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Orlando has grown in leaps and bounds since Walt Disney World opened its doors in 1971. And, what amazes me most about Orlando is that every time I visit  living in nearby Vero Beach, I have been coming to Orlando in Central Florida at least a half-dozen times each year for nearly four decades  I find plenty of new attractions to see and explore.
 
Known worldwide as "theme park central," Orlando has seven major theme parks that are constantly adding new attractions, shows, shops and restaurants. Four of the parks are at Walt Disney World Resort: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom. Two are at Universal Orlando Resort: Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. The seventh major themed attraction is SeaWorld Orlando.
 
Since Orlando is both a port of call and pre- or post-cruise destination, we are presenting a wide variety of possibilities that may be of interest both to the traveler who has one day and the one who has multiple days.
 
Whenever I sail on a cruise from Port Canaveral (the nearest port to Orlando, less than an hour's drive from the city's international airport), there is so much to do in Orlando that I try to spend a day or two, pre-cruise, relaxing and unwinding prior to setting sail. (Cruise lines that market to travelers from the U.K., Europe and beyond often offer fly-stay programs.)
 
Cruise ships dock at Port Canaveral, about 54 miles from the Orlando International Airport, less than an hour's drive. Enjoy a cruise to the Bahamas, Eastern, Western and Southern Caribbean and other tropical destinations or even  a half-day gaming cruise.  Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International offer a variety of cruises from 3-,4-,5-,7-,8 and 9-day cruises. You also can sail twice daily on five-hour junkets to nowhere on Victory Casino Cruises.
 
Where You're Cruise Ship Docked
Port Canaveral is truly a unique place of departure and is Florida’s fastest growing cruise port. Located just 45 miles east  of Orlando.
 
Cruise Terminal #1 - 9050 Discovery Road
Cruise Terminal #3 - 2020 Christopher Columbus Drive
Cruise Terminal #5 - 9245 Charles Rowland Drive
Cruise Terminal #6 - 9241 Charles Rowland Drive
Cruise Terminal #8 - 9155 Charles Rowland Drive
Cruise Terminal #10 - 9005 Charles Rowland Drive
 
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Parking Directions
 
Port Canaveral is located in Brevard County, Florida's east coast, easily reachable by an efficient system of highways. State roads 528 , 520, and 50 are the Port's east-west highway links. These highways intersect with U.S. Highway 1, Interstate 95, the Florida Turnpike and Interstate 4 to provide excellent access to and from Port Canaveral.
Directions from Airports
 
From Orlando International Airport (MCO) This airport is approximately 45 minutes west of Port Canaveral. Take the North Exit from the Airport, staying to the right, to S.R. 528 East. Take S.R. 528 directly to Port Canaveral.
 
From Melbourne International Airport (MLB)
Melbourne International Airport (MLB) is located approximately 25 miles (40 minutes) south of Port Canaveral. Exit east (left) out of the airport onto NASA oulevard and follow to U.S. Highway 1. Turn left (north) onto U.S Highway 1. Travel approximately 20 minutes on U.S. Highway 1 past the intersection of S.R. 520 in Cocoa about one mile to the S.R. 528 exit. Exit and travel east on S.R. 528 for approximately 10 miles, crossing the Indian River, Merritt Island and the Banana River to reach Port Canaveral.
 
From Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB)
The airport is approximately 1 hour northwest of Port Canaveral. Exit the airport south to the Central Florida Greenway (Toll Road 417). Go south 23 miles to S.R. 528's (the Beach line Expressway) eastbound exit. Go east (37 miles) to the Port.
 
From Space Coast Regional Airport (TIX)
This airport is located about 20 minutes from the Port in Titusville FL. Exit and drive east for three blocks; turn south onto U.S. Highway 1 to the Beach line Expressway (S.R. 528) and follow this east to the Port.
 
From Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB)
Daytona Beach International Airport is about 75 miles north of Port Canaveral. Take I-95 south to S.R. 528 East and follow to the Port.
 
