Beyond the Theme Parks

  • Start: Winter Park, FL
  • End: Kissimmee, FL
  • Last Modified: 2011-09-13 20:39:33
  • Total Mileage: 25 Miles
  • Number of stops: 15


Winter Park, Florida, lies just northeast and a world away from the busy theme parks and highways of Orlando. It was developed in the late 1800s to lure visitors from the chilly north to Florida, and with lovely museums and boat side cafes, it does a good job. Start your Winter Park, Florida, vacation with a Scenic Boat Tour; a ride on these pontoon boats cruising the chain of lakes and canals offers a glimpse of beautiful homes and even an eagle or alligator, if you're lucky. Driving south continues the trip into Orlando, Florida, and an impressive array of lakes, museums, and ethnic restaurants. The Orlando Museum of Art, on N. Mills Ave., and the nearby Mennello Museum of American Folk Art, both located in Orlando's Loch Haven Park, are well worth the visit. Go south on N. Mills Avenue to Colonial Drive and the Little Vietnam neighborhood for lunch at Pho 88 or Little Saigon restaurants. For something a tad fancier, check out celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse's restaurant, Emeril's Orlando, in Universal Studios Park.

Stop #1:

Scenic Boat Tour
Winter Park, FL

Stop #2:

Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
Winter Park, FL

Stop #4:

Winter Park Farmers' Market
Winter Park, FL

Stop #5:

Orlando Museum of Art
Orlando, FL

Stop #6:

Mennello Museum of American Art
Orlando, FL

Stop #7:

Pho 88
Orlando, FL

Stop #8:

Little Saigon
Orlando, FL

Stop #9:

Orlando, FL

Stop #10:

Mall at Millenia
Orlando, FL

Stop #11:

Emeril's - Orlando
Orlando, FL

Stop #12:

Seasons 52
Orlando, FL

Stop #13:

Grande Lakes Orlando
Orlando, FL

Stop #14:

Orlando Premium Outlets
Orlando, FL

Stop #15:

Gaylord Palms Resort
Kissimmee, FL

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