Meet Real-Life Heroes at the Orlando Science Center This Weekend

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a firefighter? Here’s your chance to find out! Orlando Fire Department will be celebrating the final days of the RESCUE exhibit at Orlando Science Center by participating in a Meet and Greet session, including a tour of their fire truck and a chance to answer all of your burning questions.

 Visitors are invited to meet these local heroes and learn more about the technology and teamwork that goes into being a first responder.

Celebrate the Final Days of the RESCUE Exhibit with a Firefighter Meet and Greet and Fire Truck Tour at the Orlando Science Center

  • Saturday, September 4 – From 2 to 4 p.m. (Firefighters & Fire Truck)
  • Saturday, September 4 & Sunday, September 5 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Final Days of Rescue Exhibit)

 The truck will be parked outside the Science Center’s Entrance A on Camden Street (near the Dr. Phillips CineDome).

Please note, the schedule is subject to change if an emergency situation arises.
Orlando Science Center September 2021

While you’re waiting for the firefighters to arrive or when you’re ready to put your newfound knowledge to the test, check out RESCUE before it leaves on September 6! 

Search and rescue operations take place every minute, every hour, every day, all around the world. But what does a rescue scenario really involve? Through interactive exhibit pieces combined with the stories of real-life heroes, RESCUE offers visitors a first-hand look into the science of saving lives. Climb aboard life-size models of rescue vehicles like helicopters and jet skis to perform a simulated mission or use a sensor to search for heat signatures or test different fire extinguishers to better understand how to fight the flames!

Whether you’re an anchor breaking the news of a disaster, or part of a search and rescue mission, there is no “I” in “TEAM!” Find out if you have what it takes to be a hero.

To learn more, visit www.osc.org/rescue. This exhibit was created by Scitech in Perth, Australia, and produced by Imagine Exhibitions. Following your RESCUE adventure, enjoy all four floors of exhibits and experiences at Orlando Science Center because everything is included with general admission.  

General admission is $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and students, and $15 for youth (ages 2 – 11). Admission is free for annual members. To get your timed-entry tickets and more information, please visit www.osc.org.

Face coverings are currently required for all ages 3 and up, regardless of vaccination status. Before visiting, please review our safety guidelines: Orlando Science Center Visitor Information and Reopening Guidelines.

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On the Go in MCO: Fun for Adults

On the Go in MCO Fun for Adults

Don’t forget that you can catch these great events and more on the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

We’ve talked a lot about what families can do around town, but what if you want to spend the afternoon On the Go in MCO with some of your best friends? 

I thought it would be fun to look at ways friends can have a fun day out together! 

On the Go in MCO: Fun for Adults

Discovery Cove 
Discovery Cove Shark Swim

Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive day resort, where you can swim with dolphins, snorkel among tropical fish and rays, hand-feed exotic birds, and have heartwarming encounters with other animals.

Your all-inclusive day includes breakfast, lunch, snacks throughout the day, as well as a selection of adult beverages. 

What’s even better is that they have great Florida Resident deals throughout the year!

Revolution Adventures 

With 230 acres of trails and an array of sporting adventures on offer, there is plenty to challenge both novice and seasoned adventurers.

If you’re looking for a motorized adventure, ATVs, Quads, 4-wheelers, and Buggies, are always a great deal of fun. But don’t forget about the UNIQUE “Mucky Duck,” an 8-wheeled amphibious vehicle that can be driven over land and through the lakes and ponds. 

If you have always wanted to try an off-road activity without the wheels, then look no further than this location.

Adventures include Skeet Shooting, Target Archery, Archery Tag, Trophy Bass Fishing, and SO much more. This is the place where families from ages 7-70 can enjoy making lifelong memories together.

Escapology Orlando 
Escapology Orlando On the Go in MCO

I promise you that Escape Rooms will have you feeling every emotion known to man in 60 minutes…and you’ll want to go back for more!

While there are a variety of Escape Rooms around town that are awesome, Escapology on I-Drive is my favorite!

They have seven different games to choose from…including Scooby-Doo and the Spooky Castle Adventure!

This is one of my favorite things to do with my friends!!!

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Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party Returns to Orlando

Disclosure: I am working with Feld Entertainment to spread the word (and deals) for  Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party at the Amway Center in exchange for tickets to see the show. All opinions, bad puns, and overuse of exclamation points are 100% my own.
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In just a few weeks Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party will be bringing its magic to Orlando’s Amway Center September 3-5, 2021, and I know that my family is SUPER excited to once again experience the dynamic moments that take place on the ice and in the air!!!

The story behind Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party

Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party!
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During Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party guests will embark on a quest with Mickey Mouse and pals as they follow Captain Hook’s treasure map for clues to find Tinker Bell after he attempts to capture her magic.

Journey across the Marigold Bridge with Miguel from Disney●Pixar’s Coco into the magnificent and mystical Land of the Dead and discover a vibrantly colorful performance with skeletons atop sway poles dancing over the audience in a beautiful cultural celebration of family.

Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party!
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Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle and sing along with Elsa as video projection creates a kaleidoscope of crystals to help build her ice palace.

Witness Belle lift into the sky as the enchanted chandelier comes to life high over the ice.

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Demonstrate the power of teamwork when Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and Jessie recruit the Green Army Men for a daring rescue in Andy’s room.