Visitors can have the ultimate Florida vacation by combining the Orlando theme parks and Space Coast attractions such as Kennedy Space Center with a cruise from Port  Canaveral for one trip, two vacations and twice the fun!  Millions of visitors have discovered how easy and pleasant it is to cruise from Orlando’s Fun Port. Our uncongested highways feature digital signage along State Road 528 and -95. From  convenient airports-- Orlando International, Orlando Sanford and Melbourne International-- arriving at Port Canaveral is simple, easy and stress free.

For those who fly to their cruise, renting a car is an excellent choice, both for day-trippers and for those who are staying multiple days, because attractions are spread out.
 
 
Getting Around
By Car: For those who fly to their cruise, renting a car is an excellent choice, both for day-trippers and for those who are staying multiple days, because attractions are spread out. Secure parking is available at the pier, and most hotels offer stay-and-park packages for cruise passengers.
 
Renting a car is a good option, since the port is an easy 50-minute drive from Orlando International Airport. Avis, Hertz and Budget all have rental offices close to the pier. There are free shuttles at the pier for pickup, passengers can drop their cars off at the nearby rental office, and the rental companies have free shuttles to the pier. Those staying in Orlando post-cruise can return rental cars at the Orlando International Airport.
 
By Taxi or Shuttle: All cruise lines offer shuttles from the Orlando airport as part of cruise packages, or they may be arranged separately. In the port area, Art's Shuttle (321-783-2112), Blue Dolphin Shuttle (321-433-0011) and Busy Traveler Transportation (800-496-7433) all offer shuttle transportation. Beasley's Limousine (321-453-3680) and Hot Rayz Limousines (321-412-2202) offer limo service. Taxis are always available at the pier.
 
Florida Sunshine Shuttle offers pre-arranged transportation from Port Canaveral to Orlando for $115 one way, $215 roundtrip (for up to four passengers, so perhaps you can enlist tablemates or other friends to come along with you and share the fare). Elite Transportation also offers pre-arranged, private transportation for up to four people in a town car ($285 roundtrip plus 20 percent gratuity); one-way from the port to Orlando runs $145 for up to four people in a town car. Enlist others to share the cost
 
Local Port Canaveral transportation: If you want to stay in the area, there is limited shuttle service offered by cruise tour desks to Cocoa Beach (a small coastal city that is adjacent to the even smaller Cape Canaveral). There are also independent shuttle services that operate from the port. (The shuttle drops you across from Ron Jon's Surf Shop; the Cocoa Beach pier, with its restaurants and bars, is a solid half-mile hike north.) The shuttle also goes to Merritt Island and drops off at Wal-Mart and a local mall. It picks up every 20 minutes.
 
In Orlando: The I-Ride Trolley runs up and down International Drive or "I-Drive", as the locals call it. This major road is the site of many restaurants, attractions, nightclubs, hotels and shops. It costs $1.25 per adult to ride one way ($4 for an all-day pass). The trolley operates from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and makes 100 stops, stopping every 20 minutes or so. Children, 12 and younger, ride free with a paying adult.
 
Lynx offers public transportation to theme parks and tourist destinations in Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties. (Seven-day passes are available.) It also provides the free Lymmo Bus in downtown Orlando. The bus goes back and forth from the Central Plex area to City Hall.
 
Many Orlando hotels offer complimentary shuttles to the Disney theme parks and/or Universal Orlando parks. Guests staying at Disney resorts have complimentary bus, launch and/or monorail transportation to all the Disney theme parks; water parks; Downtown Disney shopping, dining and entertainment complex; and other attractions on Disney property.
 
Port facilities are contemporary but offer no services. Jetty Park is located at the east end of the port, near the Southside terminals. It has an oceanfront beach with year-round lifeguards, a snack bar, campground, children's playground, a bait-and-tackle shop and a lighted 1,000-foot-long fishing pier. In addition, the Cove area at Port Canaveral offers waterfront dining, and Cove Marketplace offers shopping.
 
