Located in the middle of Florida, Orlando features picturesque wetlands, consisting of many lakes and freshwater swamps that beg to be explored. Although the city is known for its theme parks, take a closer look to find there’s a variety of activities no matter what brings you to the area.
Check out one of Florida’s hidden gems at Bok Tower Gardens, about one hour by car outside of downtown Orlando. The 250-acre garden features a Mediterranean-style 20-room winter home that dates back to the 1930s. Be sure to visit in the afternoon for the ringing of the bells. You can tap into your inner beatnik with a visit to the Jack Kerouac House, his home when he published one of his most famous books.
If you’re looking to get active, rent a bike and head over to Kissimmee Lakefront Park or one of Orlando’s over 30 riding trails. You might even get a peek of some of the local wildlife. Prefer to tee up on the links? Orlando has some of the top courses in the country that will challenge golfers of any skill level. And if you’re into birding, Orlando can’t be missed. Orlando Wetlands Park features over 220 bird species including ospreys, short-tailed hawks, and anhingas. You can also get a glimpse at over 60 species of butterflies.
After a day full of sightseeing Orlando has plenty of nightlife to enjoy. There’s a bustling live music scene that runs the gamut from EDM to classical. You can catch a touring Broadway show or opt for a local production. Downtown Orlando’s dining options are extensive, so you can indulge in an old favorite or sample a new kind of cuisine. If you’re into sports, you can cheer on Orlando’s professional basketball team. Fun and excitement are easy to find no matter what you’re into.
Start planning your trip to Orlando today and see why it’s one of America’s favorite vacation spots.