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Our editor offers one welltraveled view on what's essential in Orlando when you have only 90 minutes to go exploring. This month, check out delicious possibilities in the nearby city of Sanford.

A complete guide of attractions, museums and theme parks including newly opened hotspots Andretti Indoor Karting & Games and Topgolf.



05 Hot Dates Events Not to Miss Cultural opportunities and world class sporting events abound this winter in Orlando.



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Nature Lover, Rainy Day, Beach Bum Three dynamic itineraries handpicked to help you explore all that Orlando has to offer.

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The Essential Orlando The weather outside in the rest of the country may be frightful, but in Orlando, it's delightful. Warm days and nights cool enough to don a jacket make this the best time of year in the opinion of many locals. The mild temps are perfect for outdoor activities, and it's a great time to get out and discover adventure (p. 6). Fancy a cooking class for a date night or girl's get together? We share our favorites (p. 8). Finally, take advantage of the glorious weather and the smaller crowds to check out the Epcot International Festival of the Arts (p. 10). 90 MINUTES IN:



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Orlando Sanford International Airport or hopping onto the Amtrak Auto Train to ride the rails north will find lots to do in the small city center. If you’re looking for a drink, Bitters & Brass, a cool bar with a vintage look and a hip vibe, is worth your time. Stop in for Tiki Thursdays, when classic tiki drinks made with rum and then some more rum take center stage. Feeling peckish? There are plenty of terrific restaurants to choose from. But if you happen to be in town on a Saturday morning, stop by

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The Smiling Bison for brunch. With a seasonal, market-driven menu, you can’t go wrong with any of the items you’ll find. But we recommend that you always give the pizza and poutine du jour a try. Finally, satisfy your sweet tooth with a visit to Wondermade, Sanford’s homegrown sweets shop. Stop by the brightly-colored storefront for housemade ice cream in notso-common flavors. Or sample their from-scratch marshmallows in a s’more made on the spot. The dark chocolate and bourbon marshmallow combo sandwiched between homemade graham crackers deserves high marks.

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Orlando residents are rediscovering their neighborhoods and surrounding small towns. And that’s definitely true for neighboring Sanford. This small city lies just to the northeast of Orlando in Seminole County, with an historic downtown that’s prettily situated along the banks of Lake Monroe. It’s that downtown area, with buildings constructed in the late 1800s and early 1900s, that has seen a recent renaissance of sorts. Visitors who find themselves with time to spare before catching a flight out of



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JAN. 9 SHAKIRA The awardwinning Colombian superstar brings her El Dorado World Tour and high energy style to the Amway Center. JAN. 27 TREVOR NOAH The host of Comedy Central's award-winning "The Daily Show" appears for two performances at the Bob Carr Theater.

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Wizards, witches and muggles rejoice during this annual celebration of all things magic. This weekend fantasy for Potterheads features Q&A sessions with actors from the film, and interactive and unique exhibits, along with special panels and demonstrations. Don your favorite costume — and don't forget your house colors or your wand. And be sure to save room for a warm butterbeer or two! Park admission required. Universal Studios and Universal Islands of Adventure, 6000 Universal Boulevard,


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1 SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES > JAN. 13-14 Experience traditional highland athletics, dance, art, music, food and drink at this two-day event celebrating all things Scottish. Kids games, scone and shortbread competitions and whisky tastings are also part of the fun. Central Winds Park, Winter Springs,

2 2018 PRO BOWL > JAN. 23-28 The NFL celebrates its brightest stars during a week of festivities throughout Orlando culminating with the 2018 Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium televised live at 3 pm. The game once again follows the traditional AFC vs. NFC format. 1 Citrus Bowl Place,

3 ANNUAL BACH FESTIVAL > FEB. 16-MAR.1 Delight in world-class choir and orchestral performances featuring the works of J. S. Bach and other great composers, by the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra. Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park,

4 UNIVERSAL ORLANDO'S MARDI GRAS > FEB. 3-APR. 7 The biggest party of the season takes place select nights, and includes outrageous concerts, millions of beads, a raucous parade and colorful performers. Great food is also part of the fun. Universal Studios Orlando, www.

5 60TH ANNUAL DAYTONA 500 > FEB. 18 NASCAR's most prestigious race celebrates a milestone birthday. Be there to witness history. Daytona International Speedway, www.

JAN. 27-28 ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA Formula 1 race fans will relish in this epic endurance race, which takes place over 24 hours on Daytona International Speedway's famed 3.56-mile road course. FEB. 3 DIANA KRALL The award-winning jazz pianist and vocalist brings her Turn Up the Quiet Tour to the Dr. Phillips Center, and performs new material as well as old favorites. FEB. 9-11 ROMEO AND JULIET Robert Hill's brilliant adaptation tells the timeless and classic story of star-crossed lovers. The tale comes to life set to Prokofiev's rich score. 5

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In some vacation locales, visitors with mobility challenges find limited opportunities for adventure. But in Orlando, there’s no shortage of accessible excitement. The following indoor and outdoor venues offer exhilarating opportunities for physically disabled adventure seekers. By Vincent Crampton The Docks at Shingle Creek 6 WHERE CITY NAME I MONTH YEAR


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iFly Orlando Skydiving for the disabled exists, but it’s pricey, time consuming and dangerous. What if, for the cost of a cab ride, you could slip in some safe freefalling between visits to Orlando’s theme parks and nightlife venues? iFly Orlando has the solution during their monthly All Abilities Night. This no-limitations event opens up the sport of indoor skydiving to people of, you guessed it, all abilities, including those with physical and cognitive limitations. iFly’s specially trained instructors assist guests into the vertical wind tunnel, or flight chamber, and spot them as they defy gravity. The in-tunnel flight lasts one minute, but it feels timeless, and fliers emerge from the tunnel wide-eyed and grinning. GATORLAND This Florida icon is home to the Gator Gauntlet zipline, available to mobilitychallenged thrill seekers. Riders must be able to transfer themselves to the Gatorland wheelchair (or have their own assistance), but staff can assist them into the proprietary harness and safety equipment, wheel them up the 350-foot tower and attach them to the hoist that lifts them to the zip line. That’s when the fun begins, as riders hurtle over a gator-filled marsh at 20 to 30 miles per hour.

THE DOCKS AT SHINGLE CREEK Visitors with mobility limitations can kayak in Central Florida, thanks to The Docks at Shingle Creek. Kayaks are staged on a low floating dock so boats can slide easily into the water. An overhead bar allows kayakers to lowering themselves into the boat, and with family or friend assistance, staff will help guests position themselves in the boat and launch them into their aquatic adventure. Would-be kayakers unable to paddlecan rent a tandem kayak so a

friend can paddle, or they can even hire a private guide and get the VIP nature experience. WILD FLORIDA AIRBOATS Want to see gators, eagles and other Florida critters up close and personal, all just a 45-minute drive from Orlando? Wild Florida’s airboat rides are the solution. Their 17-seater airboat can accommodate disabled travelers. Friends and staff can assist with getting the adventurer situated.

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At these culinary hotspots, local chefs invite you into the kitchen for cooking classes ideal for a memorable date night or a girls’ night out. Sharpen skills, take culinary cues from top chefs and feast on the fruits of your labor at these cooking classes worthy of inclusion in your Orlando itinerary. BY STEPHANIE PATTERSON 8 WHERE CITY NAME I MONTH YEAR


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Cooking Classes to Savor There are few things in life that bring us together more than a well-prepared meal. And while eating obviously tops the list, cooking also rates high as a favorite foodie pastime. Check out our favorite spots around town to learn deliciously. TAPA TORO Famous for its lively nightly flamenco shows and delectable Spanish cuisine, Tapa Toro serves up more than entertainment and culinary treasures in the I-Drive 360 complex. The restaurant’s ‘En La Cocina’ cooking class series whisks you behind the scenes for an interactive feast around the paella pit with Executive Chef Wendy Lopez. Throughout the evening you’ll cook some of Chef Wendy’s favorite


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recipes from around the globe, like Spanish serrano ham-wrapped dates, English Beef Wellington and Greek tzatziki. Enjoy additional treats while you cook, including dessert and tapas from the kitchen. Classes are held once a month from January through April and cost $49 per person plus tax and gratuity. www.tapatoro. restaurant/groups-events/ cooking-classes/. KONA GRILL After a day of Winter Park exploring, continue your adventure as you’re transformed into a sushi chef for the night at Kona Grill. Personalized sushi rolling classes are offered at the restaurant and include private instruction from a head sushi chef. Don a sushi bandana,

learn proper sushi lingo and practice hand rolling sushi. Indulge in creations such as shrimp tempura rolls, sashimi, nigiri, checkerboard rolls, and dragon rolls paired with an optional sake flight, available for an additional $12. You’ll receive a makisu (bamboo sushi rolling mat) and chopsticks to take home. Class levels range from basic to advanced and require an advance notice of 48 hours. Call 407-900-0100 for reservations. TRUFFLES & TRIFLES Founded by Marci Arthur, this gourmet cooking school is located in College Park, a charming Orlando Main Street District worth visiting. Boost your culinary prowess and add a few recipes to your portfolio through the diverse class offerings, covering everything from macarons to worldly cuisines, and from kitchen techniques to homemade pasta. Make a multi-course meal with friends during a special Girls’ Night Out class, or hone kitchen skills alongside your special someone during the monthly date night class. Classes begin at $57 per person. DRAGONFLY ROBATA GRILL & SUSHI Nestled among the eateries in Orlando’s famed Restaurant

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Row just minutes from International Drive, Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi regularly hosts Sushi 101 classes. Grasp techniques and study with Dragonfly’s team of sushi experts, while perfecting the art of making sushi rice, nigiri, California rolls, crunch rolls and hand rolls. Each class includes the necessary materials and instruction. Sushi classes are typically offered on a monthly basis and cost $60 per person. Call 407-307-3359 for details and reservations. PUBLIX APRON COOKING SCHOOLS Publix Aprons Cooking Schools offer a variety of weekly classes at two convenient Orlando locations in Dr. Phillips and Winter Park. Demonstration classes, ideal for a night with the girls, include a multicourse meal prepared cooking show-style by a team of chefs with a knack for entertaining. Hands-on classes invite you and your partner to wear the chef’s hat while preparing a meal with guidance from a pro, and the personalized environment sets the stage for a playful and delicious date night. New classes are offered weekly. Class cost ranges from $40 - $165 per person. www. aprons-cooking-schools


If you’re willing to venture into Orlando’s neighborhoods and local communities, you’ll find lots of opportunities to learn more about eats, drinks, and treats. Here are some fun ways to experience a tasty side of Orlando that’s a bit off the beaten path. The Courtesy Bar. During this bar’s monthly cocktail class, acquire new party tricks, as a local mixologist teaches you how to concoct three seasonal craft cocktails. Classes are offered at this staple downtown Orlando bar twice each month. Cost covers materials, three drinks and gratuity. INFORMATION: WHEN: Monthly, first and third Saturdays, 5:15 pm PRICE: $55 per person Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden. This 3,000-square foot space in College Park is home to monthly communityfocused classes like the Edible Education Experience Chef Night, pairing you with a prominent Orlando chef for an evening of hands-on cooking. Pick out seasonal ingredients from the garden, before converting your bounty into a healthy meal. INFORMATION: WHEN: Monthly PRICE: $65 adults, $25 children Wondermade. End a daytrip to Historic Downtown Sanford on a sweet note with a visit to Wondermade, a one-stop shop for inventive marshmallows, ice cream and more. During the monthly date night workshop, tour the shop, sample treats, and decorate marshmallows. INFORMATION: WHEN: monthly PRICE: $20 per person Farris & Fosters Chocolate Factory. Every Friday evening is date night at this chocolate shop in Baldwin Park, just 15 minutes from downtown Orlando. Learn the art of chocolate making and craft a pound of confections to take home. Bonus: bring along your favorite bottle of wine for a match made in heaven. INFORMATION: WHEN: Friday nights PRICE: $34 per couple



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5 #ArtfulEpcot Must Dos Inspiration, fun and joyful expression await you at every turnduring the 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts. Here, we offer our picks for the things you can’t miss at this year’s festival. • See. The festival dazzles art lovers with a plethora of fine art exhibits. Lovers of all things Disney can view exhibits featuring both iconic Disney art as well as original pieces inspired by Disney’s rich artistic heritage. Venture into the pavilions of World Showcase and explore artistic expression from around the world. Visit the American Heritage Gallery and view African-American art spanning 400 years. Journey to Japan and learn all about “kawaii,” that country’s cute culture, and wander through the Stave Church Gallery in Norway for a glimpse into Norse traditions.

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each evening. The open-air amphitheatre tends to fill up quickly; to avoid long lines and to guarantee a seat, consider booking a Dining Package for breakfast, lunch or dinner by calling (407) WDW-DINE.

