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Odd, Fun and Free Orlando Event

On Saturday, October 12, Ripley’s Orlando will host the second annual Oddtoberfest from noon to 5:00 p.m. This special event is FREE to the public, and everyone is invited to attend. What is Oddtoberfest? It is one day of fright, fun and festivities, when paying homage and celebrating the unusual is, believe it or not, a lot of FUN!

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: This event is FREE! If you have children, this is a great way to enjoy the afternoon. It is not often you are able to visit the Orlando area and bring your children to something this much fun, at little to no cost. Be sure to purchase tickets if you want to tour the Odditorium before/during/after the event.

Beebs and Her Money MakersLive music will be performed throughout the afternoon by Beebs and Her Money Makers. If you missed them at the Vans Warped Tour, come see them perform for free. The Orlando Odditorium served as their location while shooting the video hit Jumpin,’ and are as close to being Ripley’s house band as you can get. They’ll rock the festivities which will include plenty of other live entertainment.

If you enjoy karate, or you have little ones currently enrolled in karate classes, you’ll not want to miss Sensei Mike Reeves and his Over the Edge Team. Qubits catDuring this free Orlando event, they will display their amazing karate skills and break bricks and boards.  Watch him attempt to break a few world records too! Maybe your kids are into Qubits, or like to build things. The founder of Qubits, Mark Burginger will build a 13-foot tall tower made entirely from Qubits toy pieces. If ABC’s Shark Tank featured them, you know it’s going to be great!

Trevor Dreher trick-ropingTrevor Dreher will be displaying his world-class trick roping talents at this free Orlando event. You don’t see that every day! Nor do you see an amazing vehicle from Parker Brothers Concepts – the famous Green Machine – every day. This is certainly not a kids toy. Powered by a motorcycle engine, this adult size vehicle is powerful and fun to experience.

Other fun events include face painting, bounce house and a temporary tattoo artist. Oddtoberfest is held in the parking lot at Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium located at 8201 International Drive. The event will take place rain or shine, so plan to attend Saturday, Oct. 12. Guests who want to tour the Odditorium will be required to purchase tickets. For more information, visit www.ripleys.com/orlando.

Have an odd Saturday of fun and enjoy Oddtoberfest!

About Ripley Entertainment
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com) family of worldwide attractions, the global leader in location-based entertainment.  More than 12 million people visit its 90-plus attractions in 10 countries each year.  In addition to its 32 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

Fun Things to Do in Orlando that Will Amuse You

Employment is considered to be an essential part of one’s life. It is a way of earning a living to sustain basic needs. Typically, a month-long work corresponds to salary. Salary, if translated to something tangible, will provide an individual a purchasing power called money. Without such valuable piece of paper, a person cannot buy necessities and luxuries he wants to acquire.

Additionally, enjoyment is also vital to satisfy a person. It’s an element of life that should be nurtured while a person is too busy with his job. It balances the positive and negative vibes that are gained from being workaholic. To relax and unwind, it is highly suggested to have a break somewhere that will offer pleasurable things to do, like in Orlando, Florida. This place known as “The City Beautiful” has a lot to offer when it comes to pleasure. Fun things to do in Orlando start from going to amusement parks.

There are a lot of fun things to do in Orlando. This city is also known as “The Theme Park Capital of the World,” hence, famous theme parks are located here. The most recognized recreational area is the Walt Disney World Resort, or simply known as Disney World. Most celebrated Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse and company; Disney princesses including Belle, Cinderella, and Snow White; and those featured in movies can be found here as mascots or memorabilia. Other attractions such as Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Downtown Disney showcase live performances.

Aside from visiting the renowned Disney World, there are other fun things to do in Orlando that will surely make you happy. For instance, Universal Studios Escape or simply named as Universal Studios presents movie and television attractions. Aside from movie sets, there are also rides and shows that have reached more than 40 units. Moreover, it is also the venue of film and television studio for actors, directors, and other members of the production team. In addition, it has an area called the CityWalk where your whole family and friends can dine, shop, and party. With such features, this theme park is considered to be the “No. 1 Movie Studio and Theme Park in the World.”

Furthermore, fun things to do in Orlando can also be experienced from nature-inspired theme parks such as Sea World, Busch Gardens, and Silver Springs. Sea World Florida, a marine-like park that is recognized internationally, exhibits entertaining sea creatures such as dolphins and stingrays that perform various circus acts like acrobatics. This is also a place for education, research, and conservation that preserves and protects the sea creatures.

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New Tour Directory Added!

