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.

 

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Heritage Farms, DeLand, FL

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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!

OFF PROPERTY OPTIONS

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Freedom Playground

official address: 230 N Stone Street, DeLand, FL – see my map at bottom of post –

Huge playground with a large area for the older kids and another area for the younger kids with a multi-level jungle gym area in between the two. Nice rubber surfacing throughout the whole playground. Handicap accessible, with the largest variety of accesible activities I’ve seen at a playground. You gotta check out the merry-go-round.

Picnic tables and pavilions are outside, but right next to, the park; no food inside park.

Clean bathrooms and water fountain.

Sensory Butterfly Garden, Geocache and a paved walkway around the whole of Bill Dreggor’s Park.

Large open grass areas.

On site is the restored, Historic Hospital Building built in 1920.

Great place for ALL to visit.

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Visit: Mount Dora, Florida

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Mt Dora, Florida.

Why should you visit?

Why not?

After spending a pleasant day in Mount Dora I have decided it may very well be the happiest little town in Central Florida and for sure the next Florida town you should visit.

From a stop at Under the Cherry Bloossoms  to a yummy cupcake at Cupcake Delights, a stroll along the lake or a craft beer at a local brewery; no matter where you stop or start or end you’re sure to find, friendly, welcoming people, warm atmosphere and tasty food.

If you’re a mom, I’d say leave the kiddos at home, but if that’s not possible Mt. Dora makes for a great day with kids of all ages.

So… here we are, the Frugal Travel Mom’s Why Mount Dora should be the next Florida town you visit.

My suggested itinerary…

Start at the-MOUNT DORA LAWN BOWLING CLUB

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