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Local Attractions
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Theme Parks

There really is only one place to start when looking at theme park attractions and that is of course Disney. That magic mouse! Walt Disney World is less than 3 miles away from the Emerald Island Resort by car. Any closer and you will need a park pass! The magic of Disney has to be experienced to be believed (however old or cynical you are!) and a visit to Florida would not be complete without a visit to see Mickey and his pals. Disney world spills out beyond the park gates into downtown Disney where you’ll find amusements, shops, restaurants and attractions. The Rainforest cafe is well worth a visit with it’s cacophony of tropical rainstorms complete with thunder and lightning under the cafe roof. This is amazing and really reflects what Disney is all about - and other shops, restaurants and attractions.

The Seven Dwarfs...Universal Studios is just a short drive away and is an excellent day or two out for the thrill seekers among you. Mind you, if its thrills you’re after Busch Gardens in Tampa (about 1 hours drive) is also a good place to find them and I would argue the coasters are better at Busch. Busch gardens has a really beautiful landscape savannah complete with all manner of safari animals and birds combined with the maddest coasters I’ve ever seen, this theme park has something to offer everyone in the family. One of the roller coasters is actually built with wood! Just the thought of being on that wooden roller coaster again as it shakes and creaks ominously even before the first dive is enough to make me want to reach out and hold onto something.  Below is one of the lions we met in the safari area at Busch Gardens - so close you could almost tweak its whiskers!

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A sleeping lioness at Busch Gardens...
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The underwater hippo viewing tank at Busch Gardens is amazing but unfortunately not so easy to get a good photograph - I never knew hippos could be so graceful.

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Other attractions are dotted all over Kissimmee and beyond. The best of the rest include:Twinkles

  • Blue Spring state park - the best place to observe manateesTwinkles
  • Sea World of Florida - also give away free beer!
  • The Orlando Science Centre
  • Ripleys Believe It or Not
  • Cape Canaveral
  • The Holy Land Experience

Of course If you get stuck for somewhere to go you can always ask at the Emerald Island Resort’s information centre in the clubhouse and they will be happy to give you some ideas.

Celebration

Where Disney makes reality! Worth a visit is Disney’s very own town - for more about Celebration click on the link to the right.

Golf

If golf is your interest then there are more than enough golf courses dotted around the Kissimmee area, and many close to the resort, to keep even the keenest golfer busy. Not far away is the multi award winning Falcons Fire golf course designed by Rees Jones. It is a 6,900 yard 72 par 18 hole course that boasts tournament playing conditions all year round, and is certainly one of the best courses in central Florida. Another course about a mile away is the much praised Mystic Dunes golf course which is a par 71, 18 hole, Falcon Fire Golf course...7,012 yard course designed by PGA Tour player and NBC analyst Gary Koch. It claims to have the best finishing four that can be found anywhere (that is, according to Golf and Leisure magazine). Many other courses are within a short distance.

For the less serious golfer - and some light-hearted entertainment, try one of the many crazy golf courses that can be found along Highway 192.

Restaurants

Where to begin!There are so many really good restaurants within a couple of miles of the villa. One of my favourites is the the Outback Steakhouse just 1km away. The rib eye steaks melt in the mouth and can come with add on lobster tails that melt in the mouth. I love them so much I just gotta have two! All along the 192 there are numerous restaurants and other than the Outback our top favourites are:

  • The Boston Lobster house - eat as many fresh lobsters as you like for a set fee
  • Carabbas - a superb and very popular Italian restaurant close to the resort
  • Any from a selection in Celebration a few minutes away - classy and with that Walt Disney sprinkle of magic.....
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