Laugh hysterically as the hilarious pirates flip, tumble, and twist on tumble tracks, stilts, and more in an effort to showcase their talents for Captain Hook.

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Sail away with Moana on her daring voyage across the ocean and bravely encounter the fiery wrath of Te Ka.

And make memories with your whole family during Aladdin and The Little Mermaid as the search party becomes an all-out celebration.

Keeping families safe

While delivering the same magical experiences guests expect from Disney On Ice, Feld Entertainment is continuing Guest Wellness Enhancements to help keep families safe at its live events.

Feld Entertainment is working closely with venue partners to establish and follow COVID-19 health and safety standards in accordance with all federal, state, and local guidelines. Face coverings are strongly encouraged, regardless of vaccination status.

The CDC recommends face coverings if you are not fully vaccinated. Full details on Feld Entertainment Guest Wellness Enhancements can be found here.

Have I got a deal for you!!!

Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party!
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Tickets for you and your family to join this magical search are on sale now for the following performance dates:

  • Friday, September 3:  7:30 pm
  • Saturday, September 4:  11:00 am, 3:00 pm, 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, September 5:  1:00 pm, 5:00 pm
AND I am REALLY excited to share that you can save $5 on select seats when you use code DOI5FQ to purchase your tickets in advance at www.DisneyOnIce.com

Offer valid on select price levels and performances. Offer valid only on the following performances: Friday, September 3 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, September 4 at 7 pm; Sunday, September 5 at 5 pm. No double discounts. Service charges, handling and facility fees may apply. Tickets are subject to market supply and demand. This Offer expires 8/29/21.

If you are excited to see Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party you can find even more fun by following #DisneyOnIce on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram!

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The Haunted Road Returns to Petrify Passengers

Haunted Road 2021

Orlando’s first drive-thru Halloween experience, The Haunted Road, is ecstatic to bring back some socially distant scares to Central Florida this fall. Admission to the road will be open select evenings from September 30 through November 7, 2021 and tickets will – fittingly – go on sale on August 13, the only Friday the 13th of 2021.

The Haunted Road will return to Lake Pickett Road in the same location as Corn Maze Orlando and Painted Oaks Academy.

While the 2020 experience featured an original, twisted storyline centered around Rapunzel and other familiar fairytale characters, this year’s experience is far from fictional. By day, the land is seemingly ordinary, but after sunset, eerie occurrences, paranormal phenomena, and ghost sightings are the norm. 

Noticing that last year’s cast and crew were constantly discussing bizarre happenings, the team did a deep dive into the area’s history and discovered that the site is truly haunted. People in the area often recount similar, inexplicable experiences such as issues with their radios and the appearance of a glowing green orb on damp and stormy nights. Through trial and error, The Haunted Road’s team have learned how to disrupt these spirits and conjure up on-demand ghost sightings for visitors to witness. In addition to encouraging frequent ghost sightings along the roadside attraction, enhancements have been made for entertainment purposes.

“After a few seriously spooky things happened along The Haunted Road, we decided to harness the natural scary occurrences and allow visitors to navigate into ghost sighting areas to witness it for themselves.” said Jessica Mariko, executive producer for The Haunted Road.

Mariko is leading a team of award-winning creative minds who have worked on globally-renowned attractions to identify and define the ghost-sighting areas on The Haunted Road.

The Haunted Road Logo

Visitors are invited on a 40-minute drive down The Haunted Road to seek out some of these mysterious occurrences from the “safety” of their car. Admission to the main experience starts at $15.99 per person and takes place primarily from within the vehicle with an optional outdoor add-on excursion in The Barnyard, located at the end of the road. The $79 upgrade to The Barnyard allows all of the vehicle’s passengers to explore a Haunt Market, purchase smoked BBQ and beverages, and attempt to awaken the spirit of The Butcher in a walk-in haunted experience located in an abandoned barn.

The Haunted Road has timed-entry ticketing and tickets must be purchased online in advance. The majority of the 2020 time slots sold out so fear enthusiasts are encouraged to sign up online for access to the pre-sale, an opportunity to reserve tickets at their preferred times before sales open to the general public Friday at noon. Get more information and sign up at www.thehauntedroad.com.

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On the Go in MCO: Summer Must Do’s

On the Go in MCO Summer Must Do's

Don’t forget that you can catch these great events and more on the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

Summer is wrapping up, so I wanted to make sure that no stone was left unturned when it came to finding fun On the Go in MCO!!!

On the Go in MCO: Summer Must Do’s

Hollywood Drive-In Golf at Universal CityWalk

Hollywood Drive-In Golf has two state-of-the-art 18-hole courses that are unlike any other miniature golf experience. 

Inspired by the 1950’s era, guests enter a classic drive-in theater box office area where they select either a “single-feature” (18-holes) or “double-feature” (36-holes) with a choice of two family-friendly courses, “The Haunting of Ghostly Greens” and “Invaders From Planet Putt.”

Based on vintage horror flicks and “little green men” science fiction films, guests putt through elaborate movie-style scenes, passing through a cemetery, under a giant spider, around an enormous alien robot, through the open mouth of a giant space worm, and into the basement lab of a towering haunted house.

Cutting-edge interactive elements and special effects immerse guests further into the “double feature,” and LED neon edge-lighting allows play during the day, night, and late night.


Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

KSCVC is the epicenter of humankind’s greatest adventures, a launchpad to experiencing and exploring a space adventure. 

With attractions that allow you to view the Space Shuttle Atlantis and to go back to the race to the moon and look forward to exploring other planets, KSCVC delights and inspires. 


And don’t forget that while you learn there are exhibits, photo ops, and of course freeze-dried ice cream. 


What’s super exciting is that they announced the new Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex experience that will showcase NASA and commercial spaceflight and an immersive “journey” through space taking off March 2022.

On the Go in MCO Summer Must Do's

Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens – Sanford, Florida

Leave Central Florida, and step into a tropical world that is home to some of our planet’s rarest animals as well as local wildlife like the Florida black bear and the American alligator. 

Throughout the day there are opportunities to learn about the animals in the Keeper Chats, take a spin on the carousel or hop aboard the miniature train. 


The adventurous can experience the Seminole Aerial Adventure zipline or cool off at the Wharton Smith Tropical Splash Ground. 

Want to really get wild? You can feed giraffes and book special experiences like a rhinoceros encounter. 


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On the Go in MCO: Educational Adventures

On the Go in mco educational fun

Don’t forget that you can catch these great events and more on the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

This summer I have been sharing fun ways you can be On the Go in MCO, and this week the series continues with some fun ways to sneak some learning into your summer break. 

On the Go in MCO: Educational Adventures 

Mars Fest at the Orlando Science Center 

On the Go in MCO Mars Fest Orlando Science Center
Orlando Science Center Moon Fest, photo by Roberto Gonzalez

Celebrate Mars exploration with astronomy and engineering-themed activities throughout the Orlando Science Center this weekend. 

Learn how the amazing telescopes, satellites, and landers have been analyzing the history of Mars and searching for life in another world.

During the event, visitors will also enjoy special live demonstrations, cosmic chemistry, and more during this special weekend celebration that’s included with admission to the Orlando Science Center.  

A Deep Sea Adventure at the Crayola Experience Orlando 

On the Go in MCO Crayola Experience Orlando Ocean X

Through July 25th at the Crapola Experience, located at the Florida Mall, you can join the mission to find the elusive giant squid when OceanX takes over the creative world of Crayola for a once-in-lifetime event. 

So get your mission log, create your ID badge and begin your journey through the sea kelp as you:

  • Take an “underwater” photo in a Crayola OceanX sub
  • Sculpt your own ocean creature and place it on a 3D mapping table
  • Learn about undersea wonders and conservation efforts
  • View sea creatures in their natural habitat through colorful “portholes”
  • Help build a “coral reef” made of recycled marker caps
  • And ultimately come face to face with the elusive Giant Squid!

This limited-time fun is included in your admission to the Crayola Experience Orlando, which is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. every day of the week.

Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek

On the Go in MCO Pioneer Village

The Pioneer Village is comprised of a permanent collection of authentic structures which once stood in different areas of Osceola County that were carefully relocated to our present location and gently preserved to demonstrate how life was once lived before our modern times.

The village includes a general store and post office, schoolhouse, church, train depot, homesteads from Osceola settlers, Seminole settlement, a cow camp, and working structures such as a blacksmith shop, citrus packing plant, cane grinder, and barn.

Pioneer Village is open Wednesday – Sunday 10 am – 4 pm, and guided tours are available on Wednesday from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm and by appointment.

EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival

EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival On the Go in MCO

EPCOT, at the Walt Disney World Resort, is always my favorite way to sneak ‘Edutainment’ into our theme park fun, but during the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival, there are even more ways to learn…I mean have fun!

From July 15 to November 20th, families can learn about cuisine around the world, try new delicious bites, and enjoy family challenges that will stretch their food knowledge and taste buds.

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On the Go in MCO: Rainy Day Fun

Don’t forget that you can catch these great events and more ways to be On the Go in MCO by listening to the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

On the Go in mco rainy day fun

This summer I am going to be sharing fun ways you can be On the Go in MCO to help bust boredom and break you out of your routine stops, and this week the series continues with rainy day fun for kids of all ages! 

Don’t forget to check out fun ways to be On the Go in MCO with explore the outdoors for under $10 a carload and free (or mostly free) indoor activities for the kids

On the Go in MCO: Rainy Day Fun

SEA LIFE Orlando Madame Tussauds Orlando ICON Park Reopen May 2020
SEA LIFE Orlando

For Younger Ones: SEA LIFE Orlando , 8449 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

SEA LIFE, located at ICON Park on International Drive, is one of my absolute FAVORITE recommendations for families in Orlando as this aquarium offers great interactive displays and activities. 

Shark Week kicks off Sunday, July 11th and just in time for the iconic week – SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium has added some ‘jaw-some’ new shark activities around their 6 species of  sharks. 

For Tweens & Teens: Putting Edge, 5250 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

Located in Dezerland Park, formerly Artegon, on International Drive, Putting Edge provides a new and exciting twist on the traditional game of mini-golf.

From the moment you enter the “Blacklit” courses, you have left “the real world” and have entered a universe full of fun, imagination, and activity.

You will be immersed in a kaleidoscope of dazzling “Glow-in-the-Dark” colors, images, and sounds, rocking your senses in unordinary, inevitable ways.

