Lined with museums, theaters, lakes and parks, Orlando’s Cultural Corridor makes for a perfect day trip in The City Beautiful.
Take a day to escape the bustle of the theme parks and discover the artistic side of Orlando. Just north of downtown, the city’s family-friendly creative hub offers enriching art, science and history amid the lush flora and fauna of beautiful Loch Haven Park.
Take a Walk in the Park
Tired of navigating the theme parks? Enjoy some leisure time away from the crowds at a different kind of park. Explore 45 acres of abundant greenery or rest in the shade of majestic oak trees at Loch Haven Park, surrounded by three different lakes. The park is home to several cultural institutions and hosts special events for visitors of all ages throughout the year, including the annual Fringe Festival in May.
Enjoy a Show
If you’re vacationing with the kids, head indoors to take in a performance at the Orlando Repertory Theatre, the area’s premier children’s theater known for its family-oriented offerings. For more mature fare, check out Orlando Shakespeare Theater, which puts on striking live performances of Broadway classics and contemporary plays.
Dig into Science
For an immersive and educational experience, visit Orlando Science Center, the epicenter of creative learning in Orlando. Kids can explore four stories of interactive science exhibits, delving into everything from fossils to weather to lasers and lights. The Science Center is also home to Dr. Phillips CineDome, an 8,000-square-foot screen with fish-eye projection that creates an educational, panoramic experience for spectators.
Appreciate the Arts
Cross the park’s main lawn and find yourself at the Orlando Museum of Art, where enthusiasts can view exceptional collections from classical, contemporary and local artists. Various events include the always-anticipated 1st Thursdays, otherwise known as “Orlando’s original art party.”
The nearby Mennello Museum of American Art displays rotating feature exhibitions and an extensive permanent collection of sea-inspired paintings by the revered Earl Cunningham. You’ll also find an extensive outdoor sculpture garden and local art at the popular lakeside Annual Indie-Folkfest.
Get the Loch Haven Cultural Pass to receive great savings on package deals for visiting the Orlando Museum of Art, Mennello Museum and the Orlando Science Center.