• Joan Genty

Beyond the theme parks

Florida has more than just theme parks and lots of things to do and see for $20 or less. Here are just seven ideas

Explore central Florida's scenic trails, including the 24-mile West Orange Trail. West Orange Trail Bikes and Blades Co. offers hourly, daily and weekly road bike rentals for visitors starting at $7 per hour. Hotel delivery and group bike tours can be arranged for an additional cost or pick up for free with free bike rack.

Bok Tower Gardens, a national historic landmark, is nestled among 50 acres of picturesque gardens with a 205-foot art deco and neo-Gothic Singing Tower on its grounds. It’s a wonderful way to while away and afternoon. The pink marble and coquina stone architectural treasure houses one of the world's finest carillons. The 60 bells ring every half hour and during daily concerts at 1 and 3 p.m. Entry costs $20 adults, $10 children (ages 5-12).

Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour provides a relaxing one-hour narrated cruise through the lakes and canals of historic Winter Park, showcasing natural wildlife and mansions that line the waterways. $14 adults, $7 children (ages 2-11).

Enjoy the sights of Orlando from 400 feet in the air on The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye at I-Drive 360. Pre-purchased tickets start at $20.00 for adults and $15.00 for children (ages 3-12).

Sky Zone Trampoline Park. It’s one of the world's first indoor trampoline parks. As well as Open Jump, Sky Slam, Ultimate Dodgeball and Volleyball, experience WOW-the weightlessness of bouncing, flipping and landing in a pit filled with 10,000 cubes. Entry is 30 minutes for $12 and 60 minutes for $17.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium houses artifacts, art and interactive exhibits in 16 galleries of the odd and unusual from around the world. It costs $16.99 for adults, $10.99 for children ages 4-12 when tickets are bought through the venue’s website.

K1 Speed Indoor Karting is an indoor thrill experience where visitors can race go-karts in a 70,000 sq. ft. facility. This attraction is perfect for speed lovers, the go-karts go as fast as 50 mph! Prices start at $19.99 for the 14 Lap Standard Adult Race or 12 Lap Standard Junior Race.

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