Rediscover the simple pleasures of a day trip with Day Trips from Orlando. For local travelers seeking new adventures in their own backyards, as well as vacationers, it offers hundreds of exciting things to do, see, and discover within a two-hour drive. Complete with full trip-planning information, including
* Eat lunch with an astronaut, attend mission briefings, and tour a space shuttle replica at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
* Round up the family and board Captain Memo's Pirate Cruise for a swashbuckling adventure in Clearwater Beach on the southwest coast.
John Kumiski is an award-winning travel and outdoor writer and photographer whose books include Redfish on the Fly and Fishing Florida's Space Coast. He also guides anglers around the nether reaches of Florida's Indian River Lagoon.