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1920 N Forest Ave, Orlando, FL 32803, USA
While Orlando typically inspires images of amusement parks, the city is also home to sites that are completely separate from the manufactured worlds of Disney and Universal—such as the Harry P. Leu Gardens. The urban oasis teems with...
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5931, 7782 Winter Garden Vineland Rd # 100, Windermere, FL 34786, USA
I just have this obsession with cute little cafes—you've seen the pictures of all these beautiful cafes in Paris, Rome, Dublin, and New York. Let's say you don't live in, or just simply can't go to any of these magnificent places. I found a nice...
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Orlando, FL, USA
Treehouse Truck in Orlando, FL is a local food truck roaming the streets throughout Central Florida. If you're lucky, you might even find them in Ft. Lauderdale or Miami! Known for some jaw dropping menu items, they have some other must try items....
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136 N 4th St, Lake Mary, FL 32746, USA
Equally summery and sexy, 4th & Ocean has the clothes you want to wear for a Florida weekend...from bikinis, to backpacks, to sunnies. Stocked with brands like Roxy and Billabong as well as up-and-coming designers, this store will fulfill all of...
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8255 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
The ultra retro-inspired décor and the energizing music pumped out of the state-of-the-art audio system will transport guests to a swanky fifties bowling experience. Whether it's playing a game of pool, grabbing a stool at the bar, sinking into a...
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431 E Central Blvd suite c, Orlando, FL 32801, USA
Move over cupcakes: Popsicles are the next big dessert craze in Orlando. After my stroll around Lake Eola, I stopped at the popsicle shop Hyppo. You won't find the popsicles of your childhood here. Hyppo's version is inspired by Mexican paletas...
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Market Promenade Ave, Lake Mary, FL 32746, USA
Some 32 beers on are on tap at the upscale and intimate Liam Fitzpatrick's Irish pub. A lively crowd fills the restaurant and patio during the evenings and weekends. A dueling pianos performance entertains every Saturday night at 9:30 p.m.
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Ponce Inlet, FL, USA
Quickly accessible from Orlando, Ponce Inlet is a coastal town snuggled between Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach. A highlight is the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum. The lightkeeper’s dwelling and museum exhibits offer a glimpse into...
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2101 North Epcot Resorts Blvd, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
It's free, it's more intimate—and manageable—than Downtown Disney, and it's a stunning re-creation of of 1930s Atlantic seashore boardwalk. Rent a two- or four-person bike to make quick work of the quarter-mile stretch, while street entertainers...
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1600 Seven Seas Drive, Orlando, FL 32836, USA
Fans claims that this iconic Disney treat—banana-stuffed French toast coated with cinnamon and sugar—only tastes as it should when procured and enjoyed in the magic kingdom. Find out for yourself at the Kona Cafe and Capt. Cook's in the Polynesian...
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8747 International Dr Ste. 102, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
At this interactive art experience on International Drive, get splattered with paint, blown away by music, and moved by dance performances. Local art is also featured. Don't forget to wear a T-shirt that might become a Pollock-inspired memento.
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2912 Corrine Dr, Orlando, FL 32803, USA
On a mission to support local businesses and skip the malls, I stumbled upon Dear Prudence Shop in Audubon Park Garden District of Orlando. I fell in love. Love, Love. In the front you will find jewelry, oh the jewelry! You can even make your own...
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Thornton Park, Orlando, FL 32801, USA
A stroll through this pedestrian-friendly neighborhood near Lake Eola in downtown Orlando yields plenty to see and do. Design a T-shirt on the spot at Mother Falcon’s pop-up factory, see what’s happening at the creative collaborative...
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29 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801, USA
Believe it or not, Orlando has an impressive—and ever-growing—arts and culture community. To get a feel for the scene, visit CityArts Factory, a collective of contemporary art galleries in the heart of downtown Orlando. Admission is...
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14 St George St, St Augustine, FL 32084, USA
The structure at 14 St. George Street in St. Augustine, Florida is reportedly the oldest "wooden" schoolhouse in the country. The original build date goes unremembered but the building is first mentioned in the tax records for the year 1716. While...
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19200 SW 344th St, Homestead, FL 33034, USA
Should you find yourself on the backroads of Homestead, Florida, the gateway to the Everglades, you'll come upon open fields and vineyards. It's here that a roadside stand displays the bold lettering: "Robert is Here." But who is Robert? And...