Although Orlando is the theme park capital of America, there are many more fun things to see and do. The Central Florida area has something for everyone!

We have created a new Tour Directory of Orlando area attractions to help you decide on some of the most popular tours that are offered in the area. There are shopping tours, tours of the Kennedy Space Center, horseback riding, ghost tours, aerial tours, airboat tours, fishing tours, and plenty of tours for water activities, you can even learn to water ski!

We hope you enjoy your visit, and please feel free to come back to our site and let us know how you enjoyed your Orlando trip.

Great time to visit Orlando Science Center

lionThe Orlando Science Center is a great place to make learning fun.  For over fifty years, they have been inspiring curiosity and exploration, and it’s a great place to visit to beat the heat or afternoon thunderstorms.  They always have new events, and there are some new things to check out this weekend:

This Saturday, May 14th, OSC will be hosting “The Science of Wine”.  This event features over 130 wines from around the world, along with foods from local restaurants.  Tickets are $65 per person, and proceeds will benefit their youth educational programs.  There will be interactive workshops such as “The Super Palette, Simple Sensory Evaluation of Wine”.  This fundraising event will take place from 7-10pm, an interesting event for a good cause.

Also debuting on the 14th will be the new big-screen movie, “Animalopolis”.  And, when I say ‘big screen’, this is not your typical movie theater.  The movie will be shown in the Dr. Phillips CineDome, a 310-seat theatre with a giant, 8,000 square foot screen.  The CineDome projects films through a fisheye lens that extends the viewing experience beyond your peripheral vision for a truly unique movie experience.

The new movie, Animalopolis is an all-ages voyage into the magical world of animals.  According to their website, Animalopolis is broken up into 12 humorous segments, each featuring a different animal.  It takes a lighthearted and imaginary look at a variety of animals including cheetahs that race like a Ferrari, bears that run their own fishing school, an operatic lion, sea lions turning somersaults, and much more. For more info, visit the filmmaker’s website at: www.animalopolisfilm.com.

The film “Ultimate Wave Tahiti” will also be returning to OSC this weekend.   This movie is set on the beautiful beaches of Tahiti, and follows world surfing champion Kelly Slater as he searches for the perfect wave.  Using an expert combination of live action and animation, the film explores the hidden forces at work shaping the waves, the sources of a wave’s energy; as well as the atmospheric conditions that shape a wave’s long journey across thousands of miles of open Pacific.  The movie also features ocean wildlife, such as fish, turtles, and sharks.

There is much more to see and do while you are there, with exhibits such as ‘Your Healer Within’, ‘DinoDigs’, ‘Star Wars’, ‘KidsTown’, and more – A fun way to learn for the whole family!

Florida’s Springs

Blue Spring Run at Blue Spring State Park

While Central Florida is the theme park capital of the U.S., and people also flock here to visit our many beaches, most people do not realize there are other great things to see and do, such as our natural springs.  The springs are an excellent way to keep cool in the summertime because the temperature of the springs never gets above the low 70s in the summer.  Florida actually has over 700 springs, most of them in the northern regions, but there are several right here in the Central Florida area, some just an hour from the theme areas.

These refreshing springs may be just the vacation you need, away from the hustle and bustle, and enjoying nature.  You can enjoy Florida’s natural beauty by checking out the activities at the springs, such as nature walks, manatee watching, kayaking, tubing, canoeing, snorkeling, glass-bottom boat rides, scuba diving, picnicking, camping, and more.

Here is a listing of the top 10 springs in the area:

Blue Springs State Park – Orange City, FL – manatee refuge, water activities

Silver Springs – Ocala, FL – features glass bottom boat rides, and a water park

Rainbow Springs State Park – Dunnellon, FL – 4th largest spring in FL offers popular water activities

Silver Glen Springs – Ocala National forest, features small caverns and schools of striped bass

Juniper Springs – located between Ocala and Ormond Beach, features camping and trails and hundreds of tiny bubbling springs

Alexander Springs – Ocala, FL – extraordinary clear water that feels like a tropical paradise; offers camping and water activities

Wekiwa Springs – Apopka, FL – features water activities, and 13 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding

Rock Springs – Sorrento, FL – ¾ mile tubing run and only $1 admission per person

DeLeon Springs – De Leon Springs, FL – water activities and shady picnic ground; guests can make their own pancakes at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant

Salt Springs – Salt Springs, FL – features hiking and camping, along with water activities

Orlando Tourist tip:  If you are planning on camping, make a reservation.  And, even if you are going just for the day, get there early, the parks fill up quickly, especially on the weekends.