Tag: Kissimmee Florida

Kissimmee, Florida

A- Overview:

In Kissimmee, visitors can catch a glimpse of Florida as it was during the past two centuries. The rail station is a “newcomer”, by those standards. It still has the look and feel of a depot of the 1920s. It is well served daily by Amtrak, and is a popular and convenient choice as a point of arrival and departure to the Disney area.

Landscaping and renovations preserve the historic downtown district of this small Florida town. Old Town, just east of I-4 on US 192, features 75 specialty shops as well as restaurants and amusement rides in a turn of the 20th century setting. Hundreds of classic cars cruise the Old Town streets every Friday and Saturday night.

Kissimmee hosts the Houston Astros every March for spring training in the Osceola County Stadium and Sports Complex. The arena in Osceola Heritage Park is the site of the Silver Spurs Rodeo and other sporting events.

Welcome to the most magical place on Earth. When Walt Disney was asked, “when will it be finished”, he replied, “as long as there is imagination ….never”. This true visionary who embraced the childlike qualities in all of us, transformed this once cattle and citrus community into the most visited site on the planet. Best of all, Kissimmee enjoys year round mild weather.

What most visitors planning a Florida vacation think of as Orlando actually includes Kissimmee and Lake Buena Vista as well. If you are one of the lucky millions of people who will visit this fabulous “world”, get ready to have the ride of your life. It has been said that if you were to visit every attraction in the area, by the time you finished, a new one will have been built.

Visitors from around the world flock to this destination to experience the magic that is not only Disney in the form of Animal Kingdom, Epcot, MGM Studios, and the park that started it all–the Magic Kingdom, but Universal Studios and SeaWorld, just to name a few. Of course, Downtown Disney, a host of water parks, and Pleasure Island, golf courses, a racetrack and restaurants are all included.

There is no shortage of things to do in and around Kissimmee. While the Disney World Resort is a must see, Sea World, Wet ‘n Wild, and Universal are within an easy drive. There are also a host of other attractions, fine food, museums, theatre, and virtually anything you can imagine within a 30 minute drive.

Dinner theaters provide a unique form of entertainment. There are a variety of venues including a Pirate adventure, Medieval Times, Arabian Nights, (complete with Lipizzaner horses), a Dixie Stampede, and even a Sleuths’ Mystery. What a great way to relax and unwind after an invigorating day at the parks.

At every Disney attraction, there is an opportunity to see the world through a child’s eyes. That look of amazement each and every time a Disney character makes an appearance or a child takes that exciting ride for their first time, is an experience to remember and to cherish. The wonders of Orlando, Lake Buena Vista, and Kissimmee are magical, and in these enchanting places, everyone gets to be young and carefree.

B- City Information:
Population: 47,814

Elevation: 70 Feet Above Sea Level

Land Area: 16.7 Square Miles

Location: Kissimmee is located in the central part of Florida. It is located 77 miles east of Tampa, 220 Miles northwest of Miami and 162 miles southwest of Jacksonville. Major interstates–I-95, I-75, and I-10–provide access into Florida from the north, with connections directly into the area via I-4, the Florida Turnpike, and US 192. I-75, I-95, and the Florida Turnpike provide quick access from south Florida.

Time Zone: Kissimmee is located in the Eastern Time Zone (when it’s noon in Kissimmee, it’s 11:00am in Chicago and 9:00am in Los Angeles). Kissimmee observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October.

Weather:

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Average temp. (°F)
59.8
61.1
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80.4
74.5
67.7
61.7

High temperature (°F)
71.6
73.2
77.5
81.8
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90.2
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78.8
73.1

Low temperature (°F)
47.8
48.8
53.3
58.2
64.4
70.4
71.9
72.3
71.1
64.5
56.7
50.1

Precipitation (in)
2.4
2.7
3.3
2.0
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6.1
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Climate:

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9
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Wind speed (mph)
9.0
9.6
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Morning humidity (%)
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Afternoon humidity (%)
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Sunshine (%)
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Days clear of clouds
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Partly cloudy days
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Cloudy days
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9
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12

Snowfall (in)
0.0
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Local Seasons:

Snow Days – None!!!!

Kissimmee enjoys a year round warm climate. The winter is popular with many tourists as the temperatures average in the low-mid 60’s F, making it the perfect time to enjoy the numerous sites and attractions which make this a number 1 tourist area. In the spring, fall and winter, it is usually less crowded with the exception of spring break and when large convention groups are in town. Summer is the season for Kissimmee as a result of children being off from school. This includes not only visitors from the United States but worldwide as well. Summer can also be very warm and humid, so be sure to dress accordingly. Shorts are acceptable wear at all of the major attractions and most restaurants. It is also the perfect time to enjoy one of the numerous water theme parks. Jump in and cool off, the water’s fine!

How to Get There:

By Air:

Orlando International Airport

407/825-2001

Offers direct or nonstop service from 60 U.S. cities and two dozen international destinations, serving more than 30 million passengers on the average annually. All major car-rental companies are located at or near the airport.

Airport Transportation

Orlando International is 25 miles east of Walt Disney World and 20 miles south of downtown. At rush hour (7-9am and 4-6pm), the drive can be a torturous hour or more; at other times, it’s about 30 to 40 minutes.

Mears Transportation Group

407-423-5566

Has vans that shuttle passengers from the airport (you catch them at ground level) to Disney resorts and official hotels, as well as most other Orlando properties. Their air-conditioned vehicles operate around the clock, departing every 15 to 25 minutes in either direction. Rates vary by destination.

Driving to Walt Disney World

To get from the airport to the attractions, take the North exit out of the airport to Highway 528 West. Follow signs to I-4; it takes about 30 to 40 minutes to get to Walt Disney World if the traffic isn’t too heavy (double or worse in rush hour or when there’s an accident). When you get to I-4, follow the signs west toward the attractions.

