My boyfriend’s parents recently bought a beautiful house on a lake outside Orlando, Florida. Last weekend we went down to visit for a fun Florida weekend trip. I’d been to Orlando a couple times before, but only to go to Disneyworld. So it was great to see what other fun things central Florida has to offer.
Throughout the long weekend in Orlando, we explored the lovely town of Winter Park, spent the day at New Smyrna Beach and took in tons of sun by the lake. I even saw my first Florida orange tree. While New York will always have my heart, there’s nothing I love more than exploring new places.
Sometimes the best places to travel to are the ones closest to home. Since flights to Florida from New York are only around two hours, Florida in many ways is super close to home.
After Disneyworld, we spent the day in Cocoa Beach, Florida among white sand beaches and palm trees. The ocean water was the warmest I’ve ever been in and the poolside bar had great happy hour specials.
Funny story: When I tried to order to a veggie patty sandwich at a Cocoa Beach Subway, the people behind the counter asked “What’s a veggie patty?” I guess they only have meat in the south!
I just got back from an amazing trip to Disneyworld with my boyfriend Ian and his family. I’d been to Disneyworld twice as a kid, but this time I got to relive my childhood and my love for the Disney Princesses through new eyes. The first day at Epcot, I learned that you’re never too old to stand in line to meet Disney characters. One of the highlights was meeting Aladdin and Jasmine in Morocco. Aladdin kept calling my camera a genie. By night, Magic Kingdom came alive with its fireworks show and parade. Seeing Cinderella’s castle lit up never ceases to inspire me.
For those of you planning a visit, here are a few key tips. It’s best to visit Magic Kingdom when the sun goes down and the kids have gone to bed because you can pretty much get on any ride you want. At Animal Kingdom, it was great to go on the safari ride then cool off on Kali River Rapids (just be ready to get wet). Lastly, always wear sneakers. I wouldn’t have made it to so many parks without my Skechers Go Walk shoes.
Many thanks to the Schwab family for making me a part of their magical vacation!