Orlando Sentinel Posted November 1, 2004
Animal Kingdom, 500-acre home to more than 1,000 animals, plus shows and rides: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily ("Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade" at 4 p.m. daily); Walt Disney World, off Interstate 4 southwest of Orlando; parking $8, one-day pass $58.31 general, $46.60 ages 3-9, free age 2 and younger; 407-824-4321 or disney world.com.
Busch Gardens, African-themed park and zoo, bird gardens, Edge of Africa walking tour, thrill rides, Clydesdale Hamlet and other attractions (with "Katonga -- Musical Tales From the Jungle" shows daily): from 10 a.m. daily; 8 miles northeast of downtown Tampa at 40th Street and Busch Boulevard; $53.95 plus tax, $44.95 plus tax ages 3-9, free age 2 and younger; 813-987-5082.
Daytona USA, NASCAR theme with displays, games, trivia, interactive activities, big-screen racing movie: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily; 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach; $21.50 plux tax adults, $18.50 plus tax seniors, $15.50 plus tax ages 6-12, free age 5 and younger with paid adult; 386-947-6800.
Discovery Cove, interplay with dolphins, exotic birds, fish, stingrays: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily; adjacent to SeaWorld Orlando, off Bee Line Expressway at Interstate 4 southwest of Orlando; $229 plus tax including a dolphin-swim experience, $129 plus tax without; must be age 6 and older to participate in dolphin swim (includes lunch, swim gear and seven-day pass to SeaWorld Orlando or Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, upgrade to 14-day pass for $30); 1-877-4-DISCOVERY.
Disney-MGM Studios, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Jim Henson's Muppetvision 3-D, Beauty and the Beast: 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday-Thursday (with "Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade" at 4 p.m. today and Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, "Fantasmic" performances at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday-Thursday); off Interstate 4 southwest of Orlando; parking $8, one-day pass $58.31 general, $46.60 ages 3-9, free age 2 and younger; 407-824-4321 or disneyworld.com.
Epcot, showcase of technology and foreign cultures in Future World and World Showcase: Future World 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily; World Showcase 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily (with "Illuminations: Reflections of Earth" at 9 p.m. daily); off Interstate 4 southwest of Orlando; parking $8, one-day pass $58.31 general, $46.60 ages 3-9, free age 2 and younger; 407-824-4321 or disney world.com.
Florida Aquarium, sections on wetlands, bays and beaches, coral reefs, offshore, dive and animal shows, "Explore a Shore" interactive display: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa; $17.95 adults, $11.95 ages 3-12; 813-273-4000 or fla quarium.org.
The Holy Land Experience, 15-acre "living biblical museum," including "Praise Through the Ages" multi-media musical presentation, "The Oasis Outpost" children's area and "Scriptorium: Center for Biblical Antiquities" (with "Light in the Dark Ages" display of medieval texts through December): 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 655 Vineland Road, Orlando; $29.75 adults, $19.75 ages 6-12; 407-367-2065 or theholylandexperience.com.
Islands of Adventure, roller coasters and thrill rides including Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, Storm Force Accelatron, Incredible Hulk coaster, Cat in the Hat, Jurassic Park River Adventure: from 9 a.m. daily; at Universal Orlando, Interstate 4 and Kirkman Road, Orlando; $58.31 adults, $47.88 ages 3-9, free age 2 and younger ($8-$12 parking, free after 6 p.m.); 407-363-8000.
Marineland of Florida, oceanarium with exhibits and presentations on sea life, scuba diving and snorkeling and dolphin interactive programs: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily except Tuesdays; 9600 Ocean Shore Blvd., Marineland; $14 adults, $9 ages 3-11; 1-888-279-9194.
SeaWorld Orlando, marine and adventure park with Wild Arctic, Key West at SeaWorld, Manatees: The Last Generation?, Shamu, sea-lion and dolphin shows, Journey to Atlantis and Kraken rides, "Pets Ahoy" show, Tropical Reef aquarium, penguin exhibit, Clydesdale Hamlet, "Dine With Shamu," "Shamu & Crew Character Breakfast," "Odyssea" show, WaterFront at SeaWorld shopping-dining-entertainment area, educational behind-the-scenes tours: from 9 a.m. daily; off Bee Line Expressway at Interstate 4 southwest of Orlando; parking $8 cars and RVs, behind-the-scenes tours $15 adults, $12 children (seasonal rates apply), one-day admission $57.46 adults, $47.87 ages 3-9, free age 2 and younger; 407-351-3600.
