You’ve done Disney and some of the other theme parks and you’re looking for a more low-key day with the kids. What to do? This full-day Orlando itinerary could help:
Stop 1: First up, hop aboard the I-Ride Trolley and make your way along International Drive (the thoroughfare that links many of Orlando’s attractions). The trolley (bus) service runs from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. A single fare is $1.50, and a day pass is $5. Kids younger than 12 ride for free with a fare-paying adult.
Stop 2: Dave & Buster’s is your first port of call. This family-friendly chain joint is a mix between a restaurant, games arcade and sports bar. Toss a couple of quarters in the Ms. Pac-Man machine or try your hand at a game of skee ball.
Stop 3: For lunch, head over to Tijuana Flats, the fast food Tex-Mex eatery located a mile south on Sand Lake Road. We say go for the ‘Dos Tacos’ and a basket of chips and queso. If you dare, add a little of the restaurant’s own Green Ghost hot sauce, which is made with the outrageously fiery Naga Bhut Jolokia pepper.
Stop 4: Head across the street to Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt. Here you pour your own frozen yogurt and freestyle your toppings. Those with a sweet tooth will be satiated. And the dessert might just cool a palate scorched by Green Ghost sauce.
Stop 5: Fun Spot, only a seven-minute drive away, is an amusement park of the old-school variety. This place is all about roller coasters, go-karts, arcades and a whole host of other carnival rides and attractions. It’s a cheap afternoon out, and lines (if there are any) are much less severe than they are at the major parks…which all adds up to a much more relaxed experience.
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