Things To See and Do
Especially cruising, can be a vacation in itself, but what if you find yourself in the area a day or two before or after your cruise? So unless you live nearby to Florida, it’s a good idea to stay the night before your cruise somewhere between Orlando and Canaveral. Obviously, spending the extra day at Walt Disney World is a great option, but there are interesting diversions much closer to the port that can be relaxing or exciting as well as educational and surprising.
 
Port Caneveral
In particular, there are 4 sites that are wonderful to visit, whether you have the whole family with you or if you’re kid-free. All have been popular attractions for many years and all will give you experiences that are quite different from the cruise you’ll be taking.

Considering that the four provide significantly different experiences, There is  list based on distance from the Cruise Line Terminal, rather than ranking them. The furthest is only a 30 minute drive, while the closest is literally right around the corner from the terminal.
 
The Brevard Zoo
The Brevard Zoo is an excellent smaller zoo. Situated on 75 acres, it has an impressive number of animal species, including giraffe, white rhino, cheetah, jaguar, wolf and kangaroo. The zoo calls itself “A small zoo that does big things”. In March, 2014, they opened a new exhibit – Meerkat Hamlet – with an adorable new colony of meerkats. That’s just one of the many exhibits and activities available at the zoo.
Admission to the zoo is $16 for adults, $15 for seniors and $12 for children 2-12 in age.

The zoo sports several themed areas based on Africa, Asia, Australia, South America and Florida. They also have a play area and petting zoo. These areas are included with admission. Other activities include giraffe feeding ($2), lorikeet and cockatiel feeding ($1), the Cape to Cairo Express train ride (10 minute rides are $3 per person), guided kayaking tours through the Africa area ($6 per person); self-guided paddle boat rides through the wetlands in the Wild Florida area ($15 for a four-person boat for 30 minutes), a rhino encounter (20 minute encounters are $15 per person) and Treetop Trek adventures which include tightropes, crab walks, jungle bridges, nets and zip lines. The Treetop Trek is available at different skill, age and fitness levels ($22-65 per person depending on trek course).

There are larger, more natural habitats for many of the animals so you don’t see as many cages as you might expect in a smaller zoo. The Florida native animal area is particularly nice and a great place to explore Florida’s wildlife up-close. The habitats for the white rhino, giraffe and cheetah get you as close to the animals as in any big zoo. The facility is organized as a hub with the different environments radiating out from the center. This makes it fairly easy to navigate.
 
A white rhino resting at the Brevard Zoo.
The zoo has a standard snack bar with basic lunch items in the center and a nice gift shop. It also has plenty of volunteers around to help people learn about the animals and is stroller and wheelchair-friendly.
The Brevard Zoo is open daily from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Located only 28 miles from Port Canaveral; its address is 8225 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32940. The zoo is pretty easy to find, as it’s just a ¼ mile east of Interstate 95 on Wickham Road, though the sign for the zoo is partly hidden. The phone is 321.254.9453 and the website is www.brevardzoo.org.
 
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
The Kennedy Space Center is the obvious choice for an entertaining and educational day in the part of Florida known as the Space Coast. It’s one of the largest tourist destinations in Florida and for many people it probably does not require much of an introduction. Other than the beaches, Kennedy Space Center reaps the highest attendance numbers on central Florida’s Atlantic coast. Founded in 1967, the visitor complex, which is now operated separately from the Kennedy space launch complex, is older than Walt Disney World.

The entrance to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex with the Rocket Garden in the back. When you get Port Canaveral, you’ll observe a heavily built-up light industrial area, yet traveling the 20 miles to Kennedy Space Center you’ll pass through areas that have never been developed, a situation nearly unique on the coast of Florida. The Space Center rests on 309 square miles of federal land, comprised of Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore. Nature seems comfortable living side by side with some of our most advanced activities.

