What many visitors think of as Orlando is actually Lake Buena Vista, the Orlando suburb that lies at the heart of Disneyworld. Orlando itself is a city surrounded by numerous parks offering hiking, biking, and water sports. Outdoor living is great for the whole family, but be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen for those sunny Florida days. Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando Science Center, Flying Tigers Warbird Restoration Museum, and Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Garden are just a few of the popular local cultural attractions. The nationally recognized Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival, the Orlando Opera Company, Orlando Philharmonic, and the Southern Ballet Theatre are just a few of the seasonal favorites.
Numerous other attractions are within an easy drive of Orlando, including the Disney World Resort, Sea World, Wet ‘n Wild, Universal Studios, Orlando Speedworld Speedway, and others. Dinner theaters provide a unique form of entertainment. There are a variety of venues including a Pirate adventure, Medieval Times, Arabian Nights, (complete with horses), a Dixie Stampede, and even a Sleuths’ Mystery. Outlet centers and factory stores abound.