Clarion Suites Maingate
7888 W. Irlo Bronson Hwy
Kissimmee, FL 34747
Phone: (407) 390-9888
Fax: (407) 390-0981
This 10-acre exhibit is a horticulturalist's paradise. Opened in 1993, it is the brainchild of Kerry and Chris Richards, Miami nursery owners active on the international orchid circuit. The pair wanted to build a world-class exhibit honoring the flower they love, and they have certainly succeeded. Here you'll find a rainforest conservatory boasting huge, flowering plants, waterfalls, and exotic birds and fish. A nature walk takes visitors around ponds and through rainbow-hued orchid gardens. The center also offers an extensive list of plants for sale.
This multi-million dollar sports complex sprawling across 200 acres can host more than 30 different types of sports, from aerobics to wrestling. It has hosted a broad spectrum of athletes, ranging from youth league competitors to leisure-time amateurs, seniors to college teams and professionals. The spring training home of the Atlanta Braves, this multi-purpose complex even has a Speedway for auto-racing. You can test your endurance at the Multi-Sports Experience facility and then head for the All-Star Cafe where you'll find memorabilia, an interactive game room and delicious food.
Indy Racing Experience is situated right next to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, just a few miles south of Orlando. Did you ever wonder what it would feel like to race in a genuine Indy race? Well, this is your chance to experience it first hand. Get behind the wheel of an actual IndyCar Series car at the Disney speedway and try your luck on the 1-mile tri-oval for eight laps, or leave the driving to a true professional Indy Racing League driver and ride shotgun for three laps around the track. Indy Racing Experience is open 350 days of the year, from 16:00 until dusk. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
If car racing is on your agenda, this is the place to be. Founded by ex-Nascar champ, Richard Petty along with his Australian friend Barry Graham, Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPDE), designed to simulate Nascar racing provides high end sports entertainment. With 20 locations in the US, RPDE is the first choice for many who would love to hit high speeds, the safe way. RPDE has many individual and group programs. With 4 choices of Ride-along, Rookie Experience, Kings Experience and Experience of a Lifetime, it covers all skill levels. Do reserve in advance!
The largest indoor equestrian arena in the world is located at this very unique facility where you can enjoy a spectacular equestrian performance that features the world's most beautiful Lippizans, Quarter Horses, Arabians, and other breeds of horses, as well as some of the world's greatest riders. A prime rib feast follows the show.
Boatwright's Dining Hall is located in Walt Disney World's Port Orleans Resort next to the main lobby. With all of the creative workmanship found here, it will seem like you've stepped inside an actual boat factory. There is a massive ship hull overhead and numerous other marine artifacts spread throughout. They offer all of the Cajun-inspired customary dishes, along with numerous American classics for breakfast and dinner. The desserts include scrumptious French pastries. Boatwright's Dining Hall is a fun place for the whole family to enjoy a home-cooked southern feast. The atmosphere is laid back, and you can enjoy a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic specialty drinks as well. - Diane Dilov-Schultheis
This amusement center offers over 100 of the latest video and redemption games, as well as go-karts, bumper cars, a laser tag arena, and a 180 foot vertical accelerator.
Frightfully fun for the whole family, this haunted house features live actors, special effects, and two floors with over 20 rooms of terror with a sense of humor.
Explore all the excitement that Kissimee has to offer at Old Town. This impressive entertainment complex boasts more than 70 specialty shops, a wide range of affordable dining options and more. Kids will have a blast exploring the many activities at Old Town, including amusement park rides such as the bumper cars and Ferris wheel.
Need to cool off? Look no further than Disney's Blizzard Beach, a water park inspired by snow and winter sports. At the heart of the park is Mount Gushmore, which plays host to numerous chutes and slides—including the Summit Plummet, the world's largest and fastest free-fall body slide. There are attractions for all ages with Tike's Peak, a water play area for young children and Ski Patrol Training Camp, an area designed for pre-teens. Relax while floating down a tube on Cross Country Creek or take a dip in the pool of Melt-Away Bay. If you like water, you'll love Disney's Blizzard Beach.
Experience what it feels like to fly and swing 300 feet in the air at this attraction that is the world's tallest skycoaster and Florida's highest attraction. Exciting sky diving and hang gliding for people of all ages are available.
Join a handsome prince and his pet dragon on their journey through Chocolate Kingdom. Bring your kids to experience this extremely fun and educational tour that includes a trip through a Cacao Tree Greenhouse, a Chocolate Museum and a Chocolate river and factory. The youngsters will surely be delighted by the interactive tour and they'll even be able to create their own chocolate bar!