Central Florida: Beyond the Theme Parks

Central Florida: Beyond the Theme Parks

by Lawrence Gray
Central Florida: Beyond the Theme Parks

Central Florida: Beyond the Theme Parks

by Lawrence Gray


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Just what do the locals do? Central Florida – Beyond the Theme Parks begins to answer just that question. Hearing tourists after multiple visits to Disney World, Universal Studios, or Sea World proclaim, "I have seen Florida;" however, as a native Floridian, the answer is "No, you haven't." The book focuses on activities within a 100-mile radius of Orlando. Cost is a limiting factor for locations included within the book to those ranging from free to $20. That contrast with Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World, where at publication, the admission fee for individual tickets have broken the $100 barrier, and even the parking fee at each of the parks is $25.
With Orlando centrally located between the two coasts, locals take advantage of the current cultural events, the expansive recreational activities and immerse themselves in Florida's extensive historical heritage that many locations represent. There are 120 locations discussed in the book, with over 300 color photographs. Supplementing the book is a website where those 300 photographs are available for viewing at a higher resolution and include additional photos illustrating the locations but not in the publication. After publication, the author may update by adding more images that are relevant to the locations.
This book is for the lifelong resident, the newly arriving resident, the tourist, the business traveler, and the short-term resident enjoying the mild winter. This book is for everyone. Lawrence Gray is a 4th generation native Floridian with some lineage dating back even further to the mid-1700s. Currently living in Central Florida, he is an author and professional photographer.
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Orange County
Chapter 3 Seminole County
Chapter 4 Osceola County
Chapter 5 Local to 30 Miles
Chapter 6 Daytrips to 100 Miles
Chapter 7 Discounts and Membership Plans
Chapter 8 Bonus
Chapter 9 Exclusions

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781737070337
Publisher: LGP Publishing
Publication date: 04/17/2021
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Larry Gray is an author, and landscape, wildlife, and travel photographer located in Orlando, Florida. He is a native Floridian with ancestral roots in Florida back to the mid-1700s. The love of travel developed during adolescence. Not distracted by computers that didn’t exist at the time, he had a car, and with the gas wars of the 1960s encouraged to explore. In 1969 he bought his first camera, a Mamiya/Sekor, and the photography experience grew from there, selling and teaching photograph techniques during college. Military service further enhanced both the travel and photography experience with PCS, permanent change of station, every three years creating new locations to explore, including International.

This book was a natural expansion. Sharing Florida’s experiences as they continue to evolve, ever-changing while other areas preserved, including the pristine beaches like existed decades ago. It is little wonder that when he hears tourists say they have seen Florida after their Disney visit, he is thinking, “No, they haven’t. Beyond tourists, so many people relocate to Florida. Welcome. He hopes this book helps you explore your new home.
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