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.
Coffee and Videos
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.
A unique movie experience
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.Related to:
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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.
Men, pamper yourself with a shave
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.
Coffee, Art, and Movies
The Downtown Media Arts Center has one of the best (and cheapest) cups of coffee in town. They also have an adjoining art gallery and frequently show independent movies and have lectures. I very cool place to lounge around. Warning: they have recently changed their hours here, and it can get frustrating trying to figure out exactly when they are open. Try calling first.
UPDATE: sadly, this has closed and reopened as an art studio.
Attend Theme Parties of your friends
Uhhh.... I suspect I will not keep this photo up very long. Consider yourself blessed to have seen this. Chris King Pop Icon (the Victim) is being molested by me and Shelly at the White Trash Party. I naturally had to find my White Trash Roots among the multitudes of ethnicites that coarse through my veins.... Obviously I did. Yikes!
The Fall on the American Empire
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.
located about 20 miles northeast of the theme park area of orlando is the charming town of winter park. park ave. in central winter park is lined with upscale shops, restaurants, bars, and outdoor cafes. winter park has several excellent art museums and is home to the famous winter park sidewalk art festival each march. a fun, safe and interesting place to visit when in the orlando area. see my winter park page and tips for an overview of the this beautiful town.
from downtown orlando take I-4 east to fairbanks ave. take fairbanks ave. east about 2 miles to park ave. most of the attractions of winter park are walking distance of park ave.Related to:
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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.
at the intersection of mills ave & colonial drive in downtown orlando is an area of town that is known as "little saigon". this area has numerious vietnamese and chinese restaurants, shops, and grocery stores. an interesting part of town to visit when in downtown orlando.Related to:
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Animal Kingdom Lodge & Resort-WDW
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.Related to:
- Family Travel
- Theme Park Trips
lone cabbage fish camp
the lone cabbage fish camp is located on the st. johns river about half way between orlando and cocoa beach. it is a interesting place to have lunch on the way to the beach. years ago, (my first visit was in 1959), the lone cabbage catered to bass fishermen. now it is a restaurant and bar that caters to locals and tourists. you can book airboat rides at the lone cabbage to see alligators and other florida wildlife. on weekends the lone cabbage is a party spot with live country and western music. a fun and different place to visit when in the orlando area.
directions: go east on highway 50 from downtown orlando. exit on to state road 520 east in the direction of cocoa beach. located just over the st. johns river bridge. from I-95 take state road 520 west toward orlando. go about 5 miles it is on the left just before you cross the st. johns river bridge.Related to:
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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.Related to:
- Business Travel
- Food and Dining
lake ivanhoe antique district
the lake ivanhoe antique district is an interesting area just north of downtown orlando. the antique area is a three block section of orange ave. near the intersection of princeton street. on this section of orange ave. are numerious antique stores, restaurants and other types of retail establishments. an interesting section of town to check out when in downtown orlando. on orange ave. about one mile north of downtown near lake ivanhoe. pictured is the white wolf cafe in the antique district.Related to:
- Food and Dining
- Arts and Culture
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