An Alternative: Orlando Sanford International Airport

407-585-4000

Is much smaller than the main airport, but it has grown a bit in recent years. The airport has most of the major car rental desks on site. Mears Transportation shuttles also serve it.

Kissimmee Gateway Airport

301 N. Dyer Blvd., Suite 101
Kissimmee, FL 34741
407-847-4600

Located near Orlando, just eight miles from Walt Disney World and ten miles from the Orlando-Orange County Convention center, Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM) accommodates general aviation air service 24 hours a day with two paved airport runways, 5,000 and 6,000 feet. The airport is owned and operated by the City of Kissimmee and its air traffic control tower operates from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

By Car:

Driving here is easy, too! Major interstates–I-95, I-75, and I-10–provide access into Florida from the north, with connections directly into the area via I-4, the Florida Turnpike, and US 192. I-75, I-95, and the Florida Turnpike provide quick access from south Florida.

Heavy traffic and numerous crisscrossing highways make driving in the Orlando area challenging. Be sure to arm yourself with a good map and avoid traveling during rush hours—7-9 am and 4-6 pm—particularly on I-4 north from downtown. The area’s most traveled highway, I-4 runs southwest to Tampa and northeast to Daytona Beach. (Official signs say “West” or “East.”) I-4 provides access to almost any part of the city and its suburbs.

By Bus:

Greyhound Bus Terminal
103 East Dakin Avenue
Kissimmee, FL 34741

407-847-3911

By Train:

Amtrak
111 Dakin St.
Kissimmee, FL 34741

407-425-9411or 800-872-7245

Getting Around:

Most of the area’s east-west highways are toll roads: The Bee Line Expressway skirts the airport on the north, and the East-West Expressway (or Highway 408) passes south of downtown. The Bee Line is the best bet for traveling to Port Canaveral, Kennedy Space Center or Cocoa Beach.

Between the airport and attractions, use I-4 and its connection with the Bee Line Expressway to save time and

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Kissimmee

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

6225 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway

Kissimmee, FL 34747
407-239-9223

Open daily, call for show times

Admission Charged

Arabian Nights, voted the #1 dinner show in Orlando, Florida, features a magical tale of romance, adventure and excitement. More than 60 of the world’s most beautiful horses and 30 dazzling performers combine with special effects, thrilling music and incredible stunts to create a unique and spectacular Broadway-style production. Savor a three-course prime rib, grilled chicken breast or vegetable lasagna dinner served with unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks.

Flying Tigers Warbird Restoration Museum

231 N. Hoagland Boulevard

Kissimmee, FL 34741
407-933-1942

Open year round, Monday – Friday. Call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

A working restoration facility and aviation museum that allows visitors to see, smell and touch the history many have only heard about. Tour the restoration projects with knowledgeable guides. Dozens of WWII and vintage airplanes on display; as well as memorabilia, armament displays, and gift shop. Warbird Flights available adjacent to the Museum.

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

4510 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway

Kissimmee, FL 34746
407-396-1518

Open year round, call for show times

Admission Charged

Medieval Times is more than a dinner attraction – it’s a window in time where the glory, chivalry, valor and honor of old burst to life in thrilling authentic tournament action. While guests enjoy a medieval banquet six brave knights compete in games of skill astride magnificent Andalusian stallions. Lances splinter against shields of steel, broad swords spark and a champion emerges, to the cheers of the enthusiastic crowd. Voted “Best Dinner Show” by the readers of Florida Living Magazine.

Old Town

5770 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway

Kissimmee, FL 34746
407-396-4888

Open daily 10am-11pm.

Charge for Rides

Come stroll along the brick-lined streets of Old Town Boulevard capturing the imagination and heart of the 50’s and 60’s. This 10 acre open-air shopping, dining, and entertainment attraction features over 75 specialty shops, 8 delicious restaurants, 18 thrilling amusement rides, and The Saturday Nite Car Cruise, America’s largest weekly car cruise showcasing over 300 pre-1973 classic cars cruising down the brick streets of Old Town.

Atlanta Braves

700 Victory Way

Kissimmee, FL 34747
407-939-GAME

Call for schedule

Admission Charged

Major League Baseball Spring Training site. Located at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.

Houston Astros

1000 Bill Beck Boulevard

Kissimmee, FL 34744
321-697-3200

Call for schedule

Major League Baseball spring training site for the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium.

Boggy Creek Airboat Rides East

3702 Big Bass Road

Kissimmee, FL 34744
407-344-9550

Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Florida’s Ultimate Scenic Airboat Ride minutes from Orlando attractions. Learn more about the Headwaters to the Everglades on a safe and modern U.S. Coast Guard approved airboat & Master Captains. Continuous half-hour educational tours viewing area wildlife, including the Florida Alligator. 1 Hour Night Tours available. Parasail, Restaurant & Gift Shop. Closest Airboat Ride from Orlando Attractions.

Lake Buena Vista and Disney

Blizzard Beach

Walt Disney World Resort

Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-934-7639

Days of operation and hours vary, call for exact information.

Admission Charged

Ski Disney. Whether it’s bobsledding down the “snowy” slopes of Mt. Gushmore or plunging straight down Summit Plummet at 55 mph, Walt Disney World guests get all the spine-chilling thrills of a northern ski resort! The 66-acre Blizzard Beach water adventure park is all part of a “zany” combination — a water park with the atmosphere and excitement of a major ski resort in the midst of sunny Florida.

Disney – Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World Resort

Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-W-DISNEY

Open daily, call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

A whimsical place where storybook fantasy becomes everyday reality. Journey through seven themed lands incorporating more than forty attractions. NEW: Disney music meets Disney magic in the new 3-D “sym-funny”, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, starring Mickey, Donald and their friends. Gather most evenings for the “Wishes” nighttime spectacular.

