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Orlando- The City Beautiful

Fall/Winter 11-12

Downtown Orlando is full of rich art and culture. From art to sports, come out and discover everything downtown Orlando has to offer.

Amway Center is home to the NBA’s Orlando Magic and Arena Football’s Orlando Predators and hosts some of the greatest shows on tour. It’s a world-class experience unlike anything Central Florida has ever seen. From its signature spire and modern architecture to its public spaces and comfortable amenities, the Amway Center is both a welcoming addition to the surrounding neighborhood and an iconic destination to Central Florida and beyond. The Amway Center features a modern mix of metal and glass exterior materials and the spire serves as a beacon amid Orlando’s vibrant downtown. Altogether, it’s unlike any arena ever built.

A wonderful way to spend the day outdoors is at Lake Eola. There are a variety of ways to enjoy downtown Orlando’s signature park. On a warm afternoon, a picnic is a great way to spend the day with family and friends. It is also a nice setting for a romantic evening, as the fountain in the middle of the lake changes color at night. For a relaxing boat ride, paddleboat rentals are available. This is a great activity the kids will enjoy, as the paddleboats are in the shape of a swan. For a little exercise bring your rollerblades, bicycle, and running shoes and take a couple laps around the lake.

Every Sunday at 9 a.m. a farmers market is set up around the lake. Live entertainment, fresh produce, plants, and jewelry are featured. After a stroll through the market, stop by one of the many restaurants located near the lake. Sit outside and enjoy the beautiful breeze and view of the lake.

Looking for the perfect educational activity that has fun and knowledge all under one roof? For over fifty years, the Orlando Science Center has been a place that inspires curiosity and exploration. Truly one of the great activities for Orlando families, the Science Center encourages learning in a fun way.

Orlando Science Center is a must for your “things to do in Orlando” list. With four floors of exciting exhibits, amazing giant screen movies and engaging live programming, the Science Center is the perfect family destination. Ideal for a rainy day activity - fun for your entire family and completely indoors!

For the art aficionado in the family take a stroll in Winter Park and drop by The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, featuring the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany: jewelry, pottery, paintings, art glass, leaded-glass windows, lamps and the chapel interior the artist designed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The museum recently opened a 12,000-square-foot wing to exhibit art and architectural objects from the artist's Long Island estate, Laurelton Hall.

The Museum’s holdings also include a major collection of American art pottery and representative collections of late 19th and early 20th century American painting, graphics and decorative art. The Museum offers free admission from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m on Friday nights