If you are a WWII vet you can't visit the WWII Memorial on the Mall in DC. (www.bestdctour.com) If your loved one is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, don't plan on visiting his/her grave site any time soon. The National Zoo is out of bounds, you can't see Fonzie's jacket in the Smithsonian, and there is no way you can take a tour of the White House. All of this is blamed on the "government shut-down" and the shut down is blamed on "the other side" (whichever one you are on).
If you can't go to Washington (www.nationalparks.org) or visit the Grand Canyon National Park or see Old Faithful at Yellowstone, what's left? Take a staycation. If you live in the Orlando area, a staycation is the easiest type of vacation to take. At least the government shut down doesnt effect Disney World or Universal or Lego Land. All of these destinations are easily reached from any area of Orlando and Florida residents get special ticket prices.
Not in the mood for a pricey amuzement center or water park? You can drive two hours to Daytona and play on the beach. Contrary to popular belief, the government did not (and cannot) close access to the Atlantic Ocean. Take a boat ride on the St. John's River. Visit the (www.centralfloridazoo.org) wildlife zoo in Sanford (only an hour from Orlando) and enjoy a zip line ride and see the animals as they meander in their natural habitats.
Flea Market buffs can take a day trip to Sanford or Daytona Beach and check out the huge flea markets there. There is something for everyone there; homemade cakes, pies, cookies, candies; all sorts of souvenir type items, antiques and collectibles and other people's junk will be there for you to rummage through at your leisure. (www.fleaportal.com_markets/index/florida) .
If you live in the Orlando area, you live in the perfect area to check out the antique districts (www.floridaantiquetrail.com) in the local towns within a 2 hour drive. There are some very large antique malls as well as small shops on upscale streets. The best places to visit are the places owned by regular people who have collected things in barns and buildingsfor years and years without any idea they would increase in value. You might find an antique toy or piece of furniture just waiting for you. There are hundreds of treasure troves just witing for you.
It isn't difficult to find a way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Just get a Florida map and stick a pin in it to see where you are going to go. I have unfolded mine and...yes, this is it; I am going to spend the day in Old Towne in Kissimmee. There are great places to shop, amuzements, music on the streets, places to eat and on weekends there is the "old car" rally. Be sure to get there in time to find a place to park before the "ride" begins. You get to see the cars all polished up and riding in a parade as the proud owner shows off what he/she has done to restore them. The owners park the cars in the adjacent lot to allow visitors to look at them at their leisure. It is like a trip to the past or a scene from a movie and it's definitely what I am planning for this Saturday afternoon and evening. www.myoldtownusa.com
Enjoy your staycation!