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is located away from the main Space Center area including the launch pads which are still in use. The complex is comprised of a several buildings which house exhibits, simulator attractions, IMAX movie theaters, counter-service restaurants and gift shops. Everything in the complex is included in admission ($50 for adults, $40 for children 3-11 in age – parking is $10).

There are two IMAX movies currently running – Hubble 3D and Space Station 3D. Both are excellent; though the screens on which they are presented are showing their age. The complex also houses a rocket garden which showcases many rockets to view close up. There are interesting exhibits on the role of robots in exploration, the early years of space exploration including the Mercury missions and stunning photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope. The Space Shuttle Atlantis and Shuttle Launch Experience is the complex’s latest production with a state-of-the-art flight simulator that recreates a shuttle launch. In a nod to popular culture, it also has an Angry Birds Space encounter. You can also meet and speak directly with an astronaut, do hands-on simulation work and learn about the Space Center’s current space flight activities and launches.

Also included with admission is a bus tour of the space center on which you’ll get close to the launch sites for all the shuttle and Apollo space flights, as well as the massive Vehicle Assembly Building, built originally to house and assemble the giant Saturn V rockets for the Apollo moon missions. The bus ultimately drops guests off at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, which is dedicated to the moon landings.
 
Astronaut and the Astronaut Training Experience.
Bus tours: The Launch Control Center tour includes a visit to the control room where many Space Shuttle launches were supervised; Cape Canaveral: Then and Now Tour is where visitors explore the beginnings of the space program by seeing the sites for the Mercury and Gemini launches in the 1950s and 1960s as well as take a look into what the Space Center is currently launching; and the Explore Tour gives visitors access to locations such as the launch countdown clock, active launch pads and the Shuttle Landing Facility. Each of these is $25 for adults, $19 for children.

The Astronaut Training Experience is where visitors can train and then explore what it feels like to launch and pilot a space shuttle mission. It’s $175 per person and lasts much of the day.
Lunch with an Astronaut is a truly interesting experience. This is likely the only place in the world where an average person can easily interact with someone who has been in space. The cost is $30 for adults and $16 for children.

The experience lasted for over an hour. Apart from the astronaut’s presentation, .At the end tour  astronaut’s posed for photos with all the guests. it's worth the money.
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is open daily at 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Located only 20 miles from Port Canaveral, just put in Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899 in your GPS. Driving directions are available. The phone is 866.737.5235 and the helpful website is www.kennedyspacecenter.com.
 
Planning a Trip
Visitor Information -- For information on the area, contact the Florida Space Coast Office of Tourism/Brevard County Tourist Development Council, 8810 Astronaut Blvd., Ste. 102, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920 (tel. 800/872-1969 or 321/868-1126; www.space-coast.com). The office is in the Sheldon Cove building, on Fla. A1A a block north of Central Boulevard, and is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. It also operates an information booth at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
 
Cocoa Village
Cocoa Village is the restored and well-maintained downtown area of the town of Cocoa. To avoid confusion, Cocoa Beach is the world-famous city and beach whereas the town of Cocoa is on the mainland across the Indian River from Cocoa Beach. Comprising of over 80 merchants and restaurants in a six by four block area, Cocoa Village has something for everyone.
 
