10 x June 21 — July 4, 2018 x www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com Living in Orlando has plenty of benefits. With “The Happiest Place On Earth” located in our backyards, it’s hard to imagine ever wanting to leave. However, venturing out to discover what the rest of Florida has to offer creates experiences and memories that you never imagined. Whether you seek adventure, history or beauty, a one-day getaway provides an awayfrom-home vacation without the stress of long-distance traveling. Less Than 100 Miles Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp 1112 Stevens St., Lake Helen Distance from Orlando: 22 miles Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp is heralded as the Psychic Capital of the World. The unincorporated town attracts mediums, healers and spiritualists from all over the world. Visitors range from those wanting to have their palms read to travelers on a spiritual journey. Residents of the camp are mediums, psychics and like-minded people. The Cassadaga The Hotel Cassadaga, which claims to be visited by ghosts, beckons visitors to the town of Cassadaga. FEATURE One-Day Getaways by Lauren Salinero Hotel, once part of the camp, was sold to private owners during the Great Depression, and it is no longer associated with the camp. However, that doesn’t stop ghosts from frequenting its halls and rooms. Blue Spring State Park 2100 W. French Ave., Orange City Distance from Orlando: 34 miles Blue Spring State Park is home to the largest spring on the St. Johns River. It hosts various activities, including hiking, camping, fishing, bird-watching, scuba diving, canoeing and more. Its most notorious visitors; however, are not snowbirds, vacationers or even locals — it’s the manatees that fill up its waters from November through March. As a winter home to these gentle giants, the waters are closed to swimmers and divers during the manatees’ stay. There is even a webcam set up, so you can observe the creatures no matter where you are. De Leon Springs State Park 601 Ponce de Leon Blvd., De Leon Springs Distance from Orlando: 47 miles With paddle boats, canoes and kayaks available to rent, not to mention swimming, picnic and playground areas, De Leon Springs State Park is a popular destination for the entire family. After soaking up the outdoor air, visitors can book a Fountain of Youth Eco/History Tour and cool off at the Sugar Mill Restaurant, famous for its cook-yourown pancakes. The park boasts a 4.2-mile hiking trail; butterfly garden that has about 500 plants; and excellent bird-watching, as it is on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.
Daytona International Speedway 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach Distance from Orlando: 52 miles Those with a need for speed can find all the fast-paced action they can handle at Daytona International Speedway. Home of the Nascar season-starting Daytona 500, the speedway hosts motor vehicle races of all types. Visitors can attend an official tour daily and visit the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. For the ultimate adrenaline junkie, the track offers a Nascar Racing Experience, which includes everything from a ride-along to driving a Nascar race car. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Merritt Island Distance from Orlando: 52 miles For an experience that is out of this world, nothing beats the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Guests can explore, learn and experience all perspectives of historic mission launches at the John F. Kennedy Space Center, NASA’s primary launch center. Bus tours are available to view different areas of the operational facilities, including a tour led by a real astronaut. Other experiences range from seeing the first launch pad and learning about NASA’s early space programs to jumping into a training simulator and trying your hand at shuttle docking and landing. Spook Hill North Lake Wales Drive, Lake Wales Distance from Orlando: 54 miles Just over an hour outside of Orlando, Spook Hill is located in Lake Wales. According to local legend, the chief of an Indian village battled and killed a huge alligator, creating a small lake. The chief was buried by the lake. Some say Spook Hill is the gator out www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com x June 21 — July 4, 2018 x 11 for revenge. Others say it is the chief, protecting his land to this day. No matter what you believe, if you park on the white line and put your car in neutral, it will roll uphill, defying gravity. Bok Tower Gardens 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales Distance from Orlando: 57 miles When Edward W. Bok founded Bok Tower Gardens and commissioned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., he said he wanted “a spot of beauty second to none in the country.” Those who have strolled through the nearly 50 acres of gardens, glimpsing sights of threatened and endangered animals and 126 different species of birds, can attest to Bok’s achievement of this goal. The looming centerpiece of the gardens is the 205-foot neo-Gothic and art deco Singing Tower carillon, designed by CONTINUED ON PAGE 12 2018 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30 8PM TICKETS ON SALE NOW HARDROCKLIVEORLANDO.COM 407-351-LIVE