Thursday, November 23, 2017
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Orlando: More than just theme parks

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O-town is most famous for its theme parks — you know about Magic Kingdom, Epcot, SeaWorld, Universal, etc., right? — but the area itself is a magnet for shopping with its many outlet malls. If you stop at one, check out either of the two Orlando Premium Outlets [4951 International Drive; (407) 352-9600] for high-end offerings (two words: Prada outlet!) — and the swanky Mall at Millenia [4200 Conroy Road, Orlando; (407) 363-3555]. Not far from the mall on International Drive is the Cafe Tu Tu Tango [8625 International Drive, Orlando; (407) 248-2222], set in a Spanish artist's loft to set a tone of a bohemian grand celebration shared on appetizer-sized plates that range from $4 to $12. It's right near the Howl at the Moon piano bar [8815 International Drive, Orlando; (407) 354-5999], famous for its rock 'n' roll dueling piano show. Downtown Disney on Lake Buena Vista Drive near Orlando doesn't require a ticket to the theme park, and it's a popular date night destination with more than 20 restaurants as well as Cirque du Soleil and House of Blues, giving you dinner and a show within walking distance of each other.

Not too far from Orlando is the new LegoLand Florida [6000 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven; (877) 350-5346], with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions. But the real attraction is the masterpieces made from tiny snap-together bricks sprinkled throughout the park, including scaled-down replicas of the White House, Kennedy Space Center and Daytona Speedway.

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