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10 Things to Do in Central Florida

by Jun 24, 2022

Theme parks may be what Orlando is best known for, but the local hidden gems make this area truly unique. Central Florida is full of personality and charm just waiting to be discovered. If you’re looking for inspiration on your next Kissimmee or Orlando Vacation, we’ve got you covered. Learn how to vacay like a local and check out our Top 10 Things to do in Central Florida, in no particular order.

Wander Through Bok Tower Gardens – One of Florida’s oldest attractions, Bok Tower Gardens features a 205-foot Singing Tower. This neo-Gothic and Art Deco structure boasts a 60-bell carillon that rings daily. 

Go Paddling Down Shingle Creek – Explore Florida’s natural beauty on a kayak or stand-up paddle board. Shingle Creek serves as the headwaters of the Florida Everglades and is the perfect spot to plan an eco-tour of Central Florida. 

Stop & Smell the Roses at Harry P. Leu Gardens – Located in Orlando’s Audubon Park Garden District close to downtown, this cultivated garden boasts more than 40 diverse plant assortments. You can also visit the beautiful, Leu House Museum, an 1880s-era family home listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Embrace Serenity at Lake Eola – This oasis is the crown jewel of downtown Orlando. Relax along the banks of its namesake lake or even get on the water and rent a swan-shaped paddleboat.

Stroll Through Winter Park – Stroll down Park Avenue and enjoy exceptional dining, uplifting arts and culture, and ample natural beauty — as well as some of the region’s most refined shopping. Pop into an art gallery, take a ride on a historic boat tour, or spend your day soaking up the local culture of this upscale community.

Go for a Dip in the Springs – Florida is blessed with over 700 fresh water springs within the state. Lucky for you, most of them are located in the central and northern regions of the Sunshine State. Plan a day to soak up the sun and enjoy relaxing in 72-degree water.

Take a Step Back in Time at Old Town – Old Town is a recreation of a classic Florida town – a throwback to a time when crowds were a little smaller, lines a little shorter, and the fun a little simpler. This family-friendly entertainment district features shopping, dining, and attractions for the entire family.

Explore Orlando’s Museums – Spend the day absorbing the diversity, culture, and creativity that Orlando has to offer. Discover the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, featuring the world’s largest Tiffany’s stained glass collection, Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Garden, Orlando Museum of Art, or The Mennello Museum.

Catch a Show at The Dr. Phillips Center – Head to the heart of downtown Orlando for the most authentic cultural experiences and shows in the area. Broadway lovers, comedy lovers, and Opera lovers alike can appreciate this hub for both international and local artists.

Bike the West Orange Trail – Lower your carbon emissions and bike your way through this 22-mile-long trail, which takes you through urban and suburban areas of Orange County. Cycle past beautiful churches, stunning houses, scenic lakes, and more while you experience a scenic tour of Central Florida.

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