It is hard to believe that summer is already half over and the kids will be getting ready to go back to school soon. With the end of summer approaching quickly, take the time to get out and enjoy what the Orlando area has to offer. There are many attractions, activities and places to go where families can spend time together.
It is definitely a hot summer and what a great way to spend time with the family by visiting one of the area's water parks. There are two water parks at the Walt Disney World Resorts -- Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach -- and both offer themed attractions, slides and pools. Wet'N'Wild and Aquatica are two other water parks in the Orlando area that offer slides and rides for guests of all ages. The Legoland Water Park offers a place to cool off while being surrounded by everyone’s favorite brick-building toys.
If you are not looking to spend the money for water park tickets you may want to check out the Bob Makinson Aquatic Center which has everything from lap pools, wet decks, slides and diving boards.
There are different state parks throughout the Central Florida area including Big Tree Park, Blue Spring State Park, Ocala National Forest and Wekiwa Springs. Overnight camping and hiking trails can be found in the Ocala National Forest and you can check out the manatees at Blue Spring State Park.
If you want to take a short drive into Seminole County you can check out the "Senator" at Big Tree Park, which is a 115-foot tall bald cypress that is approximately 3,500 years old.
Wekiwa Springs State Park offers cool spring waters to swim in and canoe trips are available down the Wekiwa River where you may have a chance to spot alligators and turtles.
Green Meadows Petting Farm
Pack a picnic lunch and head over to the Green Meadows Petting Farm where you can spend time with the farm animals, take a hay ride or ride in a train. While at Green Meadows kids will be able to get a hands-on experience with pigs, cows, turkeys, ducks, geese and donkeys. Do not forget to say "Hi" to Elmer, the Asian Water Buffalo! Everyone will also have a chance to milk a cow while visiting the farm.
Green Meadows Petting Farm is located at:
1386 S. Poinciana Blvd.
Kissimmee, FL 34746
Challenge the family to a round of miniature golf at one of the Orlando area themed mini golf courses. You have a choice of two Disney themed courses at the Walt Disney World Resorts -- Disney's Fantasia Gardens and Disney's Winter-Summerland.
Looking for a unique mini golf adventure? Check out the Putting Edge at the Festival Bay Mall, which is an indoor, glow-in-the-dark golf course. Other miniature gold courses in the Orlando area include Congo River Golf, Hawaiian Rumble Golf and Pirates Cove Mini Golf.
Long and Scott's Farm
Get lost in a corn maze, an ancient art form created thousands of years ago, at Long and Scott's Farm. As a family you will be sent out into the six acre corn field that has been turned into a maze and see if you can be the first to make it back. All corn maze adventurers will be given clues and a map to help them find their way to the end of the maze. Families can also enjoy the playgrounds, zip line for kids, super slide, pint-sized mazes and the Sweet Corn Express Hay Ride.
The corn maze is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Long and Scott's Farm is located at:
26216 CR 448A
Mount Dora, FL 32757
Hopefully these tips help you make plans to end summer with a bang. There are still a few weeks left before we start heading back to school, so make the most of it and spend time enjoying a central Florida attraction with the little ones.