What to do

Orlando is much more than just theme parks. There are lots of other options, both for kids and adults–from museums and art to outdoor adventures that the average theme-park goer totally misses. So take a day and enjoy “the other side of Orlando.”

For my complete travel story on Orlando, click here.

Downtown Orlando

Orlando Science Center
A great museum for the entire family with hands-on exhibits and an observatory with one of the most powerful telescopes in the region. Don’t miss the 8-story Dr. Phillip CneDome, with large-format fillm and lazer shows set to music. The museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

Orange County Regional History Center
History of the region from early Indian settlements to small towns surrounded by orange groes and cattle ranches to today’s tourist-centered communities.

Orlando Museum of Art
Permanent collection of American, African, and ancient American art and touring exhibits.

Mennello Museum of Art
Features a collection of American Primitive folk-artist Carl Cunningham.

Harry P. Leu Gardens
Take a walk down the 3-mile paved pathway and take n 50-acres of Southern-style gardens, including the largest formal rose garden in Florida. Tour the 1880 house/museum and butterfly garden.

Thorton Park
On the eastern shore of Lake Eola (with it’s signature illuminated fountain) along Central Avenue you will find upscale restaurants and trendy shops where the urban chic of Orlando play, eat, and shop.

Loch Haven Park
Located on the northern edge of downtown Orlando, this renovated district boasts trendy new restaurants and shops. Nearby is the area known as “Little Vietnam” known for it’s authenic cuisine.

CityArts Factory
Orlando’s largest arts and cutural venue housing six art gatteries, a photography studio,  an art house cafe, and comedy theatre.

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