Florida Day Trips, it’s not just Disney and Golf

When you think of Florida you think of Disney World, golf courses and hot sunshine but there is lots more to do with hundreds of miles of sandy beaches and amazing wildlife. Here are just a few Florida day trips we recommend that within 90 minutes of Orlando.

Mt Dora

A quaint town 25 miles North West of Orlando, Mt Dora is one of the oldest settlements in Florida. Now I know some of you may be thinking that Florida is flat, and the truth is you are right. But by the standards Florida, Mt Dora really does have a mountain. OK it is only 238ft high, but short of manmade structures; just try finding anything like this elsewhere in Florida and it’s a great place to spend a day.

Mount Dora City Hall

Mount Dora City Hall just after Christmas with the lights still up.

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Celebration Florida 16th Annual Holiday Home Tour

I love to go for dinner in Celebration, located just off HWY 192, it’s like stepping back in time and worlds away from the chain restaurants and obvious tourist areas of Orlando.

Each year to kick off the holiday season, the women of Celebration open their doors and their hearts to all that wish to experience some true holiday spirit.  We were lucky enough to be here a couple of years ago which was the first time we went on the holiday home tour, it was so memorable that we had to go again this year and bring family along with us.

This is the 16th year that the Holiday Home tour has been run in Celebration, with proceeds going to charities in the area.

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Swimming with Manatees in Florida at Crystal River

A great Orlando day trip in winter is swimming with Manatees in Florida at Crystal River

Orlando is all about making memories that last a lifetime, well for me, this was one of those days!

But it’s still dark outside!

It was an early start on a crisp January morning – you know you are about to do something exciting when you’re on holiday and the alarm goes off when it’s still dark outside!  We set off heading for Crystal River, luckily we had a Sat Nav as without it we may have struggled, plus when it’s 5am and you need to be there for 7am you are keen to head in the right direction!

We stopped on route for a McDonalds breakfast, that’s a given at this hour.

So what are we going to see?  Answer, Manatees in the wild, but not just to look at, after all, you can do that at SeaWorld without the early start – we were going to swim with Manatees!

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Mount Dora Florida – Old Country Living

Mount Dora Florida, something different from the theme parks!

A quaint town 25 miles North West of Orlando, Mt Dora is one of the oldest settlements in Florida. Now I know some of you may be thinking that Florida is flat, and the truth is you are right. But by the standards Florida, Mt Dora really does have a mountain. OK it is only 184ft high, but short of manmade structures; just try finding anything like this elsewhere in Florida and it’s a great place to spend a day.

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