3 Off-the-Beaten-Path Places to Visit While in Orlando

Orlando is the home of Mickey Mouse, Shamu, Universal Studios, I-Drive and plenty of sunshine.

While here in Central Florida we invite you to step out and enjoy some hidden spots we believe are worth the visit.

  1. Lake Eola Park – visit on a Sunday for Orlando’s Farmer’s Market, be sure to walk the loop around the whole lake, there is lots to see.

  2. Winter Park – from a great climbing tree in Central park to the must do Scenic Boat ride, Winter Park is upscale but can be done on any price scale. Here’s a mystery tour of Winter Park. 

  3. Citrus Tower –  One of Florida’s original attractions, this is a nice way to step back in time and see a different side of Central Florida.



Heritage Farms, DeLand, FL


I was excited when I heard about Heritage Farms in DeLand.

I’ve been looking for a pumpkin patch with all the extras like a hay ride and corn maze closer to the east coast, so thanks to all of my friends on Facebook and social media who liked the page and posted pictures of their visit to Heritage Farms, that’s how I heard about it!

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7 Date Night Ideas on Your Disney Vacation

Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you can’t grab a date night.

For child care options read The Frugal Travel Mom’s Guide to Childcare at Disney World.

Now that you have the kiddos taken care of the next step is to decide what you’re going to do.

Here Are:

The Frugal Travel Mom’s 7 Date Night Ideas while on Your Disney Vacation

1. Disney Springs at Night

Disney Springs at night is awesome. The lights on the water, the atmosphere and the activities presented make this a go to for the locals as well.

Ride the hot air balloon, eat dinner, order chocolate, shop or just simply sit and relax. Whatever your budget or interests Disney Spring will not disappoint.

2. Cirque du Soleicirque2

I know this is at Disney Springs but I feel it needs it’s own section. Pricey, but worth it; we missed our early showing tickets and they found us seats for the late show, strolling Disney Springs and a fabulous show make for a great date night.

3. Hit the Parks

There no reason why you can’t cut a day with the family short and return again that night with your date!


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Enchanted Forest Sanctuary


enchanted forest

West of Kennedy Space Center off of FL 405 lies a small track of land you may miss if you blink.

The small brown sign as you head east or west on FL 405 has “Enchanted Forest” printed across the top marking the entrance to this slice of the Florida outdoors.

Brevard County’s Enchanted Forest Sactuary is a nice place to spend half a day.

Free to visit it has a great visitor center with hands-on exibits, a library, air conditioning, clean bathrooms and a small gift shop.

We visited this last week with freinds and enjoyed having an impromptu talent show on their ampitheatre stage, we were also VERY happy that the majority of the hiking trails were under the canopy of Florida trees.

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DeLand Mural Walk


DeLand, Florida is a quaint little town with history,  and some amazing murals sprinkled through out it’s eclectic, charming downtown.

To see these beautiful murals and town first go to Main Street DeLand.org’s Mural Walk page and print out your own map AND brochure. (you may want to just print the map page and use your phone to read the brochure)

Second, pick a dateinvite some friends and go!

May I suggest you do it sooner rather than later and a Monday-Thursday would be best to see all the murals, we did a Saturday and it was still great! You’ll enjoy 3 or so hours walking outside in beautiful DeLand, Florida while laughing, visiting and having fun!

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