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2424 E Robinson St, Orlando, FL 32803, USA
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Tasty Tuesday in Orlando's Milk District is the yummiest place to be. Every week they host an array of different food trucks from the Orlando area. You can find everything from classic American cuisine to Vietnamese to Portuguese. Here you can...
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565 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789, USA
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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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1 Jeff Fuqua Blvd, Orlando, FL 32827, USA
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Oftentimes people forget that Florida has Southern roots. These restaurants offering farm-fresh, southern-sourced feasts are delicious reminders. Want a side of barbecue to go with the beautiful weather? The brisket at 4 Rivers Smokehouse is so...
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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...
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60 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801, USA
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The potted palms could make a person think they were in Miami, but the rooftop view keeps Orlando firmly in sight. Mojitos still seem in order, especially on warmer nights when the active dance floor makes us thirsty. Know that if you want to...
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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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430 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801, USA
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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...
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1180 Seven Seas Drive, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
Beautiful and Peaceful Sunrise at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Orlando
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1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
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What a treat to return, after 13 long years, to the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL and find it in a new, striking building designed with Dali's life in mind. This picture is looking out from the museum onto Tampa Bay.
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5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243, USA
More than 1200 people attended the grand tasting at the Forks & Corks Festival this year. I was really impressed with how well-organized the event was. The wine and food vendors were nicely interspersed and it wasn't too crowded at all. Smart move...
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Warm Mineral Springs, FL 34287, USA
People from all over the world are known to make a pilgrimage here. There are fifty-one healing, nourishing, essential minerals in the lake that is far more highly concentrated than any other spring in America. The water even flows out the Gulf of...
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Lake Buena Vista, FL 32836, USA
When I dream of travel destinations, amusement parks seldom make the wish list; however, there is magic to stumble upon. While visiting friends in the Orlando area, I found myself on an adventure between the parks. A wish to try the famous Dole...
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5931, 7782 Winter Garden Vineland Rd # 100, Windermere, FL 34786, USA
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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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Hunters Creek, FL 32837, USA
Searching for the Yum Yum Cupcake Truck during your Orlando visit is well-worth the effort! I caught up with these cupcake geniuses at the Maitland Food Truck Cafe and picked up a "sexy six" selection of cupcakes. My favorites were the Lemonata...
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1600 Seven Seas Drive, Orlando, FL 32836, USA
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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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1145 Townpark Ave #1221, Lake Mary, FL 32746, USA
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Locally roasted coffee is served here, as well as sandwiches and salads made with locally grown produce and organic meats. The pastries are made in house, and artisan gelato rounds out the tasty offerings.
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2100 W French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763, USA
In the winter months, manatees seek the warmer, shallow waters of Blue Springs State Park. An observation deck allows for viewing of the manatees. It's quite a sight—seeing the gentle, endangered species. I was invited to canoe with a manatee...
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200 Epcot Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32821, USA
Known for bringing taste, drink, and expereinces from around the world, Disney's Epcot World Showcase is a popular destination. Tucked inside the Mexico Pavilion, La Cava del Tequila should not be missed. Tequila tasting has a new meaning here. My...
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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...
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819 E Washington St, Orlando, FL 32801, USA
Chef Chico Mendonça brings a taste of Portugal to Orlando with his food truck, Bem Bom. For the signature Prego de Frango Piri-Piri, he marinates chicken in his own piri-piri and serves it on fresh, warm prego (a crunchy yet chewy...
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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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7081 Grand National Dr #105, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
Traffic on International Drive can get hectic. For a stress-free ride, take the I-Ride Trolley with two lines that travel the 20-mile I-Drive circuit. The Red Line runs north and south, beginning at the Orlando Premium Outlets. The Green Line...
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9067 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
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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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9101 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
Baterbys Art Gallery in Pointe Orlando features some works by local artists and offers community art events. On the second Friday of each month, guests are invited to meet local artists, talk with them about their process, and possibly see them at...
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9101 International Dr #2310, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
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The Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theatre at Pointe Orlando features top-ranked veteran comedians as well as emerging talent from Central Florida. Catch your favorite comic or enjoy a great open mic night in a classy, intimate venue.
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Disney Springs Marketplace, Buena Vista Dr, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
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At Downtown Disney, this shop celebrates everything chocolate--from sundaes toppling with whipped cream, to gourmet hot chocolate, to old-fashioned fountain shakes. Free samples keep chocoholic cravings under control while you wait.
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5259 International Dr Ste. #1, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
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A legion of carvers offer skewers of bacon-wrapped filet mignon, lamb chops, beef ribs, chicken, picanha (top sirloin), and sausage. The buffet is also outstanding. There's a glass wine cellar, but a minty Brazilian caipirinha complements the...
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4158 Conroy Rd, Orlando, FL 32839, USA
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Butter-like tuna appetizers, signature slider trios, and seriously hearty salads are some of my favorites at Crave. Half-price happy hour is a standout option. Serving fusion fare while serving the community, this restaurant also hosts local...
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5350 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
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It's one of those places that's always crowded. Three choices are offered: the salad and hot buffet, the signature all-you-can-eat barbecue, and menu items. At this casual, friendly restaurant, you'll find a slow cooker with soup, a carving...
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9188 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
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Sometimes International Drive can seem chaotic. Luckily, there's an oasis of calm at Ming Court. Within its inviting green tiled walls are koi fish ponds and a serene garden of bamboo, water lilies, and lotus. Locals in the know go for dim sum....
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7786 Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
Located in the Plaza Venezia, a swanky area locals fondly refer to as Restaurant Row, trendy yet comfortable Amura is the perfect place for a date or family dinner. Make a meal for two out of the Dragon and Atomic Bomb rolls, a bento box to share,...
