Orlando: Vibrant Fun in the Heart of Florida
Collected by Annette Baesel, AFAR Local Expert
5800 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
I walked into my hotel room and there on the bed was my personal invitation to rock. I picked up the turquoise blue and white Fender Telecaster (already plugged into a floor amp and head phones), strummed a few chords and in a flash I was Joan...
1261 W Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL 34741, USA
It is no secret that I like Italian food. More than the food, I love the culture and their way of life. There is something magical about walking the streets in any Italian neighborhood, stoping in the markets to graze, and sitting down to relax...
6000 Discovery Cove Way, Orlando, FL 32821, USA
An all-inclusive experience, Discovery Cove, which is owned by SeaWorld, treats guests to an in-water interaction with the park’s resident dolphins, generous breakfast and lunch buffets, and free drinks (including beer and wine). The lushly...
4266 W Vine St, Kissimmee, FL 34741, USA
In June of 2014, my friends and I kayaked down Shingle Creek, which is the headwaters of the Everglades. The launch point was near Hwy 192 in Kissimmee, one of the busiest tourist corridors and only 20-minute drive from Central Florida's major...
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....
8969 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
Incredibly, there are two Hawaiian Rumble mini-golf courses in Orlando; who know that pitch and putt with a tropical theme was so popular!? The International Drive location is just a short stroll from the hotel. The all-ages course has fun...
8990 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
Hover 1000 feet above the ground on a thrilling helicopter tour with an Air Florida charter. You can choose from a variety of tours and you'll likely find something to suit even the tightest budget. Highlights include zooming over Sea World,...
8967 United States, 8967 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
Check out Florida's coolest bar, the world's largest permanent ice bar, with its own stay-toasty fire lounge. Entry includes thermal jacket and glove rentals so you won't freeze while you're sipping on your frozen cocktails! Book online to get...
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...
430 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801, USA
More than 70 wines are available by the glass at this urban-chic wine bar on Lake Eola. The list includes Old and New World bottles, with wines grouped into themed flights (two-ounce samples of four different wines) for those interested in...
Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
Following a Cuban meal—such as malango fritters and churrasco a la Cubano—and a few glasses of the house specialty—flavored mojitos—things heat up and Latin rhythms take hold as couples step onto the dance floor. As inviting for couples out on a...
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...
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...
14501 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837, USA
This old-school Florida attraction devoted to the state’s most notorious reptile tends to get lost in the shadow of Orlando’s big-name theme parks. But if you’re looking to see alligators, this is the spot. The self-dubbed...
Orlando, FL, USA
Orlando Balloon Rides lifts off every morning at sunrise to take you on a one-hour flight over the city for unobstructed views of Disney, Epcot, Universal Studios, and downtown. A champagne toast and a flight certificate are included. The company...
512 E Washington St, Orlando, FL 32801, USA
Orlando’s centerpiece lake sits right in the middle of downtown, close to the pretty neighborhood and dining district of Thornton Park. A pedestrian-only path fringing the water stretches for nearly a mile, offering visitors a great place to...
900 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803, USA
Located on a pretty lakefront expanse in Loch Haven Cultural Park, this museum draws visitors with an impressive collection of folk art. Browse constantly changing exhibits on all aspects of American art, then pop by the gift store and shop curios...
3118 Heartleaf Pl, Winter Park, FL 32792, USA
No need to go all the way to the ocean for saltwater fun. Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Lagoon bring saltwater fishing less than an hour from Orlando. Redfish, trout, tarpon, and snook are just a few of the species avid or aspiring anglers can...
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