Old Town Trolley Tours provide sightseers with extensive, fully narrated tours of the national capital, taking tourists past both the heavy-hitting attractions and the little-known gems. This deal gets you a full-day pass (9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.) to hop on and hop off the trolley at any of its 19 stops. This means you can get on at the Washington Welcome Center, ride it until you're enticed by the hypnotic pilasters and cartouches of the Jefferson Memorial, then get on again at any other stop throughout the day. The full tour of Washington takes about three hours, and each tour is patriotically lead by a licensed tour guide, who'll tell historical anecdotes, share intriguing facts, and cast any tie-breaking votes in the Senate. Sit back and relax as your trolley smoothly takes you past Washington hotspots such as the National Mall and the Smithsonian.
Like any bride-to-be, Melissa wanted her big day to stand out. Tired of the same old garter toss or all-orangutan wedding band, she hit on the idea of installing a photo booth into the proceedings, but the costs were prohibitive. That’s when she and her now-husband, Eddie, formed Just 4 U Foto Booths. Since then, the couple has dispatched the booths to weddings, parties of all stripes, and bar mitzvahs, where they capture memories in high resolution more effectively than swinging a butterfly net through a person’s brain. Patrons can choose color or black-and-white photos and customize photo strips with graphics or text. Once the revelry ends, the couple sets the pictures in scrapbooks, on CDs, or in magnetic frames.
Cypress trees sway in the breeze, lush tropical vegetation soaks up the sunshine, and white sandy beaches glisten nearby as Buena Vista Watersports' rental jet skis, paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, and pontoons tote adventurers across the spring-fed waters of Lake Bryan alongside waterskiers and wakeboarders. The Key West–style resort, located just east of Disney World, allows families and friends to glimpse local wildlife as they skim scenic shorelines and chase picturesque settings at an aquatic reservoir as vast and secluded as Bigfoot's bathtub. The resort's alighted tiki torches and palm trees that border its tiki bar and pavilion attract groups for company picnics or private events such as weddings and parties, during which revelers can partake in watersports, dance to reggae, or watch a fire-dancing show.
The town homes are scattered throughout Kissimmee, the city directly adjacent to Walt Disney World. At Disney's Hollywood Studios, visitors experience moviemaking magic on The Great Movie Ride and during shows such as Muppet Vision 3-D. On the Studio Backlot Tour, passengers embark on a 35-minute guided tour through a prop warehouse and experience a simulated disaster in Catastrophe Canyon. Nearby, Disney's Blizzard Beach water park resembles a frosty ski resort, with chair lifts that whisk you to the top of a freefalling water slide known as Summit Plummet. Kids slide down faux ice luges at Tike's Peak or race competitive snowmen with a face-first ride down the Toboggan Racers slide.Outside of Disney World, the greater Orlando area is stuffed with other theme parks, including Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure, and SeaWorld. For a break from the crowds, take a drive up to the town of Winter Park for its Saturday farmers' market, designer boutiques, and scenic boat tours along Lake Osceola.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Although it's located about 10 miles southeast of the nearest Disney park, Kissimmee is similarly dedicated to family entertainment. Fantasy mini golf, extravagant dinner shows, and family arcades pop up as frequently here as anywhere else in the Orlando metro area. There’s a quieter side to the town as well—the Kissimmee Historic District is lined with turn-of-the-century Colonial Revival homes.When it comes time to explore the parks, Epcot is a safe bet. You can immerse yourself in the culture and cuisine of countries such as France, Norway, and Japan. Nearby, the fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom is so popular that it’s become an unofficial emblem of the entire franchise. You can catch a great view of the show from the Ticket and Transportation Center without actually entering the park.If you get tired of passersby spontaneously breaking into musical numbers, head south to the Disney Wilderness Preserve, a park filled with indigenous animals that aren't wearing costumes. Inhabitants include scrub jays, sandhill cranes, and gopher tortoises wandering amid cypress swamps and oak hammocks.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando was founded to give those who share the Jewish tradition a communal setting in which to exercise, play, and learn with one another. Between them, the two locations boast full fitness facilities, tennis courts, and an outdoor pool. Group exercise classes and a gymnasium aid adults in acquiring fitter bodies, and sports leagues provide a venue for grownups to compete and ceremoniously dump sports drinks on each other. The center also puts on its own full-blown theatrical productions.
The center’s staff tailors certain events to the needs of senior citizens, helping them with exercise regimes such as yoga. Staff members also assist the Senior Nite club in organizing trips to new restaurants or the theater and help pintsize guests by helming a preschool, kids' camps, and extracurricular programs. Staffers can even pick up youngsters from school and ferry them to one of the facilities for afterschool development programs, which, like backyard mazes, are designed by the child’s parents to challenge young ones.
From the outside, Professor Wonder’s WonderWorks laboratory appears to have flipped completely on its head. When visitors enter the upside-down edifice, they must first pass through the psychedelic, spinning lights of the Inversion Tunnel, which turns the building right-side up for families to embark on a full day of entertaining, educational activities. More than 100 interactive exhibits spark excitement around natural phenomenon, including replica space capsules that visitors can climb into, a gallery of mind-bending illusions, and the lab where Cabbage Patch Kids are grown in petri dishes.
Some of WonderWorks Orlando’s hands-on displays allow guests to experience the aftershocks of the San Francisco earthquake of 1989, throw a strike against Derek Jeter, and lie down on a bed of 3,500 sharp nails without so much as a scratch. Additional activities include the Indoor Ropes Challenge Course, which exercises bodies and minds as challengers navigate three stories of swinging beams and suspension bridges, and the XD Theater 4D, which transports viewers to swift canyon roller coasters, haunted mines, and Mars with full-motion seats and 3-D visuals.