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5472 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
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Amid souvenir shops at International Drive near Municipal Boulevard, there's a Brazilian center with a supermarket, the YesBrazil store, and the Pao Gostoso Bakery. At Pao Gostoso Bakery, you'll find cakes, flan, and pastries as well as snacks...
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Take a trip to the Moroccan souks. Mosaik Market, at Pointe Orlando, stocks Berber mint tea glasses, teapots, tangines, hookahs, lanterns, jewelry, and pottery.
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1502 Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
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Established in Miami, the Orlando location in Downtown Disney is a quaint shop where the tradition of hand-rolled cigars continues. In addition to the Sosa cigars, some 80 cigar brands are offered.
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8625 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
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On the masterpiece drink menu at the art-filled Café Tu Tu Tango, the Screaming Jalapeño Margarita is made with fresh mint, lime, and jalapeno. Check out the funky local art while there. Live art happenings, tarot card readings, and henna art are...
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7972 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
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At Dellagio Town Center, Dragonfly offers sushi, sashimi and robato grill bites. The "sensual six" menu; the chic bar, lounge and patio; and tempting cocktails, such as Ginger Ninja, draw the local happy hour crowd.
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9101 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
Try tropical wine samples at this shop carrying non-grape wines made with fruit juice. Hurricane Class 5 is a white sangria blend of pineapple, key lime, passion fruit, mango, and watermelon. Mango Mama is a star at the annual Epcot Food and Wine...
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9101 International Dr #1208, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
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Where can you watch a drag show on a Friday night while munching on fantastic goat cheese appetizers in a refined atmosphere? Funky Monkey at Pointe Orlando. Funky Monkey's got wine, too.
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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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9101 International Dr #2230, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
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Live music venues are available on almost every scale and variety. The House of Blues at Downtown Disney and Hard Rock Live at Universal CityWalk are state-of-the-art venues whose stages showcase a constant lineup of national and international...
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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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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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8496 Palm Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32836, USA
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In the Lake Buena Vista area, try this spot near the theme parks for craft, microbrews from Maine and kids drinks too. Order the sampler with raw oysters or fresh potato chips for a delicious snack. Outside the restaurant, adults and kids can play...
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8986 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
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Gather the gang for a day of games. Dave and Buster’s on International Drive offers a huge selection of games including black light bowling, video games, arcade games, and table games. Best of all, you can win prizes too. Watch a game at the...
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2101 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
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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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2101 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
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For an old-fashioned evening of romance, ride the ferry to the Disney BoardWalk, take a sunset stroll to the end, then dance the night away under the twinkling lights of the airy and elegant Atlantic Dance Hall.
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4104 Millenia Blvd, Orlando, FL 32839, USA
Feast on Moroccan dishes such as simmering tagines, grilled kebabs, and savory babaganoush. Sip traditional mint tea in ornate glasses. On Friday and Saturday nights, up the experience by being entertained with Moroccan music and belly dancing.
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3945 NE Indian River Dr, Jensen Beach, FL 34957, USA
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While sitting at my table waiting for my lunch to arrive, in flew the resident egret. He landed on the railing of the outdoor patio. He is very friendly and waits to snag a cracker or two. This egret is very large and a real beauty. When I see...
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4012 Central Florida Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32837, USA
Orlando is well known for its theme parks and appeal to families, but this vacation destination is not for kids alone. I embarked on a search for a luxurious and romantic getaway in Central Florida, and I found it at the Spa at The-Ritz Carlton....
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7 Rockaway St, Clearwater, FL 33767, USA
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It’s not easy to find beachfront dining in the Tampa area, but you can nearly put your feet in the sand at Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill on Clearwater Beach. The most popular item on the menu is the grouper sandwich; made fresh from the Gulf of Mexico...
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2223 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607, USA
If you leave your beachwear at home, you will have to visit Tommy Bahama and the shops at International Plaza and Bay Street. The mall is a great place to shop or find an indoor escape from the Florida heat or stormy weather. With a location near...
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8201 Vineland Ave, Orlando, FL 32821, USA
If you are looking for a place to eat great food with bad customer service Dick's is the place to be. The waitresses will talk bad to you and make fun of you in your face!
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8625 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
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With its tapas-based menu, Café Tu Tu Tango is a popular spot for groups of friends ordering selections of plates to share—empanadas, Cuban sliders, and more. Weekday "Tu Tu Hours" offer drink specials, and Sunday brunch's bottomless Bloody Mary...
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9101 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
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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...
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8815 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
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This dueling piano bar takes the concept to the next—highly entertaining—level. Musicians take requests from, and interact with, the audience and perform a high-energy show that pits two to four pianists against each other. Throw in choreographed...
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2589 S Hiawassee Rd, Orlando, FL 32835, USA
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It's not just the homesick New Yorkers who fill seats at NYPD Pizza. The pizza joint has also garnered local respect, and numerous awards, for its menu of New York–style pizzas made with NYPD Pizzeria's own pizza dough and specially spiced tomato...
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3755 W Seminole Blvd, Sanford, FL 32771, USA
From porcupines and snakes to elephants and macaws, the Central Florida Zoo educates and showcases colorful and interesting animals from around the world. Bring your swimsuits for the Splash Ground or prepare to traipse through the trees on an...
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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...
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5800 Water Play Way, Orlando, FL 32821, USA
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Cool off at Aquatica, a huge, family-friendly water park in Orlando. It offers a host of fun, splash-worthy attractions, many of which pass through or go around marine animal habitats. The parks’s signature ride is the enclosed Dolphin Plunge...