Disney – MGM Studios

Walt Disney World Resort

Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-824-4321

Open daily, call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

Come take center stage as the star of your own adventure at Disney-MGM Studios. The world of showbiz comes alive, from rock ‘n’ roll fantasy to Broadway-style stage spectaculars; from the silver screen to the TV screen to behind the scenes. That’s entertainment! Attractions include: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Fantasmic, Playhouse Disney, and many live, on stage performances.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Walt Disney World Resort

Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-934-7639

Open daily, call for hours of operation

Wild adventures, thrilling attractions, dinosaurs, Disney characters, and spectacular shows are a winning combination. Walt Disney World Resort’s fourth and largest theme park is 500 Central Florida acres of vast jungles, lush grasslands and rainforests, plus a savannah and dinosaur dig site. The park is home to more than 1,000 animals representing some 250 species.

Downtown Disney

Walt Disney World Resort

Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-939-2648

Call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

The best of big cities with more than 70 shops, restaurants and clubs. Home to Pleasure Island, Cirque du Soleil, House of Blues, Planet Hollywood, World of Disney, Rainforest Cafe and Disney Quest.

Downtown Disney Pleasure Island

Walt Disney World Resort

Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-939-2648

Open daily, call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

Visit an island filled shore-to-shore with spectacular clubs, live entertainment, an Island-wide street party and a New Year’s Eve celebration every night. You’ll find something for everyone: smooth jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, ’70s disco and ’80s favorites, high-tech dance, Top 40 and improv comedy.

Epcot

Walt Disney World Resort

Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-824-4321

Open daily, call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

From world travel to wide-eyed excitement, a day at Epcot will set your spirits soaring. At the new Mission: SPACE attraction, you’ll rocket through space on the most thrilling Disney attraction ever! On Test Track, experience high-speed excitement as you run a test car through its paces. Take a trip around the globe in World Showcase and enjoy the wonders of eleven festive nations. At night, cap it all off with the amazing laser and light spectacular, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

Richard Petty Driving Experience

Walt Disney World Speedway

Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-939-0130

Call for reservations and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Do you have the need for speed? Do you have what it takes? Find out by riding shotgun or driving a 600-horsepower NASCAR style stock car at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando. It truly is the thrill of a lifetime! The sights, the sounds and the power of these race cars is truly amazing.

Typhoon Lagoon

Walt Disney World Resort

Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-934-7396

Open seasonally, call for hours and dates of operation

Admission Charged

Surf Disney! A surfside playground left behind by a “great storm”, Typhoon Lagoon — with its breaking waves and saltwater shark reef — ushers in tropical water adventures for Walt Disney World guests. Located near Downtown Disney West Side, the 56-acre Typhoon Lagoon includes a man-made watershed mountain with eight twisting-and-turning water slides and roaring streams. A two-and-one-half acre wave-making lagoon features surfing-size waves.

Cirque DuSoleil La Nouba

1478 E. Buena Vista Drive

Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-939-7600

Hours: 6pm and 9pm shows Tues.-Sat., call for reservations

Admission Charged

Experience La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil, a mesmerizing live production for the whole family that transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. To see it is unbelievable, to miss it, unthinkable.

Orlando

Blue Water Balloons

566 Buckminster Circle

Orlando, FL 32803
407-894-5040

Call for reservations and additional information

Admission Charged

Sunrise champagne balloon flights over Central Florida. All flights include approximately one-hour flight, traditional champagne celebration picnic with a variety of fruit, pastries, cheese and crackers and of course, champagne with fresh Florida orange juice (non-alcoholic beverages also available). Each passenger receives a souvenir champagne glass and first flight certificate presented by the pilot. All flights are weather permitting. Reservations are required.

Discovery Cove

6000 Discovery Cove Way

Orlando, FL 32821
407-370-1280

Call for reservations, hours, and additional information

Admission Charged

Welcome to a world all its own…Discovery Cove. At this exclusive island oasis you’ll swim with dolphins, snorkel with tropical reef fish, glide with rays and hand-feed exotic birds. Indulge your senses and frolic under majestic waterfalls, float in blue lagoons, relax on sugary white beaches and enjoy a delightful lunch. Attendance is limited at this reservations-only adventure. Discover the feeling of Discovery Cove Orlando.

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show

8251 Vineland Ave.

Orlando, FL 32821
407-238-4455

Call for reservations and additional information

One of Orlando’s most exciting dining and entertainment experience. Dixie Stampede features: magnificent horses; American Buffalo; world-famous racing ostriches and racing pigs; music; singing and dancing; a spectacular patriotic finale written by Dolly; and audience participation. A fabulous four-course feast is served during the show. Beginning in November and continuing through December, Dixie Stampede is transformed into a holiday fantasy with twinkling lights, old-fashioned Christmas costumes and holiday music. Elves from the North and South Poles compete in a friendly rivalry while serving up a festive Christmas feast.

Fun Spot Action Park

5551 Del Verde Way

Orlando, FL 32819
407-363-3867

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Family Fun with 4 unique, multi-level Go-Kart tracks, 7 family and thrill ride, 6 Pre-school Rides, and Orlando’s largest arcade with 120+ games. Free Admission. Free Parking. Great for family reunions, because we have something for all ages. Team Building programs. 5 acres of fenced in Fun. Just off International Drive. Exit 75A off I-4. More Tracks, More Rides and More Fun!

Gatorland

14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail

Orlando, FL 32837

407-855-5496

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Explore your wild side at Orlando’s only theme park with bite & attitude! Get up-close and personal with gators & crocs, birds & bears, emu and parrots, turtles and iguanas and much more at the “Alligator Capital of the World”. Stroll through the 10 acre alligator breeding marsh and ride the Gatorland Express train ride. Enjoy the one-of-a-kind reptilian shows and the laid back atmosphere at Gatorland.

