8 Nostalgia-Inducing Places In Florida That Are Sure To Bring Out Your Inner Kid
While we may be aging, that doesn't mean that our spirit has grown up yet. Inside all of us is a little kid waiting to come out, and all it takes is something to remind us of our childhood and all that sweet, sweet nostalgia comes flowing back. If you're looking for things to do in Florida that will inspire that feeling, look no further than this list.
From boozy Capri-sun-like juice pouches to arcade bars with retro vibes, to Dragon Ball Z eateries and inflatable theme parks for adults, you'll find a little bit of everything on this list.
Without further ado, here are 8 nostalgia-inducing places in Florida to bring our your inner kid.
Walt Disney World
Price: Admission will vary day to day depending on whether or not it's the peak season, but they did just release a new 4-day ticket deal that gets you into all the parks at a discounted rate.
Address: -several locations in Orlando-
Why You Need To Go: Ok, so this one is the most obvious on the list, but you cannot deny the feeling of nostalgia that sweeps over you the moment you step foot into the Magic Kingdom. They've also added a lot of updates (you know you want to ride the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride), with even more on the way in years to follow that may just be worth checking out.
Twelve Parsecs Airbnb
Price: $541 per night for 16 or more guests; if you're sleeping 16, that's only about $34 each!
Address: Davenport, only 15 minutes from Orlando; exact location provided after booking.
Why You Need To Go: When the Star Wars hotel coming to Disney is packed, you can grab your friends for a stay in an out of this world themed Airbnb. The bedrooms are modeled after different planets in the Star Wars universe, with every inch feeling like you're on a movie set. It also has a private pool with nerdy easter eggs hidden throughout the whole mini-mansion.
The Lift Adventure Inflatable Aqua Park at SunWest Park
Price: $15 per 45-minute pass.
Address: SunWest Park — 17362 Old Dixie Hwy, Hudson, FL
Why You Need To Go: Taking you back to the days of slip 'n slides and putting the sprinkler under your trampoline, this inflatable aqua park will keep you cool while sliding, climbing, bouncing and trying to make it through the obstacles courses.
Soupa Saiyan Noodle Bar
Why You Need To Go: A deliciously nostalgic place to indulge in your need for noodles and take in all the Dragon Ball Z geekery of your childhood with wall to wall comic clippings featuring anime and manga references. They recently brought back a fan favorite menu item too.
Park & Rec
Address: 290 S Meridian Ave. Tampa, FL; they also have a St. Pete location.
Why You Need To Go: When you're over the beach, this place doubles not only as a bar with spiked juice pouches and themed bites, but also an adult's playground with games like giant connect 4, skeeball, air hockey, pinball, and retro arcade machines featuring games like Mario Kart, Donkey Kong, and more.
Mojo Books & Records
Price: Books as cheap as $0.99, most newer books are about half of their cover price. Records sell for anywhere between 99 cents & $2000 for rare titles; coffee, smoothies, & tea from the cafe range in price from $2 to $6.50. You can see the cafe menu here.
Address: 2540 E. Fowler Avenue Tampa, FL
Why You Need To Go: Enjoy coffee, tea, or a smoothie while browsing discount books from your childhood &records that will take you back in time. Popular and newer titles are often here at half their usual cover price, with . You can also trade-in books & records for store credit.
Jumpin' Fun Inflata
Price: $17.95 per adult.
When: Adult Night is every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Address: Lakewood Ranch Corporate Park, 7321 Trade Ct., Sarasota, FL
Why You Need To Go: Who didn't love a good bouncy castle as a kid? Take that and blow it up to 15,000 square feet, add games, and a zip coaster over the whole thing and you have this place. Every Thursday is adults-only night if you want the place to yourself to be a kid without the kids!
Realistic Laser Tag Missions at Tank America
Price: $20-$25, depending on which day and timeslot you go.
Address: 9150 Ellis Rd., Melbourne, FL
Why You Need To Go: Were you a gamer geek or simply loved laser tag as a kid? This place takes the fun arcade shooter and adds 30+ realistic missions to choose from, realistic gun sounds, and recoil on Hollywood style sets for an adult spin. Missions range from simple war tactics to hacker, jailbreak, Terminator and even zombie apocalypse. You can also drive a tank and crush cars here.
Sometimes you just need to forget about being an adult and let that inner kid out. So what are you waiting for? Soak up that nostalgia and let yourself be a kid again.
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