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    thornton park

    by doug48 Updated Nov 25, 2006

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    thornton park is an old residental neighborhood just a few blocks east of downtown orlando. many homes and businesses have been renovated in recent years making this area an interesting place to visit. pictured is the wildside bar & grill on the corner of washington & summerlin streets. this small area of orlando has several restaurants, bars, upscale shops, and a bed & breakfast inn. an interesting neighborhood to visit when in downtown orlando.

    wildside grill, thornton park
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    Animal Kingdom Lodge & Resort-WDW

    by TheTravelSlut Updated Jul 17, 2006

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    Go to Animal Kingdom Lodge (during daylight hours) (not the park – the resort) – after you check out the pool area & lobby – go out back and you can view live animals roaming the property. It’s all free! There are three viewing areas and they are on both sides of the lobby—one surrounds the pool area, one is inside the lobby in a sitting area, and the other is outside the lobby down the stairs. The other viewing area is behind the pool and as a special treat, at night there is a guide with night-vision binoculars so that you may view animals roaming the grounds. The “guides” are extremely helpful and from Africa. All Disney employees (they are called cast members) will always answer questions or help you out no matter where you are.

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    Visit the Town of Celebration

    by SmileyLeSa Updated May 6, 2006

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    If you've ever seen the movie Pleasantville, you can picture in your mind what the town of Celebration looks like. It's a small town community where you'll find everything on Market Street, the main road of this town. Market Street contains shops, resturants, a movie theater, post office and library. You'll even see some of the locals riding around in vehicles that look like golf carts as their local mode of transportation. Celebration is a nice little place to stop for some lunch with many options to choose from or you can spend a quite afternoon and grab a cup of coffee.

    Celebration, Florida Map of the Area
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    Richard Petty Driving Experience

    by grandmaR Updated Feb 6, 2006

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    My son who has his CDL really wanted to drive a race car. So he called the Petty number, and set up to go on the Rookie experience. It was 11 am the day he was leaving Orlando. He had to be there in advance to get instruction and suit up.

    Their website says that you need a valid driver's license and the ability to drive a standard transmission plus must have the ability to climb through a 15" high by 30" wide window that sits 36" off the ground. (the car doors don't open) It further indicates:
    All participants are provided a regulation helmet and neck guard. Participants of the driving programs will also be issued a drivers suit and will need to wear socks, closed-toe shoes and clothes that will be comfortable under a drivers suit.

    There were two possible programs. One was a ride-along program for about $89 where you just ride with an actual race driver, and go really fast a couple of times around the track. But the program my son wanted to do was the Rookie Experience - that was about $349.00. In this one, each participant gets into a car by him/herself and an instructor is in a chase car with communication via headset from the instructor to the student. The student gets to drive 8 laps of the 1 mile; 7-10° banking track in this fashion. I think my son went about 125 mph.

    They take your photo with the car (and I took my own of him while they were taking theirs) and then you sit under a tent and are called to the cars one or two at a time. Afterwards they give you a certificate to show that you did it, and also your framed photos.

    My son posing next to a race car People sitting waiting for their awards My son getting his aware Pictures they took Pictures including one of R. Petty
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    Xanadu

    by sarahjayn Written May 1, 2005

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    Orlando is home to the last of the Xanadus -styrofoam "homes of the future" that look like something out of The Smurfs. (Speaking of the Smurfs . . . what was up with there being only one girl Smurf, Smurfette? That was messed up.)
    If the landscape of Central Florida were not so hard to look at already, this Xanadu in its current condition would be considered an "eyesore." It's over-run with weeds and garbage, and the walls are a really grimmey grey colour. It's not pretty. However, it is kindof interesting to take in something so rediculous that was once considered plausible. It's a little like how Woody Allen's character must have felt at first when he woke up in Sleeper. Man, that was a good movie.

    Dude, so it's really made of Styrofoam?

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    "Will's Pub" a relax hang out

    by Marinel Written Apr 14, 2005

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    If you want to catch a local act (band) or perhaps an obscure traveling show from another town this is the place to go.
    They don't have a liquor license but they offer a great selection of beers fron the US and around the world.
    One of my favorite shows seen at this pub was a band named "Sleepytime Gorilla Museum"
    http://www.sleepytimegorillamuseum.com/
    it was bizarre , intense and captivating.. the same way I like my man.. ; )

    The 3 krunked out girls Sam River's Orchestra Character's you may find hanging out at Will's Pub This is what happens when you drink too much!!
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    Men, pamper yourself with a shave

    by shohman Written Feb 27, 2005

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    At least once in his life, every man should treat himself to an old fashioned straight edge razor shave by a barber. Broadway Joe in longwood is quite a character. He sings, drapes you in hot towels, covers your face in lotions and balms and shaves with an artists touch. You will feel like a new man when he is done. $25, and I usually throw in 5 as a tip. Book well in advance.

    my friend, Sean getting the treatment.

