Florida Part II: Islands of Adventure and the West Coast

I decided to spend my last day in Orlando at Islands of Adventure, going on the "big kid" rides and seeing Harry Potter World for the first time. It was so much fun! After leaving Orlando, we headed back to my roommate's hometown of Sarasota where I spent two days exploring her hometown and making new friends. From there, we crosses the Skyway Bridge (one of the coolest bridges I've seen) and went to St Pete, where her mother lives on the beaches of Indian Shores. We explored Downtown St. Pete on my last day there, including the Dalí Museum and the Chihuly Gallery. After enjoying a nice lunch with her family, I packed up and headed to the airport to return to Philadelphia just in time for the arrival of Winter Storm Jonas. 

Below is my trip through Islands of Adventure and the West Coast in pictures. Enjoy!

Day 4: Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios

Our final day in Orlando was spent at Islands of Adventure and universal Studios. We entered the park pumped and ready to go on The Hulk at least three times in a row, but to our dismay the Hulk was closed for refurbishing. After wiping the tears from our faces, we decided to start our day off in Seussland, whose aesthetic matched that of my roommate. Going on kiddie ride after kiddie ride and meeting thing 1 and thing 2, we were ready for some bigger rides.

I was most excited to go on Dudley Do-Right's Rip Saw falls because the last time I was in Islands of Adventure over a decade ago, my family and I fell in love with the ride. Thankfully, due to wearing our sweatshirts over our clothes, we didn't get too wet. However, the dryness was short lived after I forced my roommate to go on the Jurassic Park ride where I then got drenched and walked around in soaked clothes for the rest of the day.

From there we then explored HarryPotter world. Having never been an avid fan of Harry Potter, I was nonetheless still fascinated by the world that they created. Of course I paid a visit to Ollivander's and picked up a wand as well as the candy store where I got to have Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans and Chocolate Frogs. My trip to Harry Potter world would not be complete without a cup of some good old butterbeer, which if I may say so, was delicious. 

After four full and exciting days in Orlando it was time to pack up and head back to Sarasota for the remainder of my trip.

Ripsaw Falls, Islands of Adventure

Ripsaw Falls, Islands of Adventure

Suessland, Islands of Adventure

Suessland, Islands of Adventure

The Cat in the Hat, Islands of Adventure

The Cat in the Hat, Islands of Adventure

Comic Strip Cafe, Islands of Adventures 

Comic Strip Cafe, Islands of Adventures 

Comic Strip Cafe, Islands of Adventure

Comic Strip Cafe, Islands of Adventure

The Cat in the Hat, Islands of Adventure

The Cat in the Hat, Islands of Adventure

Empty seats, Islands of Adventure

Empty seats, Islands of Adventure

Seasons changing, Islands of Adventure

Seasons changing, Islands of Adventure

Ripsaw Falls, Islands of Adventures

Ripsaw Falls, Islands of Adventures

Gasoline Alley, Islands of Adventure

Gasoline Alley, Islands of Adventure

Islands of Adventure

Islands of Adventure

Ripsaw Falls, Islands of Adventure

Ripsaw Falls, Islands of Adventure

Harry Potter World, Islands of Adventure

Harry Potter World, Islands of Adventure

Harry Potter World, Islands of Adventure

Harry Potter World, Islands of Adventure

Harry Potter World, Islands of Adventure

Harry Potter World, Islands of Adventure

Harry Potter World, Islands of Adventure

Harry Potter World, Islands of Adventure

Day 5-8: West Coast of Florida

From Sarasota to St. Pete, I basked in the heat of Western Florida, enjoyed days at the dog park with friends and even hiked around the swampy lands of Myakka River State Park. 

Myakka River State Park, Sarasota

Myakka River State Park, Sarasota

Myakka River State Park, Sarasota

Myakka River State Park, Sarasota

Myakka River State Park, Sarasota

Myakka River State Park, Sarasota

Myakka River State Park, Sarasota

Myakka River State Park, Sarasota

Myakka River State Park, Sarasota

Myakka River State Park, Sarasota

Myakka River State Park, Sarasota

Myakka River State Park, Sarasota

Myakka River State Park, Sarasota

Myakka River State Park, Sarasota

The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg

The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg

Dolphin Sculpture at the Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg

Dolphin Sculpture at the Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg

Tree branches at the Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg

Tree branches at the Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg

A bench at the Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg

A bench at the Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg

Leaves against a parking garage in St. Petersburg

Leaves against a parking garage in St. Petersburg

Architecture in St. Petersburg

Architecture in St. Petersburg

Palm Trees, St. Petersburg

Palm Trees, St. Petersburg

The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

The Chihuly Collection

The Chihuly Collection

Buildings, St. Petersburg

Buildings, St. Petersburg

Reflections on the sidewalk, St. Petersburg

Reflections on the sidewalk, St. Petersburg