Harry P. Leu Gardens

1920 N. Forest Ave.

Orlando, FL 32803
407-246-2620

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Harry P. Leu Gardens is a 50 acre of botanical wonder five minutes from downtown Orlando. Among the largest camellia collection in Eastern North America, you will find the Leu House Museum listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Winding pathways lead you on a sightseeing expedition of a beautiful oasis in the tropical stream garden, rose garden, butterfly garden, palm garden and the New Home Demonstration Garden.

The Holy Land Experience

4655 Vineland Rd.

Orlando, FL 32811
407-872-2272

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Experience an exciting, living, biblical history museum. Walk the Jerusalem Street Market as it appeared 2000 years ago. The Wilderness Tabernacle recreates the one carried for 40 years by the Jewish people. Visit the Garden Tomb to reflect upon the Savior’s crucifixion, burial and resurrection. Enjoy live dramas at the six-story Herodian Temple. Enter an ancient Byzantine Church to visit The Scriptorium and see the world’s largest private collection of ancient biblical artifacts.

The Mennello Museum of American Folk Art

900 E. Princeton Street

Orlando, FL 32803
407-246-4278

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

The Mennello Museum of American Folk Art is Florida’s only museum dedicated to preserving and exhibiting works created by American folk artists. The Museum houses paintings by self-taught artist, Earl Cunningham, Sybil Gibson, Elijah Pierce and many others. The Museum also hosts traveling exhibitions and has an outdoor sculpture garden.

Orange County Regional History Center

65 E. Central Blvd.

Orlando, FL 32801
407-836-8500

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free

Housed in the restored 1927 Orange County Courthouse, the Orange County Regional History Center combines the charm of Florida’s rich history with the grandeur of the changing metropolis in downtown Orlando. Voted “Best Museum” three years in a row, the History Center has become one of Central Florida’s premiere cultural attractions with interactive children’s programs, evening receptions and events for the entire family.

Orlando Museum of Art

2416 N. Mills Avenue

Orlando, FL 32803
407-896-4231

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Cited by Newsweek as one of the best art museums in the south. The Orlando Museum of Art’s outstanding permanent collections of American art, art of the ancient Americas and African art, world-class temporary exhibitions, interactive gallery activities, educational programs and fascinating Museum Shop appeal to visitors of all ages.

Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

6400 Carrier Drive

Orlando, FL 32819
407-248-0590

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Pirate’s Dinner Adventure is an energetic and adventurous, interactive dinner experience, captivating audiences of all ages. Set sail on the high seas on-board a pirate ship for swashbuckling thrills, combined with the perfect blend of comedy, romance, action and adventure. Enjoy breathtaking feats of aerial agility and spectacular musical talent as you dine on The Port of Call Feast. Pirate’s Dinner Adventure is a bounty of hidden treasure waiting to be explored, truly making it “World’s Most Interactive Dinner Show”.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium

8201 International Drive

Orlando, FL 32819
407-345-0501

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

If you think the building looks crazy, wait until you see what’s inside! Explore an amazing variety of exhibits, artifacts and displays in 16 galleries that pay tribute to the odd, bizarre and unbelievable. Marvel at the collection of weird and unusual relics and rare treasures. Discover that truth is indeed stranger than fiction! Self-guided, self paced tour.

SeaWorld Orlando

7007 SeaWorld Drive

Orlando, FL 32821
407-351-3600

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

There’s no place in the world like SeaWorld® Orlando. Where else can you touch and feed dolphins, count the teeth on a shark and come face-to-face with a polar bear. Challenge Kraken®, Orlando’s only floorless coaster. Don’t miss Journey To Atlantis®, a super-charged water coaster of mythic proportions. And, just try to stay dry when the world famous Shamu comes a splashing! At SeaWorld Orlando, it doesn’t get any closer than this!

Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows

Located on Universal Blvd. – near Universal Studios

Orlando, Florida 32819
407-363-1985

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Enjoy a delicious dinner with unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks while watching a hilarious whodunit with improvisation and audience participation. Mingle with outrageous characters! Observe anything suspicious! Interrogate the suspects! Solve the crime!

Universal CityWalk

6000 Universal Boulevard

Orlando, FL 32819
407-363-8000

Open daily, 1100: am – 2:00am

Admission Charged

Universal CityWalk® is Orlando’s hottest spot for entertainment — a dazzling 30-acre complex where you can experience the best of the best in live music, casual and fine dining, dancing, shopping, movies and more. No matter what kind of entertainment you’re in the mood for, CityWalk® has it all!

Universal Orlando Resort

1000 Universal Studios Plaza

Orlando, FL 32819
407-363-8000

Open daily, call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

Universal Orlando® Resort – the vacation destination with two theme parks that define state-of-the-art entertainment, and non-stop nightlife. Get inside the action of the movies at Universal Studios Florida® and experience the adventure of a lifetime at Universal’s Islands of Adventure®. Enjoy the dining and nightlife of Universal CityWalk.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

1000 Universal Studios Plaza

Orlando, FL 32819
407-363-8000

Open daily, call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

Experience innovative thrills and unexpected adventures at Universal’s Islands of Adventure®, where the world’s most cutting-edge rides, attractions and interactive shows challenge every one of your senses. You’ll take an unforgettable journey through five uniquely themed islands where all your favorite stories, myths, legends, children’s books, cartoons and comic book characters come to life before your eyes.