Transport from the ocean depths to lush rain forests, from medieval times to the Aztec jungles, as you vie to sink your putt on the 18- hole challenging mini-golf course.

Splitsville Luxury Lane Disney Springs On the Go in MCO

For Families: Splitsville Luxury Lanes, 1494 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Return to the “Golden Age of Bowling” at this modern venue that exudes retro-glam vibes across 2 floors.

In addition to 10-Pin bowling, Feather bowling, billiards, and our lively bars, Splitsville features flat-screen televisions throughout, live music and an eclectic contemporary menu!

Strike up an appetite for fresh sushi, pizza, burgers and other delish dishes—or simply catch up with friends over a few games and drinks. Whatever your pleasure, this isn’t your grandfather’s bowling alley!

For Adults: Arcade Monsters, 15 Alafaya woods BLVD, Suite 117. Oviedo FL, 32765

Arcade Monsters is the largest arcade in Florida with over 200 games in 7 themed rooms and an anime-themed bar. 

Gamers will enjoy playing classic arcade games, pinball, experiential games, the latest modern arcade/console game releases, rhythm games, & virtual reality (ages 13+ only for VR) for an all-day price.

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On the Go in MCO: Fourth of July Fireworks

On the go in MCO Fourth of July Fireworks 2021

The highlight of summer is the Fourth of July, and this year you can celebrate the Red, White, and BOOM with fireworks displays around town!

On the Go in MCO: Fourth of July Fireworks Around Town

Fourth of July - Fireworks at the Fountain

Fireworks at the Fountain

Lake Eola Park: 512 E. Washington Street, Orlando, FL 32801

The Fireworks at the Fountain is back for the 44th year at Lake Eola Park.

On Sunday, July 4, from 5 to 10 p.m., enjoy live entertainment, family-friendly fun, and food and beverages available for purchase from various vendors.

The night sky will illuminate with a spectacular fireworks finale, set to a live patriotic performance by the Orlando Concert Band at 9:15 p.m.

Can’t make it to Lake Eola Park? Watch the festivities live on News 6 WKMG starting at 8 p.m., or stream online at clickorlando.com.

Fourth of July - Sunset Walk

Star-Spangled Weekend Celebration July 4th Weekend

Promenade at Sunset Walk Orlando: 3251 Margaritaville Boulevard, Kissimmee, FL 34747

The Promenade at Sunset Walk Orlando, located near the Margaritaville Resort Orlando, will celebrate Independence Day all weekend long with an outdoor celebration that will feature ten live bands and DJs, Street Performers, and fun for the entire family.

The highlight of the festivities will be a fireworks display on the Fourth of July at 9:30 p.m.

Parking and admission to the Promenade at Sunset Walk Orlando are free.

Fourth of July - St. Cloud

4th of July Celebration

St. Cloud Lakefront: 1104 Lakeshore Boulevard, Saint Cloud, FL 34769

The City of St. Cloud is hosting its annual Fourth of July Celebration at the St. Cloud Lakefront.

This celebration will include live musical performances, various food trucks, and activities for the entire family.

At 9 p.m., a brilliant firework display will light up the sky above the lake.

Red, White, and Boom

Waterfront Park: 330 3rd Street, Clermont, FL 34711

Red, White, and Boom is a free, family-friendly evening in Clermont that includes more than 15 food trucks, vendors, a live DJ, and an aerialist show.

Classic Independence Day treats like hot dogs and ice cream will be available for purchase throughout the night, as well as beer and wine.

The evening will end with a spectacular 18-minute fireworks display over Lake Minneola that will start at 9:15 p.m.

Fourth of July at the Apopka Amphitheater

Apopka Amphitheater: 3710 Jason Dwelley Parkway, Apopka, FL 32712

The Apopka Amphitheater will host a free, family-friendly event on Sunday, July 4, 2021, which will feature musical performances, vendors, and a fireworks celebration that will begin at 9 p.m. 

Fireworks fans will want to make sure to bring their lawn chairs and blankets.

Fourth of July - Avalon Park

Fourth of July at Avalon Park

Avalon Park Orlando: 3680 Avalon Park E Blvd # 300, Orlando, FL 32828

Downtown Avalon Park will be celebrating the Fourth of July with activities with a small-town flair.

Starting at 5:00 p.m., patriotic partygoers will enjoy free activities that include an apple pie bakeoff, bike parade, wet/dry bounce house, vendors, community music, performances, and more.

As the activities wind down, fireworks will light up the sky with bursts of red, white, and blue at 9:00 p.m.

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On the Go in MCO: A Day with Dad

It’s Father’s Day Weekend, and I’ve got some great ways for you to spend a Day with Dad On the Go in MCO! 

On the Go in MCO Obie and Ashley Spring Break 2021 Tips On the Go in MCO

Don’t forget that you can catch these great events and more on the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

On the Go in MCO: A Day with Dad 

Andretti Indoor Karting and Games 

On the Go in MCO A Day with Dad Father's Day

If your Dad has the need for speed, you’ll want to race over International Drive to experience Andretti Indoor Karting and Games!

At Andretti, you can experience the World’s Longest Indoor Track with the Most Elevation Changes & Banked Turns on the powerful, ergonomic, safe and environmentally friendly BIZ KARTS. These bad boys pack enough torque to take you all the way to victory lane!

