If you’re planning a trip to the Orlando area or you’re simply looking for some fun things to do besides going to theme parks, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Orlando places to visit.
When most people think of Orlando, they think of the theme parks. But there are so many other cool Orlando places to see and different foods and drinks to indulge in around town. If you’re in the area and are interested in doing some sightseeing beyond the theme park gates, here are a few great local businesses to visit.
1). Wall Crawl
Wall Crawl on Church Street in downtown Orlando is run by husband-and-wife team Joshua and Jeanette Johnson and is high on our list of Orlando places to visit. Joshua – a photographer and entrepreneur – and Jeanette – the founder of J’s Everyday Fashion and co-founder of ethical clothing line Eden & Ivy – traveled the world together, writing and taking pictures. After struggling with inclement weather, crowds, and poor lighting, the Johnsons decided to open Wall Crawl – a cross between a traditional photo studio and an Instagram-lover’s dream.
2). Mathers Social Gathering
A trip to Mathers Social Gathering on Magnolia Ave in Orlando is like stepping back in time. The stylish and sophisticated interior is reminiscent of Orlando places from the late 1800s. Located on the third floor of the Mathers building – a vintage furniture store from the late 1800s – Mathers Social Gathering is a speak-easy style bar that serves up boutique spirits using house-made cordials, bitters, and syrups. Relax in style with a delicious beverage and take in the ambiance.
3). Hanson’s Shoe Repair
Hanson’s Shoe Repair on East Main Street in Orlando is another speak-easy style bar. Acquired by Andrew Hanson in 1894 to house his shoe repair shop complete with Orlando’s first electric sign, it is rumored that the building may be the oldest in downtown Orlando. The bar requires a password to enter, so be sure to know it in advance. Once you gain access, hip bartenders will serve you delicious craft cocktails.
4). Cocktails & Screams
Cocktails & Screams on Pine Street in Orlando is for Halloween lovers. A bar with a “wicked twist,” Cocktails & Screams is one of the only Orlando places that is Halloween themed all year long. Lovers of the spooky holiday can enjoy freaky cocktails such as the Jeckel & Hyde, Frogs Breath, Hocus Pocus, and many more. If you’re feeling brave, stop by on Scary-oke night and sing your heart out. After all, the folks at Cocktails & Screams welcome the dead.
5). The Tea Room Experience
If you’re not a fan of the dark side, perhaps The Tea Room Experience is more your cup of tea. The Tea Room Experience is located at East Church Street in downtown Orlando. Founded in 2016 by a mother-daughter team, The Tea Room Experience is a great way to learn about tea while enjoying delectable finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, and assorted miniature pastries.
6). The Wellborn
The Wellborn is a historic hotel tucked away in downtown Orlando. If you are looking for a charming boutique hotel, look no further. The laid-back style of The Wellborn is a hit among locals and visitors alike. Stop by for some delicious small bites and relax while enjoying a hand-crafted cocktail.
7). Orlando Museum of Art
Take in some culture during your Orlando visit by checking out the Orlando Museum of Art located in downtown Orlando. The museum displays a wide variety of art, and guests can spend hours exploring the exhibits and taking in the beauty. The museum has many great pieces, so you are bound to find something that resonates with you.
If you happen to be in the Orlando area, and you want something to do besides visit the theme parks, be sure to check out one (or all seven) of these amazing places. You won’t be disappointed!
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