Top things to do

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 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 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.
Gardens in Orlando

Harry P Leu Gardens

Camelias, roses, orange groves and desert plants, as well as plenty of grassy spots for a lakeside picnic. Pick up supplies at East End Market, a half-mile east of the entrance gate on Corrine Dr. Tours of Leu House…
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…
Bar in Orlando


More classic Orlando gimmicky fun. Step into the 27ºF (-3ºC) ice house, sit on the ice seat, admire the ice carvings, sip the icy drinks. Coat and gloves are provided at the door (for a fee), and the fire-room, bath…
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…
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 Cinema in Orlando

Enzian Theater

The envy of any college town, this clapboard-sided theater screens independent and classic films, and has the excellent Eden Bar restaurant, featuring primarily local and organic fare. Have a veggie burger and a bee…
Museum in Orlando

Mennello Museum of American Art

Tiny but excellent lakeside art museum featuring the work of Earl Cunningham, whose brightly colored images, a fusion of pop and folk art, leap off the canvas. Visiting exhibits often feature American folk art.