Andretti Indoor Karting and Games isn’t a one trick pony, because you can also bowl, play in the arcade, take in a dark ride, burn some rubber on race simulators, be adventurous on the rope & zip course, battle it out with Laser Tag, and more! 

Andretti Karting salutes those that serve and protect us everyday with a 20% discount for all active MILITARY, POLICE, FIRE and EMS personnel.

Orlando Science Center 

On the Go in MCO A Day with Dad Father's Day Orlando Science Museum Kids Night at the Museum August 2020

If you’re looking for a fun and educational outing with the special dude in your life, the Orlando Science Center is filled with activities at every turn. 

In addition to the familiar favorites such as Dino Digs and KidsTown, their new summer exhibit RESCUE is a hands (and feet) on experience that will show kids what it takes to be a first responder in the middle of a disaster. 

One of my FAVORITE places in the Orlando Science Center is The Hive, and this weekend you can experience Make Fest! 

Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf

On the Go in MCO A Day with Dad Father's Day Fantasia Garden

Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf at the Walt Disney World Resort will have you putting through scenes from the Disney Classic with twirling obstacles, cross fanciful fountains and musical surprises. 

Resembling a traditional golf course built on a miniature scale, this course emphasizes skill over chance. Sand traps, bunkers, water hazards and sloping greens make the Fantasia Fairways Miniature Golf Course an exciting challenge, where par-3 and par-5 holes range in length from 63 to 109 feet long.

At Fantasia Gardens, parking is free and it’s $14 per Adult, $12 per Child (Ages 3–9) (tax not included) to play a round. 

Walk-ups are welcome or you may book a tee time for the next day or beyond by calling (407) WDW-PLAY or (407) 939-7529.

Don’t forget to check out fun ways to explore the outdoors for under $10 a carload and free (or mostly free) indoor activities for the kids

You can find even more events as you are On the Go in MCO as well as theme park news and tips by following @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube!
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On the Go in MCO: Indoor Activities for Kids

This summer I am sharing fun ways you can be On the Go in MCO, and this week we are looking at free (or mostly free) indoor activities!

Don’t forget that you can catch these great events and more on the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

Last week we looked at fun ways to explore the outdoors for under $10 a car load, and this week we’re looking at fun ways to beat the heat with free (or mostly free) indoor activities for the kids. 

On the Go in MCO: Indoor Activities for Kids

Free Bowling All Summer Long

Aloma Bowl: 2530 Aloma Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32792

On the Go In MCO Indoor Activities for Kids Aloma Bowling

Until September 5, 2021, children 15 and under can play two free games of bowling with the purchase of shoe rentals Monday through Friday from 11 am – 5 pm. 

Online registration in advance is required and a parent or guardian must be present but they do not need to pay to take advantage of this offer. 

Don’t forget about OCLS
On the Go In MCO Indoor Activities for Kids OCLS

While the Orange County Liberty Service programming may look a little different than it has in the past, they are still offering families free activities and incentives for summer reading!

With your OCLS library card you can attend their Summer Livestream Series of performances, learn new crafts, and kids can enjoy their own events where learning is fun. 

On the Go In MCO Indoor Activities for Kids

And we can’t talk about the Library without mentioning a Summer Reading Program, and there’s still time for kids to join Tales & Tails!

Kids, ages 6 to 12, can participate in virtual events, track your reading and complete fun activities right at home to earn badges. 

On the Go In MCO Indoor Activities for Kids

Also this summer, OCLS is working with Orange County Public Schools Food & Nutrition Services to offer grab-n-go meals at no charge to children and young adults under 18. Check out the locations here.

Museums with a Local Flair

Orlando is home to some amazing museum, and throughout the city you can find smaller museums that focus on the history of our area. 

Some of my top picks are the Central Florida Railroad MuseumOrlando Fire MuseumWinter Park History MuseumLake Mary Historical MuseumCornell Fine Arts Museum, and the Holocaust Museum in Maitland.      

These hidden gems are all free, and are guaranteed to give your entire family a new appreciation for the City Beautiful!

You can find even more events as you are On the Go in MCO as well as theme park news and tips by following @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube!

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On the Go in MCO: Explore the Outdoors

On the Go in MCO Obie and Ashley Spring Break 2021 Tips On the Go in MCO

Don’t forget that you can catch these great parks and more on the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

This summer I am going to be sharing fun ways you can be On the Go in MCO to help bust boredom and break you out of your routine stops!

I’m going to start this series with a look at how you can explore the outdoors for under $10 a car load…that’s right! All of these things are either free or under $10 for the entire family!!!

On the Go in MCO: Fun Ways to Explore the Outdoors

Kelly Park/Rock Springs – Apopka, Florida
On the Go In MCO Explore the Great Outdoors

Let’s start our adventures On the Go in MCO at Kelly Park which features a free-flowing natural spring (68 degrees year-round), full-service concession, picnic pavilions, and playground. 

Tube rentals are available from vendors outside the park, but guests may bring their own pool noodles or floats that must be less than five feet in length or width. 

It’s important to notes that the waterfront closes one hour prior to park closing and that during the summer, inclement weather can affect park operations.

The park does reach capacity almost every day, so you will want to arrive before the park opens to secure your place in line. 

