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Orlando, for most people conjures up the image of theme parks, mainly Walt Disney World, but it has a lot more to offer than that. In fact, Disney is technically not in Orlando but rather nearby Lake Buena Vista. Downtown Orlando is a growing area centered around Orange Avenue that is packed with bars, clubs and restaurants, as well as theaters and concert venues. A few blocks away is Lake Eola Park, a picturesque park situated around a swan-filled lake. The area also offers excellent golfing, gardens, parks and museums.
Orlando is one of the biggest tourist destinations because of the nearby theme parks and resorts. Close to International Drive is Universal Orlando Resort, which includes two theme parks, three hotels and a large shopping district. SeaWorld Orlando is a marine theme park featuring Kraken, the biggest rollercoaster in the Orlando area, as well as Believe, the Shamu adventure.
Added Jun 12, 2009 by TravelMuse SouthDelight in the unparalleled JW Marriott Orlando Hotel Grande Lakes, featuring masterful architecture and 500 acres of tropical landscape. This memorable Orlando luxury resort gives guests an experience unlike any other hotel and resort in Orlando, FL. The JW Marriott Orlando luxury hotel offers guests a plethora of lavish amenities, from oversized marble bathtubs and remarkable resort views, to a refreshing spa and the world-class Greg Norman-designed golf course. From organic Southern Italian cuisine at Primo, to hand-rolled sushi in the Lobby Lounge, this luxury hotel in Orlando, Florida offers endless dining options to please any palette. Perfectly positioned as a quiet retreat, the JW Marriott Orlando Hotel is also located near the city's top attractions. Discover an Orlando luxury hotel ideal for hosting everything from business benefits to social soirees in over 100,000 square feet of elegant space. For any occasion, let the JW Marriott Orlando, Florida luxury hotel welcome you with charming grace.
4040 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando, FL 32837, United States
Added Jun 12, 2009 by TravelMuse South20 miles south of Orlando, Walt Disney World covers 43 square miles, and includes four separate theme parks—the original Magic Kingdom; Epcot; Disney's Hollywood Studios; and Disney's Animal Kingdom. There are also water parks, hotels, campgrounds, lots of restaurants, fireworks and fun! Walt Disney World is a children's paradise, and your little ones are sure to cherish their time here for the rest of their lives! Park Hopper discounts are available along with multi-day tickets, and you can check the website for ticket options and booking.
World Drive, West Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, FL 32830, United States
+1 407 939 6244
Added Jun 12, 2009 by TravelMuse SouthThe original Walt Disney World park, the Magic Kingdom creates a fantasy world for kids of all ages. The park contains seven different themed lands: Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, and Mickey's Toontown Fair. Each land displays the special Disney magic, and around the whole park are rides, games, characters, shows, and shopping. At the center of the park lies Cinderella's Castle which towers over the park at 189 feet. The original design for the park was based on California's Disneyland, however it is larger and newer than the original. opens everyday at 9a.
1375 North Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, United States
+1 407 939 6244
Added Jun 12, 2009 by TravelMuse SouthPebbles is one of Orlando's favorite American-food restaurants. Patrons are dressed in attire ranging from casual to dressy, as they relax in a soothing atmosphere with lots of plants, earth tones and soft lighting. An eclectic menu features such options as Mussels Chardonnay, Pork Porterhouse, Sautéed Shrimp and Polenta and Lobster Penne Pasta, served with artichoke hearts. Polish off your meal with a Kahlua-doused Chocolate Bread Pudding. The restaurant also features a full bar.
12551 State Road 535, Orlando, FL 32836, United States
+1 407 827 1111
Added Jun 12, 2009 by TravelMuse SouthWith Spaceship Earth, or what looks to be a giant golf ball, as its icon, Epcot has been a Walt Disney World favorite since it opened in 1982. Epcot celebrates technology and the future through two parts: Future World and World Showcase. Future World explores technology while World Showcase has pavilions representing eleven countries from around the world. Epcot has rides but features shows and tours ranging from Honey I Shrunk the Audience to an environmental show The Circle of Life. Nearby, enjoy live performances at the
America Gardensoutdoor arena.
1510 North Avenue of the Stars, Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, United States
+1 407 939 6244
Added Jun 12, 2009 by TravelMuse SouthCharles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art has the most extensive collection of Charles Morse in an enormous 11,000 square feet of space. The brain behind it was Jeannette McKean, the granddaughter of Charles Hosmer Morse. The most important collection here is the Louis Comfort Tiffany which includes leaded glass windows to glass buttons, pottery, jewelery, enamels, mosaics, lamps, furniture and furnishings. Other collections include decorative art, paintings and graphic works. Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art also shows films, holds concerts and sponsors the famous 'Christmas in the Park'. The museum shop sells books, glass works and interesting gift articles.
445 North Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789, United States
+1 407 645 5311
Added Jun 12, 2009 by TravelMuse SouthThe History Center has three floors of permanent collection which includes everything to do with Orange County history. These are also lent to museums and other institutes for display purposes. The center library is a massive resource for research and has rare and out of print works, artifacts, and archives. The Center's educational programs include field trips, the library can be used to teach a history lesson, fun and educational parties, and camps. The center is rented out for occasions and has a shop for accessories, books, toys, fun items and kitsch at their store.
