Melbourne for the Day

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If you take an hour’s drive along the 192 to the Space Coast you will arrive at Melbourne. As this is probably the nearest beach area to Orlando visitors often drive here for a day at the beach but there is more to do in Melbourne than sunbathe.

Brevard Zoo is a good place to visit particularly if you have younger children. This zoo started mainly by volunteers opened in 1994 and volunteers have also helped to increase its size over recent year. The zoo has hundreds of animals with many different species smaller children love it but it is more like a park in size

Admission for adults is $7 seniors $6 children 2- 12 years of age$5 and under 2 are admitted free. The zoo is open 10am to 5pm with last admission being at 4:15pm daily. It is only closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Family entertainment can be had at Andretti Thrill Park where you can get three hours of unlimited attractions for $25. 95; four hours will cost $29. 95. Opening hours are Mon to Thu 11am-10pm; Fri 11am-1am; Sat 10am-1am; Sun 12noon-10pm

There are 4 go-kart tracks as well as wave rave boats and paddle boats with water pumpers. Younger children are catered for with specially-sized rides and a train. They have an arcade as well as a laser tag arena. There is entertainment for all members of the family from toddlers to teenagers as well as the adults.

If you have a driver’s license, and are looking for really exciting, professional go-karting take the Andretti Challenge. This has a European-style road course track, speeds up to 40 miles per hour, you will enjoy it.

For those who like to shop visit Square Mall which has some of my favourite department stores like Macy' s, Dillard' s North and South, and JCPenney as well as many specialty stores. We often leave my Mother here while we spend a few hours at the Thrill Park.

There are quite a few golf clubs for golfing enthusiasts and the Baytree National Golf Links offers good afternoon rates.

Last time we went to Melbourne we stayed until quite late in the evening and as we had always had difficulty finding a good Indian restaurant in Orlando decided to dine at the one we found in Melbourne. We chose the Taste of India and were impressed with the authentic Indian dishes which were very spicy. I believe they also open at lunchtimes.

If you go to Melbourne for the day enjoy it.

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