It Ain't All Theme Parks

Tue, January 14, 2020 8:42 AM | Anonymous member

Today's guest blog post comes from Ashley Edwards. Ashley Edwards is a 21+ year resident of Central Florida, and lover of the city of Orlando. He's a connector and blogger. A huge tennis fan (and plays frequently). Is electronica obsessed. An eternally challenged optimist. Digital  world traveler. And Social Media Strategist.

Obviously Orlando is known all over the world for first-class theme parks: Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, and SeaWorld Orlando to name a few (there are a handful of others, did ya know?). But where we think we truly shine is some of the local activities we have to offer residents and out-of-towners alike. If you could only pick a few we’d most definitely recommend:

  • (Harry P.) Leu Gardens. “Leu Gardens” as we residents refer to it, it really quite an amazing treasure. Located in one of our beautiful neighborhoods called Audubon Park, the gardens are breeding ground for stunning flowers and trees, exhibits throughout the year, and monthly “movies in the gardens.” It truly is something to see.

  • A stroll around Park Avenue in Winter Park. “The Avenue” is a must-see for any visitor, packed with shopping, restaurants, coffee shops and bookstores. One of my favorites is a spice store on the north end of the street called The Spice & Tea Exchange – you can find amazing flavors to spruce up your own food, and countless kinds of teas.

  • Explore Mead Botanical Garden. Mead Garden is most definitely a little treasure of ours here in Central Florida. In fact, it’s tucked away in a quaint little neighborhood just on the south tip of Winter Park. In addition to encountering seasonal flowers and plants, there are walking trails to explore the surrounding area, and outdoor pavilions equipped with grills just yearning to be used for a picnic. 

Visit the Orlando Museum of Art. The Orlando Museum is something real special. As with any similar museum there are circulating exhibits, but there’s always something interesting and thought-provoking to view. It’s also a gorgeous space inviting in lots of nature lighting, and the gift shop is pretty special!

I want to tell you what WONDERFUL time I had at the conference. I learned so much and came away with lots of ideas for our organization. -Barb Waddle, The Upside of Downs of Northeast Ohio


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