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A FEAST FOR YOUR SENSES BY BROOKE FEHR Walt Disney World’s Epcot has become a bit of a festival destination these days, and the winter months are no exception. First introduced in 2017, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts is back for a second consecutive year. Mark your calendars Culinary for Jan. 12-Feb. 19, as the event, which was a weekCreations end-only affair last year, expands to a full five weeks celebrate various cooking techin 2018. The festival is a celebration of art across all niques and artistic movements. disciplines, including fine arts, performing arts, and Savor the sum of a dish’s parts at culinary arts. View a myriad of exhibits that celebrate The Deconstructed Dish, where you can sample the Atypical BLT. everything from iconic Disney works of art, to pieces Or play with your food at the Pop that honor cultures around the world. Listen intently Eats!, where fan-favorite Pop’t Art tarts are back again this year. as world-class vocalists bring to life beloved stories from the Disney on Broadway series, and dine on • Hear. Another highlight of the dishes that are as beautiful as they are delicious. But festival is the Disney on Broadway Concert Series. Taking place Friday it wouldn’t be an arts festival without the opportuthrough Monday each week nity to participate. Guests can pick up a brush and during the festival, the stunning contribute to a giant mural in World Showcase Plaza. performances bring the very best of Disney Broadway talent straight Also, look for opportunities to become part of the to the stage of America Gardens art yourself at a host of fun photo ops. Theatre at 5:30, 6:45, and 8:00 pm 10 W H E R E O R L A N D O I J A N UA R Y / F E B R UA R Y 2018

• Be. Have you ever wanted to leap right into your favorite painting? Then you’re going to love the incredible photo ops set up throughout the festival. Join General Washington’s crew and Cross the Delaware, or give it your best Scream as you wander into Edvard Munch’s work. Have your camera at the ready and become part of the artwork that surrounds you.

• Do. The festival also offers daily seminars and interactive workshops on a wide range of topics. While seminars are free, interactive workshops are $39, and premium “Painting with a Disney Artist” workshops are $259. Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members are eligible for a 15% discount on workshops. Call (407) WDW-TOUR to book. Fun Photo Ops


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its food very seriously, and food studios throughout the park turn out dishes that are as beautiful as they are delicious. Seven kiosks

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Andretti Indoor Karting & Games is one of the newest attractions to open in Orlando. Located just steps away from the Orange County Convention Center, the entertainment complex offers 150,000 square feet of exciting entertainment, with more than ten ways to play, all under one roof. Daredevils who have a need for speed will thrill to the multi-level indoor karting track, while others can scale new heights on the extreme ropes course and curved rail zip line. Add bowling, laser tag and more to the mix, and there’s something for everyone. And with a full service restaurant and bar offering a place to refuel, you can get right back to the fun. Open daily. 9299 Universal Boulevard.

Topgolf boasts 65,000 square feet of play for golfers and non-golfers alike. With over 100 climate-controlled hitting bays, each accommodating up to six players, plus a full service restaurant and bar, golf has never been more comfortable. Topracer technology makes the game even more fun. Open Daily. 9295 Universal Boulevard.

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Arts District, CityArts Factory is the area’s largest collective of art galleries, showcasing local and international works of art, rotated monthly. Free admission Tu-Sa. Be sure to check out Third Thursdays. 29 S. Orange Ave., 407.648.7060.

Attractions BUENA VISTA WATERSPORTS AND PARADISE COVE— Rent jet skis or try waterskiing, tubing or

wakeboarding on scenic Lake Bryan. 13245 Lake Bryan Drive, 407.239.6939. CENTRAL FLORIDA ZOO & BOTANICAL GARDENS—

See more than 400 animals, feed the giraffes, admire the big cats or take a ride on the train. Little ones will also enjoy a tropical splash pad open year-round, a playground and a petting zoo. Open daily. Admission $19.50; seniors $15.95; and children $13.75. 3755 NW. US Hwy. 17-92, Sanford, 407.323.4450. THE COCA-COLA ORLANDO EYE— Hop aboard a

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a fully enclosed, air-conditioned glass capsule for stunning views of the attractions, the downtown skyline, and on clear days, all the way to the Kennedy Space Center. The ride is especially nice at sunset or during the nightly theme-park fireworks. 8401 International Drive, 866.228.6438. GATORLAND— This theme park and nature preserve

combines Old Florida charm with exciting wildlife exhibits and live entertainment. View a breeding marsh, climb the observation tower, watch the alligator wrestling show and ride the zipline. Open daily. 14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail, 800.393.5297. I-DRIVE 360—Visitors can hop aboard the 400-foot-

tall Coca-Cola Orlando Eye Ferris wheel, explore Madame Tussauds wax attraction and dive into Sea Life aquarium with 5,000 creatures and an ocean tunnel. I-Drive 360 is also home to an array of restaurants, shops and entertainment venues. 8375 International Drive, 321.888.2690. KISSIMMEE GO KARTS— Play in the arcade or race on

an (almost) one-mile track. Double-seat and junior karts available. 4708

W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, 407.390.7223. LOCKBUSTERS— Challenge your mind in this fun and

stimulating Escape Game, coming soon to International Drive. 8326 International Drive, Orlando, 407.930.0822.. MADAME TUSSAUDS ORLANDO— Experience

famous Americans with this immersive and interactive wax attraction under the Orlando Eye. Shake hands with the president, get on stage with Lady Gaga or up close and personal with Taylor Swift and take the ultimate selfie. Free parking. Open daily. Adult tickets starting at $25 with packages available. I-Drive 360, 8401 International Drive (866) 630-8315 866.630.8315. ORLANDO FLY SPORTS— In just a few minutes, skilled

instructors at Orlando Fly Sports teach you to fly using a flyboard, hoverboard or the all-new jetpack for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Ages 3-plus. Hotel pickup and drop offs are available. 2200 Lee Road, 321.888.1005. OUTER LIMITZ INDOOR TRAMPOLINE ARENA—

Jump to your heart’s content at this indoor trampoline arena. Play dodge ball, dunk a basketball


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or literally bounce on the walls. The facility is also home to a giant foam pit, great fun for little ones, and a harness-less, climbing rope course. www. 6725 S. Kirkman Road, 407.704.6723. REVOLUTION OFF ROAD— Learn to ride an ATV, gear

up for bass fishing, or tool around on dune buggies and 4x4s. 4000 SR 33, Clermont, 352.400.1322. RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT!— Thanks to the TV

show with the same name, this attraction has become a favorite with its Odditorium. www. 8201 International Drive, 407.345.0501. SEA LIFE AQUARIUM— Experience many underwater

Maiden feeding flamingos in the court of a Roman house, c. 1892. Leaded glass, Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company.

worlds filled with a huge array of sea creatures. Come face-to-face with sharks, visit the hands-on touch pool and the interactive “talking” aquarium or stroll through the 360-degree ocean tunnel. I-Drive 360, 8449 International Drive, 866.622.0607. SHOWCASE OF CITRUS—A 2,500-acre you-pick farm

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with 70 varieties of citrus, when in season. Visitors can shop for homemade products in the country store, enjoy a famous frozen creamsicle or take a safari tour on a giant 4x4. www.showcaseofcitrus. com. 5010 US Highway 27, Clermont, 352.394.4377.

WINTER PARK, Fla. — Of the many unexpected pleasures awaiting visitors to Central Florida, none may be as dazzling as a stroll through the galleries of The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by American artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany.

SKELETONS-See 500 skeletons of a variety of animals

The Tiffany collection at the Morse includes the designer’s jewelry, pottery, paintings, and art glass, as well as his famed leadedglass lamps and windows. Highlights include the restored ByzantineRomanesque chapel interior that Tiffany designed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago and art and architectural objects from his celebrated Long Island estate, Laurelton Hall. The Morse, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this season, was founded by Jeannette Genius McKean (1909–89) in 1942 and named for her industrialist grandfather. She and her husband, Hugh F. McKean (1908–95), the Museum’s director until his death, built the collection over a 50-year period. In 1957, when a fire ravaged Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall, the McKeans salvaged all they could from the ruins for the Morse. In the Museum’s galleries, visitors will also find exhibits of American art pottery, Art Nouveau objects, and late 19th-and early 20th-century American paintings. For more information, call (407) 645-5311 or visit

in clever and unusual poses and dioramas. Part of the educational and “icky” fun is a tank where real bones are still in the decomposition process and crawling with flesh-eating beetles.www. 8441 International Drive, 407.203.6999. TITANIC-THE EXPERIENCE— Visitors can immerse

themselves in history from over 100 years ago through the interactive museum, guided tours, fullscale recreations of the Titanic’s grand staircase and real items from the famously doomed shipwreck. Open daily. Stay for the dinner theater show Friday and Saturday nights. 7324 International Drive, 407.248.1166. WALLABY RANCH— Learn to hang glide or take an

exhilarating tandem flight over Central Florida’s countryside with one of the world’s most renowned aerotowing facilities. Open daily. From $175. www. 1805 Deen Still Road, 863.424.0070.

Beyond Orlando BOK TOWER GARDENS— National Historic Landmark

sits on peninsular Florida’s highest point and features Olmsted-designed landscaped gardens crowned with a majestic bell tower that plays music by the hour. Open daily and holidays. Admission $20 adults; $10 children. www.boktowergardens. org. 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales, 863.676.1408. BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY— From eight extreme

roller coasters to up-close animal encounters, this park features thrill rides and world-wide adventure with stops in Egypt, Australia and the Serengeti. Best bets are Cheetah Hunt, SheiKra and Falcon’s Fury. Open daily. From $92.99. www.buschgardens. com. 1001 N. Malcolm McKinley Drive, Tampa, 813.884.4386. CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM— Come see

Winter, the star of the hit movie, “Dolphin Tale!” She calls this place home, along with sea turtles, otters, stingrays and sharks. Don’t miss the eco boat tour and the behind the scenes tour. www. 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, 727.441.1790. DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY— If you can’t

come for one of their world-famous races, daily tours give you a look inside the World Center of Racing. See the famed track and pit road, the Drivers Meeting Room, Sprint Cup garages, Gatorade Victory Lane and the press box. 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, 800.PIT.SHOP. KENNEDY SPACE CENTER VISITOR COMPLEX— One

of Florida’s most-popular destinations, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex tells the epic story of the U.S. space program. Visitors can stand nose-tonose with the real Space Shuttle Atlantis, witness an amazing rocket launch in person and meet a real-life astronaut in Astronaut Encounter. The Apollo/Saturn V Center features an actual Saturn V moon rocket. Other must-sees are the 3D IMAX® space films, Journey To Mars: Explorers Wanted and Science On A Sphere. Open daily. Kennedy Space Center, SR 405, 321.449.4444.

Entertainment Districts DISNEY SPRINGS— This mega outdoor lifestyle

center rolls shopping, entertainment and dining into one. Visitors will find the world’s largest Disney store, retail stores at the new Town Center, themed restaurants and bars, Cirque du Soleil, a bowling alley, movie theater, water taxis, attractions and more. Free admission and free parking. 1486 Buena Vista Drive, 407.828.3800.

Miniature Golf CONGO RIVER GOLF— Have fun putting your way

through elaborate 18-hole and 36-hole courses in a jungle setting. 4777 W. Highway 192, Kissimmee, 407.396.6900. Map 4, E6; 5901 International Drive, 407.248.9181.; 12193 East Colonial Drive, 407.823.9700. DISNEY’S WINTER SUMMERLAND MINIATURE GOLF— Winter and summer-themed courses

complete with snowmen and surfboards. Outside Disney’s Blizzard Beach, 407.939.5277. HAWAIIAN RUMBLE ADVENTURE GOLF— Play in

an elaborate Hawaiian setting complete with waterfalls, a volcano and two courses. 13529 S. Apopka Vineland Road, 407.239.8300. HOLLYWOOD DRIVE-IN GOLF— Located at Univer-

sal’s CityWalk, this outrageously themed course includes two 18-hole options where players choose from a sci-fi or a haunted house setting. Universal City Walk, 6000 Universal Blvd., 407.802.4848.

Museums ALBIN POLASEK MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDENS- Listed on the National Register for

Historic Places and a member of the National Trust’s historic Artists’ Homes and Studios, the museum exhibits a permanent collection plus 3 acres of lakefront sculpture gardens. Tu-Sa 10 am-4 pm, Su 1-4 pm. Admission $5 adults; $4 seniors; $3 students. 633 Osceola Ave., 407.647.6294.

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CORNELL FINE ARTS MUSEUM AT ROLLINS COLLEGE— Featuring a prestigious collection of

European and American paintings, sculpture and decorative arts, alongside student and visiting artist exhibitions on the beautiful lakefront campus of Rollins College. Free admission. cfam. 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park, 407.646.2526. HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL RESOURCE & EDUCATION CENTER OF FLORIDA— One of the oldest Holo-

caust museums in the country, the center features exhibits, a research library, community programs and self-guided tours. Free. www.holocaustedu. org. 851 N Maitland Ave., Maitland, 407.628.0555. MENNELLO MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART— This

beautiful lakefront facility is home to sculpture gardens and a permanent collection of paintings by American Primitive artist Earl Cunningham, along with other traditional and contemporary artists. Closed M. 900 E. Princeton St., Loch Haven Cultural Park, 407.246.4278. MORSE MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART— Featuring

the world’s most comprehensive collection of work by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including glass windows and lamps, blown glass, pottery, jewelry, his 1893 chapel interior and art and architectural elements from his celebrated Long Island estate, Laurelton Hall. Exhibits also include late-19th- and early20th-century American art pottery, paintings and decorative art. 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407.645.5311. ORLANDO MUSEUM OF ART— With permanent

collections of American art, African art and works of the ancient Americas, the museum also hosts prominent traveling exhibitions. www.omart. org. Loch Haven Cultural Park, 2416 N. Mills Ave., 407.896.4231. ORLANDO SCIENCE CENTER— Themed exhibits

teach while they entertain. The center also features an observatory, with one of the region’s most powerful telescopes, and a CineDome with largeformat films and laser-light shows. Closed W. www. Loch Haven Cultural Park, 777 E. Princeton St., 407.514.2000. ZORA NEALE HURSTON NATIONAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS— Delve into African-American

heritage through works of art named for one of the pre-eminent writers of 20th-century literature. M-F, 9 am-4 pm; Sa, 11 am-1pm; closed Su. www. 227 E. Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville, 407.647.3307.