Silver Springs, glass-bottom boats, animal shows, jungle cruise, Wings of the Springs, Lost River Voyage, Big Gator Lagoon, World of Bears, Kids Ahoy Playland, Panther Prowl, Historical Showcase, Florida Natives on Ross Allen Island, Lighthouse Ride, Fort King River Cruise: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; 1 mile east of Ocala on State Road 40; $32.99 plus tax general, $23.99 plus tax ages 3-10, free age 2 and younger; 352-236-2121.
Universal Studios, movie-TV production studio and park, Animal Planet Live, Men in Black Alien Attack, Twister, Terminator 2 3-D, Back to the Future, Woody Woodpecker's Kidzone, Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast, Shrek 4-D, Revenge of the Mummy and others: from 9 a.m. daily; Interstate 4 and Kirkman Road, Orlando; one-day admission $58.31 adults, $47.88 ages 3-9, free age 2 and younger ($8-$12 parking, free after 6 p.m.); 407-363-8000.
Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom, Main Street USA, Liberty Square, Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. today and Sunday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday (with "Share a Dream Come True Parade" at 3 p.m. daily; "SpectroMagic" at 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday, at 7 p.m. Monday and Thursday; "Wishes" fireworks show at 9 p.m. Saturday, at 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 7 p.m. Wednesday); off Interstate 4 southwest of Orlando; parking $8, one-day pass $58.31 general, $46.60 ages 3-9, free age 2 and younger; 407-824-4321 or disneyworld.com.
Weeki Wachee Spring, mermaid shows in underwater theater, river cruise, petting zoo: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily; U.S. Highway 19 at State Road 50, Weeki Wachee; $14.95 plus tax age 11 and older, $10.95 plus tax ages 3-10, free age 2 and younger; 1-877-469-3354.
Arabian Nights, horses and riders in 25-act production, three-course prime-rib dinner: dinner shows daily at varying times; 6225 W. Irlo Bronson Highway (U.S. Highway 192), Kissimmee; dinner and show $47 adults, $29 ages 3-11, free age 2 and younger; 407-239-9223.
Capone's Dinner and Show, dinner and original musical in a 1930s Chicago gangland setting: call for daily seating times; 4740 W. U.S. Highway 192, Kissimmee; $39.95 plus tax general, $23.95 plus tax ages 4-12, free age 3 and younger; 407-397-2378.
Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, four-course dinner and show: nightly with varying showtimes; Dixie Stampede, 8251 Vineland Ave., Orlando; $46.99 plus tax adults, $19.99 plus tax ages 3-11; 1-866-443-4943; dixiestam pede.com.
Fiasco's Family Dinner Experience, featuring circus and magic theme with table service and full menu: seatings at various times Fridays-Mondays; 7430 Universal Blvd., Orlando; $45 adults, $25 youth; 407-226-7220.
Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, dinner and country music show: 5, 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. daily; Pioneer Hall, Fort Wilderness Campground, Walt Disney World; $49.01 general, $24.81 ages 3-11 (includes tax and tip); 407-939-3463.
Luau at the Wantilan, Hawaiian-theme dinner show: 6 p.m. doors Saturdays, with dinner at 6 p.m.; Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, 6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando; $49.50 adults, $29 age 12 and younger including tax and tip; 407-503-3463.
Makahiki Luau, Polynesian dinner with music and dance: nightly; Seafire Inn, SeaWorld Orlando, 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando; dinner and show $42.95 plus tax adults, $27.95 plus tax ages 3-9; 1-800-327-2424.
Medieval Times, four-course dinner, knights in armor compete in jousting matches and tournament games: shows daily; 4510 W. U.S. Highway 192, Kissimmee; dinner and show $46.95 plus tax general, $30.95 plus tax ages 3-11, free age 2 and younger; 1-800-229-8300.
Merry Mystery Dinner Adventure, interactive adventures designed for kids, with dinner during the clue-gathering: 4:30 p.m. Saturday; Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show, 7508 Universal Blvd., Orlando; $28 plus tax adults, $16 plus tax ages 3-12; reservations, 407-363-1985 or sleuths.com.
Murder Watch Mystery Theatre, musical-mystery show with audience participation, plus buffet, beer and wine: 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday; Grosvenor Resort Hotel, Lake Buena Vista; $39.95 adults, $10.95 age 9 and younger (price includes buffet, beer, wine, show, tax and tip); 407-827-6534.
The Outta Control Magic Show, magic and comedy dinner show: 6 and 8 p.m. daily; 9067 International Drive, Orlando (inside Wonder Works attraction); $19.95 plus tax adults, $14.95 plus tax ages 4-12 and seniors (reservations recommended); 407-351-8800.
Pirates Dinner Adventure, action-musical with stunts, four-course dinner and show set aboard full-scale pirate ship: 7:45 p.m. Sunday-Friday, 8:30 p.m. Saturday; 6400 Carrier Drive (behind Wet 'n Wild), Orlando; $46.90 plus tax adults, $28.12 plus tax ages 3-11; 1-800-866-2469 or piratesdinne radventure.com.
