Think Orlando is just a place for Mickey and his fans? Disney World may be the most popular spot for families visiting this central Florida city, but Orlando also offers many interesting art museums, gardens, cultural performances, and other activities to get your family away from the theme parks and absorbed in culture. Don’t miss these great opportunities to enjoy some art and culture in Orlando with the entire family.
Get Blue, Man
This show is so much more than your average musical. Three bald guys painted and clothed completely in blue don’t talk or sing, but they do play music and put on one of the most entertaining shows in Orlando. The Blue Man Group has its own theater in Universal’s CityWalk. The group started in New York City in 1991, and the show has evolved into a must-see, laughter-filled experience. It’s engaging entertainment for any age group and for speakers of any language.
With collections ranging from African art to contemporary American graphics, the Orlando Museum of Art offers an enlightening diversion from roller coasters. Exhibits include paintings, sculptures, and artifacts with specific themes, collections, and artists varying throughout the year. Not sure if your kids would enjoy an art museum? Check the website for the times and dates of free, family-friendly, docent-led tours.
Support Local Farmers
With free parking and no admission, the Orlando Farmers Market at Lake Eola Park is a relaxing way to spend your Sunday. Browse the vendors, listen to live music, and pick up fresh produce, breads, and prepared ethnic foods for lunch or an afternoon snack. Numerous local crafters and artists are also onsite selling handmade pieces and unique souvenirs. For 30 years, this pet-friendly farmer’s market has been a hot spot for tourists and locals alike.
Escape the Crowds
Located on the banks of Lake Rowena, Harry P. Leu Gardens offers a peaceful respite from the city crowds. This 50-acre botanical garden is split into sections, including bamboo, azaleas, a citrus grove, and a butterfly garden. Learn to identify herbs and vegetables while stopping to smell the roses — along with the magnolias and camellias. Admission includes a tour of a historic home on the property.
Please Your Inner Chocoholic
Prepare for a very sweet afternoon with a visit to the Chocolate Museum & Café. Located on International Drive, this museum teaches you everything you could ever want to know about turning cacao into mouth-watering concoctions. Various chocolate sculptures onsite take the form of well-known landmarks like Mount Rushmore. Be sure to stop in the tasting room to choose your favorite chocolate treat.
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