Restaurants, Parks & Local Attractions

Restaurants

Orlando is a great place to eat! There are more than 5,100 restaurants in Orlando including 50 “upscale” dining spots within 10 miles of the convention center. This translates into more than 16,000 fine dining seats in and around the convention center as well as all of the major “fast food” and inexpensive chains. Many are within walking distance, 40 are listed in Zagat’s. There’s restaurant row, Pointe Orlando, Universal’s City Walk and Disney’s Downtown as places with lots of options.

Pointe Orlando is just across the street from the convention center and is an Orlando landmark with high-quality restaurants, brand-name retail stores and evening entertainment spots.

Downtown Disney

Big-city fun with blocks and blocks of restaurants, clubs and theaters including Cirque de Soleil La Nouba, House of Blues, 8TRAX (dancing to 70s & 80s music), and Rock ‘n’ Roll Beach Club.

Nightlife

There are comedy clubs, concerts and a large variety of clubs and bars. Everything from jazz to the latest in alternative sounds. Many clubs have live music nightly.

Additional Activities/Locations of Special Interest

  • The Nature Conservancy at the Disney Wilderness Reserve
    12,000-acre wetlands preserve, complete with a three-mile hiking trail encircling a lake. Located 15 miles from the Disney theme parks, its inhabitants include bald eagles, herons, bobcats, gopher tortoises, alligators, gray foxes, deer, coyotes, wild pigs and an assortment of snakes, turtles and birds. http://www.nature.org/wherewework...preserves/art5523.html
  • Tarpon Springs - “the sponge capital of the world”
    Contaminated and destroyed by bacteria in the 1940s, the industry was revived in the 1980s and is now back to being a leader in the world’s natural sponge market. The community has a strong Mediterranean heritage with shops, restaurants and cruises on the Gulf. www.tarponsprings.com
  • Black Hammock Adventures offers airboat rides on Lake Jessup and Bird Island. Call 407-977-8235 or Captain Stu’s, 352-302-9207, along the Homosassa River on the Nature Coast of Central Florida. http://www.blackhammock.com
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission programs and information - www.floridaconservation.org or 850-488-4676
  • Kayaking and canoeing -http:// www.kayakguide.com
  • Manatee Snorkeling Tours with an ecotourism, captainmike@sunshinerivertours.com
  • Scuba Diving and snorkeling with Fun-2-Dive: online at http://www.fun2dive.com, phone 888-588-3483, or email: capt@fun2dive.com
  • Visit the Eustis Fisheries Laboratory where they do statewide research for species, Ocklawaha River Basin Project, Central Florida Aquatic Plant Management and Bass Research Coordination as well as limnology studies. Phone: 352-742-6438 or email: William.coleman@myfwc.com
  • Biking or Hiking around the 15-mile round-trip Shark Valley Tram Road in the Everglades through http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com

Convention Attraction Tickets

The Orlando CVB offers specially discounted attraction tickets specifically for convention delegates. Arrive early or extend your stay to enjoy the many exciting attractions Orlando has to offer. Special convention delegate ticket pricing is available at http://aslo.orlandomeetinginfo.com/tickets/

If you prefer to speak directly with an Official Travel Counselor, you may also call 1-800-554-3401 Monday - Friday 8 am 5 pm Eastern Standard Time.

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