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1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
When in America, the Dali Museum is the place to see the works of the Spanish artist Salvador Dali. The lovely waterfront museum houses the largest collection outside of Spain including: 96 oil paintings, over 100 watercolors and drawings, 1,300...
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4151 N Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931, USA
and he's in the sand. UNLIKELY ART: Cocoa Beach, Florida Competitive sand castle building was never something I would have considered as a professional hobby. But it certainly is so. This was my first time visiting the competition, recently held...
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Port Ave, Fort Pierce, FL 34950, USA
There are many beautiful beaches on Hutchinson Island in Florida. Some of them like this one in Stuart have huge rocks and boulders. When the tide is low you can walk up the beach in front of these rock formations. Don't forget to bring along your...
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4191 NE Ocean Blvd, Jensen Beach, FL 34957, USA
One of the prettiest beaches in Jensen Beach is "Sea Turtle Beach" so named because of the large number of huge sea turtles that return each year to lay their eggs. Nesting season runs from March 1st to November 15th. There are sea turtle watching...
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Watersound, FL 32413, USA
Strolled along the emerald coast and came up to a beautiful new development called Watersound. The board walks are built to curve and flow around the sand dunes like smooth waves.
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2111 WP Ball Blvd, Sanford, FL 32771, USA
This locally-owned nail spa has won, hands down, Orlando's best nail salon three years in a row. Go for a chocolate pedicure, with scrumptious scrubs and mousse lotions. Bring the family for a pedi party. On weekends, it's best to call ahead or...
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Tampa Riverwalk, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
Stretching 2.4 miles along the Garrison Channel and Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa, the Riverwalk is a paved path perfect for walking, jogging, or biking along the beautiful waterfront of Tampa. Landscaped parks and sculpture gardens provide...
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136 N 4th St, Lake Mary, FL 32746, USA
This locally owned boutique offers edgy fashion for toddlers to teenagers. There are locally crafted items like newborn onesies, bracelets, dresses sewn with bandanas, cheer bows and tutus. From rocker to rhinestones, this boutique brings a bit of...
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This walk is the most popular short trail in Myakka River State Park in Sarasota, one of southwest Florida's largest state parks. It’s easy to find, is family-friendly, and has a well-defined footpath. Before the state went nuts with zip lines and...
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500 Captain Armour's Way, Jupiter, FL 33469, USA
The lighthouse in Jupiter, Florida was built to mark the reef off the Jupiter Inlet. It would aide navigation in the area. This lighthouse was completed in 1860 and is the oldest structure in Palm Beach County. Visitors can climb the winding 105...
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15001 Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL 33924, USA
After roaming around the nature preserve on Captiva Island, stop at this quirky restaurant. The outside is riot of colors and the inside is just as wild, with a mass of vintage toys, movie memorabilia and Christmas decorations lining the walls....
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33100 Tamiami Trail E, Ochopee, FL 34141, USA
This vast and wild protected area about 45 minutes southwest of the mansions of Naples is home to such rare species as the Florida panther and the ghost orchid (made famous in the book The Orchid Thief). The over 700,000 acres of swampland at Big...
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1800 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
There are ice cream sundaes galore at this classic soda shop in Disney’s Beach Club Resort. While the menu is also chock-full of burgers and chili and house-made chicken noodle soup, we prefer the thirst-quenchers like old-fashioned floats and...
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9067 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
WonderWorks is chockfull of activities on three floors. The first has earthquake and hurricane simulators, and a huge Google Earth screen. The second has interactive exhibits and arcade games. The third has glow-in-the-dark laser tag and a...
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705 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
Over 530 Victory cargo ships were built during World War II to supply U.S. war efforts. Of those, only three remain in operation. The SS American Victory served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. The ship was saved from the scrap heap in 1998...
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1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales, FL 33853, USA
If you are in the area the Bok Tower Gardens are worth a visit. The gardens are only about a hour and a half drive from Orlando and could be a nice relaxing retreat from crowded amusement parks. I ran across these gorgeous gardens unexpectedly and...
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558 W New England Ave #150, Winter Park, FL 32789, USA
Rifle Paper Co. creates, prints, and presses its invitations and stationery in its studio in Winter Park. Designers flit in and out of the hip, industrial space, and a small retail shop is located next door. Playful, retro-inspired cards line the...
