Lake Nona › Parks & Attractions
Moss Park is Orange County's largest park and is located right here in the Lake Nona Area. Moss Park is Florida nature at it's best. Family friendly animals such as heron, rabbits and deer are often in plain view and many are at ease with humans. They may just walk right up to you and snatch some food off your picnic table! Large moss trees canvas the park and give it its name. This provides plenty of shade to enjoy the park whether you are looking to actively explore, or want to kick back in a chair and enjoy the scenery.
Popular for family and business events, the park features plenty of covered pavilions with large BBQ grills. There are also two playgrounds and a beach area nearby. Nestled between Lake Mary Jane and Lake Hart, Lake Moss offers a swimming area on Lake Mary Jane, a boat launch and dock, sand volleyball court, and hiking trail.
Right in the heart of Lake Nona is the Nona Adventure Park. This immersive water experience features a floating aqua park, water boarding and water skiing cable park, 60 foot climbing tower and ropes course. Designed for everyone from beginners to seasoned pro's, the park also features a pro shop and bistro.
The Lake Nona area is only about 25 minutes down the 417 Greenway from the happiest place on earth, Walt Disney World. Experience 5 major theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Two Major Water Parks: Blizzard Beach & Typhoon Lagoon. The Downtown Disney Shopping and Entertainment District featuring: Circue du Soleil, Characters in Flight Balloon Ride, House of Blues, AMC 24 theaters, Pleasure Island, Disney Marketplace & Rainforest Cafe among others. The Disney's Boardwalk area with ESPN Sports Bar and Atlantic Dance Hall. Plus the Spirit of Aloha Show, Hoop De Doo Review, ESPN Wide World of Sports and Richard Petty Driving Experience.
Also about 25 minutes away from the Lake Nona area via the Beach Line Expressway is the Universal Orlando Resort featuring Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. Experience Shrek 4-D, The Simpsons Ride, Men In Black Alien Attack, Revenge of the Mummy Coaster and coming summer 2013, Transformers - The Ride 3-D at Universal Studios Florida. Next door you can explore the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Marvel Super Hero Island, Jurassic Park, and Seuss Landing among other fun filled areas! Plus, experience Orlando's hottest nightlife at Universal Citywalk. Go club hopping at Pat O'Briens, Red Coconut Club, Fat Tuesday and The Groove. Catch live music everyy night of the week at Bob Marley - A Tribute to Freedom, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, Hard Rock Live, and Rising Star. Eat to your heart's content at Emeril's, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Latin Quarter, NASCAR Sports Grill and NBA City just to name a few. Hot enough for you? Then cool off at Wet N Wild water park or Catch a Blue Man Group show or the latest movie at AMC Universal Cineplex 20 with IMAX.
Get in touch with the undersea world at SeaWorld Orlando. Take the plunge on the coasters Manta and Kraken, Journey to Atlantis, go on a Wild Artic ride. Visit Shamu and make some new friends a dolphin cove. Need more action, then spend a day at SeaWorld's water park, Aquatica. Want to get closer to the animals? Then check out Discovery Cove where you can swim with the dolphins. Cap off your day at the Makahiki Luau - Polynesian Feast & Celebration,
The International Drive tourist area runs from the Orlando Premium Outlets in the north down through hotels, restaurants, attractions, and bars, through the Orange County Convention Center, and SeaWorld area and past numerous time share resorts. It terminates at World Center Drive down near the Disney area, but International drive South picks back up around the corner which continues down past the Nickelodeon Resort (watch out for the gooo!) and the massive Gaylord Palms resort finally terminating near the main entrance into the Disney built town of Celebration, Florida.
Attractions on International Drive include: AirHeads Trampoline Arena, CoCo Key Water Resort, Wet N Wild, Countless Putt Putt courses, Dave & Busters, Fun Spot Action Park, iFly Orlando, Magical Midway, Wonderworks, Pirates Dinner Adventure, Ripley's Believe it or Not, Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows, Icon Park and Pointe Orlando.
Feel the need to get your toes in the sand? Take a quick 45 minute drive East on the 528 Beach Line and you can kick back on Cocoa Beach! Swim, Surf, Parasail, jet ski or just lay out and work on your tan. Want to get away? Port Canaveral, one of the busiest cruise ports in the world is located just on the other side of the channel. Want to really get away? Then blast off at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Take a bus and walking tour of the famous buildings and launch pads of Kennedy Space Center, Talk with a real astronaut, go through the shuttle launch experience and the astronaut training experience. Coming in the summer of 2013, the retired shuttle Atlantis will be on display.
There is never a dull day or night in the vibrant Downtown Orlando area. Catch the Orlando Magic or a concert at Amway Center, the latest Broadway tour at Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, a bowl game or concert at the Florida Citrus Bowl, take a walk around Lake Eola Park, learn about the area at the Orange County Regional History Center, catch a play at Loc Haven Park, Explore Orlando Science Center. There are hundreds of shopping and dining experiences. Looking for a little bit of culture and arts? We have the Orlando Ballet, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando Opera Company, Orlando Philharmonic, and Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Looking for nightlife? Any night of the week, the bars along Church Street, Orange Ave, Wall Street and Pine Street are hoping with activity!
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