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Top Tips for What Visiting Friends and Relatives Can Do When They Vacation Here

It’s officially summer, the kids are on vacation. If you live at Solivita, the popular Active Adult community in Central Florida, chances are you know it’s the time of year when you start hearing from friends and relatives up north who have an Orlando vacation coming up.

The same is true if you live at AV Homes’ Vitalia at Tradition 55-Plus development in South Florida, where the state’s gorgeous coastline attractions millions every year. So you know to expect visits during the summer. And if your friends and relatives ask what’s new here and what they definitely need to check out, do you know what to tell them?


What Makes Orlando Such a Popular Tourist Destination?

Orlando remains a top worldwide travel destination, especially for families. In 2017, the city welcomed 72 million visitors, which represented a 5 percent increase over the previous year, noted Visit Orlando, the city’s official tourism association.

Solivita is close to both Orlando and those world-famous theme parks. But, Orlando is about so much more than theme parks, as you likely already know. You might want to encourage your friends and family to check out attractions that you’ve been enjoying for years, but that may not be on their radar.

Travel Leaders Network, one of the largest retail travel agency organizations in the country, noted that Orlando remains one of this summer’s most popular vacation spots, and it got to that position by offering a wide variety of options for what people can do while they’re here – from museums to dining, to golf and concerts.

As Orlando has grown in recent years, the diverse population has certainly encouraged the development of more diverse forms of entertainment.  That also means there’s a lot to discover here.

But first, let’s start with one of the key reasons why your family and friends up north come down here: those wildly popular theme parks.


What’s New at Orlando’s Theme Parks?

Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld Orlando have all made it clear in recent years: they’re not resting on their laurels. All three have been expanding. Disney World will be offering some intergalactic fun with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a trip to a remote trading port on the edge of wild space filled with characters form the Star Wars movies, which is coming in 2019. Disney also has Toy Story Land opening up. A new Fast & Furious attraction is speeding into Universal Orlando, along with the Andretti Indoor Karting, offering “superkarts,” a ropes course, arcade, bowling and other activities.

Infinity Falls, a new raft ride where riders will get soaked, is coming to SeaWorld this summer.

That’s being added to the existing attractions that lure millions to this city, such as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, where Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Diagon Alley have been particularly popular.

But there’s certainly much more for folks to check out during their Orlando vacation.

If you live at Solivita, you know that you’re close to some beautiful lakes in Polk County, which is also home to Bok Tower Gardens, a historic attraction that dates back to 1928, and includes a 20-foot singing tower and a carillon.

Head in the other direction from Solivita, into Osceola County, and you can direct friends to the excitement of the Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures in Kissimmee, which offers an exploration of the protected swamps, marshes and rivers that make up the Central Florida Everglades.

Another opportunity to check something unique to Florida is nearby in Kissimmee at Gatorland, where guests can check out alligators and crocodiles of all sizes.

They can also visit Orlando’s famed International Drive, a 14-mile stretch that includes attractions like Wonder Works, Icebar Orlando, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, the Coca Cola Orlando Eye observation wheel, Madame Tussauds Orlando Wax Museum, and more.

Not surprisingly, though, there’s a lot of competition to woo the millions of tourists that flock to the region every summer – not to mention the “drive through” market of people who live in Florida and come to Orlando to take advantage of the attractions here.

There are plenty of festivals and special events available to keep people active.

Orlando’s Audubon Park Garden District is turning its attention to French culture on Saturday, July 14 with its annual Bastille Day Celebration that includes food, games and live music.

During the weekend of July 21, it’s flashback time as we head back to the 1980s with The Crazy ’80s Pub Crawl, an ’80s costume bash at 12 different downtown venues in Orlando. Or, visit Lakeridge Winery August 10-12 for their 24th Annual Harvest Grape Stomp where you can sip and savor, dance and play, and yes even stomp some grapes. You get the picture. In Orlando, it’s not a matter of finding things to do. It’s narrowing your list down.


What Can Visitors Expect on their Trip to Tradition?

If you live at Vitalia at Tradition, the popular Active Adult community in South Florida, you know that nearby Port St. Lucie is a very popular summer vacation spot that provides an opportunity to check out amazing Florida wetlands and mangroves, or to cruise along the Indian River and hope for a chance to spot some alligators and wild dolphins.

Port St. Lucie is home to a large number of parks and nature preserves for those who love communing with nature. The River Lilly Cruises let you board a pontoon style boat that takes you out on the water to check out the beautiful sites in the area, and this trip is particularly popular with birdwatchers who arrive with their binoculars.

You can also spend the afternoon on a pontoon boat with the Treasure Coast Boat Rentals, which cruises around the Indian River Lagoon, exploring the islands and coves dotting the area.

Another ideal way to explore the great outdoors is The Oxbow Eco-Center, an environmental learning facility that helps teach visitors about the importance of preserving nature, through guided tours with a naturalist at this 225-acre preserve.

There are other attractions to enjoy. Tradition Field is famous for being the training ground of the New York Mets, and in the summer months there are minor league games. Superplay USA is an entertainment center ideal for family fun, which includes 48 bowling lanes, a miniature golf course, and batting cages.

And, of course, there are the nearby beaches loved by everyone.



If you live at Solivita and Vitalia at Tradition, you know how exciting is to be so close to all the beautiful natural attractions that are unique to Florida, and to the amazing man-made attractions that have made Orlando a destination for travelers across the globe. As you’re enjoying the visit from your family and friends up north, keep in mind there are plenty of great recommendations you can make on what they definitely need to see while they’re here.

AV Homes constructed Solivita, the Active Adult community in Poinciana, and Vitalia at Tradition, the 55-Plus development in South Florida, so residents would be close to those great Orlando attractions, and to the spectacular beaches and rivers in South Florida. AV Homes know residents of both communities enjoy being close to what those area have to offer. It doesn’t hurt that when family and friends come to visit, there’s lots of things to recommend that they do.

AV Homes fully understands the needs and interest of the fast-growing number of people age 55 and older, which is why we built Solivita and Vitalia at Tradition — communities that offer an unbeatable combination of the most modern home designs with plenty of great things to do.

Contact AV Homes today at 1-800-AVHOMES to learn more about the exciting opportunities that the 55-plus lifestyles at Solivita and Vitalia at Tradition offer.