Museums & Zoos in Orlando, Florida


MUSEUMS and ZOOS in Orlando, Florida We've compiled a listing of children's museums, zoos, planetariums and other attractions of interest in twenty major cities across the country. Also included are the quirky and unusual, like the La Brea tar pits in Los Angeles, the Dog Museum in St. Louis, and the Nashville Toy Museum! Be sure and call to confirm hours and exhibits before you go--these things change frequently, particularly at smaller museums. And go in the morning to avoid the crowds. But most of all, enjoy an enlightening experience with your kids! Credit cards listed are: MC (Mastercard), VI (VISA), AE (American Express), DI (Diners Club), DS (Discover), CB (Carte Blanch) ORLANDO, FL Gatorland, 14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail, 3.5 miles north on US 17/92/441 from junction US 192, Allow 3 hours minimum. Daily 8-dusk, Admission $$, AE, MC, VI, Phone (407) 855-5496 or (800) 393-JAWS. E-Mail: Harry P. Leu Botanical Gardens, 1730 North Forest Avenue. 3/4 mile north from junction SR 50on US 17/92, then 1/2 mile east via Virgina Drive. Allow 1 hour minimum, Gardens open daily 9-5. Guided tours Tuesday-Saturday 10-3:30, Sunday-Monday 1-3:30, Closed December 25. Admission $, Phone (407) 246-2620. Orange County Historical Museum, 812 East Rollins Street, Allow 1 hour minimum. Monday-Saturday 9-5, Sunday noon-5; Closed holidays. Admission $, Phone (407) 898-6350. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 North Mills Avenue. Allow 1 hour minimum, Tuesday-Saturday 9-5, Sunday noon-5, Closed holidays, Admission $, Phone (407) 896-4231. Orlando Science Center, 810 East Rollins Street. Allow 2 hours minimum. Thursday and Saturday 9-5, Friday 9-9, Sunday noon-5. "Cosmic Concerts" light shows Friday-Saturday at 9, 10:30 and midnight. Closed Thanksgiving and December 25. Admission $$, Phone (407) 896-7151. Orlando Toy Train Station and Museum, 5253 International Drive . Allow 1 hour minimum, Daily 9:30-6:30. Admission $$, AE, MC, VI, Phone (407) 363-9002. Ripley's Believe it or Not! Museum, 8201 International Dr. 1/2 mile southeast of I-4 exit 29, Daily 10am-11pm. Admission $$ AE, MC, VI, Phone (407) 351-5803. Sea World of Florida, 7007 Sea World Drive at the junction of I-4 and SR 528 (Bee Line Expressway). Allow a full day. Daily 9-7; extended hours during peak season. Last admission 1 hour before closing. Admission $$$$, MC, VI, Phone (407) 351-3600, or (800) 432-1178 in FL or (800) 327-2424 outside FL.

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