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2101 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
Walking distance from many Disney resorts, Jellyrolls is one of the favored nightlife spots around the parks. Spend the evening being entertained by dueling pianists taking requests on demand. You name it—they can play and sing practically every...
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Balearic Islands, 07260, Balearic Islands, Spain
Technically speaking, “tall ships” like those from Star Clippers are vessels with tall masts and sails. These ships are considered “greener” than traditional vessels because their reliance on wind power reduces the amount of fuel the ships must...
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215 E 7th Ave, Tallahassee, FL 32303, USA
It's definitely not your typical Southern home goods shop, but it has just enough charm to do the trick. Featuring a mix of new and vintage things, my favorite items are books, beauty products, bedding, religious relics, lounge wear and locally...
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Townpark Ave, Florida, USA
This little boutique's racks, shelves, tables, and even suitcases are filled to the brim. Take your time to find that oh-so-you dress, quirky accessory, or a charming gift. This ever-changing, hip boutique carries affordably priced clothes and...
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720 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
Just a stone's throw from the St. Petersburg Museum of Art and the Dali Museum, the Chihuly Collection is a remarkable museum that showcases Dale Chihuly's glass sculptures. Vibrant colors and dramatic compositions are displayed in rooms designed...
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4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples, FL 34112, USA
Delighted to discover this tribute to Roberto Burle Marx, known internationally as the "father of modern landscape architecture." The centerpiece of the Brazilian Garden is the only original Burle Marx ceramic mural in the United States. This was...
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111 Avenida Menendez, St Augustine, FL 32084, USA
It had been a while since I was on the sea but what better way to reacquaint myself than with a harbor cruise? My wife and I were visiting St. Augustine on our anniversary and as a surprise for our last night I booked passage for the two of us on...
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415 E New Haven Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901, USA
In Historic Downtown Melbourne, Florida there is a place called Mustard’s Last Stand. Established in 1987, it is just dripping with highway Americana. License plates adorn the patio and the inside of the store, while a hotdog with big bushy facial...
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Florida 32899, USA
The Atlantis exhibit was half exhibit and half Broadway show. I was amazed at how produced it was – but it was effective. You were led through a number of short movies which set up the original visions of NASA’s shuttle program and then with a...
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706 W Smith St, Orlando, FL 32804, USA
Local purveyors are percolating quality coffee drinks and tea throughout Central Florida. Nonprofit Downtown Credo in College Park perks coffee, with proceeds benefitting Fair Trade coffee farmers. Sip, donate, and leave knowing you’ve made a...
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1205 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Orlando, FL 32836, USA
Little ones can practice their putt at the Fantasia-inspired mini-golf course, while surrounded by characters such as dancing hippos and Mickey Mouse. Go in the evening, when the statues are lit, and catch the fireworks show from Epcot. The...
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10850 Moore Rd, Lakeland, FL 33809, USA
If you find yourself in central Florida and want to get away from the major tourist parks the Safari Wilderness Ranch is just the place. The savannah dotted with cypress trees is reminiscent of Africa as small groups are escorted by specially...
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875 N Shore Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216, USA
The restaurant at the end of Rod and Reel Pier is a basic, funky, Florida fish and burger place. Decent food at a decent price. But it isn't just the food people come for. People come for the view over the crystal, clear turquoise waters of the...
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2808, 4962 Tamiami Trail N N, Naples, FL 34103, USA
As also featured in the AFAR Highlight of the Hotel Schloss Seefels in Pörtschach, Austria, the innovation of bathing Himalayan rock salt (in its original form) with Infra-Red has been used as a common holistic health practice since European...
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5th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102, USA
Fifth Avenue is a hot spot in Naples. It was once known for it's shopping, but that's now changed to it's dining. There are many local restaurants in the area. Check out Salt - my favorite. For shopping, head to Waterside Shops, directly North on...
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491 Bayou Ave, Boca Grande, FL 33921, USA
A charming old world style pub nested away on Boca Grande. A must do for the island life on Florida's Gulf Coast. An excellent menu with scrumptious lunch & dinner entrees, wonderful deserts & brilliant drinks. You can't go wrong at the Pink. Go...