From St. Augustine to Orlando
We found the fountain of youth! Hint: it’s somewhere along the Southern Atlantic Coast Highway. Before leaving St. Augustine, we stopped by Ponce de Leon’s Fountain Of Youth Archaeological Park and took a sip of the famous water. It’s still pumped from the original location, and it tastes different than any other water mainly due to the high concentration of minerals. The park also has a planetarium, a preserved Timucua village (the first native people Ponce de Leon discovered) and a weapons exhibit. We loved walking around the historic area and even saw a live cannon being fired.
Feeling years younger, we took off towards Orlando, the last city on our trip. After our two-hour trip, we were starving so we went to lunch at The Capital Grille. Service was clearly king at this place; every 10 minutes, servers would come by to make sure we were having a good time. We enjoyed some cheeseburgers and steaks to fuel us up for the adventures ahead.
The restaurant was inside the Mall of Millenia, and we couldn’t wait to stroll around the 150 shops. We were impressed by the size of the place and its cutting-edge technology. Obviously, we did some more shopping (hey, we’re on vacation!) and browsed some of their famous stores.
After the mall, we went skydiving—well, indoor skydiving. iFLY is an indoor skydiving experience that re-creates true free-fall conditions. They do this by standing in a vertical wind tunnel that generates a wall-to-wall cushion of air on which we happily floated. We loved that we didn’t need to jump out of an airplane to feel that kind of rush!
Our flying experience left us famished, so we were ready for dinner. Cask & Larder was the perfect place for us. We quickly realized it’s a neighborhood hot spot thanks to its house-brewed beers, cured meats and freshly sourced ingredients. The menu changes daily, depending on what’s available from the nearby vendors. We loved this concept, and it made us feel like we were getting truly fresh, one-of-a-kind dishes.
We called it an early night because we wanted to be energized for our last day on the road. Our home for the night was the Cabana Bay Beach Resort. The first thing we loved about the hotel was their retro-themed décor. They also have huge pools, a lazy river, and even a bowling alley. The second thing we loved were our suites — they were huge! We truly got the Orlando special treatment here.
Tomorrow we’ll share our adventures during our last day exploring the Southern Atlantic Coast Highway!