Wet ‘n Wild

6200 International Drive

Orlando, FL 32819
407-351-1800

Open year round, call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

Experience the world-class rides, quality service and more multi-passenger rides than any other water park in Orlando, and you will see why Wet ‘n Wild is consistently voted America’s number one water park. Drift under rope bridges and past breathtaking waterfalls on the all-new Lazy River or get soaked down a ruptured pipeline on The Blast. Open year-round with pools heated seasonally, Wet ‘n Wild is the perfect place for the entire family to relax, have fun, and soak up the warm Florida sun!

WorkSpring Discovery Center

11221 John Wycliffe Boulevard

Orlando, FL 32832
407-852-3626

Open most days, call for exact days and hours of operation

Admission Free

WordSpring Discovery Center offers you an opportunity to see the world and the Word in a whole new way. Immerse yourself in a living cultural adventure as you explore the history of the Bible; the world’s cultures and languages; and the on-going work of Bible translation. Multimedia presentations, interactive computer simulations, audio dramas, and hands-on activities for all ages.

Orlando Magic

8701 Maitland Summit Boulevard

Orlando, FL. 32810
407-89-MAGIC

Call for schedule

Admission Charged

NBA games held at RDV Sportsplex.

Orlando Miracle

600 W. Amelia Street

Orlando, FL 32801
407-916-WNBA

Call for schedule

Admission Charged

WNBA games held at the Orlando Arena.

Orlando Predators

600 W. Amelia Street

Orlando, FL 32801
407-648-4444

Call for schedule

Admission Charged

Arena football held at the Orlando Arena.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

6225 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway

Kissimmee, FL 34747
407-239-9223

Open daily, call for show times

Admission Charged

Arabian Nights, voted the #1 dinner show in Orlando, Florida, features a magical tale of romance, adventure and excitement. More than 60 of the world’s most beautiful horses and 30 dazzling performers combine with special effects, thrilling music and incredible stunts to create a unique and spectacular Broadway-style production.

Flying Tigers Warbird Restoration Museum

231 N. Hoagland Boulevard

Kissimmee, FL 34741
407-933-1942

Open year round, Monday – Friday. Call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

A working restoration facility and aviation museum that allows visitors to see, smell and touch the history many have only heard about. Tour the restoration projects with knowledgeable guides. Dozens of WWII and vintage airplanes on display; as well as memorabilia, armament displays, and gift shop. Warbird Flights available adjacent to the Museum.

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

4510 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway

Kissimmee, FL 34746
407-396-1518

Open year round, call for show times

Admission Charged

Medieval Times is more than a dinner attraction – it’s a window in time where the glory, chivalry, valor and honor of old burst to life in thrilling authentic tournament action. While guests enjoy a medieval banquet six brave knights compete in games of skill astride magnificent Andalusian stallions. Lances splinter against shields of steel, broad swords spark and a champion emerges, to the cheers of the enthusiastic crowd. Voted “Best Dinner Show” by the readers of Florida Living Magazine.

Old Town

5770 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway

Kissimmee, FL 34746
407-396-4888

Open daily 10am-11pm.

Charge for Rides

Come stroll along the brick-lined streets of Old Town Boulevard capturing the imagination and heart of the 50’s and 60’s. This 10 acre open-air shopping, dining, and entertainment attraction features over 75 specialty shops, 8 delicious restaurants, 18 thrilling amusement rides, and The Saturday Nite Car Cruise, America’s largest weekly car cruise showcasing over 300 pre-1973 classic cars cruising down the brick streets of Old Town.

Water Mania

6073 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway

Kissimmee, FL 34747
407-396-2626

Open daily, closed November through February. Call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

Water Mania, Florida’s Water Theme Park where you can enjoy a spectacular wet day of fun at an affordable price. With over 36 fun acres of wild raft rides, stimulating slides, twisting flumes, kiddie pools, volleyball courts and a 3-acre wooded picnic area. Challenge the mystifying heights of the New RainRock Mountain and the waterfall rock climbing wall.

Atlanta Braves

700 Victory Way

Kissimmee, FL 34747
407-939-GAME

Call for schedule

Admission Charged

Major League Baseball Spring Training site. Located at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.

Lake Buena Vista and Orlando

Discovery Cove

6000 Discovery Cove Way

Orlando, FL 32821
407-370-1280

Call for reservations, hours, and additional information

Admission Charged

Welcome to a world all its own…Discovery Cove. At this exclusive island oasis you’ll swim with dolphins, snorkel with tropical reef fish, glide with rays and hand-feed exotic birds. Indulge your senses and frolic under majestic waterfalls, float in blue lagoons, relax on sugary white beaches and enjoy a delightful lunch. Attendance is limited at this reservations-only adventure. Discover the feeling of Discovery Cove Orlando.

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show

8251 Vineland Ave.

Orlando, FL 32821
407-238-4455

Call for reservations and additional information

One of Orlando’s most exciting dining and entertainment experience. Dixie Stampede features: magnificent horses; American Buffalo; world-famous racing ostriches and racing pigs; music; singing and dancing; a spectacular patriotic finale written by Dolly; and audience participation. A fabulous four-course feast is served during the show. Beginning in November and continuing through December, Dixie Stampede is transformed into a holiday fantasy with twinkling lights, old-fashioned Christmas costumes and holiday music. Elves from the North and South Poles compete in a friendly rivalry while serving up a festive Christmas feast.

Fun Spot Action Park

5551 Del Verde Way

Orlando, FL 32819
407-363-3867

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Family Fun with 4 unique, multi-level Go-Kart tracks, 7 family and thrill ride, 6 Pre-school Rides, and Orlando’s largest arcade with 120+ games. Free Admission. Free Parking. Great for family reunions, because we have something for all ages. Team Building programs. 5 acres of fenced in Fun. Just off International Drive. Exit 75A off I-4. More Tracks, More Rides and More Fun!