North Orlando WEKIVA ISLAND— Offering guests kayak, canoe

and paddle board rentals as well as a boat launch, Wekiva Island is a favorite local gathering spot on the river where you can enjoy an outdoor and indoor bar and waterfront river-banas in addition to a riverfront fire pit area and wooden boardwalk. 1014 Miami Springs Drive, Longwood, 407.862.1500.

Parks & Gardens BLUE SPRING STATE PARK— Covering more than

2,600 acres, this park is popular for fishing, diving and swimming in the summer months. In the winter, the springs are a refuge for a growing population of West Indian manatees. The water is closed during manatee season, mid-November through March 15, however, visitors are invited to observe 14 W H E R E O R L A N D O I J A N UA R Y / F E B R UA R Y 2018

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the amazing creatures. Open 8 am to sundown daily. $6 per vehicle. bluespring/. 2100 W. French Ave., Orange City, 386.775.3663. HARRY P. LEU GARDENS-This 50-acre botanical

garden is a maze bursting with color and unusual greenery. Take a guided tour of the Southernstyled grounds, chill at a concert or just stroll through the giant bamboo, manicured lawns and the world’s largest collection of camellias. www. 1920 N. Forest Ave., 407.246.2620. KELLY PARK— Rent a tube and float down a river fed

by Rock Springs. The 3/4-mile ride through refreshing 68-degree crystalline water takes 25 minutes. $3 per vehicle for 1-2 people; $5 per vehicle for 3-8 people. **The park is open but hiking trails remain closed as of 11/29/2017. 400 E. Kelly Park Road, 407.254.1902. LAKE EOLA PARK— Popular downtown public park

for strolling and feeding ducks. A playground and swan-boat rentals are on site. Trendy restaurants, bars and shopping are steps away. 195 N. Rosalind Ave., 407.246.4485. WEKIWA SPRINGS STATE PARK— Swim or snorkel in

the crystal-clear freshwater spring. Also enjoy fishing, kayaking, canoeing or horseback riding. $6 per vehicle. 1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka, 407.884.2008.

Theme Parks LEGOLAND FLORIDA— Built especially for kids, this

150-acre theme park offers more than 50 rides, shows and attractions plus a water park and a deluxe themed hotel, located just steps from the front entrance to the theme park. One Legoland Way, Winter Haven, 877.350.5346. SEAWORLD— Immerse yourself in the sea, from

up-close animal encounters to awe-inspiring performances to thrilling rides. Come face-to-face with Shamu, play at Happy Harbor, watch a dolphin show, feed a sea lion, ride the roller coasters Mako, Manta and Kraken, and shop and dine at the Waterfront. 7007 SeaWorld Dr., 407.545.5550. UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT, ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE— Everyone has fun with six uniquely

themed islands: Seuss Landing, The Lost Continent, Jurassic Park, Toon Lagoon, Marvel Super Hero Island and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Each highlights adventure, storytelling and the most technologically advanced rides, attractions and shows. Best bets are The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, King Kong and Jurassic Park, along with Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Hogsmeade. The Hogwarts Express connects Hogsmeade with Diagon Alley at Universal Studios and requires a two-day park pass. 1000 Universal Studios Plaza, 407.363.8000. WALT DISNEY WORLD, ANIMAL KINGDOM— From

live animals to dinosaurs and animal characters, your imagination runs wild in this beautifully designed park. Hop aboard a safari in Africa for close animal encounters then head to Asia’s Mount Everest coaster. The petting zoo, DinoLand U.S.A. and the themed playground will win over the kids, along with “The Lion King” live show. Walt Disney World, 2901 Osceola Parkway 407.824.4321.

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This theme park dives into Hollywood with live stage shows and movie-themed rides. Must-stops are Tower of Terror, Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster, Toy Story Mania and the Disney Jr. and “Frozen” live shows. Don’t miss the new Star Wars areas and the new “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks show. 351 S. Studio Drive, Lake Buena Vista, 407.824.4321. WALT DISNEY WORLD, MAGIC KINGDOM— Cinder-

ella Castle serves as the center of Mickey’s magical wonderland. Meet your favorite characters and enjoy the rides, from classics like It’s a Small World and Space Mountain to new experiences like Peter Pan, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Under the Sea. Parades provide lively entertainment, with the Wishes fireworks as the grand finale. 407.824.4321.

Tours BOGGY CREEK AIRBOAT RIDES— Spot exotic birds,

turtles and alligators in their natural environment while zooming on an airboat. Three tour options are available including a nighttime ride. 2001 E. Southport Road, Kissimmee, 407.344.9550. ORLANDO BALLOON RIDES— Put this on your bucket

list. The largest passenger ride operator on the Eastern seaboard offers daily flights at sunrise in the Disney area, followed by a champagne toast. 2400 Access Road, Davenport, 407.894.5040. PADDLEBOARD ORLANDO— Orlando is home to

hundreds of lakes, and getting out on a paddleboard or kayak is the ideal way to explore. Choose from beginner lessons on the beautiful Lake Killarney or take a full-day excursion to Wekiva Springs. Open daily. 115 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, 407.960.7815. SHINGLE CREEK PADDLING CENTER—Shingle

Creek is the source of the Florida Everglades, and it’s located right here in Central Florida. Rent a canoe or kayak or take a guided tour on an electric boat to enjoy the beautiful nature that surrounds. 4266 W. Vine St., 407.344.0881. 407.343.7740.. WILD FLORIDA— Experience Florida wilderness and

wildlife at its best on the shores of beautiful Cypress Lake. Airboat tours, tropical bird aviary, petting zoo, alligator farm, cafe, gift shop, scenic dock and fishing pier along with guided hunting and fishing trips. Closed Su. www.wildfloridairboats. com. 3301 Lake Cypress Road, 407.957.3135.

Water Parks SEAWORLD’S AQUATICA— Enjoy the serene to the

wild, with white, sandy beaches, up-close animal experiences, lush landscaping and thrilling rides. Try the new Ihu’s Breakaway Falls, an 80-foot slide with four, 360-degree turns. 5800 Water Play Way, 707.545.5550. WALT DISNEY WORLD, TYPHOON LAGOON— Float

along a lazy river, snorkel with fish, plunge down nine water slides and take on one of the world’s largest artificially created waves. www.disneyworld. com. 1145 E. Buena Vista Drive, 407.824.4321.

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Grand Cypress Golf Club Everything comes together here with 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature golf. The golf academy has been ranked among the nation’s top golf schools. www. 1 N. Jacaranda St., 877.330. 7377.

Golf Courses BAY HILL CLUB & LODGE— Guests of the 70-room

lodge have access to the famous home course of Arnold Palmer, featuring 27 holes along the scenic Butler Chain of Lakes. Amenities also include a spa and salon, marina, tennis courts, restaurant and the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy. 9000 Bay Hill Blvd., 888.422.9445. CELEBRATION GOLF CLUB— This course’s magnifi-

cent par-72, 6,786-yard championship layout was designed by world-renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. and his son, Robert Trent Jones Jr. Amenities include a double-sided aquatic driving range and the Windmill Tavern. 701 Golf Park Drive, Celebration, 407.566.4653.


CHAMPIONSGATE— Designed by Greg Norman,

this course offers golfers two distinct experiences. The National is an American, parkland-style course carved from farmland and citrus groves. Golfers enjoy the memorable par-3 holes, forgiving fairways and sweeping sand bunkering. The International offers a British Isles links experience, promising a demanding game with its sand dunes and scruffy roughs. Omni Orlando Resort, 8575 White Shark Blvd., 407.787.4653. DUBSDREAD— Orlando’s only municipal course,

which opened in 1924, features plentiful live oak trees, impressive landscaping and the Taproom, home to one of the best burgers in town. www. 549 W. Par St., 407.246.2551. EAGLE CREEK GOLF CLUB— A par-73, 18-

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hole championship golf course with five par-5 holes designed by Ron Garl and Howard Swan. This distinctive course blends American and European design with Scottish-style bunkers and bulkheads around greens. It’s the first course in Florida with mini-verde greens. www. 10350 Emerson Lake Blvd., 407.273.4653. FALCON’S FIRE— Rated one of the best public

courses by Golf Digest, this Rees Jones Signaturedesigned championship course is challenging yet playable for golfers of all skill levels and stretches nearly 7,000 yards from the back tees. www. 3200 Seralago Blvd., Kissimmee, 407.239.5445. GRANDE LAKES AT RITZ-CARLTON— Set at the

headwaters of the Florida Everglades, this Greg Norman-designed course offers two distinct settings. Several holes are routed through pristine areas, where preserved wetlands and natural woodlands dominate. By contrast, the three dynamic finishing holes weave alongside two towering hotels. Caddie-concierge service available. area-activities/golf. 4048 Central Florida Parkway, 407.393.4922. HARMONY GOLF PRESERVE— The front nine of this

Johnny Miller-designed course meanders through

the community of Harmony while the back nine winds through acres of lakes, woods and conservation areas. 7251 Five Oaks Drive, Harmony, 407.891.8525.

HAWK’S LANDING GOLF CLUB— Hawk’s Landing Golf Club spans 220 acres on this par 71, 18-hole course designed by Robert Cupp Jr. Golfers can hone their skills at The Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf and refuel at the club’s steakhouse. www. 8701 World Center Drive, 800.567.2623. MARRIOTT GRANDE VISTA GOLF CLUB— Sur-

rounded by magnificent oaks and beautiful cypress trees, the Vista course sits on the headwaters of the Florida Everglades. The nine-hole, par-32 Ron Garl design with golf academy encourages learning and development for all levels but also provides challenges for the most avid golfer. 12001 Avenida Verde, 407.238.7677. METROWEST COUNTRY CLUB— This course is

emphasized by broad, generous fairways with 100-foot elevations, water hazards and expansive bunkers. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., MetroWest is a fair yet vigorous test of skill. www. 2100 S. Hiawassee Road, 407.299.1099. MYSTIC DUNES GOLF CLUB— Designed by Cham-

pions Tour player and NBC golf analyst Gary Koch and highly rated by Golf Digest magazine, the par-72 course is distinguished by 80-foot elevation

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changes, rolling sand dunes, mature oaks and large wetland areas. The front and back nines are distinctly different, including the “Lowcountry” front, reminiscent of classic Carolina courses, and the British Isles-style back with pot bunkers and lush, rolling fairways. Don’t forget to take advantage of the oversized preactice facility that includes a driving range, chipping and putting greens and practice bunkers in addition to its signature pro shop. 7600 Mystic Dunes Lane, Celebration, 407.787.5678. ORANGE COUNTY NATIONAL— Three distinct

courses include the Crooked Cat, a winding, links-style course offering unpredictable play and a memorable back nine; Panther Lake, 7,295 yards of notable vegetation, landscapes and elevations; and Tooth, a nine-hole executive course on a man-made lake that is great for warm-up, practice and kids. 16301 Phil Ritson Way, Winter Garden, 407.656.2626. REUNION RESORT— Three courses are designed by

the biggest names in golf. Arnold Palmer’s Legacy Course is a 6,916-yard, par-72, 18-hole course with dramatic, rolling hills. Jack Nicklaus’ Tradition Course is smooth with long horizon lines, tempting you to hit big. Tom Watson’s 7,154-yard, par-72 Independence Course hosts a variety of bunkers and large greens. 7593 Gathering Drive, Kissimmee, 866.880.8563. ROYAL ST. CLOUD GOLF LINKS— ”The #1 Rated

Links Course in Orlando” by Buick Style & Review

magazine. For players who appreciate the historic courses of the British Isles, they’ll love the 27 holes of this spectacular links design, all on emeraldgreen fairways and silky-smooth greens and with four tee choices from 7,103 yards to 5,059 yards. Players will experience genuine links golf on every hole and every shot. www.royalstcloudgolflinks. com. 5310 Michigan Ave., St. Cloud, 407.891.7010. SHINGLE CREEK GOLF CLUB— Newly redesigned by

the Arnold Palmer Design Company, the course at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort features the Brad Brewer Golf Academy, tournament conditions, complimentary valet and a GPS yardage system. 9939 Universal Blvd., 407.996.9933. SOUTHERN DUNES GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB—

Designed by Steve Smyers, it’s consistently recognized by Golf Digest, Golf Week, and Links magazines as one of Florida’s best. The hillside layout stretches over 7,200 yards with 100 feet of elevation changes and great views of fairways. Fast rolling greens test even the most experienced golfer. 2888 Southern Dunes Blvd., Haines City, 863.421.4653. THE LEGENDS AT ORANGE LAKE RESORT— The

crown jewel of this multicourse golf club is The Legends, featuring the Links and the Pines designed by Arnold Palmer. Reminiscent of an old Scottish-style course, the Links contains one of the longest holes in Florida. The Pines is tree-lined nearly every step of the way.

