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Orlando Florida: More than Just Theme Parks

When most people think of Orlando, Florida they think of Disney World, Universal Studios—or pretty much anything to do with theme park heaven. Given that Orlando is one of the top destinations in the country, you might be planning your own visit, but you might be wondering, is there more to Orlando than just theme parks?  

The following are five alternative outings for those who either live in Orlando or are visiting for the 100th time and are looking for something different.

Lake Eola Park is located in the heart of Downtown Orlando. Whether you’re in the mood for a stroll on their .9 mile sidewalk, or you want to explore the park in their swan-shaped paddle boats, you will have a unique experience all the same. Every weekend they hold a special event, from runs that benefit a special cause to welcoming in the new season. But perhaps one of my favorite things about the park occurs on Sundays, the Farmers Market. Lake Eola’s Farmers Market is one of the best in central Florida, spotlighting the freshest of fruits and vegetables to unique art.

Looking for something to do during the weekday? Well look no further than Popcorn Flicks in the Park.  Popcorn Flicks in the Park shows films on the second Thursday of each month in the charming town of Winter Park at Central Park. All you have to do is bring a blanket and a picnic basket and you’re set to enjoy a classic film under the stars. Best of all, it’s free.

In the mood for some outdoor activity, then you must check out Kelly Park, Rock Springs located in Apopka, FL. Feel free to take a dip in the free-flowing natural spring, or, set up for camping, or go for a long hike on their 245-acre property.  The park has plenty of recreational activities that will keep you busy all day long, both wet and dry.  Admission is only $3 per vehicle of 1-2 people; $5 per vehicle of 3-8 people.

Every Saturday between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. you can count on Winter Parks Farmers Market to deliver the best of produce and plant market in the city. The market is held at the old train depot that has been restored into a historical landmark. Come for breakfast and enjoy delicious pastries, bagels and fresh brewed coffee inside the historic building, or indulge from any of the Food Trucks that surround the market. Either way, your tummy will thank you.

Looking for some night life entertainment? This unique outing might be what you’re looking for. On the 2nd Thursday of each month gather at Thornton Park District for Wine + Art Walk, #DowntownForGrownups.  Here you will celebrate art, while indulging in music, shopping and taste tasting along the lines of restaurants. There’s a $15 fee (sorry no credit cards accepted) which gets you a glass and a map of 25 business that will be offering you tasty tasting along the way. Take the night way while listening to DJ’s, mingling with others alike, and shopping at the different vendors.

There you have it. Five different fun activities to enjoy while living or vising Orlando, FL.

Till Next Time, Travel Light!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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