The Hold Land Experience

4655 Vineland Rd.

Orlando, FL 32811
407-872-2272

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Experience an exciting, living, biblical history museum. Walk the Jerusalem Street Market as it appeared 2000 years ago. The Wilderness Tabernacle recreates the one carried for 40 years by the Jewish people. Visit the Garden Tomb to reflect upon the Savior’s crucifixion, burial and resurrection. Enjoy live dramas at the six-story Herodian Temple. Enter an ancient Byzantine Church to visit The Scriptorium and see the world’s largest private collection of ancient biblical artifacts.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium

8201 International Drive

Orlando, FL 32819
407-345-0501

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

If you think our building looks crazy, wait until you see what’s inside! Explore an amazing variety of exhibits, artifacts and displays in 16 galleries that pay tribute to the odd, bizarre and unbelievable. Marvel at our collection of weird and unusual relics and rare treasures. Discover that truth is indeed stranger than fiction! Self-guided, self paced tour.

SeaWorld Orlando

7007 SeaWorld Drive

Orlando, FL 32821
407-351-3600

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

There’s no place in the world like SeaWorld® Orlando. Where else can you touch and feed dolphins, count the teeth on a shark and come face-to-face with a polar bear. Challenge Kraken®, Orlando’s only floorless coaster. Don’t miss Journey To Atlantis, a super-charged water coaster of mythic proportions. Just try to stay dry when the world famous Shamu comes splashing!

Universal Orlando Resort

1000 Universal Studios Plaza

Orlando, FL 32819
407-363-8000

Open daily, call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

Universal Orlando Resort – the vacation destination with two theme parks that define state-of-the-art entertainment, and non-stop nightlife. Get inside the action of the movies at Universal Studios Florida and experience the adventure of a lifetime at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Enjoy the dining and nightlife of Universal CityWalk.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

1000 Universal Studios Plaza

Orlando, FL 32819
407-363-8000

Open daily, call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

Experience innovative thrills and unexpected adventures at Universal’s Islands of Adventure®, where the world’s most cutting-edge rides, attractions and interactive shows challenge every one of your senses. You’ll take an unforgettable journey through five uniquely themed islands where all your favorite stories, myths, legends, children’s books, cartoons and comic book characters come to life before your eyes.

Wet ‘n Wild

6200 International Drive

Orlando, FL 32819
407-351-1800

Open year round, call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

Experience the world-class rides, quality service and more multi-passenger rides than any other water park in Orlando, and you will see why Wet ‘n Wild is consistently voted America’s number one water park. Drift under rope bridges and past breathtaking waterfalls on the all-new Lazy River or get soaked down a ruptured pipeline on The Blast. Open year-round with pools heated seasonally, Wet ‘n Wild is the perfect place for the entire family to relax, have fun, and soak up the warm Florida sun!

Disney and Lake Buena Vista

Blizzard Beach

Walt Disney World Resort

Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-934-7639

Days of operation and hours vary, call for exact information

Admission Charged

Ski Disney. Whether it’s bobsledding down the “snowy” slopes of Mt. Gushmore or plunging straight down Summit Plummet at 55 mph, Walt Disney World guests get all the spine-chilling thrills of a northern ski resort! The 66-acre Blizzard Beach water adventure park is all part of a “zany” combination — a water park with the atmosphere and excitement of a major ski resort in the midst of sunny Florida.

Disney – Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World Resort

Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-W-DISNEY

Open daily, call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

A whimsical place where storybook fantasy becomes everyday reality. Journey through seven themed lands incorporating more than forty attractions. NEW: Disney music meets Disney magic in the new 3-D “sym-funny”, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, starring Mickey, Donald and their friends. Gather most evenings for the “Wishes” nighttime spectacular.

Disney – MGM Studios

Walt Disney World Resort

Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-824-4321

Open daily, call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

Come take center stage as the star of your own adventure at Disney-MGM Studios. The world of showbiz comes alive, from rock ‘n’ roll fantasy to Broadway-style stage spectaculars; from the silver screen to the TV screen to behind the scenes. That’s entertainment! Attractions include: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Fantasmic, Playhouse Disney, and many live, on stage performances.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Walt Disney World Resort

Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-934-7639

Open daily, call for hours of operation

Wild adventures, thrilling attractions, dinosaurs, Disney characters, and spectacular shows are a winning combination. Walt Disney World Resort’s fourth and largest theme park is 500 Central Florida acres of vast jungles, lush grasslands and rainforests, plus a savannah and dinosaur dig site. The park is home to more than 1,000 animals representing some 250 species.

Downtown Disney

Walt Disney World Resort

Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-939-2648

Call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

The best of big cities with more than 70 shops, restaurants and clubs. Home to Pleasure Island, Cirque du Soleil, House of Blues, Planet Hollywood, World of Disney, Rainforest Cafe and Disney Quest.

Downtown Disney Pleasure Island

Walt Disney World Resort

Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-939-2648

Open daily, call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

Visit an island filled shore-to-shore with spectacular clubs, live entertainment, an Island-wide street party and a New Year’s Eve celebration every night. You’ll find something for everyone: smooth jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, ’70s disco and ’80s favorites, high-tech dance, Top 40 and improv comedy.

Epcot

Walt Disney World Resort

Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-824-4321

Open daily, call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

From world travel to wide-eyed excitement, a day at Epcot will set your spirits soaring. At the new Mission: SPACE attraction, you’ll rocket through space on the most thrilling Disney attraction ever! On Test Track, experience high-speed excitement as you run a test car through its paces. Take a trip around the globe in World Showcase and enjoy the wonders of eleven festive nations. At night, cap it all off with the amazing laser and light spectacular, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

Richard Petty Driving Experience

Walt Disney World Speedway

Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-939-0130

Call for reservations and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Do you have the need for speed? Do you have what it takes? Find out by riding shotgun or driving a 600-horsepower NASCAR style stock car at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando. It truly is the thrill of a lifetime! The sights, the sounds and the power of these race cars is truly amazing.