Rivership Romance Wedding, comedy wedding, including dinner, dancing and entertainment: boarding at 7 p.m. Fridays; Rivership Romance, Exit 51 off Interstate 4 to Monroe Harbour, downtown Sanford; $45 (group rates and discounts available); reservations, 1-800-423-7401.
Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows, featuring The Reunion, Roast 'Em, Toast 'Em and other shows, with audience participation and dinner, beer and wine: 6, 7:30 and/or 9 p.m. daily; 7508 Universal Blvd., Orlando; $43.95 plus tax adults, $23.95 plus tax ages 3-11; 407-363-1985 or, outside area, 1-800-393-1985 or sleuths.com.
Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, luau with drumming, dancing, music, food: 5:15 and 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; Luau Cove, Polynesian Resort, Walt Disney World; $49.01 adults, $24.81 ages 3-11 (includes tax and tip); 407-939-3463.
Parks and Gardens
Big Tree Park, featuring the Senator, one of the oldest and largest bald cypress trees in the United States: 8 a.m.-sunset Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-sunset Saturday and Sunday; off U.S. Highway 17-92 on General Hutchison Parkway, Longwood; free; 407-788-0405.
Harry P. Leu Gardens, 50 acres of trails and botanical collections featuring colorful annuals, butterfly garden, palms, Florida native plants, 50-foot floral clock, tropical greenhouse: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando; $5 adults, $1 grades K-12 (free 9 a.m.-noon Mondays); 407-246-2620.
Historic Bok Sanctuary, nature preserve with gardens, carillon tower and Education and Visitor Center: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; 3 miles north of Lake Wales at County Road 17A and Tower Boulevard; $8 adults, $3 ages 5-12, free for age 4 and younger (and free for everyone before 9 a.m. Saturdays); 863-676-1408.
Kelly Park, natural rock springs, hiking trails, camping: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily; east of County Highway 435 (Rock Springs Road) on Kelly Park Road, Apopka; $1 age 6 and older, free age 5 and younger; 407-889-4179.
Nature Conservancy's Disney Wilderness Preserve, hiking trails, lakefront picnic areas, exhibits, interpretive trail, buggy tours at 1:30 p.m. Sundays: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Saturdays; 10 miles south of Kissimmee on Pleasant Hill Road; $3 adults, $2 students ($12 adults, $6 children for buggy tours); 407-935-0002.
Orlando Wetlands Park, 1,600-acre wetlands and wildlife preserve: 8 a.m. till half-hour before sunset daily; 25155 Wheeler Road, Christmas (access off East State Road 50); free; 407-568-1706.
Tibet-Butler Preserve, 440-acre environmental preserve with guided hikes: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday; 5 miles northwest of State Road 535, Orlando; free; 407-876-6696.
University of Central Florida Arboretum, 79.4-acre nature preserve featuring seven native-Florida botanical environments, hiking trails, picnic areas, group tours available: sunrise to sunset daily; University Boulevard and Alafaya Trail, Orlando; free with $3 parking fee; 407-823-3146 weekdays.
Blizzard Beach, Disney water park featuring Summit Plummet, children's area: closed for refurbishment; off Buena Vista Drive near Disney-MGM Studios; $32 plus tax adults, $26 plus tax ages 3-9, free age 2 and younger; 407-560-9283.
Orlando Watersports Complex, 50-acre facility with lake for ski boats, lights for night skiing, clinics for water-skiers and wakeboarders: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily; 5 miles west of Orlando International Airport, off Bee Line Expressway, Orlando; $12.50-$50; 407-251-3100.
Sammy Duvall's Watersports Centre, parasailing, wakeboarding, personal watercraft and water-ski trips: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; Disney's Contemporary Resort, Walt Disney World; parasailing from $90, tandem parasailing $140, personal watercraft $100, wakeboarding and water-ski trips from $140; 407-939-0754.
Ski World, wakeboarding, water-skiing, tubing, water sports: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; on Lake Ivanhoe, 1415 N. Orange Ave., Orlando; varying prices; 407-894-5012.
Walt Disney World Typhoon Lagoon, water park with surf wave, slides, snorkeling reef, kiddie area: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; off Interstate 4 southwest of Orlando; $32 plus tax adults, $26 plus tax ages 3-9, free age 2 and younger; 407-560-9283.
Water Mania, Wipe-Out surfing simulator, wave pool, water rides, children's pools, picnic grounds: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 6073 W. U.S. Highway 192, Kissimmee; $28.84 adults, $21.35 ages 3-9; 407-239-8448.
