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Undiscovered Orlando

written by Penny Sadler
Undiscovered Orlando @pennysadler 2013

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I know Orlando has a reputation as one big theme park, but if you give it a chance you’ll discover that Orlando is also cultured and sophisticated. It’s just not so apparent on the surface.

Many people plan a vacation in Orlando with the kids, and it’s a great place for that with so many theme parks to choose from. There’s Disney Cove, Walt Disney Resort, Universal Orlando, Seaworld, Wet and Wild – I’ve probably missed a few.

The arts and culture scene is alive and thriving in Orlando, too – and even the kids will enjoy the exotic and colorful Cirque du Soleil show, La Nouba. If you’ve never seen a Cirque du Soleil performance, you are really missing out on a truly full sensory experience. For the best experience (especially for first timers), purchase your Orlando Cirque du Soleil tickets in advance, so you can get a seat up front. There’s really not a bad seat, but sitting up front is really special and you just may end up being part of the show.

Film buffs will enjoy traveling to Orlando during the Florida Film Festival. Listen to commentary with visiting film makers, participate in Q &A, and take in some great indie films. It’s the perfect time out from all that Florida sunshine!


Orlando Science Center, @PennySadler 2013

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The Orlando Science Center has something for everyone with an IMAX theater, observatory, and an annual Science of Wine Festival, featuring over 150 wines from winemakers around the world. This sounds like my kind of science.


Fans of Americana will love the Menello Museum, known for its collection of Earl Cunningham paintings. Earl Cunningham was a self taught American folk artist, and the Menello Museum houses the largest single collection of his work. His paintings are vibrant and colorful, featuring scenes from his world travels, and have been exhibited at the Smithsonian.


Mennello Museum Orlando @PennySadler 2013

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The Orlando Museum of Art

Began in 1924 as a small group of artists gathering to critique each others work. Today it is an international museum presenting ten to twelve on-site exhibits each year. For more about the Orlando art scene read Orlandoslice.com

As you can see there are many inspiring options to choose from in Orlando besides theme parks. To read more about culture and arts in Orlando read visitorlando.com

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Luke December 27, 2013 at 12:52 pm

I am originally from the Gold Coast, Australia. The Gold Coast has a similar reputation to Orlando, as being a theme park/party city. It is good to see there are plenty of other options for people that want to do a bit of exploring!

Penny Sadler December 27, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Hey Luke, thanks for stopping by. I haven’t been to Australia yet. Hope to one day!

Luke December 27, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I am completely biased in saying that Australia is an amazing country to visit! There is so much to see there…. the only downside is the price of everything. A holiday in Australia is very expensive!

Penny Sadler December 27, 2013 at 2:47 pm

That’s what I’ve heard. Looks beautiful though.

Maria December 26, 2013 at 11:39 am

Wow Penny! There really is so much in Orlando – I had no idea. Thanks for the eye opener.

Maria December 22, 2013 at 11:46 pm

Penny, I’d no idea it could be like this. Thanks for showing me how dynamic Orlando is.


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