Signs showing a selection of shops in Cocoa Village.
Located about 12 miles south of Port Canaveral, Cocoa Village is a quick drive away. There’s no admission and a good amount of free street parking. There are also several parking lots. When people arrive, they immediately are welcomed to the area by tree-shaded streets lined with flower-decked brightly-painted store fronts. There’s a nice park for the kids, views of the river and Merritt Island, historic buildings and an ambiance that says “Southern charm”.
The village is the home of the Florida Historical Society and the Cocoa Village Playhouse which has critically-acclaimed theatre productions from September through June, many of them family-friendly. There are also several antique shops, craft shops and even a magic shop. The clothing shops include both vintage and new fashions as well as shoes and accessories. To go with your new attire, you can grab a massage and get your hair and nails done to look your best for your cruise. Top your day off with a great meal at one of the several restaurants ranging from up-scale to funky, Thai-style to Florida fresh caught seafood.
Depending on the time of the year, there are several events held in the village. The Central Florida Car Show is in April, the Sip and Stroll in February and arts and craft fairs are held in March, May, October and December. All events are popular and load the village with even more fun activities. The Sip and Stoll is an event with a cover charge (in 2014 it was $25 at the event, $20 if purchased beforehand) where attendees get a commemorative wine glass and shopping bag and can wander through the village sampling wines, tasting snacks and checking out special deals at each store.
Cocoa Village's Taylor Park and playground.
The village always seems to be bustling with people. It’s mostly locals, which makes it nice for the person visiting the area, since the merchants really enjoy seeing new faces. The irony is that many tourists drive past it on their way to the super touristy Ron Jon Surf Shop at the beach. Take my advice. Your day is much better spent in the village.
The Historic Cocoa Village Merchants’ Association address is 1 Oleander St, Ste 2, Cocoa, FL 32922. It’s located right off of West King Road (SR 520) just before the bridge to Merritt Island. The website lists shops and restaurants in the village as well as a map: www.visitcocoavillage.com.
 
Jetty Park
Is there fun right around the corner from a cruise ship terminal? You bet! Jetty Park is a great place to sample the beautiful white sands of the Florida Atlantic coast. A favorite with locals, it can be busy on weekends, but what really makes it great is the weekdays are quiet because Cocoa and Daytona beaches are where all the tourists go. http://www.jettypark.org/

Jetty Park has three specific parts. First is the beach. Because it’s on the south side of the jetty, generally the surf is calmer, which is nice for the little ones. The beach is staffed by lifeguards. Second is the pier on the jetty which shoots out from the beach. The 1200 foot pier is a terrific place to fish and as a bonus, the best place to watch cruise ships and the Navy’s Trident ballistic missile submarines head to sea. The jetty marks the southern shore of the Canaveral Ship Channel so ships pass within a few hundred feet of it. The third part is the Jetty Park Campground. More on that later.
Admission to Jetty Park is $10 per carload.

The beach is similar to others in the area – dazzling white sand, blue water and the fun of shell collecting. In the center of the park is a large shop and snack bar. The snack bar serves up sandwiches, burgers and rather tasty fish tacos. The shop has all the basic needs. Beachgoers can also rent chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, paddle boards and boogie boards. Aspiring anglers can even rent poles and tackle. On the pier,
 
Orlando
The city of Orlando is located in one of the world's most visited tourist regions, which draws tens of million visitors every year. Among its principal tourist attractions are Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando, and Universal Orlando. Within easy reach, too, is the Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral. The establishment of these mega-amusement parks has encouraged other investors, and there are tens of thousands hotel and motel beds in the Orlando area, thousands of restaurants, countless golf courses, and numerous other attractions great and small.Orlando has a subtropical climate with hot and rainy weather from May to October and cooler temperatures from November to April that brings less frequent rainfall.
 
Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World is Florida's most popular family attraction and has been for many years. Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot Theme Park, and MGM Studios are just some of the highlights that have long entertained children and parents. There is enough to see and do to keep families occupied for days on end. Additions such as Downtown Disney now cater to a more adult crowd, with shopping, restaurants, theaters, and music venues.
 
SeaWorld
Orlando's SeaWorld, with its huge aquariums, dolphin and whale shows, touch pools, and extensive list of rides, draws a large family crowd. It also allows opportunities for close up encounters with dolphins and other residents. SeaWorld in Orlando is among the world's largest marine parks.
Official site: http://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-orlando

Universal Studios
Universal Studios offers a look at the film studio of Universal studios, but also offers all kinds of other attractions and entertainment. This combination theme park and working studio was designed in consultation with Steven Spielberg to give visitors an interactive experience with the movies. As a result the attraction is designed to entertain adults and children and draws a large number of families.
 
