Month: May 2020

Kissimmee, Florida Travel Guide

Kissimmee is a destination known for its endless sunshine, off-the-beaten-path adventures, and famous theme parks. As friends of mine who run a custom event flooring business quickly found out, here is more to this city than theme parks, and you will love exploring its beautiful gardens and parks, visiting local galleries and museums, or shopping at its boutiques and malls. Here are some fun things to do in Kissimmee, Florida.

Walt Disney World Resort

This is the world’s most frequented and largest vacation park. The Walt Disney World Resort boasts a never-ending program of fun for the entire family and 4 different theme parks. The Magic Kingdom radiates classical Disney, while Epcot celebrates a variety of cultures from different parts of the world. The Animal Kingdom is a great place to celebrate nature, and Hollywood Studios brings to life movie-making magic. There are also your favorite characters every stop along the way.

Universal Orlando Resort

The Universal Orlando Resort is a mega-theme park that combines the themed “Islands of Adventure” with the famous Universal Studios. With its impressive movie experience, this resort rivals Walt Disney. Walk through breathtaking recreations of New York and Hollywood, and let your favorite actors guide you as you walk down the rabbit hole.

Kissimmee Lakefront Park

If you want to take a break from the theme parks, visit Kissimmee Lakefront Front. An elegant recreational park awaits visitors complete with social spaces, boat slips, waterside piers, and playgrounds. You can also visit the Tohopekaliga Lake to explore the Floridian fauns and flora or stay on land to see the various entertainment spots.

Old Town

Old Town is both a shopping mall and an amusement park at the same time. This place is not actually old as it is a nostalgic recreation of time past, inviting visitors and locals alike on a retro trip. The influence here is thoroughly American, and when compared to other local themed parks in this area, Old Town is a destination for relaxation. You will also find classic cars and the food sold here is in line with the retro theme. If you are still looking for a kick, the Fun Spot nearby fulfills that need.

Gatorland

Florida is well-known for alligators, creatures that have always inspired fascination and fear. The great reptiles at Gatorland can be both understood and admired. This wildlife preserve maintains and breeds different species, and boasts a safe and top-notch observation deck for introducing gators to visitors. If you are not too bothered about safety, you can enjoy the Gator Zipline.

Huntsville, Alabama Travel Guide

Huntsville is a northern Alabama city that initially grew due to its railroad and cotton industries. Today, it’s best known for its aerospace industries and military technology. The Saturn V rocket that sent men to the moon for the first time was designed and tested by scientists here. Huntsville is today is filled with rocket scientists and the Marshall Space Flight Center of NASA continues to be at the forefront of America’s rocketry construction and research. This has earned the city its nickname “Rocket City”.

 

The top visitor attraction in Huntsville is definitely the amazing United States Space and Rocket Center and it’s also popular as being the Space Camp home. However, there are enough attractions here besides the space-related activities. Huntsville offers a wide range of culinary, historical, and cultural attractions, which include lush botanical gardens, an excellent art museum, as well as several quirky entertainment and dining venues. There are lots of things to do here and it’s easy to spend some days in Huntsville. Here are some sites you shouldn’t miss when in Huntsville, Alabama.

Big Spring Park

Located in the city center, the park is where John Hunt’s cabin was built. Today, there is a beautiful green space featuring a lake brimming with flocks of geese, ducks, and koi. You can have a picnic here, stroll around the park or simply sit and relax. The gifts that have been received from other countries have made this park international. Here you will find a red Japanese bridge and cherry trees donated by the Japanese. Other gifts include a sundial from Germany, a bench donated by the U.K., as well as a fog bell and lighthouse donated by Norway.

Huntsville Depot & Museum

The depot is Alabama’s oldest and one of the oldest in the country. It was once served as a prison for Confederate soldiers during the civil war. The graffiti of the prisoners are still visible on the walls. Until 1968, this depot was used as a passenger station but it is now on the register of national historic places. Catch a glimpse of the past at Huntsville Depot & Museum with its historic buildings and trains or just a picnic and relax in the pavilion.

Alabama Constitution Village

This open-air museum features 19th-century life building replicas, including the cabinet shop where delegates gathered for statehood arguments. This history museum has 8 buildings from the time period, such as John Boardman’s print shop, Sheriff Stephen Neal’s residence, and Clement Comer Clay law office.