8505 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway 192, Kissimmee, 407.239.1050. TRANQUILO GOLF CLUB AT FOUR SEASONS—

Bordered by preserved natural wetlands and a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, wildlife abounds. Rolling fairways, large, undulating greens and a lush setting of woodlands and lakes combine for a calming experience. 3451 Golf View Drive, 407.313.7777. WALT DISNEY WORLD GOLF-LAKE BUENA VISTA—

Old-fashioned styling gives this course a countryclub feel. While technically shorter than other Disney courses, this combines ubiquitous water with narrow fairways to create a challenging game. Walt Disney World Resort, 407.939.4653. WALT DISNEY WORLD GOLF-OAK TRAIL— A nine-

hole, par-36 course, Oak Trail was designed with families in mind. Walt Disney World Resort, 407.939.4653. WALT DISNEY WORLD GOLF-PALM— Shorter and

tighter than Magnolia, the Palm is a classic Florida course with elevated greens, tees and lots of water. Walt Disney World Resort, 407.939.4653.


Shingle Creek Golf Club has been redesigned by Arnold Palmer Design Company and is an entirely new experience unlike anything before. The 18-hole, par-72 championship course features new green complexes and bunkers to inspire and challenge every type of golfer. Expect variety, natural beauty and renowned Rosen Shingle Creek guest services from the very first tee to the 19th hole.

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Vines Grille & Wine Bar

Orlando’s world-class performing arts center hosts ballet, symphony and opera as well as traveling Broadway productions. During the month of January, don’t miss the Riverdance: 20th Anniversary Tour. Drawing on time-honored and beloved Irish tradition, the original show propelled the music and dance of the Emerald Isle into the realm of popular culture, capturing the imagination of young and old alike. Composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty, and directed by John McColgan, the show promises to honor the legacy of the original, while ushering in a new generation of fans. Tickets are on sale now for shows January 26-28. 445 South Magnolia Avenue.

Located in the Dr. Phillips area along Orlando’s trendy Restaurant Row, Vines Grille & Wine Bar is just a short drive from the attractions. A wood-fired grill makes this upscale Chicago-style steakhouse a standout. There is an extensive wine list and live jazz plays every night at 7 pm. Open for dinner nightly. 7533 West Sand Lake Road.

Bars, Lounges & Clubs


BLUE MARTINI—This classy and chic martini lounge

is the perfect place to grab dinner or drinks, whether it’s happy hour or late-night. Choose from cocktails, champagne and wine to specialty martinis, from a lemon drop or a cosmo to the signature Blue Martini made with Van Gogh blue vodka, cointreau and blue curacao that’s served with a glow stick. 9101 International Drive, 407.447.2583. BÖSENDORFER LOUNGE— The Grand Bohemian’s

hotel lounge is home to an Imperial Grand Bösendorfer piano, one of only two in the world. Live jazz and a DJ on weekends. www.grandbohemianhotel. com. 325 S. Orange Ave., 407.313.9000. COWBOYS ORLANDO— Kick up your boots and

dance at this wild Western nightclub, featuring a variety of country music and one of the largest hardwood dance floors in town. 1108 S. Orange Blossom Trail, 407.422.7115. ICEBAR ORLANDO— Featured as one of the top 10

“Extreme Barhopping” bars on the Travel Channel and as “America’s Best” on the Food Network with signature cocktails, state-of-the-art lighting, exquisite ice carvings and fun DJs. www.icebarorlando. com. 8967 International Drive, 407.426.7555. INDEPENDENT BAR— With a different theme each

night, including ’80s and Indie college rock, this unique, multilevel club has three full-service

bars and two dance floors. wordpress/?page_id=19. 70 N. Orange Ave., 407.839.0457.

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180 SKYTOP LOUNGE— This Amway

Center rooftop lounge affords fantastic views of the skyline and serves up great specials on Grey Goose cocktails along with a DJ and a hot crowd. 400 W. Church St., 407.913.0180 407.440.7180. PAT O’BRIEN’S— Sip a famous Hurricane, the

24-ounce, signature rum drink, while chatting around the flaming fountain on the courtyard straight out of New Orleans. Or head inside to sing along to the dueling pianos. www.patobriens. com. Universal CityWalk, 6000 Universal Blvd., 407.224.2102. THE COURTESY BAR— Classic and market fresh

cocktails, impeccable craft beers and distinctive wines are all served in this small but artful bar. 114 N. Orange Ave., 407.450.2041. THE OTHER BAR— It’s one big street party on Wall

Street, and this venue is a great stop with its large, outdoor patio with full-service bar. 18 Wall St., 407.843.8595. WAITIKI RETRO TIKI LOUNGE— Located on the

popular Wall Street Plaza, this Polynesian-themed restaurant and bar offers a tropical vibe with rum

drinks and eclectic music. 26 Wall Street Plaza, 407.481.1199.

Bars, Pubs & Lounges ABRACADABAR—This is the perfect place for grab-

bing a late-night drink after leaving Epcot or on the way to dinner at Disney’s BoardWalk. This fun-filled bar has a few tricks up its sleeve, like a magical menu, disappearing art work and wallpaper with hidden symbols. Choose from old-timey classics with a twist like the Elixir 13 made with Absinthe or the Magic Hattan. 2101 Epcot Resorts Blvd., 407.939.1947. LA CAVA DEL TEQUILA— Bypass the margarita

stands at Epcot and head to this intimate little tequila bar tucked inside the Aztec temple. You’ll find servers from Mexico and a full line-up of specialty margaritas and high-end tequila. 200 Epcot Center Drive, 407.939.1947.

LGBTQ Bars PARLIAMENT HOUSE— A GLBT nightclub resort with

seven venues including a disco, live theater and a swimming pool. 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail, 407.425.7571. SAVOY— A low-key GLBT bar in the popular Ivanhoe

Row district near downtown with a back patio and pool tables. 1913 N. Orange Ave.

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SOUTHERN NIGHTS— A popular night spot for the

ENZIAN THEATER— The area’s only nonprofit, alter-

local GLBT community in Orlando’s Milk District. 375 S. Bumby Ave., 407.412.5039.

native cinema. Featuring comfortable couches, colorful tables and a dinner menu. Annual events include film festivals, Popcorn Flicks in the Park, a Cult Classics series and meet-the-filmmaker events. 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, 407.629.0054.

Breweries/Pubs BRICK HOUSE— This tavern and tap room offers a

neighborhood vibe in the heart of the visitors’ corridor. 8440 International Drive, 407.355.0321. CROOKED CAN BREWERY—This popular brewery is

worth the trip to charming Winter Garden, where Crooked Can shares space with other artisans in Plant Street Market. You can also look for Crooked Can on area menus at restaurants like Raglan Road. 426 W. Plant St., 407.395.9520. ORLANDO BREWING— Florida’s only certified

organic brewery. Brewed right on the premises, 21 beers are on tap and free tours are offered. Live music on weekends. 1301 Atlanta Ave., 407.872.1117. REDLIGHT REDLIGHT— This independent microbrew

haven is worth the trek outside the visitor corridor. A selection of worldly beers has earned a loyal following. 2810 Corrine Drive, 407.893.9832. SCHUMANN’S JÄGER HAUS— Expect great German

food and beer in this authentic, casual setting. 25 W. Church St., 407.985.1950. THE PUB— Enjoy nightly specials, a popular happy

hour and traditional British fare. Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Drive, 407.352.3205. Map 2, B5 YARD HOUSE— You’ll find a center bar with seem-

ingly endless draft beers, from obscure ales to traditional lagers. L, D (daily). I-Drive 360, 8367 International Drive, 407.351.8220. $$

Cigar Bars CORONA CIGAR CO.— Corona’s bar and store loca-

tions are actually 4,600-square-foot-plus humidors. Select a cigar from the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua or Spain and relax in the lounge area with a glass of port, wine or beer. Open daily. 7792 W. Sand Lake Road 407.248.1212; 127 S. Orange Ave., 407.404.5344; 1130 Town Park Ave., Lake Mary, 407.333.3453.

Cinema AMC DISNEY SPRINGS— Features 24 screens with lo-

veseat-style, stadium seating and Dine-In, allowing guests to order dinner and cocktails to their seats at the touch of a button. www.dinein.amctheatres. com. 1500 E. Buena Vista Drive, 888.262.4386. AMC UNIVERSAL CINEPLEX 20— This 20-theater

Cineplex features wall-to-wall screens, state-ofthe-art projection and stadium-style seating. www. CityWalk, 6000 Universal Blvd., 407.354.3374. COBB PLAZA CINEMA CAFE 12— Downtown’s cinema

featuring 12 auditoriums with luxury leather, stadium seating, digital surround sound and a full menu with beer and wine. 155 S. Orange Ave., 321.558.2878

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Dinner Shows CAPONE’S DINNER & SHOW— Discover the mysteri-

ous world of 1931 Gangland Chicago. This entertaining show features stand-up comedy routines, audience interaction and musical performances.

The dinner buffet includes American and Italian favorites with adult beverages. www.alcapones. com. 4740 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, 407.397.2378. HOOP-DEE-DOO MUSICAL REVUE— Great family fun

at this hoedown-style show, with old-timey favorite tunes and plenty of corny jokes. Enjoy a plentiful meal of barbecue ribs, fried chicken and all the fixins. Three seatings nightly. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, 407.939.3463. MEDIEVAL TIMES DINNER AND TOURNAMENT—

Daring knights compete and joust atop Andalusian


stallions. Walk through a medieval village and enjoy a four-course banquet with no silverware. www. 4510 W. Vine St., Kissimmee, 888.935.6878. SLEUTHS MYSTERY DINNER SHOWS— The task at

hand is to search for clues as a hilarious mystery unfolds over dinner. 7:30 pm. 8267 International Dr., 407.363.1985. THE OUTTA CONTROL DINNER SHOW— Spectacular

magic, high-energy comedy improv and audience participation will have you on the edge of your seat. Dinner includes unlimited hand-tossed

pizza, salad, popcorn, beer, wine and soda. www. WonderWorks, 9067 International Drive, 407.351.8800. TITANIC-THE DINNER EVENT— An entertaining and

tasty way to learn about the historic sinking of the famous Titanic. Captain Smith’s retirement party is the premise for this dinner show with dancing, songs and other surprises. www.titanicdinnerevent. com. 7324 International Drive, 407.248.1166.

Entertainment Districts


DISNEY SPRINGS— This mega outdoor lifestyle

center rolls shopping, entertainment and dining into one. Visitors will find the world’s largest Disney store, retail stores at the new Town Center, themed restaurants and bars, Cirque du Soleil, a bowling alley, movie theater, water taxis, attractions and more. Free admission and free parking. 1486 Buena Vista Drive, 407.828.3800. DISNEY’S BOARDWALK— This boardwalk created in

the theme of Atlantic City’s famous stretch offers a sports bar, piano sing-along bar and dance club, in addition to numerous restaurants and shops. www. 2101 N. Epcot Resorts Blvd., 407.939.5277. DOWNTOWN ORLANDO— Downtown Orlando is the

hometown heart of Central Florida arts, culture, nightlife and entertainment. From world-class performances at the Dr. Phillips Center to celebrated fine dining options, upscale boutique hotels, eclectic shopping and the area’s best bar scene, Downtown Orlando is dynamic and alive year-round. Church Street and Wall Street are popular areas for the younger crowd with casual bars and local pubs to upscale wine bars and rooftop dance clubs while Lake Eola and Thornton Park offer weekly events, farmers markets and scenic environments for visitors of all ages. 400 S. Orange Ave., 407.246.2555. INTERNATIONAL DRIVE— This stretch between

Universal and SeaWorld is a hub for nightlife and entertainment for adults or the whole family. Find dinner shows, game centers, night clubs or relaxed pubs, especially concentrated around the I-Drive 360 and Pointe Orlando. 407.248.9590. UNIVERSAL CITYWALK— Think Times Square

Orlando style. At this free entertainment complex just outside Universal’s theme parks, you’ll find an electric mix of clubs and restaurants such as Hard Rock Café, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Red Coconut, The Groove and Rising Star. 11 am-2 am. No admission fee, but cover charges apply. 6000 Universal Blvd., 407.363.8000.

Live Music THE BEACHAM/THE SOCIAL— This is the place to go

downtown to see the most current and up-andcoming indie bands. 46 N. Orange Ave. and 54 N. Orange Ave., 407.246.1419. HARD ROCK LIVE— The 3,000-capacity concert

hall is equipped with the latest in sound and light technology, bringing in some of the biggest names in music. CityWalk, 6050 Universal Blvd., 407.351.5483. HOUSE OF BLUES— Grab a bite of Southern soul

food and rock out at this music-infused restaurant and concert venue in Disney Springs. Come to see some of the best touring musical acts in town or enjoy the Sunday Gospel Brunch when uplifted spirits are served alongside mimosas and grits. SuTh 11:30 am-11 pm, F-Sa 11:30 am-1 am. www.hob. com. Disney Springs, 1490 E. Buena Vista Drive, 407.934.2583. MANGO’S TROPICAL CAFE— Mango’s is a showcase

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Latin dancers in a full line-up of entertainment that ranges from salsa to bachata and reggae to pop. Treat yourself to Latin and Caribbean comfort foods and hand-made specialty drinks, including a full variety of exotic mojitos, daiquiris, martinis and cosmos. D (nightly). 8126 International Drive, 407.673.4422. $$$ TIN ROOF— Enjoy live music almost every night of

the week along with a great dinner and drink menu at this popular Nashville-based venue. Sit outside for fantastic views of the Orlando Eye observation wheel. 11 am to 2 am. 8371 International Drive, 407.270.7926. WILL’S PUB/LIL INDIES—A neighborhood bar, live

music venue and anchor of the Orlando’s creative district. Conveniently connected, Lil Indies is an intimate, cozy, nonsmoking speakeasy serving craft beer, wine and cocktails perfect for conversations, dates and parties. !042 N. Mills Ave.

