Travel Guide to Florida - - CENTRAL FLORIDA -


Getting up be­fore dawn is well worth it when you take in the sights of the theme parks and land­scape from a hot-air bal­loon as the sun rises. Then con­tinue your morn­ing ex­plor­ing the nat­u­ral beauty of “Old Florida” as you pad­dle through the head­wa­ters of the Florida Ever­glades at The Pad­dling Cen­ter at Shin­gle Creek. His­toric Down­town Kis­sim­mee is the per­fect place for lunch as quaint Kis­sim­mee Main Street of­fers great din­ing op­tions, an­tique shop­ping and even ice cream made with liq­uid ni­tro­gen.


Be­gin with a bev­er­age from Barnie’s Cof­fee Kitchen on Park Av­enue in pic­turesque Win­ter Park. Take a Win­ter Park Scenic Boat tour through lush canals and peace­ful lakes. Visit the Charles Hos­mer Morse Mu­seum of Amer­i­can Art to view the world’s largest col­lec­tion of works by Louis Com­fort Tif­fany. Lunch at East End Mar­ket in trendy Audubon Park. Stop to smell the roses at Harry P. Leu Gar­dens. En­joy a cock­tail at The Woods in down­town Or­lando. End with din­ner at the French brasserie Dove­cote and a per­for­mance at the Dr. Phillips Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts.


Stop and smell the or­ange blos­soms as you be­gin a day of cit­rus de­light. Polk County ( VisitCen­tralFlorida.org) of­fers de­li­cious op­tions, Oc­to­ber through May, as one of the top cit­ruspro­duc­ing coun­ties in Florida. Watch cit­rus candy be­ing made at David­son of Dundee and pick up some cit­rus sou­venirs in the gift shop. Have lunch at Lang’s Taste of Florida Cafe— don’t miss the award-win­ning grape­fruit pie. Com­plete your day with an au­then­tic Florida ex­pe­ri­ence, pick­ing fresh or­anges from the tree at Ridge Is­land Groves.


Start with a sun­rise cy­cle or walk along the Cy­press Trail board­walk at High­lands Ham­mock State Park. Golf the Cit­rus Golf Trail fea­tur­ing Florida’s most af­ford­able cour­ses. Stroll in charm­ing Lake Placid with nearly 50 out­door mu­rals and small-town shops. Lunch at McLane’s Gar­den Cafe in his­toric down­town Se­bring, then browse through “City on a Cir­cle” bou­tiques and artist gal­leries. Sam­ple cre­ative treats at the Se­bring Soda & Ice Cream Works. Fin­ish with din­ner at trendy 18 East Main and a per­for­mance at the Alan Jay Wild­stein Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter.

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