Or­lando Your Way

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Our staff of­fers three dy­namic itin­er­ar­ies for the cul­tured, the partier and the beach bum.

Cul­tured

Chock full of creatives who come to work at the theme parks, Or­lando nat­u­rally has a thriv­ing arts and cul­ture scene. Named by Travel + Leisure mag­a­zine as one of the "World’s Coolest New Tourist At­trac­tions and among their “Best Places to Travel,” the two-block down­town (1)

Dr. Phillips Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts sets the stage for Broad­way shows, the Or­lando Bal­let and the Or­lando Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra. For a touch of Ve­gas, head to Dis­ney Springs where (2) Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba” flies high with breath­tak­ing ac­ro­bat­ics, dizzy­ing chore­og­ra­phy, evoca­tive mu­sic and fan­ci­ful char­ac­ters. Plus, the Mi­ami arts scene has made its way to Or­lando in the form of (3) SNAP! Gal

lery, which fea­tures hip, so­phis­ti­cated events and gal­leries that cel­e­brate mas­ter and emerg­ing pho­tog­ra­phers and artists.

Partiers

No mat­ter the time of year, there’s al­ways a party go­ing on in Or­lando. For a taste of the South Beach scene, head to (1) Mango’s Trop

ical Café where the fla­vor of Caribbean and South Amer­i­can Car­ni­vals is on tap and a full lineup of fam­ily-friendly per­for­mances ranges from salsa to bachata and reg­gae to pop. Come for the Latin and Caribbean com­fort foods and stay for the hand-made spe­cialty drinks. For an edgier evening, check out (2)

DRIP, a not-so-fam­ily-friendly, adults- only show on I- Drive where a young cast dances and splashes through wa­ter, sand and paint to rock mu­sic com­posed by David Traver of Blue Man Group. Vis­i­tors find Or­lando’s best bar scene down­town on (3) Wall Street where a younger crowd gath­ers on week­ends to drink and dance their wor­ries away.

Beach Bums

Or­lando is smack- dab in the mid­dle of Florida and this cen­tral lo­ca­tion makes it easy to get to either coast. For the short­est drive, head to

(1) Co­coa Beach and Port Canaveral, just 60 min­utes east of Or­lando. There you can visit the Kennedy Space Cen­ter Vis­i­tor Com­plex, hop on a cruise ship or just en­joy some fun in the sun, sand and surf. Far­ther north is (2)

Day­tona Beach, home to the an­nual Day­tona 500. If you can’t make the race, you can still tour the Day­tona In­ter­na­tional Speed­way or sim­ply en­joy the wide, smooth beaches along the At­lantic Ocean that are per­fect for fish­ing and boating to just tak­ing a scenic drive. Softer, pow­der-white sand is found on Florida’s West Coast where (3) Clear­wa­ter

Beach is a fam­ily-friendly des­ti­na­tion with crys­tal clear wa­ter and shal­low sand­bars.

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