Orlando is much more than just theme parks, conventions and golf courses. At Where we enjoy finding what lies beyond the ever-popular visitor attractions; we like to travel like locals and discover the real hidden gems. In this video we follow along with our Orlando editor Laura Lee as she shows us her top five secrets in this wonderful city.
Ready to go? Head to these destinations which Laura highlighted in the video:
"Everyone knows about Orlando’s theme parks, but not many visitors actually venture to the real Orlando … right here in downtown. Lake Eola Park is a local favorite with walking trails, a sculpture garden, playgrounds and even swan boats you can rent by the hour to get out on the lake. The park hosts a huge farmers market every Sunday with tons of fresh produce, but also baked goods, arts-and-crafts, live music and even free yoga on the lawn."
Get there: 512 E. Washington St., Orlando, FL, (407) 246-4484
East End Market for Food and Wine
"Orlando just received accolades in The New York Times and Wine Enthusiast magazine for its great wining and dining scene. One of my favorite places is East End Market in a cool part of town called Audubon Park. Pick up something from the bakery, wine bar, book store or coffee shop, then sit outside on the patio to enjoy the Florida sunshine. For a more formal meal, Txokos offers amazing Spanish Basque cuisine with a killer gin and tonic and paella."
Get there: 3201 Corrine Dr., Orlando, FL, (321) 236-3316
"Winter Park is one of Florida’s first resort towns, founded in the 1880s as a winter retreat for northerners. Today, it’s still a popular spot for visitors with upscale shops and eateries along charming brick streets and surrounded by beautiful live oak trees and scenic lakes. Winter Park’s cultural vibrancy is due in large part to Rollins College, Florida’s oldest university. And the Morse Museum of American Art showcases one of the largest collections of Tiffany stained glass in the country."
Get there: 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL
Mills 50 Neighborhood
"Welcome to Orlando’s funky side. This eclectic neighborhood near downtown is chock full of colorful graffiti murals and some of the best food in town. With millions of visitors and residents from across the globe, it’s no surprise Orlando is a melting pot of cultures. Here at Mills 50, you’ll find cool spots like a local brewery, a vegan teahouse, Cuban deli and popular spots for authentic Asian street food."
Get there: N. Mills Ave., Orlando, FL, (407) 841-1485
Food Trucks in the Milk District
"Orlando has more food trucks per capita than any other city in the country. And a great place for sampling everything from chicken and waffles to Portugese fare and Korean barbecue is during Tasty Tuesdays in the Milk District. Every Tuesday night hungry hipsters flock here, right next to the T.G. Lee milk factory, for a rotating roster of the best food trucks in town, gathered in back parking lots of the district’s hip strip of bars, boutiques and eateries."
Get there: 2424 E. Robinson St., Orlando, FL