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Things to Do in Florida Part 1

 

Why you would be stuck for things to do in South Florida is beyond me as there is SO much to do! So, having been asked this question many times, I thought it was about time I dusted down the keyboard, flexed my fingers, and start bashing the keys… So, here we go.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Orlando)

6000 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819-7640
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Christine from the UK gives a brief review of her experience at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter “AMAZING! I’m not the biggest Harry Potter fan but even i know that this place is amazing. The attention to detail is second to none. The Hogwarts Express from ‘King’s Cross Station’ to ‘Hogsmeade’ was an genius idea and the dragon on top of Gringotts is particularly amazing when it breathes fire!

Universal’s Islands of Adventure (Orlando)

6000 Universal Blvd, Universal Orlando, Orlando, FL 32819
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The following review is written by Gemma from Glasgow in the UK (seems to be a lot of reviews from Brits!),. She starts of “Best Theme Park Ever!” And continues with, “I have just returned from my 7th trip to universal and myself and my family still adore it! Spider man and the Hulk rides never ever get old. My mum is so obsessed with the hulk that she went on it every day and it never gets old. The new kong ride is brilliant and all the old classics are just as fab as ever. On our last day, my fiance and I were walking through the fast past line for the Spiderman and seen Spiderman, reading the newspaper which really made our last day, it was amazing. The toon lagoon is also amazing and Ripsaw falls is legendary in our family but be prepared to be soaked!” Gemma finished by saying, “Loved meeting all the classic characters such as Betty Boop also and it is great that they keep those classic characters as well as introducing the new ones. Can’t wait for our next trip back!

Discovery Cove

6000 Discovery Cove Way, Orlando, FL 32821-6000
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Sharon from Taylorsville, Utah, talks about her experience at Discovery Cove, “We had a great time when we visited in January 2014. it was a little cold, but not at all crowded. We did a swim with the dolphins and that was really cold, but it was January, so I’m not sure what the water temp is in other months. We did the underwater walk, and that was fun too. One thing I thought was that they should have a price for people who don’t drink alcohol, but the lunch was good lots of variety. It really was January of 2014 when we went , but it only goes back to Dec 16 so I put that, but it was Jan. 14 when we went.

National Naval Aviation Museum

1750 Radford Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32508, USA
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Thomas from Atoka, Tennessee, gives his thoughts about his visit to the National Naval Aviation Museum, “Better every year. I’ve been coming here since the 1970’s and it gets better every time I visit. Just by sheer luck I went on a Blue Angels practice day this last time and despite the long line to get onto the base, it was still pretty awesome. To see the historical aircraft, many of which are the only examples in existence, was a thrill. I recommend it to anyone visiting the area.

Magic Kingdom Park

3111 World Drive, Orlando, FL 32830
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This is review (1 from over 3,300 pages of reviews!) comes from Wayne from Sydney, Australia”Magicical! Well after watching so videos on youtube we finally got to go to magic kingdom and i must say i got gooze bumps when i got to the gates seeing the castle ..i felt like a big kid again ..when i got inside it blew my mind …i was overwhelmed …with excitement…the park the rides the food and my favrite having my photos done with all the characters was a dream come true …” Wayne goes on to say, “we also booked acouple of character breakfeasts which also were fantastic and worth the money ..we also bought the photo pass so every photo we had went onto our magic band and was ours at the end of the trip…we racked up 1789 photos on our photo pass..for $149 so worth every sent ..and staff around the park were so polite.

Stetson Mansion

1031 Camphor Ln, DeLand, FL 32720-5003
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A brief but straight to the point review by tinkersmoms from Port Saint Lucie, Florida, “Happy and bright!!!!!!! Beautiful decorations!!! Beautiful mansion!!! Got to meet the owner. A little out of the way to get to but well worth the trip.