Wekiva Resort, at Mastodon Springs, tube run, natural springs, swimming, snorkeling, fossil hunting, beach area, marina, boat ramp, rental boats, picnic facilities, nature trails, campsites and more: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; State Road 46 (Exit 101C west off Interstate 4), west of Sanford and I-4; $6 adults, $4 ages 2-11, free age 1 and younger; 407-830-9828.
Wet 'n Wild, water park with rides (including the Storm and the Blast), wave pool, slides, flumes, Hydra Fighter, children's playground: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 6200 International Drive, Orlando; $32.95 plus tax adults, $26.95 plus tax ages 3-9, free age 2 and younger; 407-351-1800.
A-Awesome Airboat Ride, 100-minute guided tour of St. Johns River and adjacent marshlands: daily by appointment; A-Awesome Airboat Ride, 15 minutes west of Kennedy Space Center, Titusville; call for prices; 407-568-7601.
Adventure Tours, full-day eco-boat tour through Ocala National Forest to Silver River: leaving from Nelson's Fish Camp, State Road 42, north of the Villages; reservations, 352-406-3775.
Airboat rides, 90-minute tours on St. Johns River: trips by reservation; leaving from Christmas, East State Road 50; $37 plus tax adults, $16 plus tax age 12 and younger; 407-568-4307.
Backwater Marine Boat Rentals, pontoon rentals and private off-shore charters, along Indian River and near Ponce Inlet Lighthouse: dawn-dusk daily; Sea-Farer Marine, North Causeway, New Smyrna Beach; $150 four hours, $175 six hours, $200 eight hours; 386-426-7976.
Bale's Blue Heron Narrated Nature Cruises, with lunch and adventure cruises: departures at 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday; on the Dora Canal, U.S. Highway 441 South at Dora Canal Bridge, Tavares; call for reservations and prices; 352-343-0200.
Bartholomew's Eco-Tours, narrated tour aboard nonpolluting electric boat: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; $12; reservations, 352-343-7047.
Bartholomew's Yesteryear Cruises, narrated scenic tour of Dora Canal: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; $12; reservations, 352-343-7047.
The Beresford Lady Tour Boat, with three-hour lunch and dinner cruises on sidewheel riverboat along St. Johns River near DeLand: call for times, prices, reservations; 1-888-740-7523.
Bill's Airboat Adventures, guided nature tours leaving from points east of Orlando on St. Johns River: daily by appointment; $35 for 90-minute tour; 407-977-3214.
Black Hammock, airboat rides and fishing: 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; 2316 Black Hammock Road, Oviedo; airboat rides $30 adults, $25 age 10 and younger, half-hour rides $19.95 adults, $12.95 age 10 and younger; 407-365-1244.
Black Hammock Air Boat Ventures, trips on Lake Jesup and St. Johns River, alligator display, night rides: daily; Black Hammock Fish Camp & Marina, 2356 Black Hammock Fish Camp Road, Oviedo; $30 adults, $25 age 10 and younger; 407-977-8235.
Boggy Creek Airboat Rides, half-hour guided scenic tours with U.S. Coast Guard master captains (night tours available upon request): 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily; East Lake Fish Camp and Southport Park; $17.95 adults, $12.95 ages 3-12, free age 2 and younger; 407-344-9550 for East Lake, 407-933-4337 for Southport.
Buena Vista Watersports, personal watercraft rentals, water-ski charters and other activities on 450-acre private lake: open daily; State Road 535 south of Interstate 4 exit, Lake Buena Vista; varying prices; 407-239-6939.
Captain Doolittle, pontoon cruiser with narrated tours on Dora Canal, Dock and Dine Cruises, Moonlight Cruises, Champagne Sunset Cruises: narrated tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily; call for reservations, times, prices, departure points, 1-866-269-6584 or captaindoolittle.com.
Captain Mark Thomas' Airboat Adventures and Mosquito Lagoon Tours, all-day fishing and scenic tours: 6 a.m.-7 p.m. daily; departures from along St. Johns River and Florida's east coast; $25-$250; reservations, 407-920-5505.
Central Florida Airboat Tours: 10 a.m.-sunset Fridays-Sundays; leaving from Jolly Gator Restaurant, 4650 E. State Road 46 at the Geneva bridge; 30-40 minute rides $20 adults, $10 age 12 and younger (longer rides available); 407-321-0753, centralfloridaairboattours.com.
Cocoa Beach Boat Tours, three-hour tours of islands and wildlife: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and at sunset Monday-Saturday; reservations required, 321-454-7414.
Cocoa Beach 1,000 Island, eco-boat tours by Island Boat Lines: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and sunset Monday-Saturday; reservations, 321-302-0544 or islandboatlines.com.
Dead River Vic's, dinner and lunch trips on old-fashioned riverboat: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily; U.S. Highway 441, on Dead River, Tavares; $15-$45; reservations, 352-742-5000.
