Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Near Florida Mall
8700 S Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32809
Phone: (407) 996-4600
Fax: (407) 996-4601
Orlando Watersports Complex is located north of downtown and provides its visitors with exciting watersports all year round. This unusual water park offers several ways to play in the water such as waterskiing, wakeskating, wakeboarding and kneeboarding for riders of every level from novice to pro. It is open almost every day of the year (weather permitting) and appointments are available for closed sessions. Courses include cable runs with speed selections starting at 5 miles per hour and going up to 36 miles, along with launch ramps, table-top, barrel, flat bar and other obstacles for wakeboarders and wakeskaters. Orlando Watersports Complex provides special events, lessons, camps, rentals of all gear needed, and several price packages with various options to choose from. - Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Opened in December '03, David Harman designed, this par-72 (7,205 yard) championship golf course featuring undulating fairways and interconnected waterways. Bordered by a natural backdrop of dense oaks and pines, Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Club lies along historic Shingle Creek headwaters to the Florida Everglades, providing an ideal and unforgettable golf experience. For further information, call 1866 996 9933 (Toll free).
Par 58 Regular Tees: 3417 yards / Slope 82 This 1968 Joe Lee design is flat with fairways rimmed by pine trees. It's greens are quite small and elevated above the fairways. The rolling greens are also protected by a number of sand traps. Of the four par-4s, two measure 370 to 380 yards. The par-3s run from 108 to 188 yards. All things considered, this is a pleasant and well-thought-out executive course open to the public. Metal spikes are tolerated but not encouraged.
Putting Edge Fun Center, located in the Festival Bay Mall on International Drive in Orlando, is not the typical putt-putt course most people are used to playing. Guest of all ages can play a round or two of miniature golf on an unusual and very entertaining glow-in-the-dark course. This indoor course comes to life with amazing out of this world vivid and dazzlingly colored surroundings. Putting Edge Fun Center provides upbeat music playing in the background that creates an entertaining setting for the entire family. The arcade area features the latest in video games to play as well. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Aquatica is a whimsical, one-of-a-kind waterpark that’s only in Orlando and could only come from SeaWorld. There is one river where you float through an undersea world of colorful fish and another races you into rolling rapids. There are also slides that spin and soak you, and their incredible signature ride – two awesome, enclosed tube slides that send you speeding through a lively lagoon filled with playful, black and white Commerson’s dolphins. Delight in the serene-to-extreme waters in the gigantic double wave pools and soak in the sun (or the cooling shade) on the white sand beach. Aquatica is where the fun is as endless as the sea itself.
All kids and many grownups love this place. It offers a 10,000-square-foot, two-story arcade filled with high-tech video games. Outside, you'll find time-tested rides like go-karts, bumper cars and bumper boats. The park's KidsSpot offers mild thrills appropriate for children ages 2-6. If all this activity leaves you hungry, eat at the on-site snack bar. Admission is free, but you do pay for each ride you take and each arcade game you play.
Thrills are for sharing! Only Wet 'n Wild Orlando gives you more themed, multi-person thrill rides than any other water park around. Signature hits like Disco H2O, Brain Wash, The Flyer and more — high-speed, seriously twisted, multi-person family adventures that let you experience the excitement with up to four people at a time. So whether you visit with friends or family, Wet 'n Wild makes it easy to feel the fun and share the rush!
Hoist your jib and set your sails for this pitch and putt course, where playing putt-putt is a little like walking the plank. You'll find plenty of pirate references to amuse you, including shipwrecks and skulls with eye patches, but don't worry, Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf is strictly family fare. From its two separate courses to its complimentary leis, it's a tropical tee-off, as you escape cascading waterfalls and rubber swords. Don't forget to check out the snack bar on your way out, and you can't leave without a handful of free Pirate's Cove stickers, plastic doubloon rings and pirate flags.
One of the first theme parks to open in Orlando, SeaWorld has been operating here for more than 30 years. The 200 acres of attractions and animal shows make this a perennial favorite with Florida visitors. Many new attractions and rides have been added to the original fun including a laser-fireworks-water extravaganza and high-tech thrill rides. The park also hosts a number of family-friendly events, including February's Bud & BBQ Fest. See website for latest info.
Congo River Adventure Golf is conveniently located on International Drive near the Universal Orlando Resort, and it provides a fun time for the whole family. This miniature golfing center offers two very creative courses to choose from—the "Livingstone" and the "Stanley"—or you can purchase a specially priced admission ticket to play on both courses. The grounds of the courses are lushly landscaped, multi-leveled, and offer a number of challenging obstacles like gushing waterfalls, various caves and rocky peaks. Congo River Adventure Golf also has an arcade with the latest games to play and offers refreshments to purchase, plus it's the home of several gators that you can feed, if you dare.
This just might be the most fun you and your family will have in Orlando! Mini golf just doesn’t get any better. Swing to the sounds of reggae, ska, and soca on an 18-hole golf course that winds through a 4-story volcano that frequently erupts in flames. Motion activated life size dinosaurs seem to appear out of nowhere. Putt your way to fun through a lush tropical landscape that offers more surprises and challenges at every hole. There are suspended bridges, cascading waterfalls, a meandering river with paddleboats, glow in the dark caves and parrot shows for exploration and enjoyment. The Lava Lagoon Gift Shop has a great selection of gifts so you can take home memories of your day at Tiki Island Volcano Golf.
When you have decided you have finished playing around and need help playing a round, consider a visit to Grande Vista Golf Club. Located on Marriott Grande Vista Resort property, this 35 acre golf course is set on a gorgeous location near the Florida Everglades and is surrounded by trees. Grande Vista Golf Club has a nine hole course, a putting course and practice grounds. The golf course encourages this game to be a family activity by offering specials for children 15 years old and younger who play after 3p with their parents. Private instruction is also available.