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Honeymoon in Orlando

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Honeymoon in Orlando

Not your typical request. Not interested in theme parks for this newlywed couple (late 50's). Already have condo, just looking for interesting things to do in and around Orlando. They love music/entertainment and food - very young at heart. Will be there in mid September with rental car. Thanks.

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1. Re: Honeymoon in Orlando

I would look up on the google/ask jeeves web sites for old and intresting places to visit, like the old towns and how florida used to be places like st augustine etc, maybe they would like to do something like that...

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2. Re: Honeymoon in Orlando

Here are some useful web sites you can review for additional information as well as some possible places to visit. (Sorry, there are web sites for those I listed here without them - I just don't have them memorized):

www.orlandoinfo.com - Conv. & Visitors Bureau

www.mountdora.com - quaint town of Mt. Dora in Lake County NW of Orlando w/ the Mt. Dora Scenic Railroad and Renniger's Antique Fair (weekends) nearby

www.kennedyspacecenter.com - KSC Visitors Complex

www.lakeridgewinery.com - Lake Ridge Winery in Clermont W of Orlando

Cassadaga - interesting spiritualist community in Volusia County

Wekiwa Springs State Park - Longwood - just north of Orlando

Blue Springs State Park near Orange City - Volusia County

Rivership Romance - www.rivershipromance.com - St. John's River cruise out of Sanford.

*Just a few recommended restaurants/dining options:

*Sunday Champagne Brunch at the Peabody Orlando on I-Drive. Get there before the 11 am 'March of the Peabody Ducks' - it'll 'quack' you up! Reservations mandatory. Web site: www.peabodyorlando.com

*Boston Lobster Feast on I-Drive: www.bostonlobsterfeast.com

ayce seafood buffet - excellent value for the money - food is very good

*Chatham Place on Dr. Phillips - great intimate dining restaurant.

*Ruth's Chris Steak House - upscale dining great for steaks!

*Texas de Brazil - www.TexasdeBrazil - north end of I-Drive - great! An unusual dining experience.

*Lee & Rick's Oyster Bar - great oysters on the half shell.

Major Entertainment venues -

Pleasure Island at Downtown Disney

City Walk at Universal

Canaveral National Seashore and Playalinda Beach just north of the Kennedy Space Center - Playalinda is a beautiful beach unspoiled by tacky tourist stuff/hotels/piers, etc

Enjoy you trip!

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3. Re: Honeymoon in Orlando

Where in Orlando is your hotel? Orlando is pretty spread out, so that might make a difference.

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4. Re: Honeymoon in Orlando

Encourage them to go to TUTU TANGO...great restaurant, loads of fun--delicious tappas style dining

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5. Re: Honeymoon in Orlando

Thanks already for the info.

steviuf - They will be staying at Fairfield Cypress Palms. I'm not sure exactly where that is, but we were able to get them there based on our timeshare.

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6. Re: Honeymoon in Orlando

I would add the Gaylord Palms as a place to just see and there are several great restaurants--Villa de Flora is a mediterranean buffet (upscale). Also there are several dinner shows--Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, Medieval Times as well as Disney ones like Hoop De Doo Revue. The Leu Gardens are worth a look see in downtown Orlando and Bok Sanctuary in Lake Wales is quite nice. There are air museums in Lakeland and Polk CIty. AIrboart rides in Kissimmee; Lake Eola Swan boats in downtown; horseback riding at the Grand Cypress and Horse World. ALso in Lakeland is the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings. You can take balloon rides and helicopter tours. There is no lack of entertainment outside the theme parks.

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7. Re: Honeymoon in Orlando

I am very glad that you have decided to explore some of the real Florida instead of going only seeing the tourist attractions. Here are some nice hotels away from the attractions area that you might enjoy staying at:

Westin Grand Bohemian Hotel

http://www.grandbohemianhotel.com

Courtyard at Lake Lucerne (Historic Inn)

http://www.orlandohistoricinn.com

Embassy Suites Downtown Orlando Hotel

http://www.embassyorlandodowntown.com

E������ Inn & Spa

http://www.eoinn.com

The Veranda Bed & Breakfast

http://www.theverandabandb.com

Orlando Marriott Downtown

http://www.orlandomarriott.com

Courtyard by Marriott Orlando Downtown

http://courtyard.com/mcoma

Here are some nice places to visit and things to do that you might enjoy: ( * = highly recommended)

*Harry P. Leu Gardens

http://www.leugardens.org

*Orlando Museum of Art

http://www.omart.org

*Orlando Science Center

http://www.osc.org

*Orange County Regional History Center

http://www.thehistorycenter.org

*Charles Hosmer Morse Musuem of American Art

http://www.morsemuseum.org

Mennello Museum of American Folk Art

http://www.mennellomuseum.com

Orlando Fire Museum

cityoforlando.net/fire/fire_dept/museum.htm

*City of Winter Park

http://www.cityofwinterpark.org

Central Florida Zoological Park

http://www.centralfloridazoo.org

*Wekiwa Springs State Park

www.floridastateparks.org/wekiwasprings

*Cape Canaveral National Seashore

http://www.nps.gov/cana

Historic Bok Sanctuary (Belltower & Gardens)

http://www.boksanctuary.org

The list goes on and on....

I hope this helped. Have Fun!

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8. Re: Honeymoon in Orlando

I second the Gaylord suggestion. My wife and I stayed 2 nights at Gaylord last October and that's all we talk about. Even if they already have a place to stay, they can still visit the resort and eat at the restaurants (mainly Villa De Flora). It's $10 for visitors, but if you tell them you are eating at restaurant they will let you in. During this time of the year, they have festivals and events that will also keep you entertained. They also have live alligator feeding at 6pm during the weekend. The hotel is covered by a huge glass atrium that allows the natural light to illuminate the wonderful lush gardens and ponds that line the outside of your rooms. This place is a must see or I call it a mountain top experience.