Orlando, Florida: A Brief Encounter beyond Disney.

Recently, I had the opportunity for a brief conquer trip to Orlando, Florida. Yes, I know you are thinking ‘Yay DisneyWorld, Mickey Mouse, Universal, LegoLand!’ Back up a second though, I’m not a big Disney fan. So what else did I encounter and see for free or on the fly?

1. Downtown Orlando.

It happened to be St. Patty’s Day Weekend, so there were lots of festivities including several free downtown block parties.

Another great thing I learned is they have a Farmer’s market on Sunday’s from 10:00am to 4:00pm downtown. Lots of local eats, including vegan options. Plus the scenic view of Lake Eola.

Transportation around downtown is simple with the free Lymmo Bus service. Several routes and times to get you from one side of downtown to another.

For a low fare option, check out the many orange bike rental stations (known as juice) around downtown. These seem to be popping up in many cities around the world. You can reserve online and pick up on the street.

2. If you’re a shopper… Orlando is your playground. We encountered two outlets and several malls around Orlando. Shopping everywhere you turned. For more charming and boutique style items check out Mills Avenue and the College Park area.

3. Take a mini round trip. Laying by the pool was nice, but no trip is complete without a little adventure. We hopped on it 4 freeway and tossed a coin for east or west. West it was! So we went to Tampa and Clearwater Beach. Saw the Mickey Power Tower en route. Sorry Mickey, we will have to hang out another time.

Tampa was just as much city as Orlando, with shops, museums, and restaurants. We stopped to eat in an area called Hyde Park.

Then it was off to the beach- another 45 minutes away.

Nothing is better than listening to the ocean! The beach itself was full of shells. I’d never been on a beach with so many shells. If you’re a admirer of shells, all these little ones will put you in shell heaven.

Overall, a decent 4 days exploring Orlando outside of Disney. Don’t worry, I’ll be back to report on DisneyWorld.



2 thoughts on “Orlando, Florida: A Brief Encounter beyond Disney.

  1. jmongar

    Beautiful pics and excellent introduction to the area. Next time, I highly recommend you guys connect with our friends in St. Petersburg. You will also have access to an entire new scenery and ecology different from what we’re used to in California. I’m talking of course about the swamps. Even more beautiful is you will have access to the tropics that you guys love so much by taking a drive to the keys and being a stones throw away from Cuba! So happy for you guys on your new adventure!

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