Orlando Off the Beaten Track



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There is so much more to Orlando besides theme parks. Take a trip off the beaten path and you’ll discover an artsy, outdoorsy, and delicious side to Orlando plus you’ll probably save a wad of cash. From sunrise balloon flights to historic ‘Do-It-Yourself’ pancake locales, you’ll be amazed at all the ways this city delivers memorable moments. When you’re ready for a theme-park-free getaway, Orlando will deliver an unforgettable getaway.

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Author: Kristen Manieri


Day 1 - Orlando


Check into your B&B located in downtown's Thornton Park district. Here you'll find lots of boutiques, cafes, and a handful of great restaurants, most with fabulous outdoor patios where a well-healed crowd soaks up the sunshine. After lunch and a stroll around Lake Eola (maybe even a swan boat ride across the lake) make your way to I-Drive to experience the thrill of indoor sky diving. Later, dinner and entertainment go hand in hand at Medieval Times. The day's finale is a boogie down at Wall Street where a bevy of bars and lounges rock out every night.


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Hue

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629 East Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801-2916

Contact:

tel: 407 849 1800
fax: 407 872 3348
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iFly Orlando

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Location:

6805 Visitors Circle
Orlando, FL 32819

Contact:

tel: +1 407 903 1150
fax: +1 407 903 1906
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Waitiki Retro Tiki Lounge

Location:

26 Wall Street Plaza
(at Orange Avenue)
Orlando, FL 32801

Contact:

tel: 407 481 1199
fax: 407 999 7856
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The Veranda Bed & Breakfast

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Location:

115 N. Summerlin Ave
Orlando, FL 32801

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tel: 800/420-6822
fax: 407/849-0321, ext. 24
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Day 2 - Orlando


Balloon tours take flight at the crack of dawn so plan for an afternoon siesta later in the day. While you may feel a little sleep deprived, this sunrise expereince is certainly worth it. Keep in mind that unless you book a private flight, your basket will be filled with other tourists. These early morning balloon flights usually wrap up around eleven, leaving you time to explore a little on your way back downtown to the B&B. I'd suggest heading to the little town of Celebration for lunch and a stroll. Or stop into the Gaylord Pal,s Hotel and hang at this magnificent resort for a few hours. This resort boasts a gigantic indoor atrium that showcases key West, the Everglades, and St. Augustine. There are also severl options for lunch. For dinner, Le Coq Au Vin consistently wins Orlando's most coveted dining awards and is a local favorite. Draw the day closed with belly laughs at SAK Comedy Lab, Orlando's finest improv comedy show.


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Coq Au Vin (Le)

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Location:

4800 South Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32806

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tel: 1 407 851 6980
fax: +1 407 248 0658
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Sak Comedy Lab

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Location:

29 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801

Contact:

tel: 407/648-0001
fax: +1 407 648 1333
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Day 3 - Apopka, Longwood, Maitland, Orlando


Few visitors venture beyond I-Drive, Disney area, and downtown Orlando, but those that do will find several hidden gems like Wekiwa Springs State Park. Here visitors can take a dip in the spring, always a refreshing 72 degrees, or paddle down river in a canoe and kayak. Plenty of local wildlife can be viewed from the river or along the park’s hiking trails. After a full day spent in the sun, Enzo’s Restaurant on the Lake is only a twenty minute drive east on 434 (take a right on 17/92). Make sure you have a reservation and try to arrive a little early to enjoy a cocktail on the dock overlooking the picturesque lake. Later you can catch an independent or foreign film at The Enzian, where the kitchen serves everything from gourmet pizzas to fresh baked cookies and delivers them right to your table in the theater.


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Wekiwa Springs State Park

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Location:

1800 Wekiwa Circle
Apopka, FL 32712

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tel: +1 407 884 2008
fax: +1 407 884 2039
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Enzo's Restaurant On The Lake

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Location:

1130 South U.S. Highway 17-92
Longwood, FL 32750

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tel: 1 407 834 9872
fax: 1 407 834 6647
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Enzian Theater

Location:

1300 South Orlando Avenue
Maitland, FL 32751

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tel: 407 629 0054
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Back Booth

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Location:

37 West Pine Street
Orlando, FL 32801

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tel: 407 999 2570
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Day 4 - Orlando


Arrive at De Leon State Park hungry and head straight to the Old Spanish Sugar Mill for DIY pancakes. On your own personal grill, you’ll be whipping up fluffy pancakes accompanied by the Mill’s famous toppings. Afterwards, explore the park on land and in water before heading to College Park, another of Orlando’s quaint downtown neighborhoods. With a Starbucks in hand, traverse through eclectic boutiques before settling in for a variety of small plates at Taste, College Park’s artsy eatery. If the timing is right, you may even be able to take part in a cooking class at Truffles and Trifles next door. If not, head over to Harmoni Market for a glass of wine in a Tuscan setting.


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Taste Restaurant

Location:

717 West Smith Street in College Park
Orlando, FL 32804

Contact:

tel: 407 835 0646
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De Leon Springs Hiking Trails

Location:

, FL 32130

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fax: 904-985-4212
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