When the sun goes down, the fun is just beginning in and around Orlando. Here are five ways to experience it:
Climb to the Moon
You’ll find Florida’s tallest lighthouse on the shores of Ponce Inlet, about an hour from Orlando. This handsome, red sentinel is beautiful inside, with a spiral staircase that twists smaller and tighter the higher you go.
And you can climb it by the light of a full moon. On the Full Moon Lighthouse Tour, the old lighthouse keeper leads you on a journey into the past, explaining the unique history of this National Historic Landmark. When you reach the top, the world will stretch below in a vast panorama. Toast the setting sun with sparkling cider and gasp at the rising moon, reflecting its glory on the surf. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 386- 761-1821, ext. 10.
Explore Historic Haunts
The Downtown Orlando Ghost Tour isn’t just a stroll in the dark. In this spine-tingling experience a guide leads you through historic downtown. You’ll shiver at tales of its shady past and of Church Street Station, a hotbed of paranormal activity. During the second half of the tour, you’ll explore of one of several haunted buildings. You’ll be given an EMF (electromagnetic field) detector, but you’re welcome to bring your own recording devices as well. You never know what your camera might catch.
Watch an Ancient Beach Ritual
A Turtle Walk is simple, perfect and unforgettable. Orlando is less than an hour from Brevard County, the largest sea turtle nesting area in the Western Hemisphere. Thanks to the Sea Turtle Preservation Society, during June and July of each year you can watch the magic unfold. You’ll soak up an educational presentation about sea turtles while volunteer teams scout the location of nesting Loggerheads. Then, under the cover of darkness, you’ll tiptoe out to the shore to observe a mother Loggerhead sea turtle laying her eggs. Call 321-676-1701 during May to make reservations.
Zip into Adventure
Climbing a towering platform, hooking a carabineer to a line and flying over the treetops definitely qualifies as a rush.
But you don’t know what the word means until you’ve done it by moonlight! On ZipOrlando’s Moon Zip Night Tour, you can watch Disney’s fireworks from your perch overlooking 2,700 acres of vast Florida wilderness. The guides will be carrying low-light lanterns; you’ll be clutching your own personal glow stick. As you soar above the wilds the eerie light will make the adventure even more unforgettable.
Orlando Pub Crawlers invite you to explore the city on all fours. These themed events award prizes for the most outrageous and creative costumes. Whether you dance with scallywags in the Ye Parched Pirates Pub Crawl, don a coconut bikini for The Get Lei’d Luau Pub Crawl, or get groovy with The Crazy 80′s Pub Crawl, you’re guaranteed to enjoy a spirited evening of adventure.
Playing under the silver gaze of the moon is a sure way to shine some magic onto your getaway.