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New Orlando Family Theme Parks and Adventures Await You

Jun 8, 2008
So what can you do as a family in Orlando; a better question would be what can't you do? The first thing that springs to mind is theme parks, Orlando is kind of known for them. Sure, there are the popular parks such as the Disney theme parks, including their water parks and resorts, no doubt these are some of the best Orlando attractions. But what if you've been there already? Well now there are a whole host of other new places to get acquainted with, there several new attractions opened now and more slated to open later this year.

Opening at Universal Studios is the new, the Simpsons Ride. Based on all the characters you love from the show, join Homer and the family on their misadventures as they head out to spend the day at the fictional Krustyland amusement park. This motion simulator ride is projected onto an 80 foot dome and gives you the feeling that you are actually in the car with the Simpson family as they go through the town and park.

Aquatica, which has just recently opened and is affiliated with Seaworld, is a water park where you can play alongside the sealife. Set on 59 acres in the heart of Orlando, this water park offers you the chance to slide down an eight lane racing slide, relax along a lazy river or stretch out on a patch of their 80,000 ft. of white sand beach. At Aquatica you can also get a unique look at their Commerson's Dolphins as you drop through a 300 ft long enclosed waterslide that goes right through the lagoon in which they are kept.

Have you been to Gatorland? It's a favorite among the 'locals'; founded in 1949 it's still privately owned and operate and recently reopened after a fire. They offer a very different way to look at wildlife. This 110 acre attraction is not only a theme park but nature conservatory as well. Located on Orange Blossom trail it is open daily and is inhabited by over 1,000 alligators, crocodiles, reptiles and birds. Ever seen anyone wrestle a gator? You can here, you can also visit the petting zoo, enjoy a 'swamp walk', hop a ride on the Gatorland Iron Horse or just take in all in atop the Observation Tower. If you want your child's birthday to be the talk of the playground, book it here, afterwards the kids enjoy the fun educational part they can cool off and have a blast at the new Gator Gully Splash Park.

On a budget? Then visit Old Town Orlando on SR 192, parking and admission are free. They have 18 thrill rides including a roller coaster and Ferris wheel, 75 shops and more than a dozen places to eat, grab a coffee or some ice cream. The weekend starts early here with a new 'Bike Night' on Thursdays and as always there's the Friday and Saturday Night Cruises of classic cars.

Whatever you budget, whatever your 'thrill level', you'll always find an adventure in Orlando. Even if you think "been there, done that", there are still many Orlando places to have fun, and smaller attractions offer a different view of Florida.
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