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Orlando: Activities & Recreation On the Waterfront

Anglers discover a sea of choices when it comes to fishing the more than 2,000 named lakes, rivers and springs in the Greater Orlando area. Large-mouth bass, monster red fish and spotted seatrout are just a few of the creatures waiting to take the bait. Fish camps and guides such as A #1 Bass Guide Service and Incentive Fishing Charters are among the area’s numerous professional fish camps and guide services. Fans of saltwater fishing can cast their lines from piers, from the shore or from deep-sea fishing boats in the East Coast waters located less than an hour from Orlando, or in the West Coast waterways, only two hours away.

Oceans of Fun
Sandy beaches, rolling surf and warm, tropical breezes b eckon sun worshippers to the nearby Atlantic and Gulf Coast beaches. Many of the beaches provide lifeguards, shower and picnic facilities and food and equipment concessions. Several allow parking directly on the beach for a nominal fee.

Port Canaveral, just 45 minutes east of Orlando, is the second-busiest cruise port in the world. In 2003, more than 4.1 million cruise passengers sailed from this bustling port on some of the most spectacular vessels in the industry. Guests can choose from partial-, two-, three-, four-, and seven-day itineraries aboard Royal Caribbean International’s Sovereign of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas and Grandeur of the Seas; Disney’s Magic and Wonder, Carnival’s Fantasy, Glory and Miracle; Royal Olympia’s Olympia Explorer; Holland America’s Zaandam; Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Dawn; Sterling Casino Lines’ Ambassador II; and SunCruz Casino’s SunCruz XII.

Swimming, Skiing, Wakeboarding
Water enthusiasts have unlimited options when they want to swim or skim the water's surface on skis, kneeboards, wakeboards or other watercraft. Area facilities include Buena Vista Water Sports on Lake Bryan and Sammy Duvall’s Water Sports Center at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The Orlando Watersports Complex is the only facility in the U.S. to have two cableways for unlimited riding time and increased skill building for riders of all levels.

Slipping & Sliding
Four world-famous water parks take guests to new levels of drenching fun as they splash, spin, turn and twist through one-of-a-kind water rides. Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, Wet ‘n Wild - Orlando and Water Mania offer tons of refreshing excitement for guests of all ages.

From a romantic dinner cruise on the Rivership Romance and a leisurely outing on the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour to an airboat ride through nature on Boggy Creek Airboat Rides, visitors can explore Florida's natural, unspoiled beauty.

Orlando’s central location makes it a great home base for surfers. Head east or west and expect to find some of the greatest waves in the southeast. The Atlantic offers some awesome board time in Cocoa and Sebastian Inlet while Clearwater’s Gulf waters are not to be missed. In 2005, weather will never be a factor when Ron Jon’s Surfpark opens at Festival Bay.

See the natural side of Florida on an airboat tour of Central Florida's wildlife
See the natural side of Florida on an airboat tour of Central Florida's wildlife

Sun-drenched beaches with refreshing water are within an hour's drive from Orlando.
Sun-drenched beaches with refreshing water are within an hour's drive from Orlando.



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