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Things to do in Orlando When the Family Comes to Visit

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Things to do in Orlando When Family Comes to Visit

As Northern temperatures drop and entryways are strewn with snowy boots and wet gloves, hats and scarves, our northern friends and family inevitably grow jealous of our sandals and sun-drenched surroundings. Next thing we know, they’ve dug out their shorts and sun hats, and packed their bags to find relief in our sunny backyards. While the amusement parks offer easy entertainment, especially for the kids and grandkids, we know that our lovely home-city has so much more to offer outside the park gates. From beautiful gardens and nature preserves to museums and a rich performing-arts scene, there are endless ways to entertain your northern visitors in and around the city. Perhaps you’ll even convince them to trade-in their snow boots for a pair of flip-flops and join you in the sunshine state for good - and with their own yard! Here we’ve highlighted a few Orlando favorites to show off when the family comes to visit, as well as a link to download our Orlando Area Guide - for those ready to delve a little deeper. [/av_textblock] [/av_one_full][av_one_third first min_height='av-equal-height-column' vertical_alignment='av-align-middle' space='no_margin' margin='0px' margin_sync='true' padding='30px' padding_sync='true' border='' border_color='' radius='0px' radius_sync='true' background_color='' src='https://secureservercdn.net/166.62.108.43/c3t.1f0.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Darker-Green-Textured-Pattern-Background-300x260.jpg' attachment='1668' attachment_size='medium' background_position='top left' background_repeat='repeat' animation='' mobile_display=''] [av_image src='https://secureservercdn.net/166.62.108.43/c3t.1f0.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Orlando-Things-to-Do-Guide-300x232.jpg' attachment='1725' attachment_size='medium' align='center' styling='no-styling' hover='' link='' target='' caption='' font_size='' appearance='' overlay_opacity='0.4' overlay_color='#000000' overlay_text_color='#ffffff' animation='no-animation'][/av_image] [/av_one_third] [av_two_third min_height='' vertical_alignment='av-align-top' space='' margin='0px' margin_sync='true' padding='30px' padding_sync='true' border='' border_color='' radius='0px' radius_sync='true' background_color='' src='https://secureservercdn.net/166.62.108.43/c3t.1f0.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Darker-Green-Textured-Pattern-Background-300x260.jpg' attachment='1668' attachment_size='medium' background_position='top left' background_repeat='repeat' animation='' mobile_display=''] [av_textblock size='' font_color='' color='']

Orlando Area Guide

See Orlando through an Insider’s Eyes

[/av_textblock] [av_mailchimp list='899f62affa' on_send='' sent='Thank you for your interest in our free resources! Check your inbox for an email from Bella Verde Realty.' link='manually,http://' color='' hide_labels='aviaTBhide_labels'] [av_mailchimp_field id='1' type='text' check='is_empty' options='' label='First Name' width='element_half' disabled=''] [av_mailchimp_field id='2' type='text' check='is_empty' options='' label='Last Name' width='element_half' disabled=''] [av_mailchimp_field id='0' type='text' check='is_email' options='' label='Email Address' width='element_two_third' disabled=''] [av_mailchimp_field id='av-button' type='button' check='' options='' label='Get Free Copy' width='element_third' disabled=''] [/av_mailchimp] [/av_two_third][av_one_full first min_height='' vertical_alignment='av-align-top' space='' margin='0px,0px' padding='0px' padding_sync='true' border='' border_color='' radius='0px' radius_sync='true' background_color='' src='' attachment='' attachment_size='' background_position='top left' background_repeat='no-repeat' animation='' mobile_display=''] [av_textblock size='' font_color='' color=''] For the Earthy Eater: East End Market Live local at this neighborhood market, a collection of locally sourced eateries in the Audubon Park Garden District of Orlando. The market is full of organic food options, like the “all-Florida-all year” Local Roots Farm Store and flights of Florida beer and wine. La Bretxa specializes in wild-caught Florida seafood ready for grilling, and Skyebird Juice Bar & Experimental Kitchen offers fresh vegan juices, smoothies, and raw-food menu - and that’s just the beginning. Grab your selection inside, then head out to the picnic tables, nestled amongst the flowerbeds, to bask in the Florida sunshine. For the Sweet Tooth: Private Island Ice Cream The kids will be wowed when they visit Private Island Ice Cream. Once they’ve chosen their flavors, they’ll watch as the bowl of cream is shot with liquid nitrogen, turning it into ice cream right before their eyes. The treat comes with unlimited mix-ins and toppings like delicious homemade caramel and cookie dough or cayenne pepper for the more adventurous eater, all for a set cost of $5. Private Island is located right across from Gatorland - a perfect end-of-the-day adventure stop. For the Kids: Pirates Dinner Adventure The kids will go crazy for a chance to join the show as a member of Captain Sebastian the Black’s crew of evil pirate renegades. This dinner show takes place on board a pirate ship anchored in an indoor lagoon, and is filled with music, laughter, stunts and adventure, not to mention the Port of Call Feast. For the Adventurer: Wallaby Ranch Get a thrill and enjoy the sights from above by hang gliding over central Florida. Wallaby Ranch offers year-round Tandem Flights and hang gliding instruction. Located just outside of Orlando,   the staff at Wallaby Ranch use the latest tandem aerotowing techniques to provide the safest, most enjoyable hang gliding experience possible. For the Nature-Lover: Harry P Leu Gardens The beautiful Leu Gardens, located right near Downtown Orlando, offers an extensive 50-acre botanical sanctuary. With the mission of inspiring visitors to appreciate and understand plants, each garden is designed to be a delight for the senses. The Leu House Museum is located in the heart of the gardens and provides a lesson in turn-of-the century living experiences by the families who once called the museum home. The Gardens also play host to a number of events year round, from concerts to storytimes and movie nights, and even outdoor exhibits like the current Dinosaur Invasion. [/av_textblock] [av_social_share title='Share this entry' style='' buttons='' share_facebook='' share_twitter='' share_pinterest='' share_gplus='' share_reddit='' share_linkedin='' share_tumblr='' share_vk='' share_mail=''][/av_social_share] [/av_one_full]