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1. Posted by standiann (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

In mid January my husband and I are taking a trip to Florida. Our first night is in Cocoa Beach, the next day we board Fantasy (Carnival Cruise Lines) for a four night cruise to Freeport and Nassua in the Bahamas. We return from the cruise and have an additional 3 nights in Orlando. Since this is a couple only vacation, I am hoping folks can recommend the excursions they enjoyed from the cruise and what to do in Orlando beyond Disney and Universal for adults. Does anyone know anything about motocross races in January. My husband would like to go to one but I can't find anything going on in January.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Stan and Dianne

2. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 11y

Hey Stan and Dianne

I just Googled "Motocross racing near Orlando Florida" and came up with this link...
http://www.flvmx.com/schedule.html

Try Google or Yahoo searches...you can find almost anything there.

Also, even though Disney isn't everyone's favorite place, Epcot Center really does have a lot to see. You can even scuba dive (if you're certified) in their million gallon tank, or do what we did....at the restaurants, lop off the heads on the little Mickey butters...the wait staff loves that!!

Have fun on your trip!

3. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 11y

Cocoa Beach is right next to Cape Canaveral--which is where all the Space Shuttles and moon launches take place. They have a tour you might enjoy--try to get the one where you not only go through the Vertical Assembly Building, but also get to go out to the launch sites themselves and climb all over.

P.S. There are two buildings next to the vertical assembly building--one is the launch center, the other contains the shuttle when it's being refurbished after a launch. Normally you don't get to go into these (since I used to work for the shuttle manufacturer), I've been inside both), but sometimes you can see them moving the shuttle in and out of the building. You might even get there when a launch is scheduled--now that's a real sight to see!

Another option is to see Sea World Orlando or Cypress Gardens--and keep in mind that Disney has four theme parks plus two water parks--not counting their Paradise Island attraction. Church Street Station is also a possibility--check websites for more info on this..

If you travel as far as Tampa, there is Busch Gardens--a nice amusement park with a wild animal park as well (Disney also has one of these)

Enjoy.

4. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 11y

One of the other travel members pointed out that now the tour goes through the command center. See his pictures here:
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/nigel.ritchie/

Enjoy

5. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 10y

For anyone that might want to go to the Kennedy Space Center and see a launch, here is where the launch schedule is located

http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/launches/scheduleStatus.asp

Enjoy