Explore the Area!
Visitors to Orlando's tourist corridor know about the area's world-famous
attractions and those familiar with the area know that there is
much more to see and explore! Museums, historical attractions, beaches,
eco and wildlife tours, sporting events and more are within easy
Looking for locations of historical significance? Self-guided walking
tours are available through the City of Eatonville (407-623-1313),
the nation's oldest incorporated African-American municipality.
Visitors may also explore the Zora Neal Hurston National Museum
of Fine Arts (407-647-3307) and the Wells' Built Museum of
African-American History (407-245-7535), a hotel previously
frequented by Duke Ellington and Ray Charles. The Orange County
Regional History Center (407-836-8500), traces the area's rich
history with an array of interactive exhibits.
Museum lovers will be delighted to know that the area boasts the
world's most comprehensive collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany stained
glass at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
(407-645-5311). Hands-on exhibits entertain adults and children
at the Orlando Science Center (407-514-2000). The Mennello
Museum of American Art (407-246-4278) exhibits the most complete
collection of works by American folk artist Earl Cunningham. The
Orlando Museum of Art (407-896-4231) is the permanent home for
collections of 18th, 19th and 20th century American Art, including
works by world-renowned artist Georgia O'Keefe and photographer
Ansel Adams. The museum also holds an impressive collection of Art
of the Ancient Americas, including artifacts from the Aztecs and
many other cultures, as well as an extensive collection of ceremonial
and utilitarian African art. Be sure to check out the Orlando
City Hall Terrace Gallery. Great art and admission is free!
Services for every denomination are available within a short drive.
For a detailed listing go to Central Florida Church Directory
or check with the hotel for recommendations and directions.
The basketball fan can cheer on the NBA's Orlando Magic (407-89-MAGIC),
catch an Orlando Predators (407-648-4444) arena football
game or enjoy one of the many Atlanta Braves spring training games.
Just a short drive from the world-class attractions and resorts
of International Drive are some of Florida¹s best beaches ...
Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Canaveral National Seashore, and
Cocoa Beach. Enjoy a day at the beach!
Nature and Eco-Tourism
A beautiful slice of old Florida can be found right in the I-Drive
area. The Rosen Shingle Creek Resort is located a 230-acre site
nestled along Shingle Creek, the headwaters of the legendary Florida
Everglades. The spectacular facility is surrounded by enchanting
flora and wildlife, much of which has been preserved to create a
natural backdrop for this property. Guests may venture out and immerse
themselves in the fantastic Florida surroundings. The hotels
eco-tourism offerings include nature trails for hiking, walking,
and birding, plus fishing by reservation along the legendary Shingle
If you are looking for a chance to spot Florida's plentiful wildlife
and to explore more of natural Florida, consider one of the area's
state parks at http://www.floridastateparks.org.
Blue Spring State Park is located along the St. Johns River
near Orange City. It is winter home to numerous endangered manatees
with temperatures in the spring staying at 72 degrees, creating
a safe haven for the manatee during the cooler months and a cooling
swim for visitors during the summer.
Another option, Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park includes
a wide variety of native wildlife including manatees and a floating
observatory that allows visitors an underwater view of the spring
with its resident manatees and the hundreds of fish in their native
habitat. A Wildlife Walk take s visitors on an elevated boardwalk
through habitats for Florida Black Bears, cougars, bobcats, river
otters, grey fox and red fox and more. Hands-on activities re featured
at the Children's Education Center.
Bird watchers will love the 19 Central Florida stops on the Great
Florida Birding Trail, a 2,000-mile trail designed to conserve
and enhance Florida bird habitat by promoting bird watching and
environmental education. The trail is a collection of 446 sites
throughout Florida. For details and a guide visit www.floridabirdingtrail.com.