Typhoon Lagoon

Walt Disney World Resort

Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-934-7396

Open seasonally, call for hours and dates of operation

Admission Charged

Surf Disney! A surfside playground left behind by a “great storm”, Typhoon Lagoon — with its breaking waves and saltwater shark reef — ushers in tropical water adventures for Walt Disney World guests. Located near Downtown Disney West Side, the 56-acre Typhoon Lagoon includes a man-made watershed mountain with eight twisting-and-turning water slides and roaring streams. A two-and-one-half acre wave-making lagoon features surfing-size waves.

Cirque DuSoleil La Nouba

1478 E. Buena Vista Drive

Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-939-7600

Hours: 6pm and 9pm shows Tues.-Sat., call for reservations

Admission Charged

Experience La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil, a mesmerizing live production for the whole family that transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. To see it is unbelievable, to miss it, unthinkable.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

January

January 1-Florida Citrus Bowl

Top college teams from the Southeastern Conference and the Big Ten Conference compete at Citrus Bowl Stadium.

1610 W. Church St.

407-423-2476.

First Thursdays

Themed exhibits by local artists, live music by local bands and DJs, and refreshments at one of the best art museums in the southern U.S. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave. For information,

Call 407-896-4231

Throughout January—Orlando-UCS Shakespeare Festival

Professional actors perform plays by Shakespeare and other playwrights.

Margeson and Goldman Theaters, Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St. and the Lake Eola Amphitheater, downtown.

For information call 407-447-1700 Continues through late April

Throughout January—Dance

The Orlando Ballet (formerly the Southern Ballet Theatre) performs several productions each year at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St.

For information, call 407-426-1733

Throughout January—NBA Basketball

The Orlando Magic play regular-season home games at the TD Waterhouse Centre, 600 W. Amelia St.

For information, call 407-916-2400. Season continues through mid April

Throughout January—Opera

The Orlando Opera holds regular concerts at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St.

For information, call 407-426-1700, or toll-free 800-336-7372. Continues through mid April

Throughout January—Concert

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s season includes classical and pops concerts and performances by small chamber ensembles and soloists. Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St., and Margeson Theater, Symphony Square, 812 E. Rollins St.

For information, call 407-896-6700. Continues through mid May

February

First Thursdays

Themed exhibits by local artists, live music by local bands and DJs, and refreshments at one of the best art museums in the southern U.S. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.

For information, call 407-896-4231

Throughout February—Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival. Professional actors perform plays by Shakespeare and other playwrights. Margeson and Goldman Theaters, Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St. and the Lake Eola Amphitheater, downtown.

For information, call 407-447-1700. Continues through late April

Throughout February—Art Exhibit

Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.

407-896-4231. Continues through June

Throughout February—Dance. The Orlando Ballet (formerly the Southern Ballet Theatre) performs several productions each year at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St.

For information, call 407-426-1733. Continues through late May

Throughout February—Concert. The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s season includes classical and pops concerts and performances by small chamber ensembles and soloists. Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St., and Margeson Theater, Symphony Square, 812 E. Rollins St.

For information, call 407-896-6700. Continues through mid May

Throughout February—Opera. The Orlando Opera holds regular concerts at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St.

For information, call 407-426-1700, or toll-free 800-336-7372. Continues through mid April

Throughout February—NBA Basketball. The Orlando Magic play regular-season home games at the TD Waterhouse Centre, 600 W. Amelia St.

For information, call 407-916-2400. Season continues through mid April

March

First Thursdays. Themed exhibits by local artists, live music by local bands and DJs, and refreshments at one of the best art museums in the southern U.S. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.

For information, call 407-896-4231

Throughout March—Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival.

Professional actors perform plays by Shakespeare and other playwrights. Margeson and Goldman Theaters, Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St. and the Lake Eola Amphitheater, downtown.

For information, call 407-447-1700. Continues through late April

Throughout March—Concert. The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s season includes classical and pops concerts and performances by small chamber ensembles and soloists. Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St., and Margeson Theater, Symphony Square, 812 E. Rollins St.

For information, call 407-896-6700. Continues through mid May

Throughout March—Art Exhibit.

Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.

407-896-4231. Continues through June

Throughout March—Opera. The Orlando Opera holds regular concerts at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St.

For information, call 407-426-1700, or toll-free 800-336-7372. Continues through mid April

Throughout March—Dance. The Orlando Ballet (formerly the Southern Ballet Theatre) performs several productions each year at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St. For information, call 407-426-1733.

For information, call 407-426-1739, Continues through late May

Throughout March—NBA Basketball

The Orlando Magic play regular-season home games at the TD Waterhouse Centre, 600 W. Amelia St.

For information, call 407-916-2400. Season continues through mid April

April

First Thursdays. Themed exhibits by local artists, live music by local bands and DJs, and refreshments at one of the best art museums in the southern U.S. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.

For information, call 407-896-4231

NBA Basketball. The Orlando Magic play regular-season home games at the TD Waterhouse Centre, 600 W. Amelia St.

For information, call 407-916-2400. Season concludes mid April

Early-Mid April—Opera. The Orlando Opera holds regular concerts at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St.

For information, call 407-426-1700, or toll-free 800-336-7372. Concludes mid April

Throughout April—Art Exhibit.

Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.

407-896-4231. Continues through June

Throughout April—Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival

Professional actors perform plays by Shakespeare and other playwrights. Margeson and Goldman Theaters, Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St. and the Lake Eola Amphitheater, downtown.

For information, call 407-447-1700. Concludes late April

Throughout April—Dance. The Orlando Ballet (formerly the Southern Ballet Theatre) performs several productions each year at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St.

