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Orlando: Best Of The City Beautiful

As one of Florida’s premier travel destinations, Orlando is full of activities, fun in the sun, and food. And while most people know Orlando for its theme parks, locals know the real magic comes from our amazing dining, especially our brunches. What makes an Orlando brunch so unique? We’ve outlined the top four things that not only set Orlando brunches apart from the rest, but why it’s the best city to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner in too.
 
Central Florida weather is beautiful year-round. That makes it easy to sit outside and soak in the sun while you enjoy your breakfast eggs or your lunchtime burger.
No one does Southern hospitality quite like Floridians and here in Orlando, we’re all about service and treating our customers like family.
Here in Orlando, we’re surrounded by farms which means more produce, dairy and eggs are locally sourced and always fresh.
You’ll never be bored because you’ll always find something fun to do after brunch. From family-friendly activities to romantic date nights, Orlando has something for everyone.
 
When we say Orlando has something to offer for everyone we’re not kidding. Check out our top 14 Central Florida travel destinations. 
 

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Best Brunch & Beer Of Central Florida For The Foodie
 
Dixie Belle’s Cafe
Now that you know why Central Florida has the best brunch eateries in the country let’s talk about THE BEST brunch you can get in Orlando. Family-Owned Dixie Belle’s Cafe is a local favorite specializing in home-style country cooking. They’re serving up big plates of the southern comfort food you crave on lazy Sundays or after a busy day at work.
 
You can order anything from sizzling breakfast scramblers to juicy beef burgers and you know they’re going to arrive at your table fast, with a smile, and full of flavor. Dixie Belle’s Cafe serves the best southern breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Orlando and is a required destination for every local and tourist alike.
 
When you eat at Dixie Belle’s Cafe don’t forget to get a big serving of their world-famous Sweet Potato Biscuits—you can order them individually or get a dozen or half-dozen to take home to enjoy later!
 
Hourglass Brewing
If you’re looking for an award-winning, world-class beer utilizing the best of local and exotic ingredients from across the globe, then look no further than Orlando’s very own Hourglass Brewing. With two convenient locations, one in Longwood, Florida, and the other on Curry Ford Road, there are so many ways to enjoy a cold craft beer in Central Florida.
 
Be sure to check out each location’s jam-packed special event calendar to ensure you never miss a trivia night, live performance from a local Orlando band, or mixer you’re interested in. Just remember, beer is best served when you have friends by your side, so grab your buddies and head to one of Hourglass’ two locations to enjoy a cold one and enjoy a local Florida brew.

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Thrilling Outdoor Activities In Central Florida For The Adventurist
 
Winter Park Farmers’ Markets
If you find yourself waking up early on a Saturday morning in Orlando, Florida looking for something to do, first go grab breakfast at Dixie Belle's Cafe, then go straight to the Winter Park Farmers’ Market. The Winter Park Farmers’ Market is the number one produce and plant market in Central Florida and it happens every Saturday from 8 AM to 1 PM in Central Park West Meadow, located on the corner of New York Avenue & Morse Boulevard.
 
You’ll be able to find everything from fresh produce and baked goods to one-of-a-kind hand-crafted art. With over 60 vendors every week you’ll always find what you’re looking for at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market—you might even find a couple of things you weren’t looking for. Just be sure to bring a large bag to hold all your goodies in!
 
Harry P. Leu Gardens
Open every day from 9 AM to 5 PM, Harry P. Leu Gardens is a semi-tropical garden located in the heart of Orlando. With over 50 acres of landscaped grounds and self-guided meandering trails, there’s too much to explore in just one visit. Although Florida can be hot, you will find most of your exploration of Harry P. Leu Gardens beautifully shaded by 200-year-old oak trees.
 