On the Go In MCO Explore the Great Outdoors Kelly Park Map

Park Admission Fee: $3 per vehicle for 1-2 people; $5 per vehicle for 3-8 people; and $1 for additional person/walk-ins/motorcycles/bikes. No pets and no alcohol.

Lake Apopka Wildlife Trail – Apopka, Florida
Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

If you want to walk on the wild side, the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is the place to go!

The drive is a one-way, 11-mile drive meandering through the eastern portion of the Lake Apopka North Shore Park

The trail, which has an accompanying drive-through audio tour, begins at Lust Road and ends on Jones Avenue in Orange County, Florida. 

The drive takes 1–3 hours, depending on the usage and how many stops visitors choose to make along the way. 

The speed limit is 10 mph and the maximum vehicle length is 25 feet, and please not that they do not allow trailers. 

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

There are a few restrooms and picnic pavilion are available on the property, but there is no drinking water provided.

The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive entrance gate is open between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays. All vehicles must exit the drive by 5 p.m.

On the Go In MCO Explore the Great Outdoors Apopka Wildlife Drive Map

Park Admission Fee: Free

Big Tree Park – Longwood, Florida
On the Go In MCO Explore the Great Outdoors Big Tree Park

Big Tree Park is an 11-acre park that is part of the Spring Hammock Preserve, located on the beautifully shaded General Hutchison Parkway between U.S. 17-92 and State Road 427 in Longwood. 

The park is a step back in time and a popular tourist destination, and it also serves as a Trailhead for the Cross Seminole Trail. 

On the Go In MCO Explore the Great Outdoors Big Tree Park Boardwalk
On the Go In MCO Explore the Great Outdoors Big Tree Park Boardwalk

Guests can walk through a natural hydric hammock swamp and then make their way on the boardwalk to the former site of “The Senator”: an approximately 3,500-year-old National Champion Bald Cypress Tree that was lost to fire in January of 2012.

A memorial has since been developed and includes interpretive signage along the newly renovated boardwalk, a playground piece that mimics a bald cypress tree stump, and a clone of “The Senator” that was planted near the playground called “The Phoenix.” 

Big Tree Park is also home to the Senator’s sister tree, “Lady Liberty”, an approximately 2,000 year old Bald Cypress Tree.

On the Go In MCO Explore the Great Outdoors Big Tree Park Map

Park Admission Fee: Free

Kraft Azalea Garden – Winter Park, Florida 
Kraft Azalea Garden

The Kraft Azalea Garden is 5.22-acre public garden is located on the shore of Lake Maitland and is open year-round from 8 a.m. until dusk. 

Lakefront, secluded and unique, Kraft Azalea is Winter Park’s secret garden that is full of picture perfect spots like the Exedra!

Kraft Azalea Garden

This beautiful park is shaded by enormous cypress trees that add to the old Florida charm of the 13-acre property.

Park Admission: Free

De Leon Springs State Park – De Leon Springs, Florida 
On the Go In MCO Explore the Great Outdoors De Leon Springs State Park

Once called Acuera, or “Healing Waters,” by Mayaca Indians who inhabited the area, De Leon Springs is a place to cool off in clear waters, roam trails through a lush subtropical forest that features a massive old-growth bald cypress tree, and immerse oneself in a rich history.

A highlight of a visit to De Leon Springs State Park is a swim in the 72-degree spring water where depths range from 18 inches to 30 feet at the spring boil.

The swimming area is approximately 500 feet in circumference; swimming nine laps around the pool would be about a mile.  

  • No lifeguards on duty. Swim at your own risk year-round.
  • No swimming is permitted in Spring Garden Run. 
  • Pets are not allowed in the sunbathing area. 
  • The swimming area will be closed when lightning is detected within six miles. 
  • Floats and rafts are allowed in the swimming area; however, flotation devices cannot exceed 5 feet for a circle or 4 feet by 6 feet for a rectangle.

In addition to swimming, you can enjoy snorkeling, wildlife viewing, boat & kayak launches, fishing, hiking, and more at the park!

On the Go In MCO Explore the Great Outdoors De Leon Springs State Park Map

Admission Fee: $6 per vehicle: 2-8 people, $4 per vehicle: one person only, $4 per motorcycle, and $2 per person for pedestrians, bicyclists and extra passengers

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On the Go with Gail: Kraft Azalea Garden

Our adventures around Orlando took us to the Kraft Azalea Garden in Winter Park, and I have always seen my photographer friends post the most stunning wedding and portrait sessions here.

I wanted to go see it for myself after seeing their wonderful photos, and I am so happy that we did as it is a beautiful little gem of a park!

The Kraft Azalia Garden is a 5.22-acre public park that is located on the shore of Lake Maitland, making it so secluded and unique!

The park is full of beautiful and enormous cypress trees that provide a wonderful canopy for shade.

We visited on quite a hot Florida day, and the trees provide much relief while we walked around comfortably!

From what I have seen and heard about this place, it can get extremely busy, especially on weekends when there are more photographers and people heading over for picnics with their families.

Luckily, we went on a Monday afternoon and it was super quiet and peaceful, we even saw a group practicing, what I assume, was Tai Chi in the middle.

The views by the water were just spectacular, not only can you nosey at the gorgeous homes over the water but you can watch boaters and jet skiers going by, it was so peaceful!

