Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Holiday 2013 Day 15 Tuesday 30 July

Today was our final day in Orlando. From here we are headed for New Orleans first via Di's house Ocoee,(Ocoee is a city in Orange County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 35,579. It is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Are) to pick up some supplies she's prepared (Nat fell in love with her cooking last weekend not that he was alone there, then we head north to Perry (see below) where we plan to stay the night before continuing on around the Gulf to Navaree where we are stopping for 2 days before the final leg down to the The Big Easy.

Dianne's House in Ocoee

Perry is a city in Taylor County, Florida, United States. As of 2010, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 7,017.[3] It is the county seat of Taylor County.[3] The city's web site states that the city was named for Madison Stark Perry, fourth Governor of the State of Florida and a Confederate States Army colonel during the American Civil War

Monday, 29 July 2013

Holiday 2013 Day 14 Monday 29 July

Busch Gardens Tampa (formerly known as Busch Gardens Africa and Busch Gardens: The Dark Continent) is a 335-acre (135.6 ha) 19th century African-themedanimal theme park located in the city of Tampa, Florida. It opened on March 31, 1959 as an admission-free hospitality facility for Tampa Anheuser-Busch; in addition to various beer tastings they had, a bird garden and the Stairway to the Stars which was an escalator that took guests to the roof of the brewery.[1] Busch Gardens continued to grow, and in 1965, opened the 29-acre Serengeti Plains, which allowed the African wildlife to roam freely.[1] It continued to focus on its tropical landscape, exotic animals, and amusements to draw visitors. Busch Gardens began charging admission as the entertainment became more complex, with extra fees for the thrill rides, such as the roller coasters for which Busch Gardens is now known. Currently Busch Gardens competes with other such parks in Florida and charges comparable fees. The park is operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, majority owned by the private equity firm Blackstone Group. Busch Gardens is currently accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).[2] In 2011, the park hosted 4.3 million people, placing in the Top 20 of the most-visited theme parks in the US and in the Top 25 worldwide. Busch Gardens