From bird watching and plant hunting to art-in-the-park and movies under the stars, Harry P. Leu Gardens has something for everyone. Plus, they host special events with custom-themed installations to celebrate the seasons, so there’s always something new to see. But unfortunately as beautiful as Harry P. Leu Gardens is, picnics are not allowed inside that premises. If you get hungry after your stroll in the gardens be sure to stop by Dixie Belle's Cafe to get your fill of tasty southern homestyle cooking
 
Wekiwa Springs
If you love outdoor adventures then you can’t skip Wekiwa Springs State Park. This natural water wonder is just minutes from downtown Orlando and is perfect for observing abundant wildlife or cooling off on a summer day. You can enjoy miles of scenic trails by foot, bike, and horseback, or paddle down smooth rivers by canoe or kayak.
 
Wekiwa Springs is also a great place to pitch a tent, build a fire, and camp out for the night. With activities like fishing and snorkeling, you can feel one with nature as you discover all the secrets of Wekiwa Springs waterways. Don’t forget to end your day in one of Wekiwa Springs’ tropical hammocks near where the springs feed into the Wekiva River to the sandhill uplands.
 
Lake Eola
Nothing says Orlando, Florida quite like riding a swan-shaped paddle boat around the beautiful Lake Eola. Located in the heart of downtown, Lake Eola is a sparkling body of water naturally decorated by lush foliage and majestic swans and other birds. A .9-mile paved track surrounds the lake making it the perfect spot to grab a workout while enjoying nature.
 
But the biggest draw to Lake Eola is the famous while swap paddle boats. Put on your sunscreen and grab three of your closest friends to take a peaceful paddle around Lake Eola. Take in the breathtaking view of Orlando’s city skyline as you enjoy the gentle ripples of water beneath your swan boat. Be sure to bring a camera to capture all the beautiful memories you make on the swan boat. And if you work up an appetite paddling, be sure to stop by Dixie Belle's Cafe for a post-paddle snack or meal.

Orlando Science Museum


Unique Orlando Museums & Shops For The Explorer
 
Orlando Museum Of Art
Founded in 1934, the Orlando Museum Of Art is a cultural staple here in Central Florida. The Orlando Museum Of Art’s mission is to interpret and present art of a diverse public audience. They sponsor a wide variety of inclusive, innovative, and inspiring educational programming for Orlando residents and visiting tourists alike.
 
The museum presents 10-12 large exhibitions on-site and 13 interactive exhibitions off-site yearly and hosts a variety of award-winning art enrichment programs for all ages. But heads up, this is an art museum, and to preserve the art, no food or beverages are allowed inside the exhibit. Be sure to stop by Dixie Belle's Cafe for a pre-museum fill-up to make sure you’re not hungry when you’re trying to enjoy the art.
 
Park Avenue
Who else loves to shop ‘til they drop? Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida is an upscale shopping district filled with unique boutiques, world-class museums, and stunning art galleries. Home to over 140 small businesses this street is the premier luxury shopping hub in Central Florida.
 
Plus, you should plan your trip to Park Avenue around special events that include but aren’t limited to seasonal art shows, concerts, exotic car shows, fashion events, and holiday festivities. If you need a break from shopping, don’t forget to check out the Central Park area on Park Avenue—it’s the perfect place to kick back and relax on the grass. And if you find yourself getting hungry, remember to stop by Dixie Belle's Cafe for some of their famous Sweet Potato Biscuits.
 
Orlando Science Center
The Orlando Science Center has four floors of interactive, educational exhibit halls, labs, and workshops. The center also houses theaters, an observatory, and experiences that change with the seasons. You can see everything in the Orlando Science Center from dinosaurs to the solar system all while enjoying a break from the Florida sun with cool air-conditioning.
 
With over 670,000 annual visitors the Orlando Science Center welcomes curious learners from not only Central Florida, but all over the world. Their mission is to “inspire science learning for life,” while their vision is to “be the spark that ignites innovation.”
 
