Repeat visitors to the Central Florida themeparks and beaches seek out new activities, lodging and dining spots to keep things fresh for the kids and themselves. In Orlando North, Seminole County (midway between the two tourist corridors) has lots new to entice travelers to try something new, quirky and to look forward to in the future. Here’s just a sampling:
Opened in Sanford is ALTITUDE, a huge -- as in over 30,000 square feet-- indoor trampoline park. It’s the perfect place to have your kids jump off their energy and let them explore new activities (and stunts), as in jumping off a diving board or trapeze swing into a big pool of colorful foam cubes or playing Wipeout as the padded arms of the spinning wheel try to knock them and their friends over. Altitude Trampoline Park, 1810 Rinehart Road, Sanford, Florida 32771. Ph: (321) 246-3407.
Experience GOAT YOGA! Part Yoga, Part Animal Assisted Therapy, Goat Yoga is about disconnecting from day to day stress, illness or depression and focusing on happy holistic vibes! No yoga experience is needed. This is perfect for families vacationing in Florida and looking for something unique, memorable and magical! Just head to Dancing Moon Farm in Sanford. Cost: $37. Original Goat Yoga Sanford/Orlando. 725 Myrtle , Sanford, FL 32771. Ph: 888-992-4628. https://orlando.goatyoga.net/
WEKIVA ISLAND, a prized recreation area on the Wekiva River for canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, swimming and more is pleased to announce the reopening of the Without a Paddle Café. Patrons can look for those ‘ole favorites and will now be able to look for new menu masterpieces as well as the return of Firepit Friday. The 2nd floor of the Tooting Otter Craft Beer, Wine and General Store's building will now house an Art Gallery with a Grand Opening to the public aimed to coincide with the March 2019 Wekiva Paint Out Festivities. With Art as a key area of focus, the new Gallery will include an extensive display, with featured artists and artwork from past Wekiva Paint Out events.
Unlike in days of yore, folks are trying to break into The Old Jailhouse in Sanford -- for a great meal that is. The 1890s building, which started off as a livery, and served as the Seminole County Jail in the early 1900s, is now serving up fare from the American Sunbelt. Their slogan: Kitchen & Spirits Behind Bars. The designers kept a lot of the original décor from the lock up days including barred windows, and period chandeliers. 1113 S Palmetto Ave., Sanford, FL 32771 (407) 548-6964.
In Lake Mary a healthy fast-casual restaurant, Salata, offers fully customizable salads, wraps and more. Located at Lake Mary’s Colonial Town Park Center at 1120 Townpark Avenue, the new Salata offers guests fully customizable, tossed-to-order salads and wraps, soups, organic teas and lemonades. All fresh fruits, vegetables and lean proteins are chopped daily in-house. With five salad bases, more than 50 toppings, and 10 house-made, gluten-free dressings, guests can create meals without restrictions to meet their own definitions of healthy.
LOOKING AHEAD AT NEW AND RENOVATED LODGING OPTIONS…
The Westin Lake Mary, Orlando North will be doing soft goods renovations on all guestrooms in summer 2019. A public space soft goods renovation was completed in April 2017 that included the Westin Lobby with a full Lobby transformation, Lobby Bar full renovation, and installation of the Westin Living Wall. All Meeting Spaces were renovated with new carpet, wall vinyl, lighting sconces, and digital reader boards and meeting room signs throughout all meeting space. Guest floor corridors were renovated with new carpet, wall vinyl, and lighting sconces. The Westin Club Lounge underwent a full renovation.
The historic Mayfair Inn, overlooking Sanford’s Lake Monroe and the St. John’s River is undergoing a $10+ million renovation and plans to reopen 2020. It’s last guests departed some 55 years ago. The renovated property will house a 120-room full service hotel.