My favorite area by far is the Exedra monument, it is located right by the waterfront to get those perfect idyllic photos. On the weekends, I can imagine this spot would be hard to get to, due to the professional shoots going on as its such a main feature of the park! The Exedra can also be reserved for events like wedding ceremonies at sunset, for up to 20 guests and can be reserved by calling 407-599-3334.

Don’t forget to look up when you’re here, because the views are quite stunning with the tall trees all around you. The park is actually home to a very large banyan tree. These trees are native to India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan and often planted around temples as it is considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists. It is quite unusual to have one here locally as it generally only grows in USDA Plant Hardiness zones 10-12 which begin in an area south of Miami…the more you know!

Some have said that this tree may be the northern-most Banyan tree in the state. It is believed that the tree was planted in Kraft Azalea Garden when int was developed in 1938. Notable nurseryman Martin Daetwyler was hired to design the garden by well-known residents George and Maud Kraft, Mayor Frederick Cady, Forney Shepard, Leonard Hackney and Mrs. C. F. Ward.

On the way in to the gardens, it is hard to miss the sounds coming from the trees right by the entrance! At this time of the year, they are absolutely covered with great egrets nesting! Breeding for these birds occurs in the spring and they congregate into colonial nesting areas known as rookeries. These dense aggregations of nests are typically found in low trees near or over water. Winter park is fortunate to have a rare urban rookery for this stately bird. Every year between late February and early June, up to 50 nesting pairs of great egrets gather at Kraft Azalea Garden to begin nesting rituals.

Apparently, the males develop large showy feathers during the nesting seasons, and the females lay two to three eggs, and both parents share feeding duties. Its such a unique opportunity to be able to be up this close to so many at one time, it was such a nice surprise on our visit!

The gardens are open year-round from 8 a.m, until dusk. If you are planning on heading over to take professional photos and portraits, you must obtain a permit ahead of time to operate inside the park. This can be done by heading to www.cityofwinterpark.org/parks.

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Silver Spurs Rodeo: Summer June Rodeo

Silver Spurs Rodeo June 2021

The Silver Spurs Rodeo will be hosting their annual summer June Rodeo and fans will be treated to seven of rodeo’s traditional events: bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, women’s barrel racing, steer wrestling, and team roping. 

Plus, for the first time at the Rodeo, there will be a breakaway roping event! Breakaway roping is a variation of calf roping where the calf is roped but not tied. As soon as the rope breaks off their saddle, the clock is stopped. This is the second Silver Spurs Rodeo event for the women of rodeo, the first being barrel racing.

Silver Spurs Rodeo June 2021

Part of the June Rodeo tradition includes junior barrel racing and junior bull riding events, featuring young rodeo stars who are ready to get their career started in the Silver Spurs Arena!

Plus, the Silver Spurs Riding Club is bringing back everyone’s favorite before each performance, ‘mutton bustin’ (a sheep riding event for the kids)!

“Every summer, the Silver Spurs Rodeo is how our community kicks off the summer break from school, highlighting our local youth in bull riding, barrel racing, and Quadrille,” said Chris Baker, Big Boss of the Silver Spurs Rodeo. “We have been celebrating this tradition since 1944 in Osceola County. We hope you will join us for one of the longest-running traditions east of the Mississippi.”

Tickets are just $20 per adult and kids 10 and under are FREE for the June Rodeo only, all active and retired military receive FREE admission when showing proof of military service at the Box Office.

All donations go directly to organizations in Osceola County for scholarships, cancer support, veteran needs, and more.  All donations are greatly appreciated and can be made on our tickets page. 

For more information on how to purchase tickets and rodeo guidelines for a safe rodeo, go to www.silverspursrodeo.com.

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On the Go in MCO: May 28-30, 2021

On the Go in MCO Obie and Ashley Spring Break 2021 Tips On the Go in MCO

Don’t forget that you can catch these great events and more on the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

It’s Memorial Day Weekend, and if you’re like us you’re ready to kick off a Summer On the Go in MCO. 

On the Go in MCO: May 28-30, 2021

On the Go in MCO Wild Florida Gator Week 2021
Gator Week at Wild Florida: 3301 Lake Cypress Rd, Kenansville, FL

All week Wild Florida has been celebrating Florida’s most misunderstood residents, and this Saturday the fun kicks into high gear for National Gator Day. 

Gator Cake Contest – Bring out your inner baker and love for alligators in our first-ever Gator Cake contest! Sign up to bake and bring in a cake designed by you that shows how much you love alligators! After a panel of judges reviews the design of your cakes, they’ll give the top three selection prizes for their hard work and love for these scaly creatures!

National Alligator Day – Earlier this year, Wild Florida helped establish National Alligator Day to be recognized annually on May 29,  giving alligators the official recognition they deserve! To celebrate, they’re throwing a huge 1st birthday party throughout our Gator Park with balloons, cupcakes, and more to celebrate the 1st EVER National Alligator Day.

Live Band – If you ever need to cool off and take a break from the activities, the Celery String Band will be playing live music throughout the day under our Gator Pavilion.

In addition to these activities, guests can enjoy live demonstrations and more with FREE Gator Park admission to everyone who brings in spare change to benefit Croc Fest.

