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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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Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens

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Stroll along on a guided tour through gardens showcasing the graceful sculptures created by internationally known Czech sculptor Albin...

Audubon Center for Birds of Prey

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More than 20 bird species, including hawks, eagles, owls, falcons, and vultures, make their home at this wildlife rehabilitation center...

Bok Tower Gardens

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You'll see citrus groves as you ride south along U.S. 27 to the small town of Lake Wales and the Bok Tower Gardens. This appealing sanctuary...

Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens

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Sanford has had a zoo since 1923, and while there's nothing here to rival San Diego or New York, there's a certain charm about the place.

Central Park

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Given to the City of Winter Park by the Genius family (benefactors of the Morse Museum), this 11-acre green spot has manicured lawns,...

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

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The world's most comprehensive collection of work by Louis Comfort Tiffany—including immense stained-glass windows, lamps, watercolors,...

Cornell Fine Arts Museum

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On the Rollins College campus, this museum houses Florida's oldest art collection (its first paintings acquired in 1896)—one with more...

Fun Spot America

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Four go-kart tracks offer a variety of driving experiences. Though drivers must be at least 10 years old and meet height requirements,...


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This campy attraction near the Orlando–Kissimmee border on U.S. 441 has endured since 1949 without much change, despite competition...

Hannibal Square Heritage Center

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Almost crowded out by the glitz of new shops, restaurants, and art galleries is the original, once-thriving town of Hannibal Square,...


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