Getting up before dawn is well worth it when you take in the sights of theme parks and landscapes from a hot air balloon as the sun rises. Continue your morning exploring the natural beauty of Old Floridaas you paddle through the headwaters of the Florida Everglades at The Paddling Center. Historic Downtown Kissimmee is the perfect place for lunch as quaint Kissimmee Main Street offers great dining options, antique shopping and even ice cream made with liquid nitrogen.
Begin with a beverage from Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen on Park Avenue in picturesque Winter Park. Take a Winter Park Scenic Boat tour through lush canals and peaceful lakes. Visit the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art to view the world’s largest collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. When your stomach starts growling, lunch at East End Market in trendy Audubon Park. Stop to smell the roses at Harry P. Leu Gardens. As evening descends, enjoy a cocktail at The Woods in downtown Orlando. End with dinner at the French brasserie Dovecote and a performance at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
Relax and smell the orange blossoms as you begin a day of citrus delight. Polk County offers delicious options, October through May, as one of the top citrus-producing counties in Florida. You can watch citrus candy being made at Davidson of Dundee and pick up some citrus souvenirs in the gift shop. Have lunch at Lang’s Taste of Florida Café—don’t miss the award-winning grapefruit pie. Complete your day with an authentic Florida experience, picking fresh oranges from the trees at Ridge Island Groves.
Start with a sunrise walk along Sebring’s boardwalk or cycle through Highlands Hammock State Park. Golf lovers will enjoy the Citrus Golf Trail, featuring Florida’s most affordable courses. Stroll around in charming Lake Placid, a town with nearly 50 outdoor murals and small-town shops. Stop for lunch at McLane’s Garden Café in historic downtown Sebring, then browse through “City on a Circle” boutiques and artist galleries. A pleasant afternoon tour of Avon Park’s Maxwell’s Grove House, complete with dairy-free orange ice cream, will leave you in a great mood. Finish with dinner at trendy 18 East Main and a performance at the Alan Jay Wildstein Performing Arts Center.
With so many things to do, it’s easy to plan an amazing day in Central Florida. How will you spend yours?
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