Performing Arts ORLANDO OPERA— Opera Orlando produces

thought-provoking and creative twists on classics like “Don Giovanni,” with the highest artistic quality. Don’t miss performances at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. 501 E. Church St., 407.512.1900.

Performing Arts & Comedy AMWAY CENTER— Home to the Orlando Magic

basketball team, this venue also plays host to major shows and concerts. 400 W Church St., 407.440.7000. MAD COW THEATRE— With a passion for both classic

and contemporary plays, this professional theater company presents compelling works for a wide range of audiences. 54 W. Church St., 407.297.8788. ORLANDO BALLET— Central Florida’s only profes-

sional resident ballet company, with performances at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts. 3751 Maguire Blvd., 407.426.1733. ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA— Central

Florida’s resident orchestra, appearing in more than 125 performances each season. 425 N. Bumby Ave., 407.770.0071. ORLANDO SHAKESPEARE THEATER— This full-

season professional theater includes the works of William Shakespeare and other classics, holiday comedies and a series of plays for young audiences. Loch Haven Cultural Park, Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., 407.447.1700. SAK COMEDY LAB— Wayne Brady of “Whose Line Is

It Anyway?” provided spectators with comic relief before hitting the big time at this Orlando favorite, where improv performers showcase their quick wit and skills. Performances T-Sa. 29 S. Orange Ave., 407.648.0001.

Sing-Alongs HOWL AT THE MOON— For a rowdy good time,

head to this high-energy piano bar. Entertainers tickle the ivories as well as your funny bones while playing the best music from the ’70s to today. www. 8815 International Drive, 407.354.5999. 22 W H E R E O R L A N D O I J A N UA R Y / F E B R UA R Y 2018

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JELLYROLLS— Make a request at this lively piano bar

(they know everything), and then sing along with the dueling piano players. Disney’s BoardWalk, 2101 N. Epcot Resorts Blvd., 407.560.8770. RISING STAR— Take the spotlight as lead singer of a

band with a large selection of songs from rock ‘n’ roll and hip hop to country. www.universalorlando. com. CityWalk, Universal Orlando, 407.224.4233.


shop for family entertainment, including bowling, pool, bocce and other games along with an upscale menu and full bar. 21-plus after 8 pm. Fall hours: noon-2 am M-Su. 8255 S. International Drive, 407.363.0200. MILLER’S ALE HOUSE— Burgers, seafood, beer,

and big screens at every turn make this chain of sports bars a no-brainer. www.millersalehouse. com. I-Drive Ale House, 8963 International Drive, 407.370.6688; Hunters Creek Ale House, 13536 S John Young Parkway, 407.852.9151; Florida Mall Ale House, 1667 Florida Mall Ave., 407.240.4080; Kissimmee Ale House, 8123 Bronson Memorial Highway, 407.238.4499; Lake Buena Vista Ale House, 12371 Winter Garden Vineland Road, 407.239.1800.; Kirkman Ale House, 5573 S Kirkman Road, 407.248.0000 SPLITSVILLE LUXURY LANES— Offers bowling,

billiards, drinks, dinner and dancing. Bowling lanes built in clusters, which create unique sight lines and bowling from new angles and perspectives. Features a sophisticated menu with choices such as sliders of tuna steak, fresh-rolled sushi, handtossed pizzas, and entrees such as hand-cut filet mignon, chipotle pork tenderloin and grilled mahi mahi. orlando/. Disney Springs, 1494 E. Buena Vista Drive, 407.938.7467. WRECKERS SPORTS BAR— Voted “Best Place to

Watch a Game” by Orlando Sentinel readers, catch a game on a two-story, 37-foot sports screen and over 50 high-definition TVs. Gaylord Palms, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, 407.586.1330.

Wine Bars EOLA WINE COMPANY— Order a flight, a glass

of wine or purchase a bottle from the neat little wine shop. Outdoor tables available. www. 430 E. Central Blvd., 407.481.9100. Map 1, F6 THE IMPERIAL WINE BAR—A neighborhood bar

specializing in boutique wines, craft beers and gourmet bites in a relaxingly elegant atmosphere. 1800 N. Orange Ave., 407.228.4992. IMPERIUM FOOD & WINE— . This wine bar and side-

walk cafe features salads, flat breads and cheese plates. L, D (daily). www.imperiumfoodandwine. com. 606 Market St., Celebration, 407.566.9054. $$$ THE WINE ROOM— This swanky wine lounge features

a gourmet deli and wine lockers for serious collectors. Choose from dozens of wines served from one ounce pours to full glasses. 270 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407.696.9463.

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Mall at Millenia This luxury shopping destination is Orlando’s first stop for brands such as Tiffany & Co., Chanel, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. The upscale atmosphere provide a comfortable shopping experience. Diners will find familiar favorites and local options alike. Open Daily. 4200 Conroy Rd.

ARABELLA—A modern boutique with vintage charm

in the heart of Winter Park offering stylish and chic clothing, beautiful jewelry and accessories, plus unique gifts and homewares. 115 E. Morse Blvd., Winter Park, 407.636.8343. FRANK—A Central Florida lifestyle boutique that car-

ries everything from furniture to clothing, jewelry and gifts. 119 E. Morse Blvd., Winter Park, 407.629.8818. MACROBABY— For the swankiest baby strollers to

high-end baby clothing and shoes, this superstore for infants is hard to resist. Find everything you need for mom and baby at this specialty store known for its service, knowledgeable sales staff and high-end product lines. Select from strollers, bedding, furniture, bottles, clothing and more from your favorite, most-trusted brands. 1361 Florida Mall Ave., 877.240.5379. TUGBOAT & THE BIRD— This charming boutique

carries traditional children’s clothing, accessories, room decor, and gifts for children and newborns. 318 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407.647.5437. TUNI— Tuni is the go-to-spot for the latest trends in

fashion. Personal stylists have been dressing Orlando and Winter Park fashionistas for over 26 years. A

major player in Park Avenue’s Fashion Week, Tuni offers a posh assortment of clothing, jewelry, shoes and handbags. 301 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407.628.1609.

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Beauty & Spas THE ART OF SHAVING—The Art of Shaving, located

in Downtown Disney, is a first of its kind masculine establishment that provides men with the finest shaving products and accessories. Operated by a team of shaving specialists who offer advice on proper grooming techniques, the salon includes a barber spa service where guests can indulge in a range of servicesfrom a master barber. www. 1600 E. Buena Vista Drive, 407.560.8320 BLUE HARMONY— Couples get particularly pam-

pered at the spa thanks to the luxurious couple’s suite appointed with side-by-side soaking tubs and massage tables. Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, 14651 Chelonia Parkway, 407.390.2300. EFOREA BY HILTON—The spa at the Hilton Orlando

provides an environment that enables you to rest, rejuvenate and restore using innovative products and services such as neroli orange blossom, lavender oil massage and seaweed baths to renew skin cells. Products are rich in protein, minerals, vitamins, carotenoids and antioxidants to revitalize

the body. 6001 Destination Parkway. GRAND FLORIDIAN SPA & HEALTH CLUB— Soothe away tensions with body

and water therapies, skincare and massages. A fully-equipped health club is also on-site. Walt Disney World, Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, 4401 Grand Floridian Way, 407.824.2332. L’OCCITANE— Luxury bath, body and home products

based with essential oils extracted from plants local to Provence, France. The store is known for its shea butter products, derived from the African shea nut. Open daily. The Mall at Millenia, 4200 Conroy Rd., Orlando, 407.370.2620. Map 4, F2; 214 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407.265.2024.; 4951 International Drive, Orlando, 351 407.351.5011.; 1668 Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, 407.560.9991. MANDARA SPA— This spa offers some of the most

creative treatments based on both Eastern and Western cultures for your skin and body. Try the four-hand massage with two therapists working on you simultaneously. Open daily. www. Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel, 407.934.4772. Map 4, C5; Loews Portofino Bay Resort, 5601 Universal Blvd., 407.503.1244. MARILYN MONROE SPA— Featuring a vibrant, playful

and relaxing retreat designed in the style of Marilyn’s California home, the spa offers an indulgent menu with more than 100 treatment options

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including massage, body wraps, facials, and nail services, as well as hair and makeup styling. www. Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, 1 Grand Cypress Blvd., 407.239.1234; 1486 N. Mills Ave, Orlando, 321.247.7750. MOKARA— Though the spa offers lots of treatments

for women, particular attention has been paid to pampering the resort’s male guests, who can take full advantage of the men’s steam room and sauna before heading to a sports massage. Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, 1500 Masters Blvd., 407.390.6603.

ORIGINS— Powered by nature, this Disney Springs

premium beauty boutique offers a vast array of 100 percent natural and certified organic skincare products formulated without parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, petrolatum or paraffin. Disney Sp[rings, 1486 Buena Vista Drive, 800.674.4467. RITZ-CARLTON SPA— This three-level,

40,000-square-foot spa features a selection of international treatments taken from the best RitzCarlton spas around the world. Spa, salon and fitness center open daily. 4012 Central Florida Parkway, 407.393.4200.


amenities include an experience shower with nine body spray massagers, special services such as the La Floridian body treatment, Sticks & Stones massage, Fire & Ice Facial and Magical Moment makeovers for kids. 10100 Dream Tree Blvd., 407.313.7777. SOOTHE— Located in nearly 30 cities across the

country, Soothe employs professional massage therapists who come to the client. If you’re staying in a vacation home, or if your own hotel spa is booked, simply request a therapist who can come to you from 8 am-midnight. Choose from 60-, 90- or 120-minute massages; tip included. https:// 390 N. Orange Ave, Suite 2300, 407.602.8067. TERMINAL GETAWAY SPA— End your vacation on the

right note with a “Last Minute” manicure for $25 in 20 minutes or a speedy, 10-minute chair massage for $19. Deluxe treatments and customized options also available. 7 am-9 pm. Located in A2, gates 100-129. Orlando International Airport, 407.825.2440. THE SPA AT HYATT REGENCY ORLANDO— The city’s

largest hotel also boasts the largest spa, able to service 200 people at a time. A great place to go, especially if your own hotel is booked. Free valet. 9801 International Drive, 407.284.1234. THE SPA AT SHINGLE CREEK— Relax and rejuvenate

with a soothing facial or massage. For the ultimate in pampering try the personalized body treatment of an ultimate day spa experience. Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel, 9939 Universal Blvd., 407.996.9772. THE WALDORF ASTORIA SPA— Luxurious therapies

featuring local Florida products located inside a soothing environment with a client-centric approach has made the Waldorf famous. www. Waldorf Astoria,14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, 407.597.5360.

Cigar Bars CORONA CIGAR CO.— A trendy hot spot, Corona’s

bar and store locations are actually 4,600-squarefoot-plus humidors. Select a cigar from the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua or Spain and relax in the lounge area with a glass of port, wine or beer. Open daily. 7792 W. Sand Lake Road, 407.248.1212.; 127 S. Orange Ave., 407.404.5344.; 1130 TownPark Ave., Lake Mary, 407.333.3453.

Confectioneries & Food Items M&M’S WORLD— Lose yourself in chocolate

heaven with vast, colorful dispensers of America’s favorite chocolate treat that melts in your mouth, not in your hands. Open daily. https:// The Florida Mall, 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, 407.850.4000. PETERBROOKE CHOCOLATIER— Get your

chocolate fix at this creative confectionery store. Fresh-picked strawberries are hand-dipped daily. Other chocolate products include chocolate potato chips, Nutter Butters and Rice Crispy Treats. Also, don’t miss the chocolate-covered popcorn, which was created by the company’s owner. Open daily. 300 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407.644.3200.

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THE ANCIENT OLIVE— The Ancient Olive imports

the freshest extra virgin olive oils to found anywhere in the country, including single varietals and infused selections like blood orange and basil. Sample from their 60-plus stainless steel tanks and ask expert advice on choosing oil and balsamic pairings for dressings and marinades. 324 N. Park Ave., 321.972.1899. TRADER JOE’S—This specialty grocery store

chain is a fan-favorite for shoppers looking for unique and quality items at discount prices, like the three-buck chuck wines or the oh-so-good cookie butter. 131 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, 407.622.0874; 8323 W. Sand Lake Road. WHOLE FOODS— Whole Foods offers a huge array

of organic produce, meats and a great selection of imported cheeses and wines, perfect for a theme park picnic or an in-room snack. www. 8003 Turkey Lake Road, 407.355.7100.

Downtown EAST END MARKET— In the Audubon Park Garden

District you’ll find a collection of restaurants and upscale food stalls along with homemade breads, artisan coffee and wine. Recently mentioned in the New York Times. B, L, D (daily). 3201 Corrine Drive, 321.236.3316.

Entertainment Districts DISNEY SPRINGS— This mega outdoor lifestyle

center rolls shopping, entertainment and dining into one. Visitors will find the world’s largest Disney store, retail stores at the new Town Center, themed restaurants and bars, Cirque du Soleil, a bowling alley, movie theater, water taxis, attractions and more. Free admission and free parking. 1486 Buena Vista Drive, 407.828.3800.