On the Go in MCO Southern Hills Farm Peach Picking
Peach Picking at Southern Hill Farms: 16651 Schofield Rd, Clermont, FL

Peach season is in full swing at Southern Hill Farms, and they have the sweetest deal for their  u-pick guests! 

For every 5 pounds of u-pick peaches purchased, you’ll receive an additional 2 pounds of pre-picked peaches for FREE, a bonus worth $10! 

Sweet and juicy peaches are perfect for sharing with family, friends, neighbors and teachers, they are easy to slice and freeze to use in smoothies and baking, or to simply enjoy as a healthy snack. 

This deal is available for the remainder of the season, or while supplies last. 

If peaches aren’t your thing, blueberries, zinnias, sunflowers, and vegetables are available. 

Southern Hills Farm hours for this weekend are Saturday & Sunday, 9 am to 4 pm. Entrance gates close 30 minutes prior to the farm closing. 

Memorial Day at Sunset Walk Promenade: 3251 Margaritaville Blvd, Kissimmee, FL

Join Promenade at Sunset Walk for Memorial Day Weekend as we honor the men and women of our military who died in service to our country.

Live performances by:

  • Tim Hamlin — Americana and classic rock
  • Jason Link — Country to rock ’n’ roll
  • The Boots — Performing a high-energy, eclectic mix of top 40, rock ’n’ roll, dance, and more

Plus:

  • DJ Scotty B
  • Street Performers

Free admission. Outdoor event, rain or shine.

On the Go in MCO SeaWorld Orlando Electric Ocean 2021 On the Go in the Parks

Electric Ocean at SeaWorld Orlando: SeaWorld Orlando 

SeaWorld Orlando’s award-winning summer event, Electric Ocean returns May 28 with more hours of fun featuring new daytime experiences and nighttime favorites. 

Electric Ocean brings longer park hours and allows guests to voyage into an exotic underwater world filled with dazzling lights, electrifying dance music, and brilliant evening energy that sparks as the sunsets. (Cause who doesn’t love fireworks???)

There are new shows, entertainment, food, and returning favorites to enjoy! 

And with their Memorial Day sale you can save up to 50% on tickets, fun cards, and annual passes!!!

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GATOR WEEK Returns to Wild Florida

Wild Florida Gator Week 2021

For 10 years Wild Florida, located on Lake Cypress in Kenansville, has been sharing their passion for protecting, conserving, and enhancing Florida’s diverse ecosystem including the often misunderstood alligators.

To help share their knowledge and to foster an appreciation for some of Florida’s most misunderstood residents, Wild Florida will once again host its annual Gator Week from May 24 to 29, offering special programming with FREE Gator Park admission to everyone who brings in spare change (more on this in a moment). 

Wild Florida Gator Week 2021

During Gator Week Wild Florida focuses on educating guests, debunking common myths, and developing a more positive attitude towards these reptiles through unique experiences highlighting alligator behaviors.

Sam Haught, co-owner of Wild Florida, announced, “We look forward to this event all year, and we’re excited to celebrate alligators with visitors in new and fun ways. From alligator cake decorating contests to gator jumpathons, we love that these demonstrations and activities build a connection between our guests and our environment in creative and unique ways.” 

Highlights of Gator Week 2021

  • May 24, 2021: Alligator Expert Despite their tough exterior, alligators and crocodiles get sick just the same as we do. Join Wild Florida experts in the Gator Pavilion at 1 p.m. to hear about the different ailments they experience and how they are treated.
  • May 26, 2021: Gator Jumpathon Contest – People often think alligators can only hunt for food that happens to go for a swim, but their powerful tails can help propel half of their body out of the water and into the air. During the Gator Jumpathon contest, you’ll get to experience what it’s like to hunt and jump for your food. Want to join the fun?  Sign-up to participate! After you sign-up, a Wild Florida team member will reach out to you with the Gator Jumpathon details for the day so you’ll get to see what it’s like to jump for your food like an alligator!
  • May 28, 2021: “Gator Green” Pie Eating Contest – Alligators can only use their mighty jaws to bite and hold on to their food. Unlike humans, they aren’t able to pick up and grab their food with their hands. The alligator-themed pie-eating contestwill allow guests to unleash their inner alligator! Want to join the fun? Sign-up to participate! After you sign-up, a Wild Florida team member will reach out to you with the “Gator Green: Pie Eating Contest details for the day to see who can eat a green pie the fastest WITHOUT using your hands!
  • May 29, 2021: National Alligator Day – Earlier this year, Wild Florida helped establish a National Alligator Day to be recognized annually on May 29,  giving alligators the official recognition they deserve. To celebrate, they’re throwing a huge 1st birthday party throughout their Gator Park with balloons, cupcakes, and more to celebrate the 1st EVER National Alligator Day.
Wild Florida Gator Week 2021

This Gator Week is also extra special as Wild Florida’s adult albino alligators, Snowflake and Blizzard, have produced their third batch of eggs.

At the end of Gator Week, Wild Florida will also celebrate the inaugural #NationalAlligatorDay on Saturday, May 29th.

So what about the spare change? During Gator Week, Wild Florida is trying to collect Crusher’s (their largest alligator) weight in spare change to benefit Croc Fest.

Wild Florida Gator Week 2019

Be sure to check out www.GatorWeek.com for the full schedule of events. 

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