- June 27, 2020
- Posted by: Todd
- Category: NSG Consulting
Orlando’s list of attractions and entertainment for a tourist could go into the hundreds, if not more. We’ve put together our list of 3 places to visit aside from our wonderful theme parks and beaches.
While every day during a time like this precautions and steps towards everyone’s safety are paramount. If Interested in visiting any of these locations please check their website for current operating hours and stipulations.
A great place to explore in Orlando is ICON Park. With Free Admission and tons of different things to do within ICON Park its a definite must stop for tourists and residents alike.
ICON Park is a 20-acre, walkable entertainment destination in the heart of Orlando’s renowned travel district. A perfect place to ride, dine, drink and explore, ICON Park has more than 40 amazing restaurants, funky bars, boutique shops and can’t-miss attractions, all anchored by The Wheel, a jaw-dropping observation wheel that stands 400 feet – 40 stories – in the air. Guests to ICON Park can visit SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium and Madame Tussauds Orlando. Little ones can ride a toddler-sized train while older kids and grown-ups brave the 7D Dark Ride Adventure and Orlando StarFlyer, the world’s tallest swing ride. ICON Park offers a diverse mix of restaurants for lunch, dinner and late-night. Guests board The Wheel in the Wheelhouse – the center of energy at ICON Park – which features Wheelhouse Market, a new food hall offering authentically prepared, globally inspired foods like andouille sausage, Bavarian pretzels, healthy acai bowls, made-to-order pizza and pasta, Latin-inspired fare, and cupcakes and sweets prepared daily.
ICON Park’s full-service restaurants include Yard House, Tapa Toro Tapas Bar, Uncle Julio’s Mexican from Scratch, Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Sugar Factory and Buffalo Wild Wings. Quick-casual stops include Shake Shack, iCafe de Paris and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. Tin Roof serves up food, drink and live entertainment, while iLounge Istanbul is Orlando’s premier cigar and hookah lounge. ICON Park has a number of small, casual boutiques that sell Tervis tumblers, high-end sunglasses and gift items. And everything is clustered around a lush, central lawn – a family-favorite for kicking back and soaking up ICON Park’s fun, festive atmosphere. The lawn also features entertainment and special events on select weekends throughout the year.
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen
Another place to explore is the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen at Universal’s City Walk
Located next to Islands of Adventure, Toothsome replaced the evicted NBA City restaurant in fall 2016. A twist of Steampunk and the Cheesecake Factory with two sprawling smokestacks near the main entrance this place is near impossible to miss. Toothsome’s menu features Instagramable milkshakes and a menu the size of a phone book. nside the two-story restaurant are dark steel supports and enough decorative copper to wire a home. The interior feels more like a turn of the century shopping district than a cold factory. Large screens in the dining room simulate windows overlooking the chocolate factory, giving the restaurant vibrant energy and motion.
Delight your palate with fantastical fare including classic dishes like steak and seafood, and an all-day brunch featuring crepes and quiches, each with their own novel twist. Coffee and Chocolate Stout Chicken Wings, Chocolate Almond Bread and Chocolate Gnocchi are just a sample of the adventurously unique items available. Then, behold, as chefs create culinary genius with gourmet chocolates and one-of-kind desserts right before your very eyes. Enjoy artisanal milkshakes with flavors such as Chocolate x5, Bacon Brittle and Red Velvet.
The current situation we’re all facing has us daydreaming about what to do when things get back to normal. Universals City Walk and The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen is definitely on our list!
Old Town Kissimmee
Old Town is a recreation of a classic Florida town – a throwback to a time when crowds were a little smaller, lines a little shorter and the fun a little simpler. Just a short 25 minute drive from Downtown Orlando and you can be in Old Town Kissimmee. The perfect place to spend a day with the family. Relax as you stroll through 18-acres of beautiful, tree-lined brick streets and discover over 70 unique, affordable shops and restaurants. They feature free, weekly live entertainment and events, family-friendly attractions, and rides every generation, young and old, can enjoy together.
Towering over 86 feet along Highway 192, Old Town’s iconic Ferris Wheel welcomes visitors to their favorite attraction. Come and take a spin on this hand-built ride from Italy and enjoy spectacular views of Orlando and Kissimmee. Every weekend, come and admire muscle and classic cars and trucks throughout Old Town. At night, they invite you to line the sidewalk to watch these beautiful cars drive down Old Town’s brick-layered Main Street for the Friday Nite Muscle Car Cruise and Saturday Nite Classic Car Cruise. For over 30 years, Old Town has become and will remain a family tradition for locals and visitors alike. Old Town invites you to come and enjoy the simple pleasures of classic American fun. Throughout the year, Old Town hosts a variety of Americana-themed and seasonal events.