Gifts, Souvenirs & Toys AMERICAN GIRL— Fans will find a complete as-

sortment of the company’s popular historical and contemporary dolls, along with doll outfits, accessories, girl-sized clothing and a variety of best-selling American Girl books. American Girl fans can enjoy a meal and dessert or celebrate a birthday in the store’s fun and casual 60-seat bistro. The Florida Mall, 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, 877.247.5223. DISNEY’S WONDERFUL WORLD OF MEMORIES—

This is a must-stop for scrapbook enthusiasts. Preserve your vacation memories in a book, with pages and stickers, representative of the magical Disney experience. Staff members are on hand to teach new techniques in the latest scrapbook art. Open daily. Disney Springs Marketplace, 1780 E. Buena Vista Drive, 407.828.3058. Map 4, D4 MARKET STREET GALLERY— Find beautiful and artful

gifts for friends and for yourself at this downtown Celebration shop. MarketStreetGallery/. 605 Market St., 407.566.1500. MORSE MUSEUM GIFT SHOP-After browsing real Tif-

fany lamps, stained glass and potteryat the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, stop by the attached gift store for pieces inspired by the 26 W H E R E O R L A N D O I J A N UA R Y / F E B R UA R Y 2018

arts and crafts movement. High-quality jewelry, sculpture and glassware are some of the beautiful items for sale and all priced well below the real McCoy. 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. 407.645.5311. THE DOGGIE DOOR— Animal-lovers can pick up

designer collars, upscale dog toys and human gifts, too, at this eclectic gift shop and pet boutique. 329 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407.644.2969. WORLD OF DISNEY— The largest Disney retail store

in the world is located in the Disney Springs marketplace. Find Disney’s most-beloved characters on almost every imaginable item including toys, candy, clothing and home goods along with a Bibbity Bobbity Boutique for little princesses. www. Disney Springs Marketplace, 1780 Buena Vista Drive, 407.828.3058.

Home & Garden CRATE & BARREL— High-quality contemporary

and classic designs for furniture and accessories including lighting, rugs, pillows and prints. You’ll also find more casual pieces like ready-to-assemble furniture, dinnerware and table linens. Open daily. IKEA— The Swedish furniture company has come

home to Orlando with fabulous styles and even better prices. 4092 Eastgate Drive (near The Mall at Millenia), 407.355.3155.

Home Decor Jewelry & Watches ALEX AND ANI— Alex and Ani have made it their

mission to share the benefits of positive energy through the unique beauty and symbolism of their jewelry, which are American made and eco-friendly. 356 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, 321.422.0841. BEVERLY HILLS JEWELERS— Diamonds range from a

fraction of a carat to more than 10 carats. You’ll also find fine-colored gems, designer jewelry and Swiss watches. The Florida Mall, 8001 S Orange Blossom Trail, 407.855.9996. CARTIER— The world-famous luxury designer house

offers exquisite jewelry, watches, leather goods, tableware, objets d’art and diamonds. com. The Mall at Millenia, 4200 Conroy Road, 407.248.9886. DELORES JEWELERS— Delores Jewelers has been

providing custom designs, jewelry repairs and watch repairs since 1977. Authorized dealer for Pandora, Alex and Ani, Simon G, Benchmark, Camelot Bridal, Vanna K, Citizen, Seiko, Tissot and Movado. 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, 407.512.9405. OMEGA BOUTIQUE— For more than 160 years, the

brand has been synonymous with excellence, innovation and precision. In 1969 it produced the Moon Watch, the one and only watch worn on the moon. Mall at Millenia, 4200 Conroy Road, 407.363.5151. ORLANDO WATCH COMPANY—This family-run

shop in the heart of Winter Park specializes in new and secondhand timepieces, collectible vintage watches and repair. 326 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407.975.9137.

PANDORA— Find charm bracelets, rings, necklaces

and earrings – in 14K gold, sterling silver and with semi-precious or precious gems – to match your personality. The Florida Mall, 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, 407.888.5757; The Mall at Millenia, 4200 Conroy Road, 407.370.3377 407.888.5757. REYNOLDS & CO. JEWELERS— Distinctive selection

of precious gems and fine jewelry along with a collection of preowned Swiss watches. Family owned since 1974. 232 N. Park Ave, Winter Park, 407.645.2278. SWATCH— These ever-cool timepieces with the

funky, colorful designs make the perfect Orlando souvenir. Florida Mall, 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, 407.856.2320; Orlando International Airport 407.856.1488. TIFFANY & CO.— There’s nothing like opening the

signature blue box. Find an exquisite selection of fine jewelry, timepieces, crystal, china and sterling silver. The Mall at Millenia, 4200 Conroy Road, 407.351.3133.

Luggage & Sporting Goods BASS PRO SHOPS— Attention outdoor enthusiasts:

For the best in hunting, marine and fishing gear, head to Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. It features a variety of outdoor gear as well as an indoor archery shooting lane, 17,000-gallon aquarium, putting green, driving cages and shooting arcade. Open daily. Artegon, 5156 International Drive, 407.563.5200. Map 2, C2 EDWIN WATTS GOLF SHOPS— You’ll find everything

you need to enjoy your round of golf at this store. From clubs and balls to bags and shoes, Edwin Watts stocks it all. The super store on Turkey Lake Road boasts an extensive collection of select items you may not easily find in other golf stores. Open daily. 7501 Turkey Lake Road 407.345.8451. Map 2, A3 MORI LUGGAGE & GIFTS— The Southeast’s leading

retailer of luggage, briefcases, travel accessories and leather goods. Featured brands include Rimowa, Samsonite, Kipling and Tumi. Open daily. The Florida Mall, 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, 407.852.3057. RON JON SURF SHOP— The famous Cocoa Beach

surf shop opened this ultra-cool sister store in Orlando. Here you can shop for hip surfwear, swimwear and beach accessories, in addition to surfboards and skateboards. Sun care products are available here as well—everything you need for a day at the beach. Open daily. www.ronjons. com. Florida Mall, 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, 407.563.8888. TRACK SHACK— Boasting a proper fitting for each

customer with the best product for their individual need, this athletic apparel store sports a wealth of knowledge and stock of fitness shoes, apparel, training and nutritional products and technology. www. 1104 N. Mills Ave., 407.898.1313.


up of 50 popular designer and name-brand outlets, including the area’s only Old Navy Outlet, plus Express Factory Outlet, LOFT, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Gap, Nike, Guess, Carter’s, OshKosh, Samsonite and Under Armour. Save up to 75 percent and often more at select locations. Storefront,


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plentiful parking, Travelex Currency Exchange, and a free hotel shuttle serving 60 hotels are added conveniences. Open daily. 15657 State Road 535, 407.238.9301. ORLANDO PREMIUM OUTLETS-INTERNATIONAL DRIVE— Shop 180 incredible designer and

name-brand outlets, and enjoy savings of 25 to 65 percent every day. Stores include Coach, J.Crew, Lacoste, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and more. Open daily. www. 4951 International Drive, 407.352.9600.


ORLANDO PREMIUM OUTLETS-VINELAND AVENUE— Save 25 to 65 percent every day at 150

designer and name-brand outlets. Shop Burberry, Coach, Crocs, J. Crew, Nike, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tory Burch and more. Parking garage or valet recommended. Open daily. www.premiumoutlets. com/orlando. 8200 Vineland Ave., 407.238.7787.

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independently owned boutique in Winter Park. 303 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407.647.0110.

Shopping Centers POINTE ORLANDO— Enjoy a mix of shops, eateries

and entertainment venues at this tropical landscaped complex. You’ll find abundant shopping, dining and entertainment possibilities. Don’t miss Charming Charlie, Tommy Bahama, Tharoo & Co. and Victoria’s Secret. Open daily. 9101 International Drive, 407.248.2838. WESTFIELD AT THE ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT— First-class shopping awaits travelers

to Orlando International Airport where high-end retailers offer last-minute gifts, fashion accessories, books, music, gadgets and electronics. Featured stores include Finish Line, Johnston & Murphy, Mango and Swarovski. Orlando International Airport, One Jeff Fuqua Blvd., 407.825.2001. WINTER PARK VILLAGE—An upscale, outdoor

shopping center in Winter Park. Retailers include J. Jill, Jos. A Bank, LOFT, White House/Black Market and Ulta Beauty. Another Broken Egg, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and the Cheesecake Factory are popular dining options. 510 N. Orlando Ave., 407.571.2700.

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Avenue, the main street of charming Winter Park, where you’ll find upscale stores offering fine jewelry, antiques, books and cosmetics as well as the latest fashions. Alfresco cafés, coffee shops, restaurants, wine bars, beauty salons, art galleries and the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of Art gift shop round out the selection. 151 W. Lyman Ave., Winter Park, 407.644.8281.

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50s Prime Time Cafe

Joe’s Crab Shack

Mind your manners, keep your elbows off the table and don’t forget to finish your vegetables! Step into the 1950s at this upbeat corner of kitsch, where the dining room looks like a series of old-time kitchenettes, complete with black and white television sets. Servers are your cousins and you’ll love the family vibe that surrounds you here. Comfort foods like Mom’s Old-Fashioned Pot Roast and Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken are truly good. Lighter choices are also available. Don’t forget to order a cocktail from Dad’s Liquor Cabinet, and leave time for a look around. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Park admission required. 351 S. Studio Drive, Orlando, 407.939.3463

This popular seafood restaurant offers an array of crab and seafood, along with appetizers, pasta, steaks, and chicken. Outdoor playground for kids. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 8400 International Dr., 407.352.2928; 10 Blake Blvd, Celebration, 321.939.6880; 7903 Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, 407.787.0041

CASK & LARDER— New Southern. This local favorite

offers Southern-sourced seasonal dishes and craft beers at a new location in the Orlando International Airport. Orlando International Airport, 321.280.4200. $$$

Celebration CAFÉ D’ANTONIO RISTORANTE— Italian. Using a

wood-burning oven, a rotisserie and a grill, Café D’Antonio’s chefs turn out rosemary-roasted chicken and veal piccata, as well as pasta specialties. L, D (daily). 691 Front St., Celebration, 407.566.2233. Map 4, D6; 611 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, 407.645.5523. $$ 360 AMERICAN BISTRO AND BAR— French Bistro.

Blending traditional French Mediterranean and American flavors, this gastro-pub offers worldly cuisine and crafted libations enjoyed either poolside or while watching the big game in a casual environment. B, L, D (daily). 225 Celebration Place, Celebration, 407.964.7676. $$

Disney Area THE BOATHOUSE—American. The company brings

another fun, family-friendly theme to Disney Springs featuring steaks, fresh seafood and a raw bar. Enjoy live music and tours on an amphibious retro car or a 40-foot Italian water taxi. L, D (daily). Disney Springs, 1620 E. Buena Vista Drive, 407.939.2628. $$$

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a contemporary take on shepherd’s pie and have a rollicking good time at this Irish-accented megapub and restaurant at Disney Springs. L, D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). www. Disney Springs, 1640 E. Buena Vista Drive, 407.938.0300. $$


The Animal Kingdom Lodge is an amazing venue where you can actually see giraffes before you dine. Enjoy authentic African cuisine and rare wines. D (nightly). 2901 Osceola Parkway, 407.939.3463. $$$ MONSIEUR PAUL— French. Renowned French chef

Paul Bucose leaves his mark on this classical French menu with highlights such as the soupe aux truffles and Maine lobster with mollet quail egg and creamy black-truffle bouillon. Time dinner for the 9 pm fireworks. D (nightly). Epcot World Showcase, 200 Epcot Center Drive, 407.939.5277. $$$ MORIMOTO ASIA—Asian. Famous Iron Chef Masa-

haru Morimoto brings his popular restaurant to Disney Springs, offering fresh sushi, seafood and Asian cuisine in a spectacular dining room. L, D (daily). Disney Springs, 1600 E. Buena Vista Drive, 407.939.6686. $$$ PLANCHA— Cuban. Plancha at the Four Seasons

Golf Club offers a lakeside setting with Cubana sandwiches, empanadas and the chorizo burger along with mojitos and a Hemingway daiquiri. L, D (daily), Br (Su). 10100 Dream Tree Blvd., 407.313.7777. $$$

VICTORIA & ALBERT’S— Creative/Contemporary.

This fine-dining mecca is the place to celebrate landmark occasions. At the city’s only five-diamond restaurant, Chef Scott Hunnel prepares outstanding seven-course and 10-course meals each night, inspired by his world travels to Asia, Spain, Italy and France. For the ultimate experience, indulge in the Chef’s Table dinner in the kitchen or the private food-and-wine pairings in the Queen Victoria Room. D (daily). Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, 4401 Floridian Way, 407.939.3862. $$$$

Downtown BOHEME RESTAURANT— New American. This

elegant restaurant boasts a fabulous art collection and a prestigious AAA Four-Diamond rating. The cuisine is eclectic nouvelle with French and Pacific Rim influences. B, L, D (daily), Br (Su). The Grand Bohemian, 325 S. Orange Ave., 407.313.9000. $$$ DANDELION COMMUNITEA— Vegetarian/Vegan.

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RELISH IN Rosen Hotels & Resorts offers a delicious variety of culinary experiences that are sure to satisfy. From the Caribbean to Italian, from whimsical fun to sophisticated elegance, from poolside to entertainment venue, there are delightful choices for every taste. For more information, please visit

Prime steaks and fresh Florida seafood in a finedining ambiance inspired by the Everglades.

9840 International Dr. 407.996.8551

Feast on a fusion of Cuban and Caribbean flavors in a tropical indoor-outdoor poolside atmosphere. Our signature steakhouse offering the finest all-natural Five Diamond Black Angus beef from Harris Ranch.

9939 Universal Blvd. 407.996.3663

Escape to Tuscany at our Italian bistro with a piano bar, serving perfect pastas and fresh seafood.

