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Although the small towns around Orlando aren't historic in a European sense, they reflect the early settlers' desire to capitalize on the subtropical climate—much as you and other visitors do today.

To the south lies Kissimmee, a former cattle town on Lake Tohopekaliga, one of Florida's largest, and a good place to go fishing or take an airboat ride. Kissimmee retains its ranching roots,

with a twice-annual rodeo that's worth a visit.

Winter Park, to the northeast, offers a more intellectual look at Florida's past. The town exudes charm, with brick streets and Spanish moss–draped oaks. Park Avenue, the main drag, is lined with unique shops edged by a landscaped park. You can take a leisurely boat tour on waterways that snake through town or visit the large collection of Tiffany glass and other artworks in the Morse Museum of American Art.

To the northwest of Orlando is Mount Dora, built with citrus money in the 19th century. It's on Lake Dora, and the shops and restaurants lining its charming streets often have a water view.

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Maitland Arts Center

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Hidden down a tree-lined side street is this collection of 23 buildings in the Mayan Revival style—with Mesoamerican motifs—that...

Mennello Museum of American Folk Art

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One of the few museums in the United States devoted to folk art has intimate galleries, some with lovely lakefront views. Look for the...

Mount Dora Center for the Arts

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Local and national artists are highlighted in this lovely art center that grew out of the annual arts festival. The center is a focal...

Old Town USA

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A collection of shops and themed restaurants, Old Town was literally the heart of tourist Kissimmee before Disney moved in. With a new...

Orange County Regional History Center

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Exhibits here take you on a journey back in time to discover how Florida's Paleo-Indians hunted and fished the land, what the Sunshine...

Orlando Science Center

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With all the high-tech glitz and imagined worlds of the theme parks, is it worth visiting Orlando's reality-based science center? If...

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium

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A 10-foot-square section of the Berlin Wall. A pain and torture chamber. Two African fertility statues that women swear have helped them...

Wekiwa Springs State Park

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Wekiva is a Creek Indian word meaning "flowing water"; wekiwa means "spring of water." The river, springs, and surrounding 6,400-acre...

WonderWorks

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The building seems to be sinking into the ground... at a precarious angle and upside down. Many people stop to take pictures in front...

Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts

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This museum is in Eatonville, just a few minutes west of Maitland, the first African-American town to be incorporated after the Civil...

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