Cirque du Soleil® La Nouba™

1478 Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32821, USA
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The following experience comes from Anne from Alexandria, “A great night out! My boyfriend and I went here last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have seen Cirque du Soleil a lot and he has seen one other show. This was not my favorite one but I definitely enjoyed it. I am especially happy we saw it since they just said that they were closing at the end of the year. If you are interested do not get the tickets ahead of time. Go the day that you are interested and you can get discounted tickets.

McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary

12943 61st St N, West Palm Beach, FL 33412, USA
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EM H gives his account and review about his trip to McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary. He starts with, “An AWESOME Private Wild Animal Sanctuary!” He then continues by saying, “Our tour guide was Tori, she was friendly, fun, knowledgeable and VERY enthusiastic. She has a clear love of the animals she works with and a want to share that adoration with those who take the tour. The grounds are very nice and well kept. The animals are healthy and happy and very well cared for by their handlers, it shows in their body language and reactions. My wife and I went on Halloween and many of the animals still had their pumpkins. :)” EM continues with his review, “The tour took about 2 hours and was at a good pace, Tori tried to get as many of the animals (especially the big cats) up as close to the fronts of their habitats as possible. She gave us a lot of information on the animals, both general breed info and specifics about the individuals. There was plenty of time for pictures and questions. All in all it was fun and informative, relaxed, but not too slow or boring. ** Note: My wife, me and another guest as well as our guide were a little too close to one of the male tigers and got “sprayed”… so that’s a thing to keep in mind as a possibility.

More To come…

The 10 Best Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale

You’ve had a hard day at work, you don’t fancy cooking but you can’t decide where to go to get some food. We hope that we have the answers for you. Below are a list of the top 10 restaurants in Fort Lauderdale – going by the number of reviews.

Premiere Bar – 3110 Belmar St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-4103
Website: http://premierehotel.com/cafe.html
Here are the thoughts and review from a customer who went to the Premiere Bar, “The Premiere Bar has a small selection of beer and wine and the menu is has narrowed down to the tasting Argentinian foods. The Premiere Bar has not any indoor table, just a bar. There is a large picnic table on the outside area adjacent to the pool, where people gather and share a conversation.” They go on to say, “I have been to many Bar & Restaurants but non like the Premiere, this place is unique in its own way and things are done differently here. I like it. ”

Laspada’s Hoagies – 1495 SE 17th St Ste D, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-1728
Website: http://www.laspadashoagies.com/
According to one customer “We went to Laspada’s for lunch recently. It was mid day so there was a line which was expected. The line does move very fast. The staff is very entertaining when your watching them prepare the subs. Sort of choreographed, you will have to go in to see what I mean. We got the Monster sub and OMG it was so much food. Great food for a great price and a little entertainment while you wait.”

Dolce Salato Pizza & Gelato – 2406 Wilton Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305-1251
Website: https://www.dolcesalato101.com/
A happy dinner said “I needed a place close to a friend’s house and ours to meet over lunch. Parking was next door at the Plaza or street meters. The pizza was thinking crust and crisp. Sauce seems home made and very flavourful. Beer was local craft ( try the IPA) or Italian beer. I would definitely come again. Worth the 15 minute drive.”

La Dolce Vita – 3331 NE 33rd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308-7148
Website: http://www.ladolcevitaflorida.com/
This review of La Dolce Vita is from a few months ago and they say “Number 4 on TripAdvisor so it better be good, right? Not a disappointment at all. The place has a real Italian vibe–including our server who was Italian–and the Italian Movie posters on the walls. Our server was great at making recommendations–especially for the wine. The meal was served at the perfect pace and the appetizers and main courses were filling and delicious. The dessert was a chocolate-encrusted pistachio ice cream which was the perfect end to the meal. A great meal!”

Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill – 1821 Cordova Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-2198
Website: http://www.gilberts17thstgrill.com/
According to this review, this is a great place to eat that is also near the airport, “Three great burgers with creative toppings done to perfection. We were in a hurry to get to the airport and we figured a burger was a good option. We were not disappointed!” They continue saying, “We were greeted by the owner who explained the menu options and the grade of beef used. The burgers came exactly as we ordered them, down to the double crispy bacon!! Portions were good size and sides ample and delicious!”