There are two different theme parks at Universal; Universal Studios Florida, and Universal's Islands of Adventure. Each of these offers something a little different. The first offers a look at the studios and Islands of Adventure is where visitors will find theme areas with rides and eye catching sights. Many visitors spend much more time here than they had anticipated.
 
City Walk, also part of Universal, is a huge entertainment complex, featuring dining, shopping, movies, and other day and night entertainment.
 
Discovery Cove
Located next to SeaWorld Orlando, Discovery Cove is one of the areas premier attractions. Visitors can experience some of the mysteries of the sea in an island resort setting. Some of the options including swimming with the dolphins, snorkeling along a reef, and wading among stingrays. On land you can relax in lounge chairs in the tropical setting.
 
Visitors can purchase an all inclusive one day pass but due to the extreme popularity of Discovery Cove you are best off booking a reservation well in advance during peak season. Address: 6000 Discovery Cove Way, Orlando, FL 32821-6000, United States, Official site: http://www.discoverycove.ca/

Typhoon Lagoon
Typhoon Lagoon is one of Disney's most popular water parks, with all kinds of slides and rides, a wave pool for surfing, and areas for small children to enjoy themselves. Shark Reef gives visitors an opportunity to swim with leopard and bonnethead sharks, along with sting rays and other fish. Official site: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/typhoon-lagoon/

Islands of Adventure
Located at Universal Orlando, Islands of Adventure has five unique islands, each designed in their own theme, complete with rides and various other forms of entertainment.
 
Wet 'N Wild
One of Florida's first water parks, Wet 'N Wild contains enough fun and thrill rides to entertain people all day long. On site are a wave pool, water slides, chutes, raft rides and flumes. There are both individual and multi-person rides. Some of the highlights include "The Surge", a six-story speed slide, and "Bomb Bay" where the rider is dropped in a capsule from a great height.
 
For those looking for a little less adventure but just as much fun there is a Lazy River where you can drift down a man made river in an inner tube. Official site: http://www.wetnwildorlando.com/
Orlando Science Center
The Orlando Science Center showcases several branches of science from mechanics to biology and applied technology. There are a variety of themed exhibits. Among the top favorites is "Kids Town". Kids Town is available to children under 48 inches tall with stimulating interactive exhibits. There are also laser shows and large format films at the Dr. Phillips CineDome.
 
In addition to the exhibit galleries the Science Center presents touring exhibits from across the country.
Address: 777 East Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803-1291, United States, Official site: http://www.osc.org/

Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe
Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine was built in the 1980s. This large church can seat 2,000 people and is adorned with impressive stained glass windows. The church contains an 8 ft marble statue of Mary, created by sculptor Jill Burkee. In the outdoor chapel is another sculpture of the Mother and Child by Jerzy Kenar.
 
On site is a museum with religious sculptures, paintings, and a relic of Saint Desiderius. Also of interest is the Pilgrimage Center, offering information on the history of the Christian Pilgrimage.
 
This Catholic Church serves the many visitors to the Orlando area as a place of worship. Address: 8300 Vineland Avenue, Orlando, FL 32821, United States, Official site: http://www.maryqueenoftheuniverse.org/

Gatorland
Gatorland has thousands of alligators, crocodiles and other reptiles, some of which perform in daily shows and demonstrations. The "Alligator Jumparoo" show and "Gator Wrestlin'" are two examples. The facility is also home to rare leucistic alligators which are white.
A small train does rounds on the grounds and an observation tower provides views of the breeding marsh and surrounding region.
 
One of the more recent additions to Gatorland is the zip line that runs over top of alligators and crocodiles. For the less adventurous there is still the self guided swamp walk, and kids will enjoy the Gator Gully Splash Park. Address: 14501 South Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837, United States. Official site: http://www.gatorland.com/
Note: Guests staying at Disney resorts have an added bonus: "Extra Magic Hours," when the parks open early or stay open late for guests of the Disney resorts. (Hotels have schedules that vary each week. Disney resort I.D. cards must be presented at the park.) 
 