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    Florida Pioneer Settlement

    by Michael_D Written Feb 2, 2005

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    The Barberville Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts (CR 3 in Barberville: 386-749-2959) near the intersection of SR 40 and U.S. 17 is the place to get a feel for rural life in the region around the turn of the last century, when Florida was still relatively undeveloped.

    The 25-acre cultural history and education site is a unique historic village is built around the Barberville School, built in 1919. Other historic buildings from neighboring towns that were in danger of being destroyed have been brought to the settlement. Visitors can enjoy seeing a post office, turpentine still, railroad depot, general store, blacksmith shop, church log cabin and other buildings from the late 1800s and early 1900s.

    A Fall Jamboree is held the first weekend each November. Over 22,000 people attended the two-day event last year, which featured folkarts, blacksmithing, folkways, antique autos, entertainment, living history displays, farm animals, a childrens stage and hands-on area, pioneer food, and an arts and craft show.

    Plans are underway for the addition of a 10,000-sq-ft multipurpose facility which will include an auditorium, gift shop, canteen and offices.

    BARBERVILLE FLORIDA SETTLEMENT
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    The Fall on the American Empire

    by alza Written Jan 17, 2005

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    i think this pic was taken accidentally as I picked myself up from the street. I fell right off the beaten path, just walking on the sidewalk.
    Disney people should NOT pain the sidewalk border the same red-brown colour as the Kingdom's streets! thank god I saved my new digital camera!

    I was really hurt. There's a First Aid Centre in the Kingdom and I received very good treatment. Just so you know, should you get hurt too.

    Aye Oye!!!

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    BIKING

    by shohman Written Jan 2, 2005

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    Orlando has many bike paths, but the best one is the West Orange Trail. It stretches almost 20 miles and is a fantastic ride with great scenery. There are many stations to rest, refill water, most have nathrooms and some rent bikes. Be careful of children, because for some reason, parents don't keep an eye out of their kids running into oncoming traffic.

    West Orange Trail

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    Coffee and Videos

    by shohman Written Jan 1, 2005

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    Stardust Coffee and Videos is a great spot. They actually opened the day I moved down here in 1999. one side is a Coffee house ( great coffee) and also has art shows, and sometimes acoustic music. They serve pretty good food and unique beers from around the world. The other side is a video store, but not your typical. It has foreign sections listed by Country, and many indie films you won't find anywhere else. The crowd is very ecclectic and it is a great place to people watch.

    Stardust

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    mmmmm, coffee

    by shohman Written Jan 1, 2005

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    Palmono's Coffee Roaster is a must for anyone like me, who's life is ruled by fine coffee. Richie and Teresa Palmano are from the Northeast (NY I think) And the roast there own coffee beans right there on the premises. They have seats in a small. beautiful courtyard and serve light foods, but make no mistake, go there for the coffee.

    Palmano's

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    A unique movie experience

    by shohman Written Jan 1, 2005

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    The Enzian Theatre is truly worth going out of your way to visit. Not your typical theatre, The Enzian shows foreign and independent films (as well as some American classics) The interior has a very funky set up, with cool tables and fluffy couches. They serve very good food and beer and wine (eating is not required, but I'd reccomend it.) Ticket prices are comparable to any other movie theatre. I'd suggest going even if you don't know what is playing. There is a good chance you will leave scratching your head, but you will not be disappointed. The Enzian also runs the Florida Film Festival every April and is a big supporter of Indie filmakers.

    Enzian
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    Turtles and alligators!

    by bruingirl Updated Sep 28, 2004

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    Who would have thought that you would find turtles and baby alligators in your hotel?!?! These critters are in the little swamp area created inside the atrium of the Gaylord Palms hotel. They are "on loan" from Gatorland - once the alligators become a certain size (3ft, I think), they take them out of the hotel to put them in Gatorland where they are kept in better secured parks. Nonetheless, it was cool to see a microcosm of that ecosystem in this hotel, especially since you don't have to deal w/ the humidity since you're in an air-conditioned atrium the whole time! :)

    Turtles and alligators enjoyoing the sunlight...

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    Details in Travel

    by DUNK67 Written Aug 8, 2004

    I'm not really sure if this is an "Off the beaten path " type of tip but I think a lot of tourists would miss the little details.

    To me travelling is about learning new things, seeing new sights, meeting new people and tasting new cultures.

    I like looking at the details of the places I visit like comparing post boxes, road signs, vehicles, etc. to the ones back home.

    I enjoy watching people and seeing how they do things and conduct themselves, you can learn a lot from doing this and makes travelling all the more worth while.

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