Orlando: More than just theme parks

Legoland, in nearby Winter Haven, has more than 50 rides, shows and attractions.

Legoland, in nearby Winter Haven, has more than 50 rides, shows and attractions.

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.

Orlando: More than just theme parks 08/08/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 12:03pm]

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