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
Whether you’ve seen the 1997 movie 100 times or you're just fascinated by the tragic history of this momentous ship, the Titanic Museum is an Orlando must-see. Located on International Drive you can step back in time to April 1912 when you visit the Artifact Exhibition. You’ll see over 300 artifacts recovered or recreated from the actual Titanic, experience costumed actors, and even get to walk through full-scale room recreations.
 
During this interactive experience, you’ll receive a replica boarding pass and assume the role of a passenger as you follow a chronological journey through life on the titanic. You can even touch an iceberg that’s the same temperature as the water was on that fateful night. If you get hungry during your voyage remember you can always stop by Orlando’s number one home-style country cooking eatery, Dixie Belle's Cafe.

Ice skating for families


Fun Central Florida Activities For The Whole Family
 
Artifact Candle Company
If you’re looking for something creative to do in Orlando look no further than Artifact Candle Foundry. Located in the Thornton Park neighborhood, this DIY candle-making experience is great for families, date nights, or special events. They have over 90 natural fragrance oils for you to choose from—making it easy to mix and match a candle fragrance that’s as unique as you. Plus, your candle will not only smell beautiful but look great as well.
 
If you’re not feeling crafty, or you just want to go home with extra candles you could always check out their pre-made candles. Every candle at the Artifact Candle Foundry is made from chemical-free, strong scented, slow-burning wax and includes a 100% cotton soot-free wick. So stop by Artifact Candle Foundry to craft your own custom candle, shop, or even enjoy the easy-going atmosphere of their neighborhood lounge. We’ve heard you can make a candle there that smells as good as breakfast at Dixie Belle's Cafe.
 
Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts
Just as Dixie Belle's Cafe is the cornerstone of homestyle country cooking here in Orlando, The Dr. Philips Center For The Performing Arts is a hub of art, culture, and live performances. With their vision, Arts For Every Life®, Dr. Philips Center For The Performing Art strives to feature the best international, national, and local artists, for community outreach and arts education.
 
Their two-block beautiful downtown Orlando building includes 2 full theaters, a School Of The Arts, and various other stunning spaces to accommodate a wide spectrum of special events. Since opening the arts center in 2014, Dr. Philips Center For The Performing Arts has been named one of Travel & Leisure magazine’s “25 New Tourist Attractions Worth Adding To Your Bucket List” and one of Southern Living magazine’s “50 Best Places In The South Now.” That’s why when you’re in Central Florida, you have to see at least one show at The Dr. Philips Center For The Performing Arts.
 
RDV Sportsplex Ice Den
Orlando may be hot most of the year, but the best way to cool off from the Florida heat is ice-skating at the RDV Sportsplex Ice Den’s daily open public skate. Whether you’re a novice skater who doesn't own a pair of ice skates or a seasoned professional who just wants more time on the ice, the RDV Ice Den is for you. 
 
You can rent both regular figure skates and hockey skates in all sizes from toddler 8 to men's 15 during open public skate sessions. All skill levels and ages three and up are welcome making this the perfect family activity. Just remember, this may be Florida, but RDV Ice Den is an ice rink and it’ll be cold inside—be sure to dress in layers and consider wearing a hat, scarf, and mittens.
 
The Axe Trap
Axe throwing isn’t just for lumberjacks anymore—If you’re looking for adventure and fun, look no further than The Axe Trap in Winter Park, Florida. Their mission is to provide you with a new experience filled with action and excitement in a safe, friendly, and healthy way. So whether you’re looking to go alone, or bring a big group, axe throwing is a great way to exercise, relieve stress, and sharpen your hand-eye coordination.
 
Decorated like a 1920’s industrial warehouse this 5,000 square foot vintage-inspired venue is perfect for small group outings or big-party events. Just be sure to never throw on an empty stomach. If you need to fill up before you start tossing axes around, be sure to visit Dixie Belle's Cafe and get your fill up on classic axe throwing foods like Sweet Potato Biscuits or The Dixie Slam.