With its warm weather and many theme parks, Orlando is a popular vacation destination. But if you only visit the flashy attractions, you may miss out on the rich culture and experiences that make the city truly special.

Instead of taking the beaten path, why not look for hidden gems that most tourists never see? There are many things to do in Orlando that let you experience the local flavor. In fact, we’ve got five great options to get you started on your adventure.

1. Dance the Night Away at Wall St. Plaza


Are you in search of the best bars in Orlando? You can find them all in one place: Wall St. Plaza. This local favorite boasts seven bars, all of which have their own themes and specials.

These neighboring establishments come together every weekend to throw the biggest block party ever seen. There’s music, dancing, and, of course, plenty of drinks to go around.

If you’re the type who just can’t stay home on a Friday night, give Wall St. Plaza a visit — you’ll be in good company.

2. Admire Art as You Dine at The Boheme


If you’re in the mood for a truly unique dining experience, you should stop by the Grand Bohemian Hotel located in Downtown Orlando.

This luxury hotel houses a restaurant called The Boheme, where diners are surrounded by gorgeous paintings.

You can feed both body and soul at breakfast, lunch, or dinner — and if jazz is what you’re craving, the restaurant features live music during Sunday brunch.

The menu features both seasonal entrees and beloved classics:
• Crab Cake
• Calamari
• Grilled Pork Chop
• Lobster & Crab Bisque

The Boheme also has a wide selection of wines with the option to bring your own bottle if you’re planning a special night.

3. Explore the Outdoors at Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve


Who says you have to stay in civilization to have fun? Active tourists can enjoy the Florida wildlife at the Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve. The variety of trails means there are options for every level of hiker.

If you want to make a day of it or are just in the mood for a challenge, there are trails that span several miles. If a leisurely stroll is more your pace, you can choose a half-mile route.

4. Enjoy Nature’s Splendor at the Harry P. Leu Gardens


If you prefer your nature a little more organized, then check out the Harry P. Leu Gardens. This 50-acre garden boasts North America’s largest collection of camellias as well as 1,000 rosebushes.

The gardens are a sight to behold in spring as the flowers bloom among decorative fountains and walkways. As an added bonus, the gardens aren’t a big tourism draw, so you likely won’t have to worry about crowds.

5. Grab a Drink and Watch Some Football at American Social


Do you enjoy watching the game while knocking back a cold one? Then you should check out American Social, one of the best sports bars in Orlando.

You’ll feel right at home with comfy furniture and red, white, and blue décor. Multiple big-screen TVs make it easy to watch your favorite team no matter where you’re sitting. Feeling peckish? The menu is packed with all-American favorites such as these:

• Mac & Cheese
• Burgers
• BBQ Pork Belly
• Pizza
• Fries
• Chicken Wings

Orlando is an amazing mix of cultures and history that makes for a truly amazing experience. When you come to visit, make sure you stop by American Social for a drink.

We’re a great choice if you want an introduction to Orlando’s bar scene or a pit stop to unwind after a long day of sightseeing. To find out more about us or to make a reservation, give us a call at 407-454-9992 or contact us online.

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