in Orlando, FL
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If you’re looking for must-see hidden spots in the area, you’ve come to the right place. We have everything you’re looking for to enjoy the town – whether for a few, fun vacation days or as a new resident. The area is full of quaint little plazas and gardens, and gorgeous cathedrals for a fun-filled afternoon with friends and family.
Among hidden treasures, you will also find important memorials and historic buildings that you won’t want to miss during your outing. Below you’ll find a detailed description of each location, along with their address, phone number, and website, to check out more information. We also have a useful map to easily plan your visit to every spot you want to hit.
Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
633 Osceola Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789 Directions
Discover the renown Czech-born American sculptor Albin Polasek, whose works are on display inside and among the gardens of his former retirement home. Now a living museum, the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens pays homage to this influential artist and educator.
The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens is the preeminent authority on renown Czech-born American sculptor Albin Polasek.
Originally the retirement home of Polasek, the museum and sculpture gardens is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It features more than 200 works by the artist, along with a chapel, an outdoor sculpture garden and a gift shop.
Polasek immigrated to the U.S. as a young woodcarver in 1901, then honed his art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the American Academy of Art in Rome.
He was an influential artist and educator, and was commissioned to create numerous public sculptures both in Europe and America. He also served as the head of the Department of Sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago for 30 years.
The Polasek is considered a living museum, and its outdoor gardens date to 1949. In fact, many of the original plantings were cultivated by Polasek and his family.
Other special areas to explore include the butterfly garden, two water gardens and the cycad collection along the museum's main entrance.
Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
445 N Park Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789 Directions
If you can't get enough of Tiffany glass and art, then The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art is your home away from home. Featuring the most extensive collection of Tiffany pieces in the world, the museum features a spectacular chapel interior originally designed for the World's Fair in Chicago.
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art is a fantastic study of the works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, in addition to 19th and 20th century American decorative arts.
Located in Winter Park, Florida, the museum houses the most extensive collection of Tiffany's works in the world. His pieces include samples of jewelry, pottery, paintings, art glass, leaded-glass windows and lamps. The museum also houses the spectacular chapel interior that the artist designed for the 1893 World's Colombian Exposition in Chicago.
The museum's current location includes galleries created in former bank and office buildings. The Tiffany Chapel exhibition debuted in the museum in 1999.
Now occupying more than 30,000 square feet of space, the Morse Museum of American Art is owned and operated by the Charles Hosmer Morse Foundation.
Farris and Foster's Famous Chocolate Factory
4875 New Broad St
Orlando, FL 32814 Directions
You can pull an I Love Lucy or a Curious George at Farris and Foster's Famous Chocolate Factory, where guests create their own chocolates. Or select from the gourmet treats already on hand, like the Marshmallow Puff Daddy, Oreo Speedwagon or Billy Graham Cracker.
14501 S Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32837 Directions
If you've ever dreamed about wrasslin' gators, this is your chance to watch it up close. At Gatorland, you'll see plenty of gators and crocs, an aviary, breeding marsh and petting zoo, as well as the infamous Gator Wrestlin' Show and other attractions.
Bring on the gators! At Gatorland, you're never far from the snapping jaws of these incredible reptiles.
Known as the Alligator Capital of the World, Gatorland is home to thousands of alligators and crocodiles. There's also plenty of interactive fun with a petting zoo, swamp walk and reptile shows.
The art of alligator wrestling is a huge draw here, where crowds can safely watch from the observation tower.
A new feature at Gatorland is the Gator Gully Splash Park. More than ¼ acre of water fun awaits guests, providing the perfect chance to cool off during those hot Florida afternoons. Fun features at the water park include dueling water guns mounted on two giant gator rides, a tame dash-n-spray for the little ones, and a water-play fountain perfect for kids (and grown-ups) of all ages.
Gatorland is a 110-acre theme park founded in 1949, and is the perfect getaway for families large and small.
7081 Grand National Dr
Orlando, FL 32819 Directions
Take the trolley and tour Orlando's International Drive without the hassle of driving and parking. Just hop on and off the I-RIDE Trolley as you visit all the attractions along the main drag. Pay one price and ride all day.
Jack Kerouac Project
1418 Clouser Ave
Orlando, FL 32804 Directions
Tour the 1950s-era house where Jack Kerouac wrote his ground-breaking novel, "The Dharma Bums." The beat-generation author lived here with his mother when his first novel, "On The Road," began to garner acclaim from critics and fans. The house has been restored and welcomes visitors; it also hosts a yearly Writer in Residence project.
Rock & Roll Heaven
1814 N Orange Ave
Orlando, FL 32804 Directions
Take a trip to Rock & Roll Heaven, Orlando's largest independently owned music store. This throwback retailer will have you reliving your musical roots, whether your thing is punk, rock, ska, metal, rap, indie or disco. Browse through a colossal collection of vinyl records, CDs, DVDs, cassettes, VHS tapes, laser discs and more.
Showcase of Citrus
5010 US Highway 27
Clermont, FL 34714 Directions
Pick your very own oranges right from the trees at Showcase of Citrus. More than 50 varieties of sweet, succulent oranges await. Spread out a blanket for a picnic outdoors or go for a thrilling swamp buggy ride and eco tour.
Wells' Built Museum
511 W South St
Orlando, FL 32805 Directions
Artifacts, photographs, multimedia presentations, slave records, books and more all serve to tell the story and history of African Americans in the Florida area. The items chronicle the civil rights era and events leading up to it, and all are on display at the Wells' Built Museum.
The Wells' Built Museum displays African-American memorabilia from Orlando's community and chronicles the civil rights movement in Orlando, in addition to displaying African American art on loan from area collectors.
Dr. William M. Wells was a well-regarded African-American physician in Orlando who created the South Street Casino to host touring black bands. Next to the casino, he opened the Wells' Built Hotel, where musical icons like Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, Ivory Joe Hunter, and many other musical greats stayed.
The hotel was eventually converted into the Wells' Built Museum, to preserve an important era in Orlando's history. The home of Dr. Wells has been moved to the casino site, and has been restored and opened for tours.
The museum features more than 6,000 square feet of exhibit space that include artifacts, photographs, multimedia presentations, slave records, books and other intriguing pieces.
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