East Lake Fish Camp, boat rentals: 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. daily; off Boggy Creek Road, Kissimmee (south of Orlando International Airport); $35-$200 (depending on rental); 407-348-2040.
Fish Trap Charters, with Capt. Scott Goodwin, offshore fishing from Port Canaveral and backwater fishing on Indian River and Mosquito lagoons: by appointment; east of Orlando on State Road 528; $550 full-day and $450 half-day offshore trip for four people, $325 full-day and $225 half-day for backwater trip for two people; 321-690-0029 or fishtrap.com.
Florida Coastal Cruises, scenic cruise on Indian River/Intracoastal Waterway on Coast Guard-inspected boat, the "Manatee": daily departures; Sea Harvest Marina, New Smyrna Beach; $16 adults, $13 age 12 and younger (private parties/lunch cruises available); 1-800-881-2628 or manateecruise.com.
Fun Maritime Academy, sailboat, pontoon, skiff rentals, sailing classes: daily; Monroe Harbour Marina, downtown Sanford; $50-$150 depending on the boat; 407-330-0633.
Heritage Lake Tours, 90-minute narrated wildlife tours of the Dora Canal and Dead River: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday-Saturday; Palm Gardens, U.S. Highway 441 at the Dead River Bridge, Tavares; $12.50; 352-343-4337.
Holly Bluff Marina, St. Johns River boat rentals, pontoons and houseboats: 2280 Hontoon Road, DeLand; $80-$140 for pontoons with weekend houseboat packages starting at $700; 1-800-237-5105.
Hontoon Landing Resort, houseboat and pontoon boat trips on St. Johns River: varying times; 2317 River Ridge Road, DeLand; $75-$125 for pontoon/fishing, $495-$1,625 for houseboat vacations for up to 10 people; 1-800-248-2474.
Jet Ski Adventures of Central Florida, guided tours on St. Johns River and other Central Florida locations: 2227 Majestic Woods Blvd., Apopka; $125-$289; 1-888-246-2747.
Jungle Cruises, with Coast Guard master captains on Wekiva River, with nature trails, tube run, swimming, flume tunnel slides and picnic facilities: three boats departing daily from 9 a.m.; Wekiva Falls Resort, 30700 Wekiva River Road, Sorrento; $15 adults, $10 ages 2-11, free age 1 and younger, 10 percent discount for groups of 20 or more; 407-830-9828.
Marine Discovery Center: Eco-tours Tuesdays-Saturdays, historical tours of New Smyrna Beach on alternating Thursdays and Saturdays, bird rescue and rehabilitation workshops at 5 p.m. Thursdays (registration requested), sunset cruise with wine, cheese and entertainment at 4 p.m. Fridays, guided kayaking in Mosquito Lagoon; 118 N. Causeway, New Smyrna Beach; varying prices; 386-428-4828 or marinediscove rycenter.org.
Mobile Marina, boat rentals with Mobile Marina transporting boat to Central Florida waterways of customers' choosing: daily with rentals by hour, half day or full day; $45-$275; reservations required, 407-310-1970.
Natural Adventures Inc., guided kayak tours: Saturdays; at different Central Florida locations; $25-$45; 407-699-4343 or naturaladventu resinc.com.
River Queen, lunch and dinner cruises on St. Johns River: schedules and reservations available by calling; Boat Show Marina, on State Road 44, DeLand; $35 per passenger for lunch cruise, $45 per passenger for dinner cruise; 386-943-4019.
Rivership Romance, dining and entertainment cruises on St. Johns River: three- and four-hour lunch cruises at 11 a.m. daily, dinner cruises 7:30-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (with comedy wedding Fridays); Exit 51 off Interstate 4 to Monroe Harbour, downtown Sanford; $36.75 for three-hour lunch, $47.25 for four-hour lunch, $52.50 Saturday night cruise (plus tax); reservations suggested, 1-800-423-7401.
Rock Springs Run, eight-mile canoe trips along Rock Springs Run: from 9 a.m. daily; King's Landing, 5714 Baptist Camp Road, Apopka; $11; 407-886-0859.
Rusty Anchor, lake cruises in Mount Dora: open daily with one-hour sunset trips, three-hour Dora Canal lunch cruises; 400 W. Fourth Ave., Mount Dora; $20 lunch cruise (lunch not included), $10 sunset trip; 352-383-3933.
St. Johns River Cruises and Tours, narrated two-hour wildlife and nature tours along St. Johns River: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily (sunset cruises and charters also available); Blue Spring State Park, 2100 W. French Ave., Orange City; $16 adults, $10 age 12 and younger, $14 age 60 and over (reservations required); 407-330-1612.
