days at the parks. Depending on when you go, the park times vary and it can be really crowded. We always get 3 days so we have a “spare” day in case we don’t have time to do everything (don’t forget it rains everyday at 5:00!) Anyway, I hope this helps a little. We’re honeymooning in Orlando too, it’s just such a fun place!
Post # 6
I’ll pm you tips when I get a chance this weekend (super busy). I’m an event and trip planner living in Florida and know TONS of great spots. Will you have a rental car? Or are you limited to Orlando/Kiss area only?
Post # 7
Thanks for all the suggestions, it definitely gives me something to research!
@LuluInLove we will have a rental car, so we can drive
@pinkpre I was really looking forward to doing the ATV rental. I’d like a mix, I think. I love the outdoors, he loves history and cars.
Post # 8
We go to Orlando ALL THE TIME! I love it there! There is so much to do! You could stay for a MONTH and still not do everything! Medieval Times, Arabian Nights and The Pirate Show are all AWESOME! The Waterparks are a TOTAL BLAST! There is a night amusement park in Kissimmee, ( can’t remember the name) that has an AMAZING GO-CART track! Beaches… CLEARWATER BEACH! HANDS DOWN! The sand is like powdered sugar… DEF my fav!!! Islands of Adventure is the best park for rides… Busch Gardens is also KILLER! I could go on and on! WET AND WILD IS A MUST!
Post # 9
I was born and raised in Orlando. Winter Park should be on your to do list if you enjoy shopping. Park Avenue is a quaint, historic walk with upscale shops and excellent restaurants. Try the Wine Room one night. Skip Cocoa Beach and Daytona, go to New Smyrna Beach. It is absolutely wonderful and, again, excellent food and nice shops on Flagler Avenue. The Garlic, Riverview, and Norwoods are all fabulous in New Smyrna. There are tons of outlet malls in Orlando and you can get great deals if you’re willing to hang out with millions of tourists. Of course, Disney and Universal are musts. SeaWorld is a favorite of mine. Busch Gardens is worth the trip to Tampa if you have the time (and if you love rollercoasters)! There is a Cirque du Solei (sp?) show at Downtown Disney if that’s your thing. There are always off-broadway shows held at the Bob Carr theatre as well.
Let me know if you have any specific questions and I’d be happy to help! 🙂
Post # 10
@uwishuknew: We have been going to Kissimmee almost every year for the past 10 years!! We LOVE IT! We also rent vacation homes every time.
First off let me say, it is around a 2 hour drive but go to Siesta Key- you will not regret it! (We did the drive with a 2 year old & 13 year old and even with a screaming baby-it was still VERY worth it lol!) It is like baby powder sand, crystal clear water, you can walk out far and it doesn’t go super deep really fast. There is also a lot of different restaraunts, shops, bars to check out. I’ve been to Daytona, Cocoa beach, Clearwater, Panama City Beach, and Siesta Key was by far the best!! Don’t even waste your time going to Daytona! When we went last June, Clearwater & Cocoa Beach was having a horrrible problem with jellyfish so we skipped it that time. (There are alot of other Honeymoon posts about FL on here so you can skim hrough those too).
When we go on vacation we shop alot! There are some outlet malls close by. Check out the flea markets!! There are lots of them and they are really cool!
Fiance & I went on a date night to Fun Spot USA last time & that was a fun night!
Pretty much everything else has said 🙂 You won’t be bored that is for sure!! Fiance and I just would hop in the car & explore!!
It’s gonna be a BLAST!!
P.S. I’m sooo ready to go back now lol!!
Post # 11
Siesta Key is perfect, I think it was named the top beach in Florida? Also, Sanibel Island is such a cute town and I would think it would be the perfect spot for a honeymoon. 🙂
Post # 12
Take an early morning balloon flight! I took one in Orlando and it was amazing, worth every cent.
Post # 13
I live in the central FL area and PP’s have a lot of great suggestions. I second (or third?) the hot air balloon ride. In fact, my SO and I are doing that again in a few months for our anniversary. It’s a lot of fun!
Some other ideas are: Discovery Cove – owned by Sea World. You can swim with dolphins, feed awesome birds, snorkel, hammock on the beach, etc. A professional photographer also takes pics of you throughout the day which is also cool. Tons of fun.
Horseback riding – we’ve done this too and it was super romantic and fun. It was my first time on a horse and I really fell in love with it!
Indoor skydiving – lots of my friends love this. It’s the exhiliration without the fear of falling to your death.
Ziplining – There’s this place called Zipline Safari close to where you’ll be staying that has ziplining, horseback riding, etc. that seems really run.
There’s this park called Silver Springs that’s pretty relaxing and cool. They have riverboat rides and wildlife exhibits. It’s fun.
Also, you could try a tour of the Everglades.
Post # 14
Oh shoot! I forgot to mention Downtown Disney. I know you said your Fiance isn’t a big Disney fan, but Downtown Disney is quite a lot of fun. There are tons of shops and places to eat. I recommend Rainforest Cafe, personally. There’s also this AMC movie theatre where you can order food as you watch the movie and a waitress brings it out to you (it obviously doesn’t take a lot to impress me!). Also, there are tons of shows and clubs for nightlife. I HIGHLY recommend La Nouba by Cirque du Soliel. There isn’t a bad seat in the house and it’s something that you’ll be talking about for weeks. Truly stunning. We went there in December and it was amazing!
Also – if you’re going to Univeral Harry Potter, I recommend getting a butter beer. 🙂
Finally (sorry) – downtown Winter Park is a really quaint place to stroll. They have museums, tons of stores, and great places to eat. It’s kind of away from the touristy section.
Post # 15
what you said exactly! I currently live in Orlando and grew up here….suggestions for food: Cafe tu tu Tango off I drive, Texas de Brazil, The Ravenous Pig (best local restaurant!), kobe japanese steakhouse 🙂 definitely go to IOA! Disney is not my fav (as an adult without kids).
Post # 16
What about Sea World? I liked it a million times better than Disney. The rides were better and I LOVED their shows. I only wish we hadn’t have gone on our last day there so that we would have more time to spend there (We had to be at the airport for like 5 pm that night for our flight).