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One of the United States’ most storied racetracks, the Daytona International Speedway is best known for hosting the Daytona 500: the most important annual race in the NASCAR calendar. Built in 1959 and located just a few miles from Daytona Beach, the course also holds other events, including Motocross racing, triathlons, and more.
Orlando may be best known for the Magic Kingdom, but travelers who want to shop ‘til they drop will find a different kind of excitement at the Florida Mall. Home to more than 250 stores and restaurants, this retail Mecca attracts some 20 million visitors each year.
Travelers will find all the shops they know and love lining the well-lit halls of this popular mall. And top-hits like one of the few M&M’s World shops, an American Girl store and a massive interactive Crayola Experience store make this the perfect place not just for a girlfriends’ getaway, but a day trip away from Disney, too.
Fun fact: four presidents have visited Winter Park, Florida, including Barack Obama in 2012. With those notable stop-ins, this former resort town exudes charm and encourages relaxation even today. The suburban city in Orange County showcases some of the best natural scenery in Central Florida, and nature lovers flock here to enjoy the more than 70 parks in the city. For those still looking for a resort feel, Winter Park also has top-notch golf courses and a popular shopping district.
The city’s Main Street is a lively area. It serves as a cultural hub, complete with art galleries, a liberal arts college, museums, a cemetery and even a beach. Boaters enjoy having easy access to a launch nearby, and two of Winter Park’s most famous attractions are Rollins College and the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of Art. The latter destination is home to the United States’ largest collection of Tiffany glass.
Step back in time to the 11th century—the era of kings, queens, and knights—at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Orlando. Watch a jousting tournament, sword fights, horsemanship, and falconry while eating a 4-course medieval style feast inside a European-style castle, complete with armor, artifacts, and coats of arms.
Universal Orlando Resort™ combines three of Orlando’s top theme parks with dining and entertainment options, all in one convenient location. Heroes and villains from blockbuster movies and TV shows—Harry Potter,Transformers,The Simpsons, andMarvel to name a few—come alive at Universal Studios Florida™ and Universal’s Islands of Adventure™, and park-goers can cool off from the Florida heat at the third theme park: Universal’s Volcano Bay™ water park.
Universal’s Islands of Adventure™, set inside Universal Orlando Resort™, is slightly larger than the neighboring Universal Studios Florida™. The 120-acre (49-hectare) park is divided into several themed “islands”— Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, the Lost Continent, and Seuss Landing—where thrill rides stand front and center as heroes and monsters from the big screen come to life.
Epcot Center, part of the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, is a theme park packed with internationally and futuristic-themed attractions, rides, pavilions, shows, and entertainment. Created from a concept developed by Walt Disney himself, Epcot is dedicated to human achievement, technological innovation, and international cultures.
This specialist aviation museum founded by collector Kermit Weeks currently showcases about 25 vintage and rare aircraft in a 17,000-square-foot seasonal hangar. Originally opened in 1995, the larger main museum is closed as part of a long-term renovation.
Spread across nearly 50 acres (20 hectares), Orlando’s Harry P. Leu Gardens offer a tranquil escape from the city’s frenetic theme parks. The urban oasis was founded in 1935 by Harry and Mary Jane Leu along the banks of Lake Rowena. Visit to see the camellias, a butterfly garden, a formal rose garden, and more.
The NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars callTIAA Bank Field their home stadium, and it sits where the former Gator Bowl Stadium once stood.
TIAA Bank Field originally opened in 1995 as Jacksonville Municipal Stadium but got its current name in 2010. The stadium capacity for football games is just over 67,000, but it can expand to 84,000 for other types of events. College football games held here include the annual Florida-Georgia game and the TaxSlayer Bowl.
Some elements of the former venue (Gator Bowl Stadium) were used in building TIAA Bank Field, including the West Upper Deck. The stadium hosted Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005.
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Come for the barbecue and stay for the live entertainment at House of Blues Orlando. Just far enough away from the main Disney World Resort restaurants and entertainment venues to make a dent in the crowds, House of Blues has long been a favorite of both locals and park visitors. The venue hosts all kinds of performers, from local favorites to world-famous stars. Even when there isn’t a concert, music will be playing and TVs will be on for sports fans.
The dual restaurant and concert venue set-up provides something for everyone. Families love House of Blues for its many kid-friendly meal options, while couples enjoy the sprawling patio, where live music can be heard. Diners rave about the shrimp, grits and barbecue ribs, and night owls particularly like the concerts and the late-night bar menu that goes along with them.
Soar high above Orlando and enjoy a unique vantage point on the Wheel at ICON Park. Towering 400 feet (122 meters) above the ground, the biggest observation wheel on the United States East Coast treats passengers to 360-degree views of the Central Florida landscape—day and night.
Established in June 1990 and located at the Universal Studios in the CityWalk entertainment complex, the Hard Rock Cafe in Orlando, Florida remains a hugely popular entertainment attraction in a city where there’s always something to see and do.
