Orlando is the world’s largest theme park hub, offering endless fun for families. Visit Disney World, Universal Studio and the Islands of Adventure, SeaWorld, the Kennedy Space Center, or the Town of Celebration
90-minute self guided bike adventures must be booked in advance and are the perfect way to experience the Town of Celebration, famous for its nostalgic hometown flavor and elegance. Discover picturesque neighborhoods with world-class architecture, native Florida wildlife and a vibrant downtown area while pedaling along quiet streets, scenic winding trails, and waterfront pathways.
All tours include your bike rental, a cold bottle of water and are priced at just $35 per person.
If you're hesitant to take a self guided tour because you've always traveled independently, fear not: today's guided trips are a far cry from the images of overcrowded bus tours of yesteryear. Here are the top ten reasons why taking a guided trip makes sense today:
1. Convenience You don’t have to spend a lot of time and frustration planning your trip and can leave the flight bookings, hotel and transportation reservations, and the details of the itinerary up to someone else. All you have to do is pack, remember to bring your vital travel documents, and get to the airport (ship, etc.) on time.
2. Choice With the convenience of letting others sweat the details, you still have an incredible variety of choices as to which guided trip to take. Tour operators can transport you almost anywhere in the world at a wide range of prices and levels of physical exertion and cultural immersion. In fact, because of the difficulty of reaching some remote destinations and engaging in some hard-to-arrange activities, you may well have more choice than when going it alone.
3. Expertise If you’ve ever hired a local guide who recites nothing but rote facts or steers you toward his brother’s souvenir shop, you know that not all guides are experts. But those who are can bring local history, culture, and places to life, offer far more insight than most guidebooks. The trick is to find those expert guides – and traveling with a knowledgeable tour operator helps you do just that.
4. Road Relaxation Not sure you want to drive on the opposite side of the road, or tackle unfamiliar roundabouts where cars may be coming from the left...or the right? Concerned that an unfamiliar GPS system might lead you up a mountain road of no return in some far-flung location? On a guided tour, you can settle back and let someone else – who knows the way and rules of the road -- do the driving.
5. Special Assistance Want to bike through France or the western U.S.? A guided bike trip will provide van support to carry your gear or help change a tire. Did your luggage miss the flight, or did you sprain your ankle in a foreign country? Your trip leader and guides can ease the strain by helping you get the assistance you need.
6. Cultural Immersion These days, many guided tours include visits to schools or to family homes in other countries, where you can meet and talk with locals beyond the usual traveler interactions with hotel personnel, restaurant servers and, of course, other travelers (not that there’s anything wrong with that – see below).Well-run tours also know how to scope out the out-of-the-way local inns or bistros that guidebooks may miss. You may well find yourself having a more authentic local experience than when traveling on your own.
7. Companionship If you’re a solo traveler or even traveling with a spouse or friend, it’s always fun to find other travelers who have mutual interests to your own – and on a guided trip, that’s likely to be the case. Companions – who may well become friends -- come ready-made on a guided trip (especially welcome in restaurants that may frown on solo diners).
8. Time Saving A good tour will hit the top highlights of a region that you might not be familiar with. Rather than wandering around aimlessly trying to get your bearings, arranging complicated transportation, or waiting in long lines for tickets, a well-organized guided trip will get you to the church (museum, archaeological site, castle, etc.) on time.
9. Safety Not even the best guided tour can guarantee total safety on a trip, but chances are that when traveling with a group, you’ll have a better chance of avoiding scam artists or thieves who prey on lone travelers. Trained guides can also help you navigate a mountain trail or safely cross a glacier that might otherwise prove hazardous.
10. Cost If you fear that guided trips will cost more than going on your own, consider the fact that tour operators can arrange group discounts on flights, lodging, meals, and admissions to various attractions. When you add up all your expenses, you may well find that a guided trip saves you money and provides the best value – regardless of the level of luxury you choose.
Orlando’s history dates back to 1838 and the height of the Seminole Wars. The U.S. Army built Fort Gatlin south of the present day Orlando City limits to protect settlers from attacks by Indians.By 1840, a small community had grown up around the Fort. It was known as Jernigan, named after the Jernigan family, who had established the first permanent settlement in the area. Jernigan had a post office, established May 30, 1850.Six years later with the settlement expanding northward, the community officially changed its name to Orlando. In 1857, the U.S. Post Office adopted the name change. The Town of Orlando was incorporated in 1875 with 85 inhabitants, 22 of whom were qualified voters.History is not as clear on where the name Orlando originated. There are four stories that are told. One involves Judge James Speer, who worked hard in getting Orlando as the county seat, naming Orlando after a man who once worked for him. Another is that Speer named it after a character from Shakespeare’s, “As You Like It”.A third version has Mr. Orlando on his way to Tampa with a caravan of ox. It is said that he got ill, died and was buried, and that folks would come by and say, “There lies Orlando”The final theory is about a company of soldiers on duty during the height of the Seminole Wars. After battling Indians back into the swamps on the east side of Lake Minnie (now Cherokee), the military troop settled there for the night. Sentinel Orlando Reeves was guarding the camp when he spotted a log floating toward him. Recognizing the Indian disguise and wanting to warn his fellow soldiers, he fired his gun.Arrows felled the poor fellow as the Indians came out to ambush the camp. The Indians were chased back again, and the south side of Lake Eola was chosen to bury Orlando Reeves.
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