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Old 01-04-2023, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Houston(Screwston),TX
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We know Orlando would easily win if we include Disney and Universal Studios but I wanted to exclude that and see which metros offer the better experience for a Family summer vacation on city amenities alone.

For a frame of reference, me and my Family will be deciding between the 2 areas. It'll be a total of 6 kids ages ranging from 16 to a toddler.

No matter where we decide to go we will eventually choose 1 day to visit a theme park in either city. But since we're not centering this trip around theme parks we'll spend more time doing things in and around the cities.

So I ask is there nothing else to do in Orlando for families besides the theme parks?
Is Tampa really boring and should we just skip over to Downtown St. Petersburg and Clearwater Beach for fun?

Who has the better food scene?
Who has the better local amenities?
Better parks?
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Old 01-04-2023, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Louisiana to Houston to Denver to NOVA
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The fact that Tampa/St. Pete is a city on a beach is all I need to know.
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Old 01-04-2023, 03:38 PM
 
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i surfed at Treasure Island Beach one summer in decent wind chop conditions.
Nearly passed out from the heat despite the gentle sea breeze.
Ocean about 90F, air heat index was probably 115~122.
Couldn't bear the heat in the water/ or out of the water.
The water offered no relief whatsoever.
i lasted about an hour. Heat stroke wasn't far off.
'htf do people endure this heat,' i wondered.
I recalled it being less unbearable after dark.
Orlando is also incredibly hot. Welcome to the South.
But i didn't remember reaching to such an unbearable state.
One place i was able to cool off:
Rainbow Springs. 120F heat index, and "tubing"
near hypothermia for your lower torso submerged in the 67F water.
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Old 01-04-2023, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Houston/Austin, TX
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Lol I see what you did there
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Old 01-04-2023, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Florida
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We know Orlando would easily win if we include Disney and Universal Studios but I wanted to exclude that and see which metros offer the better experience for a Family summer vacation on city amenities alone.

For a frame of reference, me and my Family will be deciding between the 2 areas. It'll be a total of 6 kids ages ranging from 16 to a toddler.

No matter where we decide to go we will eventually choose 1 day to visit a theme park in either city. But since we're not centering this trip around theme parks we'll spend more time doing things in and around the cities.

So I ask is there nothing else to do in Orlando for families besides the theme parks? Theres more, like natural springs, Leu Gardens, etc.
Is Tampa really boring and should we just skip over to Downtown St. Petersburg and Clearwater Beach for fun? Yes, Tampa proper isn’t worth visiting. Skip in and go to Clearwater or St. Pete.

Who has the better food scene? Orlando
Who has the better local amenities? Debatable, I’d go with Tampa.
Better parks? Tampa (St. Pete really)
It seems like Tampa has to win this one for the sake of the beaches and other waterfront parks.
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