15 things to do in Central Florida while visiting the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo
You don’t have to be from Central Florida to know it’s a pretty great place to have a good time. Anyone who’s anyone knows that Orlando and the surrounding areas have a lot to offer when it comes to vacationing, entertainment, and family fun.
Many of you may be looking to yell, “Yeehaw!” on April 7th through the 10th when you visit Kissimmee to catch the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo at Osceola Heritage Park, but you might also be looking for some other fun things to do while you’re here.
Have no fear – we have a long list of things to occupy any extra time you may have in between rodeo performances. Grab your calendar and start filling it in…
- Visit Walt Disney World – It wouldn’t be a list about Central Florida if we didn’t start it off with the big guy – er, mouse – himself. Mickey Mouse’s home is located just over 10 miles from Osceola Heritage Park and is most likely close to the hotel you’ve booked.
- Ride the SunRail – The SunRail is Central Florida’s version of other well-known commuter trains such as the MARTA in Atlanta, the ‘L’ Train in Chicago, or the ‘T’ in Boston. Take the SunRail from the South Orlando location, not far from Osceola Heritage Park, for a day ride into Downtown Orlando or Winter Park.
- See the Florida Everglades from an airboat – Many people think they have to travel down to South Florida to get a glimpse of the Florida Everglades, but that’s not true. You can see them right here in Central Florida, and doing it from an airboat, like the ones out at Wild Florida, can’t be beat!
- Take a walk around Lake Eola – You can get to Lake Eola, our miniature version of Central Park located in Downtown Orlando, by SunRail or by car. You can take a nice walk, visit a few shops here and there, or pack a picnic to enjoy by the water or under the shade of the surrounding trees.
- Catch some sun on the beach – Florida is well-known for its beaches, and April is a great time to visit them before the real summer sun shows its face. Cocoa and Melbourne beaches are a short drive from Kissimmee, and a great way to spend a day during your visit.
- See a little magic at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – You can become part of the books (and movies) when you visit Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter spans across both theme parks with the Hogwarts Express taking you between them.
- Take a drive over to the Space Coast – Visit Kennedy Space Center, where you can meet an astronaut, get up close and personal with a real space shuttle, or see a rocket launch. There’s currently TBD launch date set for April – maybe it will happen while you’re here!
- Pay a visit to those other theme parks – Disney and Universal aren’t the only theme parks in Central Florida. You can also visit SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, and Legoland… just to name a few.
- Have a little “Sun’n Fun” – Riding a bull for eight seconds is pretty wild, but flying a small plane may be almost as exciting. You can catch over 50 airshow performers and more at the 42nd annual event in Lakeland, Florida.
- Cruise over to Old Town – Stroll through the shops of Old Town, have fun at the family-friendly attractions, or grab something to eat or drink at one of the many dining options. The most unique thing about Old Town? The weekly car shows featuring classic beauties. You could catch one on Saturday before the Tough Enough to Wear Pink performance!
- Eat and drink around Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival – When a slew of kids is involved, Magic Kingdom is an attractive park to visit, but did you know that Epcot may be the right place for the adults to visit this time of year? The Flower and Garden Festival is not just about the pretty landscape, but good food, drinks, and live entertainment, too.
- Ride the Orlando Eye and visit other I-Drive attractions – This new attraction opened almost a year ago and is the tallest observation wheel on the East coast of the United States. From it, you get a bird’s eye view of the Orlando skyline and beyond (all the way to Cape Canaveral on the coast).
- Cool off at a water park – April is not the hottest time of year in Florida, but it IS when things start to heat up outdoors. There are many water parks in our area, many of which are associated with the local theme parks… which means you may be able to get a great deal when you book tickets for everything at once!
- Stroll through Harry P. Leu Gardens – Leu Gardens is a 50-acre botanical garden just minutes from Downtown Orlando. You can take a walk through the beautifully kept gardens, walk along the water, or visit the historic house-turned-museum that is on site.
- Shop at a local Farmer’s Market – Osceola County Grown is a market comprised of a local network of farmers and producers offering affordable and healthy foods in Osceola County. This market is open every Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm.
Okay, so our ideas for extra sightseeing while you’re here may have gotten a little out of hand. You know what that means… extend your vacation and stay at least a week! That way you’ll be sure to catch all the rodeo action AND have a little extra fun while you’re here, too.