Scenic Boat Tour, narrated one-hour cruise through Winter Park lakes and canals, row boats and canoe rentals: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily for cruises and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily for rentals; leaving from eastern foot of Morse Boulevard on Lake Osceola, Winter Park; $8 adults, $4 ages 2-11, group rates by reservation only for boat tour, $5 for first hour and $1 for additional hours for rentals; 407-644-4056.
Space Coast Nature Tours, narrated boat tours on Indian River Lagoon, view of Kennedy Space Center and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge: 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily (also, "From Sailing Ships to Space Ships" tours Friday nights); Dock A23, Titusville Municipal Marina, U.S. Highway 1, Titusville; $14 adults, $13 seniors, $10 age 12 and younger ($12 and $9 for Friday nights); 321-267-4551.
Splashing Tail Charters, fly and light tackle saltwater flats fishing in Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River: by appointment; $250-$400 (includes fishing license, ice, bait and tackle); 407-739-0965 or splashingtailcharters.com.
Tropical Resort and Marina, fishing boat and pontoon rentals on St. Johns River: full day and half-day rentals daily; 1485 Lakeview Drive, DeLand; $50 per day 14-foot fishing boat, $120 weekdays, $135 weekends/holidays for 17-foot fishing boat; $120 full-day, $80 half-day during week pontoon rental; $135 weekend/holidays full-day, $80 weekends half-day pontoon rental; 386-734-3080.
Way Fun Kayak Adventures, four-hour trips on Lake Tohopekaliga, Clermont Chain of Lakes and Butler Chain of Lakes: from 8 a.m. daily or by appointment; location varies with trip; $60; 407-957-0071.
We-Go-Fish Guide Service, freshwater fishing and eco-tours on St. Johns River, with Capt. Carey St. Clair, U.S. Coast Guard license: by reservation; Sanford Boat Works and Marina, near State Road 415 bridge, Sanford; $250 all day, $150 half day (price per four people), eco-tours $75 half day, $150 all day; 407-889-7134 or we gofishflorida.com.
Wekiva Adventures, kayaking rentals and instruction, group trips: daily; 130 Nova Drive, Sanford; $25 for kayak rentals, $30-$40 for tours; reservations, 407-321-7188.
Wekiva Marina Canoes, short and long canoe trips on Wekiva River: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; 1014 Miami Springs Road, Longwood; from $13; 407-862-1500.
Wildside, nature tour boat: three-hour tours on Banana River waterways, Cocoa Beach; $30 adults, $15 ages 4-10, free age 3 and younger; 1-800-695-1770.
World Class Port Canaveral Tour, three-hour harbor tour: 3:30 p.m. Sundays; reservations required, 321-302-0544.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, with Astronaut Hall of Fame, Astronaut Encounter (meet-and-greets with astronauts daily), Early Space Exploration, Exploration in the New Millennium, KSC bus tour, Apollo/Saturn V Center, Imax films, Rocket Garden, training simulators and astronaut mementos: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily (Astronaut Hall of Fame open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily); east of U.S. Highway 1 on NASA Parkway, 5 miles south of Titusville; free parking, Maximum Access Admission of $35 plus tax adults, $25 plus tax ages 3-11 for two-day ticket combining Visitors Complex and Astronaut Hall of Fame, Astronaut Hall of Fame only $16 adults, $12 children; 321-269-6100 or KennedySpace Center.com.
Museum of Arts and Sciences, Pleistocene fossil wing with exhibits and audio-visual overview of Pleistocene Florida: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday; 1040 Museum Blvd., Daytona Beach; $8 adults, $4 children and students with ID; 386-255-0285.
Museum of Science and Industry, Bioworks Butterfly Garden, GTE Challenger Learning Center, Saunders Planetarium (with Skywatch Saturdays after sunset, weather permitting): 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa; $12 adults, $10 seniors and youth, $8 ages 2-13; 813-987-6100.
Orlando Science Center, with interactive exhibits including Wired Science and Healthy Lifestyles, CineDome Imax movies (Forces of Nature and Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees), planetarium, Light Power Exhibit Hall, "Dino Digs: Mysteries Unearthed" exhibit, Microworld, "Try Science" computer links, "Measure Me," Digistar II planetarium shows: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 777 E. Princeton St., Loch Haven Park, Orlando; $14.95 adults, $13.95 seniors, $9.95 ages 3-11 (includes exhibits, films and planetarium), $9.95 adults, $8.95 seniors and students, $4.95 ages 3-11 after 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays ($3.50 general parking, $2.50 members, free parking for gold members); 407-514-2000.
U.S. Space Walk of Fame Museum, space-exploration history organized by former Kennedy Space Center workers: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday (closing at 5 p.m. Wednesday), noon-5 p.m. Sunday; Searstown Mall, 3550 S. Washington Ave., Titusville; by donation; 321-264-0434.