For information, call 407-426-1733. Continues through late May

Throughout April—Concert. The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s season includes classical and pops concerts and performances by small chamber ensembles and soloists. Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St., and Margeson Theater, Symphony Square, 812 E. Rollins St.

For information, call 407-896-6700. Continues through mid May

May

Early-Mid May—Concert. The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s season includes classical and pops concerts and performances by small chamber ensembles and soloists. Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St., and Margeson Theater, Symphony Square, 812 E. Rollins St. For information, call 407-896-6700. Concludes mid May

First Thursdays. Themed exhibits by local artists, live music by local bands and DJs, and refreshments at one of the best art museums in the southern U.S. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.

For information, call 407-896-4231

Throughout May—Dance. The Orlando Ballet (formerly the Southern Ballet Theatre) performs several productions each year at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St.

For information, call 407-426-1733. Concludes late May

Throughout May—Art Exhibit.

Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.

407-896-4231. Continues through June

June

Art Exhibit

Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.

407-896-4231

First Thursdays

Themed exhibits by local artists, live music by local bands and DJs, and refreshments at one of the best art museums in the southern U.S. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.

For information, call 407-896-4231

July

Independence Day

Lake Eola’s annual Fourth of July celebration includes games, entertainment and, of course, fireworks.

For information, call 407-246-2287 or 407-246-2827.

First Thursdays

Themed exhibits by local artists, live music by local bands and DJs, and refreshments at one of the best art museums in the southern U.S. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.

For information, call 407-896-4231

August

First Thursdays

Themed exhibits by local artists, live music by local bands and DJs, and refreshments at one of the best art museums in the southern U.S. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.

For information, call 407-896-4231

Numerous dates in August
Best of Florida Festival

Thousands of brightly hued caladiums and coleus fill the glass atrium at Gaylord Palms & Convention Center during this celebration of Florida flora. Gardening seminars, tours, sand sculptures, food and entertainment.

For more information, call 407-586-2000. Continues through early September

September

Best of Florida Festival

Thousands of brightly hued caladiums and coleus fill the glass atrium at Gaylord Palms & Convention Center during this celebration of Florida flora. Gardening seminars, tours, sand sculptures, food and entertainment.

For more information, call 407-586-2000

First Thursdays

Themed exhibits by local artists, live music by local bands and DJs, and refreshments at one of the best art museums in the southern U.S. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.

For information, call 407-896-4231

Art Exhibit

Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.

Phone 407-896-4231

October

Mid-Late October—Concert. The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s season includes classical and pops concerts and performances by small chamber ensembles and soloists. Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St., and Margeson Theater, Symphony Square, 812 E. Rollins St.

For information, call 407-896-6700

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Visitors sample tastes from more than 30 countries and regions in 25 marketplaces. Highlights include wine and cooking demonstrations, the Eat to the Beat concert series and interactive exhibits.

Epcot Center, Disney World

407-939-6244

First Thursdays

Themed exhibits by local artists, live music by local bands and DJs, and refreshments at one of the best art museums in the southern U.S.

Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.

For information, call 407-896-4231

Silver Spurs Rodeo

The largest rodeo east of the Mississippi draws top bull riders, cowboys and other entertainment. Silver Spurs Arena, Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spurs Lane, Kissimmee (22.5 mi/36 km south of Orlando).

For information, call 407-677-6336.

Golf

Top professional golfers and amateurs compete in the FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World. Disney’s Magnolia and Palm Courses, Lake Buena Vista (18 mi/29 km south of Orlando).

For information, call 407-824-2250.

Late October—NBA Basketball

The Orlando Magic play regular-season home games at the TD Waterhouse Centre, 600 W. Amelia St.

For information, call 407-916-2400. Season continues through mid April 2005

Early-Late October—Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival

Professional actors perform plays by Shakespeare and other playwrights. Margeson and Goldman Theaters, Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St. and the Lake Eola Amphitheater, downtown.

For information, call 407-447-1700. Continues through late April

Early-Late October—Dance

The Orlando Ballet (formerly the Southern Ballet Theatre) performs several productions each year at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St.

For information, call 407-426-1733. Continues through late May

November

Early November—Fall Fiesta in the Park

More than 500 booths showcase regional arts and crafts.

Lake Eola Park, North Rosalind Avenue and East Washington Street.

For more information, call 407-246-2827

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Visitors sample tastes from more than 30 countries and regions in 25 marketplaces. Highlights include wine and cooking demonstrations, the Eat to the Beat concert series and interactive exhibits. Epcot Center, Disney World.

407-939-6244

First Thursdays

Themed exhibits by local artists, live music by local bands and DJs, and refreshments at one of the best art museums in the southern U.S. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.

For information, call 407-896-4231

Veterans Day

Public holiday. Approximately 75 units participate in a parade to honor veterans and active-duty military personnel. Lake Eola Park, Rosalind and Washington streets.

For information, call 407-246-2827

Osceola Art Festival. Kissimmee hosts this annual art festival featuring exhibits by local, student and national artists. Downtown Kissimmee (22.5 mi/36 km south of Orlando).

For more information, call the Osceola Center for the Arts at 407-846-6257.

Mid-Late November—Opera.

The Orlando Opera holds regular concerts at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St.

For information, call 407-426-1700, or toll-free 800-336-7372

NBA Basketball

The Orlando Magic play regular-season home games at the TD Waterhouse Centre, 600 W. Amelia St.

For information, call 407-916-2400. Season continues through mid April 2005

December

First Thursdays

Themed exhibits by local artists, live music by local bands and DJs, and refreshments at one of the best art museums in the southern U.S. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.

For information, call 407-896-4231

Christmas in the Park

The Morse Museum lights up its century-old Tiffany windows to set the stage for a free concert of holiday favorites by the Bach Festival Society choir. Morse Museum of American Art, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park.

407-645-5311 or 407-645-5324