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Old Today, 08:56 AM   #1
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Help with historical places or informational museums to visit in or around Orlando

We are trying to plan a family trip to Orlando for Christmas. The problem is we've never been able to get my father to go to Orlando. He hates Disney, he hates amusement parks, he hates crowds. His idea of the perfect vacation is traipsing through the woods or the wilderness in Alaska. He loves anything historical or old. Battle grounds, forts, museums. He likes camping, hunting, and outdoor activities. He likes technical, scientific, or militaristic stuff. He has agreed to consider going to Orlando if we promise not to make him go with us to any of the amusement parks, and if I can provide him with a list of things he might like to do.

So, I'm really hoping for some help with that list. So far, I've come up with:

Kennedy Space Center - We've done NASA, and Huntsville, so I think this is our last space center left to see.

Holocaust Museum - if it's open at Christmas, have to check on that.

Airboat - He shot down this idea which I thought he might like being out in nature, but apparently that is not his idea of real nature.

Blue Spring State Park - if the manatees are there at Christmas

Westgate Dude Ranch - you can ride horses, see a rodeo, and shoot skeet, so I thought that might be a fun thing to do one day. He likes to ride and to shoot. I'm just not sure. We lived in Texas for years, so I'm thinking we might kind of think the place was a joke. Plus I'm not sure if you can just go there for the day, or if you have to be staying there to do stuff. I know you pay extra, so I don't see why you would have to stay there, but still not sure.

Any ideas of old dead things or places to go see would be really appreciated. Bonus points if you can come up with places the rest of the family won't die from boredom at.

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The Titanic Experience on International Drive might be a good fit.
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Originally Posted by Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina View Post
The Titanic Experience on International Drive might be a good fit.
I second Gina's suggestion. The exhibit is quite spectacular.

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Originally Posted by kmb584 View Post
I second Gina's suggestion. The exhibit is quite spectacular.
Thanks that is the type of thing I'm looking for, but we've done it. I completely forgot about there being one in Orlando, and he did love it. I remember sitting on a bench in the gift shop waiting for him to come out. He spent like 4 hours in there.
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The manatees will be in at Blue Spring State Park in December and it's worth going if he's interested. There's also a narrated nature cruise out on the St. Johns River from that state park. I'd thought that the two hour length of the cruise would be too long to capture my attention but it was quite interesting as they know where to look for the various wildlife in and along the river.

How about the Don Garlits Drag Racing Museum? I'm not sure if that's the official name or not but it's got to be close to that. The museum is located in Ocala, about 70 miles (around an hour) from the Disney area. We haven't done that but we've been near it a couple of times and I thought it looked interesting.

There's an early 1800s fort replica over in Christmas, Florida, maybe a bit less than half way between Orlando and the Kennedy Space Center. There's a museum there as well.

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