Adventure in Real Florida, guided nature, local lore and heritage tours within Central Florida, featuring boating, swimming, storytelling, museums: 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. daily; tours begin at Sanford Chamber of Commerce, 400 E. First St., Sanford; $69-$129, reservations required; 407-349-2080.
Cirque du Soleil, 90-minute "La Nouba" show featuring circus arts and theater with sets and music: 6 and 9 p.m. today, Saturday and Tuesday-next Friday; Downtown Disney West Side; $59, $73 and $85 plus tax general, $39, $49 and $59 plus tax ages 3-9; 407-939-7600.
CityWalk, complex of clubs and restaurants at Universal Orlando: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily; Universal Orlando, Interstate 4 and Kirkman Road, Orlando; $8-$12 parking (free after 6 p.m.); no charge to get into complex although some venues have covers (CityWalk Party Passes, which include admission to all clubs, available); 407-363-8000.
Clown Rushmore, clown museum and gift shop: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; 29600 U.S. Highway 27, Lake Hamilton; admission by donation, free for children; 863-439-8928.
Disney Quest, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Buccaneer Gold," "Song Maker," interactive adventure with Explore, Score, Create and Replay zones: 11:30 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; Downtown Disney West Side; $32 plus tax adults, $26 plus tax ages 3-9, free age 2 and younger; 407-828-4600.
Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex, 200 acres including nine sports venues for use by more than 30 sports: open daily (with PSP Orlando World Cup for paintball today-Sunday, MAAC Men's & Women's Cross Country Championships Saturday, Disney's Division II Women's Tip-Off Classic Thursday through Nov. 7); Walt Disney World, off Interstate 4 southwest of Orlando; $9.75 general, $7.50 ages 3-9 (premium events extra); 407-828-3267.
Downtown Farmers Market at Heritage Square, also with Arts Market: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturdays;(with "Halloween at the Market," featuring trick-or-treating, Saturday); Farmers Market, Magnolia Avenue and Central Boulevard, downtown Orlando; 321-689-2798 or downtownorlando.com.
Fantasy of Flight, vintage aircraft, flight simulators, hot air balloon rides, bi-plane rides: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; Interstate 4 at Exit 44, 1400 Broadway Blvd., Polk City; $24.95 adults, $22.95 seniors, $13.95 ages 5-12, free age 4 and younger; 863-984-3500.
Forever Florida, nature coach, covered wagon, horseback, bicycle and hiking tours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday (with Cracker Coach Tours at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. daily); 4755 N. Kenansville Road, St. Cloud; tours from $28 plus tax adults, from $18 plus tax children; reservations, 407-957-9794.
Goldenrod Station and Museum, featuring history and military exhibits: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday and Tuesday; 4755 Palmetto Ave., Goldenrod; free; 407-677-5980.
Haunts of the World's Most Famous Beach: Original Ghost Walk at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, meeting at Main Street and Peninsula, Daytona Beach ($8); Amateur Researchers Tour 10 p.m. till sun-up Fridays ($55); Riverfront Park Ghost Walk at 7:30 p.m. Sundays and Thursdays, meeting at Orange Avenue and Beach Street, Daytona Beach ($8); Haunted Halifax River Cruise once a month (reservations needed, $18 plus tax); 386-248-1441.
The Herbie Express, train ride on 1942 diesel locomotive: departing 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; 150 W. Third Ave., Mount Dora; $10 adults, $7 children; 352-383-8878.
International Trolley & Train Museum, trains sized to correspond with a G-gauge train track system, trains from the 1920s, trolleys, train ride: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 8990 International Drive, Orlando; $4 adults, $3 children plus tax ($2 adults, $1 for Lady Liberty train ride); 407-363-9002.
Kissimmee Sights and Frights, featuring Kissimmee history and haunted hot spots: 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; meeting at courthouse in downtown Kissimmee; $14.95 adults, $9.95 age 12 and younger; 407-518-1887.
Kissimmee Sports Rodeo and Dance, competition in traditional rodeo events: from 8 p.m. Fridays; Kissimmee Sports Arena, 958 S. Hoagland Blvd., Kissimmee; $18 adults, $9 age 12 and younger and Florida residents; 407-933-0020.
Lake County Farmers and Flea Market: 8:25 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursdays; 2101 County Road 452, Eustis; free; 352-357-9692.
Lukas Butterfly Encounter, tour of Butterfly Encounter exhibit, presentation on butterfly gardening: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays; Lukas Nursery, 1909 Slavia Road, Oviedo; $3 adults, $2 children self-guided tour; $5 adults, $3 children guided tour; 407-365-6163.
