The following is just a sampling of some of the other local attractions that are available within reasonable driving distance of BCO. I would recommend you spend a little time searching the internet to see what other attractions are available that fit your interests. Florida has an extremely varied and diverse habitat as well as wildlife on both land and ocean. The available things to see and do include both Natural, Historical and Theme Park type attractions, too numerous to list. Couple this with Florida’s mild spring weather and you have the makings for a perfect vacation!

 

Spirit of the Swamp Air Boat Tours – Orlando Fl.

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Make sure to take an exciting air boat ride on your Florida vacation! Imagine gliding through a beautiful natural paradise of swamps, marshes and incredible wildlife – just a short 30 minute ride from Orlando and Kissimmee.

Take a break with a thrilling airboat tour as you search the tropical habitat of the Florida Alligator on your private airboat tour through the Headwaters of the Florida Everglades.

 

Florida Beaches

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Flagler Beach, Fl.

Flagler Beach combines the beauty of the Florida coastline with a quaint, small town atmosphere. Flagler is noted for its unique orange sand beach. The permanent population of Flagler Beach is only 5400, but many visitors flock to this quiet little town to enjoy its’ pristine beaches and numerous other attractions. Located 68 miles south of Jacksonville between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach, Flagler Beach is a narrow island bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by the Intracoastal Waterway. It’s less than 10 minutes off I-95 and only 15 miles to popular Daytona Beach.

Today, Flagler Beach is fast becoming one of the “hot” destinations in Florida and is part of the growing Palm Coast Area, a twenty-mile stretch of scenic coastline that is a sportsman’s haven.

Flagler Beach offers over six miles of serene, uncrowded beaches, along with a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities

The Daytona International Airport is within 30 minutes of Flagler Beach and the Jacksonville International Airport is approximately 75 miles north

DAYTONA BEACH

Daytona Beach, FL.

Daytona Beach, famous as the “World Center of Racing” and home of NASCAR, is part of the East Central Florida greater metropolitan area. Daytona Beach is the best known of the seven area communities. Although the wide 23-mile (37 km) stretch of white sandy beach is still the biggest attraction here, with over 8 million visitors flocking to the area every year, the metro area is rapidly changing from event Mecca to family oriented resort destination. Historical sites like the Main Street Pier, the Oceanfront Boardwalk and the Clock tower in Oceanfront Park add to the appeal of this exciting city.

Daytona’s wide beach of smooth, compacted sand attracted automobile and motorcycle enthusiasts beginning in 1902, when pioneers in the industry tested their inventions. On 8 March 1936, the first stock car race was held on the Daytona Beach Course. In 1959, William France created Daytona International Speedway to replace the beach course.
Automobiles are still permitted on the beach — at much slower speeds! Daytona is one of the few places in the world where a family car can be driven on an ocean beach.

 

Walt Disney World

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Cinderella Castle                            Discovery Island® Trails

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Thunder Mountain Railroad       Kilimanjaro Safaris®

The Walt Disney World Resort, informally known as Walt Disney World or simply Disney World, is an entertainment complex that opened October 1, 1971, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and is the most visited such complex in the world.
Address: Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Phone: (407) 939-5277
Founder: Walt Disney
Founded: October 1, 1971

Universal Orlando

Universal Studios Orlando

The Universal Orlando Resort, commonly known as Universal Orlando, is a theme park resort in Orlando, Florida. It is wholly owned by NBCUniversal and its affiliates.
Opened: June 7, 1990
Address: 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819
Phone: (407) 363-8000

SeaWorld Orlando

Sea World Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando is a theme park, and marine-life based zoological park, in Orlando, Florida. It is owned and operated by SeaWorld Entertainment.
Area: 200 acres (81 ha)
Opened: 1973
Hours:
Wednesday hours 9:00 am–10:00 pm – See all
Address: 7007 Sea World Dr, Orlando, FL 32821
Phone: (888) 800-5447
Notable animals: Katina (since 1984), Shamu (until 1971), Aurek,

Epcot

Epcot

EPCOT is the second of four theme parks built at Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida. It opened on October 1, 1982, and spans 300 acres, more than twice the size of the Magic Kingdom park.

Wet ‘n Wild Orlando

Wet  n Wild Orlando

Universal’s Wet ‘n Wild – Orlando is one of the parks within the Wet ‘n Wild chain. It was founded by SeaWorld creator George Millay in Orlando, Florida on March 13, 1977Opened: March 13, 1977
Area: 30 acres (12 ha)
Hours:
Wednesday hours 9:30 am–9:00 pm – See all
Address: 6200 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
Phone: (407) 351-1800
Rides: The Flyer, Mach 5, Bomb Bay, Brain Wash, The Storm

Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center

The John F. Kennedy Space Center is the United States launch site that has been used for every NASA human space flight since 1968
Opened: July 1, 1962
Address: SR 405, Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899
Hours:
Wednesday hours 9:00 am–6:00 pm – See all
Phone: (321) 452-2121

The Florida Everglades

The Florida Everglades

The River of Grass Airboating has become a popular ecotourism
attraction in the Everglades