Sizzling prime steaks and fresh seafood among the world’s largest collection of celebrity caricatures.

9700 International Dr. 407.996.1787

A state-of-the-art entertainment venue with dancing, dining, two fullservice bars, VIP lounge and an adjacent pool deck.

6327 International Dr. 407.352.1607

Catch dinner and a show as our teppanyaki chefs play with fire right before your eyes for a deliciously fresh and fun culinary experience.


itself as an “urban teahouse with an eco-attitude.” Plenty of organic tea is on tap, but they also make a great sandwich. L, D (M-Sa), L (Su). www. 618 N. Thornton Ave., 407.362.1864. $ DEXTER’S— American. Sweet potato chips, wines

and lots of local diners are the call. Menus feature pressed sandwiches, pastas and creative entrées. B (M-F), L, D (daily), Br (Sa-Su); check individual locations. 808 E. Washington St., 407.648.2777. Map 1 G5; 558 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, 407.629.1150. $$ GRAFFITI JUNKTION—American. This burger bar

has a funky vibe with freshly made specialty burgers, drink specials and amazing Macho Nachos. L, D (daily). 700 E. Washington St., 407.424.5800.; 54 W. Church St., 321.800.6912.; 2401 Edgewater Drive, 407.377.1961. $$ K RESTAURANT WINE BAR— Creative/Contemporary. Chef Chad Phelps cooks up quite a following

at this College Park stronghold serving New American cuisine. D (nightly). 1710 Edgewater Drive, 407.872.2332. $$$ RUSTY SPOON— Farm-to-Table. Three-time James

Beard Award-nominee Chef Kathleen Blake brings farm-to-table goodness to downtown Orlando. L (M-F), D (nightly). 55 W. Church St., 407.401.8811. $$$

Downtown Orlando DOVECOTE— Brasserie. This innovative take on the

classic brassiere offers elegant options ranging from a quick bite or power lunch to after-work drink and fine dining experience. Refined dishes like “Croque Monsieur & Frisee Salade,” and Steak & Frites” pair well with an extensive wine selection and raw bar serving an assortment of oysters, shrimp, mussels, clams and seasonal seafood selections. L (M-F), D (M-Sa), Br (Su). 390 N. Orange Ave., 407.930.1700. $$$

International Drive A LAND REMEMBERED— Steak. Old Florida charm

abounds with artifacts and photos from the state’s past. Organic steaks from the Harris Ranch are the main feature. Specialties include “Chateaubriand for Two” with organic wild mushrooms. D (nightly). Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd., 407.996.3663. $$$ B.B. KING’S BLUES CLUB— Southern. Southern-style

dining and live music nightly by the B.B. King All Star Band. Signature menu items include fried dill pickles, gumbo, various barbecue and rib dishes, and banana bread pudding to top off your meal. L, D (daily). Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Drive, 407.370.4550. $$ BRICKHOUSE TAVERN + TAP— Gastropub. This

tavern and tap room offers a neighborhood vibe in the heart of the visitors’ corridor. L, D (daily). www. 8440 International Drive, 407.355.0321. $$ CALA BELLA— Italian. This Italian bistro makes

everyone feel at home. Cozy up to the bar for a full dinner and watch chefs skillfully prepare Italian delights such as orecchiette with pan-seared diver scallops or Tuscan veal chops, or roast chicken and artichoke pizza. D (nightly). www.calabellares30 W H E R E O R L A N D O I J A N UA R Y / F E B R UA R Y 2018 Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd., 407.996.3663. $$$ EVERGLADES RESTAURANT— Steak/Seafood.

The unusual menu of gator chowder and buffalo tenderloin works well with the Everglades-themed dining room complete with murals depicting nature scenes. D (nightly). www.evergladesrestaurant. com. The Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive, 407.996.2385. $$$ HANAMIZUKI— Japanese. A thoroughly authentic

Japanese restaurant with an expertly prepared selection of menu items ranging from sushi to

ramen. This restaurant is a great discovery off the beaten path. L, D (Tu-Su). 8255 International Drive, 407.363.7200. $$ HASH HOUSE A GO GO— American. Hearty portions

of comfort food favorites such as stacks of flapjacks, BLTs with extra “B,” burgers, fried chicken and meatloaf. The dining room is modern and slick. B, L, D (daily). 5350 International Drive, 407.370.4646. $$ ICAFE DE PARIS— French Bakery. Enjoy fresh crois-

sants, pastries, signature sandwiches, soups and salads with some of the best brewed coffee in town


at this French bakery at I-Drive 360. B, L, D (daily). I-Drive 360, 8465 International Drive, 407.203.3000. $ JACK’S PLACE— Steak/Seafood. Steak, seafood and

regional dishes are served in an intimate dining room among Orlando’s largest collection of celebrity-autographed caricatures. Get your own caricature done for free on F and Sa nights. Complimentary valet. D (nightly). The Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive, 407.996.1787. $$$

JOE’S CRAB SHACK— Seafood. Offers an array of all

kinds of crabs and seafood along with appetizers, pasta, steaks and chicken. Outdoor playground for the kids. L, D (daily). 8400 International Drive, 407.352.2928; 10 Blake Blvd, Celebration, 321.939.6880; 7903 Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, 407.787.0041 $$$ SHOGUN— Japanese. Teppanyaki chefs entertain as

they cook at this traditional steakhouse. Choose from steak, shrimp, chicken and lobster entrées. D (nightly). Rosen Inn, 6327 International Drive, 407.352.1607. $$$

TAPA TORO—Spanish. The husband-and-wife duo

who brought you the celebrated Greek eatery Taverna Opa present Tapa Toro, where guests enjoy classic and contemporary Spanish cuisine, tapas, signature cocktails, imported wine, a paella pit and flamenco dancers. L and D (daily). www.tapatoro. restaurant. 8441 International Drive, I-Drive 360,, 407.226.2929. $$$ TAVERNA OPA— Greek. This festive eatery serves

family-style and a la carte cuisine such as mousaka, grilled fish and spanakopita. Nightly entertainment—to go along with your glass of ouzo—includes belly dancing, traditional music and a live DJ mix of international and Top 40. L and D (daily). Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Drive, 407.351.8660. $$$ THE OCEANAIRE SEAFOOD ROOM— Seafood.


This upscale dining room at Pointe Orlando is dedicated to fresh seafood. Specialties include Alaskan halibut and Copper River salmon, and for landlubbers, filet mignon and pork chops. D (nightly). Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Drive, 407.363.4801. $$$ TONY ROMA’S— American. Ribs and more take

center stage on this bold menu. Specialties include Baby Back Ribs, Onion Loaf, Kickin’ Shrimp and the Romarita. L and D (daily). 8560 International Drive, 407.248.0094. $$ URBAN TIDE— New American. This dining room

join us for happy hour every weekday!

8400 INTERNATIONAL DR. • ORLANDO, FL 407.352.2928 •

at the Hyatt Regency blends fresh seafood with seasonal Florida flavors. Free valet for visitors of the hotel. B, L, D (M-F); B, D (Sa-Su). www.orlando. 9801 International Drive, 407.345.4570. $$$

Kissimmee CHUY’S— Mexican. Fresh Tex-Mex cuisine in a family-

friendly setting. Favorites are the “Big As Yo’ Face” burritos and the stuffed avocados, in addition to the house margarita. D (nightly). 8123 International Drive, 407.730.3602. Map 2, B5; 7913 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, 407.787.3545.; 170 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park; 1434 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando, 407.930.5334.; 6688 S. Semoran Blvd., Orlando, 407.757.1024. ZEN—Asian Fusion. Enjoy pan-Asian dishes, sake

and an innovative sushi bar. D (Tu-Su). www. Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, 1500 Masters Blvd., ChampionsGate, 407.390.6664. $$$

Sand Lake Road/ South Orlando BIG FIN SEAFOOD KITCHEN— Seafood. The Orlando

Sentinel Foodie Award winner features an extensive menu of fresh seafood, steaks, pasta, sushi and a raw bar. The patio bar offers a daily happy hour from 5-7 pm. D (nightly). 8046 Via Dellagio Way, 407.615.8888. $$ DRAGONFLY ROBATA GRILL—Asian. Choose from

creative sushi or perfectly cooked seafood on the robata whichmakes for a crispy outer later and tender middle. Wagyu beef rib-eye and braised short ribs with pickled carrots are great options. Happy hour specials. D (nightly). 7972 Via Dellagio Way, 407.370.3359. $$ EDDIE V’S—American. This prime steak and seafood

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casual seating outside with views of the lake. Diners can’t go wrong with the bone-in rib-eye, curried oysters or Georges Bank scallops. The restaurant is known for its exceptional service and outstanding cocktails. D (nightly). 7488 W. Sand Lake Road, 407.355.3011. $$$ MORTON’S— Steak. Every detail, from elegant serv-

ings of steak and seafood, a vast wine selection and seamless service, makes Morton’s a classic dining destination. Bar 12-21 offers happy hours daily from 5-6:30 pm and 9 pm-close. D (nightly). 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., 407.248.3485. $$$ ROY’S— Hawaiian Fusion. Roy Yamaguchi’s Hawaiian

Fusion cuisine blends fresh local ingredients with bold Asian spices and European sauces with an emphasis on seafood. Roy’s has garnered wide acclaim and features abundant seafood and adventurous flavors of the Pacific Rim. The environment is casual, with a promise of an “aloha”-style welcome. L (M-F), D (daily). 7760 W. Sand Lake Road, 704.352.4844. SEASONS 52— New American. Flavorful, creative,

American meals made with seasonal ingredients. Small plates are perfect for sharing or full entrees available. L, D (daily), Br (Su). 7700 W. Sand Lake Road, 407.354.5212. $$ URBAIN 40—American/European. This American

brasserie and cocktail lounge comes with a ‘40s throwback and a touch of French flair. Enjoy a hand-crafted cocktail on the patio by the elaborate fountain then head to the dining room for the panroasted Faroe Island salmon or bolognese. Save room for delectable desserts by the in-house pastry chef. Live jazz nightly. L, D (daily). www.urbain40. com. 8000 Via Dellagio Way, 407.872.2640. $$$ VINES GRILLE & WINE BAR— Steak. A wood-fired grill

makes this upscale Chicago-style steakhouse a standout along Restaurant Row. There is an extensive wine list and live jazz plays every night at 7 pm. D (nightly). 7533 W. Sand Lake Road, 407.351.1227. $$$

South HEMISPHERE RESTAURANT— Creative/Contemporary. Consider this upscale eatery at the Hyatt

inside the Orlando International Airport instead of the food court. Enjoy fine dining in its ninth-floor location with runway views. Locally sourced and organic options are on the menu. B (daily), D (M-Sa). 9300 Airport Blvd., 407.825.1234. $$$ HIGHBALL & HARVEST— Farm-to-Table. Highball

& Harvest at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes is a casual dining concept featuring handcrafted cocktails and a creative, playful menu utilizing farm-to-table methods and down-home comfort food. Fresh produce is used from nearby Whisper Creek Farm along with local cheeses and honey and fresh oysters and seafood. Signature dishes include the Smoked Brisket Benedict, dips with pickled veggies and melt-in-your-mouth Parker House rolls made from old-world Khorasan wheat. Signature cocktails include the Doc Holliday with Tito’s Vodka, house ginger beer and blueberry jam. B, L, D (daily). Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, 4012 Central Florida Parkway, 407.206.2400. $$$ TABLA— Indian. Find traditional and savory recipes

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etable Samosa, Masala Pappadum and Vindaloo. L, D (Tu-Su). 5847 Grand National Drive, 407.248.9400. $$

Universal/City Walk THE KITCHEN— American. American classics are

served in this all-day restaurant. Children can hang out on beanbag chairs in the Kid Crib, decorated with lunch boxes and a TV that plays cartoons. Special events include character meals. B, L, D (daily). Hard Rock Hotel, 5800 Universal Blvd., 407.503.3463. $$$ VIVO ITALIAN KITCHEN— Italian. At this new eatery,

guests enjoy classic Italian dishes with a modern twist and can even watch chefs at work in the kitchen creating pasta, baking bread or making sauces from scratch. D (daily). Universal CityWalk, 6000 Universal Blvd., 407.224.2691. $$$

Winter Park BOSPHOROUS TURKISH CUISINE— Mediterranean.

Turkish specialties, from frothy tarma (whipped caviar) to savory stuffed pastries, draw quite a following to this attractive Park Avenue spot. L, D (daily). 108 S Park Ave., Winter Park, 407.644.8609; 7600 Dr Phillips Blvd., 407.352.6766. $$$; 690 Tavistock Lakes Blvd., 407.313.2506. COCINA 214— Tex-Mex. The menu combines bold


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flavors with fresh, local ingredients to create contemporary Tex-Mex. Try the brisket tacos, corncrusted Mahi or truffle and mushroom quesadillas. Or, take a seat at the bar and enjoy one of its draft Mexican beers. L, D (daily). 151 E. Welbourne Ave., Winter Park, 407.790.7997. $$ THE COOP—Southern & Soul. Helmed by award-

winning chef John Rivers, the fast-casual restaurant leads with southern hospitality featuring comfort food classics made from scratch daily. Signature dishes include “Southern Fried Chicken” and “Low Country Shrimp and Grits”and a wide selection of housemade desserts and seasonal pies. Breakfast favorites include the “Caramelized Croissant French Toast” served with the COOP’s signature Bourbon maple syrup. B, L, D (M-Sa). 610 W. Morse Blvd., Winter Park, 407.843.2667. $ HAMILTON’S KITCHEN— New Southern. This spot

at the Alfond Inn welcomes friends and families to enjoy traditional Southern cooking in a rustic, yet modern atmosphere. B, L, D (daily), Br (Su). 300 E. New England Ave., Winter Park, 407.998.8090. $$$ HILLSTONE— American. A picturesque setting on

the lake with inviting Adirondack chairs and a dock. The dining room serves well-executed steaks, seafood and salads. L, D (daily). 215 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, 407.740.4005. $$$ THE POLITE PIG—American. In Disney Springs news,


this modern barbecue joint serves up all three with pleasure. Coffee-rubbed brisket, sweet St. Louis style ribs and maple-mustard glazed wild salmon come out of the smoker. Local craft beers (and cocktails) are poured by the pitcher, and the bourbon selection wades 50 deep. Town Center, 407.938.7444.

