Family Travel: Whirly Sports, Laser Games, and Fabulous Food in Orlando, FL, Flickr: dalangalma

WhirlyBall Anyone?

Orlando, Florida is certainly not lacking in family-friendly activities and fun.  As a central hub of America’s best and biggest theme parks, families have plenty of opportunities to have a great family vacation.  But if the crowds, heat and hype of the big theme parks are a bit too much for you, consider a brand new attraction about to hit the Orlando entertainment market: WhirlyDome.

WhirlyDome’s flagship attraction is WhirlyBall, “the world’s only totally mechanized team sport” is growing in popularity across the nation.  Participants 12-and-up ride in a WhirlyBug, a sophisticated and agile bumper car style vehicle, while playing a fast-paced game similar to basketball, hockey and jai-alai. 

If competitive mechanized sports are not up your alley, WhirlyDome has plenty more options.  Traditional laser tag as well as Lazer Frenzy, an obstacle course/maze that tests out your inner spy as you climb over and under laser beams as quick as you can.  The first F1 Racing Simulator of its kind in the US allows guests to see what it is like to ride in a Formula 1 race car.  A variety of arcade games, two self-service bowling lanes (no crazy shoes required!), and billiard tables round out the activities at WhirlyDome.

WhirlyDome can accommodate groups and parties of any size from a well-planned out birthday party, to a massive family reunion.

In case you work up an appetite, head to the on-site restaurant, Bloodhound Brew, Pub & Eatery.  This laid back, corner bar themed restaurant offers a variety of menu choices including street tacos, fried chicken, nachos, Cuban sandwiches and even the Bloodhound burger, a 10oz patty stuffed with macaroni and cheese, and topped with Havarti cheese, bacon & pineapple glaze!  For dessert, be sure try the funnel cake and the famous pineapple upside down cake if a special treat is in order.

Entrance into WhirlyDome is free.  Kids must remain supervised by adults.

Open 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily beginning June 1st, 2012.

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