I really enjoy doing things with my family on the weekends. When we first moved down here and I looked up "things to do in Orlando" in google I always got the same results - Disney, Universal, Gatorland, Sea World. There is so much more to do and see in Florida that is "Unknown" to those who visit and to even those that live here. I wanted to help others find things to do with their families so that they can create memories that they could look back on for years to come.
Life has been crazily busy lately and I realized that I haven't done anything outside in a few months. I kept reading about the Mount Dora canal and how absolutely beautiful it was. I talked to a few of the ladies and we set out one Sunday morning. Most of the places that you can put your kayak in around that area are private or you have to own your own for the public launches. I called around and found that there was a place we could go and rent them from. Buzzard Beach Bar and Grille was located in Tavares and rents their kayaks for $10/hr per person - 2 hour minimum. Upon arriving at the place we parked and were given a brief description on the lakes and the areas.
We started out on Lake Eustis and had to paddle to the right to make it to the canal that connects Lake Dora to Lake Eustis. Upon first arriving in the canal we had to be careful with the electric boats, but about a mile in we were able to take a right into a less traveled more peaceful canal. A blue heron was our guide for the day. He flew ahead of us pretty much the entire trip, always staying a few yards ahead of us. The canopy of trees was unbelievable and was so intense in some areas the temperature fell a good 10 to 15 degrees. Unfortunately, we did not see any gators as mating season just ended and most are with their babies and not normally visable.
After the kayak we stopped into Buzzard Beach bar and grille for a beer and lunch. The food was delicious the prices extremely reasonable. I would recommend this to anyone that loves hanging out doors.
One day I was driving down International Drive and I drove past a sign CSI experience, so I turned the car into the parking lot to see what it was all about. I found out it was an interactive game created by students at Rice University that allows you to be a Las Vegas CSI detective. There are 3 cases to solve and you work through the whole process. I asked around and one of my girlfriends was really interested in going, so we went. They allow no photography inside - not even the lobby area. Upon entering you sign in and get a CSI detective vest and clipboard with your crime scene form. You are then ushered into a room where Gil Grissom discusses the importance of CSI and how they work with law enforcement to solve crimes. We then proceeded to our crime scene where you are told to draw all the important information onto the crime scene grid. Anything can be important!!!! Once done with the scene you go to your colored evidence table for comparison - did you see everything? Once you have verified that you know what evidence there is you move throughout the different areas to verify the evidence. For instance you check the tire tread, fingerprints, substances, etc. You walk through several of these areas and then meet the coroner for the information from the 3d autopsy. Once you have collected and examined the evidence you will need to go through and answer questions to determine who is the killer. Will you pick the right person? Did you find all the clues? Come out and try it today!!!!
Get your tickets online:
CSI: The Experience Online Ticket Shop
7220 International Drive, 32819 Orlando, FL
407 226 7220
Adult: $ 19.99
Children (5-12): $ 12.99
They do have FL resident specials as well and if you want to do more than one case, it is only $5.00 with 24 hours.
Child Policy: CSI: The Experience is recommended for ages 12+. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Kindly note no photography, filming nor food and drinks are permitted at CSI: The Experience.
Check out their website today - they even have an online case as well!!!!