Couple of days in Orlando, Florida

  • Day 1, March 17th 2017

CrossFit Orlando

I landed in Orlando around 8AM and I have previously made an appointment at Crossfit Orlando for 10AM to perform my 17.4 Crossfit open workout. I decided to use public transport for this trip because its cheap and if needed, ride-sharing. Orlando has great connectivity, thanks to the Lynx transit system. I took a bus from Airport to downtown Orlando for $2. From downtown, I took a Lyft and finally made it to Crossfit Orlando on time. I did the scaled version of 17.4 and did meet my expected score. Below is me after the workout.

Thanks to Gabriel Colon for judging the workout and this pic

Lake Eola Park

After the workout I had almost 3 hrs to kill as my AirBnB starts around 3PM. I went to downtown again and roamed around the Lake Eola park. Walking around the Lake is a nice 1 mile stretch. You can see people running, walking, doing yoga. It also happens to be Saint Patrick’s day, so lots of activity happening downtown and it was a nice experience for the first timer in the town.

After roaming for a little more time across some downtown streets, I went to my AirBnB.

The Cirque Magique show

I like Magic and I often checkout magic shows whenever I get a chance. I decided to see Cirque Magique dinner show. It was a nice evening show and you get to see some acrobats, few puppies and some amazing rope skills, not bad for a dinner show and the food was ok. Few moments from the show below.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not

I often like to explore new places by walking around and decided to walk to the International drive to check out few more touristy places. I got to explore Orlando’s version of Ripley’s Believe It or Not There are many interesting facts to know and weird experiences to have at this place.

Orlando Eye

When you are walking in International drive, the Orlando Eye hits you cause it is so high, colorful and you ought to notice it at some point. I succumbed to it and went on it to check what its like to look at Orlando at night from like a Bird’s eye view. It compares to High Roller at Lync in Las Vegas if you have been there.

Infront of the Orlando eye

That’s a lot of stuff to digest for the first day in a new place.

  • Day 2, March 18th, 2017

Gatorland

Gatorland was the one I was most excited about this Orlando trip and it didn’t let me down. I got to see giant Gators upclose, hold small ones, wrestle with decent sized alligator, feed a lot of gators and also got to hold a burmese python. It a must see in Orlando if you like wildlife and I would go ahead and recommend the “Trainer for a Day” tour where you will be participating in all the behind the scene activities along with the Park ranger.

Holding a burmese python

There are many more things to do at Gatorland. Lots of shows involving gators go like once every 2 hours, there is a zipline that goes through the park over the wild gators and there is plenty enough to keep you busy for a day.

Nick’s Parlor tricks

Later that evening, I went to the International drive again and signed up for Nick Comis’ Nick’s parlor tricks for some magic. The show was decent for those interested in magic.

Madame Tussauds Orlando

Worth checking out but not a different experience from other Madame Tussauds. If you are short on time, I will skip this.

SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando

My final touristy spot for Orlando is the aquarium as I had one more ticket left from my Orlando explorer pass. I strongly recommend this pass if you are planning on seeing multiple places. The aquarium didn’t disappoint me but I think it is not something I thoroughly enjoyed, may be a bit of fatigue from the past two days. Will skip if short on time.

That’s my two days in Orlando, Florida.