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Orlando, FL 32804
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Loch Haven Park sits on 45 acres (18.2 hectares) north of downtown Orlando and provides visitors a chance to experience Mother Nature and numerous enlightening activities. Encompassed by three lakes and filled with massive oak trees, this park is the site of some of Orlando's top attractions. Spend time enjoying the natural Florida surroundings or visit one of the numerous nearby cultural attractions including the Orlando Museum of Art, Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando Science Center, Orlando Repertory Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Orlando Fire Museum and Orlando Garden Club. Throughout the year, several of the city's festivals, fairs and special events are held on the grounds of the Loch Haven Park. The park is open from 5a. until sunset.
According to Newsweek, this piece of 1950s architecture serves as one of the best art museums in the South. Founded in 1924, the museum now consists of three permanent exhibits - the American Collection, housing nearly 900 paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures from the 19th century onward; the Art of Ancient Americans Collection, boasting 500 artifacts of jade, gold and clay from Mexican, Costa Rican and Peruvian cultures; and an African collection of more than 70 artifacts, including masks, from various West African countries. OMA also hosts rotating exhibits. Residents of Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola counties receive free admission.
Located in the center of Orlando, Calvary is a multi-ministry church. Calvary Assembly Of God believes in the divine grace of Jesus and serves everybody, from the newly born to the elderly. Offering a whole range of community programs for all sections of society, including a nursery and classes for school children, a gym and a family life center, this church is an active one. Calvary Assembly also rents out place to businesses. You can log on to the website for more information.
This lovely 50-acre botanical garden situated on Lake Rowena offers visitors a chance to escape into Old Florida. Wander miles of paved paths through forests of giant camphors, oaks and palms. The formal Rose Garden is the largest in the South, but don't pass up the opportunity to visit the herb, butterfly, palm and bamboo gardens as well. Towering over all this natural wonder is the Leu House. Built in 1888, it now serves as a decorative-arts museum.
Established in 1989, Lake Eola Heights is a historic district. It features roughly 570 buildings and is one of the oldest and architecturally-diverse locations in Orlando. The streetscape is stunning and features several brick structures amidst greenery. The Historic Preservation Board takes due care in restoring the buildings that create a serene and architecturally-supreme atmosphere consciously preserved over the years.
The UCF Center is located in what was formerly the Expo Center. The Center is now part of The UCF School of Film and Digital Media, and the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy. The Center has stunning location right next to the awe-inspiring Orlando Marriott Downtown Hotel. The UCF Center hosts seminars affiliated to the University of Central Florida which are open to the general public, as well as some conferences which are open to invitees only.
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Lake Eola is an ideal quick jaunt. The lake is a part of a park complex that has a lovely sidewalk, which encircles the lake and serves as a running track. The park is a whopping 43.2 acres, making it the perfect place to get away!
Lake Eola lies within Lake Eola Park on Rosalind Avenue. This pristine lake is just perfect for boating and watching the swans and other birds that make the lake their home. Swan-shaped boats are available for those who venture out onto the lake itself. Just sitting by the lake can be a really relaxing experience and is soothing to frayed nerves.
One of the largest public library in Florida, Orlando Public Library offers a wide collection of rare books, audio tapes, recorded music, DVD's and films to its members. Spread over an area of 2,90,000 square foot, this library boasts five meeting rooms and three computer labs, where the members can sit and do their research online. Some of the departments present in this library include Children's Library, Genealogy, Reference Central, Law and Library Central. Apart from boasting a unique collection of educative material, this place also hosts a variety of events like story telling, literary readings, bilingual story session and many such others.
Make merry on the road-literally, at the Wall Street Plaza in downtown Orlando. Packed with several specialty and theme restaurants and bars, one can sip a martini at leisure or head-bang at one of the many live music concerts held here frequently. Street parties, festivals and regular theme nights make this an ideal spot to soak in the nightlife of Orlando. Wall Street Plaza has something for everyone - from businesspersons to the fun-loving teens and party buffs.
The History Center has three floors of permanent collection which includes everything to do with Orange County history. These are also lent to museums and other institutes for display purposes. The center library is a massive resource for research and has rare and out of print works, artifacts, and archives. The Center's educational programs include field trips, the library can be used to teach a history lesson, fun and educational parties, and camps. The center is rented out for occasions and has a shop for accessories, books, toys, fun items and kitsch at their store.
The Rogers Building, or the English Club is a historic building in Orlando, Florida. Built around 1886, this eye catching metal framed building was created by architect William H. Mullins in Queen Anne style architecture. The structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.