Mount Dora Dinner Train, 2 1/2-hour train ride with four-course meal: 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 150 W. Third Ave., Mount Dora; $50 plus tax adults; 352-383-8878.
Mount Dora Lunch Train, 1 1/2-hour train ride with meal: 12:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; 150 W. Third Ave., Mount Dora; $28 plus tax adults; 352-383-8878.
Murder and Mayhem Tours of Orlando, walking tour visiting sites where arson, murder and other events took place, presented by Central Florida Heritage Foundation: 7 p.m. Fridays; meeting at Lake Eola Park, downtown Orlando; $10 adults, $5 ages 6-10; 407-766-1098.
Ocala Forest Trail Rides, guided horseback rides in Ocala National Forest: by appointment; Fiddlers Green Ranch, 42725 W. Altoona Road, Altoona; $40 per person two hours, $75 Scenic Day Ride (four-five hours, including lunch), 10 percent discount for age 14 and younger (appointments required); 352-669-1115 or 352-669-7111.
Orlando Ghost Tours, paranormal investigative tour of downtown Orlando: 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; Church Street Market Place, Church Street, downtown Orlando; $25 adults, $15 ages 7-12, $20 seniors, military personnel and college students, free age 6 and younger; reservations, 407-423-5600.
Pleasure Island, Disney nightclub-restaurant complex, New Year's Eve-themed street party, fireworks nightly: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily (clubs open at 7 p.m.); Downtown Disney; no admission charge for P.I. but $20.50 plus tax (age 18 and older) to enter clubs; 407-934-7781.
Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station, with lighthouse tower, three keepers' houses with rotating exhibits, lens exhibition facility, nature trail, historic boat yard, "Native Americans of Our Area -- The Timucuans to the Seminoles" and exhibit on the wreck of the steam tug Commodore: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; 4931 S. Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet; $5 general, $1.50 age 11 and younger; 386-761-1821 or ponceinlet.org.
RDV Sportsplex Ice Den, ice skating: noon-1:50 p.m. Monday-Friday, 3-4:50 p.m. Wednesday, 2-3:50 p.m. Saturday, 7-8:50 p.m. Sunday with DJ skates 7-9:50 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6-8:50 p.m. Tuesday (positive-hits night first Tuesday of the month), family skates 2-3:50 p.m. Sunday; 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd., Orlando; $5.50, plus $2 skate rental, $7 for DJ events; 407-916-2550 or rdvsportsplex.com.
Ripley's Believe It or Not!, exhibits of oddities, video presentations, illusions, animation: 9 a.m.-1 a.m. daily; 8201 International Drive, Orlando; $16.95 plus tax general, $11.95 plus tax ages 4-12, free age 3 and younger; 407-363-4418.
Scott's Country Market Corn Maze, cornfield maze and mini mazes: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today and Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday (through Nov. 28); Scott's Country Market, off County Road 448A, Zellwood; $8 adults, $6 ages 4-16; 352-383-6900.
Titanic -- The Exhibition, artifacts, re-creations of parts of the ship that sank in 1912, storytellers in period costumes, exhibits and memorabilia: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily; at Mercado, 8445 International Drive, Orlando; $17.95 plus tax general, $12.95 plus tax ages 6-12, free age 5 and younger; 407-248-1166.
Universal Skating Center: Friday night jams 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays ($8); Saturday matinees 1-4 p.m. Saturdays ($6); Saturday family night 7-11 p.m. Saturdays ($7); Sunday matinees 1-4 p.m. Sundays ($6); birthday parties during Saturday and Sunday matinees; hockey games 8-11 a.m. Saturday, after 4 p.m. Sundays, after 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 866 S. Goldenrod Road, Orlando; 407-282-3140.
Warbird Adventures, rides and instruction: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; Kissimmee Municipal Airport, 233 N. Hoagland Blvd., Kissimmee; prices range from $140-$500; 407-870-7366.
West Orange Trail Bikes & Blades Co., bike and in-line skate rentals: noon-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and holidays; Orange-Lake County Line, 17914 State Road 438, Winter Garden; $6 skate rentals, $5 bike rentals; 407-877-0600.
Winter Park Community Center, featuring "Heritage Collection: Photographs and Oral Histories of West Winter Park" (ongoing): 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 721 W. New England Ave., Winter Park; free but reservations requested; 407-623-3275.
Wonder Works, interactive activities in mystery lab, physical challenge lab, bubble room, Laser Works (laser tag and video arcade) and more: 9 a.m.-midnight daily; next to Pointe Orlando at 9067 International Drive, Orlando; $17.95 plus tax adults, $12.95 ages 4-12 and seniors, free age 3 and younger ($4.95 first game of laser tag, $2.95 each additional game); 407-352-0411.