Wild Sea – 620 E Las Olas Blvd, Riverside Hotel, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-2235
Website: http://www.wildsealasolas.com/
A Wild Sea customer had to say this about their experience, “We stopped in for a drink while spending the day shopping on Las Olas. We had such a great time visiting with Jerry at the bar that we decided to come back for dinner. We were surprised to see he was working at night, and decided just to have dinner at the bar instead of the table outside we had reserved. We had such a memorable time with Jerry and Hannah, and the food was fabulous. Grilled Octopus, and Hog Snapper were to die for!! We eat out several times a week all throughout South Florida, and this is our new favorite restaurant.”

Canyon Southwest Cafe – 1818 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-3040
Website: http://canyonfl.com/
“If you like to try new things, try the famous Prickly Pear Margarita. Whoda thunk it , right? The room is small and cozy with a few bar seats, so go early. The Mac and cheese and all apps are GREAT! Only place that I order these two. Full bar and the menu will give you what ever your taste is. Plenty of free parking in the Gateway shopping center a few steps away , or a small lot behind it. This is one place that you will return to and pass on the news to your friends.”

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Casa D’Angelo – 1201 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
Website: http://www.casa-d-angelo.com/
Lenny from Montreal, Canada, passes on his view of his experience at Casa D’Angelo, “We reserved outdoors on a great evening as the inside is very loud and cold. Our waiter was an old pro. We all ended up ordering his specials described so magnificently. THe classic Osso Buco was fabulous as was
Various fish dishes for the ladies. We even had delicious deserts and capacino which is compulsory. So we can’t wait to visit their Boca Raton location soon”

Chima Steakhouse – 2400 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-1582
Website: https://www.chimasteakhouse.com/
The following review comes from Gammish of Douth Florida. Gammish says about Chima Steakhouse, “Best churrascaria in South Florida! Classy setup for both carnivores and vegetarians. Yes, you read that correctly! The salad bar is awesome! If you don’t partake of the meats, you will eat a huge meal on a budget. Then you can enjoy the caipirinhas – Brazil’s national drink (like a margarita but better)!” Gammish goes on, “If you are a meat eater, then you will be in heaven. The advise is to hold out and eat patiently as they will serve up sausages and lesser quality meats at first. Hold on as you will take off with great steaks! If you like chicken hearts, then you will get those too – tasty! Service is excellent from valet to host to waiting. Go starving, save room, and roll out the door home. This is the best in South Florida.”

Greek Islands Taverna – 3300 N Ocean Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308-7119
Website: http://greekislandstaverna.com/
Ove from Pompano Beach, Florida, says this about Greek Islands Taverna, “Great Food, authentic Greek experience. Family of 4, grown up kids had a delicious food and service experience at the taverna. We all had typically Greek food. To this we enjoyed a great Italian wine. We love this place!”

Hello Florida!

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South Florida Sunrise says GOOOOOOOOD MORNINGGGGGGGG! How is everyone today? The day is early, the weather is gorgerous and life is great!

Just wanted to say a quick hi from South Florida Sunrise and to quickly let you guys know what we are all about. It’s really simple and straight forward, we are here to help business organisations through out South Florida. We want to pass on out vast business knowledge, for free, yes, you heard right – FREE – no cost, not a single dime, as we want to pay back the community.

Why do we want to do this, I hear you ask. Simple – we feel that it is hard enough at any time working on a business, trying to get more customers, promote it, pay the staff, pay the bills and live! So, we want to make it a little bit easier for you to find advice on business “stuff”.

Not only business news, but were are going to produce posts about:

  • places to visit
  • things to do in South Florida
  • places to go and eat
  • nightlife
  • and much much more

So, keep an eye on us and see what comes your way. We think it’s going to be really helpful!