Last month, DH and I went to Winter Park, FL to visit my sister and brother-in-law for a long weekend. It was nice to get away while it was cool in New Mexico, butbefore the temperatures became too hot in Florida. We didn't do much touristy stuff like theme parks (Winter Park is just outside of Orlando). But we did go to the Kennedy Space Center because DH is an aerospace fan. The Space Center is on the coast but not too far away.
A model of the Space Shuttle rocket assembly--
The Space Shuttle Atlantis' home is at the Space Center, and it is housed in its own exhibit space. It was a well thought out exhibit. You enter from the upper level for an eye level view. And then as you walk to the lower level, other parts of the craft can be seen, resulting in a very close 360-degree view.
The other major exhibit is about the Apollo project. Although that was a very long time ago, it was still pretty impressive. Perhaps even more than the Shuttle because space travel was so very new at the time and all of the science had to be developed in order to get the astronauts up there and back safely.
There were models of spacecraft around the grounds, and even my notoriously camera shy DH could not resist posing in one of them!
The admission also included a bus tour around the Space Center itself, where we got to see actual launching pads, etc.
Our other touristy activity was the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour, which is a bit of Old Florida. They started the tours around 70 or so years ago, and I'm sure it had more wilderness then than now.
Although there was some--
Winter Park is built around a series of lakes, and has many old and new luxury homes built on the water. So most of what we saw were mansions, like these two:
It was a fun trip but ended too fast, but that just means we'll have to go back again soon!