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There’s more to Florida’s meaty middle than the many theme park offerings of Orlando. Once you’ve checked in with Harry Potter, Shamu, and the crew, head out for an airboat ride near Cocoa Beach or spot enormous alligators from a boardwalk winding through a prairie near Gainesville. Don’t miss the state’s fabulous springs, too, where crystal clear waters lure manatees during the winter months and you can paddle through some of the most pristine natural environments in the state.
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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...
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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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565 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789, USA
It’s no surprise that the opening of this beloved gastropub back in 2007 coincided with Orlando’s rise as a culinary hot spot. While its owners James and Julie Petrakis have not stopped opening other ventures around the city (including...
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12087 Southwest, US-27, Fort White, FL 32038, USA
The six-mile-long river at the heart of this beautiful state park in Central Florida looks like it's cut from malachite—all striking shades of deep green and blue, crystal clear and loaded with fish and turtles. And the most fun you can have on a...
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4151 N Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931, USA
Beachwear and surf gear is its own shopping genre. Orlando and the beaches offer a variety of surf shops, from over-the-top mega-stores to small, locally owned shops. Iconic Ron Jon Surf Shop retails all things beach and surf—from sand pails to...
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1478 Buena Vista Dr, Orlando, FL 32821, USA
With a dedicated venue at Disney Springs, this world-class production by Cirque du Soleil is bound to elicit wonder from every age group in your entourage. Incredible acrobatics and whimsical characters converge in a family-friendly storyline...
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8199 W King St, Cocoa, FL 32926, USA
Leather-clad bikers mix with sunburnt tourists at this classic riverside eatery and Twister Airboat Rides attraction a few miles inland from Cocoa Beach. With one fun stop you can snack on fried alligator at an old-school fish camp on the banks of...
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54 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801, USA
Orlando's theme parks all have their venues for hosting big concerts. But when indie bands come through town, you'll almost always find them playing downtown at The Social, an intimate little club with exposed brick walls, excellent acoustics, and...
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Florida 32899, USA
NASA’s launch headquarters welcomes guests, who get to view the Space Shuttle Atlantis, train for their own space shuttle launch (okay, actually a heart-pumping simulation experience of a launch), as well as watch movies featuring images from the...
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2 Summerlin Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801, USA
Fashion might not be the first thing you think of when Orlando comes to mind. But this eclectic women's boutique in the heart of downtown's hip Thornton Park district is miles from the theme parks and up close and personal with cool. Owner Wendy...