The Everglades are a natural region of tropical wetlands in the southern portion of the U.S. state of Florida, comprising the southern half of a large watershed. The system begins near Orlando with the Kissimmee River, which discharges into the vast but shallow Lake Okeechobee. Water leaving the lake in the wet season forms a slow-moving river 60 miles (97 km) wide and over 100 miles (160 km) long, flowing southward across a limestone shelf to Florida Bay at the southern end of the state. The Everglades are shaped by water and fire, experiencing frequent flooding in the wet season and drought in the dry season. Writer Marjory Stoneman Douglas popularized the term “River of Grass” to describe the sawgrass marshes, part of a complex system of interdependent ecosystems that include cypress swamps, the estuarine mangrove forests of the Ten Thousand Islands, tropical hardwood hammocks, pine rockland, and the marine environment of Florida Bay.
Human habitation in the southern portion of the Florida peninsula dates to 15,000 years ago. Two major tribes eventually formed in and around Everglades ecosystems: the Calusa and the Tequesta. After coming into contact with the Spanish in the late 16th century, both tribes declined gradually during the following two centuries. The Seminoles, a tribe of Creeks who assimilated other peoples into their own, made their living in the Everglades region after being forced there by the U.S. military in the Seminole Wars of the 19th century

St. Augustine Alligator Farm

ST AUGUSTINE ALLIGATOR FARM

Discover New Thrills!
Thrilling discoveries await you at The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. Prepare for your next adventure by exploring the tabs below. You can purchase tickets online and uncover amazing admission discounts. Simplify your group visit with our helpful tips, or begin planning your special event with our party and zoo rental options. Teachers, be sure to utilize our Teacher Resources to make your next field trip a successful educational expedition.

St. Augustine – Fort Matanzas

St. Augustine - Fort Matanzas

Coastal Florida was a major field of conflict as European nations fought for control in the New World. As part of this struggle, Fort Matanzas guarded St. Augustine’s southern river approach. The colonial wars are over, but the monument is still protecting—not just the historic fort, but also the wild barrier island and the plants and animals who survive there amidst a sea of modern development.

St. Augustine Fort

St. Augustine Fort

The Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. Located on the shore of Matanzas Bay in the city of St. Augustine, Florida, construction began in 1672, 107 years
Area: 21 acres (8 ha)
Opened: 1695
Hours:
Wednesday hours 8:00 am–4:30 pm – See all
Address: 1 S Castillo Dr, St Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: (904) 829-6506
Management: U.S. National Park Service

Flagler Beach Pier

Flagler Beach Pier

Located along Florida’s Atlantic Coast between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine, cozy Flagler Beach offers miles of sparkling beaches, bountiful fishing, beachside shops, waterfront restaurants, and natural parks and other wonders. It’s a retro town with salty style. Friendly residents and open-air restaurants set the stage for a laid-back afternoon. Enjoy eclectic shops, surfing, a classic fishing pier and a six-mile-plus stretch of spectacular ocean views – with free access to the beach. Gaze at the ocean from rooftop cafes while listening to the music of local musicians. The natural island environment is still a secret to many, but once you put your feet in the sand of Flagler Beach, you’ll feel like a native.

International Speedway, Daytona Beach

International Speedway, Daytona Beach

Daytona International Speedway is a race track in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States. Since opening in 1959, it has been the home of the Daytona 500, the most prestigious race in NASCAR.
Address: 1801 W International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Phone: (800) 748-7467
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Busch Gardens – Tampa

Busch Gardens - Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa opened on March 31, 1959, and has an African theme. The park was originally tagged “The Dark Continent.”[5] The theme park is one of America’s largest zoological institutions, with 335 acres (136 ha) and more than 2,700 animals. Attractions include: Rhino Rally, Montu, Kumba, Scorpion, Gwazi, Edge of Africa, Jungala, Sand Serpent, Congo River Rapids, Tanganyika Tidal Wave, Stanley Falls, Serengeti Railway, Phoenix, also a new Sesame Street, and SheiKra,[6] a vertical dive coaster which opened in 2005. In 2011, the park added Cheetah Hunt – a triple launch roller coaster. The theme park is some distance away from downtown, in central Tampa, near the limits of the City of Temple Terrace to the east of Tampa.

 

Blue Springs State Park – See the Florida Manatee

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Blue Spring State Park is a state park located west of Orange City, Florida. The park is a popular tourist destination; available activities include canoeing, SCUBA diving, kayaking, fishing, camping, hiking, wildlife watching, and swimming. The spring is the largest on the St. Johns River and serves as the winter home of many Florida manatees that come up the St. Johns to bask in the relatively warm waters (constant 72 Fahrenheit/21 Celsius) of the springs. Over 100 million US gallons (380,000 m3) of water flow out of Blue Spring into the St. Johns River every day.

 

World Class Golfing

The palm Coast area offers a number of very popular and challenging courses within easy driving diatance.

-Palms Harbor  Golf Club

Palm Harbor Golf Club

-Halifax Plantation

Halifax Plantation

-Reese Jones Creek Course

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-The Grand Club

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The area also home to  one of the few golf courses that are located right on the ocean……Ocean Hamock!

Hamock Beach Golf

Approximately 20 minutes south down interstate 95 is the LPGA course, home to the Ladies Professional Golf Association.

Another extremely popular golfing destination is “World Golf Village” and boasts to of Floridas premier courses…… “Slammer” & “Squire”   –   “King” & “Bear”

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Bike Week – Daytona Beach

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Daytona Beach Bike Week, also called Daytona Bike Week, is a motorcycle event and rally held annually in Daytona Beach, Florida. Approximately 500,000 people make their way to the rally area for the 10-day event. The festivities include motorcycle racing, concerts, parties, and street festivals. The event is usually held on the first full week of March and contends with the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally as the most popular motorcycle rally in the United States.

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