Eating Out
 
Port Canveral
The Cove is a waterfront recreation area at Port Canaveral with restaurants, lounges, shops, charter boats and a casino ship. Many Cove restaurants have outdoor tables and tiki bars, great locations for watching the cruise ships glide by regally or just enjoying an onshore breeze. When the sun goes down, the fun doesn't end. It gets livelier...with DJs, live bands, dancing and karaoke. Feel free to explore. There's amazing variety within easy walking distance. (And if you like camping, you could be just an easy stroll from your bed when the evening ends.)
 
On the Cocoa Beach Pier (www.cocoabeachpier.com), at the beach end of Meade Avenue, you'll get a fine view down the coast to accompany the seafood offerings at Atlantic Ocean Grill (tel. 321/783-7549) and the mediocre pub fare at Marlins Good Times Bar & Grill (same phone). The restaurants may not justify spending an entire evening on the pier, but the outdoor, tin-roofed Mai Tiki Bar, where live music plays most nights, is a prime spot to have a cold one while watching the surfers or a sunset.
 
Grills Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar
Located directly on the water, the fish often moves directly from the docks to the kitchen at this well-trafficked seafood restaurant. They take full advantage of this fact, offering up a catch of the day that is the most popular item on the menu. You'll also find a variety of crab, shrimp and lobster options. Beer and wine are available as well. A Tiki bar located out back provides an excellent place to dine outdoors. Live entertainment enhances the atmosphere and the service is fast and friendly.
 
Milliken's Reef Restaurant --- While seafood is there specialty, Milliken's Reef offers up a diverse pastas, chicken and beef dishes, with oysters being a signature dish. There is also a kids' menu. The ambiance is very laid back, though it is often crowded enough to give the place a lot of energy. They serve lunch and dinner seven days a week and they remain open late, so it is a good option if you are looking for a late night drink or snack.
Milliken's Reef Restaurant? 683 Dave Nisbet Dr Cape Canaveral, FL 32920 321-783-0100 www.millikensreef.com
 
Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill -- If you are about to get on a cruise and want to get the party started a little early, head over to Fishlips. This waterfront bar and grill features plenty of entertainment options, including a long standing dueling pianos performance, that lends a festive atmosphere to every meal. On the menu, you'll find seafood, burgers, sandwiches and steaks, all at a reasonable price. Various specials throughout the week, including all you can eat crab legs, provide an even greater value. They are open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and remain open after midnight every night except for Sundays.
Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill? 610 Glen Cheek Drive Cape Canaveral, FL 32920 321-784-4533 www.fishlipswaterfront.com
 
Orlando
Discover a wide variety of dining experiences, locations and menu items at the Disneyland Resort, including those for every taste and budget. Enjoy several types of dining options, such as:
Character Dining: Meet Disney Characters during meal times.
Casual Dining: Dine in a relaxed atmosphere with table service.
Signature Dining: Delight in a memorable table service experience with culinary masterpieces.
Unique and Themed Dining: Relish a creative cuisine in a casual atmosphere.
Quick Service: Grab a snack or meal.

Bars and Lounges: Enjoy a variety of libations, from award-winning wine collections to specialty cocktails, in cozy to lively atmospheres.

It’s recommended that you make dining reservations at table-service restaurants in the Disneyland Resort up to 60 days before your visit. There are, however, plenty of quick-service restaurants and snack locations available throughout the Resort. Make dining reservations online or call (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463. Guest under age 18 must have parent or guardian permission to call.

Shopping 
From themed shopping boutiques to outlet malls and everything in between, makes Orlando area a shopper's mecca. Sof the hottest shop till you drop places.

Altamonte Mall - has added 15 new stores this year to their outstanding lineup of specialty shops, department stores and restaurants, including the area's only Gap Body and Charlotte Russe. Come discover the exciting new look of some of your favorite stores!