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Kissimmee Kissimmee has made it onto national lists as being one of the most-mispronounced cities – it’s Ka-sem-me – but it’s known locally for its Old Florida appeal and beautiful scenery. Located near Disney, it’s the perfect place to visit a farm, go horseback riding, take an airboat ride and experience Florida’s cattle culture.

EXTRA HANDS— Hire a trusted babysitter during

your vacation, whether it’s help during a day at the theme parks or in-room childcare while you enjoy a dinner out. KID’S NITE OUT— This well-respected company

provides professional childcare (and pet sitting), at all hotels, resorts and vacation homes. www. 407.828.0920.

Getting Around 511— Call 511 from a cell phone or go online for

information on weather, traffic and construction on interstates and the turnpike. EXECUCAR— Book a private car to/from the airport,

business meeting or anywhere else around town. 800.410.4444. I-RIDE TROLLEY— Enclosed and air-conditioned, the

trolley stops at shops, restaurants, attractions and hotels along International Drive. $2. 3718 L B McLeod Road, 407.248.9590. LAKE BUENA FACTORY STORES SHUTTLE—The Lake

Buena Vista Factory Stores offers a free shopping shuttle to and from 60 area participating hotels to its outlet mall. The mall features more than 50 outlets including Old Navy, Guess, Carters, Gap, LOFT, Samsonite and Nike. 15657 S. Apopka Vineland Road, 407.238.9301.

LYNX BUS SYSTEM— Look for “paw

print” bus stop signs. Fare $2; transfers free. Exact change required. Various stops, 407.841.5969.

There’s a lot more going on this month. Visit us online:

clinic affiliated with Florida Hospital with four area locations near the major attractions. Provides hotel and resort transportation for visitor convenience. www. 407.200.CARE.


with a limo or town car or hire a tour bus. Cabs are also available. Multiple vehicle choices ensure you get a ride tailored to your transportation needs. 407.423.5566. SUNRAIL—All aboard the white and yellow train!

Central Florida’s commuter rail has 12 stops from Sand Lake Road north to DeBary, including stops at popular tourist destinations downtown, in Winter Park and Sanford. Fares starting at just $1. www. . SUPERSHUTTLE— Providing affordable airport trans-

portation to or from your home, office or hotel, 24/7. 800.258.3826. TAXIS— Cabs are plentiful at theme parks, hotels and

major restaurants and attractions. Diamond Cab Co. 407.523.3333. Yellow Cab: 407.422.2222. UBER— Ubers are plentiful in Orlando, from down-

town to the theme parks, restaurants and resort areas. Just download the Uber app on your smart phone and link to your Pay Pal account for cashfree transactions with no tipping.

Health Services

CENTRA CARE— No appointment, walk-in


State-of-the-art medical facility with 24-hour emergency department. Conveniently located between Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World and near SeaWorld. www.orlandohealth. com/drpphillipshospital. 9400 Turkey Lake Road, 407.351.8500. Map 2, A5 THE MEDICAL CONCIERGE— Receive medical

care from a doctor, dentist or specialist from the comfort of your hotel room or vacation home, both day or night. 6000 Turkey Lake Road, 855.932.5252.

Neighborhoods CELEBRATION— See the picturesque town that

Disney built with wraparound porches, a charming downtown, parks, walking trails and boardwalks. 690 Celebration Ave., 407.566.1200. DOWNTOWN ORLANDO/THORNTON PARK— The

past few years have seen a resurgence in the city’s core, including nightclubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries. Highlights include the Arts District, Thornton Park, Lake Eola, Amway Center, Church Street and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Perform-

THE NATION’S LARGEST CATTLE RANCH isn’t located out West or in Texas. You’ll find it right here in Florida’s heartland, Kissimmee. 34 W H E R E O R L A N D O I J A N UA R Y / F E B R UA R Y 2018


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ing Arts. 400 S. Orange Ave.. EATONVILLE— One of the country’s first black

municipalities and home to Harlem Renaissance author Zora Neale Hurston. www.townofeatonville. org. 307 E. Kennedy Blvd. KISSIMMEE— Once known for agriculture, Kissim-

mee is now a major tourism hub. Highlights include Old Town, the annual rodeo, Lake Tohopekaliga and entertainment along Highway 192. www. 101 Church St., Kissimmee. Map 4, F6 MAITLAND— Known for its natural beauty and thriv-

ing arts scene featuring the Maitland Arts Center and numerous lakes. 1776 Independence Lane. MILLS 50—A centrally-located, unpretentious,

urban district with a vibrant, culturally diverse, progressively minded and eclectic mix of artists, restaurants, businesses, specialty shops, markets, neighborhoods and residents. 1207 N. Mills Street, 407.421.9005. MOUNT DORA— This pretty New England-style

city is set among lakes and hills, and its historic downtown is home to antique shops, galleries and restaurants. 341 Alexander St. SANFORD— A quaint downtown district with old-

fashioned lampposts and red-brick buildings housing shops and cafés. Don’t miss the zoo and

the Lake Monroe waterfront. 300 N. Park Ave., Sanford, 407.688.5000. WINDERMERE— Home to a charming downtown, a

chain of lakes and prestigious gated communities like Isleworth and Bay Hill. 407.876.2563. WINTER GARDEN— West of Orlando, this is a

community of older, wood-frame homes and a downtown district highlighted by red-brick streets, massive oaks and an old railroad depot. www. 300 W. Plant St., Winter Garden 407.656.4111. WINTER PARK— This upscale enclave is known for

its main street, Park Avenue, which is lined with fashionable boutiques and restaurants. Other highlights include Rollins College, Hannibal Square and the Morse Museum. 151 W. Lyman Ave., Winter Park, 407.644.8281.

Parks & Gardens

KELLY PARK— Rent a tube and float down a river fed

by Rock Springs. The 3/4-mile ride through refreshing 68-degree crystalline water takes 25 minutes. $3 per vehicle for 1-2 people; $5 per vehicle for 3-8 people. **The park is open but hiking trails remain closed as of 11/29/2017. 400 E. Kelly Park Road, 407.254.1902. LAKE EOLA PARK— Popular downtown public park

for strolling and feeding ducks. A playground and swan-boat rentals are on site. Trendy restaurants, bars and shopping are steps away. 195 N. Rosalind Ave., 407.246.4485. WEKIWA SPRINGS STATE PARK— Swim or snorkel in

the crystal-clear freshwater spring. Also enjoy fishing, kayaking, canoeing or horseback riding. $6 per vehicle. 1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka, 407.884.2008.

Real Estate ENCORE/REUNION— Make the town of Reunion

BLUE SPRING STATE PARK— Covering more than

2,600 acres, this park is popular for fishing, diving and swimming in the summer months. In the winter, the springs are a refuge for a growing population of West Indian manatees. The water is closed during manatee season, mid-November through March 15, however, visitors are invited to observe the amazing creatures. Open 8 am to sundown daily. $6 per vehicle. bluespring/. 2100 W. French Ave., Orange City, 386.775.3663.

home, or home away from home. Located near Central Florida’s biggest attractions, choose from homes built with families in mind, featuring up to 13 bedrooms. Enjoy amenities such as golf, fitness areas, kids’ program, dining and an exclusive club. 407.396.9000. MIRASOL—This Celebration condominium provides

a convenient home for tourists and residents. Walk to shops and restaurants and enjoy community amenities such as swimming pools, boardwalks,


RESORT STYLE RESIDENCES FROM THE LOW $200s UNIT 513-101 1,485 SF 2 BR/2BA w/Versatile Enclosed Den. First Floor garden style condo. Open Kitchen, 10’ Ceilings, Spacious walk-in closets. All appliances included, move-in ready. $314,000

UNIT 512-202 2BR/2BA w/Attached Garage. Second floor townhome style condo. Large open floor plan w/ spacious kitchen, breakfast nook, living an dining room. This home has a beautiful canal view from the extra large screened patio, master bedroom, & living room. Enjoy a second screened patio located off the breakfast nook. All appliances included, upgrade options available. $390,350 UNIT 501-205 1444 SF 2BR/2BA with office space. Split plan with separate dining room and breakfast bar in kitchen. View of lush nature preserve from screened veranda. Fully equipped kitchen. The prime location of this home has convenient elevator service. $303,000



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UNIT 501-518 1BR/1.5BA with den. Spacious layout with separate dining room and eat-in kitchen. View of resort-style pool from screened veranda. The prime location of this home has convenient elevator service. $270,000

Large floor plans | Villas with attached garages | Resort-style living Here, the vacation never ends. Visit a luxurious day spa, relax in comfortable club facilities or spend a sunny afternoon beside a stunning swimming pool. Live a short walk from Downtown Celebration — and a million miles from the rest of the world. Additional move-in ready homes available...



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Sales Villa Open Daily Call or stop by 407.566.8970 502 Mirasol Circle, Suite #102 Celebration, FL All information is believed to be accurate but is not warranted. Oral representations cannot be relied upon as correctly stating representations of the seller. For correct representations, reference should be made to the purchase agreement.

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bike paths and the lakefront. www.mirasolcondos. com. 501 Mirasol Circle, Celebration, 407.566.2800.


Provides information on events, venues, parking, transportation and more with interactive kiosks, digital message boards and informative personnel. 400 S. Orange Ave., 407.246.2555. EXPERIENCE KISSIMMEE— Pick up free resources

and get travel advice and discount tickets for


Bok Tower Garden

This picturesque garden in Lake Wales is home to a 205-foot, 60-bell carillon with two live concerts daily. Visitors can stroll the 1,200acre grounds and admire the blooming camellias while enjoying two live concerts from the resident carillonneur. There is plenty of outdoor space for children to expend some energy, and they can feed the resident koi in the reflection pool for just a quarter. $14 admission for adults, $5 for children ages 5-10; kids under 5 are free. Located an hour’s drive from Downtown Orlando via I-4 and Highway 27, 53 miles southwest. 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales, 863.676.1408.

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theme parks and Kissimmee attractions. www. 4155 W. Vine St., Kissimmee, 407.569.4800 ORANGE COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER— One of

the largest meeting destinations in the country boasts seven million square feet of convention space. North Concourse, 9400 Universal Blvd.; South Concourse, 9899 International Drive; West Concourse, 9800 International Drive, 407.685.9800. VISIT ORLANDO’S VISITOR CENTER— The courte-

ous, multilingual staff will help you get directions,

exchange currency, purchase discount attraction tickets and check last-minute hotel room availability. 8102 International Drive, 407.363.5872.



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Orlando Your Way

Nature Lovers

Rainy Day

Beach Bum

Before Orlando become known for theme parks, its natural amusements were the main draw for visitors. (1) Blue Spring State Park, 30 miles north of Downtown Orlando, is one of the best spots in the world to witness the masses of West Indian manatees that gather in the warm crystal-clear water during the cool winter months. Though you're not allowed to swim with the manatees, SeaWorld Orlando's sister park (2) Discovery Cove lets guests swim with dolphins and stingrays in a beautiful, tropical setting. Central Florida is home to hundreds of lakes that are best explored by airboat, standup paddleboard or kayak. (3) Shingle Creek Paddling Center sits on the source of the Florida Everglades and offers boat rentals and guided tours through the beautiful natural surroundings.

The gorgeous, four-story (1) Orlando Science Center provides educational fun for all ages. Check out traveling shows or explore the permanent collections to learn about space, dinosaurs, alligators and more. Stay for a movie or documentary on the IMAX. Over on International Drive, (2) King's Bowl provides family-friendly bowling by day and a lounge setting by night with a full-service bar and billiards. After you've worked up an appetite, order from the restaurant menu that far exceeds the food at your bowling alley back home. For those who like a challenge, spend a game night among friends. Escape games have taken the country by storm, and for good reason. At (3) Escapology, you find clues, solve puzzles and pick locks in order to escape the room in just 60 minutes or less.

Orlando is smack-dab in the middle of Florida and this central location makes it easy to get to either coast. For the shortest drive, head to (1) Cocoa Beach and Port Canaveral, just 60 minutes east of Orlando. There you can visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, hop on a cruise ship or just enjoy some fun in the sun, sand and surf. Farther north is (2) Daytona Beach, home to the annual Daytona 500. If you can't make the race, you can still tour the Daytona International Speedway or simply enjoy the wide, smooth beaches along the Atlantic Ocean that are perfect for fishing and boating, or for taking a scenic drive. Softer, powder-white sand is found on Florida's West Coast where (3) Clearwater Beach is a family-friendly destination with crystal clear water and shallow sandbars.

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