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Top Choice Zoo in Orlando


With no fancy roller coasters or drenching water rides, this mom-and-pop park harkens back to Old Florida. It's small, it's silly and it's kitschy with, you guessed it, plenty of gators. A splintery wooden boardwalk…
Top Choice Museum in Orlando

Orlando Museum of Art

Founded in 1924, Orlando's grand and blindingly white center for the arts boasts a fantastic collection, and hosts an array of adult and family-friendly art events and classes. The popular First Thursday ($10), from…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Orlando

Dandelion Communitea Café

Unabashedly crunchy and definitively organic, this pillar of the sprouts and tofu, green-tea and soy-milk dining scene serves up creative and excellent vegetarian fare in a refurbished old house that invites folks t…
Top Choice Theater in Orlando

Mad Cow Theatre

A model of inspiring regional theater, with classic and modern performances in a downtown Orlando space.
Top Choice Barbecue in Orlando

Yellow Dog Eats

Housed in what was once a general store, with a tin roof, courtyard dining, an old boys' school locker filled with bottled beer, and an eclectic mix of quirky dog-inspired decor, this laid-back boho Orlando gem serv…
Top Choice Amusement Park in Orlando

Universal Orlando Resort

Smaller, easier to navigate, and more pedestrian-friendly than Walt Disney World, the magnificently themed Universal Orlando Resort is everything you wish Disney could be. The resort consists of two theme parks, wh…
Top Choice Market in Orlando

East End Market

Look for the raised vegetable beds and picnic tables outside this earthy organic-hip collection of locally sourced eateries and markets.
Top Choice American in Orlando

Smiling Bison

Don't be turned off by the dive exterior and empty lot surrounds of this spunky little unaffected delight tucked just beyond the congestion of E Colonial Dr. Famous for its bison burger, served on an English-muffin-…
Top Choice Ice Cream in Orlando

Private Island Ice-Cream

Choose your flavors and watch as John takes that bowl of cream, shoots it with liquid nitrogen right before your eyes, and, voila – ice cream. Huge bowls of ice cream with unlimited mix-ins and toppings, ranging fro…
Top Choice American in Orlando

K Restaurant

Chef and owner Kevin Fonzo, one of Orlando's most celebrated and established field-to-fork foodie stars, earns local and national accolades year after year, but this neighborhood favorite remains wonderfully unassum…