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Theme Park Week Followed by Beach Week

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An April 2010 trip to Florida by berky

Wyndham Cypress Palms Photo, Kissimmee, Florida More Photos
Quote: Hectic Orlando followed by relaxation on the beach--we love it!

Marine Discovery Center

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kayaking through the marina with our guide Photo, Florida, United States
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We try to do one kayaking tour every place we go on vacation and had chosen Marine Discovery Centre for our outing from Daytona Beach. Marine Discovery Centre is located in New Smyrna Beach, which took us close to an hour to drive to. When we arrived at the site, we assumed we would be going on our tour with the four other people who were there, but they were locals doing a cleanup of the island across the channel—it seems this was part of a Sea Scout project.Marilyn, whose name we learned later, was supposed to go out with them, but ended up being our guide as there was some confusion about our reservation which was eventually found for the following month. So it was just the two of us a...Read More

Smokey Bones

Restaurant | "Quick Supper Close to Publix"

Smokey Bones Photo, Kissimmee, Florida
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Not far from where we were staying and right next to Publix which we visited frequently. Not being from the area, I wonder if it is a chain. We very much enjoyed the food—of course we are rib lovers. It was reasonably priced and you did not have to dress up or wait long to be served. My husband and I shared a full rack of baby back ribs—yummy. Sides were French fries, sweet potato fries and cinnamon apples (another one of our favorites.)

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2010

Smokey Bones
2911 Vineland Rd
Kissimmee, Florida 34746
(407) 397-7102

Charlie Horse Restaurant

Restaurant | "A Locals Favorite in Ormond Beach for Over 25 Years"

Charlie Horse Restaurant Photo, Ormond Beach, Florida
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The Bartender at the Wyndham says he eats regularly at the Charlie Horse Restaurant. Bonefish Grill, Olive Garden, Barnacles and a defunct Bennigan’s were right nearby. The parking lot was full of cars and an assembly of motorcycles and their leather outfitted riders. There was lots of noise and activity both inside and out, but only a few minutes wait until we were seated in a booth. It seems this is a place locals hang out, as everyone seemed very familiar with the bartender and other servers. The big sign out front advertised margaritas for $5 so I ordered one of those. . it was quite delicious. For my main meal I had the 10-ounce sirloin steak with garlic red potatoes and coleslaw and fried ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2010

Charlie Horse Restaurant
810 South Atlantic Avenue Phone
Ormond Beach, Florida 32176
(386) 672-4347

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse

Attraction | "Climb to the Top If you Dare"

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse Photo, Ponce Inlet, Florida
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Ponce Inlet Museum and Lighthouse is a great place to spend some time learning about the history of the area and the life of lighthouse keepers and their families. The presentation of material was well thought out, with readable information distributed alongside items of interest all housed in a number of buildings on a well kept lawn crisscrossed by red brick paths, the same which comprise the lighthouse itself. Two hundred and three steps to the top going round and round like the inside tracks of a snail rewarded one with panoramic views of Ponce Inlet and the surrounding areas. There is an adjacent nature trail and large gift shop with a lovely variety of treasures.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2010

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse
4931 South Peninsula Drive
Ponce Inlet, Florida 32127
(386) 761-1821

The Manatee - Scenic Cruise

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Attraction | "No Manatees Seen, but a Lovely Outing Nonetheless"

The Manatee - Scenic Cruise Photo, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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The concierge at our hotel had a pamphlet on this scenic cruise out of Ponce Inlet. The word manatee attracted my attention and what I liked was that the times, duration of the cruise, and prices were right on the brochure. The concierge did say that another cruise was, in her opinion, the best of the three in her repertoire; however, it was only going out on the one day we were making a trip out to the airport. The third option had no washroom on board, and my choice was made. We reserved the ten o’clock tour and were advised to call at 830 to confirm. When I did so, I was not overly surprised to be told there were not enough people booked and we could come along at one o’clock instead. S...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2010

The Manatee - Scenic Cruise
St. Johns River
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
1 (800) 587-7131

Gatorland

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Attraction | "Super Smaller Scale Attraction Fun for Everyone"

Gatorland Photo, Orlando, Florida
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With all the lands of Disneyworld, Seaworld, and Universal Studios to visit, it would be easy to overlook a small attraction such as Gatorland. We discovered it has a great deal to offer for a much more reasonable price than that of the big name parks. As it is relatively compact, it is eminently suitable for small children or those with mobility issues. Large areas of the river were cordoned off into fenced pens housing hundreds of alligators. Signs everywhere advised you not to carry children on your shoulders or hold them over the rails. A wide walking path brought one along exhibits of snakes, parrots, and albino alligators. It also led you to the petting area where you could feed the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 12, 2010

Gatorland
14501 South Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, Florida 32837
(407) 855-5496

Wyndham Ocean Walk

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Hotel | "Right on the Ocean Next to Ocean Walk Shoppes"

Wyndham Ocean Walk Photo, Daytona Beach, Florida
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The north tower of the two tower Ocean Walk Resort is the tallest building on Daytona Beach Shores. We drove up a small circular driveway to register amidst the pandemonium of many new guests arriving. One could quickly bring luggage up if you wished to pay a bellhop. There are only eight luggage carts for those who prefer to bring their own belongings up and I waited 20 minutes to get one. You must hand over your driver’s licence, which ensures the luggage carts are returned and not left in the hall outside your room. Our two-bedroom unit was on the south side of the south tower directly opposite the Ocean Walk Shoppes—far into the night we could hear the music emanating from the clubs. W...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2010

Wyndham Ocean Walk
300 N. Atlantic
Daytona Beach, Florida 32118
(800) 347-9851

Wyndham Cypress Palms

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Hotel | "Great Location in Kissimmee"

Wyndham Cypress Palms Photo, Kissimmee, Florida
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Wyndham Cypress Palms is located close to Disney World, just north of the Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway. There were enough shops and restaurants within walking distance, however blocks are large and walking would be challenging in hot weather. The bus does come along 192, so one could take public transportation to the local grocery store and take a cab back if one did not have a car.The buildings are 3 to 5 stories tall and there are elevators. The rooms were a good size, but whoever designed the kitchen clearly was not thinking. As we find in most timeshares there is very little room to put groceries—I guess most people do not cook much. We tend to cook many of our meals as I have allerg...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2010

Wyndham Cypress Palms
5300 Fairfield Lake Drive
Kissimmee, Florida 34746
(800) 989-1848