In fact, Orlando’s Hard Rock Cafe is the largest in the world. It features huge, grand pillars and a vast collection of rock memorabilia to rival all other Hard Rock Cafes. The complex boasts a multi-level version of the famous cafe, as well as a Hard Rock Live music venue, which has a 3000-person capacity and hosts all types of concerts and other events.
In the restaurant itself, diners can feast on classic burgers, nachos, wings, ribs, salads, and steaks as they take in the music memorabilia that adorns the walls and rock out to the non-stop Hard Rock beats.
Orlando may be known as the land of magic thanks to a mighty kingdom that offers up fun for the whole family. But just down the street there’s a massive Mecca for shoppers known as the Orlando International Premium Outlets. Home to more than 180 retail stores with designer names and high fashion items, this retail destination offers up some of the best deals in town with up to 65 percent off suggested retail prices. Travelers can comb through the stores in search of epic deals on designer duds. And more than a dozen snack shops and restaurants mean visitors can regroup and recharge between hitting the sales racks in the morning and returning to the shops in mid-afternoon.
Universal CityWalk™ is where daytime fun and nighttime excitement meet. It’s everything you’re looking for. And anything but ordinary. Here you can enjoy the fine cuisine of Emeril’s Orlando, the world’s largest Hard Rock Cafe®, Jimmy Buffett’s® Margaritaville®, and unique eateries like The Cowfish®, VIVO Italian Kitchen™, AntojitosAuthentic Mexican Food™, NBC Sports Grill & Brew™, and The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen™.
Catch your favorite bands live in concert or play a game of miniature golf -- the choice is yours! There is also a 20-screen movie theater and a variety of shops and boutiques. You can even sing karaoke with a live band and backup singers. The Universal CityWalk dining and entertainment complex is open nightly until 2 am. There’s no admission fee, although some venues with live entertainment do have cover charges*.
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Please note that the Holy Land Experience is closed right now with no current plans to reopen.
A Christian-based theme park in Orlando, Florida, the Holy Land Experience features full-size re-creations of Biblical scenes that bring the Holy Land to life. Here you’ll find a Jerusalem street market, the Great Temple, the House of Judea, the Calvary’s Garden Tomb, and Esther’s Banquet Hall, as well as entertainment and story-telling.
Located near downtown Orlando, the Orlando Museum of Art showcases a wide range of art in its collection of more than 2,400 items, in media such as painting, sculpture, and photography. In addition to its permanent collection, the museum offers a rotating series of temporary exhibits, traveling exhibitions, and educational programs.
<td style="height:121.2pt;width:292pt"><span style="mso-spacerun:yes"></span>Express your creativity at the LEGO® Store Disney Springs, the largest LEGO store in the US. Located in Orlando, the store features a huge selection of LEGO products, including individual bricks, kits, apparel, larger-than-life models of Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars characters, and indoor and outdoor build and play areas.<br> <b><span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span><br> The Basics</b><br> Wonder at life-size models of characters such as Cinderella, the Hulk, and BB-8 made from LEGO bricks. Build your own mini car and race other cars in the outdoor play area, which has a DUPLO area for toddlers. Inside the store, find bricks of all sizes and shapes at the Pick-A-Brick Wall, or score that hard-to-find kit. If LEGO makes it, it's probably here. Let your imagination run wild at store's many build and play areas.<br> <span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span><br> <b>Things to Know Before You Go</b><br>
<ul> <li> The LEGO Store is ideal for families with kids and LEGO lovers.</li> <li> There’s no fee to enter the store or use its build and play areas.</li> <li> Don’t forget your camera to take photos with the many characters.</li> <li> Disney passholders get discounts on certain items.</li> </ul> <span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span><br> <b>How to Get There</b><br> The LEGO Store is located inside the Disney Springs entertainment complex. The shop is easily reached by car, and free parking is available. Disney offers free transportation from Disney resorts and parks, including water transportation from select Disney resorts.<br> <span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span><b><br> When to Get There</b><br> The LEGO Store is open daily. Expect crowds on weekends and public holidays. It's air-conditioned, so it makes for a cool option when summer temperatures soar. The store also holds LEGO meetings and Minifigure swaps from time to time.<br> <span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span><br> <b>Disney Springs</b><br> Formerly Downtown Disney, Disney Springs is a large outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment destination. There are more than 100 shops and more than 60 restaurants. Entertainment options include a movie theater, bowling alley, carousel, and live performance venues.</td>
Visit Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando to experience one of the premier arts venues in central Florida. Featuring multiple theaters and event spaces, the center hosts more than 300 performances a year, spanning Broadway, ballet, opera, symphony, popular music, comedy, and more.
Universal Orlando's Harry Potter attraction is spread across two parks at the resort: Diagon Alley on the Universal Studios Florida side and Hogsmeade at Universal's Islands of Adventure. The two are connected by Hogwarts Express train, and each features shops, dining, and attractions inspired by the young wizard.
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