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