Belz Festival Bay Mall is exciting 1,000,000-square-foot retail and entertainment center with the finest one-of-a-kind-to-the-Orlando-market retailers! Join famous names like Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Cinemark Theaters, Vans Skatepark, Sheplers Western Wear, Steve & Barry's University Sportswear and Ron Jon Surf Shop.

Florida Mall - The Florida Mall is Central Florida's largest and most dynamic shopping center. This international, family-friendly shopping destination welcomes more than 20 million visitors per year and spans nearly 1.8 million square feet. Shoppers enjoy more than 250 fine stores and restaurants, including many exclusive to Central Florida, such as a Zara flagship store, American Girl, The Disney Store, and one of only five worldwide M&M's World stores. The Florida Mall also features Dillard's, JCPenney, and Macys as well as fashion-forward concepts such as Michael Kors, H&M, A/X Armani Exchange and XXI Forever. Guests can look forward to a spectacular new Dining Pavilion in the summer 2015 that promises more dining choices and health conscious options and the highly anticipated Crayola Experience, which will be opened in Summer, 2015.

Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores - Located just over a mile from Walt Disney World. Your favorite designers and name brands at incredible savings everyday, a delicious food court, and our exciting events make Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores a shopper's paradise.

The Mall at Millenia - 150 of the world's finest stores, services and eateries providing visitors an unparalleled shopping experience. Central Florida's only Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale's anchor The Mall at Millenia along with Macy's. Visitors will be tempted by an international collection of brand name stores, including Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Emporio Armani, Cartier, Burberry, Salvatore Ferragamo, Jimmy Choo and Zara. Other tempting stores include, Tiffany & Co., Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Victoria's Secret, Juicy Couture, Coach and David Yurman. 4200 Conroy Road, Orlando, FL 32839

Osceola Square Mall - Enjoy Kissimmee's only enclosed mall with over 50 great specialty shops, movie theaters and food court. Features Beall's, Upton's, Eckert Drugs, Ross Dress for Less, Morrison's Cafeteria.3831 W Irlo Bronson Mem. Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34741
 
Oveido Mall - This mall is filled with many brand name stores. Located near Seminole towncenter mall.
Pointe Orlando International Drive Mall - Is the closest mall to Orange County Convention Center. This open air,dining and entertainment complex includes more than 60 specialty retailers and seven excellent restaurants.

Orlando Premium Outlets Vineland Road - Stroll through their Mediterranean style village that offers a large collection of designer brands at great savings of 25% -65% off every day. 150 stores featuring AG Adriano Goldschmied, Barneys New York Outlet, Burberry, Coach, Diesel, Dior, Fendi, Frette, Giorgio Armani, Lucky Brand Jeans, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Salvatore Ferragamo and more.

Premium Outlets International Drive. Formally Prime Outlet welcome's you to Orlando's newest kingdom, devoted to shopping! With over 125 of the hottest brands including new additions like HUGO BOSS Factory Store, Tourneau, Tumi, White House|Black Market, Converse, Espirit, Gymboree Outlet, Clarks Bostonian Outlet and Central Florida's only Neiman Marcus LAST CALL, as well as favorites like Coach Factory, Gap Outlet, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike Factory Store and The Children's Place... imagine finding everything you need or want in one unbelievable location.

Seminole Towne Center - Discover the elegance of shopping at Seminole Towne Center. Delight in visiting your favorite stores, including Burdines, Dillard's, CPenney, Parisian and Sears. Find just what you are looking for when you explore the more than 120 specialty shops located throughout the mall. 220 Towne Center Circle, Sanford, FL 32771

Winter Garden Village - Is an open air shopping center located just off State Road 535 and the 429 exchange (Western Beltway). It is the dominate shopping center in the western Orlando. Easy access from Kissimmee and Disneyworld guests on the 429.
The mall has over 1.1 million square feet of shopping and dining options. Everything from department stores to electronic big box stores is at this local's mall. There's always something happening at Winter Garden Village.
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