65 East, Central Boulevard, Orange County Regional History Center, Orlando, FL 32801, United States
+1 407 836 8500
Added Jun 12, 2009 by TravelMuse SouthIf you got it, the saying goes, flaunt it, and Florida's got 'gators. Take a trip to this 70-acre park and see thousands of alligators, and the kindred crocodile, up close. Visit breeding pens, nurseries and rearing ponds. Children love the site's mini water park, and the petting zoo boasts goats, lamb, and other barnyard animals. Make sure to trod the 2000-foot boardwalk winding its way through a cypress swamp. If you get hungry, grab a bite at the on-site Pearl's Smokehouse. The menu features Smoked Alligator Ribs and Deep-Fried Gator Nuggets.
14501 South Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837, United States
+1 405 855 5496
Added Jun 12, 2009 by TravelMuse SouthThe trendy decor with warm hues and shimmering lights adds to the unique dining experience at Hue. The menu features an innovative mix of American cuisine with higlights, such as Seared Tuna, Wood-grilled meats and fish dishes. The happy hour definitely brings a smile to every diner's face as the rates are highly discounted. Participate in the 'Disco brunch' that's held every third Sunday of the month, where you can groove to the music and have an enormous platter to dine on.
629 East Central Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32801, United States
+1 407 849 1800
Added Jun 12, 2009 by TravelMuse SouthOne of the first theme parks to open in Orlando, SeaWorld has been operating here for more than 30 years. The 200 acres of attractions and animal shows make this a perennial favorite with Florida visitors. Many new attractions and rides have been added to the original fun including a laser-fireworks-water extravaganza and high-tech thrill rides. The park also hosts a number of family-friendly events, including February's Bud & BBQ Fest. See website for latest info.
7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando, FL 32821, United States
+1 407 351 3600
Added Jun 12, 2009 by TravelMuse SouthIn tune with its name, Seasons 52 offers a seasonally changing menu with dishes prepared with utmost care and concern. All the ingredients used are fresh and devoid of fat; but that doesn't make them any less delicious. The main attraction is at the wine bar, where you are offered free tastings of 3 wines out of the elaborate collection of one hundred and forty. The gorgeous cuisine plus the sophisticated yet warm ambience ensure a memorable dining experience. For those in the mood for romance, patio seating, overlooking the Little Sand Lake, seals the deal!
7700 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32819, United States
+1 407 354 5212
Added Jun 12, 2009 by TravelMuse SouthBlue Spring State Park, located north of Orlando in Orange City, offers visitors a more relaxed and natural Florida setting away from the crowded, noisy attractions and theme parks of the area. Spend an afternoon or plan an overnight stay here in a cabin or at a campsite to take in all it has to offer. The park encompasses over 2,600 acres, features the St. Johns Rivers biggest spring plus is the winter home and designated refuge to a large number of manatees. Activities and services of Blue Spring State Park include boat tours, canoe and kayak rentals, hiking/nature trails, camping, picnicking, scuba diving, snorkeling, tubing, wildlife viewing, playground area as well as a visitors center and concessions. The park is open from 08:00 until sundown. Admission is USD6 per vehicle. - Diane Dilov-Schultheis
2100 W. French Avenue, Orange City, FL 32763, United States
+1 386 775 3663
Added Jun 12, 2009 by TravelMuse SouthTexas de Brazil Churrascaria serves up delicacies, such as Angus Beef Steak, Brazilian Sausage, and Roasted Australian Cold Water Lobster Tail Served with Drawn Butter. The meat is cooked over an open flame, and the waiters carry the roasted items straight to your table on skewers, before carving out the slices. Generous portions and a skilled, efficient staff add to the appeal of this place.
5259 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819, United States
+1 407 355 0355
Added Jun 12, 2009 by TravelMuse SouthOn a budget for your next family vacation? Amusement parks and water parks, from Disney to Cedar Point to Six Flags, offer low-cost thrills, new rides and attractions, and great family fun that’s close to home.
Added Jun 12, 2009 by TravelMuse SouthDisney World family vacations don't come cheap. Read how our writer saved her family some Disney dollars.
Added Jun 12, 2009 by TravelMuse SouthSpice up your Orlando, Florida family dining experience at Café Tu Tu Tango, Columbia Restaurant, Spoodles, Emerils or the Rainforest Café.
Added Jun 12, 2009 by TravelMuse SouthOrlando’s myriad sports facilities make it easy for young athletes to keep up their training while on a family vacation.
Added Jun 12, 2009 by TravelMuse SouthOrlando, Florida article on a Disney World vacation that also includes local picks for entertainment and restaurants outside the parks for your next family vacation.
Added Jun 12, 2009 by TravelMuse SouthApproach Disney World family vacations with confidence—not fear. The following Disney tips will help de-stress and re-fuel your family adventure.
Added Jun 12, 2009 by TravelMuse SouthMaximize your Disney World family vacation with tips on when to visit, how to beat the lines, what rides to catch and more from our Disney expert during your next Orlando vacation.
Added Jun 12, 2009 by TravelMuse SouthHeading to a water park on your summer family vacation? Read about new water parks, trends and tips for parents taking more than one kid to the park here before cooling off with your kids during your summer family vacation.
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