What do the locals do? That question is the focus of the book Central Florida – Beyond the Theme Parks. Central Florida and Orlando, conveniently located between the two coasts, is known for world-class theme parks, including Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, and Legoland. The book explores over 120 locations with over 300 photographs in what the locals may describe as the "real" Florida. Written by a 4th generation native Floridian, the book describes alternative activities that the locals enjoy and gives insight into Florida's rich history. The book is organized geographically, as three chapters focus on Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties, that comprise the Orlando metropolitan area. Using downtown Orlando as the starting point, the "Local to 30 miles" chapter includes the overlap with adjoining counties. Each location discussed ranges from free to $20 admission. As the name implies, "Daytrip" identifies locations up to 100 miles from downtown Orlando. Additional chapters provide information on membership programs that give access to member locations locally and reciprocally throughout the nation. While there over 300 photographs illustrating the book, as a bonus, there is a website providing higher resolution than could be published, and additional photos intentionally excluded to keep the book a realistic size and cost.
This book is for the permanent resident, the newly arriving resident, business traveler, tourist, and the part-time resident enjoying the mild winters. In short, this book is for everyone.